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News Briefs: Minnesota woman accused of taking son is arrested in Ohio

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Minnesota woman accused of taking son is arrested in Ohio

A Minnesota woman suspected of taking her son in violation of a court order has been arrested in Ohio.

The Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office reported that Amy Lorraine Winterfeldt, 44, was arrested late Friday by the Ohio State Patrol.

The sheriff's office in west-central Minnesota had issued an alert for Winterfeldt last week, saying she was supposed to bring her 4-year-old son, Alex Gomm, to his father in Appleton, Wis., on July 12 but didn’t show up.

The child, also known as Alex Winterfeldt, had been entered in the missing children database by Appleton police, and an arrest warrant was issued for his mother.

The patrol arrested Winterfeldt after pulling her over for a vehicle equipment violation, the sheriff’s office said. Three minors in the vehicle were unharmed. Besides Alex, she was believed to be traveling with her two adopted children.

Winterfeldt will face charges in Ohio for being a fugitive in possession of a firearm. Two firearms were found in the vehicle, the sheriff’s office said.

Historic stone pavilion in Duluth damaged by arson

DULUTH -- The historic stone pavilion in Duluth's Lincoln Park was damaged by a fire early Saturday, and officials say it's a case of arson.

The Duluth Fire Department reported that crews were called to the park just after midnight on a report of a portable toilet on fire. Soon after, the call was upgraded on reports that the fire was spreading to the roof of the adjacent stone pavilion.

Crews extinguished the fire, and most of the damage -- estimated at $75,000 -- is on the east end of the roof structure, fire officials said. No injuries were reported.

The Duluth Fire Marshal's Office has determined the cause of the fire to be incendiary, and officials are investigating it as a case of arson.

The pavilion was built in the 1930s by the federal Works Progress Administration, according to information on the city parks website.

Man wounded in Iron Range shooting; suspect arrested

AURORA, Minn. -- A 20-year-old Duluth man was wounded in a shooting at an Iron Range residence late Friday night, and a suspect was arrested after a foot chase.

The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office reported that the shooting happened at about 10:30 p.m. in rural White Township, on the eastern Iron Range near Aurora. The victim was transported to Essentia Health-Northern Pines hospital by a private vehicle, and then airlifted to a Duluth hospital with what officials said were non-life-threatening injuries.

The suspect, a 46-year-old White Township man, was located a short time later near the crime scene, and was apprehended by the sheriff's office K-9 unit after fleeing on foot. He was treated for minor injuries and then transported to the county jail.

The names of the victim and suspect had not yet been released.


Woman injured in ride at North Dakota State Fair

MINOT, N.D. -- A woman was injured Friday on a carnival ride at the North Dakota State Fair in Minot, KXMC-TV reported.

The woman, in her early 20s, was on the Kamikaze ride, which turns upside down in a forward circle. Crews treated her for injuries to her head and took her to Trinity Hospital in Minot, KXMC reported.

Officials quoted by the station said it was unclear whether the seat malfunctioned, or whether the woman may have hit her head on the side bars.

The ride was closed temporarily while a safety inspection was performed.