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December 9, 2007

Minnesotan Dies in Shooting in Colorado

A gunman walked into a Christian dormitory in a Denver suburb and opened fire early Sunday, killing two people -- including one woman from Minnesota.

Tiffany Johnson, 26, was killed, along with 24-year-old Phillip Crouse of Alaska.

According to the Star Tribune, no arrests have been made as of Sunday afternoon. The Star Tribune also said that the gunman came to the door of the dormitory and asked if he could spend the night.

When he was told that he couldn't stay, he opened fire. Witnesses said that he was 20 years old and white.

December 8, 2007

Ridder Out at Star Tribune After Legal Settlement

Par Ridder resigned from the Star-Tribune on Friday after a legal settlement made by the Pioneer Press and the Star-Tribune.

Ridder lasted nine months as the publisher for the Star-Tribune and was previously employed by the Pioneer Press. Ridder was accused of stealing a laptop and private information from the Pioneer Press.

According to the Business Journal, the deal awards attorney fees to the Pioneer Press and mandates that Ridder can't work at the Star Tribune until 2008. In return, the Pioneer Press will drop its lawsuit on the Star Tribune.

Ridder left the Pioneer Press in March and lasted about nine months at the Star Tribune before resigning.

December 1, 2007

Two Men Shot to Death in Minneapolis

Two people have been shot in a double homicide early Saturday, according to the Pioneer Press.

According to police, the shooting occured around 7:30 a.m. on the 3100 block of Pleasant Avenue South.

According to the Star Tribune, a man's body was found in an apartment hall and another was found in a nearby alley.

The names of the victims have not been released and no arrests have been made.

November 27, 2007

Former Minnesotan Sherrif's Deputy Killed in Iraq

A man who left a law enforcement career to work for a security contractor in Iraq was killed on Monday after suffering injuries when his military convoy was attacked, KARE 11 reported.

Bill Juneau, 36, and originally from Rush City, had worked for DynCorp, his employer in Iraq, since June 2006, said KSTP.

KSTP also said that Juneau had worked for the St. James Police Department before becoming a deputy and investigator for the Pine County Sheriff's Department.

According to the Star Tribune, Juneau was killed by an explosive device about 50 miles outside of Baghdad.

He was also the 65th person with "strong Minnesota ties" to be killed in Iraq and Afghanistan since the wars began.

November 18, 2007

Explosion Kills Two in Mankato

Two people died early Saturday, according to KARE 11, when an explosion and subsequent fire at a mobile home park in North Mankato burned a trailer park down.

Names are not being released at this time and the fire is being investigated, according to KARE 11.

According to KSTP, "Autopsies is being conducted."

WCCO just released a story about Josh Wakefield, a neighbor who tried to help the family get out of their home.

November 17, 2007

Three Men Charged with Cutting Qwest Wires

KARE 11 reports that three men have been charged with cutting Qwest telephone wires in St. Paul. It interrupted the service of many Qwest customers.

Ian D. McCombs, 22, Christopher Walker, 26, and Levi Glennie, 21, were all charged with damaging utility equipment and possession of burglary tools. According to the Star Tribune, McCombs had a laptop computer in the van that the three suspects were in and said that it was his work computer.

When the wires cut, it interrupted the service of about 1,000 people in the St. Paul area. No motive has been determined.

November 6, 2007

Abducted St. Paul Girl Found

St. Paul police canceled their amber alert after 15-year-old Jacqueline Mendoza was found on the city's West Side, according to the Pioneer Press.

Also according to the Pioneer Press, police told them that they have taken 18-year-old David Guzman, the alleged kidnapper, into custody. Authorities said that Mendoza was forced into Guzman's car on Monday.

According to the Star Tribune, Mendoza was only briefly reunited with her mother after running away in late October and was walking with her when she was abducted.

Police spokesman Tom Walsh said that police feared for Mendoza's safety because Guzman has had a history of owning guns and rifles.

"We only issue Amber Alerts if we are concerned for the safety and welfare of the child, and we have that," he said. "We don't know if they still have a relationship."

November 5, 2007

Amber Alert Issued for Abducted Child

An Amber Alert has been issued for a 15-year-old girl who was believed to have been abducted in St. Paul.

Jacqueline Mendoza, 15, of St. Paul, was abducted at around 2:10 p.m. Monday in St. Paul. The suspect is believed to be a man that she knew, David Guzman, an 18-year-old. According to the Star Tribune, Guzman was helped by another woman when Mendoza was abducted.

The car was spotted headed towards Highway 52, police said. Mendoza is Hispanic, 5 feet tall, and 110 pounds. She has brown eyes, long black hair and a scar below her left eye.

