Willmar, MN - Former AWA wrestler Eugene “Buck” Zumhofe is facing 12 felony counts of criminal sexual conduct for repeatedly having sex with his daughter between 1999 and 2011, starting when she was just 15-years-old.
According to the criminal complaint, 62-year-old Zumhofe started having sex with his daughter after she moved into Zumhofe’s home in June 1999 – a year after she first met him. The abuse started with his touching her breasts and then moved on to oral sex. After about two weeks, the father and daughter had sex two to three times a day. This would become two to three times a week until she, now 29-years-old, left in June 2011.
She alleges that approximately 1,800 separate acts of sexual abuse occurred during those years and ended up reporting the abuse after seeking therapy and medical care in 2012. Since she left, Zumhofee has become violent and has threatened the woman, her husband, and has threatened suicide.
Even stranger is that various witnesses seemed to be aware of the relationship between the two.…Continue Reading
About three months after a contentious divorce in 2011, the West St. Paul woman struck up an extensive online relationship with a man named Aaron Carpenter. Not unlike many online relationships, the woman shared a number of personal details with her new beau, including the difficulties she had been having with her ex-husband, a 36-year-old man named Brian Cornelius.
Over the course of the year-long romance, “Carpenter” had talked her into some presumably one-way webcam action, and even managed to talk her out of appearing at a court date to request a protection order against Cornelius, who had allegedly assaulted her in March of 2012. The protection order request was dropped at a result.
Eventually, in August, the woman began putting two and two together, when Cornelius started cropping up in places she told Carpenter she would be. The Carpenter persona had begun to slip, mentioning to the victim things that only Cornelius would know. Finally, she confronted her ex, who admitted to everything.…Continue Reading
ST. PAUL, MN — Autopsy results reveal 35-year-old Stephanie Shields drowned her two children, 7-year-old Nolan and 6-year-old Josephine, before killing herself.
A family member called 911 on Easter morning to report they had found Shields and her two children dead inside their home.
Shields’s husband, National Guard member Sergeant 1st Class Mark Shields, is the father of both kids and had just recently moved out of the home.
Both children attended Zimmerman Elementary School where Principal Susan Johnston said “Josephine Shields and her brother Nolan were part of our Zimmerman Elementary School family and we are deeply saddened.”
I know there is a likelihood that Shield suffers from some kind of mental illness, as normal people just do not up and drown their kids. But whenever I hear about cases like this, I’ve always felt it was an act of vindictive spite, not an act derived from a mental breakdown.
Admittedly, my opinion is based off of ignorance as I know absolutely nothing about this woman aside from her recent actions. For all we know, she may have displayed signs of mental illness all her life.…Continue Reading
Josh’s brother, Michael Powell, threw himself off a 7-story building Monday, apparently after learning he would not profit from the death of Susan and her two sons.
For those of you unfamiliar with the Powell story, I must first congratulate you for finally crawling out from underneath that rock! And second, we’ll do a quick rehash.
Susan Powell disappeared in December of 2009. Her husband, Josh, told police that he decided to take his boys, Charlie and Braden, ages 4 and 2, on an impromptu camping trip that weekend, in the middle of a friggin’ blizzard even, and when he returned home, Susan was gone. Josh was named a “person of interest” in her disappearance.
Fast forward a couple of years. While investigating Susan’s disappearance, police find child pornography on a computer that belonged to Steve Powell – Josh’s father.
Not only did Steve’s computer contain pictures of underage girls, it also contained pictures of Susan. Dude was apparently quite obsessed with her.…Continue Reading
According to police, on January 8, Stillwell left the house after an argument with her husband over bills, later returning with two men dressed in dark, hooded sweatshirts and armed with aluminum baseball bats.
When the victim, Gary Stillwell, asked the men to kindly get the fuck out, they refused and began beating him.
The victim told deputies that he was kicked in the face and struck with a bat several times. During the assault, Mr. Stillwell said, he overheard his wife, who was holding one of their children, yell, “Not in front of my babies!”
Thugs must not hear so well – one of the children was able to confirm the attack.
After the assault, the husband found a car key on the floor and handed it over to authorities. Investigators determined the key belonged to a Jeep that had been abandoned near the Stillwell’s residence.…Continue Reading
ST. PAUL, MN – You know that old saying about a good friend helping you move and a true friend helping you move the bodies? Well a man in Minnesota learned the difference when he stored his wife’s dismembered corpse in his friend’s garage.
