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Senate passes bill honoring slain North St. Paul officer

Christine Crittenden, the widow of North St. Paul police officer Richard Crittenden, listens as city manager Jason Ziemer (not pictured) testifies to a Senate committee March 3 at the state Capitol for a bill presented by Sen. Chuck Wiger, DFL-Maplewood, right. The bill passed the Senate March 24 to rename Hwy. 36 for the slain officer. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

For nearly a minute March 24, members of the state Senate stood in silence.
Moments after they unanimously voted to pass a bill from Sen. Chuck Wiger, DFL-Maplewood, to rename Highway 36 to the “Officer Richard Crittenden Memorial Highway,” they paused to honor the North St. Paul cop who was killed while responding to a domestic dispute call on Labor Day, Sept. 7, 2009.


Complaint: Maplewood man shoots, kills son; stabs himself, tells negotiator he'll settle cable dispute in the ‘afterlife’

A criminal complaint filed March 27 says an 84-year-old father allegedly shot and killed his 36-year-old son at their Maplewood home in the 1800 block of East County Road B.

An 84-year-old Maplewood man allegedly shot and killed his son after a disagreement over installing cable at their home, and then stabbed himself, telling a police negotiator he would settle the dispute with his son "when they reached the afterlife,” court documents say.


Maplewood rolls out recycling carts

This month, Maplewood is switching from recycling bins to larger carts with lids.
Through March, Tennis Sanitation, the city’s recycling contractor, will deliver standard carts, which are brown with an orange lid.


NTSB: No known cause of fatal helicopter crash in Maplewood

The charred remains of a helicopter could be seen being loaded onto a tow truck the afternoon of June 19, 2013. (File photo)

More than nine months after a helicopter plummeted into a Maplewood garage, exploding into flames and killing the pilot, the cause of the crash is still unknown.
On March 24, the National Transportation Safety Board adopted its final report of the crash that occurred at about 8:15 a.m. June 19, 2013, along the 2700 block of East Seventh Street, which is near the Maplewood Nature Center.


Maplewood father arrested in fatal shooting of son

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is assisting Maplewood investigors on the case, where a father apparently shot his son during a disagreement Monday. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

Police anticipate filing charges
The Maplewood man who is suspected of shooting and killing his son Monday, March 24, has been arrested.
Pang Vang, 84, allegedly shot his son, Chue Vang, 36, during a disagreement. After police were called, Pang Vang barricaded himself in a bedroom, and stabbed himself in the chest and neck during a two-hour standoff with police.


Man shoots, kills son with shotgun in Maplewood home

Maplewood investigators and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension are investigating a Monday incident in which an 84-year-old father apparently shot and killed his 36-year-old son at their Maplewood home in the 1800 block of East County Road B. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

84-year-old father hospitalized with self-inflicted stab wounds
Police are investigating a case in which an 84-year-old man apparently shot and killed his 36-year-old son on Monday at the Maplewood home where they both lived. The father then barricaded himself in a bedroom as police tried to communicate with him for two hours.


Arlington Hills Library building finds new owner

Peter Rachleff, co-founder of the new East Side Freedom Library, will look forward to setting up in the historic Arlington Hills Library building. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

East Side Freedom Library will fill the space
After a drawn-out process that began over a year ago, the historic Carnegie library building looks to be in good hands.
The St. Paul City Council approved the East Side Freedom Library as the new tenant of the handsome building. The Arlington Hills Library, which just closed March 14, will relocate to the new community building at Payne and Maryland avenues.


Maplewood police seek theft suspects

This woman and a male companion are suspected of theft at a SuperAmerica in Maplewood. Maplewood police are looking for help from the public to identify them. (submitted photo)

Maplewood police are looking for a woman and a man involved in a theft at a gas station on White Bear Avenue.
The woman, reportedly in her 30s who was pictured in surveillance footage, and a man, described as white and in his late 30s or early 40s, apparently stole some items from the SuperAmerica in Maplewood. According to employees and witnesses, the two people frequent the gas station.


More than a swim

Females-only swim brings together diverse cultures, views in Maplewood
A females-only swim time in Maplewood has become much more than an opportunity to get into the water.
Over the past two years, organizers have watched women and girls from a variety of backgrounds, religions and cultures find common ground while they learn to swim and enjoy snacks and conversation afterwards. The program, which is funded by the Educational Equity Alliance, even garnered an award in late 2013 from the Minnesota Community Education Association, and it continues to be a unique offering in the Twin Cities.


Potholes: City crews say it’s just the beginning

Some potholes on local roads have grown from small depressions to lane-wide rivers, as snow melt seeps into a crack, freezes and loosens the pavement from underneath. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

How to report issues
Maplewood has already packed 18 tons of asphalt into potholes on city streets in recent weeks, and staff members say that’s just the beginning.
Public works director Michael Thompson said the department is on track to slap down about 100 tons of the cold mix material over the next few weeks, and will break out a hot-mix asphalt for finer, more durable repairs once the snow melts and the streets are swept.


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