MINNESOTA NEWS ROUND-UP: Man Fatally Shot On St. Paul's East Side
ST. PAUL - Police on St. Paul's East Side are investigating after an anonymous tip about a dead body
Officials were called around 3:30 this morning and arrived to find a male victim dead from an apparent gunshot wound. He has not yet been identified. No arrests have been made.
A former youth sports coach from Duluth has drawn a nearly 13-year prison sentence for sexually assaulting two young boys. Forty-eight-year-old Peter Olson pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal sexual conduct in October as part of a deal with prosecutors. Olson coached the victims in Little League in Duluth and was also a coach in the Salvation Army's Rookie Basketball Association. He apologized to the boys and their families before sentencing. Olson will be on supervised released for the rest of life and must register as a predatory offender.
A Springfield man has been sentenced to more than six years in prison for a break-in and sword attack in April. Twenty-three-year-old Ronald Wenisch was convicted of felony first-degree assault, while charges of burglary and possessing a dangerous weapon were dismissed. Wenisch admitted to kicking in the front door of a Springfield residence and striking a 21-year-old woman multiple times with a sword. Witnesses told police Wenisch was covered in blood before his arrest. The victim required 37 stitches in the shoulder area. Wenisch was given credit for the 234 days he has already spent in jail.
The Winona County Sheriff's Office says an autopsy is being done on the body of a Ridgeway area woman who died Saturday at her home. Chief Deputy Ron Ganrude says officers found 33-year-old Heidi Chalmers in a bathroom after a man returned home and discovered her body. He says Chalmers had apparently fallen while preparing for a bath or shower. The coroner said Chalmers appeared to have been dead for a few hours. Two children, ages three and six, were also in the home at the time. The incident is under investigation.
Minnesota farmers have nearly finished the corn harvest despite recent cold temperatures and snow. The USDA's final weekly crop report shows the corn harvest advanced four percentage points to 98-percent complete as of Sunday. That's six points ahead of the five-year average of 92 percent for this late in the season. Statewide, an average of five-point-four days were rated suitable for field work last week. As we head into winter, topsoil moisture levels are rated 86-percent adequate and eight-percent short while subsoil moisture is 75-percent adequate and 22-percent short.
A group of Minnesota lawmakers is working to tighten the policy on carrying guns on the grounds of the State Capitol. The advisory committee on Capitol security is expected to submit their findings to the full legislature early next year. One of the issues being debated is how to account for permitted handgun owners -- who are allowed to legally carry a concealed weapon.
A Sartell man who fell through thin ice on Little Rock Lake earlier this month is reportedly awake and communicating with doctors, thanks in part to a DNR conservation officer's quick thinking. Acting Lieutenant Tony Musatov of Sauk Rapids and two other men were able to reach 30-year-old Joshua Johnson by pushing an aluminum boat. But by the time they got to the area where Johnson had fallen through, he had gone under. Musatov says they couldn't see anything because of poor water clarity, so they used a grappling hook and were able to get it around Johnson's leg and pulled him off the bottom. Musatov reminds people you need a minimum of four inches of good solid ice before walking on lakes and rivers.