Ellsworth, WI

Water recovery on Vadnais Lake being treated as potential triple homicide

VADNAIS HEIGHTS, Minn. -- The Ramsey County Sheriff says they are treating a water rescue and recovery on Vadnais Lake as a potential triple homicide involving three children all under the age of five.The Maplewood Police Department says they recovered one deceased child and continue to search for the other two children and their mother.The search comes after Maplewood police say they received information of a potential murder-suicide around 4 p.m. that they believe is related to a suicide that took place around 10:30 a.m. Friday on the 1300 block of Pearson Drive.Authorities found the children's shoes as well as the mother's vehicle near the lake during their search.The lake and surrounding regional park have been closed as crews continue their search well into the night. The condition of the remaining two children and their mother is unknown.The investigation is still active.This story is still unfolding and WCCO will post updates as they become available.
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McKinley Phillips found guilty of murdering wife, sentenced to life in prison

STILLWATER, Minn. -- A Woodbury man has been found guilty of the 2021 murder of his wife and was sentenced to life in prison, the Washington County Attorney's Office announced Friday morning.McKinley Phillips, 40, is guilty of first-degree murder and second-degree murder in connection to the death of his wife, Shavon Phillips.Officers from the Woodbury Public Safety department discovered Shavon Phillips' body in the basement of their Woodbury home after receiving a call from a woman reporting to be McKinley Phillips' mother, according to the complaint.The woman told police her son had confessed he killed his wife and left her body in their house with their six children. McKinley Phillips left the home after the stabbing and was located by law enforcement near Tomah, Wis. the next day.Five victim impact statements were read before McKinley Phillips' sentencing, including statements from three of Shavon Phillips' children.McKinley Phillips declined to make a statement.

Charges: Maplewood woman stole millions in COVID relief funds

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Two women have been charged with engaging in fraud schemes to steal millions of dollars in COVID-19 relief funds.Takara Hughes, 35, of Maplewood, and Tequisha Soloman, 39, of Las Vegas, allegedly submitted fraudulent claims and applications for unemployment benefits meant to provide relief to the American workforce due to the COVID-19 pandemic.While Solomon and Hughes resided in Nevada or Minnesota, court documents allege that they falsely claimed they lived in Los Angeles or San Diego and worked as hairstylists in California. California's Employment Development Department paid Solomon at least $37,000 and Hughes at least $46,000 in...

1 child dead, 2 others and a woman missing at Vadnais Lake

VADNAIS HEIGHTS, Minn. — A child is dead and emergency personnel are searching for two other juveniles and an adult female Friday at Vadnais Lake in Vadnais Heights. An official with the Maplewood Police Department said at around 4 p.m., officers were called to Vadnais Lake on a report of a possible murder-suicide. When officials arrived, they began searching in and around the lake. Police confirmed one of the children's bodies was recovered, and they're continuing to search the the area for two other juveniles and a woman, who they believe to be the children's mother.

Child found dead in Minnesota lake, authorities search for mother and 2 more kids

The body of one child was recovered from a Minnesota lake Friday as officials continued to search the area for two more children and their mother, officials said. The rescue and recovery operation continued into the night at a lake outside the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, where multiple agencies were searching after first responding to a call of a suicide earlier in the day, Maplewood police said.

1 child is found dead in a Minnesota lake, 2 others remain missing in a potential triple homicide, police say

Rescue and recovery efforts were underway late Friday after authorities in Minnesota found the body of one child in a lake while two other children are missing, police said. The mother of the three children — all of whom appear to be under 5 years old — is also missing, police said, after spotting her car and pairs of children’s shoes near Vadnais Lake, which sits just north of St. Paul.
Red Wing Republican Eagle

Food available at discounted prices

Fare for All is a great way to save money on quality, nutritious food. They buy fresh fruits, vegetables and frozen meat in bulk to save you up to 40% off grocery store prices. They select the best food from shipments, pre-packaging it to give the greatest deals. The next...

Cannon Falls Police Department reports

On June 23 ice cream and water were stolen from a business on the 1100 block of Main Street West. No value given. On June 25 a motor vehicle accident was reported on the 300 block of Dow Street North. A 2018 Toyota driven by Jill Johnson, 59 of Cannon Falls, collided with a planter.
Red Wing Republican Eagle

Meet Frank Norton, new interim superintendent of Red Wing

Frank Norton – the new interim superintendent of Red Wing Public Schools for 2022-2023 – was inspired to become a teacher in fifth grade. “I emulated my fifth-grade teacher,” Norton said. “See I was a very quiet kid, rarely speaking and almost selective mute. My teacher though, according to my family, kind of brought me out of my shell.”

Suspect on the loose after attempted burglary in Menomonie

MENOMONIE Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – The Menomonie Police Department is looking for your help in finding a suspect in an attempted car dealership break in. Officers responded to a door alarm at a dealership on June 15th. Security footage shows a car backing into the dealership’s door, attempting to break...
Red Wing Republican Eagle

Aces hitting catching up to pitching: Balanced roster adding flexibility

The Red Wing Aces begin their final month of the regular season playing collectively much improved from the first month. Since losing their first eight games, the Aces have won nine of the last 14. A dramatic turn-around that manager Justin Plein said is mostly due to the lineup becoming much more well-rounded.

Witness rattled but not surprised by Oakdale theater shooting

OAKDALE, Minn. (WCCO) -- A gunman is on the run after opening fire inside a suburban Twin Cities movie theater.The shooting happened around 10 p.m. Tuesday at the Marcus Cinema in Oakdale. A 23-year-old man from Hugo was hurt and is expected to recover. Investigators don't believe the shooting was random. Robert Baril, a comedian, was inside the movie theater with his wife. They were enjoying a date night watching the new Elvis biopic when shots rang out. "On the one hand, it's unexpected," he said. "On the other hand, it's like, why wouldn't you expect it at this point? [Shootings] happen at schools, churches. "Gun violence is happening more often in Minnesota. Crime analysts are reporting 78 homicides this year across Minnesota, that's keeping pace with the record 201 killings last year. Meanwhile, Hennepin Healthcare in Minneapolis is reporting a 50% jump in how often they treat "penetrating trauma wounds," which include gunshots. While Baril says he'll go back to a theater soon, he'll probably choose to sit by an aisle or an exit. "It's this eerie, unsettling feeling I suppose," he said. "What are you going to do aside from just not leaving your home?" 
Hudson Star-Observer

New Richmond Legion teams start build toward playoffs

The American Legion baseball season is brief. The New Richmond teams just finished the first month of their season and are already building toward the state playoffs. The playoffs for the Junior and Senior teams in the area will be played in mid-July. The New Richmond Legion teams have a few games slated before they reach the playoffs. The New Richmond Senior team plays this Wednesday at Baldwin before hosting Chippewa Falls on Thursday. The Senior Legion playoffs will be played from July 22-24 at River Falls.
Hudson Star-Observer

Green Bay Packer Road Trip coming to Hudson

The 2022 Green Bay Packers Road Trip will be making a stop in Hudson Thursday, July 14. The community event will be held in conjunction with the annual Pigskin Picnic hosted by the Hudson Benchwarmers booster club and include a visit from Packer President/CEO Mark Murphy and current and former Packer players Tramon Williams, Mike Neal, James Starks, Tony Moll, Jason Spitz, Daryn Colledge.