April 27, 2007

Threats and fight broke out during boy's funeral

By Jennie Wander

A funeral service Friday for a St. Paul shooting victim, Earl Freeman, 16, was rescheduled due to a fight before a church service, Pioneer Press said.

St. Paul police broke up a fight behind Spielman Mortuary where mourners had gathered for a visitation, Pioneer Press said. The family rescheduled the church service after concerns of more violence, Star Tribune said.

No injuries or arrests were a result of today's fight, Star Tribune said. The family decided to relocate the funeral services to Chicago, Pioneer Press said.

Drunk woman hits St. Paul mayor's car

By Jennie Wander

St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman was a victim to drunk driving Thursday when his car was rear-ended by a alleged legally drunk woman, Kare 11 said.

The mayor's Ford Crown Victoria was stopped at a red light on Summit Avenue when Abbie Raymond, 22, rear-ended him with a Honda sedan. Her blood-alcohol content was registered at 0.26 percent, which is three-times the legal limit, Pioneer Press said.

Raymond was booked into Ramsey County jail. Both vehicles had minor damages, Kare 11 said.

April 26, 2007

St. Paul getting tough with dog owners

By Jennie Wander

Bad dog owners will be forced to shape up after an ordinance was passed in St. Paul Wednesday that will crack down on owners.

After several attacks in the Twin Cities recently, St. Paul City Council passed a measure that will no longer allow owners the right to have a dog if one has been taken away for neglect or abuse more than once in five years, Kare 11 said.

One council member wants to take the ordinance further by prohibiting entire breeds, but other members consider that unnecessary, Pioneer Press said. They said it is the owners responsibility versus the breed of dog, Pioneer Press said.

Judge gives the ok for suit against immigration raids

By Jennie Wander

A federal judge allowed a lawsuit Thursday challenging April's raid on illegal immigrants in Willmar, Minn. to go through after rejecting a request by immigrant advocates, Star Tribune said.

U.S. District Court Judge Ann Montgomery allowed the immigration advocates to continue their lawsuit against the Immigration and Customs Enforcement. However, Montgomery denied a request by the advocates for a temporary restraining order against immigration agents, Star Tribune said.

Several people rallied in downtown Minneapolis Wednesday night before the hearing, Kare 11 said.

Car crash in Orono injures three

By Jennie Wander

Highway 12 was closed after three people were injured Thursday in a three-vehicle crash just outside of Orono, Kare 11 said.

None of the injuries were life threatening, Star Tribune said.

An eastbound car crossed over the center line striking an oncoming vehicle around 9 a.m., Kare 11 said. The oncoming car then struck another vehicle, Kare 11 said.

All three victims were taken to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, Star Tribune said. Highway 12 was reopened at 10:30 a.m., Star Tribune said.

Statewide smoking ban coming into effect

By Jennie Wander

The Minnesota House voted Thursday to outlaw smoking in bars and restaurants in 2009 making a statewide smoking ban a bigger possibility.

However, local officials could authorize bars and restaurants who get most of their revenue from liquor to allow a ventilated smoking room. Customers do not have to order food and drinks to use the room, Kare 11 said.

The smoking rooms would receive no service since employees were not allowed in them during business hours, Star Tribune said.

The "Freedom to Breathe" bill was approved 85-45, Kare 11 said. The recent approved Senate bill passed does not include this exception, Star Tribune said.

April 6, 2007

Man pleads guilty in child porn case

By Jennie Wander

A 59-year-old Minneapolis man pleaded guilty Thursday to five charges of production of child pornography.

Lyle Robert Paton allegedly took photos of five boys ages 12-15 between April 2003 and July 2006 when he was arrested, Pioneer Press said.

The sentence recommends Paton spend 35 years to life imprisonment, Star Tribune said.

Two Minnesotans killed in car crash in Florida

By Jennie Wander

Two Minnesota women were killed Thursday during a car accident while vacationing in Pompano Beach, Fla.

Renae Gustafson, 43, and Jennifer Keesey, 33, were killed and Kristine Boike, 44, was severely injured in the crash, Kare 11 said.

The women were attempting to make a U-turn when a Chevrolet Corvette struck their car. The impact of the crash forced the engine of the rental Chevrolet Monte Carlo to fall from its frame, Star Tribune said.

No charges have been made at this time, Kare 11 said.

