St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL — A 41-year-old West St. Paul woman was sentenced Friday, Sept. 15, to nearly 22 years in prison for strangling to death her 60-year-old aunt last year in West St. Paul. Divina Marie Sulentich pleaded guilty in August to second-degree murder (with intent) for killing Mary Susan Sulentich on July 8, 2017.
ST. PAUL -- Police are investigating the death of a 20-year-old University of Minnesota student at a fraternity house near the St. Paul campus. Alcohol may have played a role in the student’s death, but that will be determined by the autopsy, said Steve Linders, a St. Paul police spokesman. Investigators found no indication of foul play, including anything such as hazing or an initiation, Linders said. Officers were called about 5 a.m. Wednesday to the house of Alpha Gamma Rho, an agriculture fraternity, on the 2000 block of Carter Avenue, which is near Cleveland Avenue.
ST. PAUL — State health officials say they have heard from the woman who dropped off two dead bats at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center. The Minnesota Department of Health said that the woman called Wednesday morning, Sept. 12, and it turns out there apparently there was no human exposure to the bats, which tested positive for rabies.
CLAREMONT, Minn. — An 8-year-old girl was killed Friday, Sept. 7, in southeastern Minnesota when the car she was traveling in was rear-ended by an SUV. Her mother and brother were taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. The Minnesota State Patrol is investigating the crash that occurred shortly after 7 a.m. on U.S. 14 on the east side of Claremont in Dodge County.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota officials have come up with a plan to continue trying to fix and upgrade the state’s beleaguered computer system for vehicle license plates and tabs. They’re hoping to tap into funds slated for enhancements to a new computer system for Real ID driver’s licenses, which are being rolled out next month.
ST. PAUL -- A 19-year-old man was shot and killed in a St. Paul neighborhood on Friday morning, Sept. 7, not long after parents were getting their children on school buses in the area. Family members of Wilbert Harris Jr. identified him as the young man who was killed in the Summit-University neighborhood. Police said Friday afternoon that investigators are canvassing the area looking for witnesses and they had not made arrests in the case.
FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. -- Minnesota State Fair organizers are calling the 2018 Fair “the best ever” after final Labor Day figures broke the overall attendance record with 2,046,533 passing through the gates. The previous record of 1,997,320 was set last year. This year’s Fair had five daily attendance record days with Saturday, Sept. 1, setting an all-time single-day attendance record at 270,426.
BLOOMINGTON, Minn.—A subtropical bird with pink plumage and a distinctive bill has been recorded in Minnesota for the first time, causing ornithology enthusiasts to flock to a Twin Cities suburb of Bloomington wildlife preserve for a chance to see it in person. The wayward bird, known as a roseate spoonbill, was spotted recently in Washington County, according to the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union.
FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. -- After five days of St. Paul police K-9 demonstrations at the Minnesota State Fair, St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter directed the police chief to call them off for the rest of this year’s Great Minnesota Get-Together. Carter’s press secretary, Liz Xiong, said the mayor determined it was the best decision to “temporarily discontinue demonstrations for the remainder of this year’s State Fair” in light of the ongoing audit of the police department’s K-9 unit.
ST. PAUL -- A 21-year-old motorcyclist from St. Paul has died after a crash with a car here over the weekend, police said Tuesday, Aug. 28. Tyrone Jackson Jr. was hospitalized since the Sunday night collision and he passed away Monday night. After the crash at Maryland Avenue and Hazelwood Street, police took the driver of a Ford Taurus into custody on suspicion of being impaired, “although it will not be clear until we receive the results of blood tests whether chemicals played a role in this crash,” said Steve Linders, a St. Paul police spokesman.