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Icy roads lead to hundreds of crashes in the metro area

By: Andrew Krammer

Freezing rain that fell late Saturday night left layers of glare ice across the metro area roadways, Kare 11 reported.

The freezing rain led to 438 crashes across the metro area during late Saturday night and early Sunday morning, the Star Tribune reported.

About 75 of the 438 reported accidents in Minnesota involved injuries, police said.

Only one accident involve a fatality, which occurred in Meeker County, south of Lichfield, police said.

By: Andrew Krammer

A Brooklyn Center police officer was injured Tuesday night when his squad car was struck by a minivan, the Star Tribune reports.

The incident occurred around 10 p.m. at the intersection of Brooklyn Boulevard and 51st Avenue North, police said.

Shannon Karjalahti, 33, drove a van into the driver's side door of the squad car, KSTP reported.

Karjalahti has nine convictions on his driving record and was drunk at the time of the incident, police said.

The officer suffered a broken collarbone and a broken pelvis.

Thieves steal rifle from a federal agent's vehicle in Stillwater

By: Andrew Krammer

Thieves broke into a vehicle of a federal officer and stole his semiautomatic rifle and body armor vest late Friday, ABC news reported

Along with the .223 caliber rifle and vest, about 100 rounds of ammunition, binoculars, a digital camera, GPS units and a Sony recorder were stolen, the Star Tribune reported.

The federal agent's vehicle was unmarked and items were also stolen from three family vehicles in the driveway on the same block, police said.

"We want the rifle back. We are very concerned that it is on the street," Stillwater Sgt. Jeff Stender said.

St. James man killed by teen driving wrong way

By: Andrew Krammer

A 17-year-old drove her car into oncoming traffic on a major southwest metro highway Thursday, struck a car head-on and killed the driver, the Star Tribune reported.

State Patrol said the crash occurred about 7:30 p.m. Thursday on Hwy. 169, just north of Jordan, when the girl's car crossed the median and hit a northbound car, WCCO reported.

Zachary Anderson, 27, of St. James, Minn., was killed during the accident, family members said.

Anderson's passenger, friend Will Sizer, 28, sustained non-life threatening injuries, police said.

The teenage driver was also hurt but is expected to survive, police said.

By: Andrew Krammer

A woman was critically injured around 6:15 p.m. Friday when she was struck by a car, the KSTP news reported.

The Stillwater woman was running across the street near the 5800 block of Neal Avenue in Oak Park Heights when she was struck by a Ford Excursion, the Star Tribune reported. Erin Cran, 26, is listed in critical condition, police said.

The driver of the vehicle is a 47-year-old Forest Lake woman, who was not injured, police said.

Bloomington cop shoots and kills knife-wielding man

By: Andrew Krammer

A Bloomington police officer shot and killed a man armed with two knives Thursday, authorities said.

The police were responding to a reported disturbance at a Lyndale Avenue apartment building when the suspect confronted the officer, the Star Tribune reported.
Another man at the building had been stabbed as well, police said.

The suspect died at the scene and the stabbing victim, whose condition is unknown, was taken to a hospital, KARE 11 reported.

By: Andrew Krammer

Mark S. Holm, 54, the director of a Christian youth organization in Cambridge, Minn., has been arrested Wednesday on suspicion of sexually assaulting a teenage girl in the group Young Life, the Star Tribune reports.

Holm has been the director of the East Central Minnesota chapter of Young Life since 2004, Isanti County News reports. Holm is currently being held in the Isanti County Jail and is expected to be formally charged on Friday at the Isanti County Courthouse in Cambridge, police said.

Holm has been with the organization since 1971.

By: Andrew Krammer

The Minneapolis School District is ordered to shell out almost $17 million to teachers and support staff after a state arbitrator ruled that the employees were unjustly denied raises and merit pay for two years, the Star Tribune reports.

These decision comes after an already difficult budget situation; the district will be forced to make cuts in its $525 million general fund, school district spokesman Stan Alleyne said. The failed pay raises occurred between the 2008 and 2010 school years, KARE11 reports.

This ruling is the second for Minneapolis schools: In January, the district was forced to pay a fine of $800,000 for failing to meet the state's contract deadline.

By: Andrew Krammer

Dorothy Hanson, 85, was hit and killed by a truck as she tried to cross a street in Bloomington on Thursday night, the Star Tribune reports.

The driver of the truck fled from the accident and pieces of the truck were found at the scene, police said. The cause of the incident is unclear, but police said there's little doubt the driver knows they hit something, WCCO reports.

Hanson's son told police she was returning home after visiting her husband in the nursing home a few blocks away.

U of M frat Chi Psi hires house dad to fix image

By: Andrew Krammer

Chi Psi, one of the three University of Minnesota fraternities to have a sexual assault reported, has hired a house director, the Star Tribune reported.

Jim Anberley, a graduate of the University of Minnesota in 1982, is also a former member of Chi Psi. Anberley volunteered for the position, the Minnesota Daily reported.

"We're going back to what we used to be initially," said Chi Psi member Garret Schultz. "We have strayed away from that the last six years," he said in a Minnesota Daily article.

Chi Psi will have to go through the Interfraternity Council to get off of alcohol probation in March, Schultz said.

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