November 4, 2007

Elbow Lake Hunter Shot and Killed

An Elbow Lake hunter was killed Saturday morning when he was posting on a deer drive with other hunters. According to WCCO, the man's name is not being released and it is not known how he was shot.

According to the Star Tribune, the man was 60 years old and the incident was reported around 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, where he was taken to Lake Region Hospital in Fergus Falls, where he died.

October 30, 2007

Craigslist Killing Suspect's Bail Set at $1 Million

Michael Anderson, the 19-year-old man charged with killing 24-year-old Katherine Olson on the Craigslist website, has his bail set at $1 million.

Anderson allegedly posed on http://www.craigslist.com as "Amy" and offered a nanny job position, which Olson took. Olson was shot in the head with a .357 magnum, according to the Pioneer Press.

According to police, Olson's purse was found in a dumpster. Her cell phone was broken and covered in a blue bath towel with Anderson's name on it.

Anderson said that a friend shot her in the back "because he thought it would be funny."

October 27, 2007

Police Investigating Death of St. Paul Man

Police are investigating a body that was found in an alleyway on the 800 block of Jessamine Avenue in St. Paul Friday night.

According to KARE 11, police said that it was unclear of what the victim may have died from -- a gunshot wound or being run over by a car.

The Star Tribune was a little more detailed in their story, noting that a witness who called 911 said that a group of young Asian men were arguing around the area when gunshots fired. Police speculate that the incident may be gang related.

The Star Tribune also said that a victim was treated at Regions Hospital for a gunshot wound to the hand.

October 25, 2007

Survivors of the 35W Bridge Collapse Ask State for Help

Survivors of the 35W bridge collapse are asking the state to help them compensate for medical bills that, they say, have put them thousands of dollars in debt.

Emotional stories went around the room, as people told a House of Representatives committee stories of lost loved ones or injuries. The Star Tribune details many of these stories, while KARE 11 does not.

The Star Tribune mentions Rep. Ryan Winkler, a legislator who has proposed a bill to set up a fund to help the victims not much unlike the fund set up after Sept. 11, 2001.

"We can be in the posture of defending litigation from these survivors ... or we can establish some sort of fund or some sort of mechanism to get swift and certain compensation to these individuals," Winkler said.

The decision on the bill is expected to be made when the legislature reconvenes in February.

October 20, 2007

Three Die in Early Morning Crash

Three people died early Friday morning when the car they were driving rear-ended a semi, authorities said Friday.

Jayson Ceaser, 20, Tamara Ceaser, 46, and Nicholle Oseland, 22, were all killed in the crash. Tamara is Jayson's mother.

According to KARE 11, the car, which was being driven by Jayson, hit a mudflap of a semi, crossed over the median, and was struck again head-on by another semi. Neither of the two truck drivers were injured.

The Star Tribune doesn't add much additional detail, although they do add that authorities closed the road for four hours as they reconstructed the accident.

October 16, 2007

Edina Man Missing

Scott Michael Tridgell, a man from Edina, has been missing since Wednesday, where he failed to show up for work. According to KARE-11, his license plate number is LJB 662, and he drives a 1996 black Toyota Tacoma pick up truck.

The Star Tribune has a little bit more detail on the story, where they explain that Tridgell may have amnesia after experiencing a head injury in December, where he fainted because of carbon monoxide emitting from a garage that he lives above. Tridgell drove around the Twin Cities for the next day, according to Tridgell's sister.

Tridgell is almost done with a program in finance and accounting at the University of St. Thomas, even though he hasn't attended the university since 2005, according to the Star Tribune.

October 11, 2007

Father of Girl Who Took Meth to School Charged

The father of the girl who brought meth to school has been charged with felony drug possession for having crystal meth found in his house.

Jerry Castillo, 35, says that he had relapsed after ten years of being clean. According to the Star-Tribune, there is not necessarily any connection between Castillo's meth and his daughter's that was brought to school.

Castillo has been charged with fifth-degree drug possession and his daughter has pleaded guilty to the second-degree sale of a controlled substance.

October 9, 2007

Police Shoot Suspect After Chase

A drug suspect was shot by police after he shot a police dog in a foot chase in Minneapolis, authorities said Tuesday.

The suspect, who was going to be pulled over on Hwy. 5 in St. Paul before he sped off, eventually getting on Hwy. 494 and Hwy. 77N before hitting an SUV. He eventually turned onto Minnehaha Avenue when he hit the SUV, according to the Star Tribune.

The Pioneer Press says that Rico, the police dog that was injured, cornered the man in an alleyway, where he shot the dog twice. In response, the policeman shot the suspect and took him into custody.

Rico is reportedly going to survive.