On Monday, Nathan Schram received a phone call from 34-year-old Steven Johnson. Johnson was calling to inform Schram that his wife, 32-year-old Manya Johnson, had slipped in the shower and died. Johnson added that he’d then dismembered his wife’s body and had stored the parts in the garage of Schram’s White Bear Lake home. Johnson then asked Schram to rent a portable storage unit so he could move Manya’s body.
If you are wondering why Johnson would be so comfortable admitting to Schram that he’d cut up his wife and assumed it would be ok to store the body parts in Schram’s garage without Schram’s knowledge, it turns out Johnson met Schram while both served time in prison.
Johnson had served 17 years after pleading guilty to first-degree criminal sexual conduct in 1996. He and an accomplice handcuffed a girl in a car, then raped her. Schram was in the same prison, at around the same time, for helping his mother cover up a murder she had committed.…Continue Reading
Princeton, MN — A man accused of throwing food items at his wife after arguing about his ex-girlfriend’s Facebook profile pic got exactly what he wished for, after repeatedly stating to police that he would rather go to jail than to stay with his wife.
Eustaquio Israel Morales-Hernandez told police that on the evening of the alleged food fight, he had consumed about nine beers and was stalking his ex-girlfriend’s profile. Well, the wife caught him lookin’. That, my friends, led to the lamest verbal argument ever.
The current bitch reportedly said the ex-bitch looked like a man. Morales-Hernandez came back with a snappy retort. It went a little like this…
“Well, if she looks like a man, than you look like a cow.”
The two apparently continued to go back and forth a bit… the wife called Morales-Hernandez a Mexican burrito and an illegal alien. His response? Elephant.
Morales-Hernandez then allegedly started throwing random kitchen and food items at her… one of the items made contact with her trunk.…Continue Reading
Back in May we reported on 38-year-old Stephanie Ann Broten and her boyfriend, 34-year-old Darnell Alan Landrum. In response to Broten’s 12-year-old daughter bringing home bad grades, the couple shaved her head and put her in a diaper before sending her outside in front of neighbors and classmates.
One of these neighbors ended up calling police who arrived to find a crowd of 30 to 50 people watching the poor girl crying hysterically as she tried to get back in her house after being forced to run up and down the street with a shaved head and clad in a diaper and a tank top.
Neighbors said she had been outside for at least 30 minutes and reported seeing the girl standing outside the back door begging her mother to let her in, only to have her mother stare back at her. When police questioned Broten, she told them she did not see what the problem was and that she was simply disciplining her child by embarrassing her.…Continue Reading
Mankato, MN – A judge has thrown out the child pornography charges field against the head coach at Minnesota State-Mankato after nude videos of his children where discovered on his work-issued Blackberry.
This past August, police escorted 46-year-old Todd Hoffner off the field days after he turned his university-issued phone to the I.T. department to be checked out. He wasn’t told specifically why until he was arrested days later on child pornography charges over some videos found on his work phone.
The videos in question were of his nude children and investigators found the videos disturbing. They filed charges against him after conferring with the state prosecutor. Hoffner, with his wife constantly by his side, has said he is innocent from the beginning and that the videos were not pornographic. he stated they were just his three kids being silly in front of the camera after taking a bath.
These videos, two in particular that lasted a minute, reportedly show Hoffner’s 8-year-old boy grabbing his genitals and his two daughters, ages 9 and 5, bending over and spreading their asses apart for the camera. After his arrest, police confiscated computers and other equipment from Hoffman’s home but did not find any evidence to support the prosecution’s allegations that Hoffman was creating child porn.…Continue Reading
Little Falls, MN – A 64-year-old man has been charged with second-degree murder after he encountered two teen burglars in his home, shot them both to death, then hid their bodies in his basement for a day.
Byron Smith was at home alone on Thanksgiving when Nicholas Schaeffel, 17, and his cousin Haile Kifer, 18, broke into his home through a bedroom window and made their way down to the basement where Byron was tinkering in his workshop. In response to finding the two teens in his home illegally, Byron shot them both dead. He then left them in his basement for a day before calling a neighbor for a good lawyer and asking them to call police. When police arrived at Smith’s home, he reported the burglary and confessed to shooting the teens.
In Minnesota, it’s perfectly within your right to use deadly force if someone has broken into your home and you are in fear for your life, but police say Smith went too far and that’s why he has been charged with murder.…Continue Reading
Minneapolis, MN – Rebecca Rachelle Hill, 37, was arrested with her daughter on October 12th while reportedly shoplifting from a Macy’s store in Mall of America.
