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MINNESOTA NEWS ROUND-UP: First court appearance for man accused of murdering Mendota Heights officer

HASTINGS -   The man accused of killing Mendota Heights Police Officer Scott Patrick makes his first court appearance this afternoon in Dakota County. 

The initial hearing for 39-year-old Brian Fitch Sr. was delayed while he recovered from gunshot wounds suffered in a standoff with police.  Fitch faces two counts of first-degree murder in the July 30th shooting of Officer Patrick during a traffic stop in West St. Paul.  He's also charged with a number of crimes in Ramsey County including attempted murder and assault.  


Minnesota-based SuperValu is investigating a potential data breach at 180 of its grocery and liquor stores.  The company says some account numbers, expiration dates, the cardholder's name and other information may have been stolen by hackers between June 22nd and July 17th.  CEO Sam Duncan says the intrusion was identified by SuperValu's internal team, it was quickly contained and they have "no evidence of any misuses of any customer data."  Supervalu says it announced the data breach out of an abundance of caution.  The list of affected stores includes 29 Cub Foods locations in Minnesota and Hornbacher's in Moorhead and Fargo.


CrimeStoppers is offering a thousand-dollar reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect in a gas station murder in Arden Hills.  44-year-old Lyle Marvin Hoffman, who also goes by the name Ty Hoffman, is accused of gunning down his ex-boyfriend Kelly Phillips.  Police found the BMW Hoffman was driving when he left the scene but Hoffman remains at large.  Meanwhile visitation for Phillips is this afternoon in his hometown of Mason City, Iowa  He'll be laid to rest tomorrow in that northern Iowa community.


Authorities have apprehended a Hinckley man wanted on a felony arrest warrant.  The Pine County Sheriff's Office says 48-year-old Jesse Ericson was taken into custody last night in Finlayson.  Ericson was wanted by the state Corrections Department for violating his supervised release from a kidnapping conviction.  Deputies warned that Ericson was considered dangerous.


Authorities have released the name of a driver who died from injuries suffered Wednesday night in a crash on Highway 100 in Edina.  The State Patrol says 39-year-old Justin Johnson of Lakeville hit the guard rail twice, left the road and traveled up a hill before slamming into a concrete bridge.  He was not wearing a seatbelt and died shortly after the crash at HCMC.