VADNAIS HEIGHTS

Tips sought in fatal bicycle incident

Authorities are seeking the public’s help in the investigation of a fatal bicycle incident in the middle of the day in Vadnais Heights earlier this month. Robert Prudhomme, 57, of Cottage Grove, was found critically injured in the 4200 block of Centerville Road about 1:20 p.m. on Oct. 2. He was taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, where he died a week later without being able to give family or investigators any information about the incident. Doctors indicated that Prudhomme’s injuries might not have been consistent with an isolated bicycle accident.

Ramsey County Sheriff’s deputies are seeking witnesses, anyone who stopped to render aid or any person who might have details about the incident. Investigators said a gray or silver GMC SUV, believed to be occupied by a couple in their late 50s or early 60s, was last seen in the vicinity of the bicyclist. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Unit at 651-266-7320.

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WHITE EARTH INDIAN RESERVATION

Duluth man arrested in toddler’s death

Authorities have arrested a Duluth man in the death of a 3-year-old boy in Becker County. Emergency responders were called Wednesday to a home in Maple Grove Township, on the White Earth Indian Reservation. A boy was taken by ambulance to a hospital in Detroit Lakes, then transferred to a hospital in Fargo, N.D., where he was pronounced dead. The boy was identified as Steven Warren. An autopsy report says he died of homicidal violence. A 23-year-old man was arrested and is being held in the Becker County jail, pending charges.

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LAKE OF THE WOODS COUNTY

Baudette boater’s body found; 2 still missing

Law enforcement officers have recovered the body of one of three missing men on Lake of the Woods in northern Minnesota. The Lake of the Woods County Sheriff’s Office said the body of Justin Haugtvedt was recovered around 5 p.m. Friday in the southwest area of Oak Island in about 14 feet of water using side-scan sonar. Authorities continued searching Saturday for the other missing boaters, Keith Ayers and Cory Ostendorf. Sheriff Gary Fish said the men’s capsized boat was found on the lake last Saturday. The three men, all from Baudette, last were seen leaving Sunset Lodge on Oak Island late on Oct. 2.

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WRIGHT COUNTY

Man pleads guilty on eve of murder trial

Robert Nuttall, 29, pleaded guilty to felony unintentional murder Friday as jury selection in his Buffalo, Minn., trial was about to begin. Nuttall had been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Christopher Rossing, 25, whose fragmentary remains were found in a fire pit last fall. A criminal complaint says Nuttall beat Rossing unconscious in August 2014 after a night of drinking. Sentencing is set for Oct. 30.

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