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MINNESOTA NEWS ROUND-UP: Scammers taking advantage of Target data theft

The Better Business Bureau warns consumers that scammers may be using the massive data breach at Target as an opportunity to send out emails containing a virus. 

The BBB's Dan Hendrickson says people should not open any suspicious email claiming to help with the Target case  The breach at Target stores exposed debit and credit information for millions of shoppers who made purchases between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15 and the investigation continues.  One top lawmaker said last Thursday he may hold congressional hearings.


The principal of Morris Area High School is accused of sexually assaulting a 30-year-old woman in his home last weekend.  Thirty-six-year-old Craig Peterson made his first court appearance Thursday on four counts of criminal sexual conduct.  The criminal complaint says Peterson and the alleged victim were drinking at a bar Saturday and decided to leave when the woman was getting tipsy.  Sh claims she either fell asleep or blacked out while Peterson was driving home and woke up in bed with him on top of her.  The woman told police she asked Peterson to stop but he forced her to continue. Peterson says the sex was consensual.  The school district has placed him on paid administrative leave.   


A FedEx driver never finished his delivery route last Thursday because his truck was hit by a train near Hayward in southern Minnesota.  Authorities say the Canadian Pacific train was going just under 25 miles an hour.  The FedEx driver - 50-year-old Timothy Moore of Rudd, Iowa - was taken to Mayo Hospital in Austin for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.  Firefighters had to cut off the door of the truck to free Moore.


Authorities continue searching for a 31-year-old Foley man who has been missing for about two weeks.  Jamie Wylie was last heard from via cellphone on December 9th and was reported missing six days later.  According to Foley Police, Wylie's wife says her husband was in St. Cloud at a friend's house before he disappeared. 


A Duluth man is in custody after a burglary and chase that ended last Thursday evening near Duluth International Airport.  The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office says the 52-year-old suspect stole several firearms and an SUV from a residence and refused to stop for patrol cars.  The suspect vehicle led deputies on a pursuit before crashing on the road to the 148th Fighter Wing.  He then ran into the woods, climbed a fence and was eventually caught in the airfield.  The guns and other stolen property were recovered from the vehicle.  The incident is under investigation and charges are pending.


Flu activity is on the rise in Minnesota.  The latest update from the state Health Department shows 36 flu-related hospitalizations in the past week.  The geographic spread is classified as "regional," with more than half of the flu cases in the Twin Cities metro area.  There were two school outbreaks last week and none reported in nursing homes.  State health officials have not confirmed any flu-related deaths so far this season.  


It pales in comparison to the massive data breach that Target Corporation is dealing with, but a customer in San Diego says the iPod he bought his wife for Christmas at the Minneapolis-based big box store contained erasers.  Jim Nevarde  went to a different Target store to exchange the iPod Classic, but he had the store clerk open the new iPod before he left and it, too, was filled with school supplies.  Nevarde says Target told him it suspects a distributor may be swapping out the iPods between the Apple factory and Target stores.  A statement from the company says they made it right with the customer, they are looking into the incident, and have no further information at this time.