The man whose body was found in a Dakota County river has been identified as Edward J. Carlson, 45, of Hastings, the Dakota County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday, adding that foul play is not suspected.
Carlson was reported missing May 22. His body was discovered about 4:15 p.m. Monday by fishermen near the Duchene's Landing public boat access to the Vermillion River in Ravenna Township. It apparently had been in the water for several days, officials said. A cause of death has yet to be released.
PAUL WALSHMan shot by police is charged with felonies
A 21-year-old man wounded by police gun fire in Minneapolis after allegedly trying to take an officer's gun has been charged with two felonies.
Ira L. Toles, of Minneapolis, was charged with two counts of obstruction of the legal process or arrest.
According to the criminal complaint filed Tuesday in Hennepin County District Court: Officer Derek Chauvin and his partner arrived at the scene of a domestic assault call early Saturday in the 1800 block of Columbus Avenue S. and had to force their way into the apartment.
Toles retreated to a bathroom and refused to come out. The victim told the officers that Toles might have a gun and could flee through a window. Chauvin's partner went outside in case Toles tried to escape.
Chauvin forced his way into the bathroom and, at gunpoint, ordered Toles to the floor. Toles refused. Chauvin then tried to physically subdue Toles, who was flailing his arms as he charged the officer. During the altercation, Toles forced Chauvin into a corner and tried to take the officer's pistol. Chauvin fired twice, wounding Toles in the abdomen.
Even after being shot, Toles continued to struggle with officers as they tried to handcuff him. He was arrested and was in custody in lieu of $20,000 bail.
PAUL WALSHSecond brother pleads guilty in pot case
A second brother has pleaded guilty in federal court in Minneapolis to conspiring to grow more than 1,000 marijuana plants in a Twin Cities suburb.
Ryan Thanh Dinh, 36, of Burnsville, entered his plea Tuesday to the same charge that his brother, Nhan Thanh Dinh, 35, of Brooklyn Park, admitted to last month.
According to the plea agreements: Law enforcement stopped Ryan Dinh on Oct. 29, 2007, as he was leaving his brother's home. Found in the vehicle were about 18.5 pounds of harvested marijuana packed in half-pound packages.
A police search of Nhan Dinh's residence turned up 1,129 marijuana plants.
Drug investigators had observed both brothers with equipment, supplies and materials commonly used to grow marijuana indoors. Also, excessive condensation had built up on the windows of Nhan Dinh's home, one indication of a growing operation inside.
PAUL WALSHDNA links sought between killer, 1986 death
Minneapolis police are hoping to use DNA testing to tie a serial killer serving life in prison to the 1986 homicide of a Minneapolis woman.
In a search warrant filed last week, Minneapolis police detectives hope to cross-check the DNA of Billy Glaze, 63, with DNA taken from the body of Sharon Ann Lingor after her slaying in September 1986. Lingor, 37, was found lying across the railroad tracks near 29th Street and Columbus Avenue S. She had been stabbed repeatedly and sexually assaulted.
According to the search warrant, investigators found similarities between Lingor's killing and that of a 1987 murder for which Glaze was convicted, as well as two others. In that killing, the female victim was also found near railroad tracks about a block from where Lingor was discovered.
Lingor was also seen at Mr. Arts bar the night before her death, a bar that Glaze was known to frequent, the warrant said.
In a 2004 interview with Los Angeles Police Department investigators, Glaze admitted to committing more than 20 homicides and that he met many of his victims in bars.
Glaze, a drifter, was convicted of killing three women in Minneapolis in 1986 and 1987. He was sentenced to three consecutive life terms in prison.
ABBY SIMONS5 laptops are stolen from public safety offices
Five laptop computers were stolen from the St. Paul Department of Safety and Inspections offices over the holiday weekend, authorities said.
The computers contained meeting minutes and inspection reports, but no sensitive information, said Bob Kessler, director of the Department of Safety and Inspection. The laptops, a DVD player and one television were taken from the department's downtown offices -- sometime between Sunday evening and Tuesday morning -- at Wabasha and E. Fourth Streets, he said.
The value of the stolen items is about $14,000, said police spokesman Peter Panos.
The thieves didn't force their way into the building, but offices and inner doors were damaged, he said.
CHRIS HAVENS2 Wisconsin brothers' deaths are investigated
Two Wisconsin brothers were found dead Tuesday night in the apartment that they shared in Burkhardt, an unincorporated village near Hudson.
The men, Gregory A. Knoll, 44, and Jeffrey C. Knoll, 41, may have been dead for four to seven days before their landlord found them about 9 p.m. Tuesday, said St. Croix Sheriff Dennis Hillstead.
Investigators found no indication of a struggle in the apartment and there seemed to be no apparent trauma to the bodies. There also was no indication of a carbon monoxide leak, Hillstead said. The Ramsey County medical examiner is performing autopsies to determine the cause of death.
Although there seems to be no indication of foul play, Hillstead said they aren't ruling it out.
He said, "We don't believe anyone in the area needs to be concerned about their safety.''
MARY LYNN SMITH