St. Paul Pioneer Press
BURNSVILLE, Minn. -- A large black bear was seen sauntering in a southeast Burnsville neighborhood Thursday, prompting the city to ask residents to be alert and to not leave pets or small children unattended. “Burnsville Police Officers could ‘bear-ly’ believe their eyes early this morning!” the city wrote in a Facebook post. It included a resident’s two pictures of the bear, one showing the animal standing on its hind legs behind a tree in the front yard of a home.
ST. PAUL -- A pedestrian was injured Wednesday evening, May 23, when she was struck by two light-rail trains in St. Paul, officials say. The woman was crossing University Avenue at Snelling Avenue about 5 p.m., when she was struck by a westbound Green Line train, which knocked her into a passing eastbound train, said Howie Padilla, a Metro Transit spokesman. The woman was taken to Regions Hospital in critical condition, Padilla said.
LAKEVILLE, Minn. -- The Lakeville man who crashed head-on into a Minnesota State Patrol trooper last week has died, according to his family. Wesley Paul Briggs, 29, was driving a Chrysler minivan north on Interstate 35 in Lakeville on the afternoon of May 15, when he veered off the freeway, through a barrier fence and onto a frontage road, where he struck the state trooper head-on, according to a report by the Minnesota State Patrol.
ST. PAUL -- Johnny Taylor repeatedly punched his newborn son’s face like “he was a grown man,” almost killing him, according to a Ramsey County District Court judge. For that, the 23-year-old Little Canada man was sentenced Wednesday to about seven years in prison.
ST. PAUL -- Officers of the Minneapolis Police Department will not be allowed to march in the 2018 Twin Cities Pride parade in uniform. Citing concerns raised by representatives of the LGBTQ community, Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo on Tuesday, May 22, directed his officers to wear civilian attire if they planned to march in the downtown Minneapolis parade on June 24, according to a post on the department’s Facebook page.
ST. PAUL — The Republican-controlled 2018 Minnesota Legislature approved a lot. Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton is poised to veto nearly all of it. Legislators introduced a record 8,658 bills in the two-year session that ended late Sunday, May 20, and even though most went nowhere, a trio of major bills with thousands of provisions await Dayton's decision to veto or sign them into law. The vast majority of items passed by the Legislature were placed in a 990-page bill, a potential state record for its size. It is known as an omnibus bill.
DULUTH -- An Eagan man was sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison for recording a sexually explicit video of a 2-year-old child. Ellis Scott Tooles, 31, pleaded guilty in May 2017 to one count of producing child pornography, during proceedings in U.S. District Court in Duluth, according to a news release issued by U.S. Attorney Gregory Brooker’s office. Tooles admitted to using a cellphone to record and distribute video of a sexually explicit interaction with a 2-year-old wearing a diaper in February 2016, according to the release.
ST. PAUL -- DFL gubernatorial candidate Rebecca Otto has chosen Zarina Baber as her running mate, creating the possibility that if elected, Baber would be the first Muslim woman to hold statewide office in the United States.
MAPLEWOOD, Minn. -- A 1-year-old child died Sunday night after being struck by a vehicle outside his home in this Twin Cities suburb, police said. Maplewood police were called to the 1900 block of Prosperity Road shortly after 9:20 p.m. May 20, regarding an unconscious child. He was taken to Regions Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. Andrew Her, the victim, was thought by his family to be inside the home, according to preliminary investigation findings by the police. He was struck while family members adjusted parking places.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota’s unemployment rate remained at 3.2 percent in April despite there being 3,200 fewer jobs, according to latest figures released Thursday. The snowy beginning to spring appears to have played a factor.