Eric Roeske

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    July 14, 2014

    Here's video of that St. Paul road sign flashing, "Local Moms Need C**k"

    A reader named Michael Libra got in touch and sent us video he shot of that road sign on St. Paul's Shepard Road that was messed with last week to read... well, you can see it at the top of this page. Libra was so shocked to see the message about local moms and their needs as he drove along that h ... More >>

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    June 4, 2014

    School bus dash camera captures semi nearly smashing little girl [VIDEO]

    :::: UPDATE :::: The semi driver has turned himself in, the State Patrol announced late last night.The Minnesota State Patrol is looking for a semi driver who nearly smashed a little girl boarding a school bus near Paynesville on May 30.As the bus rolled to a stop to pickup the girl on Highway 23 th ... More >>

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    May 2, 2014

    Matthew Damman allegedly drunk-drove minivan into Lowertown Bulldog, injuring six [PHOTOS]

    Matthew Damman allegedly led police on a brief drunken chase through downtown St. Paul before crashing his 2001 Chrysler Town and Country minivan into the Lowertown Bulldog, injuring six.State Patrol spokesman Eric Roeske says someone reported a possible intoxicated driver heading northbound on High ... More >>

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    February 21, 2014

    40 semis have jackknifed in Minnesota since 4 p.m. yesterday

    One semi-tractor trailer jackknifing is usually considered a major event that can shutdown a highway.Since 2 p.m. yesterday, we've had 40.

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    February 7, 2014

    Man and woman fatally shot following police chase on Hwy 212 [UPDATE]

    Lt. Eric Roeske of the Minnesota State Patrol identified the two people shot to death Friday on Highway 212 as a man and a woman. But he refused to confirm whether this was a hostage situation, as initially reported over the police scanner. Four unnamed officers -- one state trooper, one Carver Coun ... More >>

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    January 30, 2014

    Check out this crazy video of the demolition derby on I-35 near Forest Lake

    Just a day ago many of us winter-savvy Minnesotans were mocking Atlanta for becoming something akin to a Walking Dead set thanks to icy roads and a couple inches of snow.Those jokes aren't quite as funny today, are they?SEE ALSO: For Christ's sake, Florida It was especially no laughing matter for dr ... More >>

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    November 22, 2013

    Five kids spent 20 minutes in St. Louis Park pond after car veered off highway [UPDATE]

    :::: UPDATE (November 22) ::::Two of the children -- Zenavia, 5, and Alarious, 7, have died. The other three remain hospitalized with serious injuries. Alarious was driver Marion Guerrido's son. Zenavia wasn't Guerrido's child, but was the daughter of her boyfriend. (Guerrido is the mother of t ... More >>

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    November 9, 2013

    Jerome Simpson arrested for DWI at 4 a.m.

    Two years after he was charged with felony marijuana trafficking in Kentucky, Jerome Simpson is in trouble with the law again.SEE ALSO: Jerome Simpson calls Tom Pelissero a "douchebag," Leslie Frazier calls to apologize Simpson, 27, was arrested this morning on suspicion of drunk driving.

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    September 10, 2013

    Brody Sotona's family blames State Patrol for fatal St. Anthony Main-area crash

    Early Monday morning, a state trooper was pursuing a 1997 Nissan Maxima driven by a suspected drunk driver who had fled a traffic stop when it T-boned a 2000 Oldsmobile Intrigue at the intersection of Fourth Street SE and Central Avenue. The driver of the Oldsmobile, 20-year-old Brody Sotona, was ki ... More >>

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    May 29, 2013

    Roseville teacher Jerome Gordon-Jackson jumped from Hennepin Avenue bridge hours after DWI arrest

    Today, the Ramsey County medical examiner confirmed that a body found near the Ford Dam in the Mississippi River last week belonged to Jerome Gordon-Jackson.SEE ALSO: Stone Arch Bridge suicides: Teenage couple jump to their deaths days after they go missing Gordon-Jackson, a 28-year-old special educ ... More >>

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    May 9, 2012

    Police did indeed give Occupiers free pot, new evidence suggests; DRE program suspended

    Last Thursday, we told you about explosive allegations made by a new video report -- that state patrol officers and county deputies have been giving drugs to young people hanging out near Peavey Plaza as part of the State Patrol's Drug Recognition Expert program.Later that day, Eric Roeske, State P ... More >>

