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.
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.
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.
The proposed building at Casey Lake Park features bathrooms, a gathering space and a kitchen. The park is north of the intersection of 17th Avenue and East Mohawk Road. (courtesy of the city of North St. Paul)
The North St. Paul Parks and Recreation Commission will present the design for a proposed building at Casey Lake Park at an open house from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, at City Hall, 2400 Margaret St.
Residents will have a chance to check out the project and offer feedback.
The Penumbra Theatre will present scenes from the play ‘Bearing Witness: The Ballad of Emmett Till,’ Feb. 6 at Roseville Library. (submitted photo)
Actress Thomasina Petrus from the Mixed Blood Theatre’s ‘Daughters of Africa - a Musical Celebration.’ (submitted photo)
This February, Ramsey County Libraries will celebrate diversity with a series on black history. The Roseville and Maplewood branches of the library will present five free events as part of their month-long public education program on African-American history.
Judy Woodward, the history coordinator for Ramsey County Libraries, organized the series to honor Black History Month and join a Ramsey County-wide initiative to promote diversity.
The programming will highlight some of the history of Minnesota and the different cultural groups within the state.
Burglary suspect Noah Erickson, 28, of North St. Paul was arrested after driving erratically on Wednesday, Jan. 22, around 4 p.m.
Woodbury police officers reportedly followed Erickson into the East Side's Payne-Phalen neighborhood while investigating a Woodbury burglary, but before they could make contact with him, they said he began driving erratically.
While it’s a big chilly to think about summer picnics, reservations for picnic shelters and pavilions within the Ramsey County parks system are now open for the 2014 season. Reservations will be accepted in person or by mail on a first-come, first-served basis at the Ramsey County Parks and Recreation administrative office, 2015 North Van Dyke St., Maplewood. Standard hours for phone, mail and in-person reservations are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. The 2014 picnic season will run May 3 to Sept. 29. Picnics may start as early as 11 a.m.