Two Die In Head On Crash In Cass County; Suspect Arrested In Alex Bank Robbery; Possible New Restrictions On Gun Storage

>>Two Dead In Cass County Crash

(Pine River) Two people died and at least three had life-threatening injuries from an alcohol-fueled head-on crash in Cass County early Sunday.

Before 1 a.m., a man driving west in a Ford F-150 collided with an eastbound Pontiac in Pine River Township. The Pontiac driver was 39-year-old Royal William Noe of Hillman.  He was killed along with his passenger, 50-year-old Heather Faye Ceballos of Brainerd,  A 53-year-old Pine River woman in the Pontiac was taken to St. Joseph’s Health with life-threatening injuries. The status of a 36-year-old male passenger is expected to be released today.

The Ford driver was 32-year-old Kyle Daniel Jones of Bayport.  and suspected alcohol consumption was listed as a factor for his involvement in the crash, He and a 30-year-old female passenger were taken to St. Joseph’s Health with life-threatening injuries. (Star Tribune)

(Alexandria) Alexandria police said Friday they had arrested a man who had remained at large for a day after allegedly robbing the Bremer Bank in downtown Alexandria on Thursday.

Police said Friday evening they had apprehended the 49-year-old suspect in West Fargo with help from  video surveillance that helped identify the vehicle the suspect was driving, assistance from the public, and cooperation between law enforcement agencies.

According to the Star Tribune, West Fargo Police and the Cass County North Dakota Drug Task Force executed search warrants on a vehicle and a residence in West Fargo, finding evidence connected to the robbery.Another warrant was executed Thursday in Alexandria. (Star Tribune)

>>Minnesota Lawmakers Approve New Restrictions On Gun Storage

(St. Paul, MN)    Minnesota lawmakers are moving forward with a bill that would set new restrictions on they way firearms are stored.  The state House approved a measure on Thursday that would make it a crime to store, keep, or leave a firearm in any place, unless the gun is unloaded and equipped with a locking device, or locked in a firearm storage/locked gun room.  Proponents of the bill hope it will help keep guns out of the hands of children.  The legislation now moves to the Senate.  (24/7 News Source)

>>Duluth Man Accused Of Spray-Painting Hundreds Buildings

(Duluth, MN)    A Duluth man is accused of spray-painting the word “plunger” on numerous buildings in the city.  Authorities say Mason Kenneth Manseau was arrested for tagging hundreds of building in Duluth since February.  He faces multiple charges.   (24/7 News Source)

>>Amtrak Offering Another Way to Get To Twin Cities From Chicago

(St. Paul, MN)    Amtrak is offering another way for travelers to get to Chicago from the Twin Cities.  Amtrak’s new Borealis service will provide a second daily trip between the two destinations, through Milwaukee.  The new service begins May 21st.   (24/7 News Source)

>>Walz Appoints Karl Schmidt to Fill Seventh Judicial District Vacancy

(St. Paul, MN)    Governor Tim Walz is appointing Karl Schmidt as District Court Judge in Minnesota’s Seventh Judicial District.  Schmidt will be replacing the Michael Jesse and will chambered in Foley in Benton County.  Minnesota’s Seventh Judicial District encompasses Becker, Benton, Clay, Douglas, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Otter Tail, Stearns, Todd, and Wadena counties.   (24/7 News Source)

>>Ellison Charges Eight In $2.6M Medicaid Fraud Scheme

(Rice Co., MN)    The office of Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison is charging eight people in Rice County Court for taking part in a two-point-six-million-dollar Medicaid fraud scheme.  Ellison’s office says the eight co-conspirators used the stolen identities of hundreds of people, mostly from the Faribault area, to bill the Medicaid program for services that the victims didn’t receive and that the co-conspirators did not provide.  The suspects are charged with 67 felonies, including racketeering, felony theft, and identity theft. (24/7 News Source)

>>Metro Transit Reports Drop In Violent Crimes    

(Minneapolis, MN) — Metro Transit authorities have announced a significant decrease in violent crimes on light rails and buses during the first quarter of 2024. Chief Ernest Morales the Third stated that violent crimes like homicide, assault, and robberies have declined by 16 percent compared to the same period last year. Overall crime on all transit routes has decreased by seven percent. Morales attributed these improvements to increased patrols and the implementation of the Security and Safety Action Plan. He emphasized the importance of addressing societal issues beyond just law enforcement.     (24/7 News Source)

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