May 5, 2008

5 arrested after shooting

An adult and four juveniles are in custody in connection with two shootings that injured two teenage boys in St. Paul, according to police.
The suspects were detained for for questioning after the police stopped their car after the shootings on Saturday, reports the Pioneer Press.
Charges could be filed as soon as Sunday according to police spokesman Peter Panos.
"We just don't know how many we will charge yet," Panos said. (Pioneer Press)
A fourteen year old boy was shot in the back and is in critical condition at Gilette Children's Hospital, in St. Paul. A 17-year-old boy was shot in the leg and was released Sunday from Regions Hospital, reports the Pioneer Press.
Police did not release their identities, but the 14-year-old is a student at Hazel Park Middle School, according to the Pioneer Press.

Man dies after police struggle.

A 21-year-old man died Sunday after a struggle with St. Paul police officers.
The police said the man was apparently suicidal and on a controlled substance,died Sunday morning being sprayed with a chemical irritant and being shot with a Taser gun in an attempt to calm him down, according to the Star Tribune..
Police were called to the Wheelock Ridge Villa apartment complex after about a suicide attempt in progress involving a controlled substance, writes the Star Tribune.
A 21-year-old man attacked two officers after they arrived and tried to calm him down, according to a news release from the St. Paul Police. (Star Tribune)
After failed attempts to control the man, an officer used a taser on him, and he became unresponsive, according to the Star Tribune.
Paramedics treated the man but he died on the scene. The officers were treated at Regions Medical Center and are now on paid administrative leave, reports the Star Tribune.

April 21, 2008

Wild lose in game six

In the Minnesota Wild’s final game Saturday night against the Colorado Avalanche, the Pioneer Press reports early distress followed by second-act revenge, to end in a painful defeat.
The Wild won the Northwest Division Championship, and home-ice advantage only to suffer the same first round playoff defeat as last season, according to the Pioneer Press.
The Wild dominated in game five only to lose in 3-2, game six should have been different.
The Wild’s Aaron Voros tied the score up during Saturday’s game six in Colorado, but ultimately the Wild could not beat Colorado’s goalie.
"In a series like this, a hot goalie can take you out, and I think that's what happened in this series," the Wild's Brian Rolston said. "It's definitely disappointing, but it wasn't like last year. We felt like we were in this one." (Pioneer Press)

Fire displaces 14 people in St. Paul

A 24-year-old man jumped from a second-story window early Sunday in order to escape a fire, reports the Star Tribune.
The man suffered only cuts, bruises, and an injured ankle in the jump, and was taken to Regions hospital, and 14 residents of the duplex were displaced in the fire, according to St. Paul fire marshal Steve Zaccard, writes the Star Tribune.
A 30-year-old man was rescued from the first floor of the duplex located at 716 Aurora Ave., and was administered CPR by firefighters and was later treated by Regions Hospital reports the Star Tribune.
The Pioneer Press reports that fire crews rushed to the house at 3:58 a.m. About eight crews with 30 firefighters were on the scene for about two hours, according to the Pioneer Press.
The fire caused $80,000 in damage, and is considered suspicious according to Zaccard, and remains under investigation, but he would not give any details, according to the Pioneer Press.

April 14, 2008

Minn. Superdelegate backs Obama

One of Minnesota’s last uncommitted Democratic superdelegates has decided to back Barack Obama, according to the Star Tribune.
Nancy Larson, of Dassel, told the Associated Press she decided to support Obama because his campaign will bring new people into the political process. She believes he has the best chance of winning the election, according to the Star Tribune.
“It's looking more and more that the one person who can do it is Barack Obama," Larson said. (Star Tribune)
Larson said the choice wasn’t easy; she was lobbied by heavily by Obama’s and Hillary Clinton’s campaigns. Larson joins eight other Minnesota superdelegates who are supporting Obama, three are backing Clinton, according to the Star Tribune.
With Larson’s announcement Collin Peterson is the only uncommitted superdelegate in the state, reports the Star Tribune.

