MINNESOTA NEWS ROUND-UP: Murder suspect arrested in St. Paul, going back to North Dakota
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Police in Grand Forks expect a suspect in last Tuesday's shooting death of a 24-year-old man to be brought back to the city later this week.
Twenty-nine-year-old Delvin Shaw was arrested on North Dakota warrants over the weekend in St. Paul. Authorities say Shaw and Dametrian Welch are accused of breaking into the apartment of Jose Lopez and shooting him three times. Lopez died of his wounds. Shaw appeared in Ramsey County court Monday and will be extradited back to Grand Forks to face charges. Welch is in custody.
A woman was hit by a truck and killed while pulling her children in a bicycle trailer in southwest Minnesota Monday. 33-year-old Andrea Boeve was riding her bicycle with her children in tow on Highway 270 near the town of Steen when a truck came up behind her and they collided. Boeve was killed and her daughters, ages four and one, suffered non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the truck, a 25-year-old man from South Dakota, was not hurt.
Abortion numbers have dropped for the seventh straight year in Minnesota to their lowest level since 1974, the year after the landmark Roe -v- Wade decision. Bill Poehler of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life says there were 7.5 percent fewer abortions last year than in 2012. He says it's a "huge drop" and the first time below 10,000 in around 38 years. While just over 99-hundred abortions were performed in Minnesota in 2012, Poehler says more than 12-thousand women received the mandatory informed consent information -- meaning more than two-thousand decided not to abort.
If you weren't able to reserve your favorite state park campsite this Fourth of July holiday, don't give up just yet. The DNR's Pat Arndt says about a third of the campsites in most state parks are first-come-first serve. But Arndt recommends people get to their favorite park tomorrow or Thursday because remaining campsites "tend to get taken fairly quickly." You can take virtual tours of state park campsites at mndnr.gov.
A group of indigenous Duluth residents plan to question the St. Louis County Board at today's meeting about a racially-insensitive comment they say Commissioner Steve Rauker made during a recent discussion of the PolyMet project. Rauker said giving land to Europeans worked well in the past and should be done again -- but Reyna Crow says it didn't work out so well for the indigenous people and that sort of insensitivity needs to be addressed. The group will also ask all of the county commissioners, as well as elected officials across Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan, to sign a Declaration of Intent to Honor Treaties.
A St. Cloud man has been arrested for allegedly selling the drug khat. Fifty-year-old Ahmed Abade was arrested while carrying two cardboard boxes of the drug into a St. Cloud apartment. Investigators received a tip several months ago from members of the Somalian community that a couple was bringing large amounts of the drug to the St. Cloud area from Minneapolis and providing it to the Somali community. Some of it was given to children as young as 12 years old. The khat had an estimated street value of three-thousand dollars. It is a green leafy substance, commonly chewed, and produces amphetamine-like effects.
A law that takes effect in Minnesota today addresses the unique needs of pregnant women in prison. Jessica Anderson of Children's Defense Fund-Minnesota says it's an issue that affects more families across Minnesota than some might think, with about 42-hundred pregnant women arrested in the state every year. Among other things, the law bans the use of restraints through three days following birth, except in extraordinary circumstances.
A Hibbing man will spend 18 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to damaging property at Fortune Bay Casino on the Bois Forte Indian Reservation. Twenty-six-year-old Shane Simonson admitted to taking a Band-owned snow plow truck without permission on May 9th, 2013 and driving it into a maintenance shed, a parking lot barricade and gate, and the 11th green at the Wilderness at Fortune Bay golf course. Simonson was also ordered to pay $69,000 in restitution.