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REGIONAL BRIEFS: Pilot makes emergency landing at Red Wing airport

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Credit: Forum News Service

Wisconsin

Pilot makes emergency landing at Red Wing airport

BAY CITY, Wis. -- A plane unexpectedly landed at Red Wing (Minn.) Regional Airport after engine failure Friday. The three people on board, the pilot and two adult passengers, were safe.

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To determine what caused the engine to malfunction, "you have to take it apart and see what's wrong with it," said Sam Blue, chief operating officer at the airport. "Sometimes things break and you can't really attribute it to anything other than bad luck."

The Piper Malibu was flying at 16,000 feet when the engine stopped working. The pilot tried to restart the engine, only to have it stop working again.

"The air traffic controllers talked him down to this airport. It was probably 15 minutes from when the engine quit to when it landed," Blue said.

The pilot declined to comment, and his name was unavailable. The plane's destination and point of origin weren't made available.

This the second time in four weeks that the airport has seen an emergency landing. A plane's landing gear failed Feb. 15.

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Minnesota

Fatal crash closes part of Highway 212

WILLMAR, Minn. -- The state Department of Transportation closed U.S. Highway 212 between Montevideo and Granite Falls on Friday due to a fatal multiple-vehicle crash.

The crash site was between Yellow Medicine County Roads 5 and 7, said department spokesman T.J. Melcher.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol website, the crash was reported at 11:36 a.m. No information was available about the number of vehicles or number of people involved.

There was no specific detour established around the closure, Melcher said, and no estimate on when the road would reopen.

(WCT)

Police still seeking suspected gunman

MOORHEAD, Minn. -- Police were still searching Friday for the suspected gunman in a south Moorhead shooting that authorities think was a drug heist gone wrong.

The shooting Wednesday prompted Clay County prosecutors to file an attempted murder charge Friday against the alleged gunman, Samuel "Philly" Bullock Jr., 25, and charges of aiding and abetting attempted murder against Michael Crittenden, 23, of Moorhead, and Tyshawn Lanier Darden, 19, of Fargo, who were arrested Thursday.

Lt. Brad Penas said Bullock is believed to be in the Fargo-Moorhead area and is considered armed and dangerous.

"People should use precautions if they come across him," Penas said. "Don't do anything silly."

The victim, Anthony Sands, 23, who was shot in his Moorhead home, was hospitalized with wounds to the stomach and arm. His condition was unknown Friday.

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North Dakota

Guilty plea set for deputy in assault case

FARGO - An Arizona sheriff's deputy charged with driving to West Fargo to beat up a man who slept with his wife is set to plead guilty in the criminal case against him.

Timothy Abrahamson, 41, is charged in Cass County District Court with aggravated assault, a Class C felony, in the Sept. 16 attack in the victim's driveway. Court documents state the victim lost part of an ear.

Cass County prosecutor Tristan Van de Streek said he could not elaborate on details of Abrahamson's planned guilty plea, which is set for May 6.

(FF)

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