St. Paul Pioneer Press
BURNSVILLE, Minn. -- Human remains found this weekend along the Minnesota River in Burnsville are “suspicious” and will be autopsied later this week after thawing, investigators said Tuesday. The Dakota County sheriff’s office and Burnsville police are working together to determine how the human remains ended up in a holding pond near Interstate 35W and Black Dog Road. A fisherman found the badly decomposed remains around 3:45 p.m. Sunday, April 22.
ST. PAUL --Acting teacher Nicholas Barghini, 31, who pleaded guilty to sexual misconduct charges in Ramsey County District Court in March for masturbating during his young students’ lessons was sentenced Monday to one year in jail.
GROTON, Conn. -- Connecticut police are looking for a Navy sailor from Stillwater, Minn., who didn’t show up for work last Tuesday and has been missing ever since. The Groton, Conn., police issued an alert for Jacob E. Tyler, 24. His blue 2014 Honda CBR motorcycle is also missing. His mother, Barbara Tyler of Stillwater, posted on Facebook that her son never made it to work on the USS North Dakota docked at Naval Submarine Base in New London.
ST. PAUL—Minnesota's unemployment rate remained steady at 3.2 percent as the state's employers added 2,900 jobs in March. The state's seasonally adjusted rate remains below the U.S. unemployment rate of 4.1 percent, according to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. But Minnesota's job growth of 0.7 percent during the past 12 months is below the national 1.6 percent rate.
LAKE ELMO, Minn. -- State authorities are investigating after a 23-year-old man was killed early Thursday in an officer-involved shooting in Lake Elmo. The Washington County sheriff’s office received a call just after midnight about a man who had been making suicidal comments, authorities said. Deputies found him near the Lake Elmo Public Library. He was armed with a handgun, according to authorities.
STILLWATER, Minn. -- The disturbing posts came via Snapchat and included “I’m on Xans with a 12 gauge” and “I bought an AR.” They were sent Tuesday afternoon to a 15-year-old girl, a student at Stillwater Area High School, from Breanna Stoltz, who had earlier tried to enter the school with a BB gun that resembled a Glock pistol hidden in her backpack, police said.
ST. PAUL -- One of the two accused shooters charged in connection with last month’s killing of a 19-year-old St. Paul man outside a party bus in Inver Grove Heights is still at large. The whereabouts of Trashaun Nij Morris, 17, is unknown despite a national arrest warrant and manhunt that involves local, state and federal agencies as well as law enforcement from outside Minnesota, said Paul Schnell, Inver Grove Heights police chief.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Senate Republicans said Wednesday they will advance a package of mental health initiatives that would boost funding for treatment facilities and services, long-term housing and more accessible counseling for school students and farm families. The four main bills in the package would:
MINNEAPOLIS -- A bicyclist was struck and killed Tuesday night by a light-rail train in Minneapolis, officials say. The man, who has not yet been identified, was crossing the light-rail tracks at East 42nd Street about 6:45 p.m. on April 10, when he was struck by a northbound Blue Line train, Metro Transit spokesman Howie Padilla said. Paramedics pronounced the man dead at the scene. Padilla said it appears the crossing arms were down and the warning bells were activated at the crossing when the crash occurred.
OAK PARK HEIGHTS, Minn. -- A man who crawled over the railing on the north side of the new St. Croix River bridge and jumped just after rush hour on Monday morning, April 9, was found dead on the ice below, Washington County Sheriff Dan Starry said. A passing motorist called 911 at 8:47 a.m. to report the incident, which occurred on the Minnesota side of the bridge, Starry said.