Ex - Gopher Football player on trial

The alleged rape victim in the trial of a former Gopher Football player Dominic Jones took the stand Monday, reports Fox Twin Cities.
Jones was charged in July with third-degree criminal sexual conduct against a “physically helpless? victim, writes Fox Twin Cities.
The victim said in her testimony that she knew that she was going to hang out with football players last April, and she knew she wouldn’t go home until the following day, reports Fox Twin Cities.
In cross examination from Jones’ attorney, Earl Gray, the victim said she lied to the police. She said she remembered meeting three other Gopher football players, but she said Monday that it was the first time she had seen Jones in person, according to Fox Twin Cities.
The Star Tribune reports that Jones is accused of raping the victim. In a 30-second video clip taken by former teammate Alex Daniels, Jones can be seen masturbating over the victim. According to the Star Tribune, the victim appeared unresponsive.
If convicted, Jones could face a maximum of 15 years in prison, according to Fox Twin Cities.

April 7, 2008

Woman killed in Minneapolis

A woman was killed in Minneapolis Sunday when a 15-year-old boy fleeing police in a stolen car slammed into her car, reports the Star Tribune.
The woman was driving to Sunday school with two children in the car who were injured, according to the Star Tribune.
Minneapolis police said they had called off the chase about a half mile before the crash at Lake Street and Stevens Avenue S., writes the Star Tribune.
The boy was arrested after running from the crash, and a witness estimated the boy was driving about 60 miles per hour, reports the Star Tribune.
The Pioneer Press reports that the boy was arrested inside a Kmart, and will likely face felony charges, police Sgt. William Palmer said to the Star Tribune.
The victim was identified as Hanna Abkur, 26, of Minneapolis, and the children in her car included her 6-year-old son and a 13-year0old neighborhood boy, according to the Pioneer Press.

Wild lose in overtime

The Minnesota Wild rallied from a 3-1 series deficit in 2003 to defeat the Colorado Avalanche in their first NHL Playoff appearance, now five years later the two teams will face off again, according to the Pioneer Press.
The Wild are currently the reigning Northwest Division Champions, and they own home-ice advantage for the best-of-seven quarterfinal that starts Wednesday or Thursday, reports the Pioneer Press.
The Avalanche beat the Wild in a shootout Sunday to secure a 4-3 victory, which will ensure a rematch for the two teams, writes the Pioneer Press.
The Avalanche lead 3-2 in third, reports the Star Tribune, and Colorado winger Ian Laperriere drove Marian Gaborik into the glass.
At the end of the third Laperriere collided with Gaborik again, resulting in Gaborik’s first fighting major in 485 career games, according to the Star Tribune.
"It happened so quick. It shows things are heating up. It's going to be a tough series. It's going to be a battle like five years ago." Gaborik said. (Star Tribune)

March 31, 2008

Infant killed in crashed

A man and his infant daughter were left in critical condition after a rush-hour accident Friday, reports the Pioneer Press.
Several vehicles were stopped in traffic on Interstate 494 near Highway 169 when the accident occurred, writes the Pioneer Press.
A Ford pickup truck changed lanes and rear-ended a vehicle, which set off a chain that ended in the injuries.
Derek Sailor, 28, from Shakopee and his infant daughter Lucille were in one of the vehicles, and remained in critical condition on Saturday at Hennepin County Medical Center, according to the Pioneer Press.
The Star Tribune reports that the infant died Saturday. The infants mother said the baby’s organs were being donated to Lifesource, writes the Star Tribune.
The driver of the vehicle that collided with the other vehicles was Bradley Nadeau, 30, from Savage, who suffered no injuries, according to the Star Tribune.

Sheriff's office employees arrested

Two Ramsey County Sheriff’s office employees were indicted Wednesday on charges of fraud, theft of funds and civil rights conspiracy after the allegedly took $6,000 from a St. Paul hotel room, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office of Minnesota, reports the Pioneer Press.
Mark Naylon, 48, and Timothy Rehak, 47, were indicted by a federal grand jury, writes the Pioneer Press.
Naylon was a public information officer for the Ramsey County Sheriff’s office; Rehak had been a St. Paul police officer before he was hired last year by the sheriff’s office, according to the Pioneer Press.
According to the indictment, Naylon and Rehak were subjected to “integrity tests? twice created by the FBI, reports the Star Tribune.
In the first case the two men took $6,000, which was later returned when they became suspicious that they were being subjected to integrity tests, reports the Star Tribune.
The second case involved a car watch that was apparently involved in drug trafficking, says the Star Tribune.

