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Driver in Fridley rollover crash had been drinking

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Minnesota State Patrol says the driver of an SUV that rolled over north of interstate 694 in Fridley on Saturday night had been drinking, the Star Tribune reports.

The driver, 35-year-old Jennifer Teetzel, was also the only person inside the SUV to be wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, Minnesota State Patrol Lt. Eric Roeske said. All seven of the SUV's occupants, ranging in age from four to 47, were sent to the hospital for treatment of their injuries and are in serious condition, KMSP reports.

No other vehicles were involved in the crash, which left the SUV on its roof on University Ave. Court records show that Teetzel has had run ins with the law over drunken driving prior to Saturday's accident, including a 2009 conviction for for third-degree drunken driving, and a careless driving case in 2003 where a charge of fourth-degree drunken driving had been dismissed.

An explosion rocked the Koda Energy plant in Shakopee Thursday afternoon, forcing the seven employees on site to evacute, the Star Tribune reports.

Emergency personnel were called to the scene shortly after 1 p.m. in response to the explosion, which occurred inside a tank at the biomass fuel plant that supplies power for neighboring Rahr Malting, KARE 11 reports.Fire crews stayed on site for at least two hours after the original call with their hoses aimed at the area of the original explosion as a safety precautions.

The explosion could be felt in homes and offices blocks away, but resulted in no injuries. Authorities told people within a 1-mile radius to stay inside until further notice, but that there was "no immediate danger."

A Shakopee resident tweeted out the news of the explosion shortly after it occurred, saying "our office building shook on Shumway St. and we saw smoke and then squad cars raced by." Bob Nagel, owner of nearby Bob's Lawn and Landscaping, said in the 19 years he's worked in the area he only remembered one small explosion.

Shooting in Shakopee leaves 1 dead, 2 injured

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A shooting late Thursday night in Shakopee has left one man dead, and two others injured, KARE 11 reports.

Police were called to the Hunters Ridge Apartments around 10:45 p.m. Thursday, where they found Marcos Antino Pantaleon, 19, dead of a gunshot wound. Two other men, a 21-year old and a 17-year-old, were found inside the apartment with gunshot wounds, and were transported to Hennepin County Medical Center for treatment.

Three men were seen leaving the apartment around the time of the shooting, the Pioneer Press reports. No arrests have been made. Scott County Sheriff's department, Shakopee and Savage police departments and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is assisting in the investigation.

Authorities say the shooting doesn't appear to be a random act of violence. Pantaleon attended Shakopee High School, and had plans to attend college and become an auto mechanic, his principal send.

Missionary from Waseca vanishes in Africa

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A missionary from Waseca disappeared while piloting his small plane through a tropical storm on a trip from South Africa to Mali 10 days ago, MPR reports.

Family and friends of 54-year-old Jerry Krause believe he could still be alive, after initial searches failed to turn up any wreckage or emergency signals near the Gulf of Guinea, where Krause was last heard from. The Gulf of Guinea has recently become a hot spot of armed pirate activity, a fact that worries Krause's family.

"After much research and digging, there is a 50 percent chance that Jerry's plane crashed," Krause's family said in a post on their website Wednesday, according to the Pioneer Press."That other 50 percent is the probability that he was captured and forced to fly for some drug lords or guerrilla members. There is evidence now to support both scenarios."

Krause, who has lived in Mali for 16 years, and his wife served as a missionaries with the Mission Aviation Fellowship until it left the country in 2009. The Krauses chose to stay in Mali, despite increases in jihad-related violence. During his flight, Krause was in contact with a control tower on an island off the coast of Gabon. Lightning struck the tower, cutting all communication, the tower control operator said. When power came back on, no contact with Krause could be made.

After days of uncertainty and difficulties with Krause's cell phone company and local authorities helping with the search, his family filed a missing person's report with the United States, which will allow the National Transportation Safety Board to begin an investigation into his disappearance.

Human skeletal remains found in Burnsville park

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Authorities are investigating human skeletal remains found Saturday in Murphy-Hanrahan Park Reserve in Burnsville, KSTP reports.

A man walking his dog in the park Saturday afternoon found the human remains, which are completely decomposed, police said. The man called the Burnsville police, who are now working along with the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office in identifying the remains. Burnsville Sgt. Rory Bochniak said the remains could possibly belong to an elderly man who disappeared near the park in April 2012, the Star Tribune reports.

Lorenzo Pacheco Orozco went missing last April after walking away from his Burnsville home. Orozco suffered from dementia related to a head injury and didn't speak English, which may have played a role in his disappearance. He was last seen near the park early in the morning on April 15, 2012. The Burnsville police department conducted several searches, including ground rescue operations and air searches, the Sun Thisweek reports. The search was called off on May 17, 2012.

