A 27-year-old Minnesota man has been charged with two counts of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree for allegedly raping a mentally impaired woman while she lay helpless on his bathroom floor. Court records reveal that the man's bail has been set at $40,000 and he is being held at the Kandiyohi County Jail. The man made his first appearance before a judge on April 18 and was scheduled to appear in court again on April 29.
A 59-year-old Minnesota man who is accused of shooting a convenience store worker with a rifle has pleaded not guilty to felony counts of attempted murder in the first degree, assault resulting in bodily harm in the first degree and assault with a deadly weapon in the second degree. The charges stem from an incident that took place in a Renville County gas station and convenience store on the morning of Jan. 11.
A fire in a second-level apartment appears to be an attempt to cover the killing of a woman in Thief River Falls. Authorities have charged a 23-year-old man with second-degree murder and first-degree arson after witnesses linked him to the scene. The criminal complaint against him described an apparent murder because a power cord was wrapped around the woman's neck, and fabric bound her hands and feet. The fire investigator made a preliminary determination that a combustible liquid had been used to start the fire.