October 6, 2007

Mississippi River Opens Up to Traffic

The Mississippi River was re-opened for traffic, announced the U.S. Coast Guard announced Saturday. The Mississippi from Lock and Dam 1 to St. Anthony Falls has been closed ever since Interstate 35-W collapsed in August.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation swept the bottom of the river to see if there was any extra debris. When there wasn't any new debris left, the river was left open to the public.

According to WCCO, the Hennepin County sheriff's office will end 24-hour patrol on the collapsed bridge area after 58 days of around-the-clock monitoring.

Two Men Dead in Rush Hour Car Accident

Two men are dead and two children are injured in a rush-hour collision on U.S. 61 in Maplewood, authorities said.

Timothy Jones, 24, was traveling south when he lost control of his vehicle, according to the Pioneer Press, and crossed into oncoming traffic.

According to KARE11, Jones hit an oncoming car, and both drivers were killed instantly.

The other car was driven by Kong Vang. Vang also had a 16 and 15 year old in the car with him. Each of the children are in the hospital for treatment.

Jones was believed to have alcohol in his system.

September 29, 2007

No Riots at Critical Mass Bicycle Ride This Month

Last month, police arrested 19 bicyclers during Critical Mass, a monthly downtown bicycle ride designed to celebrate bicyclers' rights to the road. This month, the ride was peaceful and considered a success.

The Star Tribune has a more in-depth look at the story, which includes detail of where the Critical Mass bicycle ride went through.

Police were "friendly and professional" and followed the bikers as they rode across the city. "The police escort was incredibly professionally done," said cyclist John Nowicki.

Police had the same compliments for the cyclists, saying that the bikers were on their best behavior.

September 24, 2007

Two Teenagers Arrested for Shooting of 12-year-old

Two teenagers have been arrested for allegedly shooting 12-year-old Vernice Hall early Saturday morning. Hall is in critical condition at the Hennepin County Medical Center.

The Star-Tribune is reporting that police will not give details on the role that the two teenagers may have played in the shooting. Police did say, however, that the bullet was not intended for Hall. KARE 11 is reporting that the shooting was gang-related.

Hall has not regained consciousness and has had part of her skull removed due to swelling and bleeding, according to KARE 11.

September 23, 2007

12-year-old Girl Shot in Head

A 12-year-old Minneapolis girl is in critical condition after she was shot in the head on her way back from a birthday party early on Saturday morning.

Many shots rang out on the 1800 block of Oliver Avenue North around midnight, hitting a parked car, trees near the area, and a 12-year-old girl nicknamed "Star". She is listed in critical condition at the Hennepin County Medical Center.

The Star Tribune is referencing the shooting of 14-year-old Charez Jones, a very similar crime in a very similar location.

KARE 11 has a report from police that says that the bullet was not to be intended for the girl. No arrests have been made in the case.

September 18, 2007

Ridder Forced to Step Down

A judge ruled today that Par Ridder, current head publisher of the Star Tribune, must step down from his position after accusations that he took a laptop that contained sensitive information about the Pioneer Press with him. Ridder formerly was the head publisher of the Pioneer Press.

Judge David Higgs of Ramsey county ruled in a 39-page order that the court finds a "substantial threat" that Ridder would have used the information for inappropriate uses.

Ridder was also breaching his contract with the Pioneer Press when he took the position with the Star Tribune. The contract said that Ridder would not leave the company and go to a rival corporation.

September 13, 2007

Twins' General Manager Steps Down

Terry Ryan, the General Manager of the Minnesota Twins, has stepped down today after 13 years at the position. The Twins have experienced a downfall over the last year, going from winning the division in 2006 to a flailing team of mediocre and aging veterans.

According to WCCO, however, Ryan stepping down from his position was pre-meditated and not a result of the team's performance this year. "This was necessary for the well being of my sanity," said Ryan.

Kare 11 is reporting that Ryan will keep a position inside the team when the year is done as their senior adviser.

Ryan will be replaced by Bill Smith when the year is over.

September 11, 2007

Hennepin County Offers Settlement for Twins' Ballpark Land

Hennepin County offered a settlement of $19.3 million plus extra litigation fees Tuesday for the land that the new Minnesota Twins ballpark will be built on.

Land Partners II wants $65 million for the land that it currently owns, but they have offered it to Hennepin County for a settlement of $33.2 million, according to the Pioneer Press. This $33.2 million figure was a suggestion by Larry Tucker, a member of the condemnation panel when the county had a condemnation hearing in an attempt to gain the land through an eminent domain proceeding. The panel altogether placed the value of the land at $23.8 million.

Land Partners II plans to dispute the condemnation ruling if a settlement cannot be reached to their satisfaction.