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The brother of a woman suspected of being an accomplice in the beheading of an Iron Range man has been charged with witness tampering. Joeseph Allen Greniger, 20, of Grand Rapids was charged Tuesday in State District Court in Grand Rapids with one count of felony first-degree tampering with a witness. The charge stems from alleged multiple attempts made by Greniger to threaten a witness, saying the witness “snitched” on his sister.
PILLAGER, Minn. -- It has been confirmed. A second alligator in the Brainerd lakes area has been found. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday received a report of a possible alligator sighting in Hardy Lake in rural Pillager -- about 14 miles west of Brainerd. Officers responded to the area and did in fact locate a small alligator in the lake near the shoreline. The alligator was secured and transported to the Safari North Wildlife Park, just south of Brainerd.
DULUTH, Minn. -- David Andrew Smithson has pleaded guilty to felony criminal vehicular homicide, agreeing with toxicology reports that he had amphetamine, methamphetamine, THC and morphine in his system when the the van he was driving struck and killed Brian Respler, who was walking along Grand Avenue in West Duluth. Smithson, 27, said Monday he had been sleeping at his brother's house in Piedmont before driving to his parents’ house in Gary-New Duluth, and dozed off at the wheel after earlier doing drugs.
ST. PAUL -- Wildlife artists can submit entries for the 2017 Minnesota Trout and Salmon Stamp from Monday, Aug. 1, until 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12. The trout and salmon stamp validation is sold for $10 along with fishing licenses, and for an extra 75 cents, purchasers can receive the pictorial stamp. It is also sold as a collectible for $10.75. Revenue from stamp sales is dedicated to trout and salmon management and habitat work.
DULUTH, Minn. -- A 3-year-old boy found unresponsive in a septic tank on Sunday night in Duluth Township has died. Mick Johnston of Two Harbors, Minn., died late Monday night at Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth, the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office reported. The exact cause of death was not yet known, the sheriff’s office said Tuesday, but it is believed to be from complications related to the incident.
HERMANTOWN, Minn. -- A vehicle evading authorities hit 117 mph through Hermantown in northeast Minnesota before crashing into a cement and rock outcropping and starting on fire early Tuesday. Police officers extinguished the flames and pulled four men out of the vehicle just after 2 am. The men were taken to Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center with various injuries, a Hermantown Police Department news release said.
NELSON, Minn. -- One of the drivers in a two-vehicle crash near Nelson in central Minnesota, has died. The St. Cloud Hospital confirmed the death of Amber Lynn Martinson, 28, of Alexandria, Monday. The crash happened about 5 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of County Road 9 and County Road 73, north of Nelson.
BRAINERD, Minn. -- Two months after being found not guilty of aiding and abetting in a murder, Nathan David Becker is back in the Crow Wing County Jail on methamphetamineand a fleeing police charges.
BISMARCK -- The North Dakota Department of Health on Tuesday confirmed a second case of Zika virus illness reported in a North Dakota resident. The individual who tested positive for Zika virus is a man who traveled to Costa Rica and did not require hospitalization for his illness.
THIEF RIVER FALLS — A 14-year-old boy died after being hit by a vehicle Monday evening in Thief River Falls. Gannon Allen Hejlik, 14, was riding his bicycle through an intersection when he was fatally struck by a truck driven by Tammy Martha Johnson, 52, Thief River Falls, according to a news release from the Thief River Falls Police Department.