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For a trained vocalist like Linda Mealey-Lohmann, a tonal language like Chinese make perfect sense: different inflections evoke different meanings. She studied different languages through diction courses as a vocal major in college and took four years of Spanish classes, but few other languages "clicked" with her quite like Chinese. During a 10-week course she took over the summer, she said her background as a singer helped her detect and mimic tonal differences her classmates would miss.
A former East Ridge High School principal will serve 240 hours of community service and pay South Washington County Schools $7,500 for misusing district funds. Aaron Harper, 42, of Cottage Grove, was sentenced in Washington County District Court Thursday, Aug. 24, for one felony theft by swindle charge after pleading guilty in May. Two other felony theft charges were dismissed in the plea.
A Woodbury man will serve two years in prison and three months community service after agreeing to pay for sex with a person he believed to be younger than 16. Ernest Dohbila, 39, was convicted in Washington County Aug. 7 on a felony charge of soliciting prostitution with a person he believed was a minor. Woodbury police arrested Dohbila last year during an undercover sting last year targeting prospective sex trafficking customers seeking juvenile victims.
A fake ID can be hard to spot. Sophisticated systems used to produce fraudulent identification cards can recreate the black bar on the backs of cards that cashiers typically scan to verify someone's age before ringing up booze or cigarettes. But a second bar on the back made up of nearly microscopic text appears blotchy on fakes. This subtle gaff is usually what alerts employees at Top Ten Liquors in Woodbury of a fake ID.
A Minneapolis man faces criminal charges after the car he was driving struck two Woodbury police cars conducting a traffic stop. Dashboard camera footage captured the Aug. 11 crash on Interstate 94. Christopher Craig, 30, faces two drunken driving charges and one charge of driving without proof of insurance — all gross misdemeanors — in Washington County District Court. Minnesota State Troopers responded to the scene and noted that Craig had "glassy eyes" and smelled strongly of alcohol, according to a criminal complaint filed Aug. 15.
A Cottage Grove man faces seven felony charges of child pornography possession after Cottage Grove police allegedly discovered hundreds of videos and photos at his home three years ago. The FBI and Minneapolis division of the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension notified Cottage Grove Police in 2014 that an IP address belonging to Randy Carl Rappe, 66, was connected to more than 40 images depicting child pornography on a filesharing network, according to a criminal complaint filed in Washington County in April.
More than 500 National Guard soldiers will start training for a yearlong deployment to southwest Asia starting fall 2018 following a preliminary announcement Monday, Aug. 14. Among the soldiers are 14 from Rosemount, 12 from Farmington, nine from Woodbury and two from Red Wing. Lt. Col. Jeff Ulrick, a Farmington resident who commands the Rosemount-based 34th Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, broke the news to soldiers assigned there Sunday, Aug. 13.
The first phase in a Woodbury redevelopment will introduce a new dining-cinema experience to Minnesota. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is scheduled to open its first Minnesota location at Woodbury Lakes development early next summer. Styled as a "lifestyle entertainment brand," Drafthouse combines dining and drinking with the traditional movie-going experience.
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.