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St. Cloud Police Find Body Near SCSU

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07/11/2014 - 5:40 AM

St. Cloud police responding to a welfare check discovered a person had died.

St. Cloud Police Sergeant Jason Burke says officers were called to the 10 block of 8th Street South in St. Cloud just before 1 p.m. Friday afternoon.

Police say the person is not a staff member or student of St. Cloud State University. They are, however, withholding the identification until next of kin has been notified.

The victim’s body was taken to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office where an autopsy is scheduled to be performed.

Sergeant Burke says there is no danger to the public and they are not actively looking for anyone in connection with this incident.

Criminal Investigation Unit Completes Investigation On Drive By Shooting Tuesday

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07/11/2014 - 1:10 AM

St. Cloud Police Sergeant Jason Burke says the Criminal Investigative Unit has completed their search into an alleged drive by shooting Tuesday.

21-year-old Dimitri Accardo reportedly said to police that he was the victim of the drive by.

Burke says evidence from the scene lead investigators to believe that Accardo suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his left leg after he accidentally discharged the firearm in his left pants pocket.

Accardo was previously arrested in 2012 on charges of terroristic threats which he plead guilty to in 2014.

Burke adds that by state law, this case prohibits Accardo from having a firearm.

Investigators intend to forward the case to the Stearns County Attorney Office to have Accardo charged with illegally possessing a firearm.

St. Cloud State Receives Grant To Prepare High School Students For College

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07/11/2014 - 11:20 AM

St. Cloud State University received a $205,510 College Readiness grant from Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation.

The funds will be used toward a program that helps improve mathematics skills of 11th and 12th grade low-income, minority students from Apollo and Technical high schools.

Students will receive advising and tutoring help from high school teachers and college tutors.

With the help of the grant, St. Cloud State will be able to prepare more St. Cloud high school students for college success.

Suspect In Tuesday's St. Cloud Shooting Arrested

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07/11/2014 - 11:00 AM

St. Cloud Police and the Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force say they have arrested the man involved in the shooting that happened Tuesday in the 200 block of 33rd Ave South.

Investigators say Tyree Deville Sharp is being held in the Stearns County Jail and awaiting his first court appearance.

The Task Force adds that the Chevy pickup that officers were looking for in reference to the shooting has also been located and no additional public help is needed.

However, the public is asked to contact the St. Cloud Police department at 320-251-1200 or the Tri-County Crime Stoppers at 320-255-1301 if any information on additional suspects of the shooting is found.

Missing Sartell Woman Found Thursday Afternoon

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07/10/2014 - 2:30 AM

Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner says the Sartell woman who had been reported missing since Saturday has been found.

The Sheriff’s Office requested help from the public in finding the 36-year-old Sara Winscher when her family reported that she had not been heard from for two weeks. Winscher was reportedly found Thursday at 2 p.m. and is safe and well.

The Sheriff’s Office thanks the public for their assistance.

Minnesota DNR To Crackdown On Aquatic Invasive Species Transporting This Weekend

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07/10/2014 - 11:30 AM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says too many boaters are breaking state laws intended to make it harder for invasive species to spread in lakes and rivers.

The DNR says it's ramping up enforcement this weekend as a result. DNR enforcement manager Capt. Greg Salo says conservation officers have issued 169 tickets and 375 warnings for violations of aquatic invasive species laws. Salo says officers have followed up with nearly 100 people after watercraft inspectors found their boats were unwitting carriers of zebra mussels.

Salo adds that the violation rate at check stations is running at 26 percent, which he calls "way too high." He says the most common violation is people failing to pull their boat plug and keep it out while transporting their boats.

To remind boaters of what not to do when loading watercraft into state lakes, it is illegal in Minnesota to: 

  • Transport watercraft without the drain plug removed.
  • Arrive at lake access with drain plug in place.
  • Transport aquatic plants, zebra mussels, or other prohibited species, whether dead or alive.
  • Launch watercraft with prohibited species attached.
  • Transport water from Minnesota lakes or rivers.
  • Release live bait into the water.

Highway 23 Reduced To One Lane Thursday

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07/10/2014 - 11:20 AM

Drivers should be prepared to slow down on Highway 23 between Richmond and Roscoe as traffic is reduced to one lane today until 5 p.m.

Minnesota Department of Transportation says closures are needed for crews to repair segments of the roadway.

Flaggers will be directing motorists allowing one-way, alternating traffic.

MnDOT reminds drivers to slow down, be prepared to stop, and always obey flaggers and signs.

Roads In Downtown St. Cloud Will Close Saturday For Downtown Walk About

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07/10/2014 - 11:00 AM

Roads will be closing for the Downtown Walk About starting Saturday at 9 a.m.

