REGIONAL BRIEFS: Man who had sex with deer in trouble againDULUTH -- The man who received international notoriety when he was convicted of having sex with a dead deer is in trouble with the law again. Bryan James Hathaway, 25, current address unknown, was arraigned Wednesday in State District Court in Duluth charged with four crimes — including assaulting a female police officer — during an incident at the Hermantown Walmart on Monday night.
From the Forum Communications News Bureau
Stanley Cup coming to Hudson (HSO)
HUDSON, Wis. -- When a group of volunteers got together to organize the inaugural season of the Hudson Hockey Association more than 30 years ago, they could only dream about one of its players someday bringing home the Stanley Cup.
Monday, that dream will come true when Hudson native Davis Drewiske of the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings will bring the most cherished trophy in hockey into the Hudson Civic Center.
There will be a celebration for the former University of Wisconsin star from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Hudson Civic Center. People will be able to pose for one picture with the Stanley Cup, which will arrive sometime between those hours.
What began in 1972 with 75 youngsters skating on an outdoor sheet of ice has grown into more than 500 boys and girls on more than 30 teams developing their skills in the only non-profit hockey association in the state with two indoor rinks.
Man who had sex with deer in trouble again (DNT)
DULUTH -- The man who received international notoriety when he was convicted of having sex with a dead deer is in trouble with the law again.
Bryan James Hathaway, 25, current address unknown, was arraigned Wednesday in State District Court in Duluth charged with four crimes — including assaulting a female police officer — during an incident at the Hermantown Walmart on Monday night.
Hathaway is charged with the fourth-degree assault of Officer Kody Vedder, obstructing legal process, fleeing on foot and receiving stolen property. He’s being held in the St. Louis County Jail on $20,000 bail.
He also has a pending probation violation hearing in Chisago County for a 2008 theft conviction.
Hathaway was convicted of having sex with a dead deer that he found while biking in Superior, Wis., in 2006. He pleaded no contest to a charge of sexual gratification with an animal.
In 2005, Hathaway pleaded no contest to a felony animal mistreatment charge in connection with the shooting of an Arabian horse in Wisconsin. According to the criminal complaint in that case, Hathaway told the detective on the case that the reason he shot the horse was because he wanted to have sex with the animal.
Victim in fatal train accident identified (DNT)
DULUTH -- Authorities have identified the victim of a fatal collision between a car and a train Wednesday in Carlton County.
The Carlton County Sheriff's Office said Thursday that Susan McPhail, 67, was killed just before 8 a.m. Wednesday when her vehicle collided with a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train on Minnesota Highway 210.
Officials reported that McPhail was from Wright. An obituary submitted to the News Tribune identified her as a former Cloquet resident now living in New Mexico.
U.S. 75 detour in Kittson Co. starts Monday (GFH)
HALLOCK, Minn. -- The detour on U.S. Highway 75 between Kennedy and Hallock starts Monday as crews replace a culvert, the Minnesota Department of Transportation said Thursday.
The detour in Kittson County will total 21 miles.
The project is expected to be done mid-September.
Redby felon pleads guilty to possessing firearms (GFH)
MINNEAPOLIS -- Timothy Clarence Stately, 27, Redby, Minn., pleaded guilty Thursday to being a felon in possession of a firearm in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
In his plea agreement, he admitted that he had a 12-gauge, sawed-off shotgun with an obliterated serial number between May 29 and May 31, 2011. He admitted that he shot into two occupied homes, another home and a store, and burglarized and set fire to a trailer home, among other felonies on the Red Lake Indian Reservation.
Felons are prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition by federal law.
Stately was previously convicted of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon.
Red River board to host public meetings (FF)
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. – The International Red River Board will host an open house at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Holiday Inn.
The purpose of the meeting is to present a brief overview of IRRB activities and objectives pertaining to water management in the Red River basin.
Attendees will also be able to ask questions and discuss current issues affecting the Red River basin, such as drought, flooding, water quality, ecosystem health and the transfer of invasive species.
The public is also invited to listen to discussions among federal, state and provincial agencies, as well as local organizations, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Holiday Inn.
Health commissioner to visit area communities (FF)
MOORHEAD, Minn. – Minnesota Health Commissioner Dr. Ed Ehlinger will hold Pitch the Commissioner events next week throughout Minnesota.
Ehlinger will present “What does Minnesota need to be healthy?’ and will listen about local public health issues and concerns.
Events will be held at the following dates and times:
-- 5:30 to 6:45 p.m., Monday, Government Services Center, Fergus Falls.
-- 8 to 9:15 a.m., Tuesday, Dilworth Community Center.
