Drop in the bucket of overall trafficking scene in Twin Cities
Though one group of sex traffickers will do prison time, little ground has been made on the overall scene of sex trafficking in the Twin Cities, notes Ramsey County Attorney John Choi.
Five individuals involved in a sex ring that was active on the East Side, victimizing young and underage women, have now recieved sentencing — in total, they face 50 years in prison.
The Gotthielf Christoff House at 737 Plum St., constructed in 1882, could soon be demolished. The city-owned home, which sits in the Dayton’s Bluff historic district is found to have a decent foundation, but rotting floor joists and other issues. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
Historic Preservation Committee, neighbors oppose the demolitions
It may be goodbye for some roughed-up historic homes in Dayton's Bluff.
Despite pushback from the city's Heritage Preservation Commission, St. Paul's Housing and Redevelopment Authority will pursue the demolition of seven historic homes in the Dayton's Bluff Heritage Preservation District.
The HRA will pursue the demolition to shed property that it says is too far gone or requires too much subsidy to save.
Four charged in burglary-turned-murder
Police have made arrests and charges have been filed in the slaying of Sarah Anne Wierstad, 24, who was killed outside her apartment after getting off of work Sunday, Oct. 18.
She had arrived home ready to see her 5-year-old daughter, but was greeted by three men burglarizing her apartment.
Two charged in gang-related drive-by murder
24-year-old Emmett Shaw died following a drive-by shooting on the Earl Street bridge over Phalen Boulevard. Shaw was killed on Thursday, Oct. 15, while walking with a group of four other young men who were also shot at, but not struck.
On Wednesday, Oct. 21, about 75 residents turned out to call for peace and security in the lower East Side in the wake of a rash of homicides in the area. The group marched down Minnehaha Avenue from the Hamm’s Brewery to Weida Park. (Patrick Larkn/Review)
Crowd condemns spate of gun violence
In the wake of five homicides in East Side neighborhoods in the past month, community members gathered to perform a peaceful march to decry the violence, and show community solidarity.
So, gathering in the golden hours of the day on Wednesday, Oct. 14, a group of about 75 marched from the old Hamm's Brewery buildings on Minnehaha to Weida Park, chanting calls for peace and justice.
Police pledge ramped-up patrols
With three shooting deaths in two different lower East Side neighborhoods, police say they are stepping up patrols nearby.
“We as a police department are fed up,” said Steve Linders, spokesperson for the St. Paul Police Department. Linders said residents in the Railroad Island and Dayton’s Bluff neighborhoods, where the incidents took place, will see an increase in patrolling officers in the wake of the incidents.
Youth and their mentors from the state’s YouthBuild programs gathered at the Hmong American Farmers Association farmland in Vermillion, Minnesota, to help build 25 sheds for Hmong farmers. (photo courtesy of Mike Hazard and the Hmong American Farmers Association)
On Oct. 13 and 14, about 100 high-schoolers from across Minnesota built 25 storage sheds for farmers at Hmong American Farmers Association's farm plots in Vermillion Township, located in south-central Dakota County.