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Names Released of Officers Involved in Shooting in St. Cloud This Week

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10/20/2017 - 10:45 AM

Names Released of Officers Involved in Shooting in St. Cloud This Week

The names of individuals involved in the officer involved shooting in St. Cloud  earlier this week have been released.

According to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, who continue to review the case, the officer who fired his weapon during the incident was Sergeant Nathan Stewart, a 14-year veteran of the Stearns County Sheriff's Department. The BCA says officers were investigating a possible domestic assault just before midnight Monday at a home on Northwood Lane when an armed 37-year-old Lazaro Diaz broke out a back window and attempted to flee. Diaz reportedly shot several shots around the southwest corner of the home at the chasing officers.

Stewart fired his weapon, hitting Diaz twice in the leg. Two officers used tasers to apprehend Diaz as well as a K9 to completely take him down. St. Cloud officers and Stearns County deputies do not use body cameras at this time, so there is no video of the incident.

Diaz is being treated for non-life threatening injuries in the St. Cloud Hospital. Officials say he had been staying at the residence at the time of the incident, but his permanent residence is Willmar.  Sergeant Stewart and the four police officers with him are on standard administrative leave.

The St. Cloud Police Department is continuing the investigation into domestic assault.

Tree Fall Tragically Kills Big Lake Child

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10/20/2017 - 10:00 AM

Tree Fall Tragically Kills Big Lake Child

A five-year-old boy in Big Lake Township has died after a tree fell on him on Tuesday night.

Sherburne County Sheriff Joel Brott says the boy was playing on a hammock with other children when a seven foot tall tree, to which to hammock was tied, uprooted. The tree fell and hit the boy on the head.

The boy has been identified as Edward Michalek. According to the sheriff, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Driver Rolls Car Trying to Avoid Crash on Highway 23

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10/20/2017 - 10:00 AM

Driver Rolls Car Trying to Avoid Crash on Highway 23

Two people have been hospitalized after their vehicle rolled on the highway near New London.

Minnesota State Patrol Sergeant Jesse Grabow says 18-year-old Mohamed Ahmed was driving in an SUV east on Highway 23 near the intersection with Highway 9  Wednesday just before 1:30 p.m. He tried to merge into the left lane Ahmed veered away to avoid a collision, he overreacted and rolled.

Ahmed was taken to Rice Hospital and his passenger, 22-year-old Johnathon Claeys, went to CentraCare Hospital. Both of them had non-life threatening injuries.

St. Cloud City Council Member Wants To Limit Somali Refugee Resettlement

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10/18/2017 - 9:30 AM

St. Cloud City Council Member Wants To Limit Somali Refugee Resettlement
4th Ward City Councilman Jeff Johnson

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - A St. Cloud City Council member plans to propose a moratorium on refugee resettlement.

Jeff Johnson says he's concerned about "the overall quality of life" for St. Cloud residents and wants to limit refugee resettlement until the city gets more information about the number of people moving to the city and the cost to taxpayers. Several council members say Johnson's proposal is off base because resettlement is not the city's responsibility.

The number of refugees admitted into the U.S. is determined by the federal government. The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations launched a petition drive to urge the council to vote against Johnson's proposal which he plans to introduce next month.

The chapter's executive director and St. Cloud State University graduate Jaylani Hussein calls the proposal is despicable and racist.

The proposal may be on Monday's City Council's agenda. More than 10,000 Somali nationals now call St. Cloud home after fleeing their war-torn homeland.

Dassel Man Flees Police in an Hour-Long High Speed Chase After Threatening A Man At Cash Wise

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10/17/2017 - 4:25 PM

A Dassel man has been arrested after leading police on an hour-long car chase Monday night.

Waite Park Police Chief David Bentrud says officers went to the parking lot of Cash Wise Foods in Waite Park just before 11 p.m. after 47-year-old Jason Ashwill, allegedly threatened to kill a man. When police arrived, Ashwill fled the scene, driving east through St. Cloud.

The suspect drove south on Highway 15 at speeds up to 100 miles per hour. Cooperating agencies used stop sticks to puncture Ashwill’s tires multiple times. After flattening one tire, Ashwill turned around and drove north on Highway 15. By the time he got back in St. Cloud, all of the vehicles tires were flat.

Ashwill was eventually stopped and arrested. He has been taken to the Stearns County Jail for charges of felony fleeing a police offficer in a motor vehicle and damage to property.

Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force Arrest St. Cloud Man and Woman

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10/17/2017 - 4:10 PM

Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force Arrest St. Cloud Man and Woman

The Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force has made another St. Cloud bust.

According to the Task Force Commander Steve Soyka, on Tuesday a warrant was received for 721 28th Avenue North in St. Cloud for the sale of controlled substances. Forty-seven-year-old Michael Chirhart and 38-year-old Sarah Nesenson, both of St. Cloud, were found at the house along with drug paraphernalia and an undisclosed amount of methamphetamine.

Officers learned that Nesenson had three outstanding warrants and an active Domestic Abuse No Contact Order against her barring her from having any contact with Chirhart.

She was arrested on the warrants and the order violation and Chirhart was arrested and charged with 5th degree possession of a controlled substance.

They are both being held at Stearns County Jail awaiting court.

St. Cloud Man Assaulted With a Baseball Bat Over Property Dispute

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10/16/2017 - 12:00 PM

St. Cloud Man Assaulted With a Baseball Bat Over Property Dispute

An argument between two men Sunday afternoon turned violent as one reportedly assaulted the other with a baseball bat.

St. Cloud Police say a 35-year-old man was found with a non-life threatening head injury in front of his house on 15th Avenue North. He was brought to the St. Cloud Hospital where he told police he was arguing with a friend over personal property before the fight started.

Later that day, the suspect 37-year-old Charles Toy Jr., went to the police department to explain his side of the story. Toy was arrested and is facing charges of 2nd degree assault.

Interstate 94 Will Be Reduced To Single Lane Traffic For Two Weeks

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10/16/2017 - 11:10 AM

Interstate 94 Will Be Reduced To Single Lane Traffic For Two Weeks

Interstate 94 will be under construction for the next two weeks during non-rush hours.

Minnesota Department of Transportation says drivers between Monticello and Clearwater will experience lane closures with slow or stopped traffic. The closure is needed while crews grind rough pavement to improve driving conditions.

The closures will last from October 16 to November 2. Drivers are advised to slow down for crews.

St. Cloud Police Department Host Discussion On Community Relations And Policing Agreement

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10/11/2017 - 11:00 AM

St. Cloud Police Department Host Discussion On Community Relations And Policing Agreement

Community members are asked to join discussion between local residents and the St. Cloud Police Department.

The St. Cloud Area Regional Human Rights Commission and Resisting Racial and Religious Intolerance Project are teaming up to host an educational forum. During the forum panelists and audience members will discuss the St. Cloud Community Policing Agreement.

The agreement was implemented in 2005 to improve relations between police and community members. Panelists will discuss the history and impact of the agreement and how to improve police and resident interactions.

All are welcomed at the free forum at the St. Cloud City Hall Council Chambers on Tuesday, October 24, at 6 p.m.

Contact SCSU professor Rachel Wexelbaum at rswexelbaum@stcloudstate.edu with any questions about the event.

St. Cloud State University To Hold Halloween Spooktacular

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10/05/2017 - 10:45 AM

St. Cloud State University To Hold Halloween Spooktacular

St. Cloud State University will be holding a Halloween Spooktacular at the end of the month.

University Communications Director Anna Kurth says kids and their families are invited to attend the Halloween Spooktacular sponsored by the St. Cloud State Wind Ensemble. Kids can attend pre-concert activities such as trick-or-treating, face painting, and games starting at 5:30 p.m.

Kids and families can also hear Halloween themed music such as the Nightmare Before Christmas, Tales from the Crypt and favorites from Star Wars and Disney movies.

The Spooktacular concert will start at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, October 26 in the Ritsche Auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public.

Mississippi River Bridge in Clearwater Is Now Open

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08/17/2017 - 3:30 PM

       

It's now easier to travel through Clearwater, Minnesota.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation opened the new Mississippi River Bridge to vehicles today. All lanes of Highway 24 are now switched onto the new Highway 24 bridge.

The new bridge spans the river and Wright County Road 7, or Mainstreet in Clearwater. The old bridge was 57-years-old and work to replace it began two years ago.

Minn-DOT says an average of 16,000 vehicles cross the bridge daily, with weekend recreational drivers from nearby Interstate 94 and Highway 10 creating a much higher volume of traffic.

The new bridge has wider lanes, shoulders and a pedestrian trail separated by a concrete barrier for safety.

The old bridge will be removed fully by 2018. Here's a link to the Highway 24 live webcam.

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