Nick Woltman / St. Paul Pioneer Press
MINNEAPOLIS — The substance that prompted an evacuation of a Minneapolis apartment complex near the University of Minnesota on Tuesday, May 7, may indeed be ricin, according to preliminary tests by the Minnesota Department of Health. The Marshall in Dinkytown was evacuated about 4 p.m. after authorities received a report that a female U student had been hospitalized after coming into contact with “a dangerous material that could have been ricin,” according to a news release issued Wednesday by the FBI.
WYOMING, Minn. — A pair of Minnesota State Patrol troopers used CPR to revive a Centerville woman who nearly drowned Wednesday night, March 13, when her pickup truck flipped into a holding pond on Interstate 35 in Wyoming. Allyson Andert, 22, was driving home from a friend’s house about 10 p.m. when her pickup hydroplaned on southbound I-35 at County Road 8, flipping over a barrier and landing in 2 feet of water, according to the State Patrol.
ST. PAUL — Two teenage boys must be allowed to try out for the girls competitive dance teams at their Twin Cities high schools, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday, March 6.
EAGAN, Minn. - An Eagan company is recalling prepackaged Caesar salads distributed to retailers in nine states. Russ Davis Wholesale issued the recall Monday, Feb. 25, on salads sold under the names Crazy Fresh Chicken Caesar Salad and Jerry’s The Kitchen Chicken Caesar Salad, which have “sell by” or “use by” dates between Feb. 15 and Feb. 26, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture news release.
ST. PAUL - Five people accused of facilitating an international forced-prostitution ring with ties to the Twin Cities were found guilty Wednesday, Dec. 12. The verdicts followed a six-week trial in U.S. District Court in St. Paul and bring the total number of people convicted in the criminal enterprise to 36. Thirty-one others had already pleaded guilty to their roles in coercing hundreds of Thai women to engage in commercial sex acts across the country, according to a news release issued Wednesday by the U.S. attorney’s office of Minnesota.
ST. PAUL—A New Hope man accused of murdering a Mendota Heights financial adviser in her office while he was on the run from police last summer pleaded guilty Tuesday, May 8. Lucifer Vincent Nguyen, 45, shot and killed Beverly Cory while he was fleeing police on July 29 after committing a home-invasion robbery earlier that day, according to a news release issued Tuesday by Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom. An autopsy showed Cory, 48, of Maplewood died of a single bullet wound to the head.
MINNEAPOLIS—The Minneapolis woman accused of planning to join al-Qaida in Afghanistan and setting a series of fires at St. Catherine University in St. Paul had schematics of campus buildings on her mobile phone, along with a list identifying "worrisome" items, such as "pressure cooker" and "nails," according new court filings by federal prosecutors.
A shooting on Minnesota 65 in Fridley left one person seriously injured and snarled traffic during rush hour on Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 14, police say. Officers were dispatched about 4:20 p.m. to the scene of a crash at Minnesota 65 and Medtronic Parkway, according to a news release issued by the Fridley Police Department. Multiple 911 callers reported that a man involved in the crash was armed with a knife and was attempting to assault another driver.
MAPLEWOOD, Minn. — Nobody was injured Monday afternoon, Feb. 5, when a student at the Harmony Learning Center fired a school liaison officer’s gun, Maplewood police say. The officer was sitting on a bench talking with some students about 1:45 p.m., when a third-grader pressed the trigger of the officer’s holstered weapon, according to a news release issued by the Maplewood Police Department.
COTTAGE GROVE, Minn. — A Cottage Grove man was convicted late Wednesday, Jan. 31, of first-degree murder in the 2016 death of his wife. After trying to hire a hit man online, Stephen Allwine drugged Amy Allwine before shooting her in the head and posing her body to suggest she had committed suicide, prosecutors said.