April 18, 2007

2 men found dead in alley

Two men were found dead late Tuesday night in an alley in north Minneapolis.

The names of the victims have not been released. The incident happened in the 4700 block of N. 6th St. Robbery is the suspected motive for this murder, police said.

A suspect is being looked for at this time, police said.

NWA pilot charged with DUI

A NWA pilot was charged Monday with three felonies for cocaine possession, fleeing police and resisting arrest and a misdemeanor driving under the influence.
Walter Dinalko, a 50-year-old St. Paul man, was driving a rented Hummer near the U.S.-Canada border in Michigan when he led police on a high-speed chase down the wrong side of I-94, police said.

After Dinalko stopped officers allegedly found cocaine in his pocket, in the car, and in his blood.

Dinalko had an alcohol addiction in his past, but he had remained sober for the last 12-years, according to friends and a business partner.

Dinalko is placed on "non-flying" status by NWA until the airline conducts its own investigation, an NWA spokesman said.

49 illegal immigrants arrested in Willmar

Forty-nine illegal immigrants were arrested during a four-day operation carried out by The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.

Of the 49 arrested, 18 had criminal convictions ranging from theft to criminal sexual conduct.

This operation is one of many nationwide efforts to detain illegal immigrants, said a statement from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Agency.

Missing cadets body found in lake

A body pulled from Goose Lake Monday has been identified as the missing 21-year-old West Point Cadet who disappeared from his family's home in White Bear Lake home Dec. 17.

Nicholas Rossini's body was found on the west side of the lake, three miles from his home, authorities said. Rossini's body was badly decomposed and was identified through dental records, authorities said. He was wearing sweatpants, a sweatshirt and jogging shoes which lead authorities to believe that Rossini was out running and accidentally fell through the ice.

The recovery of Rossini's body ended months of speculation as to the reason for his disappearance.

April 11, 2007

16-year-old girl raped

An 18-year-old Oakdale man appeared in court Wednesday after being charged with the gang-rape of 16-year-old White Bear Lake girl.

Allen Steven Engel, 18, and two others allegedly met the girl through a friend at the Maplewood Mall on March 27. They brought her and her friend back to a townhome in Oakdale where she was brought to an upstairs bedroom and was forced to perform sex acts on the three males, police said.

The males, who are allegedly part of the gang called the "Get Money Squad," were allegedly laughing and taking pictures of the sex acts, police said. Charges were made April 3.

Engels faces three sex-related charges, all felonies. If convicted Engels could be put in prison for a maximum of 30 years. One of the other males was a minor. He is in custody and faces charges. The third male has not been convicted yet.

2 Killed When 3 Semis Collide

A Wisconsin state highway was closed for hours Tuesday after 3 semitrailer trucks crashed at an intersection, killing two people and spilling liquid nitrogen and diesel fuel.

The incident happened at the intersection of County Trunk T and Wisconsin state Highway 26. One semi was turning onto County Trunk T and was rear ended by another semi pushing it into the path of a third semi, police said. The crash caused one semi to overturn spilling roughly 300 gallons of liquid nitrogen, police said.

A 21-year-old Appleton man and a 65-year-old Waukesha woman were injured on the scene and taken to Waupun Memorial Hospital, where they both later died. A 62-year-old man who was also injured was treated at the scene.

Authorities shut down traffic in the area while the Fond du Lac Fire Department cleaned the area.

April 8, 2007

suspect shot by a pregnant woman

A woman attempting to rob the Super USA convenience store in St. Paul was shot Saturday by the 9-month pregnant cashier.

The suspect allegedly said she held a gun under a bag and the two women got into a scuffle, police said. The pregnant woman then pulled a gun and shot the alleged robber in the collarbone, police said.

The suspect is in stable condition at Regions Hospital, she will likely be charged with attempted robbery, police said. The cashier will face no charges, police said.

3 "U" players arrested

Three University of Minnesota football players were arrested Friday on suspicions of raping an 18-year-old.

Alex Daniels, 20, Keith Massey, 20, and E.J. Jones, 19 allegedly raped the 18-year-old woman Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning at their University Village apartment. The woman reported the rape Friday to a University Police Officer. Police began investigating the incident shortly after and found probable cause to arrest the players, police said.

