April 26, 2009

12 Arrested in Dinkytown Riot

According to Fox 9 News, twelve people were arrested and jailed after Minneapolis broke up a riot in Dinkytown Saturday.

The students arrested were Jeffrey Fredrickson, Jonathan Rokser, Joseph Moy, Jacob Kerwin, and Peter Robins.

Duran Cooley, Jacob Kersting, Gerald Nussmeier, Nicholas Owens, Adan Russell, and Kyle Martin were also arrested in the riots. They were not University of Minnesota students.

It started at 14th and 7th Streets around 8 p..m., where students were celebrating the annual Spring Jam block party.

Nearly 60 officers had to suit themselves up with helmets and gas masks and they fought off an estimated 500 partying students who were throwing beer bottles, rocks and other debris at them. Students were also starting fires in the middle of the street.

WCCO News reported that twelve people gave been arrested and a Dinkytown neighborhood is recovering after a riot.

Hundreds of people crowded the streets around the 1400 block of 7th Street near the University of Minnesota campus Saturday night.

"It felt like downtown Baghdad out there. This felt like a warzone," he recalled.

The crowd swelled and became destructive after a Spring Jam concert was canceled. Some set fires and tried to tip over cars.

Officers in riot gear pushed back the crowd with tear gas and foam bullets. The confrontation lasted about five hours.

"My entire house was flooded with tear gas," said Dan Schindler.

Minneapolis police said of the 12 people arrested, some may have been cited and released already. Five are current U of M students, two are recent students, one is a future student and four are non-students.

Man Who Disappeared for a Week Found Dead on Anoka Golf Course

According to WCCO News, after he'd been missing for a week, Jelani Brinson's body was discovered at the Greenhaven Golf Course in Anoka about 1 p.m. Saturday.

An employee notified police after seeing a body floating in a pond on the property. A family friend said they retrieved Brinson's wallet, which was on him at the time they arrived on the scene.

The golf course is located across the railroad tracks from where he was last seen on Kennedy Street in Anoka last Friday night. Friends said the 24-year-old abandoned that party and searchers found his shoes near the railroad tracks.

Just Friday night, family and friends of Brinson hosted a prayer service in Brooklyn Park. Brinson is survived by a 9-month-old daughter.

The Star Tribune reported that Jelani Brinson, the 24-year-old man who disappeared after leaving a friend's Anoka home April 17, was found dead Saturday in a golf pond.

An employee of the Greenhaven Golf Course in Anoka called the Anoka County Sheriff's Office to report seeing the body floating in the pond shortly after 1 p.m.

Brinson, of North Minneapolis, had been missing since he walked away from a friend's house on Kennedy street in Anoka.

People searching for him found his shoes in two different places along a nearby railroad track.

Dogs traced his scent west along the tracks for about 1.5 miles to an area behind the Outpost Bar in Ramsey, but the trail stopped there.

April 23, 2009

Man Charged In Hopkins White Castle Shooting

Hopkins police arrested a 20-year-old man for a fatal shooting outside a White Castle restaurant KSTP-TV reported.

Yusuf Hussein Omar is being held without bail in the death of 24-year-old Abdirizak Dahir Ali.

Ali, of Shakopee, was gunned downed at 2 a.m. Sunday after a fight in the parking lot of the restaurant on Blake Road North.

Officials believed the crime was gang-related.

Omar is being held in the Hennepin County Jail on second-degree murder charges.

According to the Star Tribune, a 20-year-old man on the street known as "JaJa" has been charged with second-degree intentional murder in the shooting of a man in a White Castle parking lot in Hopkins early Sunday.


Yusuf Hussein Omar had blood stains on his white shirt and blue jeans as Hopkins police arrested him, according to a complaint released today.

Omar's face was swollen and bruised as though he'd been in a fight, the complaint said. Omar was in the Hennepin County Jail with bail set at $750,000.

Omar is accused of shooting to death Abdirizalk Dahir Ali, 24, of Shakopee, whose body was found in the restaurant parking lot.

According to the complaint, Ali was shot four times by a 9 millimeter gun.

The complaint said witnesses identified Omar in lineups.

April 19, 2009


Woman Shot To Death Outside Maple Grove McDonald's

According to KSTP-TV News, police said a woman in her twenties, was shot to death outside the McDonald's at 6255 Sycamore Lane North in Maple Grove Sunday afternoon in what appears to be a murder-suicide.

Police were called to the restaurant around 2 p.m. They said the woman was shot with a shot gun just outside the door by the drive-up lane.

