Nick Ferraro / St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL — By all accounts, toilet paper remains a hot commodity at stores as some hoard the basic necessity and others simply stock up on it in fear of running dry. Several retailers said this week that as soon as store shelves are stocked they go empty in a matter of hours. And the obligatory pictures of those empty store shelves and posts of people either happily scoring rolls — or sadly getting squeezed out — continue to pop up on social media feeds. Then there are the toilet-paper tales from people that seem too good to be true.
MINNEAPOLIS — Target said Wednesday, March 25, it will clean checkout lanes after each sale, add signs and floor decals to ensure shoppers are maintaining social distancing and expand its dedicated shopping hours for elderly shoppers and those with underlying health concerns. Target announced the safety measures to try to combat the spread of coronavirus while at the same time reporting the company is “experiencing unusually strong traffic and sales” in its stores and with its same-day pick-up and delivery services.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison said Tuesday, March 24, that his office has begun a statewide crackdown on people and businesses engaged in “pandemic profiteering,” including a downtown St.
SAVAGE, Minn. — Three suspects have been arrested in the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old boy outside a Target store in Savage, police said. The boy — identified Wednesday, March 4, as Samuel Alvin Keezer of Burnsville — died Saturday at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, a day after he was found semiconscious and lying in the Target parking lot suffering from a gunshot wound to the head.
LAKEVILLE, Minn. — Authorities on Tuesday, March 3, identified the Dakota County sheriff’s deputy who fatally shot a man last week in Lakeville while attempting to arrest him on a felony warrant. Sgt. Scott Durdall returned fire on Kent Richard Kruger Jr., 36, who died of multiple gunshot wounds at his mother’s house at 20829 Italy Ave. around 11:40 a.m. Friday, the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said. Durdall, a 22-year veteran of the sheriff’s office, is on standard administrative leave.
MINNEAPOLIS — Authorities on Sunday, March 1, identified a man fatally shot by deputies serving a warrant Friday as Kent Richard Kruger. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office said Kruger, 36, of Lakeville, died from multiple gunshot wounds. A Dakota County sheriff’s office deputy fatally shot Kruger at a Lakeville home around noon Friday while trying to pick him up on a felony warrant for assaulting a police officer.
MINNEAPOLIS — Vikings safety Jayron Kearse on Thursday, Feb. 27, pleaded guilty to driving drunk and carrying a loaded semiautomatic handgun without a permit in connection with an October arrest on Interstate 94 in Minneapolis. Kearse, 26, of Fort Myers, Fla., entered guilty pleas to misdemeanor fourth-degree drunken driving and gross misdemeanor carrying and possessing a pistol without a permit Thursday in Hennepin County District Court in Minneapolis.
APPLE VALLEY, Minn. — Alexander Petrovich, who was described by a family friend and relative and neighbors as an undiagnosed paranoid schizophrenic, shot his mother and younger brother in their Apple Valley home before turning the gun on himself, according to a Tuesday, Feb. 25, court filing.
APPLE VALLEY, Minn. — A Prior Lake man has been sentenced to four years in prison for a 2018 crash that killed his passenger on Interstate 35W in Burnsville. James Robert Lapsley, 21, was sentenced Monday, Feb. 24, by Dakota County District Court Judge Shawn Moynihan for the death of 19-year-old Kayli Thompson of Burnsville. Lapsley pleaded guilty one count of criminal vehicular homicide (gross negligence) last month. Prosecutors say Lapsley had been speeding and that he had THC — the psychoactive component in marijuana — in his system.
EAGAN, Minn. — Two drivers were killed in a head-on collision in Eagan on Monday morning, Feb. 24, police said. At 5:39 a.m., Eagan officers responded to a two-car crash on Johnny Cake Ridge Road just south of Sherwood Way. Both drivers of the SUVs were unresponsive and later pronounced dead at the scene, police spokesman Officer Aaron Machtemes said. They were identified as 33-year-old Cory H. Hoesley from Hudson, Wis., and 66-year-old Pamela Ann Schmidt from Apple Valley. No one else was in the vehicles.