Crime

Carjacking Suspect Hits Indiana Police Cruiser, Killing Police Dog

LARWILL, Ind. (AP) – State police say a northern Indiana police dog died after an officer’s cruiser was involved in a fiery collision with a car driven by a carjacking suspect. Indiana State Police say a Whitley County sheriff’s deputy was sitting in his cruiser after setting up stop sticks along an U.S. 30 intersection Wednesday afternoon when the suspect’s…

Minnesota State Trooper Charged with Sexually Assaulting Girl

Courtesy: KARE 11HASTINGS, Minn. (AP) – A Minnesota state trooper is charged with repeatedly sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl. The Dakota County Attorney’s Office has charged 36-year-old Shawn Barta with first- and second-degree criminal sexual conduct involving the girl who authorities say is “cognitively delayed.” The State Patrol has placed Barta on leave pending the outcome of the case and…

Sioux Falls Man Arrested for Assault, Threatening Law Enforcement

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Sioux Falls man is facing multiple assault charges after police say he threatened police officers over the weekend. 31-year-old Anthony Brownlee is facing four counts of aggravated assault, threatening a law enforcement officer and multiple traffic violations. Police say just before 2 a.m. Sunday, Brownlee was revving the engine of his motorcycle when on-foot officers…

Alabama Man Charged with Possession of ‘Attack Squirrel’

ATHENS, Ala. (AP) – An Alabama man accused of feeding methamphetamine to what authorities called an “attack squirrel” is being charged with a state wildlife offense. Court records show 35-year-old Mickey Joel Paulk is now charged with illegal possession of wildlife. Paulk hasn’t denied having a pet squirrel, which is illegal under state law. But he has denied police allegations…

Man Charged in 2-Year-Old’s Drive-By Shooting Death in Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Prosecutors have charged a man in a 2016 drive-by shooting in Minneapolis that killed a 2-year-old boy. Thirty-four-year-old Chris Welch was charged Monday in Hennepin County court with second-degree murder in the death of Le’Vonte King Jason Jones. Investigators have long believed Welch fired the bullet that stuck the boy on July 8, 2016, in north Minneapolis…

Sioux Falls Mayor’s Accused Stalker’s Request for Lower Bond Denied

SIOUX FALLS, S.D – A judge has denied lowering the bond for a man accused of stalking the Mayor. Christopher Bruce was in Minnehaha County court this morning. Bruce was arrested earlier this month for allegedly threatening and stalking Mayor Paul Tenhaken. Bruce asked the judge today to lower his 50 thousand dollar bond. He argues his alleged threats were…

Priest Accused Of Stealing Back In Pennington County

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A Rapid City Catholic priest accused of stealing more than $150,000 from area churches is back in the custody of local authorities. Father Marcin Garbacz has been transferred from federal custody to the Pennington County Jail. Garbacz was intercepted by federal agents at the Seattle airport in May. He had booked a one way ticket…