Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines dictate that the range of prison time to which a judge can sentence perpetrators of this specific crime is between 4.5 and 14 years.
A 24-year-old Inver Grove Heights man pleaded guilty Tuesday morning to second-degree criminal sexual conduct with his 7-year-old niece. According to the criminal complaint, Max Alfonso Miranda-Rivera's niece told Dakota County social workers that her uncle touched her body with his hands in a sexual way on at least three occasions and used his penis on a fourth occasion. Miranda-Rivera will remain in the Dakota County Jail until Oct. 31 when he is scheduled to be sentenced. The maximum sentence for second-degree criminal sexual conduct is 25 years in prison and a $35,000 fine. But Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines dictate that the range of prison time to which a judge can sentence perpetrators of this specific crime is between 4.5 and 14 …
Monday, August 27, 2012
If convicted of the most serious crime—terroristic threats—Noah Charles Comer could face up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
A 32-year-old Inver Grove Heights man was charged with felony terroristic threats Aug. 17 after police say he threatened to sexually assault the wife of an arresting officer. Noah Charles Comer was originally charged with misdemeanor criminal damage to property after allegedly using a hammer to break the windows of two vehicles, kicking in the front door of his mom's home and tipping over her motorcycle. According to a Dakota County criminal complaint, IGH police were called to the 9200 block of Avalon Path after bystanders saw Comer and his mother arguing in her driveway. Upon arrival, police found Comer hiding in a closet underneath a pile of clothes. The complaint states that Comer's behavior and odor made police suspect drugs and …
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 …
Monday, July 23, 2012
A monthly rundown of the top 10 suspects that the Dakota County Sheriff's Office is searching for.
The Dakota County Sheriff's Office (DCSO) has issued warrants for all the individuals shown here. If you encounter them, the DCSO asks that you please be cautious: All should be considered dangerous. If you know the whereabouts of any of the people featured in this gallery, you can contact your local police or the DCSO at (651) 438-4740. You can leave an anonymous tip.
Sunday, June 17, 2012
The latest news and updates from Dakota County Sheriff Dave Bellows.
Don't forget to check out the Northern Dakota County crime blog. Do you know any of these people?
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
If convicted of the charges against him, Tatum could spend as many as 25 years in prison and be ordered to pay a $35,000 fine.
A 35-year-old Inver Grove Heights man accused of inappropriately touching his 3-year-old neighbor pleaded not guilty Tuesday morning in Dakota County court. Judge Tim D. Wermager accepted the plea from Justin Wellington Tatum and scheduled a settlement conference for Aug. 22 and, if necessary, a trial date for Sept. 10. According to a Dakota County criminal complaint, the child told a Children's Hospital nurse that Tatum molested her "once in the bathtub and once on the couch." Tatum remains in custody on a $100,000 bond. If convicted of the charges against him, Tatum could spend as many as 25 years in prison and be ordered to pay a $35,000 fine.
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Bail bond agents used to be able to mill around the Dakota County Jail lobby seeking clients on intake, but because of agressive tactics and complaints, they've been banned.
In the past, when someone was booked into Dakota County Jail, no matter the transgression, there was always a handful of bail bond agents there to fight for business. But according to a story in Sun Thisweek, after numerous complaints about the sometimes aggressive tactics used by these agents, the jail has banned them from public areas at the jail, including the in-custody courtroom and lobby, where most bail agents get their business. Dakota County Jail Cmdr. John Grant told Sun Thisweek that in recent months, it was getting to the point that bail agents were "fighting over clients." In the report, Grant said agents would actually arrive hours before an inmate's first court appearance and lobby their friends and family to sell them bail …
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Devonte Thomas Love, 19, was given 60 days in jail for his crimes instead of a maximum three-year prison term.
A 19-year-old Inver Grove Heights man was sentenced to 60 days in county jail Tuesday afternoon after pleading guilty to felony domestic assault by strangulation and misdemeanor minor consumption. Devonte Thomas Love was also charged with gross misdemeanor domestic assault for a subsequent domestic assault but Judge Thomas McCarthy dismissed that charge in exchange for Love's guilty plea. Love was given credit for 29 days served in Dakota County Jail and Judge McCarthy ran his sentences concurrently, so the remainder of time Love will serve is 31 days. Had he been given the maximum sentence for the domestic assault charge, Love would have spent three years in prison and been ordered to pay a $5,000 fine. Originally reported in Patch …
Monday, March 19, 2012
Felony charges are pending against a 39-year-old Inver Grove Heights man and 47-year-old Brandon, Minn., woman.
Editor's note: A previous version of this story, based on information on the Dakota County Jail website, said one of the two suspects was facing a murder charge. Inver Grove Heights Police said this morning that no officer was killed, and the jail website has been updated to indicate that the pending charge will be attempted murder. A 39-year-old West St. Paul man and a 47-year-old Brandon, Minn., woman remained in custody Monday, accused of firing at least one shot at Inver Grove Heights Police officers Sunday morning. A news release issued Sunday by Inver Grove Heights Police said officers responded to a report of possible gunshots in the area of 77th Street and River Road just before 5 a.m. When they arrived, they found a vehicle they …
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Devonte Thomas, 18, is being held in the Dakota County Jail on two felony charges and a misdemeanor. The alleged assault took place in Inver Grove Heights last week.
An 18-year-old Inver Grove Heights man remains in custody in the Dakota County Jail after allegedly strangling and hitting his girlfriend in Inver Grove Heights last week. Devonte Thomas Love has been charged with two felony counts—domestic assault by strangulation and domestic assault—as well as misdemeanor underage consumption. He is being held on $5,000 bail. According to Dakota County District Court documents: Inver Grove Heights Police were called to a residence on Audobon Avenue at about 10:44 a.m. March 6 to investigate an alleged domestic assault. The victim reportedly told police that her boyfriend and father of her child, Love, came to her residence intoxicated and she asked him to leave. He refused. A fight ensued, and Love …