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Fri
19
Jul

Testimony continues in Beecroft murder trial

Prosecutors are for the second time laying out their case against Nicole Beecroft, accused of stabbing her newborn daughter to death in 2007.
On Thursday, a Ramsey County medical examiner testified the infant was born alive. Beecroft's defense team has argued that prosecutors can't prove beyond reasonable doubt that the baby was alive at the time she was stabbed.
Beecroft's defense team hasn't denied that Beecroft gave birth to the baby girl in the basement laundry room of her mother's Oakdale Home in April 2007. The baby's body was found in a trash can outside.

Thu
18
Jul

Maplewood residents want their homes annexed to North St. Paul


map courtesy of Google Maps

In an unusual step, the owners of two Maplewood properties submitted a petition last week to the North St. Paul City Council asking for the council’s support for annexation.
Laurie Ehlers-Johnson and Dave Johnson, 2587 Lydia Ave. E, and Roxanne and Anthony Berwald, 2573 Lydia Ave. E, want to detach their residential properties from the city of Maplewood and become part of North St. Paul.
They say that although they reside in Maplewood, the majority of their utilities — water, sewer and electrical power — come from North St. Paul. Their main concern, however, is the amount of time it takes for emergency services to reach their homes, which are north of Silver Lake and west of Joy Park.

Thu
18
Jul

Man sentenced in Smokedale robbery

A 19-year-old man was sentenced to prison time last month for his role in a January attempted robbery of the Smokedale Tobacco Shop in Oakdale.
In a robbery attempt where plenty went wrong — the getaway driver ditched the robbers and the would-be victims refused to cooperate — police findings that the man had a handgun with a live round ready to fire indicate the situation could have turned deadly.

Thu
18
Jul

Into the principal’s office…

Meet Kevin Wolff, principal at Maplewood Middle School, Meet Angela LaBounty, assistant principal at Maplewood Middle SchoolMeet Pangjua Xiong, principal at Weaver Elementary School, Meet Jaysen Anderson, assistant principal at North High School

Wed
17
Jul

Teenager dead from gunfire at Payne and Case - update


A memorial for the teenage homicide victim has been set up near the intersection of Payne Avenue and Lawson Street. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

St. Paul police said 17-year-old Vincent Arron Allison of St. Paul died in a shooting near the intersection of Payne and Case avenues last week.
A memorial near the site of his death had handwritten messages saying: "Gone but never forgotten;" "Love you bro;" and "May god bless the family." The messages, along with flowers were tied to a streetlight, with candles and other objects laid at the base of the pole.
According to the criminal complaint, police responded to a call at 9:26 p.m. Thursday, July 11, where they found the young man bloodied and without a pulse in the Salvation Army parking lot near Payne and Lawson avenues.

Wed
17
Jul

Silver Lake Splash fundraiser July 21


Ella McKee, Ben Olson, and David McKee splash around on an outing to Silver Lake Beach. Neighbors are in the final planning stages of the annual beach fundraiser Silver Lake Splash to be held July 21. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

If you’ve never attended the Silver Lake Splash fundraiser in North St. Paul, make this year your first! The annual event is back and better than ever, with activities all day for the whole family.
The fundraiser, now in its fourth year, was started after the city cut funding for lifeguards at Silver Lake beach. However, after a community outcry, the council re-opened the beach and the Silver Lake Splash fundraiser was born.
Residents Ingrid Koller, Mary Kvaal and Lynnette Olsen banded together with their neighbors in 2010 to organize the first fundraiser, which has been going strong ever since.

Wed
17
Jul

Lewis pleads guilty in Craigslist death

At a plea hearing July 10, Maplewood resident Steven E. Lewis, 27, told Ramsey Court District Judge Margaret Marrinan he only meant to rob a man, not kill him.
Lewis pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and first-degree robbery charges after fatally shooting a St. Paul man last year. Lewis told Marrinan that he “never intended to kill” Aung Thu Bo, 19; his goal was to rob Bo and his girlfriend.
In August 2012, Lewis placed an ad on Craigslist.com saying he wanted to sell an iPhone 4S for $250. Bo responded to the ad, and agreed to meet Aug. 10 with Lewis outside Leo’s Chow Mein on Hudson Road in St. Paul.

 

Wed
17
Jul

Hilton closed at 36

Heads up, motorists: both directions of Hilton Trail at Highway 36 in Pine Springs will be closed for the next two months.

Wed
17
Jul

LE council member steps down

At the June 18 Lake Elmo city council meeting, Mayor Mike Pearson made an unexpected announcement: seven-year council member Nicole Park would be resigning from her position. Although Park was not able to attend the meeting, Pearson read aloud a brief email explaining her reasoning.
“I need to share that my last meeting as a Council Member will be on Tuesday, July 16th, 2013,” Park wrote. “It was a difficult decision to end my term early, but with much thought, over this past year, I decided that it is the best decision for myself and for my family.”
In a later interview, Park said she wanted to spend more “quality time” with her two sons, who are 12 and 14.

Wed
17
Jul

St. Anthony Village receives City of Excellence Award for second time

The city of St. Anthony was presented with a City of Excellence Award from the League of Minnesota Cities at the LMC’s annual conference on Wednesday, June 20.
This year marked the 100-year anniversary of the conference, which met for three days at St. Paul’s River Centre from June 19-21.
St. Anthony received the award for its collaboration with other municipalities, and for innovation and improved city services.

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