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ST. PAUL — A St. Paul man charged with shooting a Minneapolis school bus driver is the same person who fatally shot a 16-year-old trying to rob him nearly four years ago, a Ramsey County official said Friday. In 2015, the Ramsey County attorney’s office did not bring criminal charges against Kenneth Walter Lilly — who had a permit to carry the handgun. They found his use of deadly force against Lavauntai Broadbent in St. Paul was legally justified.
ST. PAUL - St. Paul police officers who encounter someone who is armed with a knife or bat and acting aggressively have a new way to respond. The police department has begun a pilot program of PepperBall. An officer uses a launcher, which looks like a handgun with orange along the top, to shoot a powder with a similar effect as pepper spray. “We want to give officers as many options as possible to bring a resolution to a call without having to result in deadly force,” said Senior Cmdr. Kurt Hallstrom, who heads the special operations unit.
ST. PAUL — When an abducted 13-year-old girl escaped to safety in Wisconsin, relatives of other missing people expressed relief for Jayme Closs and her family. And while Jayme’s story can provide hope, it’s also bittersweet for people who have been searching for answers for years. “I’m happy to hear that Jayme is found alive and well, I’m happy for that,” said Koua Lee, the brother of Hang Lee, who disappeared from St. Paul in 1993 when she was 17 and has never been found. “I also have to concentrate on my own sister, and it hurts that we don’t have closure.”
ST. PAUL — A 34-year-old St. Paul man is accused of stealing a gun from a bouncer at a bar during an assault by motorcycle gang members, according to a criminal complaint unsealed Wednesday, Dec. 26. Three other men also were charged in November, but the complaint against Joseph Michael Pranter was sealed until his arrest, which came on Wednesday.
ST PAUL -- An 80-year-old man who died Tuesday after an explosion at his St. Paul house weeks earlier served his country as a Marine. The explosion on Nov. 23 leveled John Lundahl’s house. He was hospitalized at Regions Hospital since the blast and died Tuesday night, Dec. 11. “He talked the first day for a little bit, but he did not know what happened,” said Jeanie Lundahl, his sister-in-law, on Wednesday. “They told him why he was there, that there was an explosion and his house was gone. He couldn’t remember anything about it.”
MINNEAPOLIS - When Jenny Hankerson received a phone call notifying her that police were at her St. Paul home with a search warrant, she asked if her son was OK. Then, because she previously had dogs that were killed by police, she inquired about her pups. Hankerson’s 13-year-old son — who had stayed home sick — was fine. Her dogs were not, an officer told her. Hankerson soon learned the Minneapolis police SWAT team, which was executing the search warrant, shot two of her dogs. One died and the other was injured.
ST. PAUL -- After a man fired a gunshot during a football game among 10-year-olds in St. Paul, children dropped to the ground while parents and coaches tried to cover them from any additional gunfire, according to a criminal complaint filed Monday. There were no additional shots and no one was injured, but the altercation left children and parents in tears. The Ramsey County Attorney’s Office charged Lemar Eugene Anderson, 27, of Little Canada, with threats of violence and carrying a pistol without a permit.
ST. PAUL — A Florida man arrested in connection with several pipe bombs mailed across the country has a criminal record that includes a 1995 Hennepin County, Minn., case. Cesar Altieri Sayoc was living in Plymouth in 1995 when the Hennepin County attorney’s office charged him with theft by swindle over $5,000 and fifth-degree possession of crack cocaine, according to a court record. Bloomington police handled the case.
ST. PAUL—The family of University of Minnesota sophomore Dylan Fulton, who died in St. Paul last month, says they're hoping to save another family from going through their tragedy. "Our Dylan isn't coming home," Fulton's parents, Paul and Kayleen Fulton, said in a Friday statement. "Please talk to your kids and keep talking, because it can happen to ANYONE!!"
ST. PAUL—The death of a 20-year-old University of Minnesota student in St. Paul last month was alcohol-related, the Ramsey County medical examiner's office said Thursday, Oct. 11. Dylan Fulton had been drinking, vomited when he was passed out and choked to death, said Lori Hedican, chief investigator at the medical examiner's office. He died at his fraternity house on Sept. 12. Fulton grew up on his family farm south of St. Lawrence, S.D. He was pursuing a degree in animal science with a beef production emphasis.