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April 20, 2008

Wild out of playoffs

The Minnesota Wild were beaten Saturday night 2-1 by the Colorado Avalance, ending their 2007-2008 season, the Star Tribune reported .
The Wild held on to push the best of seven series to six games, but in the end, the Avalanche proved to be too much for them.
"To lose in the first round again is very disappointing," veteran Brian Rolston told the Star Tribune. "[Colorado goalie Jose] Theodore definitely played a role in this series. In a series like this, a hot goalie can take you out. I think that's what happened.
"I thought we outplayed them badly at home, and he snuck out two wins. Tonight, we had enough to get a bounce go our way. It wasn't like last year. We thought we were in this one."
"It was two games that we played better than them and didn't come out with the win (Games 1 and 5), and it cost us the series," Wild winger Stephane Veilleux told the Pioneer Press.
Wild star Marion Gaborik scored only one goal in the series, which will leave him with much of the burden in the Wild's loss, the Pioneer Press reported.
"Tough loss, but we have nothing to be ashamed of. Everybody left everything out there," Gaborik told the Pioneer Press. "Producing and stuff, I wish I would have made a difference. It was very tight out there. They did a great job defensively.
"Either it was tight or there was Theodore ... things didn't work out like I wanted them to."

Two Minneapolis police officers asked to leave

A high-ranking police officer in Minneapolis and a North Side officer were relieved of duty while awaiting the results of a federal investigation, the Star Tribune reported .
One of the officers is Lt. Lee Edwards, who is one of the five black officers suing MPD over allegations of racial discrimination, the Star Tribune reported. The other is Mike Roberts, a 29-year member of the department.
While the Star Tribune reported Roberts allegedly received $200 for giving information to an undercover informant, the allegations against Edwards were unclear.
Edwards is part of a lawsuit against the police department saying there was retaliatory and discriminatory discipline handed down by Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan against officers who spoke up about racist practices of the department, Edwards' attorneys John Klassen and Andrew Muller, told the Pioneer Press.
Minneapolis City Council Member Ralph Remington told the Star Tribune he is deeply troubled by what happened.
"The timing is very peculiar," he said. "And it would beg a question of retaliation, especially considering there's a lawsuit pending from five black police officers and Edwards is one of them."


March 10, 2008

Bouncing tire on I-35W kills driver

A tire that came off a garbage truck Friday morning on Interstate 35W bounced across the median and killed a driver headed the other way, the Star Tribune reported.

Jerry Ander, 56, of Burnsville who was driving his pickup truck was killed by the tire, according to the Minnesota State Patrol, the Star Tribune reported.

The accident near 46th Street and 35W tied up traffic in both north and southbound lanes during the morning commute and for hours after, the Star Tribune reported.

While the accident occurred around 6:30 a.m., at 9:30 a.m. traffic on 35W was still being stopped at times while helicopters landed on the roadway, Fox 9 reported.

Authorities estimated the tire that killed Ander weighed about 100 pounds, the Star Tribune reported.

Girl who sparked Amber Alert found OK

Authories have found a four-year-old Fridley girl whose abduction triggered an Amber Alert on Friday, the Pioneer Press reported .

The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension cancelled the alert at 1:20 p.m. Sunday after Minneapolis police found Anastasia Jones in Minneapolis, Janell Rasmussen, spokesperson for the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, told the Pioneer Press.

Her mother, Miracle Angel Flowers, 19, and her mother's boyfriend are now in police custody, according to the Pioneer Press.

Flowers and her boyfriend accused of abducting the woman's daughter are being held at the Hennepin County Jail, WCCO reported .

The abducted girl was at the hospital with her foster mother for a visit to see her younger sister when Flowers took the girl, police told WCCO.

Investigators believe her boyfriend was waiting in the car, according to WCCO, and the car was found in Fridley later Friday evening.

State trooper's squad car hit in accident

A Minnesota state trooper was injured in a traffic accident Sunday on Interstate 94 just west of Minneapolis, the Star Tribune reported .

Traffic was at a standstill for more than an hour and was backed up to Interstate 394, according to the Star Tribune.

The Star Tribune reported there were minor injuries in the crash.

Trooper Renee Adrian was injured in the accident, Kare 11 reported .

