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HASTINGS, Minn. -- An Oronoco woman has pleaded guilty to causing a crash that killed one person and injured three others on a rural Dakota County road in 2016. Lori Janine Hoefs, 57, on Monday pleaded guilty in Dakota County District Court in Hastings to two counts of gross misdemeanor reckless driving and two counts of misdemeanor careless driving in connection with a Oct. 22, 2016, crash in Randolph Township.
ST. PAUL — Two men and a 17-year-old boy drove around the Twin Cities in a stolen car late Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 10, and committed four armed robberies before crashing into an Apple Valley squad car, police said. The three suspects were arrested and remained jailed Thursday, pending formal criminal charges. The crash gave the two officers in the squad car whiplash, bumps and bruises, Capt. Nick Francis said. The boy, meanwhile, had a few cuts that required stitches. Officers recovered four handguns.
HASTINGS, Minn. -- Keagan Lee Johnson-Lloyd, the man killed by Hastings police this week, died of multiple gunshot wounds, according to the Hennepin County medical examiner’s office. Johnson-Lloyd, 23, grew up in Rochester and had been living at a Hastings sober-living home, Spirit Recovery Center, for about six weeks. He had battled mental health issues and drug addiction for many years, according to his family. Johnson-Lloyd was killed at 6:20 p.m. Monday during an encounter with two Hastings police officers, the state Bureau of Criminal of Apprehension said.
EAGAN, Minn. — MV Eagan Ventures, a real estate arm of Minnesota Vikings owners Zygi, Mark and Leonard Wilf, has submitted to Eagan plans for a "luxurious" hotel and conference center that would have a Scandinavian theme and rise 14 stories northeast of the team's new headquarters and practice facility.
ST PAUL—A St. Paul woman has been charged with 13 counts of animal mistreatment — one of which is a felony — after a May search of her rural Dakota County animal-rescue operation uncovered 64 dead cats and more than 40 other neglected animals. Caycee Lynn Bregel, who ran the nonprofit Minnesota Animal Rescue, formerly called Minnesota Foster Cats and Kittens, was charged by summons this week in Dakota County District Court. She was arrested in May, following a search of the rental home in Castle Rock Township near Farmington.
BURNSVILLE, Minn.—A 35-year-old Savage, Minn., man who worked as a personal care attendant at a Burnsville senior care center sexually abused a 70-year-old paraplegic resident who has dementia, prosecutors allege. Isaac Misati Aboki was charged Wednesday with second-degree criminal sexual conduct and fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct in connection with the alleged assault of the woman at Ebenezer Ridges Care Center on March 10.
SOUTH ST. PAUL — Upset at the thought of being evicted from his group home, Dustin Allen Bilderback grabbed a shotgun from his car Thursday and fired at four South St. Paul police officers, striking two of them, according to criminal charges filed Friday, July 20. Bilderback, 33, was charged in Dakota County District Court with two counts of first-degree attempted murder and two counts of second-degree attempted murder in connection with the shooting outside a group home where he had been staying since Jan. 24. He remained jailed Friday in lieu of $1 million bail.
APPLE VALLEY, Minn. -- A former Burnsville High School music teacher who admitted to having sex with a teenage student was sentenced Thursday, June 14, to 60 days in jail and additional jail time each of the 15 years he’ll serve on probation. Erik Michael Akervik, 30, of Burnsville, pleaded guilty in Dakota County District Court in March to one count of felony third-degree criminal sexual conduct. A second third-degree criminal sexual conduct charge involving the same victim was dismissed.
LAKEVILLE, Minn.—Christopher Endicott, the suspended Lakeville middle school principal previously accused of felony burglary and stalking, was charged Friday, June 8, with four more crimes. Endicott now is accused of stealing personal and financial information from employees of the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan school district, their family members and others. Endicott, 50, was charged in Dakota County District Court with two counts of felony stalking, felony identity theft and felony crime of financial transaction card fraud.
ST. PAUL — A New Hope man has been sentenced to more than 45 years in prison for a crime spree in Mendota Heights in July that included the killing of 48-year-old Beverly Cory of Maplewood, who was working a weekend shift as a financial adviser when she was gunned down in her office. Dakota County District Judge Christian Wilton sentenced Lucifer Vincent Nguyen, 45, on Friday, May 11, just three days after Nguyen pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and two counts of aggravated robbery.