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An 18-year-old Crookston man was arrested early today on suspicion of attempted murder. At 12:22 a.m., Crookston police officers received a report of a gunshot wound to the head, Police Chief Paul Biermaier said. After arriving to an apartment at 708 Third Avenue Northeast, police arrested Daniel Gonzales Jr. without incident. In a news release, Biermaier said the victim, an 18-year-old man from Crookston, was taken to RiverView Health in Crookston and later airlifted to a Fargo hospital.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. -- A child is critically ill after developing a rare and severe brain infection while swimming in a central Minnesota lake, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The child, who the Health Department did not identify, was swimming at Lake Minnewaska in Pope County, about 20 miles south of Alexandria.
WALKER, Minn. -- A 44-year-old man was given the maximum sentence after he strangled someone in front of a child. Dallas Wayne Smith, Cass Lake, was found guilty of the felony crime of domestic assault by strangulation after a two-day trial in June in Cass County District Court in Walker. The jury convicted Smith of the strangulation charge, along with a misdemeanor domestic assault charge.
More than three and a half years after her disappearance, Idaho law enforcement officials have discovered items belonging to a missing Ardoch, N.D. woman and no foul play is suspected in her disappearance. A prosthetic knee and a vehicle belonging to Florence Dumontet, who went missing in Oct. 2011, were discovered last week in Shoshone County, Idaho, the Grand Forks County Sheriff's Office announced Monday.
CROOKSTON, Minn. -- A Grand Forks, N.D., woman was arrested Saturday night after officers say was driving in the wrong traffic lanes and led officers on a chase across state lines. Rhonda Kay Wilkens, 46, was charged after the incident, which occurred about 10 p.m. Saturday, a news release from the Polk County Sheriff’s Department said.
BEMIDJI -- A 21-year-old woman was injured in a two-vehicle crash in Cass County on Sunday that also involved state Sen. Tom Saxhaug, DFL-Grand Rapids. Danielle Vatalaro, Duluth, suffered a non-life-threatening injury in a crash reported just after 3 p.m. Sunday on Highway 2, east of Cass Lake, the Minnesota State Patrol reported.
ST. PAUL -- The trooper who has been the Minnesota State Patrol's face in western Minnesota faces charges of driving 94 miles per hour in a 55 zone. Sgt. Jesse Grabow has served as public information officer, but his duties will be handled by other troopers during an internal investigation into the April incident. Patrol Capt. Brian Cheney and Assistant Fergus Falls City Attorney Joseph Ellig filed the speeding complaint Friday and the patrol released information Monday.
DULUTH -- Duluth police are searching for the possible victim of a stabbing after they responded to a report of a fight around 10:54 a.m. Wednesday in the area of 59th Avenue West and Raleigh Street, according to a statement from police spokesman Ronald Tinsley. At the scene police interviewed witnesses as well as a suspect who officials say was involved in the fight. Witnesses said the possible victim was stabbed in the arm and left the area in a dark-colored vehicle.
ST. PAUL PARK, Minn. -- A body was found Wednesday morning in the Mississippi River in the Twin Cities suburb of St. Paul Park, authorities said. The body was found in a side channel south of Hidden Harbor by a Department of Natural Resources official working on the river, St. Paul Park Police Chief Mike Monahan said. The Washington County Sheriff's Office was called to investigate. Authorities used a sheriff's boat to access the body on the river shortly after 10 a.m.
A hockey camp athletic trainer allegedly filmed a 14-year-old girl showering in the Breezy Point Ice Arena in Breezy Point, according to criminal charges filed in court against the man. James William Diffley, 32, Maple Grove, was charged June 24 in Crow Wing County District Court with felony of interfering with a minor's privacy. Diffley will appear at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday for his initial appearance hearing. According to the criminal complaint filed against Diffley, Breezy Point officers were dispatched at 9:45 p.m.