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2 women unharmed after man threatened to shoot, rape them in Maplewood, North St. Paul


North St. Paul and Maplewood police are searching for a suspect who reportedly used a gun to force two women to drive their cars to another location, threatening to shoot and rape them in the adjacent suburbs. The man, who was described as a white male, 30 to 40 years old, wearing dark clothing and latex gloves, has not been apprehended. (Courtesy of the Maplewood Police Department)

Police suspect the same man held two women at gunpoint in their cars Sunday night, one in Maplewood right after the other in North St. Paul, forcing them to drive around and threatening to rape them.
One woman fled, and the other was let go unharmed.

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Feb

Check fraud in Maplewood leads to multi-city mail theft investigation

Two arrests made; charges likely, police say
Maplewood detectives have been sifting through two large cardboard boxes of mail addressed to homes in several cities, a process that may lead to criminal charges for two residents of St. Paul’s East Side.
The Maplewood Police Department responded to a report of two people who were  trying to cash a fraudulent check on Feb. 14 at a bank on the 2900 block of White Bear Avenue, according to a police statement.

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Feb

Confusing White Bear Avenue intersection to get a redo


The five-way intersection at White Bear Avenue, Ames Place and Case Avenue should get a makeover this summer. St. Paul Public Works Department plans to turn Ames Place into a cul-de-sac. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Chuck Repke recalled a time years back when a car slammed into the side of a hair salon at the corner of White Bear and Case avenues.
It struck the building so hard that not only was the exterior wall of the building damaged, but the interior walls were also askew.
The incident happened when a southbound car on White Bear Avenue struck a vehicle exiting Ames Place, Repke said.

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Feb

Trevino to appeal murder conviction, sentence

Nearly a year after his wife was last seen alive, East Side resident Jeffery Trevino is appealing a judge’s decision that will have him behind bars for the next 27 years if not overturned.

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Feb

St. Paul teacher’s union moves to vote on strike

Contract negotiations between St. Paul Public Schools administration and the St. Paul Federation of Teachers are coming to a head.

Wed
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Feb

Agencies look to monitor, reduce PFC levels this spring

If Punxsutawney Phil had come to the east metro on Groundhog Day Feb. 2, he may have predicted six weeks of studies related to perfluorochemical (PFC) groundwater contamination.
While that seems like a pretty specific prediction, this spring, several organizations on the federal, state and municipal level are investigating and hoping to reduce the effects of these chemicals on Washington County residents.

Wed
19
Feb

Maplewood acquires Fish Creek land


Fish Creek cuts through a property in south Maplewood that the city recently acquired, after pursuing the land for more than 20 years. (Courtesy of the city of Maplewood)

For around 30 years, Carolyn Peterson pushed for the purchase of an expanse of land in south Maplewood recently acquired by the city, even though she still hasn’t seen most of it.
She contracted polio at a young age, leaving her disabled, she said. When Peterson was introduced to the 70-acre Fish Creek parcel decades ago, it was too difficult for her to trek through parts of the rugged property.

Wed
19
Feb

Beecroft sentencing set for May

After months of waiting, Nicole Beecroft’s retrial proceedings are once again moving forward.
In September 2013, Washington County Judge John Hoffman convicted Beecroft, 24, of Oakdale of second-degree murder in the stabbing death of her newborn daughter.
A status hearing was held Feb. 14, 2014, after having been postponed for three months for several reasons, including defense attorneys’ scheduling conflicts.

Wed
19
Feb

East metro previews Gateway Corridor transit project


Gateway Corridor planners helped residents and community leaders brainstorm ideas for bus or light-rail stops in Oakdale, Lake Elmo and Woodbury at an open house Feb. 6 at Globe University in Woodbury. A formal feedback period on the project starts March 3. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

East metro residents and leaders recently previewed a project that would add 12 miles of a light-rail train line or designated bus lanes, linking St. Paul with neighboring suburbs, including Maplewood, Oakdale and Lake Elmo.

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19
Feb

Oakdale reveals strategy for allowing AmericInn conversion to senior housing


AmericInn Lodge and Suites is located at 6630 Hudson Blvd. in Oakdale. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

After voicing some concerns at a previous meeting, Oakdale City Council members seem to be on board with a new strategy for allowing a St. Paul business owner to move forward with plans to convert an existing hotel to senior housing.

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