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SALEM, ORE (AP) - Jurors have convicted a former North Dakota college student in the killing of a drug dealer's father in Salem, Oregon. The Statesman Journal reports 24-year-old Denzel Hawthorne was found guilty of murder, but not guilty of aggravated murder on Monday. Sentencing has been scheduled for May 16.
ST. CLOUD, Minn-- A judge has ordered Stearns County to return thousands of pages of FBI documents in the Jacob Wetterling investigation to the federal agency. County officials had planned to release the case file after Danny Heinrich confessed to the 1989 abduction and killing of 11-year-old Jacob. But Patty and Jerry Wetterling sued to keep 168 pages containing personal information sealed.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is renewing his call for the chamber's ethics committee to investigate Sen. Al Franken after a second woman came forward to accuse him of sexual harassment. Lindsay Menz told CNN that the Minnesota Democrat grabbed her bottom as the pair posed for a photo at the Minnesota State Fair in 2010. Menz's allegation comes days after a Los Angeles broadcaster accused Franken of forcibly kissing her during a 2006 USO tour.
ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA-- A North Dakota man has been sentenced to nine years in prison for scamming Minnesota welfare programs out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Forty-seven-year-old Elfonzo Shelby, of Fargo, was sentenced in Ramsey County District Court Tuesday for using fake identities to swindle more than $300,000 in general assistance and food stamp benefits. Shelby pleaded guilty to the allegations in September.
ANDOVER, Minn.- - Authorities now say a hit-and-run crash that killed a teenager in Andover was likely not an accident. Anoka County sheriff's officials said Sunday that the driver of a vehicle that struck and killed 17-year-old Tristan Robinson of Nowthen on Friday night intentionally struck him. Robinson died at the scene. Authorities say the hit-and-run was part of a drug-related robbery. A teenager from St. Francis is in custody. Two other teenagers - a 19-year-old and a 17-year-old - are being sought.
MILROY, MINNESOTA-- A hunter in southwestern Minnesota is recovering after being accidentally shot on the opening day of the state's firearms deer season. The Redwood County Sheriff's Office says the shooting was reported late Saturday morning halfway between Milroy and Tracy. Investigators say a hunter shooting at a deer hit another hunter beyond the deer. The wounded hunter was hit in the leg and was taken to a Tracy hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
BISMARCK, NORTH DAKOTA-- Bismarck police say the officer injured in an attack by a suspect he later shot has returned to work. The officer will be on desk duty until the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation completes a review. The officer was attacked after responding to a call at the Bismarck Motor Motel Oct. 15. Authorities say the suspect, Donald Miller, punched the officer in the head repeatedly and gouged his eyes. Miller was shot in the stomach. He's been charged with assaulting a peace officer and robbery.
EDINBURG, N.D.- Five fire departments are battling a fire that's burning a number of potato warehouses in northeastern North Dakota. Walsh County Sheriff Ron Jurgens says strong winds are hampering firefighters' efforts Friday morning at the complex in Edinburg. The structures are owned by J.G. Hall and Sons, one of the largest potato producers in the Red River Valley and a major employer in the Edinburg area.
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - A man is in the hospital after an officer-involved shooting in St. Cloud. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says a Stearns County sheriff's deputy and several St. Cloud police officers were investigating a possible assault just before midnight Monday. Investigators had knocked on the front door when an armed man inside the home broke out a rear window and fled. The agency says evidence indicates the suspect fired his gun. The deputy fired his weapon, and two officers also used stun guns to apprehend the suspect.
Minnesota's lawmakers have passed a $46 billion budget after three extra days in session. The Legislature approved the budget just before 3:00 a.m. Friday. The broad budget agreement would put $650 million toward tax relief, expand preschool offerings by $50 million and dedicate $300 million to fix roads and bridges. Governor Mark Dayton is expected to address questions later Friday on whether he will sign off on the bills.