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23
Jul

Roseville massage therapist charged with misconduct

Brandon Lee PalmerThe Ramsey County Attorney’s Office has charged Brandon Lee Palmer, a massage therapist and owner of Serene Body Therapy on Snelling Avenue, with one count of criminal sexual conduct in the fourth degree and one count of criminal sexual conduct in the fifth degree.
According to the Roseville Police Department, the charges against Palmer, 30, stem from a complaint made on Feb. 11, from a female client who alleged she was touched inappropriately while receiving a massage from Palmer.

Mon
22
Jul

SSP police, fire departments ask public to help nab arsonist

The South Metro Fire Department and the South St. Paul Police Department request the public’s help to end to the series of arson fires that have plagued the city for the past two years.
The most recent rash of fires, set July 16 between 1 and 3:30 a.m., did significant property damage.

Mon
22
Jul

WSP man convicted for shooting at police

A West St. Paul man who shot at Inver Grove Heights police before leading officers on a high-speed chase was convicted on multiple felony charges last week.
Justin Thadeus Amick, 41, was convicted July 18 on two counts of assault and one count of ineligible person in possession of a firearm. Amick was acquitted on two charges of attempted murder and two additional assault charges.

Mon
22
Jul

SSP unsure Sanimax’ green-energy plan passes smell test

Green energy may be the future, but South St. Paul officials don’t want it to come at the cost of a pungent present.
The city is in negotiations with Sanimax to allow the company to build a new bio-digestion facility at its South St. Paul location. The facility would be used to break down food and other organic waste into methane gas, which would then be used to produce electricity.

Mon
22
Jul

A booster on the way for East Side business


The facade of the building at 798 Margaret St. will be getting a restoration before the building becomes the East Side Enterprise Center. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Plans have turned into funds for a new community resource hub on the East Side.  
The Dayton’s Bluff Community Council and the Latino Economic Development Center have teamed up to put together what they’re calling “the East Side Enterprise Center.” They plan to move into a classic old building known as the Pabst building at 798 Margaret St. They’ve acquired funds from the city to move forward with buying and rehabbing it.

Mon
22
Jul

‘Wheelage’ tax passed to keep up Ramsey County roads


A pothole butts up against a recently repaired patch of road on White Bear Avenue, a county road that may be repaired in short order thanks in part to a new Ramsey County wheelage tax. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

The Ramsey County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to introduce a $10 “wheelage” tax to improve the county’s ailing roads.
The $10 per-vehicle charge, added onto license plate tab fees, will bring in an estimated $3.8 million dollars to fund major construction projects, according to a statement from the county.
Jim Tolaas, director of the county Public Works department, called the new funds “a major infusion that will actually make a meaningful difference that people will be able to see.”

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

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