'DWI Chair' winning bid: $3,700

The "DWI Chair," a tricked-out, motorized recliner confiscated from a drunken driver in Proctor, Minn., is about to get a new owner.

An online auction closed Tuesday night, with a man from the Duluth area winning the chair with a bid of $3,700, said Bart Kyte, sales manager of Oberfoell Auctioneers of Mountain Iron.

Previous attempts by Proctor police to sell the chair were foiled -- once when it was erroneously advertised on eBay as a La-Z-Boy model. Then in a do-over, the winning bidder backed out on his $10,999 offer. Kyte wouldn't say any more about the latest winning bidder other than that he is stop by Friday to pick up the chair.Proceeds from the sale go to the Proctor Police Department.

Equipped with a stereo and a cup holder, the recliner was converted from a gasoline-powered lawnmower and has a steering wheel, headlights and power antenna. Police estimate that it can top out at 15 to 20 miles per hour.

The recliner's former owner, Dennis Leroy Anderson of Proctor, pleaded guilty to hopping on the chair one night in August 2008, after visiting a bar in town, then crashing into a car in the parking lot. Anderson's blood alcohol content was 0.29 percent, more than three times the legal limit for driving in Minnesota.


Man charged in police standoff

A Cottage Grove man who earlier this month held police at bay for four hours in a home with a 2-year-old child inside has been charged in Washington County District Court.

Albert Velazquez-Navedo was charged with discharging a dangerous weapon after police were called to his home in the 7400 block of 96th Street S. at 11:38 p.m. on April 9 after gunshots were heard.

Velazquez is due to appear in court on April 29 on previous charges of domestic assault and possessing drug paraphernalia. He had been released on his own recognizance after his arraignment on those charges.


Guilty plea in drive-by shooting

A Cottage Grove man pleaded guilty Wednesday to first-degree assault in an incident May 2 in which he shot a woman in the buttocks during a drive-by shooting in St. Paul.

Marel C. Johnson, 24, had faced attempted murder and three other felony charges. Those likely will be dismissed when he is sentenced June 25 by Ramsey County District Judge Salvador Rosas.


Brooklyn Park Medicaid scam plea

A Brooklyn Park home health-care provider for low-income clients pleaded guilty to paying kickbacks as part of a scheme to obtain hundreds of thousands of dollars in Medicaid reimbursements.

Patrick D. Osei, owner of Advance Home Health, admitted Tuesday in federal court in Minneapolis that he submitted claims to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for personal care assistance services that were never provided.

The estimated losses from Osei's actions totaled between $200,000 and $400,000.

Sentencing for Osei has yet to be scheduled. He faces up to five years in prison.