Meanwhile, Brooklyn Park Police saw a car which matched the description of the suspect's vehicle on Interstate 94. As they pulled the car over, they said the man also believed to be in his twenties, shot and killed himself.

The Star Tribune reported that in a bloody end to a domestic dispute, a young woman's on-again, off-again boyfriend shot her to death Sunday afternoon outside a Maple Grove McDonald's restaurant and then committed suicide on a nearby freeway police said.

At least a dozen people were eating inside the popular restaurant when the man accosted the woman as she walked toward the entrance, shooting her at least twice with a shot gun.

The man and woman had arrived separately at the restaurant to break off a year-old relationship, Maple Grove police capt. Tracy Stille said.

About six minutes after initial 911 calls, a Brooklyn Park police officer approached the parked vehicle and found the man dead inside from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, Stille said.

Man Urinating Falls Off Highway 77 Bridge

According to WCCO News, a man was hurt after falling off the edge of the Highway 77 bridge in Bloomington, Minn. after attempting to urinate.

A 21-year-old man called police just before 5 a.m. Sunday who said his friend fell off the Highway 77 bridge.

The caller said he was driving north when his friend, age 23, asked him to pull into the bridge's emergency lane so he could urinate.

The Eagen Fire Department brought the man to safety using a chair lift. He was driven to Hennepin County Medical Center, where he remarried in stable condition with serious injuries.

Fox 9 News reported that rescue crews were called in around 3:30 a.m. Sunday to aid a man who had fallen from the cedar avenue bridge after reportedly trying to urinate.


Somehow the victim went over the ledge and fell about 30 feet into the marsh below.

Investigators believed it was an accident.

The man's injuries were said to be non-life threatening.

April 12, 2009



Bemidji Woman Pleads Innocent In Overdose Death

A Bemidji woman, age 29, has pleaded innocent to providing methadone to a man who overdosed and died WCCO
News reported.

Beltrami County sheriff's deputies discovered Christopher Anderson died at the apartment of Lillie Rae Kise on April
26, 2008. An autopsy discovered Anderson's cause of death was an overdose of methadone.

The complaint stated deputies found two dosage bottles of methadone in the apartment, one which was in the name of Kise indicating that it was to be used the day before and to be taken on April 27, 2008.

Kise pleaded not guilty April 6 to felony third-degree murder by selling, giving, or distributing controlled substances.

April 5, 2009



April 3, 2009

Driver Crashes On I-394 After High-Speed Chase

WCCO News reported a driver crashed after leading authorities in the western metro on a high-speed chase Friday morning.

Michael Antoine, age 34, is being held on suspicion of felony fleeing and he is also being held on several warrants.

The chase began about 10 a.m. Friday on eastbound Interstate 94 near the Rogers/Maple Grove border when a Hennepin County Sheriff's deputy on his way to work noticed a car driving erratically, said Hennepin County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Lisa Kiava.

Authorities said Devine lost control of the SUV and crashed into a median on I-394 at Plymouth Road in Minnetonka. Once Devine got out of his vehicle, it blazed into flames. He was not injured and taken into custody.

According to Hennepin County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Lisa Kiava said Devine was wanted on three outstanding warrants in Hennepin, Dakota, and Sherburne Counties for failure to pay child support.

March 29, 2009

Charges filed in bus stop luring case

A man has been charged after being accused of trying to lure several children into a van as they waited for their school bus KSTP-TV reported.

Ramsey County prosecutors filed one count of aggravated stalking against 21-year-old Ramon Pavon.

A 13-year-old girl said a man followed her from her home to the bus stop on Wednesday and circled the block several times looking at her again and again.

Another 13-year-old said the man drove by the bus stop at least 20 times.

The girls told officials at their school, Webster Magret, who called police.

According to the Pioneer Press, several students at Webster Magret Elementary in St. Paul reported that a man tried to lure them into his vehicle in the Payne-Phalen neighborhood Wednesday morning.

The school called a St. Paul police officer to the school in the Summit-University area after several children reported to staff a man had tried to lure them into a white van about 7:30 that morning.

Pavon was arrested. Pavon was being held Friday in Ramsey County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.

4 Wounded in Lakeville Trailer Shooting

Just minutes after receiving a report of the shooting early Sunday, Lakeville police arrested three suspects in a multiple shooting according to Fox 9 News.


Four people were wounded in the shooting at 12:20 a.m. at Ardmore Mobile Home Park, though none fatal.

The three male suspects were detained and await charges in Dakota County Jail.

