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DULUTH -- A 21-year-old Duluth man faces a felony charge after allegedly burglarizing a West Duluth home to support a drug habit. Scott Robert Vercelline Jr. was charged last week with second-degree burglary, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and $20,000 in fines, after being arrested Thursday.
The Aitkin woman killed March 29 following a standoff with law enforcement has been identified as 50-year-old Denise Renie Fairchild. Fairchild suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the torso, the Hennepin County medical examiner's office stated. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the shooting at the request of the Aitkin County Sheriff's Office.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. – A teen has been sentenced in juvenile court for allegedly helping make a fake bomb and taping it to a utility pole in People's Park. The Oct. 1 incident caused police to block off the area and call in a bomb squad. Nearby Rossman Elementary School also went into "Code Yellow" partial lockdown mode, keeping students and staff in their classrooms throughout much of the morning.
STILLWATER, Minn. — A Maple Grove man admitted to engaging in prostitution with a 16-year-old Cottage Grove girl and pleaded guilty to underage prostitution and child pornography charges. Corwin Thomas Moose, 44, entered guilty pleas to three felonies March 30 in Washington County District Court in connection with his arrest in a sex trafficking investigation last fall.
ST. PAUL -- Applications for Minnesota bear hunting licenses are being accepted now through May 6, wherever Minnesota hunting and fishing license are sold, online at www.mndnr.gov/buyalicense and by telephone at 888-665-4236. A total of 3,850 licenses are available in 13 permit areas. Bear licenses cost $44 for residents and $230 for nonresidents, and there is a $5 application fee. The season is open from Thursday, Sept. 1, through Sunday, Oct. 16.
TOWER, Minn. -- Authorities on Monday identified two people killed in separate crashes on highways in St. Louis County on Sunday. In the first crash, on Minnesota Highway 169 south of Tower at about 12:30 p.m., Elaine Tuominen, 82, of Tower died after the Buick LeSabre in which she was a passenger pulled out from a parking lot and into the path of a southbound Chevrolet Astro, the Minnesota State Patrol reported.
LUVERNE, Minn. -- A 39-year-old Luverne man died when he lost control of his motorcycle on U.S. Highway 75 just one-half mile north of Luverne in far southwest Minnesota on Sunday afternoon. Chad Carlson of Luverne was southbound on the highway about 2:45 p.m. when his motorcycle crashed, said the Minnesota Highway Patrol.
OMAHA, Neb. -- A Fargo native and former Minnesota resident who snuck into an Omaha zoo enclosure and was bitten by a tiger she was trying to pet pleaded guilty on Monday to trespassing and was fined $250, prosecutors said. Jacqueline Eide, 33, of Nebraska was bitten in November by the three-legged tiger named Mai after she entered Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium when it was closed. Eide suffered injuries to her left fingers.
KADOKA, S.D. – Brittnie Montague, 26, of St. Francis, Minn., has been identified as the person killed in a one-vehicle crash that occurred early Sunday morning west of Kadoka, S.D. Montague was driving a 1972 Chevy C10 pickup eastbound on Interstate 90 when she lost control. The vehicle entered the median and rolled several times.
A Minnesota couple accused of stealing more than $600 worth of copper wire from a Superior store by hiding it under blankets in a baby stroller made an initial appearance Tuesday in Douglas County Circuit Court.