Sarah Horner / St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL -- It’s been more than five years since Andrew Henderson had his camera seized by a Ramsey County deputy after Henderson refused to identify himself or stop recording law enforcement’s conduct outside his Little Canada apartment. He says he’s still reeling from it, though, and has now taken steps he says are aimed at ensuring no other Ramsey County resident has to endure what he did.
ST. PAUL -- Lillian Kuller’s family waited more than three decades for an apology from the man who strangled the former dancer while burglarizing her St. Paul home in the winter of 1987. On Tuesday, Oct. 30, they thought the moment had finally arrived. It never did. Instead of expressing remorse during his sentencing hearing inside a Ramsey County District courtroom, Michael Withers lambasted the judge and prosecutor’s office for turning his case into a “media circus” for their own political gain.
MAPLEWOOD, Minn. — A Nevis, Minn., man yelled racial slurs and threatened workers inside a Maplewood Burger King before rubbing his genitals on the fast food restaurant’s glass window, charges say. Employees at the Burger King told Ryan Wayne Lewis to leave after he hurled racial slurs inside the restaurant when he drunkenly entered to use the bathroom around 9:30 p.m. on Oct. 17, according to court documents.
ST. PAUL — A man busted driving some 350 pounds of marijuana from California to the Twin Cities in December led authorities to a St. Paul couple charged this week with felony drug counts. Cynthia Ntxheb Yang, 35, and her husband, Kao Xiong, 38, were charged after police executed a search warrant at their home and found more than 100 packages of marijuana and thousands of dollars in cash, according to criminal complaints filed against them in Ramsey County District Court. Both Yang and Xiong face first- and second-degree drug charges.
ST. PAUL — A girl at a St. Paul elementary school noticed a suspicious man lurking near their playground earlier this week and told some of her classmates. As the man started heading in her direction, her friends huddled around her, and the man ran away, authorities say.
ST. PAUL - It took 30 years, but Michael Withers finally admitted he strangled an 81-year-old woman during a burglary attempt inside her St. Paul home during the winter of 1987. Withers made the admission Friday in Ramsey County District Court as three of Lillian Kuller’s granddaughters listened from the gallery. After reaching a plea deal with the state, Withers, 60, pleaded guilty to one count of unintentional second-degree murder while committing a felony.
ST. PAUL — A man under investigation for his role in his girlfriend's death inside her St. Paul home earlier this summer has been charged with her murder. Ivan Walker, 33, faces one count of intentional second-degree murder in the death of Shana Hollins, according to an amended criminal complaint filed against him Tuesday, Sept. 11, in Ramsey County District Court. The charge comes more than a month after police were called to an East Side townhome around 7 a.m. on July 23 after a young man reported that his mother's boyfriend may have killed her.
MINNEAPOLIS - A Minneapolis man who murdered a 32-year-old father in front of his children last summer will spend the rest of his life in prison. The sentence came Tuesday in Hennepin County District Court about two weeks after a jury convicted James Woodard of first-degree murder without the possibility of parole in the death of Divittin Hos
MINNEAPOLIS — A U.S. Postal Service employee is accused of firing a shotgun into the Federal Reserve Bank building in downtown Minneapolis last month while some employees were still inside and hundreds of spectators were gathered outside to watch a fireworks display. The Minneapolis Police Department's Violent Criminal Apprehension Team arrested Christopher Douglas Wood on Monday, Aug. 20, as he was leaving his St. Paul apartment in the 2300 block of Long Avenue after a U.S. postal inspector helped investigators link him to the incident, legal documents say.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.—An Eden Prairie man is accused of helping his apparently ailing wife kill herself, authorities say. Thomas James Houck, 61, was charged Monday with one count of aiding another's suicide, according to the criminal complaint filed against him in Hennepin County District Court. Houck initially told law enforcement that during the early morning hours on Thursday, he discovered his wife dead when he woke up to use the bathroom, telling authorities at the time that she had "euthanized herself" via asphyxiation, charges say.