The City Engineer's Office says the following areas are to close:

  • St. Germain Street between 5th and 10th Avenues (5th and 10th Avenues will remain open) 
  • 7th Avenue from north of T.H. 23 to 1st Street North 
  • 1st Street North/Courthouse Square from 7th to 8th Avenue North 
  • 8th Avenue North from Courthouse Square to St. Germain Street 
  • 1st Street South from 7th Avenue to alleyway to the east 

Roads will reopen at 5 p.m. 

Parking Is Reduced For Construction At Stearns County Administration Center

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07/10/2014 - 10:30 AM

Parking Is Reduced For Construction At Stearns County Administration Center

Parking is limited at the Stearns County Administration Center in downtown St. Cloud as crews work to repair brick pavers.

Stearns County says two rows of parking will be blocked off at a time in the lot outside the south entrance of the building.

The project is expected to last through next week, depending on the weather.

If you have any questions about the project call the Public Works Department at 320-650-2900.

Profile By Sanford Opens In Waite Park

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07/09/2014 - 12:10 PM

A new retail store promoting weight management is now open in Waite Park.

Profile by Sanford is introduced by Sanford Health- an integrated health system headquartered in the Dakotas.

Sanford Media Strategist Shawn Neistead says Profile was designed using clinical research to ensure a sustainable means to healthy weight loss. Weight loss approaches use meal-replacement products, nutritionally complete food and qualified health coaches.

Members will track their progress with smart wireless technology and face-to-face meetings with coaches.

Profile is located at 384 Third Street Northeast near Famous Daves.

Utility Work In St. Cloud To Close Hadrian Road Temporarily

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07/09/2014 - 11:50 AM

Utility work in the area will be responsible for a temporary road closure this afternoon.

The St. Cloud City Engineer’s Office says Hadrian Road from 33rd Street South to Plum Creek Drive will be closed starting at 1 p.m. today.

The engineer’s office the road is scheduled to reopen later today. Drivers are advised to find alternate routes.

St. Cloud Woman Cited For Inattentive Driving After Hitting Parked Car

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07/09/2014 - 11:45 AM

A St. Cloud woman has been cited for inattentive driving after she hit a car that had pulled over to the side of the road.

St. Cloud Police Sergeant Jason Burke says officers were called to the 1800 Block of Kilian Blvd SE around 5:20 p.m. Tuesday.

Police say a car driven by 58-year-old Susan Elizabeth Wienhold crashed into a car occupied by a 48-year-old Albany woman.

A 54-year-old St. Cloud woman was leaning into the passenger side window of the non-moving car when it was struck.

The pedestrian was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

St. Cloud Man Injured After Car Collided With Motorcycle

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07/09/2014 - 11:35 AM

A St. Cloud man is recovering after his motorcycle was hit by a driver.

St. Cloud Police Sergeant Jason Burke says 52-year-old Timothy Borresch of St. Joseph was traveling westbound on 7th Street North at about 4 p.m. Tuesday when he had failed to yield to a motorcyclist.

Police say the cyclist, a 67-year-old St. Cloud man, laid his bike down in an effort to avoid colliding with Borresch.

The motorcyclist was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Borresch was cited for failing to yield right of way.

Milaca Girl Dies After Being Hit By Vehicle While Riding Her Bike

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07/09/2014 - 11:30 AM

MILACA, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota State Patrol says a 7-year-old girl riding her bike on a Mille Lacs County road has been killed by a motorist.

Authorities say the Milaca girl was biking on county Road 8 about 10:15 p.m. Tuesday when she was hit in the westbound lane.

The State Patrol identifies the girl as Alyssa Grimm. She was taken to North Memorial Medical Center where she later died. The driver of the vehicle that struck her and a passenger were not hurt.

St. Cloud Police Investigating Two Unrelated Gunshot Reports

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07/09/2014 - 11:20 AM

St. Cloud Police Department is investigating two unrelated reports of gun shots in the area.

The first incident took place in the 1300 block of 12th Avenue North in St. Cloud around 5:30 July 8. St. Cloud Police Sergeant Jason Burke says officers responded to a 21-year-old man with a gunshot wound to his legs.

Sergeant Burke says while no arrests have been made, they believe it was an isolated incident and there is no threat to the public.

In the second incident officers responded to reports of gunshots in the 200 block of 33rd Avenue South around 7:30 p.m. yesterday. Sergeant Burke says The Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force has taken the lead on the investigation. No more information has been released at this time.

If anyone has information about either incidents please contact the St. Cloud Police Department at 320-251-1200 or Tri-County Crimestoppers at 320-255-1301.

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