Drive-by shootings add years to St. Paul man's sentence

A reputed gang member who romanced a St. Paul police officer at the same time he participated in three drive-by shootings was sentenced Wednesday in two cases against him. Ramone D. Smaller, 22, was sentenced in Ramsey County District Court for three drive-by shootings in St. Paul in late 2013, and for dumping a gun allegedly used to kill a St. Paul man in 2012. Smaller is already serving six years for attempted murder. He was expected to be released from prison in 2018, but the sentences added Wednesday pushed that back five years.

Smaller dated St. Paul police officer Ruby Diaz when he was involved in the drive-by shootings. Diaz was fired from her job after she was convicted last year of using her friend's identity to wire Smaller money in prison.


Shots fired on Megabus

A gun was fired in the bathroom of a bus heading from Chicago to Minneapolis late Tuesday night, and a passenger subdued the gunman until law enforcement arrived, a bus spokesman said. No one was wounded.

The man came out of the bathroom of a double-decker Megabus after shots were fired and was met by passengers, bus spokesman Sean Hughes said.

Rider Kenneth Smith told WBBM-TV in Chicago that he overpowered and disarmed the man. Another rider, Kenneth Hasley Sr., of Minneapolis, wrote on Facebook: "I am fine. … The state police took [the gunman] off the bus after he got whooped by a passenger." The gunman has not been identified.


Police seek missing girl, 8

Minneapolis police are asking for the public's help in finding an 8-year-old girl who went missing Wednesday after school in south Minneapolis.

Kayara Marie Kegg was last seen after school at Anishinabe Academy, 3100 E. 28th St. Police said it appears she may not have gotten on the school bus.

The girl is described as being 4 feet, 5 inches, weighing 90 pounds and having long black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a blue "Hello Kitty" T-shirt, a black sweater over a black-and-white checkered sweater and bluejeans.

Anyone with information regarding the girl should call 911 immediately.

Mary Lynn Smith

Man held in road rage case

A St. Paul man is charged with shooting at a motorist in a road rage incident last week. Raymone R. Brown, 23, was charged Tuesday in Ramsey County District Court with one count of drive-by discharge of a firearm in the May 7 incident. A witness identified him in a photo lineup as the man who fired two shots at a minivan in a Super America parking lot at 577 Smith Av.

According to the complaint, a woman driving a minivan "flipped off" a Chrysler 300 that cut her off. Down the road, she pulled into a Super America.

The Chrysler pulled into the lot and some men exited. After one man hit the minivan with a pole, Brown allegedly fired two or three shots and the suspects fled.

Using a license plate tip, police tracked down a matching Chrysler and went to a home in St. Paul where they found Brown and recovered a gun that police said matched shell casings found at the Super America. In court, Brown's attorney said his client denied the allegations and that it was a case of "mistaken identity."