Minnesota News Roundup: Journey guitarist files federal suit in Minneapolis against former mother-in-lawMinnesota News
-- Journey Guitarist Neal Schon has filed a federal lawsuit in Minneapolis accusing his ex-mother-in-law and former Waseca Mayor Judy Kozan of libeling him in blog posts, by suggesting that he has failed to support his ex-wife and their children.
MINNEAPOLIS - Journey Guitarist Neal Schon has filed a federal lawsuit in Minneapolis accusing his ex-mother-in-law and former Waseca Mayor Judy Kozan of libeling him in blog posts, by suggesting that he has failed to support his ex-wife and their children.
Kozan denies ever mentioning Schon or her daughter in her blog postings, and blames a British tabloid for creating the controversy by concluding that she considered her former son-in-law a deadbeat dad. The London Daily Mail published a report based on her blog postings in February, saying she accused Schon of leaving her daughter so broke that she couldn't feed their two daughters, yet he gave his current fiancée a $1 million engagement ring. The lawsuit claims that Kozan's blog postings defamed him, that she acted with malice, and knew they would be picked up by the tabloids. he's seeking a court order preventing her from writing about him and monetary damages of more than $75,000.
Three members of a violent American Indian gang that has been accused of terrorizing people across the Midwest have been convicted in what investigators say is one of the largest gang cases to come out of Indian Country. Alleged Native Mob leader 34-year-old Wakinyon McArthur was found guilty on several charges, including racketeering conspiracy, but he was acquitted on an attempted murder charge that stemmed from the shooting of another man that prosecutors say McArthur ordered. Two apparent gang "soldiers", 26-year-old Anthony Cree and 25-year-old William Morris, were both convicted of attempted murder in aid of racketeering and several other charges. A sentencing date has not yet been set, but all three men face between 20 years and life in prison.
A Rochester man has been sentenced to five years in prison for a more than $11-million investment scam. 35-year-old Jason Meyer admitted to federal prosecutors that he misrepresented himself as an experienced investor when he began Three Hooligans Investment Properties in 2007. Prosecutors say he promised clients huge returns on their investments, with little risk, but then spend their money to buy a house, a BMW, and take his family on vacation. Meyer pleaded guilty to wire fraud and money laundering last year.
"If in doubt, sit it out." That's the key advice for Minnesota coaches and parents in new guidelines from The American Academy of Neurology on evaluating and treating athletes who suffer from concussions. Sports Medicine Physician Dr. Greg Canty agrees, and says over the years doctors have come to realize that there are a lot of symptoms of concussion, and many can be subtle. He says fewer than 10 percent of people that have a concussion ever lose consciousness. Canty says some of the signs to watch out for are headache and sensitivity to light or sound, and changes in reaction time, speech, balance, memory or judgment.
There will be a runoff election for Rochester City Council, after a close vote between two candidates. Interim Rochester City Council President Randy Staver got 48.36 percent of the vote in his bid to win the job permanently, but fellow Council Member Michael Wojcik had a late surge of absentee votes and has forced a run-off election on May 7. Wojcik had just over 30 percent.
Professionals in child abuse investigation and treatment, including some from Minnesota, are meeting this week in Alabama for the National Symposium on Child Abuse. The conference will feature discussions on the latest research on a variety of topics. Director of the National Children's Advocacy Center Chris Newlin says that includes a holistic approach to care, all under one roof. He says child abuse, especially child sexual abuse, is not just a criminal justice issue, not just a Child Protective Services issue. It’s also a mental health issue as well as a medical issue. Newlin says they're seeing a troubling trend – an increase in child neglect across the country. In Minnesota, Children's Advocacy Centers served more than 2,300 kids last year. More than half of those kids reported sexual abuse, with the alleged perpetrator most often known to the child.