Minnesota News Roundup: Suicidal man arrested for setting home ablaze
ST. PAUL -- Investigators say a suicidal man in St. Paul torched his own home last (Tue) night, just before county mental health officials were expected to arrive. 55-year-old Glen Krueger is also accused of splashing a flammable liquid on his roommate, but St. Paul Police say it's not clear whether that was intentional. Family members had asked Ramsey County mental health officials to check on Krueger because he has a history of mental illness and they say he wasn't taking his medication. They were due to arrive about 30 minutes after Krueger started the fire in his basement. He was holding a 16-inch knife when St. Paul firefighters arrived, but dropped it when ordered to and eventually surrendered without incident. Krueger was jailed on suspicion of first-degree arson and second-degree assault.
More details have been released following a fatal shooting in Duluth Tuesday morning. Duluth Police say the incident started when officers were dispatched to a one-vehicle crash where the driver had fled. Two officers tracked down the owner of the vehicle and encountered a man with a handgun. Officers say they radioed for help and for more than three minutes repeatedly ordered the 26 year-old subject to comply with their orders. Deputy Police Chief Mike Tusken says the man reached for the area where the gun was located, and both officers fired. The man, whose identity is being withheld pending family notification, was pronounced dead at the scene. Neither of the officers were hurt. Per department policy both will be placed on paid administrative leave.
A 5-month-old Moorhead baby is dead after she was left in her safety seat inside a minivan. Moorhead Police got a call last (Tue) night concerning an unresponsive child, and despite a full emergency response the baby was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators say the infant had apparently been left in the van for, "An extended period of time," but in the early stages of the investigation it looks to have been a tragic accident.
Senator Al Franken and a bipartisan group of colleagues are pushing a bill they say will bring greater transparency to controversial federal surveillance programs. It would require that as much information as possible be made public about the legal decisions of a special court that approves requests for surveillance both inside and outside the U-S. Franken calls it a key step toward reaching a balance between Americans' right to privacy and the government's responsibility to keep Americans safe.
The Robbinsdale Cooper High School hall monitor and parent liaison accused of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old student was apparently caught after the girl's father walked in on them in her bedroom. Tajreed Rich of Minneapolis is charged with felony third-degree criminal sexual conduct with a student he described to police as "vulnerable," after the girl's dad arrived home early and found his daughter naked in bed, with a nude Rich standing over her. The girl told police they had sex on two separate occasions, and Rich admitted to not only that, but also told officers he did not use a condom. If he's convicted Rich could spend 15 years in prison.
The Southwest Metro Drug Task Force is investigating the brother of Vikings' Adrian Peterson. Ashton Stevenson is one of the star running back's 14 siblings, and his home was raided nearly two weeks ago after a package of marijuana that came through the Twin Cities International Airport was addressed to that house. A detective posing as a FedEx driver dropped off the package, and Stevenson accepted it. Police came back hours later with a search warrant and discovered that the box had not been opened, but placed in the trunk of Stevenson's car. No charges have been filed because investigators say it will be tough to prove possession because the box remained unopened. The case is still considered open and under investigation.
Several Rochester IBM employees say they have been called in for face-to-face meetings with managers and word is circulating that it's the beginning of another round of layoffs -- or what the company terms "resource actions." IBM is moving manufacturing from it's sprawling complex in northwest Rochester to Mexico, but the company refuses to comment on any job cutbacks, saying they are a normal part of doing business. While Big Blue ties it's severance packages to a vow of silence from laid off workers, a blog by Communication Workers of America posts information about ongoing job cuts. That blog claims coming cuts that equal as much as 25 percent of the current workforce. Insiders estimated back in March, when the Mexico move was announced, that 200 full-time employees in Rochester might lose their jobs.