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MOORHEAD – A lawyers for a Salt Lake City trucker accused of holding a woman prisoner in his semi for six months before being arrested at a weigh station in Moorhead wants evidence in the case thrown out. Steve Beitelspacher, of the Clay County public defender’s office, said at a hearing Thursday in Clay County District Court that he plans to file a motion to suppress evidence on behalf of Timothy Vafeades, 53. Beitelspacher told Clay County Judge Galen Vaa that he will challenge the legality of the stop on Vafeades’s truck that law enforcement officers made, on the grounds they did not
CARLTON, Minn. - An 18-year-old Esko man has been arrested on suspicion of making terroristic threats for allegedly calling in a bomb threat to the Esko School on Tuesday. Carlton County Sheriff Kelly Lake said Thursday that the man was in the Carlton County jail awaiting formal charges. The school was evacuated and searched Tuesday afternoon, but no bomb was found, and school resumed Wednesday. Follow us on Twitter @DLNewspapers
GRAND FORKS - An airman at Grand Forks Air Force Base was sentenced Monday at his court martial to 34 years in prison for raping a woman on base this past summer, the base said Thursday. Senior Airman Jory Hodge, 23, broke into the home of an airman who was deployed and forced himself upon the deployed airman's wife early on the morning of Aug.
LITCHFIELD, Minn. – A 25-year old Cosmos man was injured Wednesday when the vehicle he was driving collided with a snowplow. Blowing snow and poor visibility is being blamed for the accident, which happened around 4:30 p.m.
WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson asked the federal Environmental Protection Agency chief Wednesday to change her mind and retain current requirements of renewable fuel content. The EPA under Administrator Gina McCarthy has proposed significant reductions in the amount of renewable fuels, such as ethanol, that are used in the country.
ST. PAUL - Gov. Mark Dayton told reporters Wednesday that he wants to make a decision soon about who will replace Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon as his running mate. But he gave no hint as to who he might be considering to replace the former state senator from Duluth. Dayton said gender and geography are important considerations. Lieutenant governors have been male for years, and most of Dayton's key advisers are women, but he would not indicate whether he leans toward picking another woman as the No.
WOODBURY, Minn. -- Woodbury police are investigating the death of a 17-year-old Woodbury girl. Woodbury Public Safety spokeswoman Michelle Okada said the girl was found unresponsive at a home Saturday morning and was taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, where she was pronounced dead. Multiple sources confirmed the girl was Tara E. Fitzgerald, a Woodbury High School student. Three males – two juveniles and an adult – were arrested on suspicion of murder but were subsequently released.
EMBARRASS, Minn. - A 54-year-old Embarrass woman was found dead Tuesday morning. The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call at 1:40 a.m. about an unresponsive woman lying on the ground in a driveway in Embarrass. Julie Janice Juniel, 54, was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said in a statement that they do not believe this was the result of violence. “We don’t think it’s a criminal incident; we believe Juniel suffered from a medical issue,” sheriff’s Lt. Ed Kippley said. “The woman wasn’t dressed for the subzero weather.
BABBITT, Minn. - An autopsy performed Tuesday showed the victim of an apparent homicide in Babbitt was strangled. Babbitt police and Babbitt Ambulance responded Monday morning to reports of a wounded man lying on a street. The man, Paul John Bulen, 55, of Mahtomedi, was taken to Ely Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. A 24-year-old male suspect from Babbitt has been arrested and was being held in the St. Louis County Jail in Virginia on suspicion of second-degree intentional homicide. “The suspect was a guest in the home for a few days,” Babbitt Police Chief Chad Loewen said.
Police arrested six people early Wednesday at a Stop-N-Go in Moorhead after riders from a party bus got into a brawl inside the store, toppling product displays. Moorhead police, along with Dilworth and Clay County officers, were called about 12:30 a.m. to deal with the fight in the convenience store at 1702 30th Ave. S., Moorhead police said in a statement. When officers arrived, they found 24 people at the store or a short distance away. No one needed to be hospitalized.