Suit accuses officers of excessive force

Two St. Paul police officers used excessive force when they broke a man's hand during an arrest at his home last spring, according to a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court. David L. Hosea, 39, alleges that officers Eric Stevens and Richard McGuire violated his rights when they arrested him on April 28, 2014.

Hosea and his fiancée argued at their home that day, and after a 911 hangup call, Stevens and McGuire went to their house. During the arrest, Hosea alleges the officers "slammed him down using severe, excessive, and unnecessary force." Hosea suffered a broken bone and had to undergo surgery, the suit says.

Nicole Norfleet

Ex-boyfriend charged in baby's death

A former White Bear Lake man has been charged with murder for allegedly smothering his girlfriend's infant daughter to death last year. Austin B. Gustafson, 27, who is sought by authorities, was charged in Ramsey County District Court on Tuesday with second-degree murder without intent.

The infant, 3 months old, was found unresponsive at a White Bear Lake apartment April 30, 2014. She was resuscitated and taken to Children's Hospital in St. Paul, where she died on May 4. Court documents show that she suffered several injuries that indicated ongoing child abuse.

Chao Xiong

Arson damages historic bridge

A 113-year-old wooden bridge in a swampy swath of northern Minnesota was set ablaze and severely damaged, and authorities are searching for whoever torched it. Hikers and snowmobilers who often crossed the historic bridge in Blackduck, Minn., are mourning the loss of the key piece of the area's trail system and wondering whether and when it will be rebuilt.

Fire crews and other first responders answered a 911 call shortly after 5:30 a.m. Monday and found the bridge "fully engulfed" in flames. Nearly 30 percent of the 700-foot-long bridge was destroyed. Investigators said arson was to blame.

Paul Walsh

Police investigate suspicious death

Oak Park Heights police are investigating a suspicious death after discovering a body in a townhouse Tuesday while conducting a welfare check. On Sunday, officers were dispatched to the complex on the 14600 block of 62nd Street to check on someone whom loved ones were unable to reach. When the person was not found inside, police began a missing person investigation. Police said they returned to the residence Tuesday morning, where they located the missing person's body. The Ramsey County medical examiner will identify the body after an autopsy.


Watershed district shuffles members

Hennepin County commissioners Tuesday appointed incumbent Sherry White and new manager Kurt Rogness to the seven-manager Minnehaha Creek Watershed District's board, which oversees one of the largest watersheds financially in the state.

The district's leadership has been embroiled in controversy since it abruptly fired its top leader in a split 4-3 vote last April, with some west metro leaders calling for new leadership. It spurred 11 applicants for the openings, which usually draw three or four applicants a year. Rogness ousted incumbent Jeff Casale, on the board since 2006.

Steve Brandt