St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL — A federal grand jury indicted a St. Paul police officer on Wednesday, Jan. 16, for using excessive force against a man while apprehending him in 2016, the FBI announced. Officer Brett Palkowitsch kicked Frank Baker, then 52, as a police dog bit into Baker’s leg. Baker filed a federal lawsuit against St. Paul and the city agreed to a historic $2 million settlement in 2017. Palkowitsch, 31, is charged with one count of deprivation of rights — a federal civil rights violation.
ST. PAUL — A former rabbi at a Jewish learning center in Minneapolis won’t serve jail time for making arrangements online with someone he thought was a child for sex. Aryeh Cohen, 44, received a stayed 30-day sentence from a Ramsey County district judge at his sentencing hearing Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 16. The St. Louis Park man also was placed on probation for three years, ordered to serve 150 hours of community service, undergo mental health counseling and register as a sex offender.
MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota Twins made a minor trade Tuesday night, sending John Curtiss, who had been designated for assignment on Monday, to the Angels for 18-year-old infielder Daniel Ozoria. Ozoria, who split time between two Rookie Level teams last season, hit .195/.248/.220 in 51 games. He was signed by the Angels out of the Dominican Republican in 2016. Curtiss, who was the odd man out with the addition of reliever Blake Parker to the 40-man roster on Monday, had a career 7.20 earned-run average in 17 games spanning 15 innings with the Twins over the past two seasons.
FRIDLEY, Minn. — Anoka County prosecutors on Tuesday, Jan. 15, charged two Fridley men in connection with Thursday’s fatal shooting of a Minneapolis teen. The Anoka County attorney’s office announced that 24-year-old Travon Shug Wallace has been charged with second-degree murder and that 20-year-old Tamarr Brayon Long has been charged with aiding an offender. Both were being held in the Anoka County Jail. They were arrested in connection with Thursday’s shooting death of 17-year-old Keimonte Raclaud White.
EAGAN, Minn. — A few days after formally introducing Kevin Stefanski as offensive coordinator, the Vikings appear to have added additional expertise on that side of the ball. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Vikings will hire veteran coach Gary Kubiak in an offensive advisory role. He will bring a wealth of knowledge to the coaching staff after serving as head coach of the Houston Texans (2006-13) and Denver Broncos (2015-16).
ST. PAUL - Minnesota manufacturers are starting the year with an optimistic outlook, with most saying they expect business conditions to either improve or stay the same in 2019. That was the takeaway from an annual survey released Monday by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development and the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Most of the 249 state manufacturers who responded to the survey in November said their business had improved or remained stable in 2018.
ST. PAUL — North St. Paul’s high school was locked down twice Thursday, Jan. 10 — first over a report of a student with a handgun and later when a student posted a threat on social media, according to police. In the first case, police found two students at North High School with a replica firearm who were using it for “threatening-type behavior to other students,” said Capt. Dustin Nikituk, North St. Paul police spokesman.
ST. PAUL - After a particularly deadly 2017, the number of people killed in Minnesota fires dropped nearly in half last year. There were 36 people killed in fires in 2018, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety State Fire Marshal Division reported Thursday. That is a 47 percent decline from the year before when there were 68.
ST. PAUL - The Twins have spent their offseason thus far plugging the holes they needed to fill in the lineup, grabbing first baseman C.J. Cron, second baseman Jonathan Schoop and designated hitter Nelson Cruz. Now, they’ve apparently shifted their attention to patching up the bullpen. The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal tweeted Monday that reliever Blake Parker was “expected to come off the board shortly. Landing spot is believed to be #MNTwins.”
ALBERT LEA, Minn. — Authorities have identified three police officers involved in a fatal shooting Thursday morning in southern Minnesota as well as the man who died. According to the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, which is handling the investigation, the shooting happened around 10 a.m. in an alley in Albert Lea. Albert Lea police had responded to a 911 call about a disturbance at a home involving the man who was shot. By the time officers arrived, Joseph Alan Roberts, 25, of Albert Lea, had left the home.