November 2011 Archives

Teen killed in hunting accident

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by Sarah See

A 15-year-old boy died Monday afternoon after accidentally shooting himself in a deer tree stand near his home in east-central Minnesota, authorities said.

Jeremiah D. Scofield, 15, suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the upper inner part of one of his legs, while trying to take off his jacket with the gun between his legs, in Brunswick Township, according to the Kanabec County Sheriff's Office.

Scofield, a Mora High School sophomore, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press.

Scofield was the fourth hunter to die since Saturday, the opening weekend of Minnesota's firearms deer season, according to both news reports.

Of the three other hunters, one died of natural causes and did not fall from his tree stand as initially suspected; one died after his clothing caught fire while lighting a propane heater and falling from his tree stand; and one died after shooting himself when he fell from his tree stand and his gun discharged, according to the Pioneer Press.

Body of missing man found in lake

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by Sarah See

The body of a Blaine man was found Tuesday morning in Rice Lake after he was reported missing last week, according to the Pioneer Press and Star Tribune.

The man, whose identity will not be released until relatives are notified, was reported missing to Blaine police Friday, according to the news reports.

His vehicle was found Monday afternoon at Trappers Bar and Grill in Lino Lakes, located on the shore of Rice Lake, according to the Pioneer Press.

His body was found by an aerial search and rescue team after the area was searched Monday and again Tuesday morning by Anoka County authorities, Lino Lakes and Blaine police and volunteers, according to the Star Tribune.

Foul play is not suspected, and "law enforcement is not pursuing any suspect(s) at this time," the Anoka County Sheriff's Office said in a news release.

A cause of death has not been released, according to the Anoka County Sheriff's Office.

The Midwest Medical Examiner's Office is investigating the death, according to the Star Tribune.

Drugs seized in smuggling ring, 70 arrested in Arizona

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by Sarah See

At least 70 suspected drug smugglers with alleged ties to a Mexican cartel's distribution network were arrested by authorities in Arizona, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Monday.

U.S. and Mexican suspects in the massive take-down of the drug trafficking network allegedly smuggled more than 330 tons of illegal narcotics a year, according to CNN.

The organization, responsible for smuggling more than $33 million worth of drugs a month, is believed to be tied to the Sinaloa cartel, Mexico's most powerful ring, according to the Associated Press.

The ring used a variety of sophisticated techniques to move drugs by air and ground transportation from the Arizona-Mexico border to a network of "stash" houses in the Phoenix area, which sold the drugs to distributors nationwide, law enforcement officials said.

The ring also used backpackers and vehicles to move drugs, operating from cells based in the Chandler, Stanfield and Maricopa communities, officials said.

Smuggling routes along an 80-mile section of the border were virtually monopolized by the ring, authorities said.

More than 20 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies were involved in a 17-month investigation called Operation Pipeline Express, according to CNN.

Thousands of pounds of marijuana, cocaine and heroin and more than 100 weapons were seized in a series of raids by officials, according to CNN.

The ring has generated an estimated $2 billion from more than 3.3 million pounds of marijuana, 20,000 pounds of cocaine and 10,000 pounds of heroin over the past five years, according to ICE.

Authorities are continuing to search for more suspects, according to CNN.

All who are arrested will be prosecuted by Arizona state officials, authorities said.

Tibetan nun burns to death in China

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by Sarah See

A Buddhist nun died Thursday after setting herself on fire in southwest China, according to CNN and the Associated Press.

The nun, identified as Qiu Xiang, 35, is the second nun and 11th Tibetan to self-immolate since March, according to the news reports.

Xiang set herself on fire at a road crossing in Dawu County, in the Ganzi region of Sichuan Province, according to the official state-run Xinhua News Agency.

Her death was reported by Xinhua and confirmed by exile groups, according to CNN.

It was unclear why the woman killed herself. Tibetan campaign groups say it was in protest against Chinese rule, but China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs claims the incident is related to "pro-Tibetan independence forces" overseas, according to CNN.

