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Two former members of the Mizzou fraternity charged with hazing incident
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) – Two former members of a University of Missouri fraternity have been charged over a hazing incident that left another student blind and unable to walk or communicate after drinking a liter of vodka in October. The Columbia Missourian reports that a Boone County grand jury on Friday indicted former Phi Gamma Delta fraternity members Ryan Delanty and Thomas Shultz, both of St. Louis County, in the hazing of 19-year-old Daniel Santulli. of Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Both are charged with criminal hazing and misdemeanors of supplying alcohol to an underage or intoxicated person. Shultz also faces a felony for tampering with physical evidence as part of a felony prosecution.
ST. PAUL TRENCH COLLAPSE
Bodies of 2 workers recovered after trench collapse
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Authorities in St. Paul, Minn., confirmed that two construction workers died when a trench collapsed while they were working. The St. Paul Fire Department said on Twitter on Saturday that the bodies were found, a day after the collapse. The names of the victims have not been released. The crash happened around 2:45 p.m. Friday in the St. Paul’s Highland Park neighborhood. Deputy Fire Chief Roy Mokosso said another worker in the area called 911 and attempted a brief rescue, but authorities believe the workers died minutes after the collapse.
min. Republican threatens retaliation against medical board
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Jensen has threatened to retaliate against the Minnesota Board of Trustees that oversees doctors as it investigates him for the fifth time. Jensen calls the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice a “juggernaut” he will deal with if elected governor. Jensen, a Chaska family physician, is a COVID-19 vaccine skeptic who has promoted alternative treatments. He said in a video posted to Twitter on Thursday night that he shouldn’t have to practice medicine or run for governor with the cloud of a board inquiry hanging over him. The council consists of 16 people, all appointed by the governor.
Judge: Attack that led to life imprisonment ‘simply unthinkable’
BUFFALO, Minn. (AP) — A judge has imposed a mandatory life sentence on a man who stormed a Minnesota medical clinic, shot and killed one person and injured four others, saying the act was unfathomable. Gregory Ulrich opened fire on February 9, 2021 at the Allina Crossroads Clinic in Buffalo, a city of about 16,400 people, 40 miles northwest of Minneapolis. He was sentenced on Friday. Earlier this month, a jury found Ulrich guilty of all 11 counts, including premeditated first-degree murder for killing Lindsay Overbay, a 37-year-old medical assistant. Four other clinic staff survived but were seriously injured. Wright County District Judge Catherine McPherson said at sentencing that the attack was “simply unthinkable”.
Unlikely Special Session on Minnesota’s Budget Surplus
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The odds seem dead for a special legislative session that could have brought billions of dollars in tax cuts and new spending to Minnesota. Democratic Gov. Tim Walz told reporters late Thursday that talks with Republican leaders were “at an impasse,” leaving about $7.2 billion of an initial $9.25 billion surplus unspent. About a week before the end of the regular session last month, Walz and key lawmakers announced a deal to use $4 billion to cut taxes, $4 billion to increase spending and save $4 billion. additional. Republican Senate Majority Leader Jeremy Miller blamed Democrats for the standoff, saying they wanted to spend too much.
DEAD CHIMPANZEE SANCTUARY
The group explodes Chimp Haven fights the dead; wild chimpanzees also kill
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An animal rights group has filed a federal lawsuit against the National Chimpanzee Sanctuary once used for federal experiments. The group says the shrine’s care is poor. He cites a federal warning and Chimp Haven’s own reports of an escape and deaths caused by chimp fights. The northern Louisiana sanctuary said it acted immediately to change introduction procedures after a female died. It says it has treated more than 500 chimpanzees since it opened in 2005, and five deaths were due to assault. Experts say such deaths occur more frequently in the wild.
Minneapolis-area house pinball machine pleads guilty to fraud
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A woman who ran a Minneapolis-area house flipping business has pleaded guilty to defrauding real estate investors out of more than $3 million. Suzanne Griffiths is charged with one count of wire fraud and one count of money laundering. Authorities say she frequently made material misrepresentations about the status of real estate projects, failed to take promised steps, falsified documents and diverted investments for her own use. Griffiths, 46, is said to have recruited investors through seminars from a national real estate investment coaching program. Griffiths now resides in Arizona.
OIL FIELD STORAGE PROGRAM
Former Minnesota oil executive convicted of securities fraud
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A former Minnesota oil industry executive who co-founded a facility that loaded North Dakota crude onto railcars has been convicted of an inventory manipulation scheme. Earlier this week, a federal jury found Michael Reger guilty of securities fraud. The sentencing caps a lawsuit filed five years ago against Reger and fellow Wayzata-based Dakota Plains Holdings co-owner Ryan Gilbertson. The lawsuit alleges that Reger and Gilbertson intentionally manipulated the stock price during its first 20 days of trading. Gilbertson was convicted in 2018 and sentenced to 12 years in prison. Earlier this month, a federal judge gave preliminary approval to a $14 million settlement between shareholders and other directors and officers of the now-defunct company.
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