Kevin Giles | Star Tribune
Reporter | East Metro

Kevin Giles covers Washington County issues such as public policy, transportation, environment and development, prosecution and courts, prisons and the St. Croix River watershed.


Maplewood man sentenced for sexual assaults of girls

A Maplewood man was sent to prison Thursday for sexually assaulting two Oakdale girls. Timothy James Niedermayer, 47, was convicted in Washington County District Court…


H. Peter Meyerhoff, who founded national 'Buy Black' business campaign, dies at 92

He was an engineer at Honeywell, designing laser guidance systems for jet planes, when he decided to work for better race relations in Minneapolis.


Belfrey brothers sent to prison for health care fraud involving ex-Stillwater mayor

Roylee Belfrey and Thurlee Belfrey admitted "using for their own benefit" $3.96 million in withheld taxes between 2007 and 2014, according to court documents.


Stephen Allwine, speaking for the first time, insists he didn't kill his wife

The judge called the Cottage Grove man "an actor" in court Friday before sentencing him to life in prison without parole.


Stephen Allwine found guilty of killing his wife, staging death as suicide

The Washington County jury deliberated for about eight hours after getting the case earlier in the day following six days of testimony.


Cottage Grove man killed wife after failing to hire assassin, prosecutor says

Defense attorney tells jury there's no evidence Stephen Allwine committed murder.


Aggressive search launched for Lake Elmo woman missing for 30 years

19-year-old disappeared 30 years ago today, riding in a car with an unidentified man.


Decisions begin flowing in Kinnickinnic River dam debate

River Falls City Council will vote in February for one of three options.


Investigator finds no bullying by Stillwater school board members

Investigation followed complaint by Stillwater schools employee.


Crash-prone Hwy. 36 intersection in Oakdale headed for $23 million reconstruction

Hadley Avenue overpass will be built over Hwy. 36 and Gateway State Trail.