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Bring Your Old Flags To Lake Henry American Legion For Proper Disposal

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05/01/2014 - 1:10 AM

The West Stearns County American Legion Council will conduct a flag disposal ceremony at the Lake Henry American Legion tonight at 7:30 p.m.

West Stearns County Legion Council Commander, Roger Rothstein says the public may turn in their old and worn flags to have disposed of properly.

This is one of three flag disposal ceremonies that the County Council puts on each year. American Legion Posts of Albany, Brooton, Lake Henry, Melrose, Paynesville and Sauk Centre make up the County Council.

St. Cloud Seberger Neighborhood Under Construction Through September

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05/01/2014 - 12:30 PM

Road construction in the Seberger Neighborhood is causing many St. Cloud road closures.

The City Engineer’s office says the following streets are closed due to a public improvement project to fix public utilities and streets.

19th, 19 and a half, and 20th Avenue North are all closed from 3rd Street North to Cooper Avenue North. Fourth Street North is closed from Cooper Avenue North to 21st Avenue North. The City of St. Cloud also says that Cooper Avenue North from Third to Fourth Street North will stay closed.

These streets are included in Area B in the Seberger Improvement Project. The City plans to utilize 21st Avenue North crossing Third Street North as a main access for residents as much as possible.

The closures will last until approximately mid September.

Foley Mother Guilty Of Child Endangerment

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05/01/2014 - 11:10 AM

Foley Mother Guilty Of Child Endangerment

FOLEY, Minn. (AP) - A plea agreement calls for a Sauk Rapids woman to spend 30 days in jail for the asphyxiation death of her infant daughter and a positive drug test for her one-year-old child.

26-year-old Nicole McKay has pleaded guilty to child endangerment in the 2013 death of her two-month-old daughter. A medical examiner determined the child suffocated after McKay fell asleep with the infant after doing drugs.

The St. Cloud Times says McKay has also pleaded guilty to leaving drug paraphernalia where her toddler could reach it. The boy later tested positive for meth, heroin and oxycodone.

McKay faces sentencing June 5. The plea agreement calls for sentences in both cases to run consecutively and for McKay to serve 30 days in jail.

Audio Recordings Crucial In Byron Smith's Conviction

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05/01/2014 - 10:10 AM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Jurors say an audio recording of a central Minnesota homeowner shooting two teens who broke into his home was a key piece of evidence in his conviction.

65-year-old Byron Smith was found guilty Tuesday of premeditated murder in the deaths of 17-year-old Nick Brady and 18-year-old Haile Kifer.

One juror tells The Associated Press that the audio recording was "damning evidence." Wes Hatlestad also says the jury decided Smith's actions weren't in self-defense.

But defense attorney Steve Meshbesher says Smith made that recording because he was afraid he'd be killed in his own home and wanted to have evidence for police.

Smith was immediately sentenced to life in prison without parole. Meshbesher says he plans to appeal.

Smith was guilty of two counts of first degree premeditated murder and two counts of second degree non-premeditated murder. 

Man Cited For Reckless Driving After Crashing Car Into Building

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04/30/2014 - 11:35 AM

A man was cited for reckless driving after he crashed his vehicle into a building.

St. Cloud Police Sergeant Jason Burke says 20-year-old Khadar Ahmed Farah crashed his car into the window of a building located in the 3500 block of West St. Germain Street.

No structural damage to the building was found.

Farah was not hurt in the crash.

Power Line Pole Crashes On House In St. Cloud

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04/30/2014 - 11:30 AM

A man was charged with reckless driving and no seat belt use after crashing his vehicle into a power line pole Tuesday evening.

St. Cloud Police Sergeant Jason Burke said 25-year-old Kevin Paul Klein was driving southbound on 9th Avenue in St. Cloud when he lost control of his vehicle near 4th Street and crashed into a power line pole.

The pole snapped, crashing into a house.

Klein was later taken to the St. Cloud Hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries.


St. Cloud Woman Charged With Domestic Assault

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04/30/2014 - 11:20 AM

St. Cloud Woman Charged With Domestic Assault

A 30-year-old woman is being held in the Stearns County Jail after St. Cloud police responded to a domestic assault.

Officers were called to the incident Tuesday night in the 500 block of 9th Avenue North where St. Cloud Police Sergeant Jason Burke says Erin Lee Butterfield of St. Cloud was arrested after she allegedly punched a 41-year-old man in the head and poured water on him.

Burke says that while the victim was trying to call police, Butterfield was attempting to get the phone away from him.

Butterfield is facing domestic assault charges and interference with a 9-1-1 call.

The victim had minor injuries but did not require medical attention.

