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South Metro Man Implicated in Underage Sex-Trafficking Ring

Here's a look at the crime headlines from the past week in the south metro.

The following stories first appeared during the past week on Patch sites in Dakota, Rice and Scott counties. To read the full articles, click on the headline links.

Apple Valley-Rosemount

Rosemount Man Charged with Stealing Cell Phone from Reluctant Victim

Police say Devon Deshawn Gordon stole a cell phone from a customer in an Apple Valley restaurant, but the victim chased him down and retrieved it.

Police say Salvador Mejia-Camacho led them on a chase through residential neighborhoods, then fled his car, leaving his 3-year-old son behind.

Apple Valley Woman Charged with Beating Child with Extension Cord

Valerie Elaine Moore is accused of repeatedly hitting a 13-year-old girl with an extension cord and a flip-flop.


Burnsville

Police say Stephen Richard Angotti—already facing charges of inappropriate sexual conduct with a child—assaulted a woman in Burnsville in October.

Couple Charged with Selling Meth from Burnsville Hotel Room

Police say they found a large quantity of methamphetamine in a hotel room rented by Paul Anthony Applegate and Sara Rose Wessbecker of Shakopee.


Eagan

Burnsville Man Charged with Sexually Assaulting Woman at Eagan Party

Christopher Robert Nicholls, 22, faces one count of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct for the alleged assault.

MAP: October Police Calls in Eagan

The following map presents the locations of a selection of crimes or public safety incidents that took place in Eagan over the last month.

In a separate incident, Eagan police also responded to a school therapist who told officers she witnessed a man abusing a disabled teenager.


Inver Grove Heights

IGH Man Given Probation After Admitting to Sexual Assault of 7-Year-Old Niece

Among the other conditions of his sentence, Max Alfonso Miranda-Rivera was ordered to comply with periodic ploygraph exams and random analyses of his computer and internet access.

Warrant Issued After IGH Man Accused of Impregnating 13-Year-Old Fails to Appear

Nicholas William Marks, 21, is charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct, a felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine.

David Edward Westgard has been formally charged with felony theft by swindle, a crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.


Lakeville

Lakeville Police Arrest Man on Fifth DUI-Related Charge

Police say Elliot Alexander Williams was legally drunk when he sped out of a Lakeville parking lot, then fled his car and hid on top of a nearby garage.

Dumb Criminal: Drunk Driver Parks on Lakeville Grocery Store Sidewalk

Witnesses said that the two men, who appeared intoxicated, were loud and swearing as they were walking into the store.


Northfield

Northfield Hospital Anesthetist Charged with Stealing Narcotics

Police say Craig Robert Hall regularly stole powerful narcotics from Northfield Hospital and ingested the medications through his nose.

Jury Convicts Man of Stabbing Musician in Northfield

A Rice County District Court jury found Christopher James Schuenke guilty of two counts of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon.

Second Man Convicted in Murder of Shea Stremcha; Third Man to Stand Trial

A third man, who wasn't originally included in charging documents last year, is now believed to be the man who pulled the trigger.


Shakopee

Shakopee Man Implicated in Underage Sex-Trafficking Ring

Police say Phuoc Phong Le helped arrange sexual encounters between Twin Cities men and underage girls in Minneapolis.

Shakopee Couple Charged with Selling Methamphetamine

Police say Paul Anthony Applegate and Sara Rose Wessbecker were selling meth from a hotel room in Burnsville.

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