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MINNESOTA NEWS ROUND-UP: Charges brought against alleged killer of Officer Patrick

MENDOTA HEIGHTS, Minn.  --  Prosecutors announced yesterday what charges will be filed against the alleged killer of Mendota Heights police officer Scott Patrick. 

39-year old Brian Fitch Sr. remains hospitalized under police guard in St. Paul.  He was shot resisting arrest after a massive manhunt Wednesday.  Fitch has been described as a career criminal.  Prosecutors will also likely detail what if any charges will be filed against Kelly Lee Hardy of Maplewood who was in the vehicle with Fitch when he was arrested.  Details about the funeral for Officer Patrick are also expected today.  


A 43-year-old Litchfield man is in custody after allegedly exchanging gunfire with a Benton County Sheriff's deputy last night.  About six p.m. a man called dispatch and said he was going to a storage facility to shoot some rounds off with his gun.  Before authorities could get a location, the man hung up.  A deputy later found the man sitting in a chair at storage facility east of St. Cloud with a gun.  As the deputy approached, the suspect raised his gun and fired.  The deputy returned fire, then retreated to his squad car.  The suspect then took off in his vehicle.  A perimeter was set up and the man was found in a wooded area just before 9 p.m. and arrested without further incident.  


Counterfeit money has been turning up in Cass and Clay Counties in the past month.  There have been several dozen reports of bogus money, most of them $50-dollars. The latest reports were in Moorhead.  Thursday, a man attempted to use a fake fifty at the drive-up at Taco Johns but was denied because the bill was torn.  He then tried his luck at a nearby McDonald's.  Police confiscated that bill.  Investigators believe it was the same person. 


With the August 12th primary looming, the four GOP candidates who want to be governor continue their debates.  rsday in Duluth they were asked how they differ from each other. State Sen. Marty Seifert says the most Republicans voted for him in the last two election cycles, plus he won first place in a straw poll at February's precinct caucuses.  Scott Honour says his professionalism gives him the edge, as the only candidate who's been in the private sector his entire life -- and Honour adds he's "running against three guys who have collectively been in office a half a century."  State Rep. Kurt Zellers said having lost his job in the past he can relate to Minnesotans, while Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson pointed out he's the party's endorsed candidate and has the best personal-professional balance.


Yesterday was the first day Hennepin County Sheriff's Deputies begin carrying Narcan, the life-saving antidote for those who overdose on opiates or heroin.  Sheriff Rich Stanek says law enforcement officials across Minnesota have seen an exponential increase in heroin overdose deaths, and every single one is preventable.  Stanek says there are no after-effects from Narcan.  Hennepin County Deputies are the first in the state to carry and be trained to administer the antidote.  


A Crosby man was arrested Thursday on several drug charges following a search.  Crow Wing County Sheriff Todd Dahl says officers recovered methamphetamine, six firearms, and over 14-thousand dollars in cash from the home.  52-year-old Albert Hester the Third was taken into custody.  Additional arrests are anticipated.  


On this seventh anniversary of the 35-W bridge collapse, Minnesotans are remembering events of that tragic day.  On the anniversary last year, Lindsay Walz of Minneapolis recalled her commute home from her job in Shoreview when the bridge fell.  Walz says she expected to die on concrete or be slammed into the ground, but ended up in the river and nearly drowned in her car.  "I still don't know how I got out," she says, and hasn't ever been able to fully answer that question.  Lindsay suffered several broken vertebrae in her back and other injuries.  Minnesotans are encouraged to take part in a moment of silence at 6:05 this evening to remember the bridge victims and survivors.