Domestic assault results in charges

SPD logo-1            A Stillwater man faces fifth-degree domestic assault charges after a Sunday incident involving his 40-year-old girlfriend.

The man, identified in police reports as Jeffrey Robert Lerdahl, allegedly verbally and physically assaulted his girlfriend at their Stillwater home.

The victim told officers that Lerdahl was a former U.S. Marine and she noticed his personality change after he had been watching the Military Channel. The victim added that Lerdahl had been drinking taking prescription medications that belonged to both of them before Lerdahl apparently attempted to commit suicide

Lerdahl was first taken to Lakeview Hospital, then checking himself in to a St. Paul hospital.

The assault began after Lerdahl and the victim argued and officers said in their reports that the victim had visible injuries on her body when she filed the report. The victim told officers that Lerdahl made threats to beat and kill her, put a pillow over her face, attempted to set her on fire and strangled her. She added that she lost conciousness during the incident.

When Lerdahl was released from the St. Paul hospital Wednesday, reports said Stillwater Police officers arrested him, informed him of the charges and and took him to the Washington County Jail.

Ballinger pleads guilty in Woodbury shooting, rapes

Washington County Attorney Pete Orput announced that Stillwater resident Demetrius Santreell Ballinger, 26, entered a series of guilty pleas Thursday in connection with an Aug. 31, 2012, standoff situation at the Red Roof Inn in Woodbury.

Ballinger entered pleas of guilty to one count of attempted second-degree intentional murder of Mark Henderson, and four counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct for the armed rape of four underage females. Ballinger is going to be sentenced to approximately 36 years in prison.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant County Attorney Siv Yurichuk. Sentencing is Oct. 7 before 10th Judicial District Judge Ellen Maas.

“We are pleased to be able to bring some closure for the victims of this defendant’s heinous acts,” Orput said. “While he will be serving a huge amount of time in prison, it cannot begin to recompense the harm he has caused.”

Citations issued to underage drinkers

Stillwater police were called Tuesday night to 1600 Greeley Street for a possible underage drinking party.

Citations issued include to a 19-year-old female from Stillwater who had a PBT of .021, a 19-year-old male from Blaine with a PBT of .133, a 19-year-old female from Blaine with PBT of .132 and a 15-year-old juvenile from Stillwater.