May 4, 2009

H1N1 cases in Minnesota

Lab samples from eight individuals from Minnesota are being sent to the CDC to be tested for H1N1.

Three of them are from Hennepin County, and one each from Dakota, Scott, Wright, Isanti and Polk Counties. Fox9 news

Minnesota Department of Health is calling these cases "probable".

The individuals who were tested are were not hospitalized and are expected to make a full recovery.

Further testing must be done with the CDC before it can be determined if the they do have the H1N1 virus.

So far, there has only been one confirmed case of H1N1 in a middle-school student in Stearns County. KSTP news

Gay couples going to Iowa to get married

Five gay couples are on a bus to Davenport Iowa so they can get married.

Fay and Julie King are one of the couples on the trip to Iowa to get married.

"I'm so excited, I can't even describe it," said Julie King. "It just means so much to us." WCCO

The couples are all member of All God's Children Church in South Minneapolis. KARE 11

However once the couples cross the border back into Minnesota Tuesday their will not be recognized.

"We've been together for 12 years," said Bob Maschka. For he and his partner, Glen Ernst, the next step does mean something, even if it's not legally binding. WCCO

The couples are getting married at a sister church of All God's Children in Davenport. They're returning Monday evening.

Body found in Mississippi River is of missing St. Thomas student

The body pulled from the Mississippi River is of the missing University of the St. Thomas student Dan Zamlen.

Police spokesman Peter Panos says the body was found Friday in the river near the Ford Motor Co. plant. KARE 11

His body was found not too far from where he was last seen on April 5.

"The Zamlen family would like to thank everyone on the Iron Range who gave time, donations and prayers to help bring Daniel home," Zamlen's parents, Sally and Dale, said in a statement issued to The Mesabi Daily News. "It has been a very difficult past four weeks. And now Dan's family and friends can start the healing process. They ask that you all continue to pray for their family as they begin to cope with the loss of Daniel."

Funeral arrangements have not been announced.

More than 1,200 volunteers from the Iron Range and the St. Thomas community assisted police in several searches for Zamlen. WCCO

April 27, 2009

Dinkytown riot

Five university students including seven others were arrested Saturday night for rioting during spring jam in Dinkytown.

Most were arrested for unlawful assembly or disorderly conduct. KARE 11

The riot started at a large off-campus party on the 1400 block of 7th Street SE after a Spring Jam concert was cancelled. KARE 11

"The initial officers were met by bottles, rocks and other debris being thrown at them," said Minneapolis Police Sgt. Jesse Garcia.

Nearly 60 officers were in riot gear as they fought off an estimated 500 partying students who were throwing beer bottles, rocks and other debris at them. FOX 9

Students also started fires in the middle of the street.

Students caused property damage in the area by jumping on cars, trying to tip over vehicles and starting a large fire in the street. KARE 11

No serious injuries have been reported.

April 20, 2009

A 23-year-old man is in stable conditions after falling off a bridge

A 23-year-old man is in stable conditions after he pretended to fall off a bridge and then actually fell off said KARE11 news.

Police received a call at around 5 a.m. Sunday morning from a young man who said that his friend had fallen off a bridge.

The 23-year-old had to the man driving to pull over to the bridge emergency lane so that he could urinate and then pretended to fall off the bridge.

The bridge is located in Bloomington off highway 77 over the Mississippi River. The man fell onto a marshy area.

Police and Fire Department used a chair lift to rescue the man. He was sent to Hennepin County where he is in stable conditions, but with serious injuries said KARE 11 and WCCO news.

A women dies in car crash

A Hmong woman is killed in a deadly car crash when a vehicle that was being pursued by cops crashed into her vehicle.

Shoua/Leng Xiong died at the scene of the accident. Her Husband, Zong Xiong, was taken to Regions Hospital where he is in serious condition said WCCO and KSTP news.

The police were called to investigate a stolen car incident when Tito Campbell, the driver of the stolen vehicle took off. Police stopped pursuing Campbell when they said that Tito started to drive aggressively said WCCO news.

The police were later called to the scene of the accident of where Shoua/Leng Xiong was killed.

In the car of the stolen vehicle was also an eight-year-old boy. The relationship between him and Campbell is still unknown said KSTP.

The eight-year-old boy and Campbell sustained minor injuries said KSTP news.

Police said that Campbell appeared intoxicated.

Charges against Campbell are expected Monday said KSTP news.

April 6, 2009

Three Winona High School Student charged with theft

Three Winona High School honor student s have been charged with theft for stealing from the gym lockers.

One boy is 17 year old and the other two are 16 years old. The charges include felony counts of theft and receiving stolen property said WCCO.

The three boys stole more than $1,300 in cash and merchandise.

