MINNESOTA NEWS ROUNDUP: 13-year-old driver held after police chase
ROSEMOUNT, Minn. -- A 13-year-old driver led Rosemount police on a three-mile chase in the heart of this Twin Cities suburb early Monday afternoon.
The pursuit started about 2:50 p.m. Monday when a Rosemount police officer tried to stop a car that failed to stop for a stop sign. According to Police Chief Eric Werner, the driver accelerated to a high speed and the officer pursued.
At one point the officer attempted a PIT maneuver, bumping into the other car in an attempt to turn it sideways and get it to stop. The move was not successful, but the 13-year-old driver pulled over and gave up a short time later.
The 13-year-old was being held at the Dakota County Juvenile Detention Facility on probable cause theft of motor vehicle, traffic violations and fleeing a police officer.
Werner said the conditions on the road help determine whether Rosemount police officers get involved in a pursuit.
“We’re constantly evaluating the nature of the offense, what is going on with traffic conditions, are there pedestrians,” he said. “There was nobody injured during the pursuit. The officers were able to handle this in a professional manner.”
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. -- An Otter Tail County prosecutor believes more victims may have been sexually abused by a Mille Lacs County deputy at summer camp.
Aaron Heuer, 29, is accused of having sexual contact with four boys while volunteering as a fishing guide at Lutheran Island Camp near Henning in June.
He is charged in Otter Tail County Court with eight counts of criminal sexual conduct.
Court documents say Heuer sexually touched the boys, all between ages 8 and 10, then asked them to touch him. Authorities say additional incidents may have taken place in Aitkin County with two of the victims during a separate fishing trip.
Assistant Otter Tail County Attorney Michelle Eldien said the investigation is ongoing.
“We’re talking about multi-jurisdictional issues, so the counties are working together closely to make sure we work in the best interest of the victims,” she said. “But there will be some additional people we work with.”
When Heuer made his first court appearance Monday, a woman told WDAY-TV that he also molested an 8-year-old girl in her family and that the woman will seek legal action against Heuer.
Heuer is on administrative leave from the Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s Department. His attorney refused to comment to WDAY-TV on Monday.
Heuer is being held in jail on a $200,000 cash bond. His next court appearance is set for October.
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- A Bemidji man broke into a woman's home early Saturday, broke a towel rack in the bathroom of the master bedroom and urinated in the toilet, according to Bemidji police.
Lance Francise Day, 24, was arrested not far from the home just after 5 a.m. Saturday. He was arraigned Tuesday in Beltrami District Court on one count of second-degree burglary and was being held on $10,000 bail, an official at the Beltrami County Jail said.
According to a criminal complaint filed by the Beltrami County Attorney's Office, the woman, who lives alone, heard the bathroom door shut and opened it to find Day. The bathroom is only accessible by walking through the woman's bedroom. After discovering Day, the woman told him to leave and walked him downstairs before calling police, the complaint stated.
Police said Day entered the home by slicing open a screen door on the front porch. After he left, police found Day walking with a knife.
The complaint does not list any items taken from the home. But police found a broken towel rack in the bathroom, and there "was urine and toilet paper left in the toilet by the suspect," the complaint stated.
Day does not have a criminal history in Minnesota, according to the state courts website.