St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL — All season long, Heritage Christian Academy baseball coach Jon Ledeboer waited for it to happen. Seth Halvorsen, the Eagles' ace and leadoff hitter, often takes "big boy hacks" at the first strike he sees in at-bats. One of these times, Ledeboer figured Halvorsen would hit a ball out on the first pitch. It finally happened Saturday, June 16, on the biggest stage of the season. Halverson hit a leadoff homer in the bottom of the first inning to put the Eagles up 1-0 in the Class A state championship game.
ST. PAUL -- A driver suspected of fleeing the scene of a crash in Minneapolis killed two people in a second crash Friday evening, June 15, police said. The female driver of a van, who was possibly impaired, struck two telephone poles and a vehicle in an alley in Minneapolis, killing a passenger in the van and a person in the other vehicle, according to police. The woman was arrested and taken to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.
ST. PAUL - A 47-year-old man died after being struck by a train early Wednesday in St. Paul, according to officials. It happened about 4 a.m. June 13 as he was walking on the tracks and not at a crossing, said Amy McBeth, BNSF Railway spokeswoman. St. Paul firefighters and police officers were called to the collision near Point Douglas Road and Springside Drive, which is south of Lower Afton Road. Paramedics pronounced the man dead at the scene.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota’s unemployment rate dropped to 3.1 percent as employers added 10,200 jobs in May. The seasonally adjusted rate is less than the U.S. unemployment rate of 3.8 percent in May, according to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. The rate is at its lowest since July 2000. But Minnesota’s job growth for the past 12 months of 1 percent still lags behind the national 1.7 percent rate.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Three St. Paul toddlers were struck by a motorist fleeing Minnesota State Patrol troopers through a park on Monday morning, officials say. The children were at a playground in Bohanon Park when a black SUV driven by 27-year-old Kabaar Wahleen Powell crashed into them, according to Capt. Jason Bartell, a State Patrol spokesman.
ST. PAUL -- Two men grabbed a woman’s cellphone and punched her 7-year-old daughter in the mouth Sunday in St. Paul, police said. Police were notified at 1 p.m. June 10 about the assault and robbery at a bus stop. The 30-year-old woman was with her son and daughter at Rice Street and Hoyt Avenue when two men, who appeared to be in their early 20s, rode up on bicycles, said Steve Linders, a St. Paul police spokesman.
Crisis Connection, Minnesota’s telephone crisis hotline, will shut down June 30 after a bill that included its continued funding was vetoed last month. Canvas Health, the Oakdale-based nonprofit agency that operates the hotline, requested nearly $1 million from the state this year for long-term sustainable funding, but that request was a casualty of Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton’s veto of a state spending bill after disagreements with Republican lawmakers.
ST. PAUL -- A 47-year-old Minneapolis man admitted to urinating in the water bottle of a Perkins restaurant co-worker who had rejected his romantic advances. Conrrado Cruz Perez made the admission in Ramsey County District Court Monday, June 4, when he pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of adulteration by bodily fluid.
EAGAN, Minn. -- A motorist was killed in wreck in Eagan late Monday, June 4, the Minnesota State Patrol said. The crash happened on the westbound Highway 13 ramp to southbound Cedar Avenue around 10:15 p.m., the State Patrol said. The State Patrol is investigating. No additional information was released Tuesday morning.
ST. PAUL -- The Washington County SWAT team was called in Friday, June 1, to help Cottage Grove police arrest a combative theft suspect who rammed a police car and hid in a residential garage. When officers responded to a theft in progress at the Cottage Grove Target, the suspect, identified as an adult male by police, had pushed a cart full of merchandise to a waiting Honda SUV that had been stolen from St. Paul.