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RED WING, Minn. — A man was waiting in a vehicle outside a Red Wing residence early Tuesday morning, May 21, when he was shot on the right side of his neck, according to a criminal complaint. John Charles Roberts, 18, of Red Wing, faces attempted murder and assault charges stemming from the incident. According to the complaint, John Paul Smith and another passenger were waiting for two others in a car outside 1910 Twin Bluff Road around 2 a.m. Tuesday. Smith told investigator he stuck his head out of the vehicle and heard a gunshot that hit him in the neck.
RED WING, Minn. — A suspect who had barricaded himself inside a residence was arrested in connection to a shooting early Tuesday morning, May 21, according to police. The victim had not been identified Tuesday morning. Red Wing Police Chief Roger Pohlman said it is unclear what relationship, if any, the victim and suspect share. The victim was airlifted to Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus in Rochester. The shooting remains under investigation, Pohlman said.
MITCHELL, S.D. - Dakota Wesleyan University senior Kamberlyn Lamer got the news she was looking for Tuesday. The NAIA said Tuesday, May 21, that Lamer will be allowed to compete in the heptathlon event at this week’s NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships in Gulf Shores, Ala., after an appeal was filed to the NAIA's National Coordinating Committee. “Allowing Ms. Lamer to compete is consistent with NAIA principles that place the student-athlete as the association’s top priority,” said Jim Carr, NAIA president and CEO in a statement.
ST. PAUL - Ten years after Minnesota implemented a primary seat belt law, law enforcement is conducting another “Click It or Ticket” campaign May 20-June 2 to remind motorists that seat belts and child car seats can save lives. The primary seat belt law took effect June 9, 2009 in honor of Meghan Cooper, who attended school at Kenyon-Wanamingo in southeastern Minnesota community of Kenyon. The unbuckled 15-year-old died in 1999 after being ejected in a crash from the rear seat of a car.
FARGO - Arturs Bareikis of Midlothian, Ill., won the men’s portion and Val Curtis of Minot captured the women’s race in light rain, cool temperatures and wind Saturday, May 18, at the 15th annual Sanford Fargo Marathon. After taking the lead on the 20th mile, Bareikis spent the final six miles looking over his shoulder. There was nothing to see. The 32-year-old made his third trip to Fargo one to remember winning the event in 2 hours, 27 minutes, 14 seconds. He finished second in 2014 and he was on a mission not to let that happen again.
PIERRE — A legendary South Dakota fishing record has been taken off the books, 70 years later. The state’s record for channel catfish has been held since 1949 by Roy Groves, who caught a 55-pound catfish in the James River on May 18, 1949. Saturday is the 70th anniversary of that catch.
AUSTIN, Minn. — A Racine man was sentenced Thursday, May 16, to more than four years in prison for assault following a 39-minute pursuit by law enforcement. Elijah Joel Beckman, 31, was sentenced in Mower County District Court to 52 months in prison. Beckman was also given a concurrent jail sentence of 180 days, but satisfied that sentence with time he already served. On the prison sentence, Kritzer receives credit for 342 days already served, according to court records.
The driver of a car that was found crashed and on fire May 12 in northern Wadena County has been identified as 45-year-old Troy Lee Bruce, of Park Rapids. The vehicle driven by Bruce, a 1995 Mitsubishi 3000 GT, was found upside down in a ditch on fire in section 3 of Shell River Township at 2:16 a.m., May 12, according to a press release from the Wadena County Sheriff’s Office.
MONTEVIDEO – A judge has denied a petition for a restraining order filed by a young woman who said a former police chief had been harassing her. Eighth District Judge Charles Glasrud filed the order May 10. The 18-year-old woman sought the harassment restraining order in November, saying Montevideo Police Chief Adam Christopher, 47, had sent her hundreds of texts, some of a sexual nature.
MORRIS, Minn. – A 32-year-old Morris man died after he was struck by a vehicle while fishing along the shore of Long Lake early Wednesday night, May 15, authorities said. The Stevens County Sheriff’s Department said Nicholas Hervin died from injuries he suffered when the vehicle struck him in an embankment, a release said.