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MINNEAPOLIS - When Jenny Hankerson received a phone call notifying her that police were at her St. Paul home with a search warrant, she asked if her son was OK. Then, because she previously had dogs that were killed by police, she inquired about her pups. Hankerson’s 13-year-old son — who had stayed home sick — was fine. Her dogs were not, an officer told her. Hankerson soon learned the Minneapolis police SWAT team, which was executing the search warrant, shot two of her dogs. One died and the other was injured.
ST. PAUL -- After a man fired a gunshot during a football game among 10-year-olds in St. Paul, children dropped to the ground while parents and coaches tried to cover them from any additional gunfire, according to a criminal complaint filed Monday. There were no additional shots and no one was injured, but the altercation left children and parents in tears. The Ramsey County Attorney’s Office charged Lemar Eugene Anderson, 27, of Little Canada, with threats of violence and carrying a pistol without a permit.
ST. PAUL — A Florida man arrested in connection with several pipe bombs mailed across the country has a criminal record that includes a 1995 Hennepin County, Minn., case. Cesar Altieri Sayoc was living in Plymouth in 1995 when the Hennepin County attorney’s office charged him with theft by swindle over $5,000 and fifth-degree possession of crack cocaine, according to a court record. Bloomington police handled the case.
ST. PAUL—The death of a 20-year-old University of Minnesota student in St. Paul last month was alcohol-related, the Ramsey County medical examiner's office said Thursday, Oct. 11. Dylan Fulton had been drinking, vomited when he was passed out and choked to death, said Lori Hedican, chief investigator at the medical examiner's office. He died at his fraternity house on Sept. 12. Fulton grew up on his family farm south of St. Lawrence, S.D. He was pursuing a degree in animal science with a beef production emphasis.
MINNEAPOLIS—A former FBI agent who investigated 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling's disappearance said Tuesday that the Stearns County sheriff's recent analysis of the case was distorted and "a revisionist account of the investigation." Steve Gilkerson, who is retired from the FBI, said Don Gudmundson — who was not sheriff or working in Stearns County when Wetterling was kidnapped in 1989 — misled the public about what FBI agents "were doing and what they were able to do."
ST. PAUL — Community meetings about Level 3 predatory offenders have become somewhat commonplace in St. Paul, but an upcoming meeting — involving 12 offenders — has drawn attention and ire from some. One woman asked on Facebook: Why are "we even housing predators (and) giving them a chance to re-offend"? Another suggested the men should be put on an island together, away from children. Others mused on the intersection of civil rights and protection of society, and proposed that people attend the community meeting to find out more.
ST. PAUL—A St. Paul woman took a side job of charging electric rental scooters, thinking it could bring in a little extra money and help pay down her student loans. But now her family is warning about a danger they never saw coming. While eight Lime scooters were charging in their Highland Park garage, a fire broke out.
ST. PAUL—What happened to 20-year-old Dylan Fulton, who died at his fraternity house in St. Paul on Wednesday, could have happened to anyone, his family said Thursday. "It is with a very heavy heart that I share this but I want people to know the real Dylan and not let this horrific, unimaginable tragedy define the man Dylan truly was," Fulton's family said in a statement. "This could have been anyone's son/brother/grandson/nephew/cousin.....GOOD KID." Fulton, who was from a small town in central South Dakota, was valedictorian of the Miller High School class of 2017.
ST. PAUL — Both police officers who responded to a St. Paul apartment 20 years ago shared the same thought — that when they found the children and removed the tight ligatures from their necks, they could save them. All six kids were still warm to the touch and paramedics were right there to render aid. In the moments after a woman reported she had killed her children, officers Sheila Larson and Tony Chaffee were in shock over what they were seeing. They could only focus on trying to help.
ST. PAUL—After recent shootings in St. Paul, African-American community members had a message on Tuesday: "Turn yourself in." Two people were fatally shot in St. Paul last week and others injured in shootings, including three individuals outside a bar on Saturday night. Charges have been filed against people in two of the homicides and police said the other cases remain under investigation.