-- 10 to 11:15 a.m., Tuesday, Memorial Park, Moorhead. While there, Ehlinger, an avid fan of horseshoes, will engage in a game while discussing important local public health issues.
-- 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m., Tuesday, Minnesota State Community and Technical College, Detroit Lakes.
Recall issued for Detroit Lakes turkey jerky (FF)
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Agriculture and Hoffman Town & Country Meat Market of Detroit Lakes issued a consumer advisory Thursday for whole-muscle turkey jerky after state investigators linked the product to four cases of illness caused by salmonella bacteria.
Hoffman Town & Country Meat Market has issued a voluntary recall of all whole-muscle turkey jerky product sold on or before Aug. 21.
The product was sold wrapped in white butcher paper. Consumers should not eat any product they still have on hand. Instead, they are advised to return these products for a full refund.
Hoffman’s owner Randy Gravelle said in an interview that state inspectors are on-site trying to pinpoint the cause of the problem and when tests come back, probably next week, he expects to be producing turkey jerky again.
“It was an isolated incident and is not affecting the other things we do,” he said.
Anyone requiring more information about the product is advised to contact the company at (218) 847-7207.
Man convicted in murder trial (JS)
JAMESTOWN, N.D. – Jurors on Thursday convicted a 35-year-old Jamestown man of murder and criminal conspiracy in the 2011 death of an 18-year-old Somali immigrant.
Leron Howard, 35, appeared to break down as the verdicts were read in Southeast District Court in Jamestown Thursday. The charges are Class AA felonies punishable by life in prison without parole.
Howard was convicted of the crimes in the death of Abdi Ali Ahmed, 18, Jamestown. Ahmed’s body was found in a road ditch near Spiritwood on April 30, 2011. Ahmed died of blunt force trauma to the head, although he had also been stabbed in the abdomen.
Ayan Ahmed, of Columbus, Ohio, the victim’s sister, said it was partial justice in the case.
“I feel better,” she said. “He got what he deserved. I don’t think my brother got justice because Janelle (Cave) got 10 years.”
Cave was convicted in February of manslaughter and criminal conspiracy in the case. She is serving an 11-year sentence.
Judge Thomas Merrick ordered a presentence investigation, which could take up to two months before sentencing begins.
Man detained at Hector for BB gun in carry-on (FF)
FARGO – Authorities detained a man at Hector International Airport early Thursday after a BB pistol was found in his carry-on bag as he went through security, Fargo Police Lt. Joel Vettel said.
The Transportation Security Administration had already detained the man when Fargo police were called to the airport at 6:30 a.m. Officers took him into custody and contacted the FBI, which is now handling the investigation, Vettel said.
The BB gun was a replica-style pistol designed to look like a real weapon, Vettel said.
The man was not allowed to board the airplane, which was flying the first leg of a flight to Guatemala, he said.
Woman accused of embezzling (FF)
FARGO – A Fargo woman has been charged after she told police she embezzled thousands of dollars from her south Fargo condo association to support her gambling habit.
Linda Jane Brendemuhl, 42, was charged Wednesday in Cass County District Court with misapplication of entrusted property.
The charge alleges she used her position as a fiduciary for the Fireside Condo Association to embezzle more than $10,000 from Aug. 9, 2009, until Aug. 9 of this year.
According to a police report, Brendemuhl, the head of the condo association’s committee, told police she embezzled about $45,000 to $50,000 to support her gambling habit. She said she didn’t know the exact amount but felt bad and wanted to pay the money back.
Bank statements for the condo association showed that from February 2008 through June 2012, $53,323.29 was transferred to Brendemuhl in the form of cash or checks written from the association’s account, the report states.
Social Security and Medicare summit set (FF)
FARGO – AARP North Dakota and Minnesota will host a public summit on the future of Social Security and Medicare from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Fargo Air Museum, 1609 19th Ave. N.
Robert Romasco, AARP’s national board president, is expected to headline the event.
As part of a national “You’ve Earned a Say” effort, AARP has enlisted a broad range of experts from all political views and contrasting viewpoints to share their ideas on Social Security and Medicare reform.
Lunch will be provided. The event is free, but registration is requested.
For more information or to register, visit aarp.cvent.com/ND_FargoSummit or call (877) 926-8300.
USS North Dakota crest to be unveiled today (FF)
BISMARCK – Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley will unveil the crest of the new fast attack, nuclear-powered submarine USS North Dakota today at 11 a.m. in the Great Hall at the North Dakota State Capitol.
The final crest is the culmination of a design process that started with entries submitted by North Dakota residents and ended with the crew signing off on the symbolic icon.