St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL -- A licensed St. Paul psychiatrist pleaded guilty Friday, July 20, to possessing more than 20,000 child pornography images on his home computer. Aviel Li Goodman, 62, entered a guilty plea to one count of receipt of child pornography in Minneapolis.
ALBERT LEA, Minn. -- Health officials are investigating two cases of Legionnaires’ disease among residents at a southern Minnesota senior care facility. According to the Minnesota Department of Health, the cases were reported at the St. John’s Fountain Lake facility in Albert Lea. St. John’s provides assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing care and independent living services.
ST. PAUL -- A Florida-based charity called “Help the Vets” has been banned from soliciting in Minnesota. The charity was accused of making false claims to prospective donors, Attorney General Lori Swanson announced Thursday, July 19. The charity would say donations would go toward disabled and wounded veterans’ medical care and solicited more than $370,000 in donations from Minnesota.
SOUTH ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A police officer was shot Thursday afternoon, July 19, in South St. Paul, according to officials. There was little information available on the shooting, which took place after 1 p.m. The officer’s injury does not appear to be life threatening, officials told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. A suspect was arrested in an alley behind a nearby home.
STILLWATER, Minn. -- An inmate serving time for murder killed a corrections officer at the Minnesota Department of Corrections-Stillwater in Bayport on Wednesday, July 18, officials say. Officer Joseph Gomm was attacked by the lone inmate with a weapon at 1:30 p.m., according to a statement released by the Department of Corrections. Gomm was rushed to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, where he was pronounced dead.
ST. PAUL -- St. Paul City Council candidate David Martinez was released from jail on Wednesday morning without being charged. Police said the investigation continues after a topless photo of his wife appeared on his campaign blog on Saturday. Officers arrested Martinez, 38, on Monday morning on suspicion of nonconsensual dissemination of private sexual images. Martinez, who said he is continuing with his bid for the Ward 4 Council seat, told the Pioneer Press that his campaign website was hacked and he did not post the photo.
DODGE CENTER, Minn. -- Authorities say a missing 7-year-old boy was found dead in a rural southeastern Minnesota pond, where he had gone swimming with friends on Tuesday afternoon, July 17. According to the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office, the boy was reported missing at Naylor’s Pond, on 160th Avenue north of U.S. 14, shortly before 4:30 p.m. Dodge Center is about 20 miles west of Rochester. At the time of the 911 call, the boy had been missing for about 10 minutes.
MINNEAPOLIS - A Minneapolis day care provider accused of hanging a toddler in her home was sentenced to 10 years’ probation on Monday, according to the Hennepin County attorney’s office. Nataliia Karia, 43, pleaded guilty in February to attempted murder in the November 2016 incident.
ST. PAUL -- A Lake Elmo man who was struck and gravely injured while bicycling in Hugo earlier this month has died. David Noennig, 73, died Friday, July 13, at Regions Hospital in St. Paul from injuries suffered July 3, when he was struck by a pickup truck at an intersection in this eastern Twin Cities community. Noennig, the former principal of Wildwood Elementary School in Mahtomedi, was bicycling west when he used a hand signal to indicate he was going to make a left turn to head south on Jeffrey Avenue, said Washington County Sheriff Dan Starry.
ST. PAUL -- Luther Seminary says a $21.4 million donation for a new Master of Divinity program will enable 90 students to complete their degrees more quickly and without taking on debt. Waste Management founder Dean Buntrock’s gift will pay for a five-year experiment at the St. Paul college, whose alums account for over a third of all Evangelical Lutheran Church in America pastors.