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Original Publication Date December 04, 2021 - 11:26 PM

HOMICIDE-INVESTIGATION-ST. ANTHONY

St. Anthony police investigating man found dead as homicide

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Police in St. Anthony found a man dead inside a home late Saturday and took into custody a second man with a self-inflicted stab wound to his chest. The incident is being investigated as a homicide, but no charges have been filed, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported. Police initially responded to the home after receiving a report of a dead man inside with “obvious signs of trauma,” according to a statement from the department. Officers met a relative of the man who discovered his body while checking on his welfare. The man with the stab wound was treated at a local hospital.

SEVERE WEATHER-MINNESOTA

Winter storm brings heavy snowfall in northern Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Snowfall reached nearly 1 foot on Sunday in some parts of northern Minnesota. The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning in Minnesota’s Cook County and a winter storm warning across the northern regions of Wisconsin and Minnesota until early Monday. Forecasters warned that strong winds and heavy snow would make travel dangerous. The National Weather Service reported snowfall of 11 inches in Erskine and warned that the hardest-hit areas could see up to 16 inches from the storm. The Minnesota State Patrol reported hundreds of car crashes during the storm. Authorities said 26 of the crashes resulted in injuries. No fatalities were reported.

DAUNTE WRIGHT-OFFICER TRIAL-JUDGE TAMPERING

Man accused of trying to intimidate judge in Potter trial

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis man has been charged with trying to intimidate the judge presiding over the manslaughter trial of the former officer charged in Daunte Wright’s death.The Star Tribune reports Cortez A. Rice was charged last week with tampering with a judicial officer, a felony. Rice allegedly went into a condominium building where he thought Judge Regina Chu lived and made comments meant to intimidate her into allowing broadcast coverage of the trial of former Brooklyn Center police Officer Kimberly Potter. Chu later approved live video coverage, but she made clear that the demands of protesters were not a factor.

BOUNDARY WATERS-PERMITS REDUCED

Forest Service to reduce entry permits for Boundary Waters

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service plans to reduce the number of entry permits for the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness next year, citing damage to natural resources, crowding and congestion. The Forest Service didn’t say how many permits would be eliminated, nor which entry points into the million-acre wilderness would be impacted. Superior National Forest spokeswoman Joanna Gilkeson says the reduction will be spread across the entire wilderness, with a focus on more popular entry points and lakes where visitors have complained over the years about resource damage and an inability to find campsites. Nearly 166,000 people visited the BWCA in 2020, a 16 percent jump from the previous year and the most in at least a decade.

AP-US-DAUNTE-WRIGHT-OFFICER-TRIAL

Mostly white jury seated for trial in Daunte Wright's death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A mostly white jury has been seated for the trial of a white, former Minnesota police officer who claims she mixed up her gun and Taser when she shot and killed Black motorist Daunte Wright. Kim Potter is charged with manslaughter in Wright’s death in April in Brooklyn Center, a Minneapolis suburb. Nine of the 12 jurors likely to deliberate are white, with one black member and two who are Asian. That's in line with the demographics of the county where the shooting happened, but notably less diverse than the jury that convicted former Minneapolis Officer Derek Chauvin in George Floyd's death. One legal expert said racial makeup is important, but jurors' attitudes toward police and policing are even more crucial.

AP-US-DAUNTE-WRIGHT-OFFICER-TRIAL-EXPLAINER-JURORS

EXPLAINER: Who are the jurors for trial of Kim Potter?

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The jurors who will hear testimony in former Minnesota police officer Kim Potter's trial in the death of Daunte Wright are a mostly white group, with two people who identify as Asian and one as Black. And they include a medical editor, IT workers, a former special education teacher, a college student in the midst of finals and a Navy veteran who engages in medieval weapon play for fun. Attorneys questioned them closely for their views on police and protests. Some were seated after they said they were baffled at how Potter could have mistakenly drawn her gun rather than her Taser, as she has claimed, but said they could set it aside and consider evidence fairly.

ST. CLOUD HOMICIDES

Woman charged in 2nd shooting death; bail set at $1 million

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — A St. Cloud woman accused in the killing of a woman whose body was discovered on June 3 has now been charged in the shooting death of a woman who was found dead on June 3. A grand jury on Thursday indicted 33-year-old Angela Renee Jones for first- and second-degree murder in the death of 28-year-old Janesa Harris. Harris was found dead of a gunshot wound inside a St. Cloud apartment on June 2. The next day police discovered the body of 25-year-old Keisa Lange, of Litchfield, along the side of a road. Jones is charged with aiding and abetting murder in that case. Police said there were “notable similarities” between the two killings. Lange also died of a gunshot wound.

DAUNTE WRIGHT-OFFICER TRIAL-CHARGES-EXPLAINER

EXPLAINER: What is ex-cop charged with in Wright death?

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors will try to prove that a white suburban Minneapolis police officer, Kim Potter, committed manslaughter when she fatally shot Daunte Wright, a Black man, during an attempted arrest in April. Potter, who resigned two days after the shooting, says she meant to use her Taser but accidentally grabbed her gun instead when she killed the 20-year-old Black man in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center. Potter is charged with first- and second-degree manslaughter. The more serious charge requires prosecutors to prove that she acted recklessly, while the lesser charge requires them to establish that she acted with culpable negligence.

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