March 30, 2007

Minnesotan soldier died in Iraq

By Jennie Wander

National Guard Sgt. Greg Riewer, 28, died in Iraq Monday after a bomb struck his vehicle, Associated Press said.

Riewer graduated from Frazee High School in 1997. He was a hunter, Associated Press said. He also loved to ride his motorcycle, Associated Press said.

Funeral arrangements have been arranged for 2 p.m. Wednesday at Frazee High School, Star Tribune said. A scholarship fun has been set up in his memory at the United Community Bank, P.O. Box 156, Frazee, MN, 56544, Star Tribune said.

Highest-in-the-nation income tax bracket proposed

By Jennie Wander

If the bill goes through Saturday by Senate Democrats, Minnesota will have highest-in-the-nation top rate tax bracket, Kare 11 said.

By adding a proposed fourth tier to Minnesota's three-tier system, the state could raise just shy of $1 billion within the next two years, Kare 11 said. The new rate would be 9.7 percent.

Right now, top earning Minnesotans pay less than one-tenth of their personal income whereas middle-class earners pay 12 percent in taxes, Kare 11 said.

All of this is proposed after veto threats by Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Kare 11 said.

March 23, 2007

Three killed in St. Paul shooting

By Jennie Wander

Two victims were found dead after a shooting in St. Paul Friday and the third died later at the hospital.

A robbery was attempted, which police do not believe was a random attack, Kare 11 said. After being told there was no money in the house, gunmen shot the three residents.

Maria Mclay, 32, was alive when police arrived, but died shortly after at Regions Hospital, Kare 11 said. Telly Saunders, 31, and Brittany Kekedakis, a sophomore at Como Park High School, died on the scene, Kare 11 said.

There were no other people in the house at the time of the attack, Kare 11 said. Police are looking for suspects leaving in a dark-colored SUV, Kare 11 said. No arrests have been made.

March 22, 2007

Shooting in St. Anthony considered an accident

By Jennie Wander

Thursday marked a first for St. Anthony in 15 years when a 16-year-old boy allegedly shot and killed his best friend.

The suspects family claimed Bryant Garroutte, 17, was allegedly shot by accident, Kare 11 said. The shooter turned himself into authorities early Thursday with coaxing from attorney, Star Tribune said.

The reason for the shooting is unknown, Kare 11 said.

March 16, 2007

High school league changes transfer regulations

By Jennie Wander

The Minnesota State High School League voted unanimously Friday to change the transfer rule to not allow students to transfer who do not change their addresses.

This change will tighten regulations therefore the teams will be less likely to have all star athletes that transferred into the school, Kare 11 said.

The new regulation rule will not take effect until the 2007-08 year, Star Tribune said.

Although the bill has been passed through the MSHSL, it is still being contemplated within Legislature, Star Tribune said.

Retired officer sentenced to prison

By Jennie Wander

Retired St. Paul officer Clemmie Tucker was sentenced Friday to five years in prison for attempting a large drug sale, Kare 11 said.

Tucker attempted to retrieve 500 pounds of a crystal like substance containing meth and cocaine with intention of selling, Kare 11 said.

U.S. District Judge Joan Ericksen ordered Tucker's sentence to begin April 11 and last five years, which means he will most likely spend four years and three months in jail pending on good behavior, Star Tribune said.

March 2, 2007

Maple Lake marine killed in Iraq

By Jennie Wander

A 25-year-old Maple Lake marine died in Iraq Wednesday when a bomb exploded.

Sgt. Chad M. Allen was scheduled to leave the Marines on May 1, Kare 11 said. He was on his second deployment.

Allen joined the Marines the day after 9/11 attacks intending to "save his family from harm," Star Tribune said.

This is the second Minnesota marine death in two days, Star Tribune said.

February 27, 2007

Boy dies on birthday

By Jennie Wander

Many think of their birthday as the day of their birth, but for Sean Humphrey, it was the day he died as well.

Police allegedly found Humphrey partially frozen to the ground near his home in Chaska. He died Sunday on his 19th birthday at Hennepin County Medical Center, Star Tribune said.

Humphrey's father, Bob Humphrey, was worried when son did not come home Friday night and when he saw on the news police were attempting to identify a frozen boy, he knew it was his son, Pioneer Press said.

