St. Paul Crooks Posing as Woman Set Up Online Meetings Only to Rob New Friend Seekers

Categories: Crime, St. Paul

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Three men in St. Paul were robbed in separate incidents by bandits posing as a woman online.

Each dude must have thought about the possibilities.

In three separate instances, the men -- one from Richfield, another from St. Paul, and another from Minneapolis -- had been communicating last week via social media with a person they believed was a young lady. Her messages were friendly and inviting if only they would come to St. Paul.

And so these men, perhaps "looking to make" a new friend, according to St. Paul Police Spokesman Steve Linders, strapped on their seat belts and headed for the Capital City.

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Richard Davis-El Sues Hunan Garden for Getting Thrown Out for Wearing Shades

Categories: Food, Law, St. Paul

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Is being booted from a Chinese buffet worth $50,000?

The wood-paneled walls and red draperies decorating Hunan Garden on Cedar Street in downtown St. Paul elicit a chilled vibe, just the kind of place to enjoy a vat of wonton soup during a springtime lunch hour.

But in a lawsuit filed in Ramsey County District Court, Richard Davis-El says he wasn't feeling the feng shui when he tried to indulge at the Chinese restaurant renowned for its sumptuous buffet.

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Minnesota Wild Playoff Run Will Most Likely Include More Ticket Scams, Say Police

Categories: Sports, St. Paul

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The quest for the Cup starts Wednesday. Police say hot tickets will likely mean more ticket scams.

Ahmed Dahir allegedly had a good racket going.

For months, the 28-year-old Burnsville man had reportedly been buying sporting events e-tickets through Ticketmaster with stolen plastic. Since it would be an hour or so before Ticketmaster flagged the illicit purchases, Dahir would already have them in his possession before anyone got wise and the ticket barcodes were invalidated.

What he did next is where the real capitalist component of the scam kicks in.

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Did a St. Paul Man Have the Right to Chase Down and Shoot Purported Robbers?

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Mysterious case of vigilante justice in St. Paul raises a lot of questions

On March 30 around 5:30 p.m., a man says two men pulled out guns near the corner of Como and Pennsylvania Avenues in St. Paul's North End and tried to rob him.

The man, who St. Paul police say had a permit to carry a gun, thwarted the robbery and exchanged gunfire with the would-be robbers. When the bad guys bolted, the victim got in his car, chased them for more than a mile, then shot one of them in the foot during a second gun fight.

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Man Charged in St. Paul's Fifth "Revenge Porn" Case in Last Four Years

Categories: Crime, Sex, St. Paul

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Does Minnesota need a "revenge porn" law?

St. Paul police say a 25-year-old man named David secretly recorded himself having sex with his wife on at least three occasions.

That's a pretty creepy, weird thing to do to your spouse, so it's not too surprising that after David made those videos he got divorced.

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St. Paul Man Pulls Gun and Chases Would-Be Robbers, Shooting One in the Foot

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Not so fast...

Last night around 5:30 p.m. two armed robbers approached a man near the Hmongtown Marketplace at Como and Pennsylvania Avenues in St. Paul's North End.

According to the Pioneer Press, the man turned out not to be an easy target.

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Rival St. Paul Gangs Hit Squad and HAM Crazy Hold Taunting War Via Rap Videos

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Ramsey County
Police say Michael Trevino (L) and Johns Epps (R, dreadlocks) are members of the Hit Squad gang, and Michael Garcia (back) is a member of the Latin Kings. The person holding the gun and two with their faces blocked out are minors.

According to charges filed in Ramsey County on March 27, a person living on the 200 block of Congress Street East in St. Paul saw a group of guys flashing gang signs and waving pistols a little before 7:00 p.m. on March 25. The commotion worried the resident, so she called the cops.

Police rolled up to find the location where West Side gang Hit Squad had been filming rap videos taunting their East Side rivals, known as HAM Crazy. St. Paul police say the two gangs have been feuding through videos posted on YouTube and Facebook.

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St. Paul Police Shoot and Kill Armed Man in East Side Standoff

Categories: Police, St. Paul

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This was the St. Paul Police Department's second fatal shooting of the year

Yesterday afternoon St. Paul police responded to a call at 3:20 p.m. about a man who was waving a rifle around at 411 White Bear Ave.

"It could've been the yard, the porch, the doorway, but he was seen by residents [waving a rifle], which gave great concern to the neighborhood," St. Paul Sgt. Paul Paulos told reporters.

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Here's Why St. Paul Still Sucks at Recycling

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Somehow recycling rates in St. Paul actually dropped after switching to an easier single-sort system

Minneapolis saw a 25 percent increase in recycling when it finally made the switch to single-sort bins in 2013. Lazy people no longer had an excuse to just throw everything away. One bin for garbage, one for recycling. It's simple.

When St. Paul made the switch to single-sort, however, recycling rates plummeted. How in the world does that happen?

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St. Paul Reopening Parts of Lilydale Park After 2013 Landslide Killed Two Kids

Categories: Outdoors, St. Paul

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City of St. Paul
Three of the four fossil sites will remain closed

Two years ago a fossil-hunting field trip turned tragic when a landslide at Lilydale Regional Park in St. Paul killed two fourth-graders from St. Louis Park. Later a City Pages investigation found the city had known about safety issues at the park for years, but Mayor Chris Coleman never found the money to address them.

Yesterday the head of St. Paul Parks and Recreation presented a plan to the City Council that will finally address those safety concerns and reopen some sections of the park this summer that have been closed since the landslide.

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