Lakeville police said a man got upset after being told to leave a party early Sunday morning and shot and injured four people according to KSTP-TV.

Investigators said the man turned and fired several shots into the side of the mobile home as he was walking away. Four people inside were hit. Their injuries are non life-threatening. The victims were taken to Hennepin County Medical Center for treatment.

The names of the suspects have not yet been released, but police list their ages as 21, 20, and 19.

Big Lake Murder-Suicide Surprises Families

WCCO News reported a man shot another man in the head and abducted a woman before committing suicide as police closed in according to Sherburne County authorities.

The situation left family members stunned.

The Sherbune County Sheriff's Department said Peter Tek, 42, shot and killed his girlfriend's son Savang Sath, age 27.

A 911 call came from the Big Lake home shortly after 3 a.m. Saturday that said Sath had been shot.

Officers arrived to find Sath dead on the scene after having been shot in the head twice.

Authorities said Tek drove away holding his girlfriend hostage and called his son to tell him he'd just killed his girlfriend's son.

"He did finally release the hostage at 5:41 a.m. and then took his own life," said Sheburne County Sheriff Joel Brott.

Tek's girlfriend suffered head injuries during the assault, but remains in stable condition.

KSTP-TV reported that authorities said Peter Tek, age 42, shot and killed Savang Sath, age 27, in a house on the 1000-block of Eagle Lake Road N. around 3 a.m. Saturday.

Investigators said Tek then kidnapped Sath's mother and fled in a Lincoln Navigator.

Autopsies will be conducted on both Tek and Sath.

March 15, 2009

NCAA : Minnesota Will Play Texas in 1st Round

WCCO News reported that Minnesota was ranked 10th seed in the East Region of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday and will face seven-seeded Texas in Greensboro, N.C. on Thursday.

It is the first time Minnesota has gone to the tournament since Dan Monson took the team in 2005. The Gophers lost to Iowa State in the first round that season.

The Gophers soured out to a 16-1 start, which included a victory over the tournament's No. 1 overall seed heavyweight Louisville. But the winning streak did not continue as the Gophers lost six of their last nine games
in the regular season before Northwestern in the first round of the Big Ten tournament.

According to Kare11 News, Minnesota will face seventh-seeded Texas in Greensboro, N.C. on Thursday as they were given a 10th seed in the East Region of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday.

It's the first bid for Minnesota since Dan Monson took the team to the tournament in 2005. The Gophers lost to Iowa State in the first round that season. If Gophers (22-10) beat the Longhorns (22-11), they will likely face No. 2 Duke on Saturday, who plays Binghamton in the first round.

The Gophers soared out to a 16-1 start that included a victory over heavyweight Louisville. They had a tough February and lost six of their last nine games in the regular season before defeating Northwestern in the first round of the Big Ten tournament.

After plane crashes on Lake Vermilion, Pilot in critical condition

According to Kare11 News, a small plane went into a spin and crashed onto Lake Vermillion in St. Louis County just moments after taking off Saturday evening.

Authorities said the plane was taking off just before 6 p.m. from the Tower end of the lake in Pike Bay when the engine stalled.

The pilot Thor Pakosz of Cook, age 46, survived the impact and was airlifted to a Saint Luke's Hospital in Duluth for treatment.

He remained in critical condition according to hospital officials. No other passenger was present on the plane.

According to the Star Tribune, a plane trying to take off from Lake Vermillion in St. Louis County ended up crashing onto the lake.


The sheriff's office said that the accident took place Saturday afternoon when the engine stalled and the plane went into a spin.

The pilot, age 43 from Cook, was flown to a Duluth hospital by helicopter for treatment of his injuries.

The sheriff's office has no word on his condition.

Grandmother begs shooter to turn himself in after hitting two kids

KSTP-TV News reported that the family of a boy, age 11, who was wounded by gunfire spoke out today.

The shooting occurred at Farview Park on Minneapolis' north side Friday evening. A 15-year-old girl and Truvante McElroy were shot. Both were taken to the hospital and expected to survive.

Mixed emotions of anger and sadness invaded a family who had not slept since learning of the shooting.

"We're talking about my grandson in the hospital probably trying to figure why, " Pearl McGregor said.

As Trouvante waited for a bus to take him on a field trip, someone shot him. Police said the bullets were not intended for the children, but that did little to ease Truvante's grandmother's worries.

Farview Park was one of Truvante and his cousin Namarco's favorite places to play.

"He wanted to be a basketball player," Namarco said.

