St. Paul Pioneer Press
MINNEAPOLIS - A Burnsville man kidnapped a woman he offered a ride to in downtown Minneapolis in the summer of 2017, telling her he planned to take her several states away and force her into sex-trafficking, according to admissions he made in court. Dontay Lavarice Reese, 37, pleaded guilty to one count of kidnapping Wednesday, Feb. 13, in federal court in Minneapolis, according to information released Thursday by the U.S. district attorney’s Minnesota office.
ST. PAUL - A Twin Cities television anchor is suing after he slipped and fell on a patch of ice in 2017 near the state Capitol, claiming the Minnesota Department of Administration was negligent in its care of a well-traveled pedestrian area, according to a lawsuit filed in Ramsey County District Court.
ST. PAUL - A St. Paul officer used PepperBall to get a woman into custody after she threatened to blow up a building and suddenly came at police officers, according to police. It was the first time it’s been used since the department began a pilot program this month. The PepperBall launcher, which looks like a handgun with orange along the top, shoots a powder that has a similar effect as pepper spray.
BLAINE, Minn. — A man has been arrested after allegedly calling 911 to report he killed his wife Friday night, Feb. 8. At about 9:45 p.m. Friday, Blaine police and deputies from the Anoka County sheriff's office responded to a home in Blaine and arrested Matthew Lynn Jansen, 46. Police found Mary Jo Jansen, 46, dead in the home. Matthew Jansen is being held at the Anoka County Jail on suspicion of second-degree murder. Police say the death remains under investigation.
INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, Minn. — One horse got to warm up indoors Friday night, Feb. 8, in Inver Grove Heights — at least until the police got involved. Inver Grove Heights officers were called to a home about 11 p.m. because a horse was walking around in the basement. The department posted a video on Twitter of a white horse pacing back and forth inside the basement, looking out the windows. “Never a dull moment in IGH!” the department said in the tweet, adding that officers were dispatched to a “horse in a basement” call.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Vikings announced the addition of two coaches to their staff on Friday, Feb. 8, plus a promotion for a current coach. Marwan Maalouf is the team’s new special teams coordinator, Rick Dennison is offensive line coach and run game coordinator, and Drew Petzing has been shifted to wide receivers coach for the 2019 season. Maalouf has coached in the NFL for 14 seasons, the past six with the Miami Dolphins. He also coached for the Indianapolis Colts, Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns. He has been a part of six playoff teams.
WABASHA, Minn. — A motorist was killed Tuesday evening, Feb. 6, when the car he was riding in collided with a snowplow in southeastern Minnesota. According to the Minnesota State Patrol: Enrique Roman Castro, 23, of Chicago, was killed in the crash, which happened about 7:30 p.m. on U.S. 61 at Minnesota 60 in Wabasha County. Castro was a passenger in a Ford Fusion driven by Fransisco Gonzalez Ortega, 22, of Chicago.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Gophers senior offensive tackle Donnell Greene has been invited to the NFL Draft scouting combine to be held Feb. 26-March 4 in Indianapolis, sources told the St. Paul Pioneer Press on Friday, Feb. 1. Greene attempted to set up opportunities like this when he sat out the U’s 34-10 victory over Georgia Tech in the Quick Lane Bowl on Dec. 26. After the 37-15 win over Wisconsin on Nov. 24, Greene opted to have knee surgery and jump start the rehab process with an eye toward the combine and the U’s pro day on campus.
MONTVILLE, Conn. — An 18-year-old Cottage Grove man who was staying with his grandparents in Connecticut said he stabbed them to death and tried to burn down their home, state police said. Marcus Fisher was taken into custody early Monday, Jan. 28, following the double homicide in Montville, a town of about 20,000 in far southeastern Connecticut. Fisher later confessed to the killings, telling authorities that he stabbed his grandparents Sunday night after arguing with his grandfather, according to a police report.
MINNEAPOLIS - Nils Hasselmo, a native of Sweden who led the University of Minnesota for nine years as its 13th president, died Wednesday, Jan. 23, of prostate cancer. He was 87. “The University of Minnesota has lost a dedicated member of our community. Nils was a remarkable higher education leader, and our University is better because of his service,” U of M President Eric Kaler said in statement. Hasselmo served as the U’s president from 1988 through 1997, a tenure marked by efforts to lower class size, hire more advisers and raise the quality of the student body.