St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL — Two adults and one teen were charged Friday, Oct. 12, with multiple felonies in connection with this week’s armed robbery spree in Dakota County. Daiquawn Michael Burrell-Smith, 21, of St. Paul; Jared Otha Washington, 27, of Minneapolis; and a 17-year-old boy from Minneapolis are each charged with three counts of aggravated robbery in the first degree, one count of attempted robbery in the first degree, four counts of assault in the second degree and one count of burglary in the first degree.
LUVERNE, Minn. -- The city of Austin will host the 2019 Minnesota Governor's Pheasant Hunting Opener. The announcement was made Friday evening during the governor's banquet in Luverne. Gov. Mark Dayton was unable to attend to due back surgery, but in an earlier statement, he thanked Austin for hosting the ninth annual opener set for next Oct. 11-12.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- An Eden Prairie police detective lied on a drug case search warrant and as a result, authorities say 32 cases will be dismissed by the Hennepin County attorney’s office. Detective Travis Serafin falsified a search warrant, copying the page signed by a judge for a house search and changing the wording to include a car in regards to a 2017 drug investigation, David Brown, chief deputy county attorney, said at a news conference Friday morning, Oct. 12.
ST. PAUL -- Starting Monday, a Minnesota law kicks in to provide warmth for residents who cannot pay their heating bills. Beginning Oct. 15 and running through April 15, Minnesota’s six coldest months, utility companies must provide residential customers with payment plans to avoid having their heat turned off.
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton on Thursday, Oct. 11, ordered six Minnesota National Guard soldiers and one helicopter to assist with hurricane relief efforts in Florida. The team will support emergency response and recovery operations in the wake of Hurricane Michael, which made devastated Florida’s panhandle region when it made landfall on Oct. 1, according to a news release issued Thursday by the governor’s office. A 12-member medical evacuation team from the Wisconsin National Guard is also on its way down to the affected region.
CHASKA, Minn. -- Scream Town, a seasonal Halloween attraction in the Twin Cities suburb of Chaska, has been forced to close after its owner sent an anti-Somali message to employees.
ST. PAUL — Red Bull Crashed Ice isn’t returning to St. Paul in 2019. After six hair-raising seasons, the international extreme skating contest that pits racers in an icy downhill chute will hold events in Japan on Dec. 7-8, Finland on Feb. 2 and Boston on Feb. 8-9, but not in Minnesota’s capital city.
ST. PAUL -- A man who died after being struck by a light-rail train in St. Paul was a 60-year-old from Columbia Heights, a Metro Transit official said Tuesday, Oct. 9. Bobby Ray Bowman and an acquaintance were crossing the Green Line tracks on Monday about 4:30 p.m. at Syndicate Street and University Avenue. His friend made it across, but Bowman was struck by a westbound train that had the right-of-way, said Howie Padilla, a Metro Transit spokesman.
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed the presence of invasive zebra mussels in Bde Maka Ska (formerly Lake Calhoun) in the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes. The DNR announced Monday that the mussels were found by a Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board watercraft inspector who was checking a sailboat as it was being removed from the lake for the season. Because the sailboat had been moored in Bde Maka Ska for an extended period and because the mussels were young, the DNR concluded there was in-lake reproduction.
ST. PAUL — A Green Line light-rail train struck and killed a pedestrian in St. Paul on Monday afternoon, Oct. 8. The crash occurred at Syndicate Street and University Avenue about 4:30 p.m., according to Metro Transit spokesman Howie Padilla. Two men were crossing the tracks at the intersection when a westbound train struck one of them. The man who was struck by the train was taken to Regions Hospital, where he died about 5 p.m., Padilla said.