Life crime briefs from the May 20, 2016, edition

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Staff Writer
Since 2013, I have primarily covered the Anoka-Hennepin and Spring Lake Park school districts as well as the city of Spring Lake Park for ABC Newspapers.

Blaine parking lot assault

James Thomas White, 38, of Anoka, was charged with felony second-degree assault and misdemeanor fifth-degree assault after allegedly attacking a man in a Blaine parking lot.

White was arraigned in Anoka County District Court May 13 on the two charges.

Three days earlier, May 10, Blaine police responded to the 10000 block of Central Avenue around 4:30 p.m. on a report of an assault, according to the criminal complaint.

White and another adult male allegedly confronted a man about a Facebook message sent by his fiancee, asking him to come outside into the parking lot, the complaint states.

There, they punched him repeatedly before his fiancee came outside to intervene. Then, they knocked her to the ground and struck her head multiple times, according to the complaint.

The woman allegedly told police White waved a knife at her tauntingly. She said she was afraid of being stabbed before a witness pulled her out of harm’s way, the complaint states.

A witness called 911, and when he hung up the call, White and the other man were making their escape in a vehicle, the complaint states.

~ Olivia Alveshere

Man captured in Spring Lake Park sentenced

Joseph Michael Dax, 27, was convicted of second-degree burglary, a felony, and sentenced to three years and one month in prison April 20.

Dax, no permanent address, was spotted by Spring Lake Park police in January as he was walking down Monroe Street. There was a warrant out for his arrest, and when police attempted to stop him, he ran through several yards and jumped two fences to get away, according to the criminal complaint.

Eventually, police found him hiding in an attached garage at a residence on Jefferson Street. The homeowner was present at the time, according to the complaint.

At sentencing, Dax received credit for 83 days served.

~ Olivia Alveshere