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Fairbault man Charged with Aiding Suicide

A former nurse and Fairbault man was charged on Friday with helping people commit suicide while sitting at his home computer and presenting himself as an "angel of mercy," according to the Star Tribune.
Rice Country Attorney charged William Melchert-Dinkel, 47, with two counts of suicide aiding after the deaths of 18-year-old Nadi Kajouji of Ottawa, Ontario and 32-year-old Mark Drybrough of Coventry, England, according to the WCCO.
Melchert-Dinkel posed as a young female nurse and allegedly wrote in suicide chat rooms that the victims would be better off in Heaven and it was okay to let go, according to the Tribune.
Drybrough hanged himself after setting up a webcam so Melchert-Dinkel could watch.
The "angel of mercy" told the Canadian college student that she would avoid a huge mess if she jumped into a river; she took his advice and died in an icy river in Ottawa.
Melchert-Dinkel allegedly admitted encouraging dozens of people to kill themselves. He said with 10 or 11 people he was successful at doing so by making suicide pacts with them.
He told police he had "an obsession with death and suicide," but felt "terrible" when he succeeded, the Tribune reported.
Each charge is punishable by up to 15 years in prison, but his sentence has not been given yet.

Three Teenage Girls Killed in car Rollover

Three teenage girls died and one girl remains in the hospital after their car rolled over near Altura Friday afternoon, according to the Lewiston Police Department.
Police said around 3 p.m., four teenage girls, ages 12 to 16, were traveling on Winona Country Road 20 and crossed the center line, overcorrected and rolled, according to the Star Tribune.
Three of the girls died at the scene, but the survivor was airlifted to Gunderson Medical Center in La Crosse, Wis., according to the WCCO.
Their names have not been released yet, and authorities have been unable to determine what caused the accident.

Tea Party Members Rally State Capitol

ore than 500 Minnesota tea party members rallied outside the state Capitol Thursday to protest governments spending on the day taxes were due, according to WXOW.
Lawmakers were scarce at the event. Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann addressed the protesters via speakerphone from Washington, D.C.
"We're on to them; we're on to this gangster government," the NY Times reported Bachmann saying. "I'd say it's time for these little piggies to go home," she said.
Protestors spoke for several hours about repealing the health care bill, limiting government spending and ousting particular elected officials in fall's elections.
"If you're unsure when you get to the voting booth as to what to do, don't vote for any incumbent," Leon Moe, a veteran said to the crowd. "It may take us a cycle or two to take out the garbage, but we need to take the garbage out. We need to get the cesspools at the state levels cleaned out, and that should begin to drain the cesspools in Washington."
Tax Day rallies are a on-going tradition at the Capitol, and rallies were placed in at least 10 cities across the state, which included Duluth, Mankato, Rochester, Winona and more.
Signs, buttons and T-shirts were abundant at the protests.
Lisa Erbes, 37, of Burnsville, carried sign that said: "You work for me and come November, you're fired," the WCCO reported.

Minneapolis Police Sgt. hit by Drunk Driver

A Minneapolis police sergeant was hit by a drunk driver Thursday morning as she investigated a driver who had crashed into a light pole, the Star Tribune reported.
Sgt. Rena Dudgeon was called to 31st Street and Nicollet Avenue around 3:45 a.m. to a car accident, but when she circled the car to check for other passengers, she was struck in the hip by 22-year-old Marcus Sheen, according to the Tribune.
Sheen fled the accident, but was picked up a short distance away.
"It could have been very bad," Fifth Precinct Inspector Eddie Frizell told the Tribune. "She got lucky."
Dudgeon was taken to the Hennepin County Medical Center and sent home for recovery.
Sheen had a blood alcohol concentration of .284, according to WCCO, and he was also under the influence of controlled substances.
Police intend to charge him with criminal vehicular injury, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while intoxicated, hit and run with an injury and open bottle.

Woman Faces DWI Charges After Being Rear-Ended by Train

DWI charges are pending for a New York Mills woman who was rear-ended by a train on Saturday morning near Wadena, according to Fergus Falls Journal.
Kimberly Dawn Preuss, 28, was driving eastbound on the train tracks near U.S. Highway 10 and County Highway 143 around 4:30 a.m. when her vehicle was hit by a Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight train, according to the Star Tribune.
Officers arrived at the scene, and used extrication to remove Preuss from the vehicle.
She was taken to a hospital for an evaluation, but has been released since then, according to the Tribune.

