East Side Newsbriefs

Mon
16
Dec

St. Paul’s “Inspiring Communities” saw significant response

St. Paul’s request for proposals to sell off city-owned properties, launched in October, has yielded 41 proposals.
The city released the homes in hopes of shedding some its housing stock in one fell swoop, while boosting the housing market in cluster areas in the Dayton’s Bluff, Railroad Island and Payne-Phalen neighborhoods, among others.

Mon
02
Dec

Police memorial vandalized


The memorial for Maplewood Police Sgt. Joseph Bergeron, who was shot while on duty, was vandalized on either Nov. 21 or 22. (submitted photo)

The St. Paul Police Department’s Eastern District reported that the Sgt. Bergeron Memorial was vandalized sometime between 10:30 p.m. on Nov. 21 and 9 a.m. on Nov. 22.  
The memorial, which sits at the intersection of Arlington Avenue East and North English Street, was covered in white paint.

Mon
02
Dec

Sun Ray Library to close for long-term renovation


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Beginning Monday, Dec. 2, the Sun Ray Library will be closed for many months while the place receives a welcome facelift.
The library is getting a $5.5 million renovation, which will include adding a new facade with more windows, a reading garden, a 24-hour book drop, a new “teen zone” and an expanded children’s section.
The project goes to bid sometime in the month of December, said Rebecca Ryan, the library’s manager. Because a contractor has not been chosen, the re-opening date of the library is unsure, she said.

Mon
02
Dec

Police investigating suspicious death in Dayton’s Bluff

St. Paul police were called to the 800 block of East Fourth Street after receiving an anonymous tip that there was an unidentified dead man lying there.
Police arrived at approximately 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26, and found a man dead from an apparent gunshot wound, according to a police report.

Mon
25
Nov

Police warn of phone scam targeting Spanish speakers - East Side

St. Paul Police Department’s Eastern District noticed a string of reports of a phone scammer on the prowl.
Police said Spanish-speaking adults have reported someone claiming to be from “Xcel Energy” had called them. The scammer would tell the victims they are past due on utility bills, and that their power will be shut off.

Mon
11
Nov

City has 2 proposals for Arlington Hills Library


The Arlington Hills Library could have a new owner come springtime. Located at 1105 Greenbrier St., it was constructed in 1916. The Beaux Arts style library is one of three Carnegie libraries in St. Paul, and is thought to be one of the oldest public buildings in the city. (submitted photo)

After a long deliberation process, residents of the Payne-Phalen neighborhood could be seeing a new neighbor in the charming Arlington Hills Library building.
Following a request for proposals to find a new private owner for the place, the city received two completed pitches from interested parties.

Mon
11
Nov

Gold store robbed, owner beat up and zip-tied

In the early morning hours of Sunday, Nov. 3, the owner of St. Paul Gold and Silver at 1197 Payne Ave. was working late when he walked into what appeared to be an organized burglary.
According to St. Paul police, the owner was hit and then had his hands zip-tied, having been held at gunpoint, and attacked by three men in their 20s.

Mon
11
Nov

Drunken man crashes car into apartment complex

Around 10:15 p.m. on Election Night, Tuesday, Nov. 5, a car got into a battle with an apartment building.
Police have identified Timothy Sanford, 35, as the driver of a car that collided with the apartment building at 2150 Wilson Ave., just north of the Sun Ray Shopping Center.

Thu
12
Sep

14-year-old girl shot in chest

A group of young people were dancing in a parking lot near the intersection of Minnehaha and White Bear avenues late Saturday night, Nov. 28, when a car pulled up and shot a girl in the chest, according to Paul Paulos, spokesperson for the St. Paul Police Department.
Paulos confirmed that the girl had survived the shooting, but he could not provide further information about her condition.

Tue
03
Sep

Early Childhood center moves out of John A Johnson

The Early Childhood Family Education center at John A. Johnson will be moved to Battle Creek Elementary.
Donald Sysyn, director of the early childhood program, said the move comes after the Strong Schools, Strong Communities initiative at St. Paul Public Schools drew more kids to John A. Johnson last year.

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