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GRANITE FALLS, Minn.— A male employee at a Granite Falls home for vulnerable adults is now serving time in the Yellow Medicine County Jail, sentenced Monday after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a female resident. A Yellow Medicine County District Judge sentenced 53-year-old Tracy Lee Stephen, of Montevideo, to 180 days in jail, a 24-month prison sentence—stayed for 10 years—and 10 years of supervised probation.
MITCHELL, S.D.—Sanford Health's presence in Mitchell continues to grow. Since arriving on the Mitchell health care scene in 2007, the local Sanford Health clinic has consolidated its offices at the Highland Mall on the south side of town. With a growing patient base, Sanford is working to expand its operations at the Highland Mall location with an investment of approximately $500,000.
BEMIDJI—A 14-year-old Bemidji boy is in serious condition after being severely burned Wednesday when an all-terrain vehicle driven by a friend caught fire near Leonard, Minn. According to Clearwater County Sheriff Darin Halverson the boy, identified by his mother as Gabe Schwarzlander, was riding in the Polaris Ranger, driven by another 14-year-old. Halverson said to legally drive such a vehicle a person must be at least 15.
BENSON, Minn. —A Dent man involved in a drunken high-speed chase who repeatedly rammed his vehicle into Swift County Sheriff John Holtz's squad car was sentenced Friday to probation and stayed jail time for multiple charges. Douglas Alan Young, 49, pleaded guilty in May to gross misdemeanor fourth-degree assault of an officer, felony first-degree damage to property, felony fleeing an officer in a motor vehicle and gross misdemeanor driving while impaired.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — Police have arrested a 38-year-old Audubon, Minn., man suspected in the killing of a woman found inside a Moorhead house after a fire there Tuesday, June 28. Police believe the woman, who they haven't publicly identified, was assaulted and killed before the fire, which they also suspect is suspicious, Moorhead police Lt. Tory Jacobson said in a news release issued Friday, July 1.
PERHAM, Minn.—A child reported missing near Perham at about 1 p.m. Friday, was found safe in a cornfield near the intersection of Highway 108 and County Highway 49, with the assistance of a helicopter, after a one-hour search. The child had been with his father while he was working in the field, according to an Otter Tail County Sheriff's report. Larson Helicopters of Perham, a crop spraying company, was flying 30 to 40 feet over the rows of waist-high corn, when the child was spotted, said Michael Larson, pilot of the helicopter.
ST. PAUL—Violent crimes in Minnesota rose in 2015, with murders up 58 percent compared to 2014. The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Friday released the 2015 Uniform Crime Report that showed violent crimes such as murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault climbed in 7.6 percent over 2014. While murders were way up compared to 2014, they went up at a slower rate—17 percent—when compared to 2013. There were 130 murders reported last year. Rapes also were up, from 1,980 in 2014 to 2,300 last year.
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FARGO — With a bloody shirt linking a man to the homicide of a Fargo woman, prosecutors have charged him with sexually assaulting and murdering her in May. The charges were filed Thursday, June 30, in Cass County District Court against 22-year-old Landon Lauwagie in connection with the death of 40-year-old Cory Terlecky. It's alleged that Lauwagie caused Terlecky to asphyxiate while he sexually assaulted her on May 14, according to an affidavit of probable cause.
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