Humphrey allegedly hit his head on a curb and fell. He froze to the ground and his body temperature lowered to 77 degrees, Star Tribune said.

February 23, 2007

Parents who abandoned children found in Montana

By Jennie Wander

The couple who abandoned their 17-and-15-year-old daughters were found in Montana Thursday night.

William Anderson, 44, and Jennifer Anderson, 42, left their children in September after saying they were going to work "early" and never returned, Star Tribune said.

The couple was allegedly charged with gross misdemeanor child neglect, Kare 11 said.

The children were placed in foster care, Kare 11 said.

February 22, 2007

Supervalu sued for accusation of mislabeling meat

By Jennie Wander

SUPERVALU Inc. is being sued by grocery shoppers Thursday for allegedly mislabeling their meat at Cub Foods stores in Minnesota.

The shoppers, Michael Olson and John Wylde, claim ordinary meat is being labeled as Black Angus cut, which tends to be more expensive, Kare 11 said.

Two previous meat cutters at Cub Foods testified that the mislabeling has been in practice for the past five years, Pioneer Press said.

The workers are no longer employed at Cub Foods and did not leave because of allegations, Pioneer Press said.

February 15, 2007

Father charged in his daughter's death

By Jennie Wander

St. Paul man charged with second degree unintentional murder against his 15-year-old daughter made first court appearance Thursday.

Beauford Jackson told his daughter's mother not to call the paramedics after she arrived home to find her daughter barely breathing, Pioneer Press said. Mother, Maeve Clifford, called the paramedics anyway.

Jackson's bail is set at $750,000 and is being held in Ramsey County jail, Star Tribune said.

Lottery winner shocked at double win

By Jennie Wander

A Maplewood man set a Minnesota record Saturday and Sunday by freakishly winning the lottery two days in a row.

Raymond Snouffer Jr. matched five numbers for both lotteries winning $25,000 each day, Pioneer Press said.

Lottery officials are stunned at this win. They described the unique event as an "unbelievable feat," Pioneer Press said.

The odds of winning the Northstar jackpot are 170,000 to 1, Star Tribune said.

February 9, 2007

Semis collide killing two

By Jennie Wander

Two semis collided Thursday night on Interstate 494 in South St. Paul killing both drivers.

A westbound truck crossed the median and crashed into the eastbound semi before 9:45 p.m, Kare 11 said.

At least one of the semis burst into flames after the collision, Fox said. Other drivers tried to rescue semi drivers, but were unable to because of the fire, Kare 11 said.

The police shut down the eastbound lanes of Interstate 494 by Robert Street for several hours, Fox said.

February 8, 2007

Two more die from flu

By Jennie Wander

Two more flu-related deaths can be added to Minnesota's toll bringing the total to three of the 13 reported this year.

According to Kare 11, the two recent dead is an 8-year-old and a 17-month-old.

reported the three deaths are unrelated and none of them were vaccinated. However, according to Kare 11 all three died from the A (H1) strain of the flu virus.

Children and the elderly are highly encouraged to get a flu vaccination.

February 2, 2007

Beloved teacher killed in crash

By Jennie Wander

Students, teachers and other faculty visited grief counselors to mourn the death of a teacher after a head-on crash Thursday morning.

Grief counselors were housed at Dassel-Cokato Middle School Thursday and will continue to stay as needed, Kare 11 said.

Gail Schwandt, 54, was involved in a head-on collision on U.S. Highway 12 just before the road leading to the school, Star Tribune said.

The other driver, Adam Janckila, 20, is listed in satisfactory condition after being airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center, Kare 11 said.

Police say the road was in good driving condition during the time of the crash, Fox 9 said.

January 31, 2007

Suicide of Iraq soldier sparks investigation

By Jennie Wander

A 25-year-old former U.S. Marine's suicide last week is being investigated because of allegations of negligence by VA psychiatric units, Kare 11 said.

Jonathan Shulze of New Prague, Minn., tried to get help from a psychiatric unit in the Veterans Administration Hospital in St. Cloud, Minn. After expressing thoughts of suicide to VA officials, he was put as number 26 on a waiting list, WCCO said.

However, the VA acute psychiatric unit for suicidal victims has no waiting list, Star Tribune said.

Shulze was suffering from severe grief after several fellow soldiers died in Iraq, Star Tribune said.