Accused Roseville priest put on leave

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has put a Rose­ville priest on leave after receiving what it is calling a credible allegation that he sexually abused a minor in the 1980s. The Rev. Robert Fitzpatrick is pastor at Corpus Christi parish and St. Rose of Lima parish and school. Interim Archbishop Bernard Hebda announced the decision Thursday and said police have been notified. Hebda said Fitzpatrick will not exercise any priestly ministries while the investigation is ongoing. Messages left for Fitzpatrick were not returned. Fitzpatrick was ordained in 1973.




Teen killed in fall from Uptown fire escape

One of two teenage boys exploring a well-worn fire escape on the side of an Uptown condominium building fell four stories to his death, his father said Thursday. On the weekend before he was to start 11th grade at Minneapolis Southwest High School, Blake Fannin fell Sunday from what his father said was a fire escape that appeared to be in need of maintenance.

The seven-unit brick building, at 2501 Girard Av. S., is about a block from where Fannin lived with his mother. The ladder “swung out and he fell,” Kevin Fannin, who lives in Florida, said of the fire escape. Fannin said he has seen the escape and described it as rusted and “in bad disrepair.” The father acknowledged that his son and the other boy, who was not hurt, “probably shouldn’t have been doing what they had been doing,” but added, “If they had a fire and they had to use it, no way.”

Owner-occupied condos are not subject to municipal inspection. “If any one of the individual condo units were rented, then that unit and the building would be subject to inspection,” said Mike Rumppe, the city’s deputy director of housing inspections. “That’s not the case here.”




Officer, suspect hurt in crash after pursuit

A suspect fleeing police crashed into a Minneapolis squad car in downtown Minneapolis early Thursday. The officer and the suspect were treated for minor injuries, said Minneapolis police spokesman John Elder. An officer attempted to stop the suspect for an equipment and possible narcotics violations near E. 14th Street and Nicollet Avenue S. around 4:45 a.m. The suspect led the officer on a slow-speed pursuit, circling the block a few times before striking a second squad that had responded, Elder said.