ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Stearns County authorities plan to release their investigative files on the kidnapping and killing of Jacob Wetterling to the public next week. Sheriff Don Gudmundson plans a news conference for Thursday to present “key elements in the case” and take questions before releasing the documents. Jacob was 11 when he was abducted near his St. Joseph home in 1989. Twenty-seven years later Danny Heinrich confessed and led investigators to his remains.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A North Dakota man has been convicted in Minnesota of threatening to kill a federal judge. A jury in St. Paul found 65-year-old Robert Phillip Ivers, of West Fargo, guilty Friday. U.S. Attorney Erica MacDonald says Ivers has “a long history of using words to frighten and intimidate.” Judge Wilhelmina Wright ruled against Ivers last year when he sued a life insurance company. A sentencing date has not been announced.
FARIBAULT, Minn. (AP) — A southern Minnesota drug task force has announced a huge methamphetamine bust. Authorities say task force agents seized nearly 171 pounds of meth with an estimated street value of $7.75 million on Tuesday, and arrested four suspects who’ve now been charged. While the meth was seized at a Minneapolis residence, Rice County Sheriff Troy Dunn says the case began with illegal drug sales in Rice and Le Sueur counties in January.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A serial burglar has pleaded guilty to killing an elderly woman after breaking into her St. Paul home three decades ago. Sixty-year-old Michael Withers entered the plea to second-degree murder without intent Friday in Ramsey County District Court and could be sentenced to 20 years in prison.