MINNESOTA NEWS ROUND-UP: Wisconsin man charged in altercation with officer
DULUTH - A man from Superior is charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide of a police officer after an altercation that took place Tuesday.
Thirty-year-old Gregory Thompson is also charged with resisting an officer, trying to disarm him, and disorderly conduct. Investigators say Thompson pulled a concealed knife on the officer who was trying to get the drunk and belligerent Thompson to leave his mother's home. Authorities say Thompson also tried several times to get the officer's gun while resisting being handcuffed, and admitted after he was pepper-sprayed and subdued that he was trying to kill the arresting officer.
Two high profile bus incidents over the past week have the mother of a victim of a similar tragedy reminding drivers of the importance of remaining attentive at or near a school bus stop. Gabriel Greiling (GRY'-ling) was critically injured in 2009 when he was a 5-year-old kindergartner, after a school bus ran him over at a Minneapolis school bus stop. Five years later, Samantha Schutz recalls vividly not only her son's horrific injuries, but also the "Minnesota Nice" that helped the family through the weeks spent in the pediatric intensive care unit at Hennepin County Medical Center. Last Friday a sixth grader in the central Minnesota community of Hawick narrowly escaped injury when a semi truck blew by a stopped school bus with it's lights flashing on Highway 23. An Otsego six-year-old is hospitalized after being struck by her school bus on the last day of classes yesterday.
There have been five motorcycle deaths in Minnesota over the past week, most of them in the Twin Cities metro, and at least five other crashes in Olmsted, Stearns, Isanti, and Freeborn counties. Program coordinator for the Minnesota Motorcycle Safety Center Bill Shaffer says in most of the recent fatalities, the biker was *not* at fault. He says four of the fatalities involved another vehicle and three of those were definitely a case of the drivers of the other vehicles violating the motorcyclist's right of the way. The other fatality is still under investigation.
A Fargo man has pleaded not guilty to robbery and kidnapping for cutting a man police say he met through an on-line ad for sex. 18-year-old Obsa Omer was arrested last month after police say he'd arrange meetings with several people, promising them sex with women and men. They say his victims were then threatened and robbed. In one case, Omer stole a man's car. Police in Fargo and Moorhead believe that there are other victims who haven't come forward. Omer's charged in state court, but federal charges are possible given the interstate nature of the case.
A Moorhead man called police and told them he's the one who held up a gas station in north Wahpeton, N.D. early Thursday. Investigators 31-year old say Andres Olveda gave them a detailed account of the robbery when they interviewed him at a Moorhead motel. Olveda is in jail in Moorhead, charged with armed robbery. Police in Wahpeton say the Northside Tesoro was held-up about 2:30 Thursday morning. They say the robber had a hand gun and he did get away with some money. Moorhead investigators say they found evidence which, along with Olveda's confession, resulted in his arrest. Further details are expected to be released later today.
At least three bear sightings have been reported in Mahnomen this week. The sheriff's office believes there are two bears that have made their way into town. Yesterday, one of the bears climbed a tree on Main Street. People living in houses nearby were told to stay inside. Deputies left the bear alone and it eventually came down on its own and ran into a wooded area near the Wild Rice River.
Duluth Sister Cities International is hosting a delegation of five Russian social leaders from Petrozavodsk. They will participate in a series of professional workshops addressing such issues as leadership development, community policing, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and strategies to end gender based violence and child abuse. The "Open World" delegation will be staying with host families and taking part in several community activities while in Duluth from June 6th to the 14th.