MINNESOTA NEWS ROUNDUP: Airport search fails to turn up suspected killer
BLAINE, Minn. -- An intensive search of the Anoka County-Blaine Airport was called off without success, and Blaine Police Chief Chris Olson believes that someone is helping suspected killer Lyle Hoffman avoid being caught. Olson says the airport was a focus of their search efforts because Hoffman was possibly seen in the area and had previously taken flight lessons there. Hoffman is accused of killing his ex-boyfriend and business partner Kelly Phillips, at an Arden Hills gas station last month. Hoffman is also suspected of robbing TCF Bank in Blaine Sunday afternoon. He has been charged with second degree murder and a nationwide warrant for his arrest has been issued. Olson says Hoffman is considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached -- but anyone with information should call 9-1-1 immediately.
A new report says the second known Minnesota man killed fighting for ISIS had previously worked at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Sources tell "KMSP-TV" that Abdirahmaan Muhumed held a position for the company Delta Global Services, which allegedly gave him security clearance at the airport and access to the planes. Muhumed was killed last month while fighting a battle in Syria. It was the same battle that took the life of fellow Minnesota native and reported ISIS member, Douglas McCain.
Authorities need your help to find a missing Faribault teen who reportedly ran away from home. Police say 17-year-old Ramlo Hassan Ali was last seen August 25th. Ali reportedly told friends she was going on a road trip. She is described as five feet six inches tall, 140-pounds with brown hair. Any person with information is asked to contact the Faribault Police Department.
Police arrested a St. Cloud man after they say he was videotaping women inside their home for weeks without their knowledge. 33-year-old Kevin Petroske of St. Cloud is accused of 25 separate incidents of stalking and interfering with privacy. A search warrant of his home turned up 25 separate videos. Police say the suspect did not personally know his victims and didn't have contact with them before or after being videotaped. Petroske is facing 25 counts of felony and gross misdemeanor stalking.
There has been little change in the condition of an MSU student who fell from a parking garage in Milwaukee in August. Giovanni Quiroz was taken off sedation but remains in a coma in a Milwaukee hospital. Kayla McFadden is an MSU student and a friend and says they are seeing some small physical movements and his brain swelling has gone down a little. According to the MSU Reporter, Quiroz was with friends Milwaukee when he became separated from the group. Someone later answered his cell phone when a friend tried to call and claimed he had bought the phone from someone on the street.
Governor Dayton was in Breckenridge to hear from upstream residents upset over the Fargo-Moorhead diversion plan. There were tears from one 5th generation farmer, while Wilkin County Attorney Tim Fox expressed anger over the project. He says if it's truly in compliance with state and federal law, then a judge should review it. Breckenridge Mayor Cliff Barth offered several options he said were feasible, including retention areas to hold back floodwaters. Many accused the F-M Diversion Authority of bullying tactics and wanted to know who would be in charge of the finished project, why citizens in communities south of Fargo needed this project, and why the diversion authority just wanted to relocate the issue further downstream.
Minnesota State Fair officials are celebrating a new all-time attendance record of 1.82 million visitors in 2014. Spokeswoman Brienna Schuette says the successful 12-day run will make next year's fair even better because they receive no government funding. She says all the money that comes into the fair stays there, and is either reinvested in the historic buildings and beautification of the fairgrounds or goes into programming, entertainment and activities for next year's fair. Schuette says pleasant weather and the 15-million-dollar renovation project on the west end of the State Fairgrounds helped boost attendance this year. The 2015 Great Minnesota Get-Together runs August 27th through September 7th.
Minnesota is tied with Nevada for the highest compliance in the nation with state and federal laws that prohibit sale of tobacco to minors. 2013 figures show a retailer sale violation rate of one percent, which Chuck Johnson with the state Human Services Department calls "good work." He says it's a "real important step" in preventing kids from using cigarettes, and good for the all-around health of the state. But Johnson acknowledges there's still a problem in Minnesota with minors obtaining cigarettes from other sources -- such as adults buying for them.
After last winter's serious shortage, the price outlook for propane in the upcoming season remains uncertain. State Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman is advising Minnesotans to plan ahead and buy early while prices are at summer levels. Rothman says propane consumers should consider a budget plan to spread out payments...if necessary apply for energy assistance from the state...and explore options to reduce propane demand. For more information, including details of new consumer protection laws, contact the Minnesota Department of Commerce.
The state division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management holds a storm and flood assistance briefing today in Hennepin County (Wed). Minnesota's most populous county is included in the federal disaster declaration following severe storms and flooding in June and July. A mudslide on a bluff behind the U of M Fairview Hospital is expected to keep West River Parkway closed until spring. A total of 37 counties and three tribal governments in Minnesota are eligible for public assistance to repair damaged infrastructure. The briefings wrap up next Monday in Ramsey County (9/8/14).