(St. Paul, MN) -- A St. Paul man will spend over seven decades in prison for killing a mother and her two children earlier this year. On Tuesday, 28-year-old TeKeith Jones was sentenced to 72-years and four months in St. Cloud Prison for the deaths of 30-year-old D'Zondria Wallace, and her two children 14-year-old La'Porsha Wallace and 11-year-old Ja'Corbie Wallace. According to reports, Jones shot and killed the Wallace family in late January after learning D'Zondria was dating someone new. Jones pleaded guilty to three counts of second-degree murder in September.
A former Lakeville middle school principal is dead after he was found inside the Crow Wing County Jail. The County Sheriff's Office says 53-year-old Christopher Endicott was found unresponsive in his cell Saturday night and was later pronounced dead. The cause of death is unknown at this time. Endicott was convicted in Dakota County in 2019 of burglary, identity theft and stalking. He was sentenced to eight-and-a-half years in prison. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says they are investigating the incident.
(Becker, MN) -- A farmer from Becker is in legal trouble following loan fraud. The U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday that 67-year-old Robert Waldon John Anderson pleaded guilty to selling bins of corn in 2018 that he was supposed to maintain as loan collateral. With the act, Anderson defrauded the USDA of over one-point-four-million-dollars. Anderson has been ordered to repay the funds in restitution and will serve three years probation, along with 150-hours of community service.
(Burnsville, MN) -- The Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District is moving back to distance learning. District officials announced Monday night that they have decided to return to the distance learning model to slow down the spread of COVID-19. Distance learning will begin today and carry on through December 3rd.
The Minnesota Department of Health is providing an update on COVID-19 cases and deaths in the state. On Tuesday, health officials reported 11-thousand-455 new cases of coronavirus, bringing the state's total to over 887-thousand. Additionally, 37 more people have died due to complications from COVID-19. Minnesota's death toll currently stands at nine-thousand-229.
(Minneapolis, MN) -- Four people are hospitalized following a wrong-way collision on I-35W in Minneapolis. State police say the crash happened overnight near 31st Street. The accident involved a Toyota Corolla and a Chevy Malibu. Two people in the Toyota had life-threatening injuries and the two in the Chevy have non-life-threatening injuries.
(Wyandotte Township, MN) -- Authorities are investigating a deadly early morning head-on crash in northwestern Minnesota. State Patrol officials say the driver of a Chevy Aveo crossed the centerline and collided with another vehicle on Center Street in Wyandotte Township. Two people in the vehicle that was struck were taken to a hospital with non-critical injuries.
(St. Paul, MN) -- Several activists are remembering those who have lost their lives during traffic accidents statewide. Lawmakers and advocates of safe roads met yesterday for a vigil at the State Capitol in St. Paul. There have been 447 traffic deaths this year. In 2020, there were 358.
(Atlanta, GA) -- The CDC says COVID-19 has killed more Americans this year than last year. Numbers from Johns Hopkins show more than 392-thousand-people have died of COVID so far this year, compared to more than 377-thousand in 2020, and there's still a month to go. Altogether, more than 770-thousand Americans have reportedly died from the coronavirus with new infections rising in 38 states. Some of the biggest surges are being seen in Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Colorado, Idaho and New Mexico.
(Minneapolis, MN) -- Target is announcing store closures during Thanksgiving will be permanent going forward. The retailer shut its doors last Thanksgiving for safety concerns during the pandemic and started offering holiday discounts earlier in October. However, CEO Brian Cornell confirmed in a statement that what started as a temporary measure is now the company standard. Target announced most stores would reopen at 7 a.m. local time on Black Friday. Walmart, Trader Joe's and Aldi will also be closed for the holiday.