State wants latitude on sentencing rules in Daunte Wright case
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Prosecutors seek approval of a harsher sentence than described in state guidelines if a former Minneapolis suburban police officer is convicted of Daunte’s gunshot death Wright. Former Brooklyn Center officer Kim Potter faces first and second degree manslaughter charges in Wright’s death in April. Sentencing guidelines for first degree manslaughter range from 6 to 8 1/2 years in prison. The move is similar to that made by Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison in the trial of former cop Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis cop convicted of the death of George Floyd. Potter pleaded not guilty. She is due to be tried in December.
SHOOTING IN THE CABIN
Woman found fatally shot in Crow Wing County cabin
BRAINERD, Minnesota (AP) – Sheriff officials said a woman was found fatally shot in a Crow Wing County cabin after lawmakers responded to a call about gunfire and arrested a gunman. Dispatchers received a shooting complaint around 11 p.m. Thursday. The appellant testified that several shots were heard in Lake Edward Township. The police intervened and met a man armed with a rifle and a handgun. After nearly two hours of negotiations, the man agreed to lay down his weapons and was taken into police custody. While searching the property near where the complaint originated, MPs found an adult woman dead in a cabin from a gunshot wound.
SUPERIOR CARE STAFF
Minnesota nursing homes grapple with record staff shortages
ST. PAUL, Minnesota (AP) – Nursing homes for the aged in Minnesota are grappling with record staff shortages as people leave the industry faster than they can be replaced. The Long Term Care Imperative indicates that there are 23,000 unfilled senior caregiver positions in Minnesota. This compares to 8,000 last March. And the industry lost 2,000 more workers in August. KARE-TV reports that burnout due to the pandemic is often cited. Patti Cullen, CEO of Care Providers of Minnesota, says workers are exhausted from 100-hour weeks and double shifts, in full protective gear during a hot summer. Many nursing homes have capped admissions until they can hire more people.
PENALTY Of manslaughter
Man released on probation in fatal St. Paul shooting
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – The second of two brothers accused of shooting and killing a firefighter on leave in St. Paul has been sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to manslaughter. A 67-month prison sentence for Dontay Caraway was suspended Thursday and he was credited with 686 days in jail. Earlier this year, Caraway’s brother Blake Caraway was acquitted of second degree murder in the death of Thomas Harrigan. The victim attempted to intervene in a fight with a cell phone and was shot by Blake Caraway after the brothers visited Harrigan’s house in St. Paul.
Mayor of Minneapolis: Police conduct in ’20 unrest is ‘infuriating’
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A recently released video that shows Minneapolis police officers talking about “chasing people” during the unrest after the death of George Floyd has become a problem in the upcoming municipal election. Mayor Jacob Frey said body camera footage which also showed officers kicking and beating a surrendered man are “infuriating”. The footage was released less than a month before the election, in which residents will vote on whether to replace the police department with a new agency.
RED LAKE OFFICER KILLED
Man charged with murder of Minnesota tribal officer
RED LAKE, Minnesota (AP) – A federal grand jury has indicted a Minnesota man with murder and other counts in the July murder of a Red Lake tribal officer. David Donnell Jr. has been charged with 11 counts, including first degree murder. He had previously been charged with one count of lesser murder in connection with the July 27 murder of Constable Ryan Bialke. Court documents say Bialke was killed after the Red Lake Tribal Police Department responded to a welfare check for Donnell, who was armed. When officers walked through the door to his Redby home, Donnell opened fire. Court documents say Bialke was shot through the front door and died at the scene. Donnell’s attorneys have not commented on the indictment.
PURCHASE OF OIL WELLS
Minnesota Company Expands Oil Well Ownership in North Dakota
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A Minnesota company has announced it will expand its stake in an oil well fleet in North Dakota. Minnetonka-based Northern Oil and Gas said Thursday it will pay Texas-based Comstock Resources $ 154 million for the new properties, which are expected to produce 4,500 barrels of oil per day. Comstock Resources is controlled by Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys football team. Northern Oil, which invests in leases and drilling projects, traditionally operates in North Dakota. However, he recently announced other deals in the Permian Basin in New Mexico and Texas for shale oil, and in the Marcellus natural gas formation in the Appalachians.
MINNESOTA VIRUS OUTBREAK
Minnesota health leaders warn of pressure on caregivers and children
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minnesota health officials warn fourth wave of COVID-19 pandemic is straining hospitals and healthcare workers statewide as coronavirus burns through population not vaccinated. They also told reporters on Thursday that transmission in schools and among children is of particular concern, with pediatric intensive care beds being scarce. Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said Minnesota is now seeing more than 3,000 cases per week in children under 12, who are not approved for vaccinations. She says this is “a new and disturbing high mark for the entire pandemic,” stressing that COVID-19 is not just a threat to the elderly.
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