Newsbriefs - Ramsey Co. Maplewood


Woman's body found at Kohlman Creek

Maplewood Police Chief Paul Schnell announced at 6:30 p.m. Saturday that a woman's body had been found in a wooded area near Kohlman Creek earlier in the day.
At approximately 3:20 p.m. that day, Maplewood police officers were called to a wooded area near Hazelwood and Beam by a man who found a dead body in the creek. Schnell said.


Dispatchers get earful of Maplewood burglars' plans

There's a new rule for would-be burglars: don't dial 911 while you're casing the joint.
With today's smartphones able to dial 911 with a touch of the screen, emergency dispatchers spend a lot of time picking up calls from toddlers and "pocket dialers." They generally try to call the number back to check on the caller's safety.


Senate passes bill honoring slain North St. Paul officer

Christine Crittenden, the widow of North St. Paul police officer Richard Crittenden, listens as city manager Jason Ziemer (not pictured) testifies to a Senate committee March 3 at the state Capitol for a bill presented by Sen. Chuck Wiger, DFL-Maplewood, right. The bill passed the Senate March 24 to rename Hwy. 36 for the slain officer. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

For nearly a minute March 24, members of the state Senate stood in silence.
Moments after they unanimously voted to pass a bill from Sen. Chuck Wiger, DFL-Maplewood, to rename Highway 36 to the “Officer Richard Crittenden Memorial Highway,” they paused to honor the North St. Paul cop who was killed while responding to a domestic dispute call on Labor Day, Sept. 7, 2009.


Ramsey County moves forward with Vadnais Heights Sports Center purchase

County deposits quarter million in cash for building
Despite having its bid passed up in October for being too low, Ramsey County recently signed a letter of intent to purchase the Vadnais Heights Sports Center and made a $250,000 deposit on the building.


Maplewood rolls out recycling carts

This month, Maplewood is switching from recycling bins to larger carts with lids.
Through March, Tennis Sanitation, the city’s recycling contractor, will deliver standard carts, which are brown with an orange lid.


Maplewood police seek theft suspects

This woman and a male companion are suspected of theft at a SuperAmerica in Maplewood. Maplewood police are looking for help from the public to identify them. (submitted photo)

Maplewood police are looking for a woman and a man involved in a theft at a gas station on White Bear Avenue.
The woman, reportedly in her 30s who was pictured in surveillance footage, and a man, described as white and in his late 30s or early 40s, apparently stole some items from the SuperAmerica in Maplewood. According to employees and witnesses, the two people frequent the gas station.


Ownership changes at 9 Dragons

A father-and-son team recently sold 9 Dragons Liquor in North St. Paul to a newcomer from Robbinsdale.
Tommy Thao has purchased the business at the Polar Plaza shopping center, 2231 11th Ave. E., from the sellers, Ryan and Suterra Yann, according to city documents.


Maplewood police take new look at old clergy abuse cases

The Maplewood Police Department recently began digging into two inactive cases, which previously didn’t lead to charges, involving members of the clergy who were accused of sexual abuse.
With a similar lookback by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and Twin Cities law enforcement recently, Maplewood Police Chief Paul Schnell said the department wanted to ensure such cases have had a chance at a thorough investigation, if possible.


Prohibition series kicks off at Maplewood Library

When they weren’t robbing Twin Cities banks more than 80 years ago, gangsters would kick back at Keller Golf Course in Maplewood.
They could be spotted not only by the expensive clothing they wore but the fact each man had two golf bags: one stuffed with golf clubs and the other filled with firearms.
As one would expect, they tipped their caddies well.


Maplewood man convicted for burglary, check forgery

A Maplewood man was recently convicted of third-degree burglary and felony check forgery in two separate crimes he committed more than a year apart.
Perry E. Williams, 27, was convicted Jan. 22 as one of three suspects who broke into a Woodbury apartment complex in 2012, and for using four fraudulent checks in St. Paul Park in 2011. The complaints said he was caught on security cameras while committing both crimes.


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