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Authorities seek to reconstruct Kelly Phillips' last days

Authorities are searching cellphone records in hopes of reconstructing the movements of Kelly Phillips in the days before he was shot and killed at an Arden Hills gas station last month, according to search warrant affidavits filed recently. Within hours of the slaying, authorities established Lyle "Ty" Hoffman, Phillips' former romantic and business partner, as the prime suspect in the case.

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Related Topix: Arden Hills, MN

Mon Sep 15, 2014

KSTP

Judge Splits Clergy Sex Abuse Trial into 2 Phases

A judge has split an upcoming clergy sex abuse trial against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Diocese of Winona into two separate phases. The plaintiff, identified only as Doe 1, alleges that church leaders created a "public nuisance" by failing to warn parishioners about a priest who sexually abused him in the 1970s.

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Sat Sep 13, 2014

TwinCities

His St. Paul hotel swindle reveals long history of deception

Based on what he tells family, women he's courting and even a judge, Derek Alldred has had a lot jobs. But at least one lie caught up with him last month, when he pleaded guilty in Ramsey County to swindling the St. Paul Hotel out of roughly $2,000.

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Related Topix: St. Paul, MN, Criminal Defense Law, Law

Fri Sep 12, 2014

Star-Telegram.com

$2M bail for suspect in gas station killing

A man accused of killing his former boyfriend and business partner at a suburban Minneapolis gas station abandoned a suitcase that contained ammunition consistent with the bullets used in the slaying, according to a criminal complaint unsealed Friday. The complaint was unsealed as Lyle "Ty" Hoffman made his first court appearance since his arrest Thursday, after a month on the run.

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Related Topix: Violent Crime, Criminal Defense Law, Law

TwinCities

Ex-Minneapolis man gets 20 years in bloody knifing of St. Paul ex-girlfriend

A man was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison for a bloody knife attack of his former girlfriend in her St. Paul home. Damien Tito Jones, 43, formerly of Minneapolis,was convicted of second-degree attempted murder of his then-girlfriend, Ebony Gums.

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TwinCities

Mendota Heights cop's accused killer indicted on first-degree murder charges

Aug. 2014 courtesy photo of Brian George Fitch, Sr. Fitch, 39, the man charged in the slaying of Mendota Heights police officer Scott Patrick will make his first court appearance at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, 2014 after delays while he recovered from gunshot wounds received during his arrest. Fitch is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the death of officer Scott Patrick, 47. Prosecutors say Fitch fatally shot the 19-year veteran of the force during a routine traffic stop July 30, 2014.

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Related Topix: Mendota Heights, MN, Violent Crime, Dakota County, MN

TwinCities

GOP gubernatorial candidate Jeff Johnson: Repeal child-care union law

Jeff Johnson, the Republican candidate for governor, wants to repeal the measure DFL Gov. Mark Dayton signed into law last year that lets unions try to organize child-care providers. Standing outside Dayton's office on the Capitol Mall with child care providers who oppose unionization, Johnson said, "Mark Dayton's attempt to force these business women and thousands of other child care providers across the state of Minnesota into the union is really about one thing and one thing only: paying back the union that helped him get elected.

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Related Topix: Mark Dayton, US Governors, US Politics, US News, US Senate, Democrat

Thu Sep 11, 2014

TwinCities

Friday Opinuendo: On the Ford Plant, Summit Hill houses, Phalen lights and more ...

There are lessons for St. Paul in its experience as home to Ford's former Twin Cities Assembly Plant -- lessons we're at risk of losing. The effort to make sure that doesn't happen is taking a new turn this fall with organization of Ford Legacy Minnesota.

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Related Topix: St. Paul, MN, Opinion

Star Tribune

Fugitive murder suspect Ty Hoffman arrested in Shakopee, police say

Police said Lyle "Ty" Hoffman was arrested after he was spotted on foot looking at an Arby's drive-through menu in Shakopee. Lyle "Ty" Hoffman, accused of fatally shooting his former romantic and nightclub business partner exactly one month ago, was peacefully arrested in Shakopee on Thursday morning near a fast-food restaurant, police said.

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Related Topix: Violent Crime, Dining, Arden Hills, MN

Star Tribune

Wanted: Food and rec services manager for Como Pavilion

What's making news in St. Paul, reported by the Star Tribune's team of city reporters. Send news tips to richard.meryhew@startribune.com .