Prosecutors say the three broke padlocks on lockers in December and stole items including cash, cell phones, a credit card and an iPod said KARE 11.

4th grader dies two days later after drowning

A Montevideo 4th grader drowned during a school outing died Sunday morning said morning said KARE 11.

Eddie Ojie drowned during a school field trip on Friday to the Kilowatt Center in Granite Falls.

According to Superintendent David Baukol, the Sanford Elementary School students were at the center as a reward for performance said WCCO.

CPR attempts were performed when Ojer was found underwater during the swim outing, but paramedics were unable to revive Ojer at the scene said WCCO.

Ojer was pronounced dead on Sunday at Hennepin County Medical Center where he was airlifted to, said KARE 11.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Counselors and social workers will be at the school on Monday to help students and parents deal with the grief.

March 30, 2009

Four people shot at a house party

Four people are injured after a shooting at a house party in Ardmore Mobile Home Park in Lakeville sunday morning said KARE 11.

After a man was asked to leave the house, he walked away and then turned around and shot at the house said police. KARE 11

The victims' injuries were not fatal.

Officers were advised that the suspects had fled northbound in a vehicle on Cedar Avenue said Fox 9 News.

The suspects were pulled over and he handgun believed to be used in the shootings was recovered by officers nearby the scene of the traffic stop said Fox 9 News.

The suspects were taken into custody and await charges in Dakota County Jail.

March 16, 2009

Jury selection begins for Craiglist Killer

Jury selection begins Monday in the trial of 20-year-old man accused of killing a woman who answered a Craigslist ad for a babysitter said FOX9 news.

Michael John Anderson is charged with first-degree premeditated murder. Anderson is accused of killing 24-year-old Katherine Olson on Oct. 25, 2007 when she responded to Anderson’s false ad for a babysitter said KARE11 news.

Anderson allegedly shot Olson in the back and put her in the back of her car when she went to Anderson’s home to babysit. The car was found five blocks from Anderson’s home said FOX 9 news.

Anderson has pleaded not guilty. His defense attorneys have argued that Anderson's possible mild autism played a role in the shooting and was accidental said Kare 11 news.

Jogger attacked and robbed at Phalen Lake

A jogger is attacked and robbed at Phalen Lake Wednesday evening said KARE 11news.

Two masked men knocked a female jogger in the head, pushed her to the ground and kicked her while she was still on the ground. They also stole her ipod said KARE 11 news.

The victim sustained bruises, but does not appear to have any serious injuries.

The two men have not been identified, but police are looking for any connections with previous attacks at Phalen Lake said WCCO news.

Police urge people who go to Phalen Lake to bring a friend.

March 9, 2009

Body found frozen in a golf course pond

A body was found Friday afternoon, encased in ice in pond at the Majestic Oak Golf Course by a groundskeeper according to KARE 11 news.

According to authorities the body appears to be that of a man, based on its clothing. They have cut a chunk of ice with the body still in to do further investigation and will check to see if the body fits any description of a missing persons report. Kare 11 news.

They also believe that the body was there before the water had frozen.

Authorities believe that the ice has frozen any evidence to the death and believe that foul play was involved said FOX 9 news.

Deaf Apple Valley women left in a comma after a hit-and-run

A deaf Apple Valley woman is left in a coma after a hit-and-run accident Friday night said KARE11 news.

Joan LeVasseur, 25, was crossing the street at Cedar Avenue at 153rd Street in Apple Valley when a large light colored vehicle hit LeVasseur and left the scene said KARE11 news.

LeVasseur’s family said that she was trying to lose weight and had decided to walk to Cub Foods, three miles away from her home to buy cat food.

Police said that the vehicle should have fresh front-end damage from the hit-and-run accindent. WCCO news
There were several witnesses at the incident, but no one could identify the license plate of the vehicle said WCCO news.

"There are a lot of broken hearts asking for someone to come forward and tell us what they know," said Joan's stepfather, Robert Boever.

March 2, 2009

Man braggs to polices that he can not be caught

After bragging to police that he could not be caught for stealing a car, a Duluth man is behind bars.

The 23-year-old stole a car, pumped gas and the fled without paying. He was later spotted by police and was chased but got away said KSTP.

He then proceeded to call 911 and brag about how he could not be caught.

The man abandoned the car but was caught when another man called 911 that there was a prowler in a shed.

Women hides drugs in her bra

After a tip off to Winona police of a car suspected of a drug deal, police pulled over the suspected vehicle and searched the women in the car said KARE 11.

The 20-year-old woman Cochrane, Wisconsin hid 100 grams of marijuana and 4.25 grams of cocaine in her bra and was also carrying $600 in cash said Winona Deputy Chief Tom Williams.

The women is in custod said Leadertelegram news.

