Mara H. Gottfried / St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL — When thousands of people visit the Twin Cities for the NCAA Final Four this weekend, April 6-8, a team of law enforcement leaders will be keeping watch from their command post. They will be overseeing officers in the streets and at U.S. Bank Stadium, with the goal of ensuring safety for everyone during one of the nation’s biggest annual events. The team has had a little practice.
ST. PAUL - St. Paul police officers who encounter someone who is armed with a knife or bat and acting aggressively have a new way to respond. The police department has begun a pilot program of PepperBall. An officer uses a launcher, which looks like a handgun with orange along the top, to shoot a powder with a similar effect as pepper spray. “We want to give officers as many options as possible to bring a resolution to a call without having to result in deadly force,” said Senior Cmdr. Kurt Hallstrom, who heads the special operations unit.
ST. PAUL — A 16-year-old boy missing from St. Paul for more than 40 years has been identified as a victim of serial killer John Wayne Gacy, an official said Wednesday, July 19. James Byron Haakenson's mother reported him missing to St. Paul police on Sept. 2, 1976. Haakenson was listed as a runaway and his probable destination was reported as unknown, "maybe Chicago," according to reports from the time.
ST. PAUL — A St. Paul mom said her two sons were fine when she left for work one day last month and her live-in boyfriend put the boys to bed that night. But the 3-year-old didn't wake up the next morning and an autopsy found he suffered a severe skull fracture, according to murder charges filed against the boyfriend Thursday, July 6. Police found out in their investigation that Devioun Keith Johnson, 34, was the focus of a Dakota County child protection investigation in 2013. He was not charged in that case.