The men are being held on $100,000 bail. Charges could come as early as Monday for the three.

March 30, 2007

bank robber holds himself up in plymouth home

A Plymouth neighborhood has been sealed off after an armed robber bariccaded himself inside a home Friday afternoon.

The unidentified man robbed the US Bank across the street from the Four Seasons shopping center. The man fled in a vehicle around 12:30 p.m., police said. He then left the vehicle and ran through a residential area attempting to get into one home with no success, police said. The man then successfully entered a home at 4260 Quaker Lane, police said.

The man told the woman inside the home to leave, police said. The woman left and the man proceeded to bariccade himself inside the home.

search for missing cadet resumed

A search for a missing 21-year-old West Point cadet resumed Thursday.

Nick Rossini went missing from his family's home in White Bear Lake the morning of December 17th. The day before his disapperance Rossini was arrested for drunken-driving and his family feared that he was despondent.

The Ramsey County sheriff's water patrol began searching Bald Eagle and Birch lakes for Rossini Thursday. The day that Rossini went missing the lakes froze over and authorities were unable to do a thorough search of the lakes.

It is not assumed that the man is in the water, but this search will hopefully eliminate that possibility, police said.

March 23, 2007

3 shot and killed in a st. paul home

Three people were shot and killed in their St. Paul home early Friday morning in an attempted robbery.

A man, a woman, and the woman's teenaged daughter were each shot in the head, police said.

There were two other children at the house that were left unharmed. The children ran to a nearby uncle's house after the shootings occured, police said.

Most likely this is not a random shooting, police said.

This case is still under investigation.

March 20, 2007

18-year-old Minnesota man shot while on spring break

An 18-year-old Minnesota man was shot and killed Sunday while on spring break.

Lance David Ulland, of Austin, Minn. was staying at the Atlantic Economy Inn in Daytona Beach with two of his cousins and two of their friends. Ulland was shot in the head at 3:30 a.m. after opening his motel room door and having a brief exchange with a man, police said.

Within 15-minutes of the shooting police arrested 28-year-old Matthew A. Castro. Castro claims that he shot Ulland because of a bad drug deal, police said.

This case remains under investigation.

March 16, 2007

uptown shooter gets 30-years

It has been about a year since the random shooting of a 25-year-old man in Uptown shocked the community.

Michael Zebuhr was shot in the head after two men approached him, his mother, his sister, and her boyfriend after leaving an Uptown restaurant.

Billy Rae Deshawn Johnson was charged in the murder. He pleaded guilty to the crime and has been sentenced to 30-years with the possibility of parole after 20-years.

Johnson was 17-years-old at the time of the murder.

The other man convicted in this crime will go on trial in April.

10-year-old boy found passed out in snow

A 10-year-old Wisconsin boy was found passed out in a snow bank Friday.

The boy was found by his mother outside a friends house. He was covered in vomit and was soaking wet. He had allegedly been drinking a mix of alcohol and Kool-Aid while hanging out at a friends home where no adults were at the time.

The boy was brought to St. Agnes Hospital and it was determined that his blood-alcohol level was .181, twice the legal limit for motor vehiclists.

The 10-year-old also had a body temperature of 94 degrees, which is borderline hypothermic.

March 1, 2007

School Bus Accident

At least four elementary school students were injured Wednesday in a school bus accident in Brainerd.

At around 11 a.m. the bus, carrying Lowell Elementary School students, collided with a pickup truck at an intersection. It was estimated that about 30 children were on the bus at the time.

A registered nurse who stopped to help at the scene said the children’s injuries included injuries to the head, neck and nose. The hospitalized children’s conditions have not been released.

Both the bus driver and truck driver are not injured.

February 28, 2007

Hypothermia death

A 19-year-old Chaska man died Sunday afternoon from Hypothermia.

Sean Patrick Humphrey was found partially frozen to a sidewalk by a snow plow driver early Saturday morning. The man was found with a cut on his head and wearing only shirt, pants, and shoes, police said.

He had attended a party less than half a mile from his parent’s home Friday night, but failed to come. His parents were reportedly worried but figured he had stayed with a friend.

