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April 28, 2007

Local Bus Victim's Funeral Disrupted

A funeral being held for a 16-year-old boy was disrupted Friday, when a feud possibly related to the murder carried over into his funeral causing it to be canceled. According to The Star Tribune, the church service was canceled from fear of more violence and move to a later time.

WCCO is reporting more then 200 people showed up for Earl Freeman's funeral service.

According to KARE 11, the family of the 17-year-old being charged with Freeman's murder is claiming he is innocent.


Alleged Drunk Driver rear-ends St. Paul Mayor

St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman was rear-ended Thursday night in St. Paul by a 22-year-old pre-law student who was allegedly under the influence of alcohol. The Star Tribune is reporting Abbie Raymond was booked into Ramsey County Jail after the accident took place.

According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, there was no injuries and minimal damage to the two vehicles, police said.

The Associated Press is reporting Coleman and his police driver were the only two in the car at the time of the accident.

April 21, 2007

Metcalf Junior High School Back to Normal after Scare

Metcalf Junior High School in Burnsville went into lockdown mode at 10:30 on Friday when an unspent cartridge was found on a floor in the school. According to Fox 9, Eagan police searched the entire building and found nothing.

KSTP is reporting the students stayed in rooms with the doors shut while police searched the school.

According to KARE 11, it appears that no threats were made against the school.


April 20, 2007

St. Paul fire chief moves on to Milwaukee

Former St. Paul fire chief Doug Holton took over the same position Thursday in his hometown of Milwaukee. The St. Paul Pioneer Press is reporting Holton is not sure when he will begin as chief in Milwaukee, but reports from the Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission want him starting his four-year term in the next 45 days.

According to Kare 11, Holton's decision comes after St. Paul's fighterfighters' union vote showed the union had confidence in Holton's leadership ability as fire chief.

The Star Tribune is reporting Holton beat out four other candidates for the fire chief position in Milwaukee.

April 13, 2007

Star Tribune Publisher Sued by His Former Newspaper

The St. Paul Pioneer Press sued their former publisher on Thursday. According to The St. Paul Pioneer Press, when Par Ridder the current publisher of The Star Tribune left the Pioneer Press he allegedly stole information from them.

The Star Tribune is reporting Ridder is accused of taking private budget and advertising information from The St. Paul Pioneer Press when he left.

According to The Associated Press, the lawsuit is requesting Ridder be suspended for a year from the newspaper.

Afterthoughts of the estimated 70 Car Crash in Hopkins

A 70 car pile up happened on Highway 169 Wednesday night, and two people were injured in the crash. KARE 11 is reporting two people who were seriously injured in the crash had gotten out of their cars and tried to direct traffic.

According to The Star Tribune, traffic was running smoothly again on Thursday morning.

KSTP is reporting Melanie Thompson and Leonard Taylor were taken to Hennepin County Medical Center following the crash.

April 7, 2007

Two Minnesota Women Killed in Car Crash in Florida

Two Minnesota women were killed and another was injured Thursday when their rental car was hit by an oncoming car. The women were vacationing in Pampano Beach, Florida.

Fox 9 is reporting 43-year-old Renae Gustafson and 33-year-old Jennifer Keesey were killed in the accident. They were both from the Minneapolis area.

According to The Star Tribune, the impact of the crash knocked the engine out of the women's Monte Carlo.

KARE 11 is reporting the women's car was attempting to make a U-turn when the car was struck by the oncoming corvette.


April 6, 2007

Two Dead in New Brighton Crash

Two people are dead and two others were injured Friday afternoon after their vehicles collided head-on off of Interstate 35W in New Brighton. WCCO is reporting the drivers of both vehicles were killed.

According to KARE 11, the two injured people were riding in a wheel chair van from Chicago that is for disabled veterans.

KSTP is reporting the accident took place just after 2 p.m.