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City Pages

St. Paul Police Release Chris Lollie Arrest Surveillance Footage

Yesterday, the St. Paul Police department released two surveillance videos of Chrie Lollie's rough arrest in the First National Bank Building skyway. Though the videos show what you'd expect them to show in light of Lollie's cell phone footage , the St. Paul cop union took to Facebook to argue they "show that the officers involved handled the situation professionally and in accordance with their training."

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Related Topix: ACLU, Criminal Defense Law, Law

Wed Sep 10, 2014

Star Tribune

St. Paul home-care provider found guilty of bilking Medicaid

A St. Paul home-care provider was found guilty of cheating Medicaid out of tens of thousands of dollars by submitting false claims, the Minnesota Department of Human Services said Wednesday. Charles Kwadzo Sokpa-Anku, 44, who did business as Carelinks Home Care Inc., was ordered to pay $20,791 in restitution and to spend 30 days in the Ramsey County workhouse, after a jury found him guilty of three counts of defrauding Medicaid, the state and federal health insurance program for the poor.

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Related Topix: Healthcare Law

TwinCities

Eagan man sues Ramsey County detox center, alleging mistreatment

An Eagan man has filed suit against Ramsey County and employees of its detox center for allegedly ignoring his fractured leg when he was there -- and manhandling him hard enough to fracture his arm as well. Marc Hall on Wednesday filed a request for a jury trial in Ramsey County District Court, alleging assault, battery, false imprisonment and negligence.

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Related Topix: Criminal Defense Law, Law

Star Tribune

Archdiocese trial will stay in Ramsey County

A high-profile civil suit alleging clergy sexual abuse of minors and a coverup by the Catholic Church will be tried in Ramsey County, the Minnesota Court of Appeals has ruled. The appeals court rejected the Diocese of Winona's request for a change of venue in the case of Doe 1 vs. Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis , Diocese of Winona and Thomas Adamson.

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Related Topix: Olmsted County, MN, New Ulm, MN

CBS Local

Sheriff: Reward Up To $40K To Find Arden Hills Murder Suspect

The Ramsey County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday it has increased the reward to $40,000 for tips leading to the arrest and conviction of Ty Hoffman, the man suspected in an Arden Hills murder and Blaine bank robbery last month. A warrant is out for Hoffman's arrest in connection with the Aug. 11 shooting death of Kelly Phillips at an Arden Hills gas station.

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Related Topix: Violent Crime, Arden Hills, MN, Blaine, MN

Star Tribune

St. Paul cop charged with forgery, fraud rejects plea deal

What's making news in St. Paul, reported by the Star Tribune's team of city reporters. Send news tips to richard.meryhew@startribune.com .

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Related Topix: Criminal Defense Law, Law

CBS Local

Police: Facebook Feud Led To Attack In St. Paul

Ramsey County authorities say a St. Paul woman beat another woman with a baseball bat after the strangers got into an argument on Facebook. Thirty-one-year-old Bridget Olson is charged with second-degree felony assault in the Sept.

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Related Topix: St. Paul, MN, Weird

Sentinel

Authorities ID victim of blaze

Local police confirmed Tuesday that a body found at the scene of a house fire Sunday was that of Diane Havel, 61, the owner of the home. Police said the Ramsey County Medical Examiner provided the identification.

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Tue Sep 09, 2014

Star Tribune

Criminal charges unlikely in priest sex abuse cases

Ramsey County Attorney John Choi issued a plea Tuesday for victims to continue to come forward, despite any barriers posed by the statute of limitations. Criminal charges are not likely to be filed in 10 cases of alleged sexual abuse of minors by Catholic priests because the incidents are so old, Ramsey County Attorney John Choi said.

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Related Topix: Criminal Defense Law, Law, Roman Catholic Church, Religion

Roseville Review

A tale of two Wal-Marts: cities deal with stores' policing needs

Vadnais Heights and Roseville, two recent recipients of Wal-Mart Supercenters, have found that although the retail hubs attract crowds of shoppers, they also require a good deal of police attention, leading the cities to look for ways to help cut the cost of increased policing. The Wal-Mart store in St. Anthony Village remains vacant after it was closed earlier this year in favor of a location in Roseville near a Metro Transit Park & Ride lot.

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Related Topix: Vadnais Heights, MN, Roseville, MN

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