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BRAINERD, Minn. -- An “illegal flea market” is slowly dwindling in size as owner Chad Ross picks away at the items in the few hours each day he’s released from jail. Ross has been in jail for almost a month because he has refused to pick up the items cluttering up his Pine Street yard.
DULUTH - A Duluth man pleaded guilty this week to charges that he impersonated an officer at two convenience stores in an attempt to get into their safes. Cody Lee Walker-Nelson, 23, pleaded guilty to a felony burglary charge and a misdemeanor count of impersonating an officer Monday in State District Court. Walker-Nelson was arrested last month after police said he entered a Cenex gas station dressed like an officer, wearing a fake badge around his neck and carrying a chemical aerosol container and a stun gun on a duty belt. Walker-Nelson told the clerk that he was a drug task force
BEMIDJI, Minn. - A 19-year-old Bemidji State University student is facing criminal sexual conduct charges stemming from a party at his residence. Joshua Riley Malone has been charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct against a victim who was mentally impaired or rendered helpless. He faces up to 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine. Malone, from Gordan, Wis., is a member of the Bemidji State football team. He hosted a party at his off-campus residence Feb. 21, according to court documents. A woman and her friends attended the party and played drinking games.
CARLTON, Minn. - A Cloquet woman accused of causing an accident that left two Carlton County employees dead pleaded guilty Tuesday to two counts of criminal vehicular homicide. She is expected to serve six years in prison. Vanessa Rae Brigan, 28, was charged in Carlton County District Court with two counts of felony criminal vehicular homicide while under the influence of a controlled substance in connection with a crash that killed Zachary Gamache, 25, of Esko, and Mitchell Lingren, 29, of Duluth, near Wright on Oct.
Tougher drunken driving sentence considered in Minnesota ST. PAUL - The family of a baby who died in a motor vehicle accident say a bill named after the boy is...
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. - A Red Lake man was convicted last week of assaulting an infant on the Red Lake Indian Reservation, according to a statement from the U.S. attorney’s office for Minnesota. James White Jr., 40, was convicted in federal court in Fergus Falls on one count of assault of an infant resulting in serious bodily injury. According to the indictment and evidence presented at trial, the assault occurred last Aug. 30. White faces a potential maximum penalty of life in prison. U.S. District Judge John R.
Snow started early today in central Minnesota, with weather warnings continuing into Wednesday. According to data already reported to the National Weather Service, 5 inches of snow had fallen at...
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- A Bemidji woman was arraigned Monday in the death of a 6-year-old girl last month at a south Bemidji apartment complex. Rachel Downer, 22, was arrested Friday and appeared in court Monday to face a second degree manslaughter charge in the hypothermia death of her cousin, 6-year-old Mercedes Mayfield. Mercedes was found lying outside on the front step by her mother, Malika Peoples, at their apartment building at 924 Carter Circle early Feb. 27. Peoples called 911 about 6:30 a.m., and when emergency personnel arrived they found Peoples with her daughter in the entryway.
News briefs from Forum News Service and the St.Paul Pioneer Press: North Dakota Call center set up on data breach BISMARCK -- The North Dakota University System is operating a...
Results from the state medical examiner’s office indicate a homeless man found dead Jan. 9 in Fargo died of hypothermia, said Fargo police Lt. Joel Vettel. Randy Lee LaFontaine, 48,...