Minnesota News Roundup: Judge in Senser case says people fleeing accidents is becoming a problemMinnesota News
-- Judge Daniel Mabley says person leaving the scene of accidents is becoming problematic in Minnesota -- as he sentenced Amy Senser to 41-months in prison for criminal vehicular homicide.
MINNEAPOLIS - Judge Daniel Mabley says person leaving the scene of accidents is becoming problematic in Minnesota -- as he sentenced Amy Senser to 41-months in prison for criminal vehicular homicide.
Senser was sentenced Monday for the August 2011 hit-and-run death of Anousone Phanthanvong of Roseville. The Sensers turned over the suspect vehicle the day after he was killed but it was a week-and-a-half before authorities learned that Senser was the one driving. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman says Mabley was correct in pointing out that deterrents are needed to keep people from fleeing accidents.
A woman was taken to a Twin Cities hospital late Monday after crashing her SUV into a preschool. The accident happened in north Minneapolis. Police say the driver suffered a medical condition when the vehicle crossed the median and struck a tree before hitting the building. The woman had minor injuries and no one was inside the preschool at the time.
A central Minnesota woman was sentenced to more than 32-years in prison in the death of her estranged husband. The Cass County Attorney's Office says 62-year old Helene Mitchell-Abraham of Garrison intentionally struck and killed 64-year old Wendell Abraham with a van back in September of 2010. Prosecutors say the woman then used a rope to drag her husband's body into the woods. Mitchell-Abraham was found guilty by a jury back in May.
Secretary of State Mark Ritchie is already facing a legal challenge over one of the proposed constitutional amendments on the ballot this fall, and there could be yet another lawsuit. A group of Republican lawmakers has already filed suit, claiming the heading Ritchie wants printed on the ballot above the marriage amendment question misrepresents its intent. Meanwhile Dan McGrath with "Minnesota Majority" alleges Ritchie's ballot heading for the voter photo ID question is "deliberately misleading and confusing". He says Ritchie is "using the power of his office to campaign against voter ID." Ritchie declined comment. Opponents of voter photo ID say the ballot question doesn't mention that, if the amendment passes, some people won't be able to register on election day.
The FDA bill signed into law by President Obama outlaws a number of synthetic drugs and chemicals used to make them. Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar (DFL-Plymouth) says the federal ban includes 2CE -- the drug that killed a young man in Blaine, which she says unbelievably was not illegal under previous federal law. Klobuchar says the ban is a good tool for prosecutors to crack down on synthetic drugs like 2CE, bath salts and Spice. She adds the public never heard of these substances five years ago and now there are dozens of calls to poison control.
The latest USDA Crop Report says temperatures were nearly nine-degrees above normal in Minnesota fields during the past week. That extreme heat follows heavy rains which missed some farms but as Patrick Klaers in Sibley County says there was hail south of the town of Arlington which destroyed crops. The heat helped boost the average corn height statewide to well over five-feet. Soybean progress also remains way ahead of the five-year average.
Clearwater County authorities are trying to determine the cause of death of a man found floating in Lake Lamond in Bagley. Sheriff's officials say the man's body was found Sunday afternoon by a boater and he's believed to be in his early 20's. An autopsy is being conducted to determine cause of death and to make a positive ID.
A truck driver did his best to miss a group of horses that were loose on a road in northwestern Minnesota but couldn't quite get through. The State Patrol says 50-year old Gary English of Flint, Michigan swerved to miss three horses on Highway-2 near Crookston but struck one of them. The horse died. The driver wasn't hurt.