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Minn. Minister Accused of Sexual Abuse Reported in Wash. State

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The Washington State Patrol says investigators have acted on 20 or 30 tips this week as they check locations in the Spokane-area in their search for a self-professed minister accused of sexually abusing at least two girls in rural Minnesota.
Lt. Shane Nelson tells The Spokesman-Review they're also contacting known associates of Victor Arden Barnard.

Itasca County Corrections Officer Accused of Sexual Assault

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An officer at a juvenile correctional facility in northern Minnesota is charged with sexually assaulting a teenage resident.
A criminal complaint filed in Itasca County charges 23-year-old Devin Michael Wood with five felonies. Prosecutors say he sexually assaulted a 15-year-old resident of the North Homes Juvenile Correctional Facility in Grand Rapids.

Son Admits Hosting La qui Parle Co. Party that Led to Teen's Death

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A 19-year-old man has admitted that he hosted an underage drinking party attended by a high school athlete from Dawson who was later found dead of hypothermia.
Erik Hastad pleaded guilty in La qui Parle County Court to violating the county's social host ordinance and contributing to the delinquency of a child.

Authorities Warn about Jury Duty Phone Scam

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Minnesota judicial officials are warning of a phone scam that involves jury duty.
Residents in Olmsted, Rice, Dakota and Ramsey counties have reported getting phone messages saying they had failed to return a jury summons. The message asks for a return call. When the call is returned, someone named Angel answers the phone and asks probing questions.

NW Minn. Deputy Shot, Suspect Identified

A suspect is in custody after allegedly shooting a Norman County sheriff's deputy during a traffic stop around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Authorities said 19-year-old Steven Anthony Henderson is being held in the Northwest Regional Correction Center in Crookston.

Teen Sentenced to Life without Parole for Willmar Murder

A 19-year-old who shocked a courtroom last week by pleading guilty to murdering a Willmar grandmother has been sentenced to life without parole.

No Arrests after 2 Suspects Rob St. Cloud Super 8 Motel at Gunpoint

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St. Cloud Police are looking for two suspects who robbed a Super 8 motel early Wednesday morning.

Police say two men walked into the business, and one had a handgun. They demanded money and then left without incident; no injuries were reported.