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    May 4, 2012

    State Patrol: "No evidence" officers gave Occupy-ers drugs

    Hours after saying his agency is "looking into" allegations that state patrol officers and county deputies have been giving drugs to young people hanging out near Peavey Plaza as part of an impairment study, a State Patrol spokesman said there's no proof officers acted inappropriately."There's be ... More >>

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    May 3, 2012

    State patrol "looking into" Occupy drug allegations; Mpls police claim no involvement

    Earlier today we told you about the explosive allegation made by a new video report -- that state patrol officers and county deputies have been giving drugs to young people hanging out near Peavey Plaza as part of an impairment study.Early this afternoon, City Pages spoke with Eric Roeske, State Pa ... More >>

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    April 13, 2012

    Medard Prosper's promising life cut short after he runs himself over with car

    What a tragedy.Medard Prosper, 19, lived through more than most of us could ever imagine -- he parents were killed in 2007 during the Democratic Republic of Congo's bloody civil war. His parents dead, Prosper and his six siblings embarked on a 500-mile journey to a refugee camp in Tanzania. Two youn ... More >>

  • News

    April 4, 2012

    Flash mobs attack Minneapolis

    Violence last week has downtown on edge

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    March 29, 2012

    Highway suicide: Why do people keep lying down in Minnesota traffic?

    ​On a mid-November morning last year, as the sun was still coming up, a woman wearing a long, dark jacket wandered onto Interstate 94.It was a horrifying sight to drivers on their commute to work, many of whom had to veer quickly out of the way to avoid hitting her."Everyone was kind of swerving a ... More >>

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    March 22, 2012

    Teen killed by semi after lying across Highway 212

    ​A 17-year-old died this morning after lying down on Highway 212 in Carver County. Around 7 a.m., before the sun had risen, the teenager wrapped himself up in a dark blanket and lay on the highway, according to the State Patrol. He was struck by a semi-trailer and killed. "We're still investigat ... More >>

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    January 18, 2012

    Lance L. Leider identified as man killed on I-694 Tuesday [UPDATED]

    The State Patrol has identified the man killed after lying on a lane of I-694 Tuesday as Lance L. Leider, a 22-year-old from Maplewood. Around 12:30, Leider pulled his car over to the shoulder of 694 off McKnight Road -- just a few miles from Maplewood -- climbed out, and lay down in a lane of tra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2011

    More than 400 vehicles crashed during light snowfall on Saturday

    Alex E. PriomosA crash course in winter driving.​There were 442 car crashes throughout the state during that light snowfall on Saturday, according to numbers put out by the Minnesota State Patrol. Apparently, everyone who was driving saw the flakes falling, covered their eyes to pretend it wasn' ... More >>

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    November 17, 2011

    I-94 reopens after woman's apparent suicide [UPDATED]

    Twitter.The State Patrol is investigating the woman's death.​Hours after what sounds like a gruesome suicide, Interstate 94 in Minneapolis is open again. Around 6:30 this morning, a woman walked onto the freeway near 7th street and lay down in front of traffic, according to the State Patrol. ... More >>

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    September 13, 2011

    Star Tribune spikes op-ed critical of Amy Senser

    Amy Senser is still walking around free, and Anna Prasomphol doesn't like that.​Amy Senser is still walking around a free woman three weeks after the hit-and-run accident that killed Anousone Phanthavong, despite Senser's having confessed to the crime through her attorney. As investigators assembl ... More >>

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    August 10, 2011

    Fatal semi-truck crash on I-94

    The driver of the overturned truck was killed in the accident.​Two semi-trucks and a car were involved in a fatal early-morning crash on I-94, leaving one truck turned over on its side just outside the Lowry Tunnel. The State Patrol has confirmed the crash killed the semi driver.The semi-truck, he ... More >>

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    July 11, 2011

    Jeramiah Wall, fleeing State Patrol, kills himself and another driver

    Wall fled a stop and blew through a red light before killing Deckert.​Jeramiah Wall, a 34 year old with a history of drunk driving, killed himself and another driver in an attempt to flee a State Patrolman at 1:00 Sunday morning. Sara Deckert, 28, was pulling into an intersection when Wall blew th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2011

    Seven people killed in 4th of July weekend accidents

    Despite the troopers on the road, this 4th of July turned deadly​Minnesota State Troopers were out 600-strong--every single one of them--on the highways on Maroon Day (Thursday, June 30)--traditionally the deadliest traffic day of the year. They pulled over 2,502 people and made 22 arrests for ... More >>