She allegedly attempted to give officers false identification information, but was outed when her fingerprints were run against a police database.
Once authorities were able to make contact with Hill’s daughter’s father, he told them that the girl and her mother had been driving around in a vehicle stolen from a relative and smoking marijuana and heroin for the past few weeks. The father knew this because he had previously taken his daughter, who had been going through withdrawal, to the hospital where she tested positive for both heroin and marijuana. The girl had also been depressed and cutting herself on the wrists and thighs.
When faced with this wealth of information, Hill reportedly admitted to purchasing the drugs for her daughter as well as doing them with her, about three times per day, supposedly in an effort to keep the girl from suffering further withdrawal symptoms. The police totally saw the logic in this excuse, gave her a pat on the back for being a kick-ass mom and sent her on her way with her sleepy-eyed daughter.…Continue Reading
According to the boyfriend, Peel had been acting a little “off” for quite some time, going as far as threatening to “seek revenge on him while he slept” (*swoons*) if he ever cheated on her.
On the day of the alleged cutting, Peel had apparently been drinking heavily. The boyfriend told police she had injured herself in a drunken fall and refused medical treatment. At some point that night, he issued an ultimatum: Seek mental help within 24-hours. After preparing dinner for the both of them, he wisely made up a bed in the living room so as not to disturb Sleeping Beauty once she fell into a drunken slumber.
A short time later, the man said, he heard Peel wake up. And after having a bit to eat and feeding the cat, she approached the man’s make-shift bed and gently woke him up.…Continue Reading
St Paul, MN – After 911 received a call from a woman regarding the driver of a truck in front of her, a dispatcher informed officers close to the location to keep their eyes out for “a white male in a red pickup performing oral sex on a white dildo.”
Police responded to the area and noticed a red pickup on University near Wheeler Street being driven by 45-year-old Brian Wutschke. They pulled him over and searched the interior of his truck, which contained several pairs of women’s panties, including a pair hanging from the rear-view mirror and one on the gear shift.
But that was nothing compared to what they found inside Wutschke. After first locating a sex toy underneath his flannel shirt, they also detected a buzzing sound as they were giving him a pat-down. That’s when Wutschke admitted to the officers that he had an electric sex toy shoved up his ass.
None of the officers present wanted to deal with the removal of the sex toy, so they arrested Wutschke and placed him in the squad car.…Continue Reading
Hinckley, MN - A Minnesota woman was left to re-evaluate a past relationship after her ex-boyfriend was arrested in conjunction with a failed effort to kidnap her chained up as a sex-slave. Hmmm… Yep. Ending it was probably the right thing…
Jesse Michael Ericson, 45, was charged in District Court on Tuesday after police accused him of contracting with an undercover law enforcement officer to kidnap his ex-girlfriend and hold her as a sex slave.
According to the Pine County Sheriff’s Office, an investigation began after informants told the East Central Drug and Violent Offender Task Force that Ericson was seeking someone to murder an ex-girlfriend. Task force agents arranged a meeting between Ericson and an undercover officer posing as a hit man.
The criminal complaint describes two meetings where Ericson providing detailed information on the woman – including a picture of her, a diagram of her home and information on her movements. Ericson reportedly told the agent he would receive approximately $150,000 for the hit.
“The defendant then wavered between having her killed and keeping her chained up and using her as a sex slave,” the complaint said.…Continue Reading
St. Paul, MN - A six-time felon is being held on federal weapons charges while he is being investigated regarding the alleged extortion of a female Ohio State University student whose laptop was stolen. The laptop reportedly contained explicit pictures and videos of the owner.
Demonte Johntrell Latimore, 24, has been linked by police and FBI to email accounts used to extort money from the owner of the laptop.
According to police, on Dec. 5 a female college sophomore at Ohio State University reported that someone had stolen her Apple MacBook when she left is briefly unattended while at the campus library. Two weeks later, the student said she received an e-mail from a stranger: “Well you don’t know me but I’m sure I have something you want very badly back. The question is how BAD…..?? Oh yeah, you have a very lovely body,” it said.
According to the FBI’s Cyber Crime Task Force in Minneapolis, the e-mail coming from firstname.lastname@example.org traced back to an email address in St. Paul, Minnesota.…Continue Reading
Benidji, MN - A father’s sailboat ride for his three young children turned deadly when – after the craft capsized – the four tumbled into a frigid northern Minnesota Lake. Two of the children are now dead and the third remains hospitalized in critical condition.
