St. Paul Pioneer Press
MINNEAPOLIS — Minneapolis police have made an arrest in a Sunday crash in which a driver fled and left behind a passenger who died of her injuries. Michael Laurence Campbell, 21, was booked into the Hennepin County jail on probable cause of criminal vehicular homicide. University of St. Thomas junior Ria Patel, 20, of Eden Prairie, died of head injuries at 3:51 a.m.Sunday, according to the Hennepin County medical examiner’s office.
MINNETONKA, Minn. -- Halloween may be a month away, but the Minnesota State Patrol already has sent a message to motorists about operating vehicles in costume. A motorcyclist wearing a panda suit was cited for reckless driving and his panda head was confiscated Aug. 31 off Interstate 394 and Shelard Parkway in Minnetonka.
ST. PAUL -- A 34-year-old driver fled from troopers in St. Paul early Tuesday and then fatally shot himself, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. Shortly after 2 a.m., troopers tried to stop a vehicle seen weaving on eastbound Interstate 94 near Pascal Street, according to Lt. Tiffani Nielson, State Patrol spokeswoman.
MINNEAPOLIS -- The woman who died in a Minneapolis car crash early Sunday has been identified as a University of St. Thomas junior from Eden Prairie, Minn. Ria Patel, 20, died of head injuries at 3:51 a.m. Sunday, according to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner.
ST. PAUL -- After impressing during the Traverse City Prospect Tournament, 18-year-old goaltender Dereck Baribeau has earned a three-year, entry-level contract with the Minnesota Wild. Baribeau was the No. 10-ranked North American goaltender in the 2017 NHL Draft, according to NHL Central Scouting. He went undrafted after playing last season in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He posted a 12-15-2 record last season with a 3.93 goals-against average and a .881 save percentage in 35 games.
SHAKOPEE, Minn. -- Authorities are continuing to investigate a single-vehicle crash that killed a 16-year-old Shakopee High School student and injured four others on Thursday afternoon. Ja’Mason Purnell Moffett, a high school junior, was killed in the 3:15 p.m. crash in the 13800 block of Zumbro Avenue in Jackson Township.
ST. PAUL -- A controversial painting removed from the Minnesota State Capitol during its recent restoration will be the focus of an exhibit that opens Saturday at the James J. Hill House in St. Paul.
ANOKA, Minn. -- Anoka Halloween Inc., the nonprofit that organizes the city’s annual fright fest, announced last month that it would prohibit floats from distributing sweets amid concerns about kids rushing into the street to pick them up. A swift backlash followed.
ST. PAUL -- A St. Paul man is accused of biting a 3-year-old’s face after getting into a fight with the child’s mother, authorities say. Scottie Dale Heckel, 20, was charged via warrant Wednesday with one count of third-degree assault, according to the criminal complaint filed against him in Ramsey County District Court. The incident was brought to the attention of police by the young girl’s aunt after her daughter noticed bruises on her cousin’s cheek.
MINNEAPOLIS-- A former Edina woman whose disruptive behavior prompted a pilot to return a Delta Air Lines flight to the Twin Cities last winter was ordered to do community service and sentenced to probation for her conduct. Anna Koosmann, 37, of Los Angeles was sentenced in Hennepin County Court last week to one year of probation along with 10 days of community service. She was also fined.