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KTLK Minneapolis Morning Co-Host Drew Lee Dies Suddenly.

Drew Lee, one-half of the “Justice & Drew” morning show on iHeartMedia news/talk KTLK-AM Minneapolis (1130), passed away unexpectedly over the weekend. A cause of death has not been revealed. "This is the hardest thing that I have ever had to do in my entire radio career," co-host...
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Brandon Gardas charged with attempted murder after daylong standoff in St. Michael

ST. MICHAEL, Minn. -- At least a dozen firearms and thousands of rounds of ammunition were recovered from the home of a man who now faces several charges in connection to a standoff in St. Michael last week.Brandon Gardas, 39, is charged with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of first-degree assault, possession of ammo or firearm after being convicted of a crime of violence, second- and fifth-degree drug possession and making violent threats. The charges were filed Monday in Wright County.The standoff, which began Tuesday and stretched into Wednesday evening, ended after law enforcement shot Gardas and used...

Trial for man accused in Highway 169 shooting begins Monday

MINNEAPOLIS -- A murder trial is set to begin Monday for a Chicago man accused of killing a youth baseball coach.In July of last year, police say Jamal Smith shot Jay Boughton after the drivers had an altercation on Highway 169 in Plymouth.The shooting happened as Boughton drove his son home from a baseball game.Prosecutors will seek a stiffer sentence, in part because the boy witnessed it.In court Monday, the judge is expected to hear several motions in the case. Jury selection is slated to start Tuesday, with opening statements happening next week.

Driver ejected in fatal crash on Shepard Road in St. Paul

The driver of a single-vehicle crash in St. Paul was killed and a passenger was injured early Sunday morning. Saint Paul police. Sgt. Mike Ernster said the driver of the Dodge Ram was eastbound on Shepard Road around 2:15 a.m. when he went off the right side of the road and crashed into a fence and bridge supports beneath the Robert Street Bridge.

1st Minnesotan and Native American killed in Desert Storm laid to rest at Fort Snelling Cemetery 31 years on

MINNEAPOLIS -- It was a day loved ones waited 30 years for. The first Minnesotan and Native American killed in Operation Desert Storm in the Persian Gulf War was finally laid to rest at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.Corp. Stephen Eric Bentlzin was killed in action on January 29, 1991. On Monday, he was given a full military burial.For Barbara Anderson and her family, this rush of emotion is a long time coming."I can't find the words to say just what I feel," Anderson said. "I'm just so proud of him for what he did and what he did for our country."Bentlzin...

4 shot near Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS -- A busy Saturday night in Minneapolis turned dangerous.Police say shots were fired in a crowd of people just after 11 p.m. near the Stone Arch Bridge, on the intersection of 2nd Street and 6th Avenue. Police say it was not an organized event."Our preliminary information indicates that, like many groups do on a Saturday night, they gathered together to interact with one another and enjoy a summer evening," said Minneapolis Police Department Public Information Officer Garrett Parten. "There are many gatherings that occurred [Saturday night] that were of no issue."Four people were injured, with one -- a 34-year-old...

AHS receives $6 million donation from volunteers' estate

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Animal Humane Society says it has received the largest donation in the history of the organization.The $6 million gift comes from the estate of Steve Nordberg and Betsy McDonald, who were longtime volunteers before their deaths in 2020 and 2021, respectively.Much of the money will go to "a new first-of-its-kind adoption and animal care campus in St. Paul," AHS said, and $1 million will be set aside for the organization's strategic reserve fund.Nordberg and McDonald volunteered for thousands of hours feeding orphaned kittens to help them survive their first few weeks."Steve and Betsy were cat people at heart and knew that love comes in all sizes," AHS President and CEO Janelle Dixon said. "They doted on all the kittens and cats that came into their home over the years and relished helping tiny kittens grow into healthy, loving cats. Their dedication to our mission, and to animals in our community, will live on through their inspiring gift."  Earlier this year, an anonymous donor gave $1 million to AHS for the new St. Paul campus.Just this month, the organization helped rescue 47 cats from a car at a rest stop during extreme heat.

Mohamed Noor released from prison, now under supervision

MINNEAPOLIS -- A former Minneapolis officer who shot and killed a woman is preparing has been released from prison, according to Minnesota Department of Corrections records.The DOC now lists Mohamed Noor as "under supervision." His release comes just under five years after the deadly shooting that landed him behind bars.The 36-year-old former Minneapolis police officer was transferred to an undisclosed facility last week in preparation for Monday's release.Noor had been serving his sentence out of state in connection with the 2017 shooting death of Justine Rusczcyk Damond.Ultimately, the Minnesota Supreme Court tossed out his murder conviction and resentenced him to four years and nine monthsfor manslaughter.Noor served part of his time at Minnesota's maximum security prison in Oak Park Heights, but was transferred to a facility in North Dakota for safety in 2019.It's unclear exactly where he was being held out of state.According to the Department of Correction's website, Noor will be on supervised release until January 24, 2024.
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Turkey causes motorcycle accident

When a wild turkey hit Richard Esquivel's motorcycle he lost control, crashing in the roadway. At about 2:56 p.m. on Sunday, June 26, the Pierce County Sheriff's Office was notified of the single motorcycle crash with injury. The accident occurred on State Highway 35 in Diamond Bluff Township. Esquivel, a...