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Partners in crime target metro area Menards stores

Howard and St. John hit 12 separate locations; stole more than $8,000 worth of tools
In just a week and a half, two partners in crime stole more than $8,000 worth of goods from 12 Menards stores in the metro area last summer.
The thefts took place between June 4 and June 14, 2013.

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24
Feb

2 women unharmed after man threatened to shoot, rape them in Maplewood, North St. Paul


North St. Paul and Maplewood police are searching for a suspect who reportedly used a gun to force two women to drive their cars to another location, threatening to shoot and rape them in the adjacent suburbs. The man, who was described as a white male, 30 to 40 years old, wearing dark clothing and latex gloves, has not been apprehended. (Courtesy of the Maplewood Police Department)

Police suspect the same man held two women at gunpoint in their cars Sunday night, one in Maplewood right after the other in North St. Paul, forcing them to drive around and threatening to rape them.
One woman fled, and the other was let go unharmed.

Mon
24
Feb

Check fraud in Maplewood leads to multi-city mail theft investigation

Two arrests made; charges likely, police say
Maplewood detectives have been sifting through two large cardboard boxes of mail addressed to homes in several cities, a process that may lead to criminal charges for two residents of St. Paul’s East Side.
The Maplewood Police Department responded to a report of two people who were  trying to cash a fraudulent check on Feb. 14 at a bank on the 2900 block of White Bear Avenue, according to a police statement.

Thu
20
Feb

Maplewood police investigate ‘troubling’ phone calls to businesses

The Maplewood Police Department is investigating reports of five “troubling” phone calls to businesses, where the caller asked women about their age, hair color and what they were wearing.
The caller reportedly sounded like a male, and identified himself as a police officer from Maplewood, St. Paul or Roseville, according to the department.

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Feb

Trevino to appeal murder conviction, sentence

Nearly a year after his wife was last seen alive, East Side resident Jeffery Trevino is appealing a judge’s decision that will have him behind bars for the next 27 years if not overturned.

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19
Feb

Maplewood acquires Fish Creek land


Fish Creek cuts through a property in south Maplewood that the city recently acquired, after pursuing the land for more than 20 years. (Courtesy of the city of Maplewood)

For around 30 years, Carolyn Peterson pushed for the purchase of an expanse of land in south Maplewood recently acquired by the city, even though she still hasn’t seen most of it.
She contracted polio at a young age, leaving her disabled, she said. When Peterson was introduced to the 70-acre Fish Creek parcel decades ago, it was too difficult for her to trek through parts of the rugged property.

Wed
19
Feb

Beecroft sentencing set for May

After months of waiting, Nicole Beecroft’s retrial proceedings are once again moving forward.
In September 2013, Washington County Judge John Hoffman convicted Beecroft, 24, of Oakdale of second-degree murder in the stabbing death of her newborn daughter.
A status hearing was held Feb. 14, 2014, after having been postponed for three months for several reasons, including defense attorneys’ scheduling conflicts.

Wed
19
Feb

East metro previews Gateway Corridor transit project


Gateway Corridor planners helped residents and community leaders brainstorm ideas for bus or light-rail stops in Oakdale, Lake Elmo and Woodbury at an open house Feb. 6 at Globe University in Woodbury. A formal feedback period on the project starts March 3. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

East metro residents and leaders recently previewed a project that would add 12 miles of a light-rail train line or designated bus lanes, linking St. Paul with neighboring suburbs, including Maplewood, Oakdale and Lake Elmo.

Wed
19
Feb

North St. Paul residents invited to air car-show concerns


The North St. Paul History Cruze Car Show usually draws more than a thousand vintage cars on Fridays in the summer. That extra traffic tends to benefit area businesses, but also makes parking a challenge for area residents. The History Cruzers and the city of North St. Paul are hosting a meeting on Feb. 22 to hear comments and address attendees’ concerns. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Before car collectors and admirers swarm along East Seventh Avenue this summer, members of the North St. Paul History Cruzers want to make sure those who live in the area year-round are heard and helped.
The nonprofit group and North St. Paul city staff are hosting a community meeting from 9 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22, in the Victorian Room of K&J Catering, 2546 E. Seventh Ave.

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18
Feb

Archdiocese discloses sexual abuse claims against nine more priests

On Monday, Feb. 17, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis released a list of nine more priests thought to have been credibly accused of sexual misconduct.
The archdiocese released the names following a comprehensive file review by Kinsale Management Consulting, an outside firm based in Los Angeles, Calif. The review began in December 2013, when a Ramsey County judge ordered the archdiocese to release the list of priests who had been credibly accused of sexual abuse. At that time, the archdiocese disclosed claims against 33 priests.

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