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A New Hope man accused of fatally shooting a Maplewood woman at her Mendota Heights workplace is in custody after evading authorities for three days, Dakota County Sheriff Tim Leslie said. Lucifer Vincent Nguyen, 44, was arrested late Monday, July 31, in Blaine. He faces Dakota County charges of second-degree murder, two counts of aggravated robbery, first-degree burglary and kidnapping.
The brother of a man acquitted in the highly publicized 1992 disappearance of a 5-year-old Inver Grove Heights girl faces 18 months in prison and 15 years of probation following conviction for sex crimes involving a minor in his care. A Washington County court sentenced Jerry Guevara Jr., 53, Woodbury, Monday, July 31, on two felony third-degree criminal sexual conduct charges stemming from a nearly 15-year sexual relationship that led to the birth of six children. The mother would have been 16 when the first child was born.
A bill that would accelerate the construction of a federal nuclear repository at a former nuclear testing site in Nevada experienced its first victory after passing a U.S. House Energy and Commerce subcommittee last weekend. The partner bill in the U.S. Senate, however, excluded funding for the project's completion.
A Brooklyn Park man will serve eight years in prison for his role in trafficking two women for commercial sex at a Woodbury hotel. A Washington County judge convicted Tyree Erik Jones, 23, of aiding and abetting the sex trafficking of an individual July 14. Jones pleaded guilty to two counts of the felony crime earlier this month.
All Dakota County licensing offices will offer limited services July 20-24. Official licensing centers in Burnsville, Lakeville and Rosemount will remain open, but people will not be able to get driver's licenses, buy license tabs, transfer vehicle titles or access records. That's because the Department of Public Safety must replace its 30-year-old mainframe computer. Online limitations actually will start Monday, July 17, the Department of Public Safety said.
Former Department of Defense official and Army veteran Dan Feehan announced his run for Minnesota's first congressional district July 11. The Red Wing native will join a pool of four candidates — three fellow Democrats and one Republican — hoping to secure votes for the state's southernmost district during the 2018 U.S. House race. Democrat Rep. Tim Walz, who currently represents the district, announced his candidacy for governor in March.
Dawn Jurkovich had known little about co-working when she started her hunt for Woodbury office spaces earlier this year. The concept took root more than a decade ago, eschewing the traditional "executive suite" office setup in favor of spaces that combine private offices and communal workspaces. A former partner at a downtown Minneapolis financial firm, Jurkovich sought a different growth direction and helped found Releve, a new wealth management firm, earlier this year. Her decision to branch out, however, came before she secured an office space.
Should a citizen ever take the law into their own hands? Gunnar "Raven" Ravendal grapples with the question after his niece is murdered by sex traffickers in Prescott author Jerry Rice's premier novel "Raven Avenging." Set in the late 1970s, the story harkens back to the "Minnesota Pipeline," a crime phenomenon in which sex traffickers from the east coast would target the state's abundant population of blonde, blue-eyed women. Raven's niece, Kari, fit the description.
Rosemount High School teacher and head football coach Jeff Erdmann has announced his run for Minnesota's 2nd District. Erdmann will run as a Democrat against Republican incumbent Jason Lewis in the 2018 election. "I never thought I would be running for Congress," Erdmann said in his May 24 announcement. "After seeing the behavior of our politicians, especially Jason Lewis, I realized that if working Americans want proper representation, then working Americans like myself need to run for office."
The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota filed suit against Dakota County Sheriff Tim Leslie to prevent DNA sample collections from a Hastings man facing assault charges. The suit was filed April 28 on behalf of 68-year-old John Emerson, who faced a second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon charge after his January 2016 arrest in Dakota County. Leslie said DNA collection is an important tool for identifying people accused of violent crimes, but the suit argues the practice is unconstitutional.