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ROSEMOUNT, Minn. — To highlight the need for motorists to obey the state's stop arm law, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety on Monday released a video of an 11-year-old Rosemount girl who was nearly struck by a pickup truck after getting off her school bus. The incident happened last December as the girl passed in front of the bus to walk home. The bus driver's "quick actions alerted the girl to the passing vehicle, helping the Rosemount sixth-grader avoid injury or possible death," the department of public safety said in a news release.
HASTINGS, Minn. — Hastings police say they have shut down an elaborate counterfeit money-making operation that a convicted felon had been running out of a stolen motor home, and that his work could be being passed around the metro area. Police discovered the operation last week after arresting Steven Kenneth Kuhns, 49, of Hastings on two outstanding felony warrants out of Dakota and Goodhue counties.
INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, Minn.—For almost seven decades, a historical marker on U.S. 52 in Inver Grove Heights paid homage to the site of a former Sioux village. Joe Atkins, who grew up in Inver Grove Heights, recently recalled how the limestone and red brick marker, which measured 12 feet wide and 15 feet deep, "popped out of the landscape." "There just wasn't much out there when we were kids," said Atkins, a Dakota County commissioner. "There was a refinery on one side and not much else on the other."
WEST ST. PAUL, Minn. — Joe Gobely fought back tears as he stepped up to the microphone. "It's going to be a tough one," the West St. Paul police officer said, K-9 "Doc" by his side. "I'll try my best to get through." Gobely, Doc's handler, stood before the West St. Paul City Council Monday, Sept. 11, to explain how arthritis and an injured back will force the German shepherd, who is just under 3 years old, into retirement after just a year and a half on the streets. He is the city's only K-9.
ST. PAUL — Lucifer Nguyen, the man accused of fatally shooting a Maplewood woman July 29 while fleeing police in Mendota Heights, pleaded not guilty to all charges during a court hearing Monday. Prosecutors have charged Nguyen, 44, of New Hope, with second-degree murder, two counts of first-degree aggravated robbery and one count each of first-degree burglary and kidnapping in connection with a violent crime spree that left 48-year Beverly Cory dead.
HASTINGS, Minn. — During an Aug. 17 robbery of a Verizon Wireless store in Inver Grove Heights, Jamaal Marquie Mays allegedly pointed a .45-caliber handgun at a clerk's head and told him to "make it easy on me." The clerk had another idea: He pulled his own gun from his waistband and fired three shots, hitting Mays twice and critically wounding him.
INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, Minn. -- Inver Grove Heights police on Friday identified the man shot by a clerk at a Verizon Wireless store during a foiled attempted robbery Thursday morning, and also released details about a second suspect who remains at large. Jamaal Marquie Mays, 32, of Crystal, was shot by a clerk at the Cellular Connection as the two exchanged gunfire at about 11 a.m. Thursday.
INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, Minn. -- A man who allegedly was trying to rob a cellphone store in Inver Grove Heights on Thursday morning was shot by the store clerk during an exchange of gunfire, according to police. The man, who is believed to be in his mid to late 20s, was taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul with several gunshot wounds, Lt. Joshusa Otis said. His condition is unknown. An accomplice who fled the store after the shooting remains at large.
WEST ST. PAUL—Divina Marie Sulentich told police that after her aunt threatened to tell others about her illegal drug use, she grabbed the 60-year-old woman and shook her. During a struggle, she said, the two fell onto a bed, where she got on top her aunt and "squeezed" her neck until she went limp, according to court documents filed in Dakota County District Court. On Wednesday, prosecutors charged Divina Sulentich of West St. Paul with second-degree murder with intent for the July death of her aunt, Mary Susan Sulentich, also of West St. Paul.
LAKE ELMO, Minn. — Thomas Hilpisch wasn't scheduled to work as a St. Paul firefighter on Saturday morning, so he was doing yard work at his Lake Elmo home. At about 11 a.m., while driving a skid-steer loader, Hilpisch looked up and saw a man in his front yard frantically waving his arms, trying to flag him down. The man, who was wearing sunglasses and had a drawstring bag on his back, approached him. "I was like, 'What the heck? Who is this guy?' " Hilpisch recalled. " 'What does this guy want?'"