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St. Paul Husband and Wife Shot

A St. Paul woman was shot to death and her husband was shot and wounded in their home early Sunday morning.
Police arrived at a residence in the 1700 block of Minnehaha Avenue and found a 25-year-old woman who was shot and dead and her 27-year-old husband with a gunshot wound to his leg, reports the Star Tribune.
According to police, the man was treated and released from Regions Hospital. He was then interviewed at police headquarters, reports the Pioneer Press.
According to the Star Tribune, Sgt. Paul Schnell said the details surrounding the shooting are not known yet and no arrests have been made.
The police were originally called to the house due to a reported burglary but found no signs of forced entry. The case remains under investigation, police said, reports the Pioneer Press.

Cops Find "Special" Brownies at Mankota Picnic

A 25-year-old man was arrested Tuesday after he was busted at a Mankato park with marijuana-laced brownies, police said.
According to police, the bust happened in the Land of Memories Park after an anonoymous person called to report possible drug-use in the park, reports the Star Tribune.
When the police arrived at the park, they searched a vehicle and found six loaves of banana bread, 10 brownies, and a tub of butter, all of which were laced with marijuana, reports the Mankato Free Press.
After the man was arrested, he was taken to Blue Earth County Jail, police said. He was released shortly after his arrest and, as of Thursday, charges have yet to be filed, according to the Star Tribune.
The man was later identified to be Christopher Sean Prodoehl of New Ulm, reports the Mankato Free Press.

Mother Expected to Be Charged With Toddler's Death

A St. Cloud mother faces a possible murder charge in connection with the death of her 22-month-old son, police said.
Nayachuol Lungdicok Poch, 31, was arrested Friday after the toddler's autopsy showed he died from blunt-force trauma, police said, the St. Cloud Times reports.
According to police, they were called on Monday to Poch's apartment for a medical emergency. Upon arrival, they found the toddler unresponsive. He was taken to St. Cloud Hospital where he was pronounced dead after failed resuscitation efforts, police said, reports the Star Tribune.
According to the St. Cloud Times, Poch is being held at the Sterns County Jail while she waits for a court hearing.

Man Shot in Home by Officer

A man was shot to death in his home by a police officer late Thursday night, officials said.
Timothy Scott Hanson, 55, was shot by a Woodbury officer who was responding to a domestic disturbance call involving a gun, reports the Pioneer Press.
According to Lee Vague, Woodbury's police chief and public safety director, the officer arrived at Hanson's house shortly after 11:20 p.m. Upon arrival, Hanson fired shots at the officer, who fired back in self-defense, reports the Star Tribune.
At some point, the officer was wounded during the cross-fire. He was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment, Vague said, reports the Pioneer Press.
According to the Star Tribune, Woodbury police have reported to Hanson's house more than 25 times over the last ten years, mostly for domestic abuse calls.

State Trooper Arrested for Drunk Driving

An off-duty Minnesota State Trooper, suspected to be driving while intoxicated, was arrested Tuesday night after smashing into another vehicle in Meeker County, officials said.
The crash occurred on U.S. Highway 12 in Darwin, Minn., where Scott Urdahl, 40, was driving his personal vehicle and crossed the center line, causing him to hit an oncoming vehicle, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, reports Pioneer Press.
The driver of the other car, Carrie Nickel, 57, of Litchfield, was taken to Litchfield Hospital for minor injuries.
Urdahl was arrested at the scene and given a preliminary breathalyzer which showed a 0.112 blood-alcohol concentration, said the DPS, reports the Star Tribune.
According to the criminal complaint, Urdahl was booked into Meeker County Jail on the charge of felony criminal vehicular operation resulting in substantial bodily harm, the Pioneer Press reports.

Teacher Admits to Biting Off Piece of Ear

A Northfield middle school teacher confessed in court to biting off a piece of a man's ear last month.
Susan Mukuhi Mwarabu, 30, of Rochester, pleaded guilty to felony third-degree assault Wednesday. The assault happened while Mwarabu was dining in St. Paul's Uptowner Cafe' on March 14, police said, reports the Pioneer Press.
According to police Sgt. Paul Schnell, the male victim was missing "a noticeable chunk" of the upper part of his ear and assumes Mwarabu swallowed the ear because it couldn't be located at the scene, reports the Star Tribune.
Mwarabu was drunk at the time of the incident and fought with police during her arrest and booking, according to the criminal complaint, reports the Pioneer Press.
A spokesman for the county attorney's office said Mwarabu will be sentenced May 20 and may be able to reduce her charge to a gross misdemeanor, reports the Star Tribune.

Quadruple Amputee accuses St. Paul Man of Assault

A St. Paul man was charged with assault this week after he beat his quadruple amputee roommate, police said.
Jacoby L. Smith, 33, was charged with fifth-degree assault for beating up his 28-year-old female roommate early March 22, according to a criminal complaint filed with Ramsey County District Court this week, reports the Star Tribune. He was also charged with interfering with a 911 call.
As the Pioneer Press reports, police were called to an East Side apartment building where the amputee woman told them Smith threw her out of her wheelchair and assaulted her because she was blocking the television.
According to the complaint, Smith then blocked the woman from leaving the apartment and took her phone from her when she tried to call 911.
The police were called after Smith took the woman to a nearby gas station to get ice for her injuries and the victim asked the clerk to call 911, police said, reports the Star Tribune.

Wife Stabbed 70 Times

A Minneapolis man stabbed his wife to death on Friday as their children watched in horror, police said.
According to the Star Tribune, Billy Nash, 46, stabbed his wife, Pauline Nash, 42, over 70 times in their North Minneapolis home Friday around 3:15 a.m.
Police said they recieved a 911 call after the couple's two children awoke to their mother screaming as their father stabbed her. One of the children tried to stop him by grabbing the knife and fleeing the house, reports the Pioneer Press.
Mrs. Nash was transported to a nearby hospital where she died from her injuries, police said.
Mr. Nash will likely be charged with first-degree murder, police say, reports the Pioneer Press.

Rescue on the Sauk River

Three young men were rescued in Rockville after their canoe tipped over on the Sauk River, authorities said.
The men were found by Stearns County deputies in a tree on the river Wednesday afternoon, reports the Pioneer Press.
According to the Star Tribune, the men were stranded for 1 1/2 before help arrived.
The men told authorities the canoe capsized after the current pushed them into the tree from which they were rescued, reports the Pioneer Press.
The men were able to leave the scene after they were rescued by local firefighters, the Star Tribune reports.

Prince Owes More Than $500K in Back Taxes

A notice published on March 18 in the Chaska Herald said Prince owes Carver County more than $500,000 in back taxes.
According to the Pioneer Press, a little over $220,000 of the bill is for a single property that Prince owns in Chanhassen.
According to Carver County officials, Prince was sent a notification about his delinquent taxes on Feb. 15. and has not responded to the county, reports the Star Tribune.
County officials said Prince has been late paying taxes before in both 2006 and 2008, reports the Pioneer Press.
According to reports published in 1995, Prince has also had financial issues with creditors, the Star Tribune reports.

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