Tuesday, December 4, 2012
December is designated National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, and Dakota County officials are warning drivers about the dangerous consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.
Editor's Note: The following is a press release from the Dakota County Sheriff's Office and the Dakota County Attorney's Office. Now that the holiday season is here Americans across the country will soon be involved in holiday activities and travel. For some however, the season won’t be free of disaster. That’s why Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom and Dakota County Sheriff Dave Bellows are joining highway safety organizations and law enforcement partners across the nation to remind people during December and throughout the year that Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving and that drinking and driving don’t mix. December is designated National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. It is a time to raise awareness about the dangerous consequences…
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Dakota, Ramsey and Washington county attorneys announced Wednesday that they are revising their drug-testing procedures in the wake of possible problems associated with testing by the St. Paul Police Department crime lab.
Potential problems with drug testing in the St. Paul Police Department’s crime lab could lead to trial delays, and possibly reduced charges, in cases against Dakota County defendants awaiting prosecution on drug offenses. Chief prosecutors in Dakota, Ramsey and Washington counties announced Wednesday that all drugs previously tested by the lab in pending cases will be retested. In addition, the three county attorneys announced that drug task forces and law enforcement agencies in the three counties will no longer send suspected drugs to the St. Paul lab for testing, but will instead use the services of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA). “We believe that our responsibilities as prosecutors require us to take appropriate …
Monday, July 30, 2012
Jeffrey Allen Stewart, 44, of South St. Paul received 174 months in jail and was ordered to pay restitution.
A St. South Paul man was sentenced to nearly 15 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to a number of felonies he committed over the past 15 months, including burglarizing an Inver Grove Heights home. According to a Dakota County District Attorney’s Office press release, Jeffrey Allen Stewart, 44, pleaded guilty to: • One count of theft by swindle (aiding and abetting), for taking $2,500 raised for the benefit of his 19-year-old nephew last August. The nephew was severely burned when he was set ablaze during an assault in St. Paul in July 2011. Stewart’s sister and the victim’s mother, Jodi Ann Stewart, pleaded guilty to the crime last November and was sentenced to 60 days in jail and five years probation. • One count of second-degree …
Friday, June 22, 2012
Michael Joseph Hall, 48, was acquitted of all charges on June 7 but told Patch the ordeal has been incredibly difficult for him and his family.
A 48-year-old Inver Grove Heights man was acquitted on June 7 of two felony counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct. Michael Joseph Hall was charged last August after a mentally-impaired woman told police he made several sexual remarks to her and eventually "put his hand behind her back under her shirt and attempted to 'get into her private areas'." Hall has maintained since his arrest that he never had any contact with the woman. He contacted Patch a day after his acquittal to "set the record straight." "I am grateful that the legal process works, I always knew that the truth would come out, and I'm thankful to have an attorney that was willing to fight for the truth," Hall said. "(I'm thankful for) a strong family bond so that…
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Dakota County cases have almost doubled in three years.
Friday, July 1, 2011
Joshua Boe Plan is charged with felony assault in connection with the incident last weekend.
A Rosemount man has been charged with assault after police say he punched a woman in the face last weekend on the Mississippi River near Inver Grove Heights, fracturing her nose and breaking a bone under her eye. Joshua Boe Plan, 30, is charged with felony third-degree assault, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. According to the criminal complaint, Plan and a female friend were on a boat last Sunday and had beached it on a small island in the river, just south of the 102nd Street marina in Inver Grove Heights. The victim told authorities that both of them had been drinking. Sometime between 1 and 2 a.m., the victim said she saw Plan on a houseboat with a woman who she said had been flirting with him…