September 2012 Archives

Floods kill hundreds in Pakistan

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Monsoon rains and ensuing floods have killed 422 people and injury a few thousand more in Pakistan, a disaster spokesperson said Saturday.

CNN reported 350,000 people have been forced from their homes and upwards of 4 million have been affected by flooding in some way, shape or form since Aug. 22.

A report on India's Zee News website said Pakistan is affected by Monsoon's every year.

Zee News also reported that UNICEF called for upwards of $15 million for protection of those affected by the devastating floods.


Though this story is taking place thousands of miles away from home, its important in the sense that natural disasters can affect anybody. So many people have died or have been tragically affected by these floods. The United States has had similar problems with hurricanes in recent years. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

Supsected shooter faces charges

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A suspected shooter who allegedly shot another man in the face during a road-rage incident could see charges this week, authorities said Sunday.

The Star Tribune reported that he shooting happened in Isanti Saturday afternoon after dispatchers witnessed a fight in a department parking lot.

Authorities said the fight and eventual the shooting were a result of a road-rage incident on Highway 65.

The victim did not die, and was flown to Hennepin County Medical Center, the Pioneer Press reported.

The road-rage reportedly involved a pair of motorcyclists and a man driving a car. A fight eventually broke out, before one of the men pulled a hand gun and shot the other man in the face.

Police said the alleged shooter is being detained at the Isanti County jail.

Plane crash in Nepal kills 19

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A plane crashed and burned, literally, Thursday night after taking off from Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, CNN reported.

All sixteen passengers and three crew members died after the plane crashed near the Manohara River, a river in the same valley as Kathmandu.

ABC News reported that several of the passengers were tourists. The plane's destination, Lukla, is a checkpoint on the way to Mount Everest.

The plane crash is Nepal's sixth in the last two years.

Minneapolis man charged with murder

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A 19-year old man was charged with murder Wednesday after admitting to police he shot and killed another man after a botched drug deal, police said.

Darrius Davantae Parkman allegedly fled to Chicago after killing 30-year old Michael Jones in the hallway of an apartment building near 22nd and 5th Ave S, the Star Tribune reported.

A criminal complaint stated that officers linked phone numbers stored in Jones' phone to Parkman's mother before eventually located Parkman in Chicago.

The complaint also detailed the interaction between Parkman and Jones. Parkman allegedly tried to rob Jones while trying to sell him marijuana. Jones attacked Parkman, before a frantic Parkman shot and eventually killed Jones.

Parkman is being kept at Hennepin County Jail.

Houston police kill threatening-wheelchair pen wielder

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A Houston police officer shot and killed a deranged, wheelchair-using man after he threatened people with a pen at a mental institution, police said.

Authorities responded Saturday morning to a call that the man was behaving aggressively after his caretaker refused to adhere to requests for a cigarette and a soda, CNN reported.

Yahoo News reported the man cornered a police officer and threatened to stab him with a pen. The officer's partner discharged his weapon and killed the pen wielder.

The police department placed the shooter on administrative lead, per department policy.

Oakdale priest charged in sex assault case

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An Oakdale priest has been charged with the sexual assault of a 12-year old boy.

The Oakdale Patch reported 47-year old Curtis Carl Wehmeyer's arrest back in June, and authorities now have enough evidence to charge him.

According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press
, the alleged incident took place in June 2010.

Wehmeyer reportedly took the boy into a trailer in the church parking lot, showed him pornographic material, took his underwear off and exposed his genitals.

The reported incident took place about a week before the boys thirteenth birthday.

A male relative of Wehmeyer also claimed to have been molested, by Wehmeyer, according to the Pioneer Press.

Edina woman accused of forcing nephew to ride in trunk

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An Edina woman has been charged with child endangerment Tuesday after allegations that she forced her 11-year old nephew to ride in the trunk of her car in an effort to keep the interior of the vehicle from getting wet.

Susan Marie McCarty, 38, was charged after confessing that she made her nephew ride in the trunk after he was wet from a ride at Valleyfair in Shakopee, the Star Tribune reported.

The alleged incident took place on Aug. 23 when witnesses saw the child climb into the trunk.

According to the Shakopee News, Edina police pulled over a visibly irritated McCarty, who admitted to transporting the boy in the trunk.

Other family members, including the boy's sister and grandma, rode in the cab while he was in the trunk. They reportedly did not contest McCarty's decision.

Landslides kill at least 15 in India

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A series of landslides have killed at least 45 people in Northern India, the Himalayan times reported Sunday.

The Business-Times also reported that several roads are blocked and officials are working to make reparations.

Monsoons have been infrequent this year, hitting some places a lot harder than others.

State awards St. Paul $25 million for ballpark

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The Saint Paul Saints have been awarded $25 million by the state for their new ballpark, Gov. Mark Dayton announced Thursday.

The Pioneer Press reported that the $25 million will go towards the construction of a new $54 million ballpark in the Lowertown area of St. Paul.

The new 7,000 seat stadium will host 50 St. Paul Saints games, high school and American Legion games, the Star Tribune reported.

The city of St. Paul was looking for $27 million from the state. The park will run across the new Central-Corridor light rail, which is slated to open in 2014.

Minneapolis, St. Paul both consider levies for schools.

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Minneapolis school officials pushed a 7.4 property tax increase Tuesday, where the potential funds would go to renovations and expansions for public schools.

Members of the school board are rather neutral to the proposal, which contradicts possible increases that Hennepin County is already considering, the Star Tribune reported.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reported Tuesday that the proposed increase for St. Paul schools in only 3.6 percent.

Residents of both cities will have big decisions to make come election day.

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