Adrian was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center for back and neck injuries, and is expected to be released from the hospital by Sunday night, according to Kare 11.

Authorities told Kare 11 the trooper's seat belt likely saved her life.

February 25, 2008

Vikings' McKinnie arrested in Miami

Minnesota Vikings' offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie was arrested for aggravated battery following a street fight outside a nightclub early Sunday morning, the Star Tribune reported.

McKinnie was also arrested for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, the Star Tribune reported.

Police were called to Club Space in Miami after McKinnie was arrested by a security guard, the Star Tribune reported.

The Star Tribune reported Miami Police found McKinnie "in the middle of a large crowd, throwing punches and again yelling obscenities," according to the police report.

McKinnie was bonded out for $9,000 at 2:25 p.m., Miami-Dade County Corrections Department spokeswoman Janelle Hall said, according to the Star Tribune.

The trouble is nothing new for McKinnie, the Pioneer Press reported .

The NFL fined him one game check for his role in a team boat party on Lake Minnetonka in 2005. McKinnie pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct in that incident, the Pioneer Press reported.

The Vikings released a statement regarding the incident, the Pioneer Press reported. "We are aware of the situation with Bryant McKinnie. We will respond further once we have collected the appropriate information."

February 18, 2008

Police make two additional arrests in stabbing

Minneapolis police arrested two more teenagers Friday in the stabbing death of a 70-year-old woman in her North Minneapolis Home, the Star Tribune reported .

The 15- and 16-year-old brothers are being held in the Hennepin County Juvenile Detention Center, the Star Tribune reported. Authorities have until Tuesday to file charges, and are expected to charge the suspects as adults.

Police found the body of Pirkko Gaultney on Wednesday and originally arrested 15-year-old Minneapolis boy in connection with the killing.

When police responded to Gaultney's house on Wednesday, they were called to investigate a burglary, WCCO reported.

Police told WCCO the home showed signs of forced entry and neighbors said it was broken into a few years ago, according to WCCO.

The Star Tribune reported all three boys know each other but none have extentsive criminal history or known gang affiliations.

Drive-by shooting at I-35W and Lake St.

Authorities are investigating a drive-by shooting that hospitalized one man at Interstate 35W and Lake St. on Sunday afternoon, the Pioneer Press reported.

The shooting happened just after 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon on the northbound lane of the busy highway, the Pioneer Press reported.

A passenger in a purple Plymouth Breeze fired a shotgun at a car with four occupants, the Pioneer Press reported, and the driver of another car was treated at an area hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

John Myers, who lives near the scene of the shooting, toldKARE 11 he heard about four or five gunshots.

It's too early to tell if the shooting was a case of road rage, Lt. Mark Peterson of the State Patrol told KARE 11, but they aren't ruling out any possibilities.

February 11, 2008

Police search for sexual assualt suspect

Minneapolis police are searching for a 37-year-old man in connection with a sexual assault, robbery and kidnapping of a woman in Uptown Minneapolis Feb. 1, the Star Tribune reported.

The suspect, Percy Lavone Melton, who is 5-feet-7 and weights 200 pounds, is considered to be armed and dangerous and has a history of sexual assaults, police told the Star Tribune.

WCCO reported Melton is black, and said police insist anyone who thinks they've seen Melton do not approach him.

Anyone with information as to Melton's whereabouts is asked to call 911, WCCO reported.

Fire leaves scores homeless in Plymouth

The second fire in less than a year in a Plymouth apartment complex forced many in the building out into freezing temperatures Saturday afternoon, the Star Tribune reported.

The fire at the Plymouth Oaks Apartments at 3301 Hwy. 169 started shortly after 3 p.m. and was under control in less than an hour, the Star Tribune reported.

One man was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center and treated for smoke inhalation and burns, Plymouth police Sgt. Mike Reed told the Star Tribune. He was the only injury, the Pioneer Press reported.

Thirty apartment were damaged in the blaze, some from fire, others by smoke and water, the Pioneer Press said.

The American Red Cross established a shelter for those affected, the Pioneer Press reported, for the 45 to 50 people displaced by the fire.

Plymouth Fire Chief Richard Kline estimated the coast of the fire to be $600,000 to $800,000, according to the Pioneer Press.