The local government was investigating, Xinhua said.

Xiang, whose Tibetan name was Palden Choetso, called for freedom and the Dalai Lama's return from exile when she was burning, according to the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT).

Xiang's body was taken by fellow nuns to the Ganden Choeling nunnery in Tawu, the ICT said.

The nine men and one woman, aged in their late teens and twenties, who set themselves on fire since March, were seen as acting in protest to Chinese restrictions on the Tibetan religion and culture, according to the Associated Press.

At least six died of injuries, while the conditions of the others are unknown, according to the Associated Press.

China rejects accusations of oppressing Tibetans, saying it has greatly improved the people's living standards, according to CNN.

Arson suspected in Roseville apartment fire

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by Sarah See

Arson is suspected for a Roseville apartment building fire that displaced 50 residents, caused about $1 million in damage, and condemned three apartment units, according to the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press Friday.

Police and fire investigators are awaiting laboratory results from the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) on material recovered from the scene before specifying the cause of the fire, according to both news reports.

Police labeled the fire suspicious and have not said what led investigators to suspect arson, according the news reports.

Officers dispatched to the Centennial Garden Apartments complex fire at 2825 Pascal St. N. around 7:45 p.m. Tuesday saw smoke and flames coming from the second and third floors when they arrived, according to the Pioneer Press.

The entire 23-unit building was evacuated. Firefighters used a ladder to rescue one resident from a second-floor window, but all other residents exited safely, according to the reports.

Police are asking for the public's help in gathering information by calling Crime Stoppers or the Arson Hot Line, according to both reports.

Police kill deer inside St. Kate building

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by Sarah See

St. Paul police shot and killed a deer Wednesday evening after it broke through a window of a St. Catherine University building, according to the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press.

Police tracked down the large male deer after it busted through a window of the Coeur de Catherine building around 6 p.m., according to the Pioneer Press.

Students told police an unleashed dog had been chasing the six-point buck across the Highland Park university campus, according to the Pioneer Press.

The deer broke through an O'Neill Center for Academic Development window, which was about 18 inches off the ground, and an interior Sheetrock wall made of gypsum, according to the news reports.

After getting inside the building, which houses the campus center and classrooms, the deer took refuge in an emergency stairwell where it was shot, police spokesman Howie Padilla said.

Classes were in session in the building, police said.

Police decided to shoot the deer before it could get loose again, do more damage, or become a threat to students, Padilla said.

Animal control authorities were called to the scene but had not arrived by the time the deer was shot, a police official said.

Swedish journalists accused of terrorism in Ethiopia

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by Sarah See

Two Swedish journalists were charged Wednesday with terrorism in Ethiopia after being accused of aiding a rebel group, according to CNN and the Associated Press.

The prosecution's argument that the two were supporting a terrorist organization was accepted by Judge Shemsu Sirgaga at a trial in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia's capital, according to the Associated Press.

The reporters, Johan Persson and Martin Schibbye, face 15 years in prison if found guilty, according to both news reports.

They were captured in July by Ethiopian troops during a gunfire exchange with a rebel group in Ogaden, an area to which Ethiopian officials deny media access without government minders, according to state media.

Persson and Schibbye were working on a story and embedded in the Ogaden National Liberation Front, which the Ethiopian government classified as a terrorist group in June, according to the news reports.

They were arrested in a prohibited region along Ethiopia's border with Somalia after meeting with ONLF officials in London and Kenya and marching into the country with ONLF gunmen, violating migration laws and Ethiopia's national sovereignty, according to CNN.

Persson and Schibbye face two counts of entering the country illegally and providing assistance to a terrorist organization, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

The journalists, who said they were gathering news at the time of their arrest, pleaded guilty to entering the country illegally through Somalia without accreditation, according to the journalists' group.

Persson and Schibbye are contributors to Kontinent, a Sweden-based agency, according to CNN.

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