Truvante's aunt, Nanci McGregor, told the suspect to turn himself in because the person is tearing families apart with a lot of pain right now.

Truvante remained in stable condition at North Memorial Center. Police are still searching for the suspects in the shooting.

Fox 12 News in Mankato reported that police said one or two men opened fire at a group of about 50 children in Minneapolis yesterday.

Wounded in the shooting near Farview Park on the cities' north side, a 10-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl were hospitalized, but expected to survive.

The shooting occurred around 5:45 p.m. while dozens of children were attending after-school activities.

Police did not believe either victim was the intended target. No arrests have been made.

March 8, 2009

Body Found in Golf Course Pond Waits to be Identified

Fox 9 News reported that authorities were awaiting the identification of a dead man found in a frozen pond at a Ham Lake golf course Friday.

Grounds crew workers at Majestic Oaks golf course on Bunker Lake Blvd. noticed what appeared to be a human body encased in a 2-foot deep pond. The authorities were contacted, and the body was cut out of the ice for transport.

The body appeared to be that of a man's, wearing a plaid shirt. Police found an i.d. in his wallet, but refrained from giving the victim's name until his identity has been confirmed.

Foul play is suspected to have played a part in his death.

More information is expected to be released Monday, as it takes several days for a body to thaw.

According to the Star Tribune, Anoka County authorities have not yet identified the body of a man found encased in ice at a Ham Lake golf course.

Lt. Paul Sommer of the Anoka County Sheriff's Office said that it appeared to have been in the water for several months and recalled no missing persons reports from the area.

Authorities worked throughout the evening Friday to remove what appeared to be a man's body, using individual steamers from the Anoka County Highway Department to remove it from the ice.

The head and face were badly damaged and investigators said it may take two days for the body to thaw so an autopsy can be conducted.

Deaf Apple Valley Woman in Critical Condition after Hit-and-Run

According to KSTP-TV News, Apple Valley Police have added another investigator Sunday since the hit-and-run accident that left a deft woman in critical condition.

Joan Le Vasseur, 25, of Apple Valley was hit as she was walking to the grocery store Friday night at the intersect of 153rd and Cedar Avenue. The driver fled the scene. Le Vasseur is at the Hennepin County Medical Center in critical condition, according to police.

Witnesses described the vehicle that hit Le Vasseur as a large tan vehicle which could be a sedan, van or SUV.

The vehicle may show fresh front-end damage as a result of the collision. It fled the scene without stopping. Police said they have received several calls, but have not yet made any arrests. Police said they have received several calls, but have not yet made any arrests.

The Apple Valley Police Department and the Minnesota State Patrol are still investigating.

Kare 11 News reported the Apple Valley woman, who was injured in a hit-and-run accident, remained in critical condition at a Minneapolis hospital. Authorities said a vehicle struck Joan LeVasseur as she was walking across a street in Apple Valley on Friday evening. The vehicle kept going.

LeVasseur's family said they are hoping whoever was responsible for the accident turns themselves in. Several witnesses saw the hit-and-run, but police said no one was able to write down a license plate number for the vehicle.

Police said the vehicle was likely to have fresh front-end damage from the accident.

March 7, 2009

Woman Charged for Fatal Stabbing in St. Paul

A woman, age 21, has been charged for the the fatal stabbing of another woman in St. Paul WCCO News reported.

Authorities charged the St. Paul woman, Whitney Tanee Kizart, on Friday with unintentional second-degree murder. She's accused of stabbing Jennifer Marie Linnear, age 26, in the chest and neck Thursday morning during a confrontation in Kizart's driveway.

The criminal said Linnear's husband had engaged in a sexual relationship with Kizart for the past seven months, but that the affair had ended.

Authorities said Linnear and her husband believed that they both had contracted a sexually transmitted disease from Kizart. So they went to her house to confront her when she allegedly stabbed Linnear.

Kizart was in custody and unavailable for comment.

According to the Star Tribune, a St. Paul woman was stabbed to death and a short time later another woman was arrested, after an early morning altercation Thursday at a West Side apartment building.

Police spokesman, Pete Crum, said that one stab wound, outside a building in the 600 block of Oakland Avenue, was the cause of death for Jennifer M. Linear, age 26.

Crum said that a 21-year-old woman living in an upstairs unit there was allegedly responsible for the stabbing victim between 1 and 1:30 a.m., who went to the building with her husband.

The husband took his injured wife to Regions Hospital, where she pronounced dead shortly after she arrived, Crum said.

