A St. Peter woman is accused of forging several credit card charges this summer while working at the Pizza Ranch on Tullamore Street in Mankato. The restaurant's general manager told Mankato Police that several times in August and September, Emerald Bonebrake added large tips to the receipts of at least 19 customers in the span of four weeks. When confronted by management about the larger than usual amount of some of the tips, the criminal complaint shows Bonebrake said they left her the added cash because she had been flirting with them. Bonebrake is facing five counts of credit card fraud.
Two men are facing several charges after Mankato Police say they tried to pay a tow truck driver with marijuana instead of cash. The driver called police after he was dispatched by an insurance company to the Cherry Street Ramp to deliver $10 worth of gas to 22-year-old Gak Chamdak of Faribault and 19-year-old Paul Jal of Mankato. When he arrived, the driver says nobody has the money to pay for the fuel and the men offered to pay in pot instead. The criminal complaint states that two baggies of weed and a set of brass knuckles were found in Chamdak's [...]
Blue Earth and the surrounding counties are bracing for a weekend winter storm that could first bring a coating of ice and then as much as six inches of snow. Meteorologist Megan Mulford explained that they've been tracking the storm for several days and are now certain that it will impact southern Minnesota and, "The only thing that we're kind of uncertain with is when that mixed precipitation is going to change on over into snow." The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch and Mulford said it, "Goes into effect tomorrow morning. We're going to see a wintery [...]
The State Patrol says no one was injured after a crash along Highway 14 and 3rd Avenue in Mankato. It happened around 4:15 Thursday afternoon. Witnesses say traffic was slowed to a slow crawl while troopers cleared the scene. Traffic was moving again around 4:45.
Waseca Police confirmed that 62-year-old Patricia Ann Ryan of Waseca was found dead outside a home in Waseca. They have ruled out foul play as a cause of death. A final determination of her cause of death is still waiting further test results. Original story: Waseca Police are investigating after a woman was found dead outside of a home on 5th Avenue Southeast. An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death and investigators say the woman’s identity will be released after that’s completed. The department says there is no apparent threat to others.
With the holiday season approaching, Jo's Fitness Garage in Mankato is reminding people to keep their fitness goals in mind. Owner Jo Ann Radlinger says many people give up or want to skip the month of December because of all of the temptations of the holiday. However, she says waiting until January 1st for a new goal, could have unwanted consequences. Jo also adds that it's ok to enjoy holiday food, but to do so in moderation.
Home Instead Senior Care is inviting the community to provide gifts and holiday cheer to seniors through its Be a Santa to a Senior program. Go to one of the participating locations and look for the Be a Santa to a Senior tree on display to December 14th. Each tree will be decorated with ornaments featuring seniors’ first names and their desired gifts. Holiday shoppers can choose an ornament, buy the requested gift and return it to the store with the ornament attached. Kim Hanson says seniors are one of the groups in need this holiday season. The locations are: Dance Express, Jerry's Body Shop, [...]
Authorities say law enforcement officers in northern Minnesota have fatally shot an armed suspect following a struggle over a gun. Police in Bemidji say the shooting happened Wednesday about 11 p.m. after an officer made a traffic stop and determined a passenger in the vehicle had a warrant for an arrest on an undisclosed allegation. A Beltrami County sheriff's deputy was called for backup. Police say that as the passenger got out of the vehicle as ordered, the officer and deputy saw the suspect had a handgun. The officer and passenger struggled for control of the gun. The officer and deputy [...]
A Minnesota man who was molested decades ago by the man who went on to abduct, sexually assault and kill Jacob Wetterling has been awarded more than $17 million. Jared Scheierl was 12 when he was molested by Danny Heinrich in 1989 in Cold Spring. In 2016, Heinrich admitted to sexually assaulting Scheierl and to abducting, molesting and killing Jacob as part of a plea deal in a federal child pornography case. Scheierl sued Heinrich. The Star Tribune reports that Stearns County Judge Andrew Pearson awarded Scheierl damages on Thursday, writing that "a human life is worth more than all the [...]
The Madison Lake Paddlefish Days Committee is inviting you to the Christmas on Main event on Saturday, December 1st from 4-6 p.m. City Clerk Allie Paulson says there's fun activities for the whole family at the Madison Lake Community Center. There will also be a lighting of holiday trees in memory of loved ones.