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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.

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.

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.

Gang member pleads guilty to shooting

A St. Paul gang member pleaded guilty Friday to shooting another man in early December.

Rashad Burch, 25, will be sentenced on April 13 and entered into a plea agreement that calls for a sentence of no less than 18 years, according to the Star Tribune.

Burch was called to help during a fight between two women in an apartment building parking lot on E. Maryland Avenue, according to a criminal complaint.

Burch ran up to a van which the victim, Dwight Tate, was sitting in and began firing shots. Tate was able to run away, but was then struck by a vehicle, according to the Pioneer Press.

Police Dog Honored

A St. Paul police dog that was shot last year was honored Saturday in Minneapolis.

The dog, Boomer, was injured in the line of duty on April 6 last year and was inducted into the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association Hero Animal Hall of Fame on Saturday.

According to the Star Tribune Boomer and St. Paul police officer Patrick Murphy responded to a call last April and found an armed man in an alley. While attempting to get to the suspect Boomer was shot at and hit in the head.

Boomer was then rushed to the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center where he had surgery and survived.

An investigation later showed that Boomer was likely hit by police fire, according to the Pioneer Press.

Mattress causes fire on highway

A mattress lying on Interstate 494 in Woodbury caused a SUV to burst into flames on Jan. 31.

According to the Star Tribune the driver, Kathleen Rich, said she saw the car in front of her drive over it, but she was unable to change lanes due to heavy traffic.

Rich said she hit the mattress but thought she had left it behind until other drivers started motioning her to pull over. After she pulled over on an exit ramp her and her friend jumped out of the car and flames shot out from under the vehicle, according to the Associated Press.

"I loved that RAV4," Rich said. "I just loved it. I had it since it was new."

Mother and daughter sentenced in day care death

A mother and daughter from Bloomington were sentenced on Thursday for the death of a child at their home day care.

Doris Meeks, 49, was sentenced by Hennepin County Judge Mary Steenson to four years and nine months in prison. Her 22-year-old daughter, Harmony Newman was sentenced to four years in prison.

According to the Pioneer Press both defendants are appealing a jury's verdict which convicted them of two accounts of second-degree manslaughter.

The 22-month-old child died of asphyxiation after being strapped too tightly into a car seat and left in a dark basement to watch TV, according to Meeks' testimony. Meeks also testified that there was no monitoring equipment in the room and she had gone out on an errand when the child was placed in the room.

The Star Tribune said that Newman was alone at the time with 23 children under her supervision. The state limit for the home is 14 and requires two adults to be present for that many children.

St. Paul teen pleads guilty to shooting friend

A now 17-year-old boy from St. Paul pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in the Thanksgiving Day killing of his friend.

The boy, Cody Nelson, was sentenced on Wednesday to an indeterminate amount of time in a juvenile facility with supervised probation until he turns 21. The Pioneer Press said that he may also be given an adult sentence if he violates his probation.

The Star Tribune reported that in the hours before the shooting Daniel Cornell, 19, had brought a revolver to the house they were at and Nelson, Cornell, the victim, Darion Smith, and others played Russian roulette with only empty cartridges loaded into the gun.

Later when people were getting ready to leave Cornell loaded the gun with three live rounds. Shortly after, Nelson picked up the gun and pointed it at Smith's head and fired, according to a criminal complaint.

Nelson told police that he assumed the gun wasn't loaded and was quoted saying "I didn't mean to."

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