Patrick Larkin

Mon
21
Oct

Execs break a sweat on the East Side


Jay Lund, CEO of Andersen Windows, center, feeds a piece of siding through a table saw on Monday, Oct. 14 at a Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity home on the 600 block of Whitall Street in the Payne-Phalen neighborhood. (photos by Patrick Larkin/Review)

It’s not everyday that you can walk down lower Payne Avenue, turn off half a block, and run into thirty CEO’s wearing blue jeans and holding circular saws.
But that was the scene on Monday on the 600 block of Whitall Street where the leaders of companies like Cargill, Andersen Windows, Allianz Life Insurance Company, and Bremer Bank spent the day fitting siding onto a Habitat for Humanity town home.

Mon
21
Oct

The big picture: Can the police busts make a dent in the East Side Boyz?

For St. Paul police commander Dave Korus, the gang-related charges filed Wednesday, Oct. 9, are just the tip of the iceberg.

Mon
21
Oct

The detail: Criminal complaints outline charges filed against alleged gang members


Cornelius Larkin

The criminal complaints filed recently by the Ramsey County attorney’s office detailed the events leading up to the recent gang busts in St. Paul.

Mon
21
Oct

The busts: 16 arrested in East Side gang targeting

St. Paul police made a series of arrests earlier this month in a multi-pronged, year-long effort to combat gang-related crime on the city’s East Side.

Mon
14
Oct

Level-three sex offender moves to area


Sia Vang

Police have announced that a level-three sex offender has moved to the 1200 block of Bush Avenue in St. Paul.
Sia Vang, 28, has a history of sexual contact with females age 12-13. The young female victims were known to Vang.

Mon
14
Oct

New outdoor classroom comes to Vento sanctuary


The new outdoor classroom is built with native limestone quarried in Minnesota. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Just downhill from the potential site for Tracy Sides’ million-dollar idea lies the site of another innovation at the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary: an outdoor classroom.
Dan McGuiness of the Lower Phalen Creek Project has been working to build a “classroom” setting to enhance the park’s options, with the help of grant money from the McNeely Foundation, directed to the project by 3M.

Mon
14
Oct

Five charged in a series of Craigslist robberies in St. Paul

The Ramsey County attorney’s office wants you to be wary of sketchy Craigslist deals.
This could include avoiding meeting a potential seller in an alleyway, or after dark.
Five people out of a six-person ring of three brothers, a girlfriend, and two acquaintances are charged with crimes related to a series of robberies undertaken using Craigslist ads.

Mon
14
Oct

City launches Railroad Island sweep

As part of an effort called “Spotlight on Railroad Island,” the St. Paul Department of Safety and Inspections will do an “environmental sweep” of properties in the Railroad Island neighborhood.
DSI director Ricardo Cervantes said the sweep will involve city inspectors looking for exterior property maintenance issues, including weeds, tall grass, litter and graffiti -- “those particular code issues that diminish the livability of the neighborhood,” Cervantes said.

Tue
08
Oct

East Side resident in critical condition after hit-and-run


Wade Souster, 31, is shown in critical condition, lying in a hospital bed in the surgical intensive care unit at Regions Hospital in St. Paul. (Photo courtesy of Wade Souster's family)

Wade Souster, 31, was nearly home when a vehicle struck him in the early hours of Thursday, Oct. 3. The driver did not stop.
At 4 a.m., another driver spotted Souster lying in the median of Phalen Boulevard, near the intersection of Atlantic Street. Emergency personnel were called to the scene, and he was brought to Regions Hospital.
Now, he lies in a hospital bed, fighting for his life.

Mon
07
Oct

East Sider’s car stolen three times within a year

While car thefts are not unheard of in the Payne-Phalen neighborhood, it’s perhaps a bit out of the ordinary to have your vehicle stolen three times in a year.
But Lisa Venticinque has struck just this stroke of bad luck. Since December 2012, her 1997 Honda Accord has thrice been stolen, each time seemingly by young thieves looking for joyrides.
For Sgt. Tom Radke, who works in the auto theft department at the St. Paul Police Department, Venticinque’s story doesn’t particularly surprise him.

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