Emily Gurnon, St. Paul Pioneer Press
A former Minnesota high school tennis coach went back to jail Monday after he allegedly violated a restraining order involving a young student he’s accused of sexually assaulting. Daniel Erik Hubbard Wilson, 27, of St. Paul appeared in Ramsey County District Court for a pretrial hearing. Prosecutor Andrew Johnson told Judge Diane Alshouse that Wilson was caught again Wednesday with the now-17-year-old victim. They were sitting in a car outside her counselor’s office in Hennepin County, Johnson said.
ST. PAUL — At least five men have filed harassment restraining orders against a former Twin Cities woman, claiming she retaliated against them when they broke off the relationship. Bethany Ann Good told three of them — within the past year — that she was pregnant and that they were the father, court documents allege. She was charged with violating one restraining order six times, but she persuaded a Scott County judge to keep her out of jail because, she said, she was pregnant with twins. The judge asked for documentation.
St. Paul — The Twin Cities archdiocese and the law offices of Jeff Anderson issued a joint statement Thursday disclosing names of 17 priests with “substantiated” claims of sexual abuse of a minor — including four that have been unknown to the public. The names bring to 55 the priests deemed to have substantiated claims of child sexual abuse within the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Ten of the 17 priests have died, “but the pain they caused is very much alive,” Archbishop John Nienstedt said in a written statement.
ST. PAUL — A Ramsey County grand jury has indicted Neal C. Zumberge on a charge of first-degree premeditated murder in the May 5 shooting death of his New Brighton neighbor, Todd Stevens. Witnesses told police that Zumberge believed he had Lyme disease and blamed Stevens and his girlfriend for it because they habitually fed deer in the area. Police believe Zumberge shot Stevens, 46, as he stood on his front doorstep.
Attorneys for sexual abuse victims stood alongside church officials Monday in downtown St. Paul to announce the settlement of a sweeping lawsuit and a landmark agreement for future child protection. “We’ve come here together today because we’ve forged a new way,” said plaintiff’s attorney Jeff Anderson. “That new way is an action plan. It not only protects kids in the future. It honors the grief and sorrows of survivors of abuse.” Andrew Cozzens, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of St.
ST. PAUL — More than half the tenured faculty members of the University of St. Thomas theology department have sent an open letter to Archbishop John Nienstedt insisting the “pastoral state of the archdiocese is not sustainable” without significant changes. “The people of God rightly expect bishops to be good stewards of the Lord’s household,” said the letter, sent to Nienstedt on Friday and distributed publicly Monday morning.
ST. PAUL — The former head of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has been named to oversee the Twin Cities archdiocese’s response to clergy sexual abuse. Timothy O’Malley, 58, will become director of ministerial standards and safe environment for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis on Sept. 15, the archdiocese said Monday. All sexual abuse allegations received by the archdiocese will go directly to O’Malley, Archbishop John Nienstedt said.
A Little Canada, Minn., man has been charged in the death of a man he allegedly shoved in front of an oncoming vehicle Wednesday night. The Ramsey County Attorney’s Office charged Michael John Merten III, 41, with second-degree unintentional murder. Robert Alan Hilgren, of Vadnais Heights, had gotten into a fight with Merten about 9:15 p.m.
A Little Canada man has been charged in the death of a man he allegedly shoved in front of an oncoming car Wednesday night on Rice Street. The Ramsey County attorney’s office charged Michael John Merten III, 41, with second-degree unintentional murder. Robert Alan Hilgren, of Vadnais Heights, had gotten into a fight with Merten about 9:15 p.m. after he intervened in a scuffle involving Hilgren’s 23-year-old son, according to the criminal complaint filed Friday. Hilgren was taken to Regions Hospital and was pronounced dead.