Dan Risland, 31, had reporedly taken his sons, 8-year-old Isaiah, 6-year-old Zech, and 2-year-old Jacob, out on his new sailboat Friday afternoon on Clearwater Lake in far Northern Minnesota. According to reports, ice had only recently melted off the lake.
Clearwater County Sheriff Mike Erickson said that, at about 3 p.m., strong winds tipped the boat and ‘threw them into the water.’ Risland was reported to have tried to reach his sons – all of whom were wearing life jackets – but he struggled in the wind and waves. The sheriff said that the father was becoming hypothermic, so he told Isaiah to watch his brothers while he swam to shore for help.
According to police, by the time authorities arrived, the boys had been in the 40-degree water for about an hour.…Continue Reading
Kimball, Minn - Melissa Jean Stern has been sentenced to 45 days in jail after she got angry with a 77-year-old man and tried yanking the assisted living resident off a toilet by his genitals.
The incident happened last year at a Kimball assisted living facility where Stern, 37, was employed. The elderly man ended up with a scratch on the tip of his penis and some bleeding.
Stern would end up charged and convicted of one count of abuse of a vulnerable adult by a caregiver after a co-worker who witnessed her actions reported her.
Stearns County District Court Judge Mary Mahler sentenced Stern to a year in jail but only has to serve 45 days as long as she complies with several conditions, including not breaking any laws for the duration of her sentence.
In addition to the 45 days she will spend behind bars, Stern was also ordered to pay $685 in fines and fees.…Continue Reading
Fridley, Minn - A woman in Minnesota has been arrested and charged with three counts of animal cruelty after allegedly throwing three pit bull puppies at her 25-year-old boyfriend.
David Remme and 20-year-old Gabrielle Allen had been arguing inside an SUV outside an apartment complex last Friday morning when Remme allegedly struck Allen in the face, breaking her nose.
That’s when Allen reportedly picked up three week-old pit bull puppies that had been in the front seat and threw them at Remme. No reports on if she hit her mark, but the puppies landed in the parking lot.
As Allen left the Anoka County Jail with a black eye, she denied any wrong doing.
“I didn’t throw any puppies.” She claimed. “I was wrongfully incarcerated. I have a broken nose. I have some bruises and scars all over my back. That’s all I’m going to say.”
Police say that although the puppies landed on concrete, they appear to be fine. They were taken to a breeder for evaluation and neither of them were believed to have sustained any injuries.…Continue Reading
St. Paul, MN - When Jennifer A. Pickar, 30, went to a St. Paul emergency room on the afternoon of Jan. 1 to seek treatment for tremors, a nurse attending to Pickar noticed her 10-day-old baby boy appeared to have two black eyes. After examination, the baby was reportedly taken to the intensive care unit at Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis, where an examination revealed the extent of his injuries.
It turns out that the baby – for whom treatment was not being sought by the mother – also had bruises on his left ear, fractures on the bones around his eyes, and bleeding in the front and back of his brain. The baby needed a breathing tube and a shunt was surgically inserted into his skull to reduce swelling.
According to court documents, the 10-day-old underwent surgery to repair the broken facial bones, but more will be required. The baby’s current condition is unknown. Court documents say that the child is expected to have “significant deficits” because of the injuries. Doctors reportedly said the baby would have died without medical care and that his injuries are consistent with a “significant” or “multiple” impacts to the baby’s face.…Continue Reading
LAKEVILLE, Minn. - A father in Minnesota was charged with assault after he allegedly punched his son in the face after his son’s team lost a basketball game.
Witnesses described seeing 52-year-old Steven O. Wilson hold his eighth-grade son down and then punch him in the face outside the gym at Lakeville South High School where the boy’s team had just lost a game in a youth basketball tournament.
Other parents stepped in and separated Wilson from his son, who they say never raised a hand towards his dad. Police soon arrived and after talking with everyone involved, arrested Wilson and charged him with fifth-degree domestic assault.
He spent the night in jail and was released on Sunday after posting his $10,000 bail. If convicted, Wilson could get up to 90 days in jail. But some feel that isn’t enough. The Eagan Athletic Association, as well as other parents, want Wilson banned from all future games. Some have expressed concerns for the boy.
“It breaks your heart,” said Tara Falteysek. “I can’t imagine how that young boy feels, that dad would do that to him — and in front of friends.”
An eight-grade coach echoed the same sentiments some of you have probably already started typing.…Continue Reading