Body washes ashore; another found in home
Twin Cities authorities are investigating two deaths in separate incidents Thursday. Ramsey County Sheriff’s officials said a body that washed ashore near Harriet Island was recovered about 2:15 p.m. The body is believed to be that of an adult but the gender has not been released, said spokesman John Eastham. The Ramsey County medical examiner will release the person’s identity and official cause of death.
Brooklyn Park police are investigating the death of a man whose body was found about 10:15 a.m. in a townhouse on the 7300 block of 72nd Lane. “The circumstances surrounding the death have raised concerns,” police said in a statement. Brooklyn Park detectives, the Hennepin County medical examiner and the Hennepin County Sheriff’s crime lab are investigating.
Appeals Court won’t rehear terror case
The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals won’t rehear the appeal of two Minnesota women convicted of conspiring to funnel money to a terror group in Somalia. Amina Farah Ali, 39, and Hawo Mohamed Hassan, 68, were convicted in 2011 on multiple counts, including conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terror group.
Prosecutors told jurors the women were part of a “deadly pipeline” that routed money and fighters to Al-Shabab. Ali was sentenced to 20 years in prison while Hassan received 10. A three-judge panel of the Eighth Circuit Court upheld their convictions and sentences in August. The women petitioned for a rehearing before the full appeals court, but that request was denied Thursday. Defense attorneys paint the women as humanitarians who gave money to the poor.
Nonprofit fraud trial pushed back
The federal fraud trial for a former Minneapolis nonprofit leader has been postponed until April. William Davis and his son, Jordan, were scheduled to stand trial in November on charges they siphoned public money for personal use or claimed expense reimbursements they weren’t permitted to claim. A revised schedule in the case was filed Thursday. Prosecutors and defense attorneys agreed to push the trial back because complexity made earlier time limits “inadequate and unreasonable under the circumstances of this case,” according to the order.
Davis led the now-closed Community Action of Minneapolis for years and has deep connections in state Democratic politics. The younger Davis is a Minneapolis police officer on administrative leave and had received paychecks from the community organization. Both have entered not guilty pleas.
Rochester man dies in quarry accident
A 28-year-old Rochester man has died in an accident at a quarry in southeastern Minnesota, the Olmsted County sheriff’s office says. Rescue workers were called Thursday morning to the quarry near Stewartville, Minn. According to the sheriff’s office, the victim apparently was caught between two dump trucks as one of them backed up at the private quarry mining and asphalt operation. The man’s name will be released Friday.
Blue Earth County
Mankato father charged with hurting baby
The father of a Mankato baby severely injured in late August is now charged with hurting the infant. Mohamud Hussein Ahmed, 35, was charged in Blue Earth County court Wednesday with malicious punishment of a child, plus assault. A judge set bail at $40,000 with conditions. According to the complaint, on Aug. 29 a mother called for an ambulance after finding her 2-month-old baby unresponsive. The baby was flown to a Rochester hospital, where X-rays showed numerous fractured ribs and severe injuries to the infant’s brain. Ahmed has repeatedly denied any responsibility. He’s due back in court Oct. 8.