Police learned of the stabbing, and arrested the suspect, age 21, at her apartment less than an hour later, according
to Ramsey County jail records.

Crum said the police would not talk about the relationship between the couple and the suspect, or what led to the stabbing.

Monique Utley, the suspect's neighbor, said Thursday afternoon that she heard her neighbor arguing with a male visitor and believed the man may have assaulted the neighbor before he left in a sport utility vehicle.

Utley said the suspect and the male visitor were the only parties inside the apartment and that she believed there was another woman in the SUV.

Utley didn't know her neighbor well, but said, "She was cool."

The suspect had a prior conviction for a felony drug offense in Hennepin County two ago, according to the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

February 27, 2009

Lakeville Man Exonerated In Baseball-Bat Killing

WCCO News reported that the Dakota County prosecutor said a Lakeville man had been exonerated of murder charges in the baseball-bat killing of his friend.

County Attorney James Beckstrom said it took the jury 30 hours before they came to the decision to exonerate Charlie Otto Reynolds, age 32.

The charges included first-degree premeditated murder. He was accused of hitting Joshua Jay Skare, age 33, with a bat at the Reynolds' home last year.

According to a complaint, both had been out for a night of drinking, they argued over where Skare would sleep, and eventually Reynolds hit him in the head with the bat. Reynolds claimed he was defending himself and his family.

A jury deliberated for roughly 30 hours before finding Reynolds not guilty on four counts of murder the Star Tribune reported.


Reynolds had been charged with first-degree premeditated murder, second-degree murder with intent to kill, second-degree murder without intent to kill while committing a first-degree assault and second-degree murder while committing second-degree assault.

The prosecution and defense had agreed that Reynolds, 32, struck Skare with the bat and killed him. Much of testimony focused on whether Reynolds intended to kill his longtime friend Skare.

Reynolds testified Skare pushed him into the banister the third time he tried to escort him downstairs. According to Reynold's testimony, Skare was drunk and became more aggressive each time he was escorted back downstairs to where he had been expected to sleep. Afraid for his family and himself, he went downstairs to get a bat and struck his friend, but it was not his intention to kill him.

After the jury read the verdict, Reynolds went home with his wife and two children.

Pedestrian Killed By Snow Plow As Metro Cleans Up After Storm

Kare11 News reported that a person was killed by a snow plow in Minneapolis Thursday evening as crews cleaned up from the day's snowfall.

The accident occurred around 7:30 p.m. near Glenwood Avenue and East Lyndale Avenue. Authorities said the male victim was crossing against the light when the city plow hit him.

The Minnesota State Patrol attended to 158 crashes, including four rollovers between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. Thursday.

Heavy snow was coming down swiftly Thursday afternoon in the Twin Cities and several cities, including Minneapolis, St. Paul and St. Cloud, declared snow emergencies.

KSTP TV news reported that a handicapped man was hit and killed by a snow plow as he was crossing the street according to Minneapolis Police.

The incident occurred around 8 p.m. at the intersection of Glenwood and Lyndale avenues.

The 59-year-old victim, Rural Bonner Jr. of Minneapolis, was walking across the street using a walker. Police said the snow plow had the right of way.

Police believe the snow plow driver was unable to see him because he wore light-colored clothes.

February 26, 2009

One Person Dead In Hiawatha Ave. Crash, Alcohol Suspected

According to WCCO News, one person died after an early morning crash in Minneapolis. Stuck inside his vehicle, a man was killed when his car exploded into flames.

The accident occurred around 4:30 in the morning at the intersection of Hiawatha Avenue and 26th Street East.

John Schafer, age 21 of Minneapolis, is the victim of the car crash. The driver of a black SUV hit him in the back while he was stopped at a light.

The car immediately blew up.

Police said Christopher Tabor, 33, was the driver of the truck. Tabor has not been charged, but is being held in Hennepin County jail.

Sgt. Palmer said, "There was some indications that he was intoxicated. He was taken down for a blood draw."

Tabor is facing charges of criminal vehicular homicide. He was required to take blood tests because that was a felony, but those results will not be completed for a few days.

One person was killed in a fiery collision in southeast Minneapolis Fox 9 News reported.

It occurred around 4:30 Thursday morning on Hiawatha Ave. near 26th Street.

Investigators believe as both vehicles were headed south on Hiawatha, one vehicle was struck in the rear while stopped at a red light.

That car burst into flames with the victim trapped inside.

Police are testing the driver of the other vehicle saying alcohol appears to maybe have been a factor.

Traffic in the area maybe restricted throughout the morning.

