Local News Update

St. Paul leaders are hoping the state Legislature can help with the city’s crumbling roads.  Leaders are working on a long-term plan for the city’s nearly 870 miles of the city, county, and state roads.  Council members are hesitant to raise property taxes after double-digit increases during the past two years and are hoping to generate dedicated funds from the Legislature. 

Authorities say a man broke into a woman’s apartment near the University of Minnesota and sexually assaulted her.  The attack happened early yesterday morning in the 700 block of Fourth Street Southeast.  The 21-year-old victim managed to get away long enough to call 911.  She was taken to the hospital for examination. 

A man is facing charges after a high-speed chase last month.  Robert Buckner was wanted for questioning on a recent Minneapolis homicide when he fled from police.  He has been charged with fleeing police.  Authorities say a fight at a party July 27th in the one thousand block of West Lyndale Avenue North escalated into a shootout that left one man dead and one injured.  Buckner was a suspect in the deadly shooting but hasn’t been charged in the homicide. 

Two Minneapolis police officers are looking for new jobs.  Mark Bohnsack and Brandy Steberg were suspended last winter after a photo surfaced of a Christmas tree in the lobby at the Fourth Precinct station decorated with racially offensive items.  The two were fired from the department last week. 

Project Scientist is letting girls fly in St. Paul.  The summer science, technology, engineering, and math camp wraps up this month.  About 40 girls ages four to 12 participated in the St. Paul pilot program.