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Wed
26
Feb

Frozen water pipes cause problems for North St. Paul residents, staff

Sub-zero temperatures have frozen about 35 service pipes in neighborhoods around North St. Paul this winter, leaving some residents without water for less than a day to as long as five days.
Scott Duddeck said he hasn’t seen this many iced-up water lines in one year in the more than 20 years he’s worked with the North St. Paul Public Works Department.
“We’ve never had anything this extreme,” the public works director said. “We’ve had an occasional service freeze here or there. This year is very out of the norm.”

Wed
26
Feb

North St. Paul couple donates $34K for toddler park in daughter’s memory


North St. Paul City Council member Terry Furlong, who also works with the Parks and Recreation Commission, left, stands with Tony and Sarah Zahradka. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

The story of Tony and Sarah Zahradka moved hundreds of people throughout the Twin Cities area to help build a park for younger children in North St. Paul.
With the help of many donors over about two months, the North St. Paul couple recently contributed $34,350 to a fund for a toddler-friendly play structure at Casey Lake Park. They presented the ceremonial check to the city at the Feb. 18 North St. Paul City Council meeting.

Tue
25
Feb

Police try to identify gunman who threatened to rape 2 women in North St. Paul, Maplewood

Investigators have been following up on tips pouring in through phone calls and text messages, searching for the suspect who appears to be the same man who got into one car in North St. Paul and then another in Maplewood on Sunday night, threatening to rape and shoot the two women who drove them.
One woman took her chance to run away, and the other convinced the man to let her go unharmed.  By Tuesday afternoon, police had received many calls and texts from people who claimed to have seen the man, but they haven't yet led investigators to the suspect's identity.

Mon
24
Feb

Partners in crime target metro area Menards stores

Howard and St. John hit 12 separate locations; stole more than $8,000 worth of tools
In just a week and a half, two partners in crime stole more than $8,000 worth of goods from 12 Menards stores in the metro area last summer.
The thefts took place between June 4 and June 14, 2013.

Mon
24
Feb

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.

Mon
24
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.

Thu
20
Feb

Maplewood police investigate ‘troubling’ phone calls to businesses

The Maplewood Police Department is investigating reports of five “troubling” phone calls to businesses, where the caller asked women about their age, hair color and what they were wearing.
The caller reportedly sounded like a male, and identified himself as a police officer from Maplewood, St. Paul or Roseville, according to the department.

Thu
20
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.

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.

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