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Man Arrested in Univeristy Hit and Run

Minneapolis police made an arrest on Thursday in connection to the hit and run which occurred on the University of Minnesota campus on April 15, according to the Minnesota Daily.

Timothy Ayman Bakdash, 29, is being held on probable cause for attempted murder without bail at the Hennepin County Jail after being brought in for questioning Thursday, said CBS Minnesota.

"Through a series of tips and witness accounts, our homicide investigators were able to locate him," said Sgt. Stephen McCarty, a Minneapolis policeman.

The man has a DWI and careless driving charge on his record, both from 2008, according to the Minnesota Daily.

The case is still under investigation and police do not know if the driver was impaired at the time of the incident. No charges have been filed, but the Hennepin County Attorney is expected to charge him Monday, said CBS Minnesota.

Woman Hit On West Bank

A woman was hit by a car Friday on the University of Minnesota's West Bank campus. She was walking in a crosswalk by the Carlson School of Management when she did not have a walk sign, according to KTSP.

The woman was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center and police Chief Greg Hestness said he doesn't believe the woman's injuries are life-threatening, according to the Minnesota Daily.

Friday's accident marks the third involving a pedestrian or bicyclist on campus in the past week, KTSP said.

The green sedan's driver said that he didn't see the young woman crossing the street as he turned the corner, the Minnesota Daily said.

After the incident, witnesses said they saw emergency responders giving the woman mouth-to-mouth before they loaded her into the ambulance. They all hoped she was ok, according to the Minnesota Daily.

Father Accidentally Shoots Own Daughter

An 11-year old was put into a medically induced coma at the Hennepin County Medical Center after accidentally being shot in the head by her own father Thursday night, according to the Fox 9 website.

The shooting happened Thursday around 5:30 p.m. at the family's home near Braham, Minn., according to the Pine County Sheriff's Office and stated by CBS Minnesota.

Maddy Montanye was shot after the .22-caliber pistol that her father was fixing discharged from across the room, a Star Tribune article said.

"You always hear about it [incidents like this]; it's never supposed to happen to you," said the girl's uncle, Jason Montanye. "We're still optimistic about everything."


Maddy Montanye is in critical condition at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis after doctors removed the bullet lodged in her brain and extracted parts of her skull Friday to relieve pressure, Star Tribune said.

University Student Dies in Truck Collision

Kimberly Yeong Sil Hull, 25, died Thursday morning after colliding with a semitruck in front of Dinkytown's McDonalds, according to a Minnesota Daily article.

Thursday's deadly collision occurred about 7:50 a.m. at 4th Street and 15th Avenue SE., according to Minneapolis police.

Hull was heading south on 15th Ave and entered the crosswalk on 4th St. The truck, heading in the same direction on 15th, hit the bicyclist while turning right onto 4th, said a Star Tribune article.

The driver stayed put and was questioned by officers at the scene, according to City Pages. The Minnesota Daily stated that no arrests have been made.

Hull, who went by Audrey, was an undergraduate student at the University and would have graduated in two weeks, the Minnesota Daily article said.

Hull's father, Harry F. Hull, said the family was declining all media interviews. "We are hurting," he said to the Star Tribune.

4 Students Hurt in Dinkytown Hit and Run

A driver hit 4 students early Friday night while driving the wrong way down a residential street in Dinkytown on the University of Minnesota's campus, according to the Pioneer Press.

At about 2 a.m., Joe Bailin, his girlfriend Katelynn Hanson and their friend Sarah Bagley were walking home after a few celebratory drinks when they saw headlights heading towards them and seconds later were slammed to the ground by the car, said an article from the Minnesota Daily.

The car then continued on and hit Benjamin Van Handel, knocking him into a telephone pole as he was walking home alone, according to Susan Hanson, Katelynn's mother.

While all four students suffered injuries, Van Handel's was the worst. He was diagnosed with severe brain trauma, and he is currently in a coma, according to his CaringBridge website. He is currently in critical condition according to the Minnesota Daily article.

Other injuring inlcude bruised legs and soreness for Hanson, and Bagley had chipped her tooth, cut her face on her glasses and needed knee surgery, according to Susan Hanson.

Police were searching for a white Toyota Camry or Solara, built in the last decade, with front-end damage, said the Pioneer Press.

"It's surreal ... until this happened it was an ordinary night," Bailin said.

String Theory Music Festival

Owen Pallett took the stage Friday night surprising audiences by walking towards his piano instead of his violin. When it came time for the encore he picked up his violin, which had been resting on his keyboard throughout the show, and knocked it to the ground and breaking its neck. He gasped and a look of mournfulness appeared on Pallett's face.

The stage was at St. Paul's History Theatre and the event was the String Theory Music Festival which took place at five Twin Cities venues from April 14-17 and showcased the work of national and regional composers and musicians, according to the Southern Theater website.

The four day event included six public concerts, a youth recital, workshops, and master classes and was designed to engage music novices and aficionados alike, said the Minnesota Mist website.

Pallett is a Toronto violinist and songwriter known for building sweeping soundscapes all with some foot pedals, an electric keyboard and violin, according to a Star Tribune article.

Pallett, along with many other artists, were part of the festival that shined a celebratory spotlight on the role of bowed-string instruments, said the Star Tribune.

"This is an opportunity for classical and non-classical music lovers to converge, listen, and learn," said Kate Nordstrum, Southern music curator. "My hope is that attendees will take a chance on music that is new to them."

Bye Wild

The Wild let go their most recent coach Todd Richards, Monday, due to missing the playoffs for a third year in a row, according to Kare 11 News.

"I really do believe in sports that not every coach is the right fit for every team," said General Manager, Chuck Fletcher during a news conference at Xcel Energy Center. "Teams have different personalities. There's different talent levels, and not every coach fits with every team."

Fletcher wouldn't get into why he felt Richards was not the right fit, according to the Star Tribune, but he did say the team needed a new direction and a new voice.

This past season the Wild had 13th- and 12th-place finishes and went 77-71-16, according to Kare 11, and ticket sales dropped this past season. "It's ultimately up to me to deliver a winning hockey team," said Fletcher.

"I look back over the season, and we did a lot of good things," he said. "I think we accomplished some things. It probably doesn't feel that way, but that's how I feel. To me there was growth: growth in players, the chemistry, the culture and things we want to build upon here. But still it leaves you with that disappointment of the finish."

Local Retired Major General Dies

Maj. Gen. Raymond Charles Bonnabeau was a physician who dedicated much of his career to caring for military veterans, according to The Star Tribune.

This was not all he did, though. He was also a husband, father, grandfather, Franciscan, explorer, actor, photographer, disc jockey, and friend, according to The Pioneer Press.

Bonnabeau died February 26, at the age of 77, from cancer, according the The Star Tribune.

He earned his doctorate in surgery from the University of Minnesota, went on to do medical work, and served nearly 30 years in the military, according to The Star Tribune.

Among these accomplishments, Bonnabeau had a mountain in Antarctica named after him. In 1960 he traveled as a physician for the University of Minnesota Geological Expedition and discovered the Jones Mountain Range. Bonnabeau Dome was named for him, according to the Star Tribune article.

After his retirement from the military and until his death he was a physician at the Minneapolis VA Hospital and loved the veterans, saying it was a privilege to serve them, according to the Pioneer Press.

"He respected the vets tremendously," said Raymond, Bonnabeau's son. "He treated the vets with the respect they needed and deserved. Being a doctor was a vocation for him. It wasn't just punching the clock."

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