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Vandalism At Central Minnesota Islamic Center Continues In St. Cloud

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12/17/2014 - 11:40 AM

Vandalism At Central Minnesota Islamic Center Continues In St. Cloud
Central Minnesota Islamic Center

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - Leaders of a St. Cloud mosque are voicing fears for the safety of its members after another incident of vandalism.

A window at the Central Minnesota Islamic Center, located at the 300 block of 4th Avenue South, was broken Monday night. Center spokesman Mohamoud Mohamed tells the St. Cloud Times it was the fourth incident in the past month. He says this one was particularly disturbing because it appeared that someone used something heavy to break the window.

Mohamed adds two people were inside when it happened but were on the other side of the building and were not hurt.

St. Cloud Police Chief Blair Anderson says investigators don't have proof that the incidents are connected, but he doesn't believe they're a coincidence. He says police have increased their presence in the area with special details in recent weeks.

St. Cloud Man Faces Arson Charges After Laundry Room Dispute

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12/17/2014 - 10:30 AM

A St. Cloud man was arrested Tuesday evening after arguing with a neighbor over the use of a shared laundry room.

St. Cloud Police Sergeant Jason Burke says officers and the St. Cloud Fire Department responded to a call of an alleged fire at the 1200 block of 15th Street North. Burke says 59-year-old Richard Hoglund deliberately started his sock on fire in the hallway outside an apartment because of an argument with another tenant over the use of a communal dryer.

Burke says no injuries were reported during the incident. Hoglund was booked at the Stearns County Jail and is facing arson charges.

Two Men Arrested After Reported Assault And Standoff With Police Monday

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12/16/2014 - 4:30 PM

Click for more photosMartell Burson
Martell BursonRashawn McBridge

A 22-year-old St. Cloud man was the victim of an assault and robbery incident in the 1500 block of 15th Avenue South East Monday afternoon.

The St. Cloud Police Sergeant Jason Burke says officers responded to an assault incident at just before 4:00 p.m. Burke says 22-year-old Rashawn Devon McBridge and 22-year-old Martell Dionte Burson assaulted the victim and took property from him. Officers located the suspects in a vehicle just before 8:00 p.m. at the intersection of 9th Avenue and University Drive South.

Burke says the suspects then stopped the vehicle before the traffic light changed, got out and ran into a house in the 1300 block of 9th Avenue South. Officers then set up a perimeter around the house when Burson and another man exited the house after negotiations with police. McBridge also left the house two hours later.

Both of the suspects were taken to the Sherbune County Jail and are awaiting for a court hearing.  McBridge and Burson are facing on charges of aggravated robbery and second degree assault. Burke says McBridge was also arrested on charges of his outstanding warrants out of Stearns County, authorities had recently asked for the public's help to locate him.

St. Cloud Hotel Will Offer Free Rooms For Those With Loved Ones Hospitalized Over Christmas Eve

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12/16/2014 - 11:50 AM

St. Cloud Hotel Will Offer Free Rooms For Those With Loved Ones Hospitalized Over Christmas Eve
Photo courtesy of TMI Hospitality

A local St. Cloud hotel is offering free hotel rooms on Christmas Eve to people visiting friends or family members in a hospital, nursing home or treatment center.

The St. Cloud Fairfield Inn and Suites is partnering with TMI Hospitality to offer the free rooms as part of their holiday giving program, 'Room in the Inn.'

The program is designed to meet the needs of friends and family members separated from their loved ones because of health issues.

More Than 600 St. Cloud State University Students To Graduate Sunday

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12/16/2014 - 11:10 AM

More Than 600 St. Cloud State University Students To Graduate Sunday
St. Cloud State University

Congratulations to more than 600 St. Cloud State University students who are graduating Sunday in ceremonies held at Halenbeck Hall.

Speaking at the commencement ceremony is graduate Tashiana Osborne, who will earn a double-bachelor’s degree in hydrology and meteorology, and SCSU Alumni Association president and former Huskies Football player Ramon Nunez.

Representing the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system will be trustee and CEO of a Minneapolis-based management advisory firm, Michael Vekich. St. Cloud Mayor and 1989 SCSU graduate, Dave Kleis, will bring greetings from the city, and Professor Roland Specht-Jarvis will be representing faculty.

Commencement for undergraduate and graduate students begins at 2 p.m. in the Halenbeck Hall gymnasium on campus.

Think Twice Before Going Out On The Ice

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12/16/2014 - 10:37 AM

Think Twice Before Going Out On The Ice
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources advises people to be cautious before going out on the ice.

The DNR Greg Salo says ice is never one hundred percent safe.He urges people not to put themselves in needless danger. Salo encourages people to check out ice condition before venturing out.

He suggests people to carry a set of ice picks, check with local bait shop or resort and ask about ice conditions. Salo strongly recommends people to stay away from cracked, squishy dark ice and snow.

It is believed ice is generally thinner where there is moving water such as inlets and outlets, bridge abutments, islands, and objects that peek though ice.

DR Reports show one person has died this year so far from falling through thin ice. Three people died last year through thin ice.

