Girl, 17, gets probation for hazing incident

A 17-year-old girl has been sentenced to probation and community service for being the erratic driver in a hazing incident during Farmington High School's homecoming weekend that involved seniors "kidnapping" four juniors and locking two of them in a car trunk as part of a "war" on the younger class. The juniors were then taken on a joyride that included a fender bender.

The girl, whose name was not made public, pleaded guilty Tuesday to gross misdemeanor criminal-vehicular operation, specifically exercising gross negligence that resulted in bodily harm, in connection with the Sept. 28 incident.

There were 15 other juveniles and young adults involved in the incident, and they have accepted the county's offer to participate in an accountability program for the offense of misdemeanor disorderly conduct.


Metro Transit employee charged with theft

A former supervisor in the Metro Transit Police Department's property and evidence room has been charged with stealing money from the room where she worked. Jerri Landis, 62, of Waconia, was charged by summons for taking more than $1,300 between March and December 2014, according to a felony criminal complaint filed in Hennepin County District Court.

Transit police employees discovered in December that money was missing from envelopes in the evidence room safe. Landis admitted to detectives that she took the money to pay rent and other expenses, according to the complaint. Landis no longer works for Metro Transit.


Hazardous cargo safe in train derailment

A freight train hauling such volatile materials as naphthalene, biphenyl, octene and other cargo derailed early Wednesday in northern Minnesota, authorities said. The 15-car derailment of the southbound 107-car train, operated by Canadian National Railway, occurred about 3:20 a.m. roughly 25 miles northwest of Duluth, the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office and a rail spokesman said.

"No breach or loss of hazardous materials occurred," the Sheriff's Office said in a statement. No injuries were reported. While the Sheriff's Office statement read that "there is no danger to public safety," Scott Camps, county emergency services manager, said later that there is a "potential for release [of hazardous materials] when they have to offload the product from the damaged cars."

There was no word Wednesday on what led to the derailment.