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A Blaine man accused of assisting a multistate sex trafficking ring out of suburban homes in the Twin Cities metro pleaded guilty to two felony charges related to transporting victims and managing criminal proceeds.
For a trained vocalist like Linda Mealey-Lohmann, a tonal language like Chinese make perfect sense: different inflections evoke different meanings. She studied different languages through diction courses as a vocal major in college and took four years of Spanish classes, but few other languages "clicked" with her quite like Chinese. During a 10-week course she took over the summer, she said her background as a singer helped her detect and mimic tonal differences her classmates would miss.
A 26-year-old woman told Woodbury police that a man she has two active protective orders against messaged her through Facebook more than 50 times throughout the day June 28. Police collected evidence of the messages and notified St. Paul and West St. Paul departments of the violation. Property damage
A former East Ridge High School principal will serve 240 hours of community service and pay South Washington County Schools $7,500 for misusing district funds. Aaron Harper, 42, of Cottage Grove, was sentenced in Washington County District Court Thursday, Aug. 24, for one felony theft by swindle charge after pleading guilty in May. Two other felony theft charges were dismissed in the plea.
A group of 16 Woodbury police officers logged more than 1,600 videos filmed by body-worn cameras since April, when a four-month pilot project to test the devices began. The cameras, which officers turn on during interactions such as traffic stops, filmed an average of 10 videos per 10-hour shift, but one shift yielded more than 50 videos. The department is recommending the addition of a new full-time administrative assistant to help review and manage potentially hundreds of hours worth of footage.
A string of timing and workmanship issues during the 2015 rehabilitation of the Hudson Road water tower prompted the City of Woodbury to take a new approach to contracting for upcoming work on the 25-year-old Commonwealth tower. Rather than bidding and hiring a contractor for a specific project, the city will contract Madison-based consulting firm Short Elliott Hendrickson to provide ongoing services including inspections and contracting companies to perform maintenance like repainting.
A Woodbury man will serve two years in prison and three months community service after agreeing to pay for sex with a person he believed to be younger than 16. Ernest Dohbila, 39, was convicted in Washington County Aug. 7 on a felony charge of soliciting prostitution with a person he believed was a minor. Woodbury police arrested Dohbila last year during an undercover sting last year targeting prospective sex trafficking customers seeking juvenile victims.
A fake ID can be hard to spot. Sophisticated systems used to produce fraudulent identification cards can recreate the black bar on the backs of cards that cashiers typically scan to verify someone's age before ringing up booze or cigarettes. But a second bar on the back made up of nearly microscopic text appears blotchy on fakes. This subtle gaff is usually what alerts employees at Top Ten Liquors in Woodbury of a fake ID.
A Minneapolis man faces criminal charges after the car he was driving struck two Woodbury police cars conducting a traffic stop. Dashboard camera footage captured the Aug. 11 crash on Interstate 94. Christopher Craig, 30, faces two drunken driving charges and one charge of driving without proof of insurance — all gross misdemeanors — in Washington County District Court. Minnesota State Troopers responded to the scene and noted that Craig had "glassy eyes" and smelled strongly of alcohol, according to a criminal complaint filed Aug. 15.
A Cottage Grove man faces seven felony charges of child pornography possession after Cottage Grove police allegedly discovered hundreds of videos and photos at his home three years ago. The FBI and Minneapolis division of the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension notified Cottage Grove Police in 2014 that an IP address belonging to Randy Carl Rappe, 66, was connected to more than 40 images depicting child pornography on a filesharing network, according to a criminal complaint filed in Washington County in April.