February 23, 2009

A Shakopee suspect shot by police officers

A Shakopee man who allegedly assaulted his wife and neighbor with a knife on Friday was shot by police Saturday.

William Denmark, 36, was wanted by police on suspicion of second-degree assault, second-degree domestic assault and violating an order of protection related to the events of the night before fled the scene after the incident with his wife and neighbor said Star Tribune.

According to police, there was evidence that someone had broken into the house when officers returned to the scene, at around 4 p.m. on Saturday, to continue their investigation.

Police found Denmark hiding in an attic space in a bedroom.

Denmark was holding a knife. When police told Denmark to drop the knife he refused.

Police used a Taser on Denmark, but it was ineffective.

Fearing for their lives police two officers shot Denmark said WCCO News.

He died at the scene.

The Shakopee officers involved in the shooting have been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating.

Three people die in a head on car crash

Three people died in a head on car crash Saturday on Highway 71 of Olivia.

Eight-nine-year-old Fred Kingstrom and his 44-year-old daughter, Andrea Kingstrom died at Hennepin County Medical Center Saturday night.

Eight-three-year-old Ebba Kingstrom died at the scene wife. Their son Mark survived the crash said Fox 9 News.

The state patrol said the crashed happened at about 11:30 a.m. on Highway 71 going northbound of Olivia when a southbound pickup truck driving behind a snow plow crossed over the center line into the northbound lane crashing head on with the Kingstrom’s car said KARE 11 News.

The 28-year-old driver of the pickup truck received minor injuries.

The family were on their way to another daughters 50th birthday.
The Minnesota State Patrol is investigating.

February 16, 2009

An Austin man shoots his children with a compressed-air pellet gun

An Austin man is being charged in Mower County District Court with two felony counts of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon for shooting his two children with a compressed-air pellet gun.

Scott Engel shot his two children, both under the age of 12, with the pellet gun so he could teach them a lesson about firearm said AP news.

Engel said he wanted to show his kids that a compressed-air gun “can put somebody’s eye out easily.?

Engel admitted to shooting one child in the chest and another in the stomach. He said that the children wanted to know what it felt like to be shot by the pellet gun.

Engel is summoned to appear in court on March 12, said KARE 11 news.

118 cats euthanized

118 cats were euthanized after they were seized from a 500 square St. Anthony home said Fox9 news.

The Animal Humane Society said that the cats were in no physical or mental conditions to be adopted.

The cats were hoarded in the home of a couple in their 50’s. The husband was previously charged in Coon Rapids in 2002 for hoarding 72 cats in his last home said KARE11 news.

The couple were taking in stray cats one at a time and locking them up in their mobile home.

There was only one liter box stated Fox9 news.

"The floor was soaked thru with urine and rotting the floorboards. It was oozing out the door and the odor was consistent with that description," said Animal Humane Society investigator Keith Streff.

The cats were taken to the Golden Valley Humane Society.

"Some of the smaller kittens are sick with a bad upper repertory condition and the adults are on the thin side," Kathie Johnson of the Humane Society said.

"They were living and sleeping inside the trailer. They relegated the kitchen space to a living space and slept on the floor among the debris in the kitchen area," Streff said.

Authorities said that the couple had feces on their shoes and pants when they were evacuated from the mobile home.

The couple may face criminal charges.

February 9, 2009

Superintendent killed in car crash

Superintendent John. P. Franzoia died in a vehicle crash Friday evening on Highway 15.

Franzoia, 62, was rear-ended by a 49-year-old man. The driver is a St. Cloud man who was put under custody because there was a detection of alcohol, reported KARE11 news.

Franzoia died at St. Cloud hospital on Saturday.

He was the superintendent of Royalton Public Schools for 18 years and before that the was the high school principle, reported WCCO news.

The community of Royalton will mourn the loss of Franzoia.

"He touched a lot of lives," said Phil Gurbada the Royalton Elementary School Principal.

"Always had a huge smile on his face no matter what. If you got in trouble, he was always there. He still smiled, even when he chewed you out," said Rhonda Kruchten, a Royalton High School alum.

There will be a memorial service for Franzoia at Royalton High School on Wednesday, Feb. 11 at 3:00.

3-year-old boy killed in house fire

A 3-year-old boy was killed in a house fire that started around 2 a.m. on Sunday, reported WCCO news.

Someone reported to the Todd County Sheriff's Department that a house on fire on Highway 27 east of Long Prairie.

When the emergency crew arrived on the scene, they were unable to rescue the 3-year-old boy.

An adult family member was also in the house during the fire, but was rescued and treated for smoke inhalation reported KARE11 news.

The State Fire Marshall's Office and the Todd County Sheriff's Office will be investigating the cause of the fire.