MINNESOTA NEWS ROUND-UP: Second suspect arrested in ex-Minnesota State football player assault
MANKATO, Minn. -- Mankato Police confirm that a second man has been arrested in connection with an assault that left a former MSU football player in critical condition.
Last night, another suspect, former University of Minnesota quarterback--20-year-old Philip Nelson--posted bail. On Monday, Nelson was charged with first- and third-degree assault for allegedly attacking 24-year-old Isaac Kolstad. It was announced today that Nelson has been dismissed from the Rutgers football team. Kolstad remains hospitalized in critical condition with severe head injuries.
The sentencing hearing for an Oakdale woman convicted of killing her newborn daughter is being delayed until August 29th. Twenty-four-year-old Nicole Beecroft was 17 when prosecutors say she stabbed the infant to death and put the body in a garbage can. Beecroft was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in 2008, but that conviction was overturned by the Minnesota Supreme Court in 2012. Last fall, Beecroft was found guilty of second-degree murder by a Washington County judge during a retrial. Beecroft faces up to 30 years in prison. She claims the baby was stillborn.
The attorneys for 17-year-old John LaDue say their goal is to get the charges against him thrown out. LaDue is the Waseca teenager arrested in a storage unit who police say had bombs, guns and ammunition for a planned attack on Waseca Junior Senior High School. Public defender Dawn Johnson says even if the evidence in the police reports were true, there still isn't enough probable cause to make it fair for the court to holdover LaDue on those charges. In court Monday, the judge ordered LaDue to remain at the Red Wing Juvenile Facility, rather than be moved to Lino Lakes as requested by the prosecution. The judge also approved a motion to begin certification of LaDue as an adult, which could be lengthy process over the next one to three months. LaDue will be back in court on June 18th when his defense attorneys say they hope to get the charges thrown out.
The 14-month-old boy who fell 11 stories from a Minneapolis apartment balcony remains in critical but stable condition at Hennepin County Medical Center. Dr. David Templeman says the survival of Musa Dayib is a miracle. He says usually when an adults fall from greater than seven stories survival becomes pretty questionable. Dayib suffered a concussion, punctured lung and several fractures. Dr. Templeman says Dayib's arm fractures are surprisingly consistent with the type of fractures kids get from falling off a playground swingset.
Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson has field a lawsuit against a Shakopee (SHAW-kuh-pee) woman for posing as an attorney and taking advantage of immigrants with limited means. Ornella Hammerschmidt is accused of charging Spanish-speaking immigrants as much as $12,000 for legal work on immigration matters, including help with citizenship applications and asylum. Hammerschmidt is not an attorney. Swanson is seeking an injunction against Hammerschmidt and her companies. Swanson is also looking to get restitution for the victims.
Fergus Falls School District voters go to the polls today to decide a $2,725,000 referendum. The funds would be used for new football bleachers, adding more track lanes, re-tiling the pool and upgrades to the electrical and sound system in the auditorium. More information on the referendum and information on voting locations can be found on the school website. The polls close at 8 pm.