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Three Men Arrested After Gun Complaint

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05/13/2013 - 10:00 AM

Three Men Arrested After Gun Complaint

On Friday night the Waite Park Police Department were called to the area of 2nd Avenue and 2nd Street South in Waite Park for a gun complaint.

According to the police report, the victim said that as a result of a verbal argument with two male suspects, one of the suspects pointed a sawed-off shotgun at the victim. There were no shots fired and the two black men fled the scene on foot.

According to police, A K9 unit tracked the suspects to an apartment building at 311 Park Meadows Drive and a perimeter was set up around the building. A man was seen leaving the building and was detained by police. He told police that the suspects might be located in one of the apartments and officers were able to find the suspects inside that apartment.

The suspects were identified as 19-year-old Antonio Deondre Robinson and 25-year-old Malikah Jeramiyah Jackson both of Waite Park. Both men are being held on Assault 2 charges. The weapon used in the assault was recovered and no injuries were reported.

22-year-old Gregory Wimberly Junior was also seen leaving the 311 building and was detained by officers.  Wimberly was armed with a handgun and was taken into custody on charges of felony possession of a firearm.  Wimberly was not involved with the original assault incident.  

The St. Cloud Police Department, the Sauk Rapids Police Department, the St. Joseph Police Department and the Stearns County Sheriff's Office all assisted in this investigation.

St. Cloud Auto Parts Company Sued for Marriage Discrimination

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05/10/2013 - 9:25 AM

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - State officials say a St. Cloud auto parts company has paid $50,000 to a former employee who claimed her firing amounted to marriage discrimination.

The Minnesota Department of Human Rights says Auto Value Parts terminated JoDee Goblirsch when her husband went to work for a competitor.

Parent company, Automotive Parts, says Goblirsch's continued employment was a conflict-of-interest because she had access to privileged information. She was a bookkeeper at the company's store in Willmar when her husband decided to take a job with Napa Auto Parts.

Goblirsch filed a complaint with the state, which found the company discriminated against her on the basis of her marital status. Automotive Parts spokesman Aaron Fisk tells the Star Tribune the company "does not promote discrimination or harassment."  

Police Release Age-Enhanced Photo Of Missing Joshua Guimond

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05/09/2013 - 9:25 AM

It has been over ten years since Joshua Cheney Guimond  was reported missing from St. Johns University.

Guimond disappeared on November 10 in 2002 after leaving a small party around midnight.All attempts to locate Guimond have been unsuccessful.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has created an age enhanced photo of Guimond at the request of the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office in hopes of bringing renewed awareness to Guimond’s case.

 

St. Cloud Municipal Band Spring Concert Monday

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05/09/2013 - 10:45 AM

The St. Cloud Municipal Band is painting a picture, a musical picture. The band’s annual spring concert titled “A Musical Mosaic” is Monday, May 13th at the Paramount Theatre.

The band will perform a variety of music from Gershwin to contemporary programmatic pieces.

The musical mosaic will be the first concert for the band’s new conductor Brett Krohn. Krohn graduated from St. Cloud State University in 2005 with a Master of Music degree.

The free concert begins at 7:30 p.m.

East Saint Germain Street Closure Begins Monday

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05/09/2013 - 10:00 AM

Beginning Monday, May 13, East Saint Germain Street will be closed to through traffic from Wilson Avenue to Lincoln Avenue. The closure is needed for workers to make repairs on the railroad crossing in the area.

The closure is expected to last about one week and detours will be posted.

St. Cloud Man In Jail After Allegedly Attempting To Break Into Occupied Vehicles

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05/08/2013 - 12:25 PM

Early Wednesday morning the St. Cloud Police were called to the intersection of Highway 23 and Lincoln Avenue Southeast for an attempted car theft in progress.

According to the police report, 44-year-old Zachary Tyler Taylor of St. Cloud had allegedly attempted to get into several occupied vehicles. Taylor had run up to a vehicle at a stop light and pulled on the locked door handles while yelling at the occupants. When that vehicle drove off, Taylor ran to the Gateway Motel where he tried to open multiple locked and unoccupied cars and eventually knocked on the doors of multiple rooms where one person opened the door.

Taylor and the occupant got into a physical struggle that led to Taylor grabbing a nearby fire extinguisher and threatening the victim. Taylor then sprayed the fire extinguisher at an officer who attempted to take Taylor into custody. The officer was taken and released from the St. Cloud Hospital for exposure to the fire extinguisher chemical. Taylor was also treated and released from the St. Cloud Hospital for minor injuries.

Taylor was taken to the Benton County jail where he is being held for court on several charges including felony assault, burglary and attempted robbery.

St. Cloud Police are looking for the driver or the occupants of the dark colored sedan stopped at the light in the East bound lane of Highway 23 at Lincoln Avenue when Taylor tried to open their doors.

SCSU Community Garden First Planting Day This Saturday

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05/08/2013 - 11:00 AM

Spring is finally here and the SCSU Community Garden will have their first planting day on Saturday, May 11.

