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Man charged with murder after running over couple

On July 2, a 36-year-old Minnesota man was charged with two counts of murder after allegedly running over two pedestrians in Eagan in June. The decedents, a married couple, were aged 58 and 74.

According to media accounts, officers from the Eagan Police Department responded to a report of a medical emergency just before 10 p.m. on June 28. Once on the scene, the officers found a man and a woman who were having difficulty breathing. Both individuals were taken to Regions Hospital for emergency care, but they later died as the result of blunt force trauma. Witnesses told authorities that the decedents were run over by a silver van. Officers soon found a Dodge Caravan matching the description. It had a cracked windshield and front-end damage. The woman's cellphone was found under one of the windshield wipers.

Man and woman facing murder charges in Minnesota

Two people have been charged with aiding and abetting a homicide in a murder case in Hitterdal. The allegations follow a missing person's report for a man from Wahpeton who was last seen on May 20 in the presence of the two people who were arrested, a 39-year-old man and a 34-year-old woman.

The man and the woman were with the missing man at a farm property in Hitterdal, according to court documents. The documents show that the 34-year-old woman is distancing herself from the killing of the man, indicating that the 39-year-old man arrested with her was responsible for the homicide. The documents say that the 39-year-old man came around a corner on the farm and hit the missing man with a yard rake handle and an ax in the head. The woman says that she was asked to hit the missing man with the ax as well, but swung and missed.

Three Minnesota men indicted on murder charges

On June 8, a Minnesota grand jury indicted three men for allegedly shooting and killing a man in February. The incident took place in Benton County on Feb. 16.

According to authorities, the murder took place after the defendants, ages 20, 26 and 37, went to Checkers Bar in St. Paul with the decedent and another man. Approximately an hour later, all five men left the bar and went to the 3400 block of Old Creek Place in Sauk Rapids. At some point, the defendants allegedly shot and killed the decedent, age 25. The other man was also shot, but he survived after undergoing emergency surgery at a local hospital.

Minnesota woman indicted on first degree murder charges

A resident of Blooming Prairie, Minnesota named Lois Riess recently faced indictment in Florida for first degree murder with a firearm; grand theft and criminal use of personal identification of a deceased individual $5,000 or more; and grand theft of a motor vehicle. Although this arrest stems from Riess' murder of a Florida woman, Minnesota authorities attempted to find her for suspicion of murdering her husband, David Riess, earlier this year. 

Riess apparently fled Minnesota after allegedly murdering her husband. When in Florida, she tracked down her lookalike and assumed her identity. In April, Riess waived her right to extradition. In the event she had elected to fight extradition, then both Minnesota and Florida authorities would be responsible for providing proof the woman in question was actually Riess. 

Using the internet to commit a crime

Minnesota residents or anyone else could commit a variety of crimes either on the internet itself or by attacking items connected to the internet. For instance, an internet crime could take place when an individual hacks into a network or gets information online that is used to commit identity theft. However, these are not the only types of crimes that can take place using the internet. For example, criminals can spread viruses or phish for information in emails.

They can also take steps to infringe on copyrights and trademarks or engage in financial extortion. Online crime is an issue in both the United States and countries across the world. In the United States, the FBI and FCC are among agencies tasked with preventing online crimes or holding online criminals accountable for their actions. Those who use the internet can keep their information safe by not sharing it with others and remaining suspicious of unverified claims.

Woman accused of killing roommate for reporting her drinking

On May 9, it was reported that a Minnesota woman was accused of murdering one of her roommates after she was allegedly reported for drinking at a sober house. The alleged murder occurred on May 6. Police were told that the woman believed that she was going to be kicked out of the program due to the report that she had been drunk.

At about 8 p.m., authorities were called to a Bloomington apartment located on the 8100 block of 12th Avenue. When they arrived, police found a 69-year-old woman on the floor of her bedroom. She reportedly had an electrical cord wrapped around her neck and multiple injuries on her face and head. Authorities found that the other roommate had called the authorities as soon as she found the woman lying on the floor.

Grand jury indicts man who confessed to killing his sister

A senior community in Minnesota was the scene of the murder on Jan. 13. Evidence, including a confession, prompted a grand jury in Crow Wing County District Court to indict a Cambridge man for the slaying on April 20.

According to the police report, the 37-year-old male defendant's sister worked at the senior community in the kitchen. She let him enter the building when he arrived for an unscheduled visit. He reportedly helped her make food for approximately 30 minutes before stabbing her to death with a knife. Panicked co-workers then called the police. The responding officer took the man into custody.

Man taken into custody on assault charge

At 2:02 a.m. on April 6, police responded to a call about a possible domestic assault in Brainerd, Minnesota. When police got to the scene of the incident, they said a man inside of the residence turned the lights off and retreated to a back room. Authorities forced their way in to the residence, and the man reportedly complied with police orders.

The 41-year-old was found with both fresh and dried blood on his body, and officers also noticed blood smeared on the walls. A woman was found in the residence who was also covered in blood. Authorities say that she had signs of a concussion and was unable to give a complete account of what happened. However, she did say that that the man choked her and threw her into a cabinet. Guns and ammunition were found in the residence, and the man allegedly had a knife on his person when police searched him.

33-year-old man accused of murdering his grandparents

In March, a Minnesota man was accused of murdering his grandparents. According to news reports, the 33-year-old Paynesville man was living with his grandparents when the alleged murder occurred.

The grandparents were reported missing on March 18. Their Toyota Prius was discovered about 20 miles west from Paynesville on Kandiyohi County road. The two bodies were discovered underneath a piece of carpeting inside the vehicle. The grandson was found a half mile away from the vehicle just a few hours later. He was subsequently taken into custody.

Man charged with killing mother despite claims of neo-Nazi gang

One Minnesota man is facing murder charges after being accused of killing his mother and then attempting to blame it on a gang of Neo-Nazis. The 25-year-old man from Milaca allegedly stabbed his mother in the family home on March 11, 2018, and then told another man that he found his mother dead in the bedroom. After the other man called the police to report the murder, the 25-year-old claimed that four or five Neo-Nazis had invaded the home and attacked his mother before running into the nearby woods. He claimed that he saw one of the men carrying a double-barreled shotgun.

When the 25-year-old man was picked up by police at the home, he had blood on his clothing. They found the body of the 59-year-old woman in the bedroom, and her death had apparently been caused by blunt force injuries as well as the stabbing. He initially claimed that these injuries were caused by the mysterious gang that he claimed had invaded the home, referring to them as Neo-Nazis.

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