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An 81 year old woman was tied up after a house invasion

A man tied up an 81-year-old woman during a St. Paul home invasion robbery on Monday.

The women reported to have been tied up for almost seven hours before she was found by the police, the women was not injured.

The woman told officers that she had heard a noise outside before sunrise and discovered a man at her front door who told her a neighbor's house was being broken into, according to the Star Tribune.

As the women called for the police the man broke a window, pushed his way in, and demanded money, according to the Star Tribune.

The woman gave the man money from her purse and asked him to leave, but he demanded more, police said.

The man brought the woman into her bedroom, pushed her onto the bed face-down, tied her hands behind her back and bound her ankles together, Schnell said. He rummaged for valuables in her home for at least an hour, the woman told police, according to the Pioneer Press.

Before the man left, he asked the woman whom she wanted him to call, she said the police.  The man left the area and called the police but gave the wrong address, according to the Start Tribune.

After hours of searching several houses in the neighborhood the police received a call from a relative who had suspicion of her not answering the door.

The police are working on further investigations.

Two men killed and police men wounded in St. Paul Shooting

Two men were killed and a police officer wounded in a St.Paul on Tuesday morning in a pair of shootings.

The officer was shot in the leg and taken to the hospital, and is expected to survive, said Sgt. Paul Schnell, police spokesman. Police fatally shot his assailant, Romell Hill, 19, who they say opened fire on them during a struggle after they chased him from an East Side apartment following an earlier shooting incident, according to the Pioneer Press.

About two hours later, a woman living in the apartment complex reported that some of the participants in the original fight had returned.

Three officers arrived to see two men leaving a ground-level apartment through a window. One surrendered, but the other, Romell Hill, 19, struggled with officers. Hill had his hands under his body, Schnell said, and officers feared he might have a gun. During the struggle, Hill discharged his weapon, striking an officer in the leg, Schnell said. 

All three officers returned fire, killing Hill. He was pronounced dead at the scene,  according to the Star Tribune.

Police are doing further investigation behind the shootings. 

Wisconsin man is accused of poisoning his wife

WATERTOWN, Wis.- A Wisconsin man is being accused of attempting to poison his wife by putting weed killer in her coffee on Tuesday.

The Watertown Daily Times reported Tuesday that 54-year-old Peter Zubke is charged with a felony count of placing foreign objects in edibles. He made his first court appearance Monday.

Police say Zubke's wife contacted them in June, saying she believed her husband had been putting a chemical in her drinks for weeks. Authorities say the State Crime Lab in Madison conducted tests and reported foreign chemicals in the coffee, according to the Pioneer Press.

Zubke is claiming there is no way he would poison his wife and is free on bond.

Duck Hunter Identified

Authorities have identified the body of the duck hunter that they pulled from a lake in Northwestern Minnesota on Tuesday afternoon.

Becker County sheriff's officials say 60-year-old Charles Vernon Wright of Minneapolis was apparently in a boat that overturned on Rat Lake. His body was pulled from the water about 3 p.m. Tuesday. Wright would have been 61 on Sunday, according to the Pioneer Press.

An autopsy will be conducted to determine whether the man drowned or died of a medical condition, Star Tribune.

Mammograms not recommend until your 50s

A recent request by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has some women and doctors no only confused, but outraged.

A government task force said Monday that most women don't need mammograms in their 40s and should get one every two years starting at 50 -- a stunning reversal and a break with the American Cancer Society's long-standing position. What's more, the panel said breast self-exams do no good, and women shouldn't be taught to do them, Star Tribune.

The American Cancer Society disagrees with the task force's advice on mammograms and will continue to recommend annual mammograms for women age 40 and older, Kare11.

Medical officials are still looking into ways to be able to still proceed with mammograms, but at a smaller price.



H1N1 Shipment has arrived.

A suprisingly large shipment of H1N1 vaccines have arrived this week in Minnesota.

Since Friday, Minnesota has received about 100,000 doses, bringing the state total to more than 800,000 since the vaccine became available this fall, Star Tribune.

As a result of this giant shipment, the cities health departments have been in a bit of a hurry this weekend to organize and prepare flu clinics.

 Most counties will now have enough doses to begin offering very limited public vaccination clinics targeting kids age nine and younger, Minnesota Public Radio.

The locations and times of flu vaccines will begin posting shortly.

Minneapolis child hides in oven to escape his father's beating.

A Minneapolis man is being charged with child abuse on Monday after beating his son, burning him with an iron, and turning on the oven after the child had climbed in to hide.

William Tajahn Hurley, 23, was charged Monday with malicious punishment of a child for his alleged abuse of the 10-year-old boy, according to Fox9.

Hurley had turned on the over after his 10-year-old child had climbed in to hide, the boy had climbed out when the oven started to get warm.

According to the criminal complaint, the 10-year-old boy's father became upset with him because he was in his mother's bedroom.  The boy told police that Hurley punched him, Kare11 reports.

Hurley threatened to beat the 10-year-old in front of the officers and had to be restrained, according to the Kare11 report.

Hurley is currently being held in custody in the Hennepin County Jail.  

Sleepy Eye Teacher arrested for his Relationship with a Student

A former high school teacher has been sentence with six months in jail on Tuesday in Sleepy Eye, Minn. after a sexual encounter with one of his female students.

As well as 6 months in jail Calvin C. Collum, 47 of New Ulm, has 15 years of probation and must register as a sex offender.

Police said that classmates told them that Collum and the 16-year-old girl planned to move to Connecticut some day when she turned 19 and have children, having already picked names for the kids. "The suspect would work these names into his class lectures to delight the victim," a criminal complaint filed in March said. according to the Star Tribune.

Collum and the girl also kept in contact over facebook and text mesaging when they weren't in school or meeting outside of class.

Collumwas sentenced by Brown County District Court Judge John Rodenberg after pleading guilty in September to one felony count of criminal sexual conduct in the third degree, the Pioneer Press reports. 

University Basketball Player is a possible suspect, again.

University of Minnesota's top basketball recruit for last year is a possible suspect of a police investigation on a theft that occured Saturday in Territorial Hall, a resident hall on campus.

Royce White, a 6-foot-8 former Mr. Basketball at Hopkins High School last season, already had been suspended indefinitely along with senior Devron Bostick for violating team rules. He received misdemeanor citations Oct. 13 for shoplifting and fifth-degree assault after an incident at Macy's in the Mall of America in Bloomington, according to a police report, according to the Pioneer Press.

The parents of the university student who called police about the burglary said their daughter said someone entered her dorm room and stole a laptop computer. They would not say whether their daughter identified White as being involved, according the Star Tribune

White is one of several under investigation, and has not yet been found guilty.

The Gopher Hockey Team may lose key player from knee injury that occured in Tuesday's practice.

Jay Barriball, senior offensive player and leading scorer, is awaiting the results of an MRI to see if he needs the surgery that will be scheduled for Friday.

Barriball has two goals and two assists this season and scored his 100th career point in a win over Alaska-Anchorage last week. He has 43 more career points than any other Gopher on the current roster, according to WCCO.

Barriball, who is eligible to be redshirted, was second on the team in scoring with two goals among four points and had a plus-3 rating. He recorded three points against Alaska and became the 78th player in Minnesota history to surpass 100 points, according to the Pioneer Press.

The hockey team waits in antisipation for MRI results.

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