Local/state briefs

Babies among those evacuated at St. Paul university

ST. PAUL (AP) — Classes at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul have been canceled after a bomb threat forced the evacuation of students, staff and even babies who were rolled out of an on-campus day care center in their cribs.

The university alerted students, faculty and staff to evacuate McNeely Hall and surround buildings in a series of tweets Wednesday morning. Officials say the threat that came in around 10:20 a.m. targeted McNeely Hall, which houses the university’s business school classrooms and offices.

St. Paul police spokesman Sgt. Mike Ernster said his department’s officers responded to the campus to make sure everybody is safe.

The university or police did not provide any further details of the threat.

Man pleads guilty to attack on 2 Minnesota college teachers

ST. PAUL (AP) — A student accused of beating two teachers at Normandale Community College in Bloomington has pleaded guilty.

Twenty-one-year-old Gavin Hutson, of St. Paul, pleaded guilty to felony assault, two counts of misdemeanor assault and carrying a gun without a permit. Sentencing is scheduled for June 17.

Authorities said Hutson struck a 51-year-old female instructor several times and also assaulted a 47-year-old male faculty member who intervened in the Dec. 12 attack in a classroom.

The complaint said Hutson’s teacher asked him to stay after class to discuss a remark he made to another student. Hutson allegedly knocked her to the floor, where she lost consciousness.

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