February 22, 2009

Police kill Shakopee Man after threatening his wife and them

According to KSTP-TV News, a Shakopee man found hiding in his estranged wife's attic was killed after he went after police with a knife.

Police were first called to home on the 3000 block of Pine Tree Lane around 11:00 p.m. Friday night. There were reports that Gordon Denmark, 36, had attacked his estranged wife with a knife.

Investigators said he ran to a neighbor's house for help. When the neighbor attempted to help her, police said Gordon threated him as well. Neither were injured.

When police returned to the home Saturday afternoon to continue their investigation, they found Denmark hiding in a bedroom attic space with a knife in his hand.

After repeat commands to drop the knife and not responding to the taser, the two officers end up shooting him.

Denmark died on the scene.

KARE 11 News reported that a Shakopee man allegedly assaulting his estranged wife was shot to death by Shakopee police, authorities said Sunday. Two officers fatally shot Gordon William Denmark, 36, after the man refused to drop his knife, Police Chief Dan Hughes said in a statement.

Denmark was charged with domestic assault and terroristic threats against his wife in September, according to court records. She had a restraining order against him.

Neighbors said Denmark found his wife FRiday evening at a townhouse on Pine Tree Lane in Shakopee. The wife ran to a neighbor's open garage door for help.

"He just start stabbing my garage bag and that's when I realized he had a knife," the neighbor Timothy Hall said.

Police said the two officers shot Denmark because they feared for their own lives.

The officers were put on paid administrative leave as standard procedure. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension was investigating.

3 Dead in Renville Crash, Victims Identified

WCCO News reported that three people died in a crash near Olivia in west-central Minnesota. Authorities have identified the three victims.

The State Patrol said Fred Kingstrom of Sacred Heart, 89, died last night at Hennepin County Medical Center, Ebba Kingstrom of Sacred Heart, 83, died at the scene, while 44-year-old Andrea Kingstrom of Bird Island also died at Hennepin County Medical Center.

The Minnesota State Patrol said the crash occured about 11:30 a.m. on Highway 71 north of Olivia when a south bound pickup truck driving behind a snow plow crossed over the center line into the northbound lane. The pickup collided into a car coming the opposite way, killing three passengers in the auto.

The Patrol said it was a curvy section of road, and visibility was poor because of the snow kicked up by the plow. The drivers of the car and pickup truck suffered minor injuries.

According to Fox 9 News, a tripple fatal crash left three people dead after a pick-up truck crashed into oncoming traffic in central Minnesota.

Authorities said the truck was driving behind the snow plow, when it went into oncoming traffic on highway 71 in Renville around 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

The names of the three victims have been released. They are Fred Kingstrom, 89, his wife Ebba, 83, and daughter Andrea, 44. Ebba Kingstrom died at the scene. The other victims died at HCMC. The family was driving up to celebrate another daughter's 50th birthday party.

Kingstrom's son Mark was the only one to survive the crash in the car.

The 28-year-old driver of the pick-up received minor injuries. The Minnesota State Patrol is investigating. Charges are possible.

February 21, 2009

2 Charged In Shooting of Deputy In NW Minn.

WCCO News reported that federal prosecutors charged two Twin Cities-area men in connection with a shooting that left a Mahnomen County sheriff's deputy critically wounded.

Age 32, Thomas Lee Fairbanks, was charged with first-degree attempted murder and 20 other felony counts in the shooting of Deputy Christopher Dewey, 26. His bail was set at $1 million.

Age 27, Daniel Kurt Vernier, was charged with 16 felonies, but not attempted murder. His bail was set at $500,000. Vernier allegedly said to police that he did not shoot Dewey.

While checking a report of shots fired in a neighborhood in Mahnomen, one of the suspects allegedly fired off at Dewey shooting him in the head and in the abdomen Wednesday morning.

After a nine-hour standoff in Dewey's shooting at a mobile home, it ended when the suspects surrendered peacefully.

Dewey began breathing on his own Friday afternoon and is in stable condition in the critical care unit of MeritCare Hospital in Fargo, N.D.

The Friday morning hearing was attended by about 50 uniformed law enforcement officers and a dozen of Dewey's
family members.

According to KARE 11 News, two Twin Cities-area men were charged Friday in connection with a shooting that left a Mahnomen County Sheriff's deputy critically wounded.

Thomas Lee Fairbanks, 32, was charged with first-degree attempted murder and other counts in the shooting of Deputy Christopher Dewey, 26.

Daniel Kurt Venier, 27, was charged with lesser counts.

