A second patient at a DHS-operated facility on the Forensic Services campus in St. Peter, Minn., has died of COVID-19. The patient died Tuesday, Oct. 19, in a regional hospital. Under patient data privacy laws, no further information can be released. It is the second COVID-related death on the St. Peter campus. The first death occurred on Oct. 11.
A multi-state outbreak of Salmonella Oranienburg infections announced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) includes 23 Minnesota residents, state health officials said today. The Minnesota cases, who range in age from 7 to 77 years, fell ill between Aug. 8 and Sept. 18, four were hospitalized and none have died. Contaminated onions from a specific distributor and growing region in Mexico have been identified as the likely source for the outbreak.
Provide feedback about the Second Street Corridor Study by going to mankatosecondstreet.com. The study, which is focused on the area between Mulberry Street and Madison Avenue, will identify how to better accommodate both motorized and non-motorized users traveling along, and across, Second Street. Through Sunday, October 31, community members can: View a narrated presentation. Complete a community survey. Comment on an interactive map.
(Carver, MN) -- A former Twin Cities substitute teacher could serve up to 62 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to a sextortion scheme. Mitchell Ottinger admitted to posing online as a teenage girl to solicit nude photos from boys as young as ten years old. If the victims refused to send additional images the defendant from Carver threatened to post on social media the ones he received. A sentencing date for Ottinger has not been determined yet.
State safety officials are looking for help from employers to assist in reducing the high number of deadly vehicle crashes in Minnesota. The move comes as the state gets closer to 400 traffic deaths for the year. At this rate, Minnesota will surpass the record for traffic fatalities since 2007. The Minnesota Safety Council recently launched the Speed Counts, Slow Down initiative. It calls for employers to use emails, newsletters, and social media blasts from the council to educate their workers about the dangers of speeding.
A Ponemah man is confessing to killing a woman two years ago on the Red Lake Indian Reservation. William Jones the Fourth pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court to second-degree murder. The defendant reportedly attacked the victim in November of 2019 who later died from her injuries. A sentencing date for Jones has not been set yet.
(Minneapolis, MN) -- A Minneapolis man is accused of being one of the shooters in a rolling gun battle that ended with a crash that killed a pedestrian. Christopher Walker has been charged with two counts of second-degree murder and one count of illegal possession of a firearm. The incident happened on October 6th. One other suspect is behind bars on an unrelated charge.
(Carver Co., MN) -- A woman involved in a motorcycle crash southwest of the Twin Cities dies from her injuries. The Carver County Sheriff's Office says a 30-year-old woman from Belle Plaine lost control of her motorcycle on County Road 40 near Belle Plaine Tuesday afternoon and went off the road. She later died in the hospital.
Fall-like weather makes its return to the area. After several days with temperatures in the 60's and 70's, the National Weather Service says highs the rest of the week will be in the 40's and low 50's. That's several degrees below average for this time of year. However come next Tuesday temperatures should return to the 60's for at least a day.
(St. Paul, MN) -- Investigators say one of the guns used in the deadly shooting at the Truck Bar in downtown Saint Paul may have been illegal. Investigators say Jerome Horton Junior recently bought dozens of handguns from Twin Cities stores. Investigators say Horton was often joined by a group of people when he bought the guns, which they say can be an indication of straw purchasing. One of the guns Horton bought was found at the scene of the Truck Bar shooting earlier this month. Horton's charged with making a false statement while purchasing a gun.