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MITCHELL, S.D.—A man accused of beating a woman and throwing a 7-week-old baby on the ground was sentenced Friday to about four years and seven months in prison. Levi Sapp, 26, of Mitchell, was arrested on March 30 after police were alerted that there had been a domestic disturbance.
ST. PAUL -- August marked the first time in four months where fatalities dropped below 30 traffic-related deaths during a single month, Minnesota Department of Public Safety statistics show. During the 100 deadliest days (Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day), 116 people were killed on Minnesota roads. That’s 52 percent of all traffic fatalities so far this year and a decrease of five deaths from the same period in 2017.
WOODBURY, Minn. — A Hayward, Wis., man accused of attempting to hire a minor for prostitution had his initial hearing in Washington County District Court Aug. 2. According to the complaint: Scott Klohn, 62, approached a 17-year-old male at a fitness center in Woodbury while the male was exercising May 19. Klohn asked him if he would go into the bathroom and "poop in a cup" for him for $20. The male declined. He then saw Klohn staring at him in the locker room while standing in a towel. Klohn later removed the towel and walked around the male still staring at him.
CROOKSTON, Minn. — A Minneapolis man accused of strangling a woman to death in a Crookston apartment last year will ask a judge to dismiss the charges against him. An attorney for Eddie Markeith Frazier, 50, filed a motion Monday, Aug. 27, to dismiss a grand jury indictment in relation to the death of 48-year-old Tawnja Rene Wallace, who was found dead in her apartment May 3, 2017. Frazier faces two first-degree murder charges and two counts of second-degree murder, all felonies, after investigators found Wallace’s body in a bathtub, according to court documents.
NORTH PRAIRIE, Minn. --—Officials are investigating an apparent arson after an abandoned house burned in Morrison County. Morrison County Sheriff Shawn Larsen reported the office received a report of an explosion at 2:55 a.m. Aug. 21 on the 1800 block of 150th Avenue. The Bowlus Fire Department responded to the scene 2 miles south of North Prairie in Two Rivers Township, finding the house engulfed in flames.
THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. -- A Thief River Falls man has been charged with a sex crime for allegedly inappropriately touching a child. Derek James Lian, 33, appeared Monday, Aug. 28, in Pennington County District Court on a second-degree felony count of criminal sexual conduct. He could face 25 years in prison if convicted on the charge that alleges he inappropriately touched a boy who is younger than 13 years old.
HUDSON, Wis.—Tweets linked to the recently appointed interim St. Croix Emergency Medical Services Chief have prompted an investigation after they were shared with the city of Hudson and Hudson Star-Observer by a group questioning Joe Elkin's continued employment at the city. An anonymous email signed "Concerned Citizens" from email@example.com shared 15 tweets from the now deleted account The Real Joe Elkin, handle @joekuhlshow.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. — A truck driver found guilty of causing the death of a 16-year-old boy was sentenced Friday, Aug. 24, in Otter Tail County District Court to spend more than four years in prison. Jason Vadner, 36, of Wheaton, Minn., was sentenced to four years and two months. A jury found him guilty on charges of criminal vehicular homicide and misdemeanor careless driving after a head-on crash on April 13, 2017, killed high school sophomore Jacob Quam, of Vining, Minn.
BACKUS, Minn. -- Authorities on Friday released the name of a Wisconsin woman who drowned last weekend in a rural lake in north-central Minnesota. Panhia Danielle Yang, 37, Sheboygan, Wis., had been swimming near the shore of Ponto Lake, near Backus, about 60 miles south of Bemidji, on Saturday, Aug. 18, according to a release from the Cass County Sheriff’s Office.
BEMIDJI, Minn.—Gov. Mark Dayton has ordered the Minnesota National Guard to help in fighting a wildfire in the Beltrami Island State Forest in northwest Minnesota. The 500-acre wildfire broke out Wednesday, Aug. 22, as the result of of a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources prescribed burn meant to help manage brushlands, according to a release from the governor's office.