Dewey was shot in the head and the abdomen Wednesday morning while reviewing a report of shots fired in a neighborhood in Mahnomen. A backup deputy found Dewey lying in the driveway

Doctors said Dewey was recovering faster than expected, but that the extent of his brain injuries were unknown.

A fund has been set up for Dewey. Donations can be sent to:

Deputy Chris Dewey Fund
First National Bank of Mahnomen
P.O. Box 378
103 N. Main Street
Mahnomen, MN 56557

February 15, 2009

Dead Minnesota Native in Oregon Hit-and-Run

Fox 9 News reported a former St. Paul man died after being hit by a driver in Portland, Ore. The body of Aaron Drews, 35, was found in the parking lot of a bowling alley in southeastern Portland Friday morning.

Police are still searching for the car and driver that hit him.

"There's just nothing OK about this. There's nothing fair about Aaron being gone, " said one of Aaron's friends who gathered for street-side memorial.

So far police have no witnesses and few leads.

According to KaalTV 6 Eyewitness NEWS, a Minnesota family is making funeral plans after their loved one was killed in a hit-and-run accident in Oregon.

A driver hit Aaron Drews, who was from St. Paul, outside a bar early Friday morning in Portland, Ore. and then fled tthe scene.

Nearly 100 people attended a vigil for Drews, 35, on Saturday. Portland police still have no leads or even a vehicle description.

Dead Man Identified in St. Louis Park fire

According to KARE 11 NEWS, one person was killed in a St. Louis Park house fire Friday.

The fire occured on the 4100 block of Alabama Avenue around 1:30 p.m.

Firefighters entered the home to find a man in a bedroom. He was pronounced deceased at the scene. The victim has not yet been identified.

Investigators believe the fire began in the kitchen. Authorities say it does not appear suspicious at this time, but the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

According to 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS, a man died after a fire in St. Louis Park.

Crews responded coming to a home in the 4100 block of Alabama Avenue South near West 42nd Street on Friday around 1 p.m.

Having arrived upon the scene, the body of a man laid on the bedroom floor. He was identified as 56-year-old Thomas Holden. Paramedics were unable to revive him.

Edina and Hopkins firefighters aided St. Louis Park with the fire.

Officials at the scene told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS the fire may have began in the kitchen and no smoke detectors were found inside the home.

Foul play is not suspected, but authorities are continuing to investigate the incident. Holden died from smoke inhalation.

A Dead Man Found On St. Paul Train Tracks

WCCO News reported that according to St. Paul Deputy Fire Chief, a dead man was discovered on the St. Paul train tracks late Saturday evening.

At around 11:15 p.m., the man was found dead near the intersection of Payne Avenue and Phalen Boulevard.

The man has not been identified. Authorities have not disclosed any other information about the man's death.

According to Fox 9 News, St. Paul police are investigating why a man's body was found on the railroad tracks on the City's east side.

Union Pacific phoned the police Saturday night around 11 p.m. to tell them they discovered a body near Payne Avenue and Phalen Boulevard.

Police are not sure how or when the man died exactly. Foul play is not suspected and the man still remains unidentified.

February 8, 2009

One Person Injured After Shooter Opens Fire Into A Car

According to KSTP-TV News, a shooter injured one passenger in a car after people in two different cars started arguing late Saturday night.

The incident happened on Broadway Avenue near I-94 in Minneapolis.

Police said a passenger in a white Sedan rang several shots at a gold car with a baby, two men, and two women inside.

Lt. Chris Hildreth from Minneapolis Police said, "One man in the passenger seat was struck multiple time."

The man was taken to North Memorial Hospital. His condition is unknown.

Police have made no arrests.

KARE 11 News reported that a drive-by shooting left one man injured in Minneapolis late Saturday night in the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The victim and several others were leaving from the Old Colony gas station when a passenger in another car just started shooting at them, hitting the victim several times according to Sgt. Jesse Garcia, of the Minneapolis PD.

Garcia said the victim did not recall having an argument that night and has no idea who the suspect was and why they shot at the car.

The victim is expected to live. Police have made no arrests and have no suspect description at this time.

House Fire Kills 3-Year-Old Boy In Todd Country

WCCO News reported that a 3-year-old boy died in a house fire that began around 2 a.m. Sunday.

The incident occurred just a few miles east of Long Prairie on Highway 27.

Authorities said the boy was killed inside the house and an adult was treated for smoke inhalation.

A 3-year-old boy, from Long Prairie, was killed in an early morning house fire Sunday according to the Star Tribune.

