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Man faces possible DWI charge after high-speed chase

A Minnesota man was detained on Aug. 19 after police fired shots at his vehicle. The incident began on Highway 2 in Beltrami County and ended at the Red Lake Reservation. When police received a report about a possible drunk driver, they began following the 33-year-old Grygl man in his truck. Police pursued the man for 30 miles during the alleged drunk driving incident and reached speeds of 90 mph.

When the accused man entered the reservation, Tribal police tried to put an end to the chase with stop sticks. After the man's truck drove into a ditch, he apparently continued to drive before police squad cars boxed him in. After that, the man is accused of making an attempt to run over a county deputy. The deputy then shot at the man's truck two times.

Trial date for man accused of DWI death of Minnesota newlywed

A trial date has been set for a man charged with DWI and numerous other offenses in relation to a car accident that led to the death of a Minnesota woman during her New Hampshire honeymoon. The 2013 crash also caused serious injuries to the woman's husband. The jury for the case is scheduled to be selected on Sept. 8, and prosecutors estimate that the trial will last approximately one week.

According to investigators, the 44-year-old defendant's vehicle came across the center line on Route 4 in Rollinsford. The resulting head-on collision killed the honeymooning bride. Prosecutors described the husband's injuries as permanent and serious. The couple had been married nine days before the accident. A Strafford County Attorney noted that the accusation of aggravated DWI will likely be a central concern in the trial and alluded to the defendant having potentially mixed prescription drugs with alcohol.

3 coin dealers charged with fraud

On Aug. 18, it was reported that three Minnesota coin dealers were taken into custody after they were accused of stealing from elderly customers. In the three unrelated cases, it was believed that a total of $2 million was allegedly taken in coin fraud. With the latest three cases being reported, the state of Minnesota has become known for fraudulent coin dealers.

Some coin collectors seek rare coins in order to protect themselves against the unpredictable economy. Scam coin dealers would often have customers mail money, rare coins and precious metals with a false promise that money or coins would be sent back. However, the coins and metals may be used to fulfill other orders or pay back personal debt.

Jury finds Minnesota man guilty of $800,000 theft

A Minnesota man has been found guilty in relation to his alleged failure to return a pair of checks that the Minnesota Department of Revenue issued to him in error. Prosecutors claimed that the 54-year-old man had received the checks in 2008 and cashed them rather than returning them. According to the Department of Revenue, the checks had been mistakenly issued to man's yacht sales company as a result of accounting errors. The checks had reportedly been in the amounts of $221,982.06 and $560,980.12.

According to the criminal complaint in the case, the man was notified of the error soon after it occurred and was repeatedly requested to return the money but refused to do so. Bank records indicate that he instead cashed the checks within a week of receiving them. Prosecutors alleged that the man had used the money to pay down debts related to a civil case for breach of contract; the man had been found to have breached a contract to construct condominiums in that case.

How the state's juvenile justice system works

The juvenile justice system in Minnesota is structured differently than the adult justice system, and it operates using its own specific terminology. Rather than being arrested, charged and found guilty of a crime, a juvenile offender is apprehended, petitioned and found to have committed an offense. Further, the juvenile is not sentenced to prison but is given a disposition to be placed in a correctional facility.

A juvenile between the ages of 10 and 17 who is suspected of committing a crime will be treated much differently than a juvenile under the age of 10. When police apprehend a child under the age of 10, the case is considered social services-related. Age is also an important consideration when the juvenile is between 14 and 17. If a felony offense is committed during these years, a juvenile may be tried and sentenced as an adult.

Minnesota financial manager accused of multimillion dollar fraud

A Minnesota financial planner has been indicted in relation to his alleged involvement in a Ponzi-scheme-style fraud. The 41-year-old Eden Prairie resident was indicted in federal court on August 5. Prosecutors claim that the planner duped over 50 investors into giving him money that he said would be put into legitimate investments. The man allegedly led the investors to believe that they would receive high returns of up to 10 percent per year from the investments.

However, prosecutors claim that rather than making actual investments, the man put the money towards a Ponzi scheme, using new investors' money to make interest payments and using the excess cash for himself. He allegedly bilked investors out of at least $10 million over the course of the scheme, which prosecutors say ran from 2007 until April 2014.

Prosecutors plan to appeal judge's decision in bomb plot case

On July 30, prosecutors said they plan to appeal a judge's decision to dismiss two counts of attempted first-degree damage to property and four counts of attempted first-degree murder against a Minnesota teen. The teen was taken into custody on May 1 after a neighbor reported his strange behavior to authorities.

According to police, the teenager wrote in detail about how he wanted to murder both his family and as many students as possible by planting a bomb at his high school. The juvenile will still face six charges of possession of explosive devices. The teen reportedly had a storage locker containing materials used to make bombs and ammunition. The young man's defense lawyer has been attempting to have him placed in a mental health facility rather than the juvenile facility where he is currently being held. The judge decided to postpone the decision whether to try the defendant as a juvenile or an adult until the appeals process has concluded.

Man kills his wife in alleged drunk driving accident

A Minnesota man was accused of driving drunk when he ran over his wife and killed her on July 24. The alleged drunk driving accident happened in Minnetonka Beach when the 57-year-old man and his wife returned to their home. According to the man, he was unaware that his wife had gotten out of the vehicle until she yelled that he was running her over.

Before she died of blunt-force injuries at a hospital in Robbinsdale, the man's wife told paramedics that her husband had run her over by accident. However, police say that the man's blood alcohol content was over the legal limit of .08 percent at the time of the fatal incident; his BAC level tested at .155 percent.

Former pro baseball player accused of domestic violence

Minnesota baseball fans may be interested to learn that Chuck Knoblauch, a retired Major League Baseball player, was detained by local authorities after claims of domestic violence on July 23. According to the report, the 46-year-old Knoblauch was accused of physically assaulting his wife.

The former baseball player's wife claimed that her husband became enraged after she decided to sleep with her child in another room rather than sleep next to him. As a result, she claimed that he pushed her head into a wall before he allegedly threw a humidifier at her. The police report indicated that she suffered some physical injuries, including a large bruise on her arm, a knot on her forehead and a scratch on the side of her face.

Minnesota man sentenced after pleading guilty to DWI charge

A 30-year-old Vergas man was sentenced to one year in jail on July 17 for driving with a blood alcohol level of more than four times the .08 percent legal limit. The man will be required to serve 40 days of the one-year sentence followed by six years of probation. The man received his sentence after entering a guilty plea to a charge of gross misdemeanor DWI. Three other misdemeanor charges were dismissed as part of the plea agreement.

The man's vehicle was pulled over after a Vergas police sergeant observed the car drifting across the roadway. The officer also said that the driver of the vehicle did not appear to be wearing a saat belt. Authorities say that they had received reports of a vehicle being driven erratically containing two children not buckled into car seats. The sergeant says that the man admitted that he was intoxicated and should not have been behind the wheel. A breath test found the man's blood alcohol level to be .343 percent.

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