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State troopers suspect a Moose Lake man was under the influence of controlled substances when he led law enforcement on a high-speed pursuit from Woodbury to Hastings in a stolen vehicle Nov. 1. According to a Minnesota State Patrol news release, Joshua Allan Major, 30, will be booked into the Dakota County jail on charges including felony fleeing police, drunken driving and possession of a stolen vehicle once he is cleared from Regina Hospital. He was taken to the hospital for a blood draw following his arrest in Hastings.
A South St. Paul man will spend 90 days in jail and faces three years of probation for lewd exchanges on a messaging app with an undercover officer he believed to be a 15-year-old girl. A Washington County court on Oct. 25 sentenced Carl William Gansen, 34, for felony engaging in electronic communication describing sexual conduct with a child. According to a Washington County criminal complaint, Gansen was one of several males to respond to a post on the anonymous app Whisper.sh posted by an undercover officer posing as a teenage girl advertising paid sex.
Kendall Johnson compares pornography consumption to compulsive shopping: as people desire more and more of something, their desires are harder to satisfy. The Woodbury resident says an abundant supply and easily accessible supply of online porn can act as a "gateway drug" fueling relationship issues and dangerous habits. Some of those habits, he said, could escalate to seeking paid sex through platforms like Backpage.com, a website that gained notoriety as a hub for sex trafficking advertisements.
Lucifer Nguyen, the New Hope man accused of killing 48-year-old Beverly Cory in July while she worked in her Mendota Heights office, has been indicted by a Dakota County grand jury. Nguyen, 44, now faces charges of first-degree murder and two second-degree murder charges in addition to nine other charges filed Oct. 12, which include assault, burglary and kidnapping, according to a Dakota County Attorney's Office announcement Friday, Oct. 20.
A Woodbury man with a previous felony domestic assault conviction is accused of using a belt embedded with metal hoops to beat a teenager. Jaime Taraki Shavers, 37, faces a misdemeanor charge of malicious punishment of a child causing less than substantial bodily harm. According to a criminal complaint filed Oct. 5 in Washington County, a 14-year-old girl reported Shavers used the belt to hit her as punishment for "being disrespectful" at school.
Improved communication and unity dominated the objectives members of the Twin Cities' Ethiopian community pinpointed during their brainstorming sessions with the Human Immersion Lab in Woodbury. A coordination among the Woodbury YMCA, Woodbury Community Foundation, Woodbury Thrives and Minneapolis-based Mission Impact Council, the Immersion Lab took place in three four-hour brainstorming sessions over two months. The program aimed to help community leaders and Ethiopian residents identify their needs and formulate their own solutions.
The second man in a pair of Hudson residents accused of trafficking a homeless woman for commercial sex has been sentenced. Dustin Jeffrey Arthur Heichert, 31, will complete a one-year prison sentence followed by over seven years of supervised probation. He received credit for 129 days in jail. Heichert, along with fellow Hudson resident Adam James Krimpelbein, faced felony sex trafficking charges in January when authorities linked Krimpelbein's phone number to Backpage.com posts advertising "early bird specials" on commercial sex, according to the criminal complaint.
A second man arrested during a sting operation targeting people who agree to pay for sex with minors has been sentenced. Christopher John Cuypers, 32, of Knife River, Minnesota, was charged with hiring someone he believed to be a minor for commercial sex in June 2016 after agreeing to pay for sex with someone he believed to be a 16-year-old girl. Cuypers now faces two years' probation with a stayed year-long prison sentence and must complete treatment for sex offenders, according to the Washington County District Court sentence handed down Sept. 25.
An alleged attempt to steal a car from a St. Paul auto dealership led to the arrest of two people accused of burglarizing two Woodbury apartment complexes. Jodean Danielle Taylor, 28, and Matthew Scott White, 29, both of St. Paul, each face two felony charges of aiding and abetting third-degree burglary. According to a criminal complaint filed May 5 in Washington County, security footage from an apartment complex on the 1500 block of Parkwood Drive shows a man pry open the building's security door before entering with a woman.
Fraternal twins LouAnne and Seretta's days of serving ghastly glop to ungrateful high school students are numbered when their recipe lands them a job as personal chefs for the object of their adoration, Johnny Depp. The sisters' road out of their hellish circumstances, however, is wrought with obstacles: travel expenses, a stingy school principal with impossible expectations and torment at the hands of an instantly insufferable head cheerleader.