March 30, 2007

Bank Robber Barricades Himself Inside Home

An man who allegedly robbed a U.S. Bank in Plymouth has barricaded himself into a home in Plymouth on Friday afternoon.

According to KARE 11, the man is in a house at 4260 Quaker Lane. A woman was inside when the alleged robber broke in, he told her to leave, she did, and he preceded to baracade himself inside.

KSTP is reporting the suspect allegedly robbed a U.S. Bank and then fled on foot around lunchtime on Friday.

According to WCCO, Pilgrim Elementary School has been put on a precautionary perimeter lockdown until school officials recieve the word from police that it is safe to release the students.

Man Pleads Guilty to Killing Pizza Hut Delivery Man

A Minneapolis man pleaded guilty Wednesday to killing a Pizza Hut delivery man last August in north Minneapolis.

The Star Tribune is reporting Jermaine Mack-Lynch confirmed in court he did not know the victim Toua Xiong when he shot him coming out of a Pizza Hut.

According KARE 11, Mack-Lynch agreed to help prosecutors by supplying them with information and testifying against others who may have been involved.

The Associated Press is reporting under terms of his plea deal Mack-Lynch could be paroled after 20 years.

March 24, 2007

Man Charged for Beheading Dog

A St. Paul man was charged with animal cruelty and torture after allegedly killing and beheading a 17-year-old girl's dog and placing its head on her doorstep. The Associated Press is reporting Gomez allegedly has video clips of a dog having its head removed with a chain saw on his cell phone.

According to The Star Tribune, the man claims the girl, Crystal Brown, was present at the time of the beheading.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press is reporting when police first questioned Gomez denied having an involvement before police officers got a warrant to search his house.


3 Dead in St. Paul Shooting

A teenager, mother and her fiance are all dead after they were shot to death Friday morning in the mom and daughter's home. The Star Tribune is reporting the teenager's younger brother, sister and two family dogs escaped the house and ran to a nearby uncles' house.

According to WCCO, the gunman shot the 3 victims when they were told there was no money in the house.

The Associated Press is reporting the police are not sure how many suspect might have been involved in the shooting.

March 14, 2007

Letter Carrier Killed in Crash

An Apple Valley letter carrier died Tuesday afternoon when his mail truck hit several trees along Heritage Way and 131st Street in Apple Valley.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press is reporting the carrier was identified by co-workers as 60-year-old Paul Larson. He may have suffered a heart attack or seizure when the accident took place.

According to The Associated Press, onlookers performed CPR on the Larson but he died at the scence.

WCCO is reporting the cause of the accident is still under investigation by authorities.

March 12, 2007

Two Dead, Two Injured After Crash Along Highway 62 in Edina

Two women were killed, while two other passengers were injured early Sunday morning when their car was hit head on by a driver traveling the wrong way along Highway 62 in Edina. According to KARE 11, westbound Highway 62 was shutdown until emergency crews were able to clear the debris.

According to The Star Tribune, Ahmed and Halimo Mohamud were the two people killed in the crash.

The Associated Press is reporting the accident took place around 2 a.m. on Sunday Morning when a Lexus SUV crossed the median, then collided with a car coming from the opposite direction.

February 26, 2007

Impound Lots Full Ater Snow Emergency

A snow emergency was declared Sunday in Minneapolis, and several cars were towed early Monday morning. According to The Star Tribune, 715 cars had been removed from the street as of 10:45 a.m. Monday and taken to The Minneapolis impound lot.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press is reporting despite the announcement of a snow emergency several cars were still parked on the wrong side of the road, this resulted in more than 1,400 cars being ticketed overnight.

According to KSTP, some drivers are angry because they claimed they were unware of the snow emergency rules, but still will be forced to pay $30 for the ticket and $138 for the towing charges.

Man Dies in Minneapolis Apartment Fire

An 80 year-old man died Sunday in a fire in his apartment. According to The St. Paul Pioneer Press, the man was identified as Walter Trammell. The fire was confined to his residence.

