Man arrested at Burnsville basketball game

A Minneapolis man was charged Friday for assaulting a youth basketball commissioner after a boys basketball game at Burnsville High School, according to documents filed at a Dakota County court.

Robin Johnson, 48, was charged with two counts of assault, interfering with a 911 call and disorderly conduct after punching Jeff Shand, 50, in the face and hitting a phone out of his hand, according to the Star Tribune.

Witnesses said that Johnson started taunting a player during free throws to make him miss when Shand approached him and told him to stop, according to charges.

Shand then took out his cell phone to call police, according to the Pioneer Press, and Johnson hit it out of his hand. Shand was then hit in the back of the head with a basketball, and when he turned around to look who had thrown it Johnson hit him in the jaw, the charges stated.

Shand was then treated by an oral surgeon who said he suffered three cracked molars, one of which was shattered and had to have fragments extracted.

E-mail causes school to close down

A threatening e-mail caused Lac qui Parle Valley High School in Madison, Minnesota to close down today, Principal Jon Fulton said.

The e-mail included talk of a student threatening to harm other students or staff, similar to a threat made on a Minneapolis school last week, according to the West Central Tribune of nearby Willmar, Minnesota.

The e-mail named a local student, but investigation showed that he was not actually involved. Internet Service Providers said the e-mail appeared to have originated from outside the U.S., according to the Associated Press.

Fulton said that school will proceed as normal starting Monday.

Stillwater man indicted for child porn

A Stillwater man already given state felony charges was indicted on federal child porn charges Thursday, according to the Pioneer Press.

Shane Allen Werlein, 40, was already accused in early March in Washington County District Court of trying to solicit a 13-year-old girl for prostitution on Facebook, according to the Star Tribune.

According to the criminal report, Werlein used Facebook to send messages to the 13-year-old asking her if she wanted to "make a lot of money" by "making out with guys" and performing oral sex acts.

Henry Kissinger released from hospital

Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger was released from a South Korean hospital Sunday, said a hospital spokesman.

Kissinger was taken to a hospital in Seoul on Saturday and treated for a stomach virus,according to CNN.

Kissinger's condition was not serious and he was not given any major treatment such as surgery, hospital spokesman Han Jin-ho said.

The 86-year-old Kissinger arrived in Seoul on Wednesday to attend a secretary forum and met with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak on Friday, according to The Associated Press.

Indonesia hit by earthquake

A 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit Indonesia Sunday morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

No injuries, deaths or damages were reported, according to CNN.

The Indonesian Meteorology and Geophysics Agency measured the quake at 7 on the Richter scale, but the USGA measured it at 6.4.

The earthquake was the latest in series of recent quakes in the past weeks, such as a 6 magnitude earthquake that struck on Saturday, according to the Earth Times.

Climber found dead in Mount St. Helens

A climber who fell into the crater of Mount St. Helens Monday was found dead Tuesday, said officials.

According to the LA TImes, Joseph Bohlig, 52, was posing for a picture Monday on the rim of the crater when the snow overhang he was standing on gave way.

The body was air lifted into Carson, Washington and then transported to the Clark County Medical Examiner's Office for autopsy, according to CNN.

County undersheriff David Cox said that Bohlig had climbed the volcano 68 times before the accident.

Sudan to sign peace deal with Darfur rebels

The Sudanese government signed an agreement Saturday in N'Djamena with Darfur rebels to help resolve the conflict in the region, said President Omar Hassan al-Bashir.

The rebel group, the Justice and Equality Movement, said the agreement signed Saturday was not a formal peace deal, but only set out terms for negotiations.

A formal framework agreement for a cease-fire with the rebels will be signed next week by the Sudanese government, according to both the rebels and state media.

Bashir said he would cancel death sentences for prisoners who were a part of the rebel group and he would release 30 percent of them immediately, according to Reuters.

According to CNN, Sudan and the Justice and Equality Movement signed a confidence-building agreement last year in Qatar.

Rebel spokesman Ahmed Hussein Adam said the truce would be temporary and dependent on the actions of the Sudanese government.

Analysis of helicopter crash article

The reporter who wrote the Associated Press article about a helicopter crash summarizes the important elements in the lead by stating that the helicopter crashed, with a child on board, and that three people died, with the possibility of more victims. He/She also gives the day it occurred on and that it happened north of Phoenix. He orders the story by starting with a description of the event from a witnesses point of view, followed by a quote from the witness. He/She then describes the aftermath of the crash and ends with details about the owner of the helicopter and the investigation of the crash. I find it was done effectively, because it lists all of the facts in order of importance to the reader, although I think the first quote could have been paraphrased, but that is more of a personal preference since I don't care for quotes in stories.

Cops: Man smashes 29 TVs in Wal-Mart

Police said a man smashed 29 TVs at a Wal-Mart in Lilburn, Georgia.

Westley Strellis was charged with 29 counts of criminal damage to property in the second degree after he picked up a baseball bat in the sporting goods section of a Wal-Mart and started smashing flat-screen TVs, according to USA Today.

The televisions are valued at over $22,000, and it is unknown whether Strellis has an attorney or not, according to The Associated Press.

St. Paul mayor drives family to hospital

A couple who's child was having an apparent seizure was given a ride to the hospital by the Mayor of St. Paul Friday night.

According to the Pioneer Press a couple who's child seemed to be having a seizure frantically ran into the street and flagged down the first car they saw.

Coleman told the couple to get in and he drove the couple and their infant son to United Hospital, said St. Paul police Cmdr. Doug Holtz.

According to the Star Tribune, the condition of the child is not known.