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MINNESOTA NEWS ROUNDUP: Hearing delayed for grandson in Willmar killing

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MINNESOTA NEWS ROUNDUP: Hearing delayed for grandson in Willmar killing
Ellsworth Wisconsin 126 S. Chestnut St. 54011

WILLMAR, Minn. -- A court hearing Thursday for a Willmar teen accused of plotting to kill his grandmother was delayed at his attorney’s request.

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Robert Warwick, 17, is one of three teens charged in the strangulation and stabbing death of Lila Warwick, 79. He is charged with second-degree murder with intent-not premeditated and liability for crimes of another.

His probable cause hearing was rescheduled for Sept. 9. A hearing to discuss whether he will be tried in adult court will also be delayed. It had been scheduled for Aug. 30.

Judge David Mennis approved the delay at the request of public defender Ramona Lackore. Assistant County Attorney Stephen Wentzell did not object to the delay.

No specific reason was given for the delay.

During the three-minute court appearance, Warwick sat at the defense table with his mother, Jennifer, and two attorneys. Mennis said he was to remain in custody at Prairie Lakes Youth Detention Center.

The juvenile delinquency petition filed against Warwick states that he was the mastermind of the plan to rob and kill his grandmother and believed she had a safe in the house with access to $40,000.

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There’s more monkey business going on at the Lake Superior Zoo -- and that’s a good thing, the zoo reported Thursday.

The Angolan Colobus monkey born at the zoo in June has a playmate: A second monkey was born July 16.

Peter Pruett, director of zoo operations, said in a news release that the births are a significant part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ species survival plan for the monkeys.

The survival plan was put in place because the captive population is aging and few births have taken place in the past few years, according to the zoo. Both of the Lake Superior Zoo’s females were taken off birth control last year, and both have now given birth.

The new baby, an unnamed female, is the offspring of 11-year-old female Kero and 18-year-old male Kramer. Kero’s mother, Kelly, gave birth to another female, to which Kramer was also the father, on June 26. They are the fifth and sixth born in captivity this year, the zoo said.

The young monkeys are interacting and are on exhibit together with their parents. The zoo plans to soon begin considering names for the monkeys.

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A large search effort in Duluth last night(thurs) turned up no sign of a missing 74-year-old woman with dementia. Dale Gerard was last seen three weeks ago boarding a city bus. Officials say Gerard slipped past security measures at her assisted living facility, Wesley Residence. She's described as white, 5-5, 155 pounds, and was wearing dark pants, a flowered blouse and a pink sweater. Duluth residents are being asked to search their properties and buildings. Anyone with information on her whereabouts should contact Duluth police.

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A Stearns County jury has found a Freeport farmer guilty on all five counts involving a raw milk investigation. The charge against Alvin Schlangen, for selling raw milk was dismissed. But, the six-member jury found Schlangen guilty of other misdemeanor charges like failure to have a food handler's license, improperly storing eggs at the correct temperature, mis-branding food and removing embargoed food. Schlangen was sentenced to 90 days in jail, but the sentenced was stayed on conditions he doesn't commit similar offenses. Schlangen was found not guilty of similar charges in Hennepin County last September. Minnesota law prohibits raw milk sales except directly to consumers on the farm when it? produced. Schlangen claims he operates a private buying club that distributes raw milk to members who lease cows from Amish farmers. 

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Minnesota's foreclosure activity continues to decline across the state. In the first two quarters of this year we saw just under seven-thousand foreclosures. That's 29-percent fewer than the same period in 2012. Foreclosures are down 33 percent in the Twin Cities metro and 23 percent in Greater Minnesota. Ed Nelson with the Minnesota Home Ownership Center says while the numbers are headed in the right direction, we are still seeing more than twice what we would see in a normal market. He says if we were to go back to 2004-2005 back before the bubble popped, Minnesota saw about 55-hundred foreclosures every year. Nelson says if you're struggling to make your mortgage payment, contact the Minnesota Home Ownership Center and visit with a foreclosure prevention specialist free of charge. 

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Governor Dayton and legislative leaders meet behind closed doors this afternoon (4pm) at the Capitol to try to agree on the agenda for a special session on storm relief planned for early September. Republicans are pushing hard to not only deal with storm relief but also repeal a number of business-to-business taxes they say Democrats mistakenly approved earlier this year. 

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