An employee at Minneapolis-St. Paul International airport has been charged with stealing more than $84,000 worth of guns and other items including electronics and jewelry from passengers, the UK Daily Mail reports.

David Yang, 23, faces 11 felony counts after police say he stole items from luggage checked on connecting flights, and took them to a parking ramp where his wife Vue Xiong was waiting with a car. In his apartment, authorities found more than 700 stolen items including shotguns, revolvers, a crossbow, jewelry, iPads and cell phones, Fox News reports.

In the original criminal complaint, Yang claimed the items simply fell out of the luggage as they traveled along the conveyor belt, but he later admitted to stealing from July to October of 2012. Yang will make his first court appearance on April 25 in Hennepin County.

Pat Hogan, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Airports Commission, said that thefts are rare, but still encourages travelers to keep their valuables in their carry-on bags. Firearms must be kept in separate cases, and scanned individually so authorities can track when they are moved on and off of planes.

"Fortunately, we don't deal with this kind of situation very often," Hogan said. "Once we found out about it, we were able to track him down and bring him to justice."

Three killed in I-94 rollover crash

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A rollover crash on I-94 killed three people Sunday afternoon, the Star Tribune reports.

The crash occurred around 1 p.m. Sunday near 49th Avenue in North Minneapolis, and shut down the westbound lanes for hours afterwards. Authorities say that three vehicles were involved in the crash. Lt. Eric Roeske, of the Minnesota State Patrol, confirmed that three people were killed in the crash, My Fox 9 reports.

Three other victims involved in the crash were taken to North Memorial hospital. One victim is listed to be in serious condition, and the others are in critical condition. Authorities say more information on the crash and victims will be released when the investigation is complete.

Florida International University head basketball coach Richard Pitino was hired by the University of Minnesota on Wednesday to replace coach Tubby Smith, the Miami Herald reports.

Pitino served as head coach at FIU for one year, leading the team to its first winning season in 13 years. Prior to leading FIU, Pitino has served as an assistant coach at Florida, Duquesne, Northwestern, and Lousiville, where his father Rick is head coach.

This isn't the first time University of Minnesota athletic director Norwood Teague has hired a young coach who he believes is "on the rise," USA Today reports. He hired Shaka Smart as coach when he was the athletic director at Virginia Commonwealth, and Smart went on to lead the team to the Final Four in 2011.

Pitino's hiring comes after Minnesota head coach Tubby Smith was fired in the wake of Minnesota's loss to Florida in the second round of NCAA tournament games. Smith has since been hired at Texas Tech.

Jeffrey Trevino, the husband of missing St. Paul woman Kira Trevino, pleaded not guilty to charges that he killed his wife on Friday, KSTP reports.

Trevino was charged with second-degree murder after his wife's disappearance, after investigators found blood stains throughout the home the couple shared. Although Kira's body has not been found, the amount of blood found in the house and the fact that she didn't contact anyone before disappearing give authorities reason to believe she is dead.

Searches for Kira Trevino's body have focused on Keller Lake in Maplewood, after witnesses reported two men carrying what appeared to be a body near the lake the day after Trevino disappeared. Family members also found a bag filled with her bloody clothes during one of their searches, the Star Tribune reports.

Volunteers and family members continued their search in Lake Keller Saturday, cutting holes in what remained of the lake's winter ice. Warmer temperatures made parts of the ice thin and dangerous to stand on, but relatives of Trevino say they are convinced her body is in the lake, and will continue to search until she is found.

University of Minnesota basketball head coach Tubby Smith was fired Monday less than one day after the Gophers lost to Florida in the second round of the NCAA tournament, ESPN reports.

The firing came as a shock to many after a fairly successful season for the Gophers, one of the best in recent years. This season was Smith's sixth coaching for Minnesota. After Minnesota's win over UCLA on March 23, Smith was given a $150,00 bonus for the school, and had the team beat Florida, he would have received an additional $200,000 on top of his $2 million salary. Now, the school will pay Smith $2.5 million for the remaining four years of his contract, Forbes reports.

Under Smith's guidance, the team - while the tenth-most profitable in the sport of college basketball - never placed above sixth in the conference. University athletic director Norwood Teague thanked Smith for his dedication to the team and the school's community, but said it's time for the program to get a "fresh set of eyes."

Teague reportedly has a list of candidates for Smith's replacement. Among the rumored contenders is Shaka Smart, the coach at Virginia Commonwealth University where Teague served as director before coming to Minnesota.

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