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MINNEAPOLIS —Prosecutors and law officers say they have dismantled a Thai sex trafficking operation that spread across the United States by indicting 21 more people. The announcement was made Thursday, May 25, at a news conference in Minneapolis after indictments were unsealed charging the 21, whom prosecutors said were at "high levels in the sophisticated criminal enterprise" that brought women from Thailand to cities across the U.S. All but one of those charged were arrested Wednesday, May 24, at locations in California, Texas and the Chicago area.
MINOT, N.D. -- An 18-year-old has entered a not guilty plea to disorderly conduct for a lunchtime water balloon fight at a Minot high school. Xavier Mason Falcon, who just turned 18 last Tuesday, entered the plea this week after last week’s incident at the Magic City campus. Two other 17-year-old boys were also cited for misdemeanor disorderly conduct and their cases are being handled in juvenile court.
PIERRE, S.D. – Troopers from the South Dakota Highway Patrol and Minnesota State Patrol will join together to conduct a 23-hour traffic safety, Memorial Day weekend crackdown starting Friday morning. The two agencies along with other law enforcement departments are participating in the annual I-90 Safety Operation taking place from 5 a.m Friday, May 26, to 4 a.m. Saturday, May 27.
CRYSTAL, Minn. - Authorities in Crystal in the western part of the Twin Cities are investigating an officer-involved shooting on Wednesday morning. According to Crystal police: Officers were called to Bassett Creek Park shortly before 9 a.m. on a report of an armed man on the park’s disc golf course. A resident of an adjacent apartment building called 911 to report the gunman.
PARMELEE, S.D. — A 23-year-old South Dakota man will spend 20 years in prison for wounding a tribal officer in a shootout on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation in southern South Dakota last year while on a six-day methamphetamine binge. Linn Jacob Cross Dog III was sentenced Monday in federal court for the incident on May 11, 2016, when he fired his handgun and hit a Rosebud Sioux tribal police officer in the forearm causing a life-threatening injury while in a struggle after a traffic stop.
ST. PAUL -- Crews searched by boat and by air Monday for a man who ran toward a Mississippi River bluff after St. Paul officers pulled him over, according to the police department. Later on Monday, a body was found in the river, near the Ford Dam, but officials cautioned that it was too soon to say if the body was that of the fleeing motorist.
ST. PAUL -- A Grand Rapids, Minn., man who stole thousands of black spruce treetops from the Chippewa National Forest in northern Minnesota must pay the U.S. Forest Service $24,199.50, complete 200 hours of community service and he will spend three years on probation.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota legislation funding public works projects ranging from repairing college roofs to helping cities build water treatment plants has an uncertain future. The House rejected the bill Wednesday, May 17, 70-62, falling 11 votes short the super majority the state Constitution requires to borrow money. "There are other options out there," Rep. Dean Urdahl, R-Grove City, said after the bill went down.
LAMBERTON, Minn. -- In a bizarre accident in southwest Minnesota, a Minnesota State University Mankato sophomore and track and field star was killed when his vehicle collided with a fork on a tractor. Jeffrey DeCock, 22, a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference champion in the high jump from Mankato, died in the crash about 9 a.m. Tuesday on Highway 14 near his home town of Lamberton, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
FARGO — For pet owners wanting to bring along their dogs or cats in the vehicle this summer on hot days, animal control officers in the largest cities in North Dakota and South Dakota have an idea. Maybe just leave the pet at home. The interior of a car can heat up 40 degrees in an hour, even when windows are cracked and the outside temperature is 70 degrees posing a grave danger to pets, according to animal control supervisor Julie DeJong of the Sioux Falls (S.D.) Police Department.