News Briefs: Woman charged with attempted murder in campground stabbing
The following is a collection of news briefs from the Forum News Service and the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Minnesota Chamber of Commerce names interim president
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce board of directors has named Bill Blazar interim president, according to a statement released Wednesday.
Blazar will hold the position previously held by David Olson, the chamber's president for more than two decades who died this month after an 18-month fight with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
Blazar joined the chamber staff in 1992, serving most recently as its senior vice president of public affairs and business development.
The chamber board will likely begin its search for a permanent president after its annual planning retreat in August.
The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce represents 2,300 Minnesota companies and more than 60 trade associations.
(By the St. Paul Pioneer Press)
Detroit Lakes man accused of exchanging nude pictures with teen
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. -- A Detroit Lakes man faces two felony charges in Becker County after allegedly exchanging nude pictures with a 15-year-old girl via Facebook.
Dallas Dale Petree, 19, is charged with possessing pornographic work-computer disk/electronic/magnetic/optical image with porn and distributing via electronic communication material that relates/describes sexual conduct to a child.
On July 14, Detroit Lakes police responded to a report of sexual communication through Facebook between Petree and a 15-year-old girl. The communication included references to sexual acts, as well as exchanging nude images of both Petree and the girl, authorities said.
Officers spoke with the girl, who admitted to the communications and allowed officers to search her cellphone. They also spoke with Petree, who admitted exchanging the images via Facebook and text, authorities said.
Petree could face up to eight years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Man killed in power line accident was from St. Paul Park
FAIRFAX, Minn. -- The person killed in a power line accident Monday in west-central Minnesota has been identified as a St. Paul Park man.
The Renville County Sheriff’s Office reported that Brett D. Binman, 26, formerly of North St. Paul, died from injuries suffered at a power line worksite northeast of Fairfax.
Another man, Joshua M. Roberts, 24, of Osseo, Wis., was injured and remains hospitalized at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.
The accident was reported around 8:45 a.m. Monday along the CAPX 2020 power line.
An investigation is being conducted by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the sheriff’s office.
Duluth man charged in 14-month-old daughter’s suffocation death
DULUTH -- A 30-year-old Duluth man was charged with second-degree unintentional murder in district court Wednesday in the suffocation death of his 14-month-old daughter this month.
Christopher Peterson was in the St. Louis County Jail after his arrest Wednesday morning, police said in a news release.
Duluth police were called to a residence July 6. They found an infant girl who was unresponsive and not breathing. Officers and responding medical staff determined the infant was already deceased prior to their arrival.
The St. Louis County Medical Examiner’s Office later ruled out any natural causes of death, finding the manner of death was homicide by suffocation.
After an investigation, police said they found Peterson responsible for the death.
Woman charged with attempted murder in campground stabbing
ELBOW LAKE, Minn. -- A Maynard woman is charged with attempted second-degree murder and first-degree assault after allegedly stabbing her boyfriend 13 times while they were camping Saturday on Pomme de Terre Lake near Elbow Lake.
Carly Ann Lacey, 31, was in custody Wednesday with bail set at $500,000 unconditional and $250,000 with conditions, according to information from Grant County Sheriff Dwight Walvatne and County Attorney Justin Anderson.
Lacey made her first court appearance Tuesday in District Court in Elbow Lake.
Her boyfriend, Keith Peterson, 36, of Maynard, was reported in stable condition at a Fargo hospital, where he underwent surgery. He was stabbed in the neck, back, arm and abdomen, according to the criminal complaint.
The two were camping at the Tipsinah Mounds Campground when the incident occurred just before 1 a.m. Saturday. According to the complaint, the two had been drinking heavily and got into an argument.
Other campers heard Peterson’s calls for help and came to his aid. Officers found Lacey in the woods and arrested her. Her blood-alcohol level was reported to be 0.264 percent, more than three times the limit for drunken driving.
Oil, saltwater spill in Mountrail County
ROSS, N.D. -- An oil and saltwater spill in Mountrail County has been contained, a media release from the North Dakota Oil and Gas Division said.
Statoil Oil & Gas L.P. reported Tuesday that 427 barrels of oil and 142 barrels of saltwater were released, contained and recovered at the Anderson 28-33 3H well about seven miles south of Ross.
A valve failure is believed to have caused the spill. A state inspector has been to the site.
This is the second release this month at a Statoil site, Oil and Gas Division spokeswoman Alison Ritter said. A pipeline five miles northwest of Arnegard in McKenzie County leaked a preliminary estimate of 75 barrels of saltwater, with some runoff possibly entering nearby Timber Creek.
Man in custody after crashing into police car, police chase
WEST FARGO, N.D. – A man was in custody after a chase that started when he allegedly took his friend’s car during a traffic stop, then rammed a police car, according to police.
Jean Edward Roubideaux, 25, was being held on suspicion of possession of a concealed weapon, aggravated assault on a police officer, attempted burglary, fleeing both on foot and in a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen vehicle and resisting arrest.
West Fargo police Sgt. Jason Dura said police made a traffic stop just after 1 a.m. The driver had no identification and was brought to the squad car.
That’s when a passenger, Roubideaux, jumped into the driver’s seat and drove off, said Dura, crashing the car deliberately into another nearby squad car.
The car hit a road sign and hit a curb a few blocks away.
Roubideaux then took off on foot, getting rid of a backpack and bolt cutter along the way.
He was trying to force his way into a home when police found him, Dura said. He had a loaded gun in his backpack.
Roubideaux also was being held on an outstanding warrant from the Minnesota Department of Corrections.
Motorcyclist killed in Hudson accident
HUDSON, Wis. -- A River Falls man was killed Tuesday evening when the motorcycle he was riding collided with a car near the St. Croix Business Park in Hudson.
Cody Malluege, 29, was eastbound on Hanley Road about 7:20 p.m. when his motorcycle struck a car driven by Jayne Calrson, 48, of Hudson, police said. The car was entering Hanley from O'Neill Road. Carlson was not injured.
Initial reports indicated the motorcyclist was unresponsive and not breathing. A Hudson police officer arrived within three minutes, but a paramedic reported a short time later that the motorcycle rider appeared deceased.
Passersby had initiated live-saving efforts before St. Croix EMS arrived.
Man accused of charging women with car on I-94 ramp
HUDSON, Wis. -- A man accused of charging three women with his car after an altercation over his driving could lead to criminal charges.
Hudson Police Chief Marty Jensen said the man, his girlfriend and two other women were leaving a liquor store when an argument about the man’s driving broke out. As the vehicle went onto an Interstate 94 ramp, he stopped and ordered them out of the car, leaving them on the side of the freeway.
The women claimed that minutes later, the man came back onto the ramp and charged them with his car. He jumped out of the vehicle and pursued the women as they scrambled away and ran into bushes alongside the highway, Jensen said.
The man sped off westbound on I-94 but was arrested by the Minnesota State Patrol as he tried to push his disabled vehicle off the roadway at White Bear Avenue.
The case has been referred to the St. Croix County District Attorney’s Office.