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Friday, April 16, 2010

Saint Paul City Workers Gone Wild!

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Anonymous Pioneer Press said...

St. Paul truck driver suspected of illegal sports gambling
Driver for Water Department is a gambling suspect
By Mara H. Gottfried and Dave Orrick
Pioneer Press
Updated: 04/15/2010 01:35:56 PM CDT


Police have arrested a longtime St. Paul Regional Water Services worker on suspicion of felony gambling.

Philip L. Gutterman, 52, was arrested Tuesday, soon after an undercover St. Paul officer bought tip boards related to sporting events from him, said Sgt. Paul Schnell, police spokesman.

Gutterman, of St. Paul, has not been charged. Tip boards are illegal betting tickets.

When police pulled Gutterman over at 4 p.m. Tuesday, he was driving a personal vehicle and wearing a shirt that had "water department" written on it, Schnell said.

Gutterman was arrested after work, said Steve Schneider, St. Paul Regional Water Services general manager.

"At this point in time, there are no allegations that I'm aware of that anything

Philip Gutterman, the St. Paul truck driver suspected of illegal sports gambling, a felony. (Ramsey County Sheriff's office)involved anything he did on the job," Schneider said.

The police department's vice unit, which investigates illegal gambling, among other things, was investigating Gutterman after "alleged gambling activities" came to their attention, Schnell said. He said he didn't know how police became aware of the allegations.

Sports boards, which are illegal in Minnesota, are based on the outcome of sporting events, according to the Minnesota Gambling Control Board. "(T)he participant pays for the chance of winning a prize on the board," the board's illegal gambling guide says.

Gutterman was released Wednesday from the Ramsey County Jail. He could not be reached for comment. The case remains under investigation, Schnell said.

Gutterman,



employed by the city since 1977, earns $22.82 an hour as a truck driver for St. Paul Regional Water Services, according to the city's human resources department and the water department. In 2009, Gutterman earned $53,944 from the city, including 330 hours of overtime, city payroll records show.

Gutterman's work status remains unchanged, said Angie Nalezny, St. Paul human resources director. "We have nothing to believe this was work-related, but we will, of course, be following the status of the criminal proceedings as necessary," she wrote in an e-mail.

It was unclear Wednesday afternoon whether Gutterman had ever been disciplined on the job.

Mara H. Gottfried can be reached at mgottfried@pioneerpress.com or 651-228-5262.

Dave Orrick can be reached at
dorrick@pioneerpress.com or 651-292-1159.

8:38 PM  
Anonymous Pioneer Press said...

Man shot by Woodbury police identified, officer recovering

By Elizabeth Mohr
emohr@pioneerpress.com
Updated: 04/16/2010 03:15:02 PM CDT


Police have been called to the residence, in the 7200 block of Braemer Lane, more than 25 times since 2000. Most of the calls were for domestic violence, others for disturbance..Timothy Scott Hanson, 55, has been identified as the man killed by Woodbury police responding to a report of a domestic disturbance Thursday night. A police officer shot in the incident was taken to Regions Hospital and is expected to recover.

Lee Vague, Woodbury public safety director and police chief, said this morning that the injured officer — who he identified as male, an 8-year veteran of the department and a member of the special-response team — was among the first wave of officers responding to the scene. He was wearing a bullet-proof vest, Vague said.

Vague said Hanson, who was a St. Paul street maintenance worker, fired first and the injured officer returned fire. Hanson was pronounced dead at the scene,
police said.

Vague said police have been called to the residence, in the 7200 block of Braemer Lane, more than 25times since 2000. Most of the calls were for domestic violence, others for disturbance.

"I'll tell you this officer did what (he) had to do. I don't know how (he) could have done a better job," Vague said.

Vague would not say who called police or who may have been in the home at the time of the incident.

Hanson was charged with second-degree assault and making terroristic threats in Washington County in 2005. In 2006, he pleaded guilty to the threats charge and the assault charge was dismissed, according to court records.

A judge sentenced him to a year in jail, which was stayed, and ordered him to serve 90 days in jail and be on supervised probation for four years, the records show. He was also ordered to undergo psychotherapy.
Hanson was also convicted of driving while impaired in Washington County in 2003.

Hanson had worked for St. Paul's public works department since 1985, said Angie Nalezny, the city's human resources director. He was a heavy-equipment operator.

His personnel file included nine instances of discipline, and three cases involved verbal abuse.

In 2005, the last case of discipline, the city suspended Hanson for five days for verbal abuse. Hanson was operating a sweeper and came upon a parking enforcement officer who was in his path. He got out of his cab, and yelled and screamed at the officer, according to a discipline letter. "In her view you also became physically threatening, to the point she called her police supervisor," the letter said.

The city also suspended Hanson for five days in 1998, after he became "verbally abusive" toward his supervisor, a discipline letter said. He received a verbal reprimand in 1996 for "verbally abusive behavior towards a supervisor," a letter said.

Five cases of discipline were for accidents in city-owned vehicles.
In 1997, Hanson had been maneuvering to avoid sweeper brooms when his vehicle's tailgate hit the mirror of another truck, a discipline letter said. "You then proceeded to try to straighten the mirror on that truck using a sledge hammer, missing the mirror and striking the door," the letter said.

The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is leading an investigation into the shooting with assistance from the Washington County Sheriff's office.

Vague said the last time a Woodbury officer was involved in a shooting was about 10 years ago, and he doesn't think the department has ever had an officer shot in the line of duty.

Mara H. Gottfried contributed to this report. Elizabeth Mohr can be reached at 651-228-5162.

8:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It used to be known as "Going Postal."

In the future, around the country, it will be known as "Going St. Paul."

It occurs for city employees when a city is completely out of control, due to a vacuum of leadership.

9:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That was a good example ?9:50 PM" about St.Paul Government and it's employees.
And You can take that to the bank.
Bill Dahn

11:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The last building inspector I had to deal with sounded like he was about to "Go Saint Paul". Bitter, angry, pissy, obviously taking his personal life out on the citizens.

I wouldn't be surpised if that little f****r takes a hostage with a gun someday.

2:46 PM  

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