State and local briefs
- September 4, 2013 - 11:18 PM
Found: Pickup linked to Granite Falls death
Police have found a pickup truck belonging to a potentially dangerous man described as a “person of interest” in the shooting death of his ex-girlfriend and the critical wounding of her 28-year-old boyfriend in Granite Falls, Minn.
The 1996 GMC Sierra of Andrew J. Dikken, 28, of Granite Falls, was found in “a remote location” about 5 miles north of Belview, Minn., and about 20 miles southeast of where Kara A. Monson, 26, was found dead Monday morning from multiple gunshot wounds.
Christopher Allen Panitzke, 28, of Redwood Falls, is being treated at Hennepin County Medical Center. He also suffered multiple gunshot wounds during the same incident.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Yellow Medicine County Sheriff’s Office at 1-320-564-2130.
Cambridge coach dies in Andover crash
A head-on crash Aug. 26 in Andover killed Gary R. Christofferson, of Isanti, Minn., a former teacher at Cambridge Middle School who coached football and baseball at Cambridge-Isanti High School.
Christofferson, who began teaching in the school district in the mid-1970s before leaving in 1999, was honored at the Cambridge-Isanti home football game Aug. 29 with a moment of silence.
He had worked as an advocate for teachers with Education Minnesota for the past 14 years, most recently for educators in the St. Francis and Anoka-Hennepin school districts.
An SUV was heading north on Round Lake Boulevard near 174th Avenue, when it crossed the centerline and hit Christofferson’s car head-on, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
The driver of the SUV, Christina M. Rockstroh, 42, of Princeton, was hospitalized and has survived her injuries.
Inmate admits fleeing prison near Duluth
Gerald Greenfield, 67, pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court in Minneapolis to escaping the minimum-security federal prison near Duluth in March with Michael Joseph Krzyzaniak, 64, of Minneapolis. Both were caught six days later 175 miles away.
Krzyzaniak pleaded guilty in June and both men face up to an additional five years in prison.
Greenfield was serving four years for assisting a mortgage scam for the Sexton Lofts in downtown Minneapolis. His projected release date was Nov. 2, 2015.
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