Nearly two years after a priest at an Oakdale Catholic church accepted a $120,000 check from an elderly man, the Maplewood Police Department ended the criminal investigation against him where no charges were ever filed.
North St. Paul police cleaned up the blown-up hoax device on Thursday, after the St. Paul Police Department Bomb Squad gave the all clear just after 2 p.m. (photos by Kaitlyn Roby/Review)
Due to a report of a suspicious package in front of Luther Auctions, North St. Paul firefighters block off East Seventh Avenue at Margaret Street, in preparation for the St. Paul bomb squad. The bomb squad determined it was a hoax device.
A member of the St. Paul bomb squad examines a possible improvised explosive device, later deemed a hoax, on Thursday in front of Luther Auctions in North St. Paul.
Buildings were evacuated and streets were blocked.
An evidence bag, containing wires, a container and other items that made up something the St. Paul bomb squad deemed a hoax device, which was made to resemble a bomb and left on the sidewalk in front of Luther Auctions in North St. Paul.
The St. Paul bomb squad blew up a “hoax device” Thursday in North St. Paul, after rescue personnel evacuated a block of downtown buildings and blocked off East Seventh Street.
North St. Paul police received a report of a suspicious package next to a trash can in front of Luther Auctions at 2556 E. Seventh Ave., just after noon.
Police blocked off East Seventh Avenue from Margaret to Charles Street a little after noon Wednesday on a report of a suspicious package. Police went door-to-door evacuating shoppers, diners and business owners and called in the St. Paul Bomb Squad. (Holly Wenzel / Review photo)
North St. Paul fire/police blocked off 7th Ave at Margaret St. Reportedly a suspicious package being investigated (Kaitlyn Roby/Review @KRobyNews)
North St. Paul police and fire blocked off East Seventh Avenue from Margaret to Charles Street, after receiving a report that an abandoned bag in front of Luther Auctions might contain hazardous materials. They evacuated everyone working or shopping in the vicinity, including the students from the District 622 program housed at Keindel's Korner. (Holly Wenzel / Review photo)
North St. Paul firefighters gathered in front of La Garage and Gallery Wednesday around 12:30 p.m., waiting for the St. Paul Bomb Squad to look over a package in front of Luther Auctions next door. (Holly Wenzel / Review photo)
A little after noon Thursday, shoppers, diners and business proprieters were surprised as North St. Paul squad cars blocked "Main Street," East Seventh Avenue, for a full city block.
Squads with flashing lights parked across the intersections at Margaret and Charles streets and officers went from door to door telling patrons and owners alike they had to evacuate.
An oath of office “re-enactment” for new Maplewood Police Chief Paul Schnell was held during the Aug. 12 city council meeting. Schnell was officially sworn in on his first day, July 29. His wife, Julie, pinned on his badge, No. 55. Mayor Will Rossbach made a statement on behalf of the city, saying, “We know that he will do a very good job for us and continue the tradition of leadership we have come to expect.”
The North St. Paul Police Department greeted visitors with manning a radar gun gauging speed, wearing special goggles that mimic some effects of being under the influence, and making fingerprinting records for children.
Brayden Gehrmann tosses bean bags as Target assisted at the National Night Out held at Christ Lutheran.
Westin Johnson shoots hoops during the National Night Out gathering at Christ Lutheran in North St. Paul, Aug. 6.
A visit from character Cpt. Jack Sparrow, aka Brendan Anderson, saw plenty of National Night Out visitors, including Emily Feagler and Peighton Carlson, getting their photos taken.
Neighbors were treated to hot dogs, popcorn, games, and a performance by the Teddy Bear Band. A neighborhood watch group made root beer floats.