Burn Restrictions Expanded;  Two Die In Red Lake Fire; Man Arrested after Chase In Beltrami County

>>New DNR Burn Restrictions To Go Into Effect Today In More Than 30 Counties

(St. Paul, MN)    The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is implementing new burn restrictions in more than three-dozen counties statewide.  The agency announced Friday that it will not issue permits for open burning in those counties because of the current threat of wildfires.  The new restrictions go into effect today and will be lifted or adjusted as conditions change.  (24/7 News Source)

>>Two Dead After Fire On Red Lake Reservation

(Red Lake, MN)    Two people are dead following a fire on the Red Lake Reservation.  The Red Lake Fire Department says two bodies were found following a structure fire on the reservation on Friday.  Local police and fire officials are reportedly working with the ATF and the FBI to investigate the fire.  No details about the cause of the fire or the two people killed have been released.  (24/7 News Source)

>>Chase Leads To Arrest

Blackduck, – A Grygla man was arrested after a pursuit and intentionally crashing into a Bemidji Police Department squad car. At 1:13AM Saturday, a Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office Deputy and a Blackduck Police Officer initiated a traffic stop in Blackduck due to erratic driving, which led to a high speed pursuit at up to 100mph south on 71. After several maneuvers on and off road, a Minnesota State Trooper and another Beltrami County Deputy successfully deployed tire deflation devices. but the suspect vehicle intentionally rammed one of the squad cars. After the suspect resisted arrest, he was ultimately subdued. The suspect was identified as 52 year old Jason Moe of Grygla. He has been charged with fleeing in a motor vehicle, first degree assault, use of deadly force on a peace officer, second degree driving while impaired and obstruction with force. Moe was transported to the Bemidji Sanford Medical Center and later medically cleared and taken into custody.  (24/7 News Source)

>>Haskins Confirmed As Next U.S. Ambassador To Haiti

(Washington, DC)    A man with deep ties to Minnesota is now the next U.S. ambassador to Haiti.  Dennis Haskins was confirmed by the Senate in an 89-to-1 vote last Thursday.  Haskins graduated from Bemidji High School in 1977 and went on to join the U.S. Foreign Service in 1984.  He was appointed U.S. ambassador to Guinea in 2015, and U.S. ambassador to Mali in 2018.  The nearly 65-year-old diplomat says he plans to retire after this assignment, which he expects to last around three years.  (24/7 News Source)

>>Second Man Charged In Ruby Slipper Theft

(St. Paul, MN)    A second man is being charged in connection to the theft of a pair of ruby slippers from “The Wizard of Oz.”   The ruby slippers, which were worn by Judy Garland in the film, were stolen in 2005 from the Judy Garland Museum by a man named Terry Jon Martin.  Now, 76-year-old Jerry Hal Saliterman is in trouble for his alleged role in the scheme.  Saliterman made his first court appearance in Minnesota this weekend, where he was charged with theft of a major artwork and witness tampering.   (24/7 News Source)

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