Five suspects plead not guilty in terrorist conspiracy case
Five men arrested in the Twin Cities this year on terrorism charges pleaded not guilty in a packed federal courtroom in Minneapolis Wednesday afternoon.
Adnan Abdihamid Farah, 19; Zacharia Yusuf Abdurahman, 19; Hanad Mustafe Musse, 19, and Guled Ali Omar, 20, were all arrested and charged in April, along with two of their friends who had traveled to San Diego and were arrested there. Hamza Ahmed, 20, who was charged in February, pleaded not guilty Wednesday; his case has been consolidated with the others.
The men are charged with conspiracy to provide material support to a terrorist organization. According to charges, they were planning to travel abroad and join the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL.
Chief U.S. District Judge Michael Davis did not set a trial date at the brief hearings, where each defendant entered the courtroom accompanied by their attorneys and dressed in a jail jumpsuit. Some of them touched a fist to their heart and waved to the dozens of members of the Somali-American community in the courtroom.
Woman sentenced in former Cambridge teacher's 2013 death
A Princeton woman has pleaded guilty to criminal vehicular homicide in an August 2013 crash in Andover that killed a former Cambridge coach. Authorities say Christina M. Rockstroh, 43, had methamphetamine in her system at the time of the crash. She was sentenced to 48 months in prison, the Anoka County attorney's office said Wednesday.
Rockstroh's SUV was heading north on Round Lake Boulevard near 174th Avenue in Andover when it crossed the centerline and hit Gary R. Christofferson's car head-on. Witnesses saw her car swerve a few times into oncoming traffic before crashing into Christofferson's car, the attorney's office said. Christofferson, of Isanti, died at the scene. Christofferson, 62, was a former teacher at Cambridge Middle School who coached football and baseball at Cambridge-Isanti High School.
Driver lost early-morning race with state trooper near Askov
A Wisconsin man who said he just wanted to race a Minnesota state trooper he encountered on a northern Minnesota interstate highway Wednesday morning is in jail. The driver was heading north on Interstate 35 near Askov, Minn., when a trooper tried to pull him over around 6:45 a.m. A pursuit ensued for 10 miles at speeds between 90 and 100 miles per hour, said Lt. Tiffani Nielson of the State Patrol.
Officers from Moose Lake joined the pursuit and halted the speeding truck using stop sticks. The driver, 42, told police "he was trying to race," Nielson said. He was taken to the Carlton County jail and will face felony charges of fleeing police, Nielson said.