MINNESOTA NEWS ROUND-UP: Shots fired at HCMC
MINNEAPOLIS -- The search continues to find the person who fired several bullets toward the emergency room entrance at the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.
Police say the shooting happened Tuesday afternoon following an argument between two groups of people in the hospital. Nobody was hurt. The hospital was put on lockdown for a short time.
A Minnesota native suspected of fighting for ISIS has died. The White House confirmed Tuesday that Douglas McCain had been killed fighting in Syria. McCain was a 1999 graduate of Robbinsdale Cooper High School in New Hope. The State Department says he was on a list of Americans believed to have joined a militant group.
A national group says it will continue its lawsuit to overturn Tuesday's election, in which personal care attendants voted to unionize and chose Service Employees International Union. Mark Mix, head of the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, says it not only violates First Amendment rights of workers who didn't want a union, but there are also questions about the voting process. Mix says one family he talked to that has three people providing in-home care received twelve ballots total in four different languages. He says they weren't sure what stopped anyone from sending in all of the ballots. Mix says he doesn't have evidence of impropriety, but questions how the voting process itself was handled.
The man convicted of first-degree murder for killing two teenagers who broke into his home on Thanksgiving Day 2012 was in a Little Falls courtroom Tuesday arguing against restitution. Byron Smith was previously ordered to pay funeral expenses for Haile Kifer and Nick Brady. Smith testified in court he didn't think it was right to have to do that, given that Brady was suspected of burglarizing his home four previous times. Smith said he believes Brady stole around $53,000 worth of items, while he received around 16-thousand dollars reimbursement from his insurance company. The judge asked attorneys to submit written summations of their case by mid-November and he will decide the issue after that.
Police say a Minnesota woman who died last week in a Wisconsin shooting had time to call 911 and identify her brother-in-law, a former sheriff's deputy, as her killer. Stillwater native Kacee Tollefsbol told dispatchers Friday afternoon that Andy Steele had shot her in the back and gave a detective the same information in the hospital before she died. Police also found the body of his 39-year-old wife Ashlee at the couple's home. Steele is being treated for injuries sustained in an apparent suicide attempt and has not yet been charged with a crime. A funeral for both women will be held Friday in their hometown of Stillwater.
Two northern Minnesota men are in jail, after they were accused of stabbing another man, stealing his truck, and setting the vehicle on fire. St. Louis County Sheriff's officials say 27-year-old Andre Anderson of Hermantown and 39-year-old Steven Hager of Duluth are facing attempted murder, car theft, and other related charges in the assault on the 22-year-old man. The unnamed victim, who lives in Hermantown, is hospitalized in stable condition after being stabbed several times.
A Mayo Clinic employee has been accused of killing his pets and trying to burn them in the hospital's incinerator. Olmsted County Sheriff's investigators say the 61-year-old Grand Meadow man has not yet been charged with a crime, but he is believed to have beaten his dog to death with a stick before shooting his cat at his home in Mower County. Police were notified before the suspect was able to destroy the bodies in the Mayo Clinic incinerator.