The DNR ice thickness recommendations are: 

  • 4 inches for walking 
  • 5 inches for a snowmobile or ATV
  • 8-12 inches for a car
  • 12-15 inches for a medium sized truck

Cold Spring Man Arrested In Connection With Gas Line Rupture North Of Richmond

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12/15/2014 - 5:00 PM

Cold Spring Man Arrested In Connection With Gas Line Rupture North Of Richmond
Kyle Justin Buros

A Cold Spring man has been arrested on DWI charges after the car he was driving crashed into and ruptured a gas line.

Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner says deputies were called to County Road 111 just north of Richmond around 3:40 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

When deputies arrived they found a farm tap gas line had been ruptured and was sending a high volume of natural gas into the air. The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office along with the Cold Spring Police Department and the Richmond Fire Department were on scene for about ten hours until the owners of the gas line, Northern Natural Gas Company, were able to cap off and repair the line.

Sanner says he believes the vehicle responsible for the gas line rupture was a dark colored SUV, which had left the scene. However, while officers were securing the scene, another vehicle driven by 32-year-old Kyle Buros drove up to the area. Deputies established probable cause that Buros had been the original driver of the SUV and was arrested on suspected DWI charges.

Buros was taken to the Stearns County Jail and booked with 4th degree DWI charges and 3rd degree test refusal.

No injuries were reported.

Two St. Cloud Men Were Arrested On Charges Of First Degree Assault

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12/15/2014 - 4:00 PM

Two St. Cloud men were involved in a shooting incident at a Waite Park motel on Friday afternoon.

Waite Park Police Department Chief Dave Bentrud says officers responded to a gunshot complaint at the Motel 6 located in the 800 block of 1st Street South just after 6 p.m. on December 12th. Bentrud says officers found multiple shell casings on the side walk by the motel. Witnesses also saw two suspects fleeing north on foot.

Officers located and arrested 18-year-old Jonathan Hanson and 20-year-old Deandre Jones of St. Cloud at the 100 block of 7th Avenue North. Bentrud says handguns were recovered after a thorough search of the area. The suspects are facing charges of First Degree Assault.

Bentrud adds there are additional charges of promotion of prostitution against other suspects present at the scene.

The St. Cloud Hospital report shows a victim with multiple gunshots was taken to the emergency room. Bentrud says the investigation is actively going on.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Waite Park Police Department at 320-251-3281.

Foggy Weather Causes Annandale ATV Driver to Land In Open Water

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12/15/2014 - 4:00 PM

Foggy Weather Causes Annandale ATV Driver to Land In Open Water
The Stearns County Sheriff Office

Dense fog is believed to have caused a driver to be swayed into open water in airhaven Township on Saturday morning.

The Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner says deputies received a call about an ATV being stuck in the channel connecting Clearwater Lake and Lake Augusta. Sanner says the investigation showed the ATV belongs to Ronald Geisinger of Annandale.

During the investigation, Geisinger arrived and told he was returning home after ice-fishing on Clearwater Lake when the dense fog left him disoriented. He then ended up driving his ATV into open water. He said he didn’t call the Steans County Sheriff’s Office because he did not receive any injury. The South Haven fire department assisted Geisinger in removing his ATV.

The Stearns County Sheriff Office encourages people to be careful while moving around lake areas as the warm temperature is changing the ice conditions.

Cold Spring Man Recovering After ATV Accident On Area Lake

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12/15/2014 - 3:40 PM

A man is recovering after injuries he sustained following an ATV crash early Saturday afternoon.

Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner says deputies were called to Mud Lake across from a home located in the 20,000 block of Highway 22 in Munson Township just before 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

Deputies found 29-year-old Timothy Krueger of Cold Spring with head and facial injuries after he had fallen off of his ATV. Krueger was treated at the scene before being taken to the St. Cloud Hospital.

The accident remains under investigation. Sanner says alcohol is believed to be a factor.

SCSU Survey Announces Preliminary Findings

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12/15/2014 - 3:25 PM

SCSU Survey Announces Preliminary Findings
St. Cloud State University

While the St. Cloud State University Survey was completed during the middle of October, extensive survey results are now being published.

Assistant news director Vicki Ikeogu has the AUDIO STORY.

The SCSU survey allows students and faculty to work together to gather and analyze data. Started by Dr. Stephen Frank in 1980, the survey also has ties to state governmental agencies with its main focus on Minnesota during its fall survey and St. Cloud State University during the spring.

Marcus Barshaw Convicted Of First Degree Murder In 2012 Rockville Shooting

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12/15/2014 - 3:10 PM

Marcus Barshaw Convicted Of First Degree Murder In 2012 Rockville Shooting
Marcus Michael Barshaw

A Stearns County judge convicted Marcus Barshaw of first degree murder, sentencing him to life in prison without parole, for the 2012 murder of a Rockville man.

Barshaw was convicted for shooting and killing Jeffery Schutz after getting into a verbal argument that escalated into the fatal shooting back in October of 2012.

According to autopsy results, Schutz was shot a total of six times. Several of those shots were fired from an SKS semi-automatic assault rifle as Schutz tried to run away.

After shooting the victim, Barshaw hid in a nearby apartment building laundry room where he was shot once by a Stearns County Deputy, after exiting the laundry room armed with the SKS assault rifle and a pistol.

On Friday, the 30 year-old defendant from Walker was convicted of first degree premeditated murder and murder in the second degree. Barshaw may spend the rest of his life behind bars, with his only chance to get out through the Minnesota Supreme Court appeal process.

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