Multiple things will be planted including potatoes, beets, onions and flowers. The garden is located just north of the SCSU Women’s Center near the corner of Fifth Avenue South and Sixth Street.

The planting will begin at 9 a.m. and will continue until the work is done.  People can join at any part of the day and can continue to contribute every Saturday throughout the summer.

SCSU Vice President Of Finance And Administration Resigns

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05/08/2013 - 10:15 AM

After six months on the job, the SCSU Vice President of Finance and Administration Douglas Vinzant has resigned to accept a similar job at the University of Southern Mississippi.

SCSU President Earl H. Potter III says that Vinzant was offered a position in Southern Mississippi last summer before coming to SCSU. A series of leadership changes at Southern Mississippi led to him being offered the job last month.

Potter praised the work Vinzant accomplished at SCSU in the short time, especially concerning transparency in budget development and education.

Vinzant will remain at SCSU until early June, and a national search for his replacement will be initiated soon.

St. Cloud Police Accepting Reserve Applicants

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05/08/2013 - 10:15 AM

The St. Cloud Police Department is accepting applications for its volunteer Reserve Unit. The 25 member reserve unit assists regular police officers in daily patrol and situations.

Reserve applicants must submit a physical exam with their application.

Accepted members will go through training to prepare them for work with police officers. They will be trained in the areas of crowd control, self-defense, and traffic direction among others. According to the police department, reserve officers do not carry a weapon but they’ll be trained to use to firearms.

Reserve members also are required to attend regular meetings. The application can be found online.

SCSU Uniting Society Presents Spring Into Fashion This Friday

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05/07/2013 - 1:45 AM

The St. Cloud State University Uniting Society organization will present the “Spring into Fashion” show this Friday, May 10.

The fashion show will feature the newest summer fashions from stores including Rue 21, Tip Top Tux, Maurice’s, Dress Barn, Deb's, Okongo, Vanity and Carrie Johnson Bridal.  There will also be a Local Business Expo showcasing some of St. Cloud’s premiere local businesses and artists prior to the show.

All proceeds from the fashion show will be used by Uniting Society to benefit the Promise Neighborhood summer youth programs.

Both events will be held in the Atwood Little Theatre starting at 5 p.m with the Local Business Expo.  The fashion show will begin a 7 p.m. 

Donate Don't Ditch This Thursday

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05/07/2013 - 12:00 PM

As the semester comes to an end the annual Donate Don’t Ditch program will be held on Thursday, may 9th.

A drop off location will be available behind Hill Hall for student’s unwanted electronics, furniture and appliances. All items will be given to the Salvation Army thrift store in St. Cloud.

The drop off truck will be available starting at 12 p.m. until 3 p.m. 

SCSU Accepting Artist Applications for Lemonade Art Fair in June

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05/07/2013 - 11:20 AM

St. Cloud State University is looking for artists to participant in the 40th Annual Lemonade Concert and Art Fair taking place on June 27th.

Ten-feet square booth spaces are available for a fee.

Applications can be found here.

Local High School Senior Amongst Dear President Lincoln Winners

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05/07/2013 - 11:15 AM

A local High School Senior is among the winners of the “Dear President Lincoln” student writing contest. Amanda Schubert of Sauk Rapids-Rice High School is one of two students from Minnesota to win at the senior level. Two junior high students from Minnesota also won in the junior division.

Schubert has won a trip the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania, an iPad to blog about her experience and Schubert will also be offered a paid internship opportunity with the Minnesota Historical Society.

To read Schubert's essay click here

One Man Dead After Crash Saturday Near Crossroads Mall

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05/07/2013 - 10:45 AM

One person died and another was taken to the hospital on Saturday morning after a two vehicle crash behind the Crossroads Mall in Waite Park.

Waite Park Police say the crash happened at the intersection of Third Street Northeast and Second Avenue Northeast around 9:30 a.m. According to the Waite Park Police, a vehicle driven by 38-year-old Shawn Barber of Waite Park hit a vehicle driven by 86-year-old Berdell Feichtinger of St. Cloud. Police say Feichtinger made a left turn into oncoming traffic.

According to the police, Feichtinger died at the hospital and Barber went to the hospital for treatment of his non-life threatening injuries.

Property Tax Due Date Approaching Quickly

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05/06/2013 - 9:45 AM

Property Tax Due Date Approaching Quickly

Stearns County Auditor-Treasurer Randy Schreifels wants to remind residents that the first half of property taxes is due Wednesday, May 15.

Residents are able to pay their taxes online with an e-check or credit card. Residents can also pay in person at the county service center in Waite Park or at the Stearns County Courthouse in downtown St. Cloud. Payments mailed in must be must be post-marked by May 15.

According to Schreifels, payments can also be spread out over a quarterly or 10-month period with an ACH payment plan. The payment plan automatically deducts the payment from a checking or savings account.

 

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