MINNESOTA NEWS ROUNDUP: Death of missing man ruled a homicide
FOLEY, Minn. -- The death of a missing Foley man whose body was found this week has been ruled a homicide, WCCO radio in Minneapolis reported Friday.
The body of Jamie Wylie, 31, was found Tuesday on a roadside in Benton County, east of St. Cloud.
Wylie, a Cottage Grove native, had been missing since December.
The Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office ruled Wylie’s death a homicide Wednesday, according to WCCO.
He was last seen at a friend’s residence in St. Cloud on Dec. 9, and relatives reported him missing Dec. 15.
Foley Police Chief Katie McMillin said in December that police were told Wylie left his friend’s apartment upset. He did not have a car at the apartment, and it was unclear how he left.
Authorities are seeking the public’s help in the case. Anyone with information is asked to call the Benton County Sheriff’s Office at (320) 986-7201 or the Tri-County Crime Stoppers at (800) 255-1301.
READING, Minn. -- The Nobles County Attorney’s Office is investigating a case of animal neglect after the remains of 15 horses were discovered this week on a farm west of Reading.
Nobles County sheriff’s deputies were called late Tuesday afternoon to investigate a report of dead horses on the property.
Nobles County Sheriff Kent Wilkening said the deputies were accompanied by a veterinarian from the Veterinary Medical Center in Worthington. Upon arrival, the veterinarian counted the remains of 15 horses “in varying states of decay,” Wilkening said. Nine horses on the farm were still alive.
Wilkening said he couldn’t release the name of the person who owned the horses at this time, as formal charges have not been filed.
It was apparent during the investigation that the horses had been starved.
“(They) ran out of money and didn’t have money to buy hay,” Wilkening said. “In (the vet’s) professional opinion, these animals were not receiving the care they needed. It was readily apparent the horses were malnourished.”
WILLMAR, Minn. -- Testimony began Friday morning in the first-degree murder trial of a Willmar teen charged with killing an elderly Willmar woman last summer.
Attorneys also gave opening statements in the trial of Brok Junkermeier, 19, who is accused of killing Lila Warwick, 79, on July 29.
Assistant Attorney General Matthew Frank outlined the evidence he would present to the jury. It will include video of Junkermeier’s interview with law enforcement officers Aug. 1, as well as testimony from law enforcement, family and friends.
Kent Marshall, a state public defender, said in his opening statement that it was clear Junkermeier had caused Warwick’s death, but that didn’t mean he was guilty of the charges. He asked jurors to keep an open mind as the trial progressed.
Family members testified about the kind of person Warwick was, and friends testified about having plans to see her the day she died. When they couldn’t find her, they contacted authorities.
Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Cpl. Jason Keith testified that he was one of the first deputies to arrive at Warwick’s home. Deputies followed a trail of blood drops into the house, Keith said.
Keith went into the home’s basement, where he found Warwick’s body on the floor.
MOORHEAD, Minn. -- Moorhead police said they were forced to use a Taser on a North Dakota man who was found drunk, naked, running around waving his arms and yelling in a public parking lot Thursday morning.
Lt. Tory Jacobson said police responded to a report of a drunk naked man in the parking lot at about 9:40 a.m. Thursday.
The area is near some apartment complexes.
Jacobson said when officers arrived, they found the man running around totally naked, yelling and waving his arms.
It was obvious the man was under the influence of some controlled substance, Jacobson said.
When officers tried to arrest the man, he became “very uncooperative,” spitting on them, said Jacobson, and one officer had to use his Taser to subdue him.
He was transported by ambulance to the emergency room at Sanford Medical Center.
The man was identified as Douglas Guy, 30, of Spirit Lake, N.D.
He faces charges of misdemeanor disorderly conduct and obstructing the legal process.
ST. PAUL -- The number of Minnesota boaters who violated state regulations on transporting invasive species dropped in 2013 compared to 2012, but one in five boaters who were checked still violated state law.
That was the report Friday from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, which is gearing up for another season of checking boaters as they trailer their craft overland.
The goal is to get people to stop inadvertently allowing aquatic invasive species such as zebra mussels, spiny water fleas and Eurasian water milfoil from infested lakes and rivers to reach uninfested waters.
The 20 percent violation rate is down from 31 percent, nearly one in three boaters, checked and issued citations by conservation officers in 2012.
State law prohibits transporting any invasive species and requires anglers to make sure they fully drain their boat of water before trailering a watercraft; not transport bait water between lakes; and not allow weeds to hang on their trailers. The rules require boaters to remove the bilge plug from their boat on every overland trip.