March 2010 Archives

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.

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