ARBY’S VANDALISM CHARGES
Minnesota man accused of vandalizing Arby’s sign with slurs
(Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com)
BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota man suspected of altering an Arby’s sign to include racial and sexist slurs is facing misdemeanor charges.
The charges stem from a Sept. 1 incident in which someone changed letters on Arby’s “now hiring” sign to include derogatory terms. The Star Tribune reports that Usindini Christopher Colling-Harper faces charges of disorderly conduct, criminal defamation and public nuisance. The 19-year-old was charged Friday.
A detective who spoke with the suspect says he acknowledged changing the letters “because he was bored while waiting for a bus and thought it would be funny.” Police say the man posted a photo of the sign on Facebook.
MOTHER KILLED-SON CHARGED
Minnesota man suspected of strangling mother faces charges
(Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press, http://www.twincities.com)
JACKSON, Minn. (AP) — Prosecutors filed murder charges against a 28-year-old man suspected of strangling his mother in the home they shared in southwestern Minnesota.
The Pioneer Press reports that prosecutors filed the charges Wednesday after an autopsy indicated 51-year-old Rebecca G. Thompson likely died of strangulation. Nicholas S. Thompson is facing one count of second-degree intentional homicide and two counts of second-degree unintentional murder.
Authorities have released few details of the homicide, which prosecutors say happened July 4 in Jackson. Authorities say Rebecca Thompson’s mother also lived in the home Thompson shared with her son.
Nicholas Thompson is being held at the Jackson County Jail pending a bail hearing.
Workers sue over injuries in Wisconsin refinery explosion
(Information from: Wisconsin Public Radio, http://www.wpr.org)
SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) — Contract workers are suing Husky Energy for injuries they received in an explosion at the company’s oil refinery in northern Wisconsin this year.
The civil lawsuit is separate from a class action lawsuit filed earlier against Husky by residents in Superior. The seven men from Texas and Louisiana were among 36 injured in the April 26th explosion and fire at the state’s only oil refinery.
Wisconsin Public Radio News reports the plaintiffs were working for contractors Evergreen North America and Jamar Contractors and doing maintenance at the refinery. The men allege Husky didn’t properly train or supervise contractors and failed to provide adequate safety equipment.
Husky spokeswoman Kim Guttormson says the company is cooperating with investigators, but declined to comment further on the lawsuit.
Defendant in fatal Duluth shooting held on $750,000 bond
(Information from: WDIO-TV, http://www.wdio.com)
DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A suspect accused of fatally shooting a man as he stood on a Duluth sidewalk in a group of people is charged with his death.
Authorities say Jamal Jackson approached 31-year-old Scott Pennington and shot him in the face last Saturday. WDIO-TV reports witnesses told police Jackson had bragged about having a gun. Prosecutors say there was no evidence of a dispute between the two and that Jackson was cold and calculated in his actions.
Jackson is charged with second-degree murder. He’s being held on $750,000 bail. His public defender, Gerald Wallace, argued for lower bail Thursday, saying the 25-year-old Duluth native and Central High School graduate has a limited criminal history and was employed prior to his arrest.
He’s due back in court Sept. 24.
Housley debuts TV ad featuring NHL Hall of Famer husband
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Republican Karin Housley is invoking her husband’s celebrity as she tries to close the gap in her race with Democratic U.S. Sen Tina Smith.
Her second TV ad out Friday features her husband, NHL Hall of Famer Phil Housley, and is set in a hockey rink.
Housley faces the camera to say she learned the values of “work hard, play fair and do the right thing” in and around the rink. She jabs at “career politicians like Tina Smith” who don’t get anything done. Phil Housley skates up to give her a fist bump.
A Suffolk University poll last month showed Smith with a 7-point lead in the race, with about one-third of respondents unfamiliar with Housley.
Feds lift roadblock to copper mining near Boundary Waters
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Trump administration has lifted a roadblock to copper-nickel mining near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area of Minnesota.
The Obama administration in 2016 withdrew around 234,000 acres of the Rainy River watershed near Ely from eligibility for mineral leasing pending further study, citing the potential threat to the Boundary Waters.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Thursday canceled the withdrawal, saying its review revealed no new scientific information. It says companies may soon be able to sign mineral leases in the area.
The Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters denounced the decision, saying the administration ignored science and facts.
Twin Metals Minnesota, which hopes to build a copper-nickel mine near Ely, says the decision ensures that federal lands that had been open to mining activities for decades will remain open.
Records: Cop accused in Australian’s death can’t take stress
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Court records show training officers voiced concerns about a former Minneapolis police officer’s fitness for duty long before he fatally shot an Australian woman.
In a response Wednesday to a defense motion seeking to dismiss murder and manslaughter charges against Mohamed Noor, Hennepin County prosecutors say officers who were training Noor reported instances in which he had problems with stress, and seemed unwilling to deal with people.
Noor also took a psychological test in 2015 that showed he disliked being around people and is more likely to be impatient and have difficulty confronting people. Still, a psychiatrist found Noor was “psychiatrically fit” to work as a cadet officer .
Noor is charged in the July 2017 shooting death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond, who had called 911 to report a possible assault.
This story has been corrected to note that Noor took a psychological test and was flagged by training officers, instead of being flagged by two psychiatrists.
Garnett sues accountant over $77M lost to wealth manager
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kevin Garnett is suing an accountant and his firm, alleging they helped a wealth manager steal $77 million from the retired Minnesota Timberwolves and Boston Celtics star.
The federal malpractice lawsuit alleges Kentucky-based accountant Michael Wertheim and Welenken CPAs enabled Charles Banks IV of Atlanta to defraud Garnett through businesses in which Garnett and Banks shared an interest.
The lawsuit contends Wertheim “possessed actual knowledge that Banks was helping himself to millions of dollars of Garnett’s money and did nothing about it.”
Defense attorney Greg Simpson tells the Star Tribune his clients deny the allegations and will “vigorously” fight the suit.
Banks was not named as a defendant. Banks was sentenced last year to four years in federal prison for defrauding another former NBA star, retired San Antonio Spurs player Tim Duncan, of millions of dollars.