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ADA, Minn.—A woman charged with second-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of her boyfriend last summer made an initial appearance in Norman County District Court on Friday, Oct. 27. Monalisa Perez, 20, is accused in court papers of shooting Pedro Ruiz III, 22, in the chest in June during what Perez told investigators was an attempt to make a profitable YouTube video. At Friday's hearing, the court told Perez to keep the court and her attorney informed about where she is living and she was ordered to make all future court appearances.
DULUTH, Minn. -- A semi truck slid off Interstate 35 and into the St. Louis River about 18 miles southwest of Duluth amid snowy conditions early Friday, killing the driver, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. Personnel from numerous law enforcement agencies and and fire departments responded to search for the driver.
MOORHEAD — A 25-year-old man faces a number of charges for allegedly damaging the glass door of a Moorhead pizza business after his offer to trade marijuana for pizza was turned down. According to Clay County District Court documents: Moorhead police were called to Pizza Patrol about 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24. Workers told officers two men and a woman entered the business and one of the men offered marijuana in exchange for pizza. When the deal was turned down, the man who offered the marijuana broke a glass door on his way out of the business.
ST. PAUL—About 100 Minnesota law enforcement agencies will accept unneeded prescription drugs Saturday, Oct. 28. "There were more opioid-related deaths last year than the year before,' state Attorney General Lori Swanson said. "Safely disposing of prescription drugs that are no longer needed keeps them from being diverted or abused, or being accidentally swallowed by children,"
PROCTOR, Minn. — A man’s body was recovered Tuesday, Oct. 24, from a swampy area near Proctor, the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office reported. The body was found shortly after 8:30 a.m. near the intersection of Ugstad and Stark roads in Midway Township, just west of the Canadian National railyard in Proctor.
PINE RIVER, Minn. -- A 40-year-old Nisswa man was apprehended Sunday, Oct. 22, after leading Minnesota authorities on a pursuit that began in Morrison County and ended in Cass County with speeds reaching 100 mph. The Minnesota State Patrol reported the 45-minute pursuit began at 12:30 a.m. Sunday when the suspect stopped for having a tail light out fled north on State Highway 115 near Camp Ripley in Morrison County. The suspect led authorities through Crow Wing and Cass counties, before the pursuit ended north of Pine River.
TURTLE LAKE, Minn. - A 54-year-old Bigfork man was injured Monday, Oct. 23, when his vehicle rolled near Turtle Lake. Kevin Dean Gustafson was traveling north on State Highway 38 in a 2004 Chevrolet Avalanche when he headed into the west ditch. He overcorrected, causing his vehicle to rollover, which then came to a stop in the east ditch, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. Road conditions were wet at the time according to the accident report.
BELCOURT, N.D. — The Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians Tribal Council voted to remove its chairman for alleged misconduct Monday, Oct. 23. The vote was unanimous, with seven of the council's nine members present for the meeting, according to a copy of the resolution posted on a tribal government Facebook page. Wayne Keplin, the ousted chairman, was not present. Keplin's ouster is effective immediately. Council Vice Chairman Roman Marcellais has been the acting chairman amid the leadership turmoil.
DULUTH -- Police have identified a Duluth woman who was found severely burned in the city’s Fond du Lac neighborhood on Thursday. Jaclyn Arnold, 24, remained in critical condition at a Minneapolis hospital on Friday afternoon as a criminal investigation continued, said Deputy Chief Laura Marquardt.
RICE LAKE, Minn. -- Authorities say the 24-year-old Duluth woman who went missing following an early Friday incident in the city of Rice Lake has been found safe. Neighbors on the 5100 block of Howard Gnesen Road reported a woman later known to be Chassie Lee in a blanket asking for help, said a St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office news release.