Man sentenced for baby formula theft

A Richfield, Minn., man was given an 18-month jail term after he was convicted of stealing of baby formula from the Market Drive Cub Foods in January.

The man, identified in court documents as Jerome Lu Barney, had allegedly stolen large amounts of powdered baby formula from the store and was caught Jan. 31, 2013, leaving the store with 34 formula containers valued at more than $540 without paying for them. Police officers stopped Barney in the Cub parking lot and he admitted to stealing milk, later admitting it was baby formula.

Court documents said that the store’s surveillance cameras on Jan. 28, caught Barney taking 28 cans of baby formula at $15.97 a can and two wastebaskets for a total loss of $462.10. Total loss to Cub was $1,002.36.

Man faces firearm and assault charges

A man faces charges of second-degree firearm assault and a felon in possession of a firearm after an May 21 incident.

The man, identified in court documents as Ruben Adrian Paramo, faces the two felony-level charges after Washington County Sheriff Office investigated a call about a wounded passenger in a vehicle traveling on Minnesota 36

A woman told deputies she was traveling west on MN 36 and a male passenger in her vehicle had gunshot wounds were in their left thigh and lower left leg. After being treated at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, the victim allegedly told investigators, “Ruben shot me.”

Investigators later identified Ruben as Paramo. The victim claimed Paramo shot him for no reason.

The driver of the victim’s car said that she was originally a passenger in the vehicle when two vehicles allegedly pulled alongside the vehicle she was in. One of the other vehicles was driven by a man identified in court documents as Joshua Steven Ryman. The other vehicle was driven by Paramo.

The woman told deputies she was in her car and when Paramo got out of one his car and shot the victim several times. The victim allegedly yelled at them, “I didn’t do it,” and the woman was unable to help him as he allegedly fought with Paramo and three other men.

Court documents indicate that WCSO deputiess contacted the St. Paul Police Department and learned Ryman and Paramo were allegedly part of the Latin Kings street gang.

During questioning, Ryman allegedly admitted to being the passenger in the Tahoe that drove alongside the victim’s car, adding that the victim and the driver had a conversation and the victim was told to hand over his car keys and wait since someone was coming to talk to him. Ryman added that Paramo and his brother allegedly arrived on the scene and shot the victim several times.

The driver of the Tahoe stated he did drive to the Demontreville Trail and MN 36 intersection where the victim was. He added the victim spoke with him and Ryman for several minutes and then another vehicle arrived, but denied hearing arguments or gunshots.