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A Winona man accused of raping a woman at a Woodbury hotel was sentenced to 172 months, or about 14 years, in prison in a Washington County court July 14. Nicholas Sean Perkins, 23, of Winona, was charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct in February. The charges stem from an incident in September 2016 in which a woman told police Perkins sexually assaulted her in the hotel courtyard. According to a criminal complaint filed in Washington County, the victim was staying at the hotel with her husband.
Hudson teenagers beware: a new group of kids could soon flood the yard work market this summer. Hudson Common Council unanimously voted June 19 to draft a city ordinance allowing the use of goats to clear out invasive plants. The "munching" trend, which involves unleashing goats in brush areas to eat weeds, has picked up in larger cities like St. Paul.
Dawn Jurkovich had known little about co-working when she started her hunt for Woodbury office spaces earlier this year. The concept took root more than a decade ago, eschewing the traditional "executive suite" office setup in favor of spaces that combine private offices and communal workspaces. A former partner at a downtown Minneapolis financial firm, Jurkovich sought a different growth direction and helped found Releve, a new wealth management firm, earlier this year. Her decision to branch out, however, came before she secured an office space.
One of two men accused of running a sex trafficking operation in Woodbury pleaded guilty to a felony charge of aiding and abetting in the sex trafficking of an individual. Tyree Erik Jones, 23 of Brooklyn Park, faces a maximum 15-year sentence. His sentencing is scheduled for July 14. Woodbury police arrested Jones and Minneapolis resident Deno Williams at the Extended Stay America hotel in December. Officers traced the two men through a post advertising a "2 girl special" on Backpage.com, according to a Washington County court filing.
A Washington County district judge sentenced a Brooklyn Park man to one year in prison and 15 years probation for assaulting a Newport woman while working as a driver for a transportation service. Koji repeatedly asked the woman to hold his hand as she road in the back seat from Inver Grove Heights to Newport, and she refused, according to the criminal complaint. He turned onto a road a several blocks from her home, and said he needed to use the radio then told the woman to sign a form indicating he dropped her off.
Juan DeAngulo, managing principal with CityPlace developer Elion Partners, hinted at new components to the 100-acre mixed-use commercial campus during a community event celebrating the retail phase completion June 29. The vision for CityPlace, he said, embodies a "live, work, play" ethos. Plans for additional tenants and buildings in the development's office phase are expected to be announced soon.
Should a citizen ever take the law into their own hands? Gunnar "Raven" Ravendal grapples with the question after his niece is murdered by sex traffickers in Prescott author Jerry Rice's premier novel "Raven Avenging." Set in the late 1970s, the story harkens back to the "Minnesota Pipeline," a crime phenomenon in which sex traffickers from the east coast would target the state's abundant population of blonde, blue-eyed women. Raven's niece, Kari, fit the description.
A 24-year-old Stillwater woman has been charged with misdemeanor careless driving after telling Woodbury police she was looking at her phone when she hit a 14-year-old Lake Middle School student who was crossing Pioneer Road the morning of May 12. Jennifer Lyn Allison could face up to 90 days in jail and $1,000 if convicted. She is scheduled to enter her plea Monday, July 24. The boy suffered an internal head injury.
A proposal to merge St. Croix EMS with HealthPartners has drawn criticism from some Hudson residents, but Mayor Rich O'Connor said misunderstandings abound about how the change would affect the community. Both sides engaged in tense discussion Tuesday night, less than a week before the Hudson Common Council voters on the merger. Opponents donned turquois "SAVE SCEMS" shirts for a rally near the Hudson Fire Department during the EMS Commission meeting.
A Woodbury man accused of secretly filming a teenage girl in her bedroom will serve 120 days in jail and five years probation following his June 7 conviction for possessing pornographic material on a work computer. Jeffrey Cramer, 47, was found guilty of one felony charge after interfering with a minor's privacy and possessing pornographic materials on a work computer after a teenage girl and her mother told Woodbury police they had found footage of the girl's room on Cramer's computer.