Humphrey was brought to Hennepin County Medical Center where he died on his 19th birthday.

His organs are being donated.

February 24, 2007

snow predicted

After a relatively mild winter in terms of snowfall, a winter storm warning has been issued for most of Minnesota beginning 6 p.m. Friday and lasting until 6 p.m. Sunday.

The storm is expected to come in two waves. The first, beginning Friday night and lasting into Saturday morning with 3 to 5 inches of predicted accumulation. The second wave is expected to come Saturday afternoon and last into Sunday afternoon. This round is predicted to leave a possible 7 to 10 inches of snow.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is preparing for what could prove to be a large snowfall.

February 23, 2007

man missing

A 24-year-old Nisswa man remains missing after nearly a week of searching.

Ryan Hamre was last seen buying gas at a Rice, Mn. convenience store Saturday, police said. Since then Hamre’s phone and pickup truck have been found, according to police.

Foul play is not suspected in this case, police report.

February 17, 2007

Bus Brakes

Minnesota school districts have been warned of possible break failure due to a specific school bus brake system that may be defective.

This warning comes after a bus inspection found an irregularity was found in a buses braking system. It is estimated that less than 10 percent of the states 13,000 school buses could be affected, investigators said.

The Hydro-Max Brake System, produced by Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems are the brakes under question.

apparent murder-suicide

A father and son were found dead in their Richfield motel room after an apparent murder-suicide Wednesday.

Jeffrey Scott Wagner, 47, of Edgerton, Wis. allegedly kidnapped his seven year old son, Zachary Wolfe, of whom he did not have custody.

They checked into the AmericInn off Interstate 494 on 12th Avenue South Monday and were found in their room by authorities on Wednesday. There were no signs of injuries and no weapons involved, police said. However, some legal drugs were present in the room, police said, that can prove to be deadly if taken in mass amounts.

The case remains under investigation.

February 10, 2007

boy found in casino parking lot

A Brooklyn Park man was taken into custody after he allegedly left his 4-year-old son in a vehicle at a casino parking lot.

Kang Choi, the father of the boy, apparently was inside Mystic Lake Casino gambling while his son was sitting in a vehicle in subzero temperatures, according to police. The boy was brought to security after a casino customer spotted the boy roaming the parking lot, police said. They boy was suffering from mild hypothermia and was brought St. Francis Regional Medical Center. He was later released.

The child is currently being held with Hennepin County child protection officials until he can be reunited with his mother. Choi was charged Friday with child endangerment, a gross misdemeanor, and with giving false statements to police, a misdemeanor. He remains in custody as he has been unable to meet his $8,000 bail.

Influenza deaths

Parents are being urged by health officials to get their children vaccinated against influenza after two more Minnesota children were announced dead Thursday due to this seasons flu strain.

An 8-year-old and a 17-month-old are among the latest victims. This comes one week after an 8-year-old St. Paul boy died of influenza. None of these children had been vaccinated.

Although flu-related deaths among children are not common health officials continue to encourage vaccinations. The health department has made clear that there is enough supply of the vaccine and it is not too late to get a shot. Children’s Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota and the Visiting Nurse Association have both set up special flu shot clinics.

February 3, 2007

Minnesota man dies in Iraq

A Minnesota National Gaurdsman died Thursday in Iraq.

First Sgt. Michael Charles Mettille of West St. Paul was reported to have died of natural causes while stationed at Camp Adder on his second tour of duty in Iraq. Although his death was “not caused by hostile action,? as written in a press release, his death is still under investigation.

He was 44 years old and served the Minnesota National Guard for more than 26 years.

February 2, 2007

High Speed Crash

A high-speed chase in Eagan early Friday morning ended with the death of a 55-year-old Richfield man.

At 2:20 a.m. police pulled over a 42-year-old St. Paul man for speeding. The driver provided false identification and was said to have told police that he did not have a valid driver’s license. He was then asked to step out of his vehicle at which point he sped away.

The chase ensued through Eagan and Inver Grove Heights and ended when the driver lost control of the vehicle where Hwys. 52 and 55 meet. One passenger died at the scene after being thrown from the car.

The driver, who has a lengthy criminal record, and second passenger were brought to Regions Hospital for evaluation.