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    June 30, 2011

    Maroon Day: State Patrol pulls over 1,100 drivers, and it's only lunchtime

    Maroon Day aims to curb the deadliest day on Minnesota highyways.​The State Patrol isn't worried about the looming government shutdown. Its got 600 Troopers on duty today -- every Trooper on the payroll, as a matter of fact -- and they've pulled over 1,100 drivers. And even though it's only ... More >>

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    March 24, 2011

    One dead in four car crash near MSP airport

    KSTPTwo of the vehicles involved in a four-car pile-up this morning.​A passenger was killed this morning after a catastrophic four-car crash on Highway 5 near the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport. Initial reports indicate that a Chevy Suburban traveling southbound actually crossed the median and ... More >>

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    March 23, 2011

    219 crashes reported in the Twin Cities today

    It's been a busy season for the plows.​We all sort of knew that winter wasn't done with us yet. Since pouring rain transformed into a heavy snowfall last night, the Twin Cities have accumulated about five to seven inches of powder. As usual, this has been bad news for drivers.

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    February 23, 2011

    Eight State Troopers hit in past three days

    Watch out for those squad cars!​ Eight Minnesota State Troopers have been struck in winter-related accidents in the past three days because Minnesota drivers just aren't paying attention. The recent crashes bring the total number of troopers hit to 31 this winter. Last year at this time, 13 troo ... More >>

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    February 21, 2011

    Minneapolis declares snow emergency [UPDATES]

    We'll be seeing a lot of this today.​A foot of snow has fallen on Minneapolis since Sunday morning, and after putting it off overnight, the city declared a snow emergency this morning. That makes eight for the winter -- a record.Mayor R.T. Rybak said Minneapolis was waiting to see how much more sn ... More >>

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    December 7, 2010

    Rufus Onel Victor: "Sir, Kill me"

    Rufus Ornel Victor​We don't know what Rufus Onel Victor was thinking right before the car wreck in which he's accused of killing Amanda J. Thomas and her two little kids. But we know what he was thinking afterward: "Sir, kill me," he told a police officer. "I did it, and I tried to lie my w ... More >>

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    December 6, 2010

    Rufus Onel Victor, fleeing cops, rams car and kills mother and two sons

    Rufus Onel Victor killed a mom and her two sons attempting to flee cops.​Early Sunday morning, a state trooper noticed a Honda Accord just north of downtown Minneapolis weaving on I-94 and decided to pull it over. When he hit the lights, the car immediately roared ahead. The driver, 29-year- ... More >>

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    December 5, 2010

    Minneapolis declares snow emergency [UPDATE]

    Snow. It's back. ​Plan accordingly so you don't have to fish your car out of the impound lot: Minneapolis declared a snow emergency after Friday night's storm. On Saturday, plows cleared snow emergency routes. Day 2 parking rules went into effect at 8 a.m. today, Sunday. Here's a refresher c ... More >>

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    October 11, 2010

    One moose and two drivers leave a big mess

    Photo: Zdenek SvobodaThe moose: majestic, mysterious and not so good at sticking to the crosswalk.​Two motorists found out the hard way that while the mighty moose may be strong, the animals are not nimble. Nor are they particularly street smart. Dark had already fallen when Cody Abdo was cru ... More >>

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    July 13, 2010

    Eric C. Roberts gasses up, refuses to pay, dies in wreck

    Photo: adobemacRoberts paid a big price for a gas drive-off​So Eric C. Roberts, a 24-year-old guy from Waconia, pulls into a Cenex gas station in the Sibley County town of Arlington on Sunday. He pumps some fuel into his 1997 Ford Taurus. Then he splits without paying. Roberts is dead now. An ... More >>

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    April 28, 2010

    Body found beside I-394 had been there for a while

    ​State Patrol Lt. Eric Roeske said a Department of Transportation worker found a body between the guard rail and sound wall of I-394 between the Dunwoody Boulevard and Penn Avenue exits at about 11 a.m. The DOT worker called State Patrol and an ambulance was dispatched, but was quickly calle ... More >>

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    March 17, 2010

    Al Jefferson's blood alcohol content was .12 the night he was arrested

    Jefferson was suspended for two games, apologized to his teammates and swore he'd never drink and drive again.