An attorney for an Ecuadorian man who was arrested in Minneapolis and ordered deported from the U.S. 25 years ago goes to court Tuesday to ask that his case be reopened. Forty-five-year-old Nelson Pinos has been living in sanctuary in a Connecticut church for a year and a half. Attorney Tina Colon Williams says Pinos was 19 years old when he was arrested. She says he was not aware when an immigration court ordered his deportation in 1994, and that he did not become aware of the order until 2012. Williams argues that Pinos did not have an opportunity to show [...]
Authorities are investigating a residence in the Emily area after a man suffered an explosives-related hand injury. The Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office responded to the incident about 5 p.m. Sunday. The man had suffered what authorities described as "extensive" injuries to his left hand and was flown to a St. Cloud hospital. The sheriff's office says deputies discovered additional explosive material around the yard and residence, and called in a bomb squad. No other details were immediately released.
A man accused of throwing a 5-year-old boy from a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America is expected to appear in court for a hearing. Twenty-four-year-old Emmanuel Aranda of Minneapolis is charged with attempted premeditated first-degree murder. Authorities say Aranda told them he went to the mall on April 12 "looking for someone to kill" and chose the boy at random. The child plunged almost 40 feet and suffered head trauma and multiple broken bones. His family released a statement in late April saying he was alert and no longer in critical condition. On Monday, the family said he continues [...]
An emergency responder and good Samaritans came to the rescue of an Avon man whose vehicle plunged into a lake. The Stearns County Sheriff's Office says authorities think the man suffered a medical issue before his car crashed into Lower Spunk Lake on Friday evening. The vehicle went in the ditch, hit an approach, went through a yard, hit a raised garden and continued down a hill into the lake. Authorities say the driver was neither impaired nor distracted. He was not hurt in the crash. His name wasn't immediately released.
A St. Paul man pleaded guilty Wednesday to unintentionally killing his girlfriend's 3-year-old son and causing life-threatening injuries to her 2-year-old daughter while punishing the children in January. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports 25-year-old Alontae Butts entered Alford pleas to second-degree murder and malicious punishment of a child Wednesday. That means he doesn't admit guilt but acknowledges there's likely enough evidence to convict him. The court treats it as a guilty plea. Butts had been watching the boy and his 2- and 6-year-old siblings. Prosecutors say the 6-year-old told authorities Butts hit and choked him and his siblings when they [...]
A Minnesota man and military veteran whose request for a passport was denied twice is now asking a federal court to declare that he is a U.S. citizen. The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota has filed a complaint seeking declaratory relief for Mark Esqueda. The complaint says Esqueda was born in Texas in 1988 and spent most of his childhood in Minnesota. He joined the U.S. Marines and served in Iraq and Afghanistan. The ACLU says he held a military clearance level of "secret," which is only given to U.S. citizens. Esqueda applied for a passport in 2012 and was [...]
Authorities in Minnesota say skeletal remains found in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness are human. The remains were found in late April at a campsite belonging to a New Mexico man who planned to spend the winter in the woods. The Midwest Medical Examiner's Office says an initial report from a forensic anthropologist indicates the remains are human, but more examination is needed to identify to whom they belong. Investigators do not suspect foul play.
Minnesota lawmakers are trying to get their hands around skyrocketing drug costs and the pharmaceutical industry that sets the prices. Bills are moving to tackle the problem, from anti-price gouging efforts to new reporting requirements for drug companies when prices spike. Minnesota Public Radio reports that nearly all those bills have been tucked into House and Senate budget bills and are heading into final negotiations. The bipartisan push has been fueled by personal stories. Nicole Smith-Holt has been a regular around the Capitol, talking about her son Alec Smith, a diabetic who died at age 26 because he was rationing insulin [...]
The boyfriend of a woman whose body was found encased in an icy pond in Dakota County has been sentenced to 15 years in prison. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that 41-year-old Uriah Schulz, of Apple Valley, was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty to manslaughter in the 2017 death of 41-year-old Elizabeth Perrault. Her body was found in April 2018 not far from her home in the holding pond in Burnsville, six months after she disappeared. An autopsy showed she suffered blows to her head. Schulz said in court that he blacked out during a fight with Perrault at their [...]
Authorities have found the body of the pilot in the wreckage of a small plane that went missing in eastern Minnesota. Searchers found the Mooney M20J single-engine plane partially submerged in a river near the runway of the Moose Lake Carlton County Airport around 7 a.m. Thursday. Authorities believe the victim is a 65-year-old man from Plymouth, Minnesota. The pilot filed a flight plan for a Wednesday trip from the Moose Lake airport to the Crystal Airport in the Twin Cities but never arrived.