Post Bulletin Reporter Mark Wasson

Mark Wasson

Public Safety Reporter

Mark Wasson has been a public safety reporter with Post Bulletin since May 2022. Previously he worked as a general assignment reporter in the southwest metro and as a public safety reporter in Willmar, Minn.

He graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in Journalism.

Mark enjoys eating pizza with his dog and watching Parks and Rec.

Readers can reach Mark at mwasson@postbulletin.com.

Goodhue County Sheriff's Deputy Steve Sutton-Brown, a nearly 20-year law enforcement veteran, shot an unarmed 24-year-old Fernando Javier Carbajal after authorities say Carbajal chased the deputy. Sutton-Brown is on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of an investigation by the BCA.
Derrick Timothy Days, 29, of South St. Paul, pleaded guilty to murdering Todd Lorne Banks Jr., 28, of Rochester, in June 2021 following a disagreement during a dice game in downtown Rochester.
“As far as this entire thing, I have had no choice. I had no choice at my house. I had no choice over the legal aspect of it in the court system,” said Heather McConnell of Pine Island, Minnesota. “For me, it boils down to a control thing.”
Joshua Hippler, 27, was killed after Rochester Police Department officer Michael Bottcher fired six shots at Hippler who can be seen on body camera footage advancing on Bottcher with an ax the night of July 30.
Chase Johnston's YouTube channel has thousands of views from videos in which he confronts people he views as sexual predators. One Minnesota county has declined to follow up on his reports. Another has decided to pursue charges. In all of this, Johnston has been charged with multiple crimes against two of the men he's accused, including one accusation of sexual assault.
Jose Angel Felan Jr., 36, of Rochester was accused of setting fire to a Goodwill retail store, the Gordon Parks High School and the 7 Mile Sportswear store in St. Paul.
Medical professionals are required to notify law enforcement if they treat various injuries like gunshot wounds or burns to law enforcement. The way the law sits right now, by the time law enforcement is notified of an overdose, it may be too late to pursue charges against the person who supplied the drugs, according to Olmsted County Sheriff Kevin Torgerson.
Two Honduran sisters living in Rochester accepted an $80,000 settlement offer from the federal government following a lawsuit that alleged the pair suffered mistreatment by border patrol agents in 2021.
Prohibition-era runners brought thousands of gallons of booze into the area, and despite law enforcements raids and arrests, there was plenty of demand for 'the devil's water.'
A man previously convicted of selling narcotics is facing murder charges related to the overdose death of an Olmsted County woman in 2021. The woman was allegedly trying to buy heroin but an autopsy revealed she died as a result of the toxic effects of methamphetamine and fentanyl.