The house fire was reported just after 2:00 a.m. along Hwy. 27 east of Long Prairie. When emergency responders arrived, the boy was still inside. Authorities said he died inside the home.

The state fire marshal and the Todd County Sheriff's Office are investigating the cause of the fire. Authorities will not release the boy's name until his family members have been notified.

Community Grieves Death of Superintendent

A Royalton man died tragically Friday evening after he was rear-ended by a pick-up truck according to a WCCO News report.

John Franzoia, 62, died at a St. Cloud hospital on Saturday after he was struck by a pick-up truck as he was headed southbound on Highway 15 and Stearns County Road I.

Surprised by the death of Royalton's longtime superintendent of schools, students and educators say that Franzoia made a big impact on the small community.

"He touched a lot of lives," said Phil Gurbada, Royalton Elementary School Principal.

Royalton High School will host a memorial service for Franzoia on Wednesday, Feb. 11 at 3:00.

Meanwhile, the school board is meeting to determine how they will temporarily fill in the superintendent position.

KSTP-TV News reported that Superintendent John P. Franzoia has died following a vehicle crash the previous night.

Phil Gurbada, principal of Royalton Elementary School, said news of the accident was "a major shock."

The State Patrol said Franzoia was rear-ended by a 49-year-old St. Cloud man while driving Friday around 6:15 p.m. Authorities had jailed that driver after detecting alcohol.

About 675 students, Franzoia worked at Royalton District for more than 23 years. He was superintendent for about 18 years and high-school principal for six.

February 1, 2009

Tracking Your Money For The Ramp In The Middle Of A Field

A ramp costs more than $5 million to repair and your tax dollars are paying for it, according to a report
from KSTP-TV News.

Stranded in the midst of an area which resembles that of a prairie, this site seems bizarre.

The Pioneer Press reported that city and bank leaders entrusted their money to the wrong man.

Bruce Nedegaard swindled hundreds of thousands of dollars from friends as he was dying of cancer.

The Ramsey County Center was supposed to be the future model of suburbs, but later turned into a deserted and desolated field.

Women Sexually Assaulted on the west bank of Univ. of Minn. Campus

Fox 9 News reported that three women on the west bank of the Univ. of Minn. campus were the victims of alleged sexual assault Thursday around 8:30 a.m.

The suspect is a man accused of touching the female students in an inappropriate sexual manner while riding his bike on campus.


The suspect is supposedly in is 20s or 30s. He was said to have been wearing a green hat and brown coat while riding a red bicycle.

University police are investigating if his alleged conduct is related to another crime alert issued in mid-December last year.

No arrests have been made for these alleged crimes.

According to a report from KARE 11 News, University of Minnesota Police are searching for a man allegedly responsible for three separate incidents of sexually assaulting female students on the west bank of campus.

The suspect fits the description of a black man between his late 20s to late 30s. He is also tall with a fairly slim build.

During the first incident, a woman says a man groped her genital area after riding up to her on a bike.

After fleeing on the bike towards Wilson Library, authorities say the man struck again sexually assaulting the second victim. While the second victim was talking near 19th Avenue South and Washington Avenue, the man came up to her on a bike and started to engage in inappropriate sexual contact.

The second victim witnessed the suspect approach a third woman by grabbing her in a similar way as she ran from the scene. The third woman has not yet come forth to contact University Police.

Anyone with information should contact University Police at 612-624-COPS (2677).

January 31, 2009

All Passengers On Board Die In Wis. Small Plane Crash

All passengers died in a plane crash Friday evening near Menomonie, Wis., according to a report from WCCO News.

Police officers arrived at the scene of the wreckage located at State Highway 25 and 770th Avenue in Tainter Township around 9:44 p.m.

They discovered a small, single-engine private plane smashed into a densely populated area. Dunn County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Paul Gunness said the police department would not reveal the names of the victims and how many were on aboard until the families have been notified.

Gunness did however mention that debris spread more than 5 to 10 acres.

The NTSB and FAA are investigating the plane crash. The Sheriff's Office has announced to the public to keep their distance from the area.

Police said at 3 p.m. Saturday they will disclose more information.

KSTP-TV News reported that FAA Investigators said that a small, single-engine plane went down just before 10:00 p.m. Friday as it was on route from Sheboyan to New Richmond.

The incident is being investigated by Officials from the National Transportation Safety Bureau and Federal Aviation Administration.

The names of the victims have not yet been identified and the Dunn County Sheriff's office will disclose more information later Saturday afternoon.