KSTP is reporting that police have investigated the scene in south Minneapolis for several, however police would not release the victim's name.

According to The Star Tribune, the fire was on the 11th floor of the apartment, and took place just after 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.

February 22, 2007

Woman Killed in Bloomington Parking Lot

A woman was killed Tuesday when she was struck by a van in a Bloomington strip mall parking lot. According to WCCO, the woman was identified as 46-year-old Elfriede Flynn. Flynn was announced dead at the scene.

KARE 11 is reporting that the woman was hit just before 9:00 p.m. and then dragged across the parking lot.

According to The Associated Press, the man who hit her is a bussiness owner. The man is cooperating with authorities. Drugs and alcohol do not seem to have been involved.

February 21, 2007

Man is Missing after House Explosion Around Loretto

A man went missing Wednesday after his families home exploded just North of Loretto. Accoring to The Star Tribune, the family was having trouble with their furnace, and the man's wife and 2-year-old son did not spend the night at the house.

WCCO is reporting the explosion took place around 7:20 a.m. along County Road 19. When firefighters arrived on the scene, the house was already in flames.

According to The Associated Press, the cause of the explosion is still under investigation.


February 17, 2007

Farmington Man Shot at His Home

A Farmington man is listed in critical but stable condition after being shot four times in his home late Thursday night. The Star Tribune is reporting that the man's name is being withheld at this time due to safety concerns.

According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the police are interviewing people of interest, but no arrests have been made at this time.

KSTP is reporting that police have not had a shooting investigation in Farmington in over a decade.

February 16, 2007

One Killed in I-35 W Crash in Lino Lakes

A driver was killed after his vehicle collided with a semitruck Friday morning along I-35 W in Lino Lakes. According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the driver was male, but his name is not being released at this time. The semi-truck driver sustained minor injuries.

WCCO is reporting that the accident took place around 7:50 a.m. when a vehicle crossed the median, and collided with a logging-truck head-on.

The Star Tribune is reporting that I-35 will be shut down for several hours and traffic is being detoured to southbound I-35 E.


February 9, 2007

Two Truck Drivers Killed in Head-on Crash

Two truck drivers died Thursday night when their semi-trailer trucks collided along Interstate Hwy. 494 in St. Paul. According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the westbound truck crossed the median and hit the eastbound truck head on.

The accident took place around 9:40 p.m. Thursday night. The Star Tribune is reporting one of the trucks burst into flames after the crash took place.

According to The Associated Press, eastbound traffic was closed until around 6:30 a.m. on Friday morning.

DNA May Help Solve 1989 St. Paul Murder

An Ohio inmate was charged with a 1989 murder of a St. Paul man on Thursday. The Star Tribune is reporting that DNA tests from an old crime scene have identified the man as the alleged killer.

57-year-old Wayne Brigman will be charged with second degree murder in the death of Dale Heinold. Heinold was found dead in his home on May 20, 1989. According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Heinold's case did not re-open until June 2006.

According to The Associated Press, Brigman is currently residing in an Ohio prison for a different murder.

February 2, 2007

Flu Kills 8-year-old St. Paul Boy

An 8-year-old St. Paul boy died Wednesday after complications from the flu. The Winona Daily News is reporting that he died from pnemonia, which was a symptom he came down with from the flu.

According to WCCO, the boy's aliment could be treated by this year's flu vaccine, the boy however did not recieve a flu vaccination this year.

The Crookston Daily Times is reporting that public health officials are stressing how important flu vaccinations are now that a death has resulted from the flu.

Rural Minnesota Teacher Dies in Car Crash

A Dassel-Cokato Middle School teacher died in a head on collision Thursday morning along Highway 12. WCCO is reporting the driver of the other vehicle is in critical condition at Hennepin County Hospital.

According to The Star Tribune, school teacher Gail Schwandt was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

KARE 11 has learned Schwandt taught middle school for the last 15 years. Grief counselors will be at the school for students and staff as long as they are needed.