MINNESOTA NEWS ROUNDUP: Trevino trial begins today in St. Paul
ST. PAUL -- The trial of a St. Paul man who was arrested in his wife's murder even before her body was found begins today (Mon). Jeffery Trevino is charged with two counts of second-degree murder in Kira Steger's death. Steger disappeared in late February and her body was found in the Mississippi River in St. Paul in May. A large amount of Kira's blood was found in the couple's home, blank divorce papers were found in her car, and the address of a man she had apparently been dating was discovered in Trevino's vehicle. His lawyer says the marriage was ending because Steger was unfaithful, and disputes the scene police had described in the Trevino home. Trevino is charged with two counts of second degree murder. The trial is expected to last three weeks.
Worshippers at the Winona Islamic Center, which was destroyed by fire on Friday, will be observing their faith at other local churches until the dust settles and they have a new place to call their own. Central Lutheran Church and others have offered space to the local Muslim community, which number only a few hundred and a core membership of just over 50. The Islamic Center was one of three buildings destroyed in the fire. Fire officials say the cause hasn't been determined, but there were no immediate signs of arson. Nobody was hurt.
A Pine City man is accused of impregnating a 12-year-old girl. 35-year-old Michael Christian is charged with two felony criminal sexual conduct counts, after a witness that apparently saw the two in bed together came forward. Investigators say the girl initially claimed that another teen was the father of her baby. Christian was not excluded as the father by DNA tests. He was reportedly dating the girl's mother when the teen became pregnant. The baby was born in August. Christian was previously convicted of Criminal Conduct in the First Degree in 1997.
Two children who were reported missing in Florida may be headed to Minnesota with their father, who apparently cut off an ankle monitor before his escape. Edward Peters was released on bail after a domestic battery arrest in July and two arrests in August for violating a restraining order. Investigators say he took 11-year-old Madison and six-year-old McKala Peters from their court-ordered guardian over a week ago and they haven't been seen since. Police believe they may be headed to northern Minnesota in a black 2000 Buick Bravada with Michigan license plates CNH7211. The vehicle was stolen from a campground in Sanilac County, Michigan. There is also a Facebook page called "Help Find and Bring Madison and McKala Home."
Police in the metro suburb of Crystal are investigating after someone put rat poison inside a fenced area of a local dog park. The rat poison was discovered Saturday at the Welcome Dog park when a dog's owner noticed the pet chewing on it. The dog was not hurt. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crystal Police. (763-531-1014)
Authorities have identified the victim of a fatal crash in Golden Valley Friday According to the Hennepin County Medical Examner, 64-year-old Joseph Johnson of Le Sueur died of smoke inhilation and thermal injuries after the semi he was driving was struck by another vehicle. Police say the second vehicle turned on a red light in front of Johnson, who was traveling at highway speed. Johnson was trapped inside the semi's cab when it burst into flames after the crash. The driver of the other vehicle was taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for injuries.