25-year-old Charged with Unintentional Murder

A 25-year-old was charged with second-degree unintentional murder on Thursday in relation to an attack in Minneapolis that stared with a casual talk and handshake, according to WCCO.
A video surveillance camera showed 25-year-old Jonathan Rubio-Segura talking to Tony Gale,37, on March 26 near Hennepin Avenue and N. 5st Street.
The two men did not know each other, according to police, but the men talked for a few minutes, hugged, shook hands and parted ways.
Rubio-Segura rushed Gale when his back was turned, punched him in the head, knocking him unconscious, and continued to punch him as Gale lay in a pool of blood, according to the Star Tribune.
Gale was taken to Hennepin County Medical Hospital where his health was improving; he was able to talk for brief periods of time, but relatives said he was in a medically induced coma when he died Thursday, according to the Tribune.
Police do not know what provoked the attack and stated Gale is an innocent victim.

An early morning fire erupted above a Lake Street pub in Minneapolis on Friday, which killed three young children, their father, grandmother and the bartender, according to the Star Tribune.
The fire erupted at 6 a.m. and seemed to have started in one of the apartments above McMahon's Irish Pub; an inspection revealed an untested fire alarm, missing extinguishers and other fire code violations.
Ryan Richner was the bartender who lived in the apartments. The family of Annie Gervais, 43, said Andrew Gervais and his three children were at Richner's home when the fire occurred, according to WCCO.
Andrew Gervais' three children died in the fire: 3-year-old twins Alicia and Austin and 2-year-old Colton.
It's not clear what caused the fire, but investigators said they are working on it, which could take a couple days.
A benefit will be held April 17, a Saturday, at the Fort Snelling Club, to benefit the victims' families.

Minneapolis Gangster Charged with Murder

A Minneapolis gangster was charged on Friday for the murder of a 20-year-old he shot on March 17.
Brandon Lewis, 20, was charged with second-degree murder after he was accused of gunning down James King Jr. at the intersection of Clinton Avenue South and East Lake Street just before 6:30 p.m., according to Myfox news.
According to witness statements, Lewis made a U-turn on his bicycle, rode up to King with a smirk on his face, said "What up, cuz?" and shot him twice; one bullet lodged near his heart, and another entered near his lower back, according to the Star Tribune.
Police discovered that Lewis is a member of the Rolling 30s Bloods gang, according to the Tribune, and remains locked in the Hennepin County Jail on a $1 million bail.
King's sister, Latesha hayes, saw Lewis shoot King, according to the Tribune.
King had a few run-ins with the law, but he had just enrolled at Rochester Community and Technical College, according to Janessia Hayes, King's younger sister.

University Student Sexually Assulted Near Campus

A University of Minnesota student was sexually assaulted in Minneapolis early Thursday near the University campus, the MN Daily reported.
Three men in a dark green mini van grabbed the student who was walking in the Marcy-Holmes area at Fourth Street Southeast and 10th Avenue Southeast, police told the Star Tribune; the men sexually assaulted her as they drove around and dropped her off in the same area.
Police will get surveillance camera footage Monday, the Daily reported; however, a University Inn employee said she doubted the footage would be useful because the cameras only have a clear view of the building's parking lot and alley.
The suspects are black, between the ages of 25 and 30, with short curly hair, according to the Tribune. They spoke English but also spoke in a foreign language with an East African accent, according to police.
One suspect had crooked teeth and wore a red zip-up sweatshirt and blue jeans, while the second suspect was unshaven with a dark blue hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and black boots. The third suspect wore a dark blue T-shirt, blue jeans and gray and white tennis shoes.
Police are seeking help; anyone who has information should call the Minneapolis police at 612-673-TIPS.

Two Shot in Minneapolis

Two people were shot and wounded in Minneapolis on Saturday night, the Star Tribune reported.
Kierra Wesson, 19, of Brooklyn Center was shot in the buttocks and Edward T. Baker, 23, of Minneapolis was shot in the arm just before 11 p.m., according to the Pioneer Press.
Minneapolis Police Department spokesman Sgt. William Palmer said the two were in a glass-enclosed stairwell of an apartment building when the shots came from outside. The accident took place on Sander Drive, a small street between 31st and 33rd Avenues S., just north of Highway 62, the Tribune reported.
At least one of the victims went to the Hennepin County Medical Center, according to the Tribune, but a hospital spokeswoman did not have information as of Sunday.
Police said no suspects were in custody.

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