MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The Minnesota State Patrol has tallied 286 car accidents statewide during a winter storm that brought up to 20 inches of snow in some places. The highway patrol reported that 21 of the crashes resulted in injuries, including one that was fatal. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reported that a car traveling on Highway 61 in Maplewood jumped the sidewalk Friday night and collided with a pickup truck traveling in the opposite direction. A 52-year-old passenger died, while another passenger and the driver of the car were taken to a hospital.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. (AP) – Douglas County prosecutors charged Hennepin County Sheriff David Hutchinson with four misdemeanors for drunkenness after his vehicle crashed this week. Hutchinson rolled his county SUV onto Interstate 94 near Alexandria in the early hours of Wednesday morning. He had been attending the Minnesota Sheriffs Association winter conference in the city, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported. An analysis of his urine determined that his blood alcohol content was 0.13%, while the state legal limit is 0.08%. Three of the charges were for driving while intoxicated. The fourth is for carrying a gun while under the influence of alcohol.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A woman was found dead with an apparent gunshot wound at her home in Kalevala Township, the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office said. Sheriff’s deputies went to the home after receiving a call for a wellness check and found the body of 62-year-old Tracy Ellen Julian. Officers arrested her husband and jailed him on second-degree murder charges. The sheriff’s office says they have no other suspects and the investigation is ongoing.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – After prosecutors spent nearly a day re-enacting the moments after a suburban Minneapolis police officer shot and killed Daunte Wright, one of his attorneys had heard enough. Paul Engh called for the trial to be annulled, denouncing the “sordid images” which, according to him, were irrelevant and which were repeatedly shown to inflame the sympathies of the jury. But those details and secondary witness testimony are part of a broader prosecution strategy in the trial of former Brooklyn Center officer Kim Potter. Prosecutors not only want to convict her of manslaughter, but send her to prison for a longer period than she could get otherwise.
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