March 10, 2008

Two killed in crash Saturday

Two young women were killed in a crash on Interstate 494 Saturday.
Charitie Foss, 20, of Shoreview and Brittany Stowman, 20, of Woodbury died when their car crashed into a van and a semi-truck on I-494 in South St. Paul, reports the Pioneer Press.
Stowman was driving the car when it was headed eastbound in the westbound lane of I-494, according to the Star Tribune. The car collided with a van driven by David J. Berens then with a Roundy’s delivery truck. The truck was driven by James W. Manny, 37, of Waupaca, Wis., reports the Star Tribune.
Foss died at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, and Stowman died at Regina Medical Center in Hastings.
Berens sustained minor injuries, and Manny was not injured, says the Star Tribune.
The Star Tribune reports that the Minnesota State Patrol is investigating whether either woman had been drinking.
The Pioneer Press says that according to the report from the Minnesota State Patrol, alcohol was not detected in either of their systems.

March 9, 2008

Oak Street Cinema expected to close

Oak Street Cinema, a local art-film theater, is expected to close after two years of speculation and a public battle, says the Star Tribune.
The establishment will most likely be demolished in order for a housing and retail development to be placed there, says the Star Tribune.
Oak Street Cinema is owned by the Minnesota Film Arts (MFA), is in negotiations with a group of investors and developers who own property around the theater. The MFA was in negotiations about six months ago but backed out because of worries about the economy, according to Dr. Stephen Zuckerman, a board member with the group of investors. (Star Tribune)
It’s questionable as to whether the establishment will remain a theater, or if it will become a place for high density student housing and retail space, says Zuckerman. (Star Tribune)
The Oak Street Cinema was originally the campus theater before it became a home for both American and foreign art films, reports the Star Tribune.

March 3, 2008

Shootings in the Twin Cities- related?

Three shootings took place this weekend in the twin cities. Two of them were drive-by shootings, and the third was a woman shot to death in her own home according to the Star Tribune.
The first shooting was of a 14-year-old boy in Minneapolis Saturday. The second was of 18-year-old Gustavo Ortega in Richfield later on Saturday, says the Star Tribune.
Authorities are investigating a possible link between the two drive-by shootings, which were both of Hispanic male teenagers, within hours of each other, reports the Star Tribune.
The third shooting took place at about 1 a.m. Sunday, where a woman was fatally shot in Minneapolis. Police said that this case does not appear to be related to the two drive-by shootings. A 28-year-old man was arrested in the woman’s death, says the Star Tribune.
The Pioneer Press reports that a second woman was sent to the hospital with a non-life threatening injury. The Pioneer Press also reports that police say no suspects are in custody.
The Pioneer Press reports that police have not released the names or ages of the drive-by shootings Saturday.

Wild win in overtime

Martin Skoula of the Minnesota Wild scored with 1:15 left in overtime in a game against the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday, reports the Pioneer Press.
That was Skoula’s first goal in 23 games, says the Pioneer press.
Marian Gaborik was the other scorer for Minnesota which led to the 2-1 overtime victory. Minnesota moved two points ahead of Calgary and three points ahead of Vancouver and Colorado, according to the Pioneer Press.
The last seven wins for Minnesota have all been by only one goal, says the Pioneer Press.
The Star Tribune reports the story in a play by play manner, which is more interesting to read.
Skoula’s goal was only his third of the season, and his third in 145 games, reports the Star Tribune.

February 25, 2008

Vikings tackle arrested

Minnesota Vikings tackle Bryant McKinnie was arrested on a charge of aggravated battery outside a nightclub in Miami Sunday, said the Pioneer Press.
McKinnie was also charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest according to the police report, said the Pioneer Press.
McKinnie was thrown out of Club Space by a security guard and was arguing with and spit on Eric Otero, according to the police report, said the Pioneer Press.
According to the Star Tribune, McKinnie has been in trouble before. The NFL fined him for his role in a team boat party on Lake Minnetonka in 2005, said the Star Tribune.
The Vikings released a statement saying that they will respond once they have collected the appropriate information, said the Star Tribune.

