St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL -- A North Dakota man who scammed Minnesota welfare programs out of hundreds of thousands of dollars will spend his next several years in prison. Elfonzo Dyrell Shelby was sentenced Tuesday in Ramsey County District Court to just over nine years in prison for committing identity theft and other related crimes , according to court records.
CRYSTAL, Minn. -- Authorities say a reportedly suicidal man was fatally shot by police after exchanging gunfire with officers Friday night in the Twin Cities suburb of Crystal. According to the Hennepin County medical examiner’s office, the death of Ronald Lee Klitzka, 62, of Crystal was ruled a homicide. He had been shot in the head.
ANDOVER, Minn. --Authorities have arrested a third suspect in the Friday night hit-and-run death of a teenager in Andover, which they now are labeling second-degree murder. Investigators announced Sunday that the death of Tristan Gene Robinson, 17, of Nowthen, was not an accident as previously reported, but that the teen was run down as part of a drug-related robbery gone bad in the city north of the Twin Cities.
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - The stabbing at Macy’s in the Mall of America on Sunday night was an isolated incident and the mall is committed to the safety of its customers, said officials with the Mall of America in a statement Monday.
CANNON FALLS, Minn. -- Freezing rain contributed to a bus rollover that injured eight Burnsville, Minn., students on their way to a church retreat in Lanesboro, Minn., on Saturday morning, Nov. 11. A bus carrying 29 freshmen and sophomores and their parent chaperones from Mary, Mother of the Church in Burnsville hit a slippery patch about 9:49 a.m. south of Cannon Falls, according to Lt. Tiffani Nielson, public information officer for the Minnesota State Patrol.
CRYSTAL, Minn. -- A reportedly suicidal man is dead after he exchanged gunfire with police in Crystal, the Hennepin County sheriff’s office said Friday night. According to the sheriff’s office, the incident began shortly after 5 p.m. when 911 dispatchers received a call about a suicidal person. Officers from Crystal, backed up by New Hope and Robbinsdale police, were dispatched to the residence.
ST. PAUL --- Former St. Paul City Council Member Melvin Carter III won the city’s race for mayor Tuesday night, gaining more than 50 percent of the vote, overtaking his nearest rival Pat Harris by a wide margin. With all 96 precincts reporting after 10 p.m., the two former council members were the front-runners, with Carter at 51 percent of the vote with 31,494 votes and Harris at 25 percent with 15,356 votes. City Council Member Dai Thao was a distant third at 12 percent.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Rick Stelmaszek, the baseball lifer who spent 32 years as a Twins coach, died Monday afternoon from complications related to pancreatic cancer. He was 69. Stelmaszek worked under five Twins managers as bullpen coach and won World Series rings as part of Tom Kelly’s staff in 1987 and 1991. He worked under Ron Gardenhire from 2002-14, during which time he also scheduled and ran spring training workouts.
ST. PAUL -- Macalester College continues to have issues with swastikas turning up on campus, according to online alerts posted Wednesday, Nov. 1, and Thursday, Nov. 2, on the St. Paul college’s website. One was drawn on a residence hall bulletin board, and another found carved into a door. Officials believe both incidents occurred earlier in October.
MINNEAPOLIS -- More than 1,500 workers at the University of Minnesota have taken an initial step toward a strike, Teamsters Local 320 said Thursday. Eighty-five percent of voting members authorized a strike, said Brian Aldes, secretary-treasurer and principal officer. The workers include building mechanics, custodians, food-service workers and more.