Republican super PAC ad attacks Radinovich’s court record
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Republican super PAC is attacking Democrat Joe Radinovich in a new ad that plays up the House candidate’s run-ins with the law.
The ad launched Wednesday by the Congressional Leadership Fund says Radinovich has been charged with 18 crimes, 30 traffic violations and “possession of drug paraphernalia.”
Radinovich’s campaign called the ad “disgraceful,” saying it falsely portrayed unpaid parking tickets as “crimes” and misrepresents a marijuana-related citation from when Radinovich was 18. The campaign’s statement noted the marijuana charge was dismissed.
Radinovich’s court record does show more than 30 violations, but nearly all of them are for parking tickets or other traffic violations.
Radinovich faces Republican Pete Stauber in a tight race for the northeast Minnesota seat held by retiring Rep. Rick Nolan.
Defense: State made “lies by omission” about ex-officer
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Defense attorneys for a former Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed an Australian woman last year say that prosecutors have misled the court about the man’s past behavior.
Attorneys for Mohamed Noor filed a court document Wednesday in response to prosecutors’ claims that Noor’s past acts raised concern. Prosecutors had said that training officers voiced concern about Noor while he was in training, and that a psychological evaluation showed Noor was more likely than other officer candidates to have trouble getting along with others.
Defense attorneys say that training officers never found Noor to be “unacceptable” at a task. They also say the psychological test is racially biased.
Noor is charged in the July 15, 2017, fatal shooting of Justine Ruszczyk Damond. The defense is asking that the case be dismissed.
Prince family moves suit against doctor to where he died
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Attorneys for Prince’s family have moved a medical malpractice and wrongful death lawsuit to the county where he died.
Prince’s family sued Dr. Michael Schulenberg and various health care providers in Hennepin County last month, saying they provided services to Prince in the weeks before his death but failed to treat his opioid addiction. That lawsuit was dismissed earlier this week and refiled in Carver County.
Family attorney John Goetz had no comment when asked about the move. The Minnesota lawsuit replaces one that was initially filed in Illinois in April.
Prince died in 2016 from an accidental fentanyl overdose.
Authorities say Schulenberg admitted prescribing a different opioid to Prince’s bodyguard, knowing it would go to Prince. Schulenberg has disputed that but paid $30,000 to settle a federal civil violation that alleged the drug was prescribed illegally.
Latvian man sentenced in US in hacking scheme
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Latvian man has been sentenced in Minneapolis to nearly three years in federal prison for his involvement in a hacking scheme that cost internet users millions of dollars.
Twenty-nine-year-old Peteris Sahurovs was sentenced Wednesday for conspiracy to commit wire fraud. After serving his prison term, a judge ruled that Sahurovs will be returned to Latvia.
Sahurovs was indicted in 2011 in a “scareware” scheme that targeted the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s website.
The indictment says Sahurovs and an accomplice created a phony advertising agency and bought ads on startribune.com, then infected the computers of those who visited the site with malware. The affected users were then tricked into buying purported antivirus software.
The scheme generated more than $2 million. Sahurovs admitted he made between $150,000 and $250,000.
Republican attack ads roil Minnesota congressional campaign
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — New ads in a pivotal Minnesota congressional race accuse Democrat Dean Phillips of hypocrisy on health care, saying he hasn’t provided insurance for his own employees even as he proclaims it a “moral right” for everyone.
The wealthy businesman struck back with his own ad this week, saying U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen is not telling the truth. Phillips asserts he offers insurance to full-time employees of his coffee shops, as he did with companies he previously ran.
The Congressional Leadership Fund, which is aligned with U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, and Paulsen make the claim in separate ads last week. Phillips rolled out a counterattack ad this week.
Paulsen is seeking a sixth term to represent a suburban district that was once solidly Republican but has become a swing district.
Student found dead in university frat house in St. Paul
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Police do not suspect foul play in the death of a student whose body was found in a University of Minnesota fraternity house near the St. Paul campus.
St. Paul police spokesman Steve Linders says authorities also do not believe the student was hazed. But he says alcohol could be a factor.
The name of the 20-year-old man was not released.
The Star Tribune reports University of Minnesota Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Maggie Towle confirmed that the man was a student, but shared no other details.
Police were called about 5 a.m. Wednesday to the Alpha Gamma Rho frathouse and found the man dead in the home.
A resident of the house called police after finding the man. It’s unclear whether the man lived there.
Teen charged in fatal convenience store shooting
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A 19-year-old man has been charged with fatally shooting one of two victims at a Minneapolis convenience store.
Demerio Davis is accused of killing 23-year-old Samuel Abron-Yeager during a confrontation at Emerson Food Market early Sunday. A criminal complaint says Davis and a second victim, 18-year-old Jamarius Shief, were talking with Abron-Yeager and another man. Davis and Shief left, but soon returned.
The complaint says Shief began punching one of the other men. Then Davis shot Abron-Yeager who pulled his own gun and fired several shots before collapsing. Authorities believe Abron-Yeager killed Shief.
Davis appeared in court Wednesday on a second-degree murder charge. Bail was set at $1 million, and he remained in jail.
The two deaths were among four weekend homicides in Minneapolis.
BEAR-MILK CAN RESCUE
‘Jaws of Life’ used to free bear with head stuck in milk can
ROSEAU, Minn. (AP) — Firefighters had to use the Jaws of Life to help free a black bear whose head was stuck in a milk can in northern Minnesota.
Conservation officer Eric Benjamin with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources was called Friday about a young male bear with its head stuck in an old 10-gallon (38-liter) milk can near Roseau (ROH’-zoh).
Benjamin says rescuers tried cooking oil to free the bear, but that didn’t work, so they drilled three holes in the can so the panting bear could breathe.
After about two hours, Benjamin called the Roseau Fire Department, which used the Jaws of Life — normally used to extricate car accident victims — and a spreader to pry the can off.
Benjamin says the freed animal, seemingly healthy, ran into the woods.