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Grand jury charges boyfriend in death of female Shakopee
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A grand jury has charged a man with first degree murder in the gruesome death of his girlfriend in Shakopee. The jury indicted on Friday Alexis Saborit in the death of his longtime girlfriend America Mafalda Thayer. His bond was also increased from $ 2.5 million to $ 4 million. Saborit is accused of beheading Thayer in a vehicle in front of spectators near downtown Shakopee on July 28 as the two made their way to his court appearance on felony charges alleging that he set fire to the couple’s apartment.
Wisconsin murder suspect arrested in Arizona
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – One of two men believed to have shot dead four people whose bodies were found in an abandoned SUV in Wisconsin has been arrested in Arizona. Antoine Darnique Suggs surrendered to police in Gilbert, Arizona on Friday. The arrest came two days after St. Paul, Minnesota, police arrested Suggs’ father, who was charged with helping hide the bodies of the victims. Authorities say Suggs was seen at a bar in St. Paul with victim Nitosha Flug-Presley and two of her friends hours before they were found dead with a fourth victim.
SD girl killed in Minnesota storms that spawned 2 tornadoes
MANKATO, Minnesota (AP) – A line of strong storms brought destructive winds and at least a few tornadoes into Minnesota and western Wisconsin early Friday, causing at least one fatality. Mankato authorities say a 4-year-old girl died when a tree branch fell on a tent in a city park around 2:30 a.m. The girl was from South Dakota and was with her family at the park for an annual powwow. Winds were 64 mph at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport just after 3 a.m. The National Weather Service reports that the storms have spawned at least a few tornadoes, one in Burnsville and the other in Apple Valley.
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Early voting begins on Minneapolis police poll issue
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – An early poll is underway in Minneapolis, a day after the Minnesota Supreme paved the way for a ballot question over whether the city should replace its police department with a new Department of Public Safety. Supporters of the proposed charter amendment say it’s the only way to repair an uncompromising brutal policing culture that culminated in the death of George Floyd last summer. Opponents say too many questions about how the new department will work remain unanswered. Dozens of supporters attended a rally near Minneapolis city hall on Friday, while opponents launched a canvassing campaign on the city’s heavily black north side.
ABANDONED SUV BODYWORK
Suspected in the deaths of 4 people found in SUV surrenders in Arizona
MENOMONIE, Wisconsin (AP) – A suspect in the shooting deaths of four Minnesotans found in an abandoned SUV in Wisconsin has surrendered to authorities in Arizona. The Dunn County Sheriff’s Office said Friday that Antoine Darnique Suggs, 38, had surrendered to police in Gilbert, Arizona. The sheriff’s statement says Suggs recently lived in the Phoenix area before coming to Minnesota. Authorities say investigators did not interview Suggs, so they had no new information to release on a potential motive. Authorities said Thursday Suggs was spotted meeting one of the victims at a Minnesota bar the night before their bodies were found.
Enbridge ordered to pay $ 3M for underground water leak from Line 3
ST. PAUL, Minnesota (AP) – Minnesota regulators ordered Enbridge to pay more than $ 3 million for allegedly violating state environmental law by drilling an underground aquifer during construction of the Line 3 pipeline The Department of Natural Resources said Enbridge, while working near Clearbrook in January, dug too deep into the ground and pierced an aquifer, resulting in a groundwater leak of 24 million people. gallons and endangered nearby wetlands. Enbridge says it is working with MNR on a resolution. The replacement of the company’s 340-mile Line 3 pipeline, which will transport Canadian crude through northern Minnesota to the company’s terminal in Superior, Wisconsin, is nearing completion.
Justice Department reviews policies on transgender prisoners
WASHINGTON (AP) – A Justice Department official told The Associated Press the department is reviewing its policies on housing transgender inmates in the federal prison system. Protections for transgender prisoners have been lifted in the Trump administration. Federal Bureau of Prisons policies for transgender inmates are in the spotlight after an anti-government militia leader in Illinois who identifies as transgender was sentenced this week to 53 years in prison for organizing the Minnesota mosque bombing in 2017. It is now up to an office board of psychology and corrections officials to determine where to house the militia group leader in a system of 122 federal prisons.
Chauvin pleads not guilty to violating the civil rights of a teenager
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The former Minneapolis police officer convicted of murder in the death of George Floyd has pleaded not guilty to violating the civil rights of a teenager in a separate case involving coercion similar to that used on Floyd. Derek Chauvin was convicted this year of state charges of murder and manslaughter in Floyd’s death in 2020. He is also charged in federal court with violating Floyd’s civil rights. But another indictment against Chauvin alleges that he committed a similar act against a then 14-year-old boy in 2017. This indictment alleges that Chauvin deprived the teenager, who is black, of his rights. when he held his knee to the boy’s neck and top. back as the boy lay handcuffed and couldn’t resist.