MINNESOTA NEWS ROUNDUP: Charges expected today in St. Paul homicide
Two people have been arrested in connection with the death of a member of the Minnesota National Guard. 25-year-old Brandon Horst was a staff sergeant with the 133rd Security Force Squadron; he was killed by at least one gunshot wound. St. Paul Police say 25-year-old Aaron Allen and 24-year-old Heather Schwarz have been arrested. They are both from St. Paul. No possible motive has been released. Horst's funeral will take place tomorrow (Tue) at 10 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in South St. Paul. He will be buried at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.
A Bloomington man already facing charges in Anoka County is now also charged in Olmsted County with criminal sexual conduct and promoting the prostitution of someone under 18. 32-year-old Lee Paul is accused of picking up a two girls in Rochester, ages 16 and 12, and taking them to Anoka County -- where he allegedly sexually assaulted the 16-year-old and tried prostituting them both. The 16-year-old called Maple Grove police. The next day, Alexandria police found Paul at a home with the 12-year-old, and she told investigators he tried to sell her for sex.
A child was seriously hurt in a crash on Highway 52 near Cannon Falls. Minnesota State Patrol says a pickup traveling on County Road 9 slammed into an S-U-V carrying a man, a woman, and two children. 10-year-old Ambryia Pierce of Cedar Rapids, Iowa was hospitalized in serious condition. Her sister and mother were uninjured, and the driver was hospitalized but is expected to recover. The driver of the pickup was also hospitalized.
Duluth Police continue to search for a driver that hit a 13-year-old boy Saturday afternoon and took off from the scene. Officers say the boy ran out in front of the car, and he suffered only minor injuries and did not have to be treated at the hospital. Witnesses told police that the car was either gray or green, with a Wisconsin license plate -- however, police ran the tag number the witnesses provided and discovered that the car was reported stolen. There were two men inside the vehicle at the time of the incident.
Superior police are searching for a man they say punched and robbed an elderly woman in her home early yesterday (Sun) morning. Investigators say the 84-year-old answered a knock at her door at about 6:30 a.m., and when she opened it a man punched her in the face and demanded money. She gave him the cash she had on hand and says the man searched the home and took other items when he left. The woman was treated for her injuries and released.