February 20, 2008

Temperatures cause late starts for schools

Temperatures in Minn. were below zero across the state Wednesday, and wind chills were anywhere from 20 degrees below zero to 48 degrees below zero, reports the Star Tribune.
A wind chill advisory is in effect for the Twin Cities until noon says the National Weather Service, according to the Star Tribune.
Many schools across the state are starting late because of the dangerous wind chill temperatures, says the Star Tribune.
The Pioneer Press reported a listing of the wind chill advisories for eight counties in the state including Anoka County, Hennepin County, and Ramsey County.
The average low temperature for Feb. 22 in Minneapolis, Minn. is 14 degrees, and the record low was 20 degrees below zero in 1941, according to The Weather Channel’s The average high for Feb. 22 in Minneapolis, Minn. is 30 degrees, and the record high was 57 degrees in 1981.

February 18, 2008

A White Bear Lake couple has 83rd anniversary

A White Bear Lake couple may be headed to the Guinness book of world records for being the longest married couple still alive, reports the Star Tribune.
Clarence, 101, and Mayme Vail, 99, celebrated their 83rd anniversary Sunday. This might make them the longest married couple alive in the United States, according to the Star Tribune.
The couple was married in 1925, but almost didn’t make it to their 25th wedding anniversary when Clarence became sick with tuberculosis in 1948, says the Star Tribune.
The couple first met when they when they were in 8th grade, in Hugo, Minn. According to the Pioneer Press. The Pioneer Press says the couple had six grandchildren, 39 grandchildren and 101 great grandchildren. The first report of the six grandchildren might have been meant to be six children.

Big Ten Conference win out of reach?

The University of Minnesota’s women’s basketball team lost a game to the Iowa Hawkeyes Sunday. The Big Ten Conference title might be out of reach according to the Star Tribune.
Iowa had a 15-point lead in the first half of the game. The Gophers had a strong comeback but not strong enough to take the victory. The Hawkeyes beat the Gophers 72-69 at the Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
"We dug a hole in the first half but worked our way out of it in the second half.? Coach Pam Borton said. (Star Tribune)
The Pioneer Press reports that the Gophers were only down by fourteen points at the half. Leslie Knight of the Gophers scored 20 points and Emily Fox added 16 in the second half to bring the final score up to 69 points.

February 11, 2008

Pilot found dead

A pilot was found dead Saturday where his plane crashed in Grand Meadow, Minn. according to the Federal Aviation Administration says the Pioneer Press.
The pilot was not immediately identified according to an FAA spokeswoman Elizabeth Isham Cory said the pilot was believed to be the only person on the Cessna 140 when it crashed, says the Pioneer Press.
The plane went missing at about 12:50am. There were about 50 members from the Minnesota Wing Civil Air Patrol who began to search for the plane at about 2am, but the plane was not recovered until just before 9am. There was no immediate indication of what caused the crash, reports the Pioneer Press.
The Star Tribune reports that the plane was found by Larry Churchill and his son Brian.
There was no immediate indication of what caused the crash, said Cory. The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board would investigate.

Body of 4-year-old boy discovered

Police recovered the body of a 4-year-old Minneapolis boy Sunday in Minneapolis reports the Star Tribune.
Demond Reed’s body was found where he had been living, at 3118 Morgan Ave. N. according to
Reed was reported missing Wednesday from his home but was believed to be with a family acquaintance.
A woman has been taken into custody, but no charges have been filed says the Pioneer Press.
A lot of details of the case were unclear to police, said Sgt. William Palmer, a spokesman for the department. That is one of the reasons that the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension decided not to issue an Amber Alert when Reed went missing.

February 4, 2008

Angry Players at Mariucci

The Minnesota Gophers Men's hockey team played the North Dakota Sioux Saturday night in a game that ended in 14 penalties after the final buzzer, reports the Pioneer Press.
The fight started after the game during the handshake when a player from the Sioux grabbed a Gopher player's sweater instead of his hand. The Pioneer Press says that the main fight was between the Gopher's Tony Lucia and the Sioux's Darcy Zajac who exchanged punches after the game. Both players received penalties and game disqualifications, and will sit out of the next game.
The Star Tribune reports that the fighting started in the second period and continued until the handshake.
Their were 17 penalties and many of them were given after the game was over. The Sioux's center Chris VandeVelde scored the tying goal of the game.
"A lot of guys know each other. At the end, I think both teams were mad we tied." VandeVelde said. (Star Tribune)
UND is ranked No. 3 in the nation and beat the Gopher's Friday night in their first match at Mariucci Arena in a 2-1 victory in overtime.