St. Paul Pioneer Press
APPLE VALLEY, Minn. — A former Lakeville middle school principal was sentenced Monday, June 17 to 8 ½ years in prison for identity theft, stalking and burglary. Christopher Jerome Endicott, 51, of Apple Valley, previously pleaded guilty in Dakota County District Court to two counts each of gross misdemeanor stalking and felony burglary in connection with a rash of crimes that he blamed on “financial ruin.” On Feb. 1, Endicott pleaded guilty to felony identity theft.
WOODBURY, Minn. — A 21-year-old woman died Monday, June 10, after she was pulled from a pool in Woodbury, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported. Woodbury police received a call Saturday about 10:15 p.m. reporting that a woman was removed from a townhouse complex pool. She had no visible injuries, police said. The woman wasn’t breathing and didn’t have a pulse, and officers began CPR, said John Altman, who is in charge of Woodbury police patrol services. Woodbury EMS took the woman to Regions Hospital, but a detective was informed of the woman’s death on Monday.
A Henry Sibley High School math teacher and tennis coach is under investigation by Mendota Heights police for “suspicious activity.” West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan Area schools received a complaint against Corey Prondzinski on May 14 and “immediately commenced an investigation,” the school district said in a statement. He was put on paid administrative leave the next day. Mendota Heights Police Chief Kelly McCarty said she could not comment on the allegations, which she described as “suspicious activity,” because the investigation is ongoing.
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Commerce Department is warning seniors about an investment scam involving precious metals. The California-based precious metals company Metals.com, which is not registered in Minnesota as a bullion dealer or investment advisor, is cold calling seniors across the U.S. trying to convince them their savings are not safe in traditional accounts, state officials said.
MINNEAPOLIS — Police here say they are stepping up patrols and outreach after a recent spike in overdoses. The city recorded 65 the past nine days. This past week saw an all-time high for the city with 50 alone, according to a statement Thursday, June 6. One of those was a fatality. The news follows a recent string of overdoses in the east metro, including four fatalities in Washington County in recent days. The city’s police department has added patrols in high-overdose areas.
ST. PAUL — A Metro Transit police officer was injured in a small explosion before a training exercise in St. Paul on Wednesday, June 5. Paramedics took the officer to Regions Hospital with injuries that weren't life-threatening, said Howie Padilla, Metro Transit spokesman. The K-9 handler was preparing for a police dog bomb detection training exercise about 3:30 p.m. at the Metro Transit Overhaul Base, where bus maintenance and repairs occur.
PINE SPRINGS, Minn. — Authorities say a bicyclist was fatally struck by a pickup truck Wednesday afternoon, June 5, in the Washington County community of Pine Springs. According to the State Patrol, the collision happened shortly after 12:30 p.m. at Minnesota 36 and Hilton Trail.
ST. PAUL — Ramsey County will pay $525,000 to a man who was beaten by a correctional officer while handcuffed and restrained in the Ramsey County Jail, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported. The Ramsey County Board of Commissioners agreed to the settlement during a closed-door meeting held Tuesday, June 4, to discuss Terrell Wilson’s case, board Chair Jim McDonough announced. Correctional officer Travis VanDeWiele punched Wilson in the chest and kneed him in the crotch April 13, 2016, while other officers held Wilson down in a transport chair.
ST. PAUL — Police are investigating how a gun ended up in the backpack of an 8-year-old girl at a school in St. Paul’s Payne-Phalen neighborhood, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported. The child was getting ready to go outside and play Monday afternoon, June 3, when she placed her backpack on the floor and heard a thud, police spokesman Sgt. Mike Ernster said. When the student opened the bag, she found a handgun inside and immediately told her teacher, Ernster said.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota will get a piece of a $900,000 settlement from an Indiana medical information company that exposed the personal data of 8,000 Minnesota patients, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported . Attorney General Keith Ellison announced Thursday, May 30, that Medical Informatics Engineering Inc. settled a lawsuit brought by Minnesota and 15 other states for failing to protect patients’ private data.