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One of two men accused of running a sex trafficking operation in Woodbury pleaded guilty to a felony charge of aiding and abetting in the sex trafficking of an individual. Tyree Erik Jones, 23 of Brooklyn Park, faces a maximum 15-year sentence. His sentencing is scheduled for July 14. Woodbury police arrested Jones and Minneapolis resident Deno Williams at the Extended Stay America hotel in December. Officers traced the two men through a post advertising a "2 girl special" on Backpage.com, according to a Washington County court filing.
A Washington County district judge sentenced a Brooklyn Park man to one year in prison and 15 years probation for assaulting a Newport woman while working as a driver for a transportation service. Koji repeatedly asked the woman to hold his hand as she road in the back seat from Inver Grove Heights to Newport, and she refused, according to the criminal complaint. He turned onto a road a several blocks from her home, and said he needed to use the radio then told the woman to sign a form indicating he dropped her off.
A St. Paul man accused of trafficking two female minors for commercial sex in Washington County was sentenced to 10 years in prison Thursday, July 7. Joshua Carlisle, 25, pleaded guilty in March to promoting prostitution of an individual and trafficking a juvenile individual, both felony charges.
Juan DeAngulo, managing principal with CityPlace developer Elion Partners, hinted at new components to the 100-acre mixed-use commercial campus during a community event celebrating the retail phase completion June 29. The vision for CityPlace, he said, embodies a "live, work, play" ethos. Plans for additional tenants and buildings in the development's office phase are expected to be announced soon.
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.
Plans for a new Woodbury medical office building will move forward following City Council approval of the next CityPlace development phase. Construction on the 54,000-square-foot building will start in August at the site of the former State Farm Insurance building off Radio Drive and south of Interstate 94. The project is scheduled to wrap up early 2018 as part of the office phase of the 100-acre CityPlace development. The building will be located near the The Tria Orthopaedic Center, which is scheduled to open this summer.
A man accused of running a nationwide sex trafficking operation out of the Twin Cities area faces four additional charges in Hennepin County stemming from an ongoing Washington County investigation. Ricky Arlen Turner Jr. faces two felony charges of engaging in sex with a trafficked individual and two felony charges of prostituting an individual in Hennepin county following similar charges filed last month in Washington County.
A 24-year-old Stillwater woman has been charged with misdemeanor careless driving after telling Woodbury police she was looking at her phone when she hit a 14-year-old Lake Middle School student who was crossing Pioneer Road the morning of May 12. Jennifer Lyn Allison could face up to 90 days in jail and $1,000 if convicted. She is scheduled to enter her plea Monday, July 24. The boy suffered an internal head injury.
A Woodbury man accused of secretly filming a teenage girl in her bedroom will serve 120 days in jail and five years probation following his June 7 conviction for possessing pornographic material on a work computer. Jeffrey Cramer, 47, was found guilty of one felony charge after interfering with a minor's privacy and possessing pornographic materials on a work computer after a teenage girl and her mother told Woodbury police they had found footage of the girl's room on Cramer's computer.
State health and pollution officials are holding two informational meetings for residents to learn more about the agencies and the Minnesota Department of Health’s recent decision to lower recommended levels of specific perfluorochemicals (PFCs). The first meeting will take place 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 6 at Oak-Land Junior High School, 820 N. Manning Ave. in Lake Elmo.