Service Road Near Albertville Outlet Mall To Close Monday

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04/30/2014 - 10:40 AM

Travelers on I-94 should note that the service road by the Albertville Outlet Mall will be closing at 6:00 a.m. Monday for repairs. 

The Minnesota Department of Transportation says drivers may run into short delays as road crews will be fixing the pavement on the service road from westbound I-94 to County Road 19/LaBeaux Avenue Northeast.

The short detour will follow Exit 202, to 61st Street Northeast, to LaBeaux Avenue Northeast. 

MnDOT says the road is scheduled to reopen by Tuesday May 13. 

Little Falls Homeowner Byron Smith Found Guilty In Killing Two Teens

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04/29/2014 - 4:30 AM

A Minnesota homeowner who shot and killed two teenagers during a break-in has been convicted of premeditated first-degree murder and second-degree murder.

Bryon Smith had claimed he was simply defending himself during the break-in at his home in the small city of Little Falls on Thanksgiving Day 2012.

Smith's attorney said the 65-year-old was fearful after previous burglaries. But prosecutors argued that Smith waited in his basement and intended to kill the teens. A total of nine shots were fired at 17-year-old Nick Brady and 18-year-old Haile Kifer.

Minnesota law allows a person to use deadly force for defense, but that action must be considered reasonable. Jurors found him guilty of both first-degree and second-degree murder charges after deliberating Tuesday for several hours. 


Burglars Target Homes In Sauk Rapids

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04/29/2014 - 10:00 AM

Burglars Target Homes In Sauk Rapids

Sauk Rapids has recently been hit with a string of burglaries.

Sauk Rapids Police Chief Perry Beise would like to announce that several burglaries have happened in the past two weeks where suspects have stolen valuable property.

Beise also says most of them have been in the neighborhood around the Good Shepard Nursing Home and Apartments.  

The majority of the homes the suspects have broken into were empty. 

The Sauk Rapids Police Department have not yet identified the suspects and are advising all residents to safeguard their homes and valuables when they are not around.

If any suspicious activity is seen, please call the police or dial 911.

Benton County Sheriff's Office Launches New Jail Webpage

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04/28/2014 - 9:30 AM

The Benton County Sheriff’s Office is launching its new webpage for current and past inmates of the Benton County Jail.

Benton County Chief Deputy Troy Heck says the public can use the webpage to search public information like inmate mug shots, age, address, inmate arrest and booking dates as well as individual charges.

Heck says the website’s launch and maintenance is paid for through jail fees charged to inmates.

Recent Rainfall Has Stearns County Officials Worried About Possible Flooding

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04/28/2014 - 3:20 AM

Recent heavy rainfall across the area that is expected to last through Wednesday has Stearns County officials concerned about possible flooding issues.

Stearns County Emergency Management Director Erin Hausauer says water levels are rising and may cause local flooding issues in low-lying areas, on certain roadways, as well as in area lakes and rivers.

The National Weather Service points out that the Sauk and Mississippi Rivers could rise to the “action stage” which is the water level before the “flood stage”.

Hausauer also says a few reports of fallen trees due to high winds and wet grounds have been reported.

People are reminded to be aware of their surroundings and to stay clear of flooded areas.

UPDATE: Sewer System Repairs Cause Lane Closures On Veterans Drive And 8th Street North

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04/28/2014 - 12:50 PM

Both directions of Veterans Drive and 8th Street North from 28th to 30th Avenue North will be reduced to one lane for an additional week due to weather conditions.

The City Engineer’s Office says the closure is needed for sewer system repairs in the area and is expected to last until Friday, May 9.

Drivers should remain cautious when traveling in marked areas for fines are doubled in construction zones.

SCSU Student Government Hosts Spring Safety Walk

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04/28/2014 - 12:00 PM

St. Cloud State University’s Student Government along with Public Safety and the SCSU Women’s Center will be hosting a spring safety walk on Wednesday. KVSC’s Gabe Fern and Vicki Ikeogu have the story.

Little Falls Homeowner Decides Against Testifying In Morrison County Trial

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04/28/2014 - 11:20 AM

Little Falls Homeowner Decides Against Testifying In Morrison County Trial

LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP) - A Minnesota man charged with fatally shooting two teenagers who broke into his home has waived his right to testify at his trial in Morrison County.

Byron Smith told Judge Douglas Anderson that he had discussed the matter with his lawyer and opted not to take the stand.

The 65-year-old Little Falls man is on trial for first-degree premeditated murder. Smith claims he was defending himself and feared for his life after several break-ins.

The jury on Monday heard from Smith's brother, Bruce Smith, and two of the defendant's neighbors, 16-year-old Dylan Lange, and his mother, Kathleen Lange. They all testified that they know Smith to be an honest man.

Byron Smith has lived with the Lange family since the fatal shooting on Thanksgiving Day 2012.

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