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Editor's note: The following is a collection of news briefs from Forum Communication Company newspapers in Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin.


Woman hit by car outside Target dies

DULUTH -- A woman struck by a vehicle in the Target store parking lot in Duluth on Saturday has died, police said Monday.

Pauline Jane Taylor, 70, of Duluth, died after she was hit by a vehicle as she walked toward the store. She was taken to Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center, where she later died of her injuries.

Police said a 29-year-old Duluth man was the driver of the vehicle but did not say Monday if he had been charged.

Former coach sentenced for abusing girls

DULUTH -- A former Salvation Army youth basketball coach who was found guilty in September of sexually assaulting two preteen girls will spend at least 12 years behind bars.

In sentencing Wendell Anthony Greene to a maximum guideline sentence, Judge Mark Munger cited Greene’s lack of remorse for the crimes.

“Mr. Greene, you just don’t understand that what you did is wrong,” Munger said.

“You breached the trust of the Salvation Army, the community, these girls, their mother and everyone who knows them,” he added.

Greene, 37, was sentenced Monday in State District Court in Duluth to serve 18 years in prison, with the final six years to be served as supervised release.

Greene was found guilty by a jury Sept. 18 of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct. Two sisters, ages 8 and 10 at the time of the assaults, testified that Greene had sexually abused them in his role as a coach and personal care assistant to the family.

In a statement read in court, the mother of the girls said they still suffer from the abuse.

“If someone they had trusted could do this to her, who can they trust now?” she wrote.

Man accused of illegal bear, deer possession

BAUDETTE, Minn. -- A Baudette man has been charged with 16 offenses in an investigation into illegal possession of bear and deer, the state Department of Natural Resources said today.

Keith R. Slick, 32, has been scheduled to appear in Lake of the Woods County Court in December.

The investigation began during Minnesota’s fall bear hunting season, when DNR Conservation Officer Robert Gorecki, Baudette, discovered an active bear bait station allegedly belonging to Slick, who allegedly claimed to be a bear guide, according to the DNR.

“There were no possession or registration tags found with any of the bears,” Gorecki said in the department’s report. “The bears did not have any cuts in their ears that would indicate that a site tag was attached at any time in the past.”

Authorities, who confiscated numerous bear capes and skulls as well as deer antler sets from Slick’s home, said he had not registered an adult male deer or bear in the past 10 years. DNR records go back 10 years.

A cell phone seized in the investigation contained pictures of Slick with a dead bear, as well as text messages in which Slick allegedly told people that had shot seven bears in his life.


Man gets 30 years for wife’s murder

FARGO – A Fargo man was sentenced Monday to 30 years in prison for murdering his wife in a case in which he initially tried to convince authorities she committed suicide.

Under state law, Rogers must serve at least 85 percent of his sentence, or about 25½ years, before he is eligible for parole.

Cass County District Court Judge Lisa Fair McEvers said she could have given Rogers life without parole, but agreed with a number of mitigating factors listed by the defense and prosecution, including the fact Rogers had largely lived a law-abiding life prior to shooting his wife Elizabeth on Feb. 19 in their south Fargo home.

Rogers spoke briefly during the sentencing hearing Monday morning, stating that if he could go back in time and change what happened, he would.

“This wouldn’t have happened if we weren’t drinking so heavily that night,” Rogers said.

A trial was averted in the case after Rogers pleaded guilty to a charge of murder and a lesser charge of willful disturbance of a body for tampering with his wife’s body to make it look like she had committed suicide by shooting herself in the head.

Canadian gets 20 months for gun smuggling

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Two men who pleaded guilty to smuggling guns to Canada after being arrested in Grand Forks were sentenced last month to federal prison.

But his stepmother said undercover Mounties posing as Hell’s Angels intimidated Shawn Hartnell for months to do a gun deal.

Hartnell, 30, of Fort Frances, Ont., was sentenced Oct. 17 to 20 months in federal prison, followed by two years of probation, with credit for the nine months he’s served since his Feb. 5 arrest in Grand Forks.

His associate, Dylan Dowton, 20, of Jerome, Idaho, was sentenced to six months.

The men were caught in a sting at the Settle Inn in Grand Forks motel in February. Royal Canadian Mounted Police posing as Canadian smugglers paid Hartnell $24,000 in cash for six semiautomatic guns — four rifles and two handguns — they said they were going to sneak across the border. Agents of the Department of Homeland Security also were in on the sting.

Dowton and Hartnell met working in North Dakota’s oilfields.

Last summer, they pleaded guilty to conspiring to illegally export U.S. guns into Canada, where stricter gun laws make them worth more. Dowton pleaded guilty to aiding a noncitizen illegally obtain firearms.


Man runs from police, gets hit by car

MENOMONIE, Wis. -- A man fleeing from police ran into the path of a car in Menomonie Saturday evening.

Joshua T. Morrow, 25, Knapp, suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was treated at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, according to Sgt. William Daniels of the Wisconsin State Patrol.

Shortly before 8:30 p.m., Morrow, who was running from Menomonie police, ran onto Highway 12/29 and was hit by a 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser driven by Roger E. Salow, 65, Chippewa Falls. The accident happened near Mayo Menomonie Hospital.

A passenger in the vehicle– Linda K. Salow, 65, Chippewa Falls – suffered facial cuts from glass fragments. She was treated for her injuries and released. Roger Salow was not injured.