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(Mantorville, MN) – A woman who fled the state after her husband was found dead has been charged in Dodge County.

Lois Riess was charged in Dodge County Wednesday with first-degree premeditated murder and second-degree murder.

Riess is accused of killing her 54-year-old husband David Riess.  He was found shot dead in the couple’s Blooming Prairie home in March 2018.

Lois Riess was later arrested in Texas after a national manhunt.  She was charged in April 2018 in the death of Pamela Hutchinson, a Flordia woman she’s suspected of killing while running from authorities.

The Minnesota case against Riess has been delayed while investigators waited for the alleged murder weapon to be released by Florida.

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(Minneapolis, MN) – A Mankato mother is charged in Hennepin County Court after she allegedly left her baby in the care of patrons and staff at a New Hope bar.

Alicyn Irene Desantis, 30, faces gross misdemeanor charges of child neglect.

According to the criminal complaint, Desantis was “extremely intoxicated” when she left her 6-month old unattended at Outtakes Bar & Grill.  Staff told police that they refused to serve her after she arrived, as she had just been kicked out of another bar due to her level of intoxication.

The complaint says bar staff saw Desantis passing the baby around to other intoxicated patrons before leaving the bar.  The baby had a “very full diaper,” and was changed and fed by staff, according to the complaint.

Desantis later returned to the bar and was arrested, according to the complaint.  The baby was released to a family member.

Desantis told police she has undergone treatment for alcohol use in the past.

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(Mankato, MN)  – Two Arlington women were hospitalized after morning crash on Highway 5 in Gaylord.

The Minnesota State Patrol says Sarah Danielle Johnson, 38, and Abbigale Rose Louise Walter, 21, were both eastbound on Highway 5 when Walter’s Volkswagon rear-ended Johnson’s Chevy.

The crash happened just east of Jefferson Avenue at 7:50 a.m., according to the state patrol.

Both women were transported to an Arlington health facility for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

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(Mankato, MN) – A Waseca man has been convicted of felony criminal sexual conduct for raping a teen who was passed out at a party shortly before he turned 18.

As part of a plea deal, Jack Roger Zimmerman, now 21-years-old, agreed to plead guilty to an added 4th-degree felony criminal sexual conduct charge if prosecutors dismissed multiple felony counts of 1st and 2nd-degree criminal sexual conduct against him.   Charges of 5th-degree assault and social host ordinance violation were also dropped.

The plea deal, signed in February, specifies that Zimmerman was to receive a five-year stay of imposition and 60 days in jail.  If he successfully complies with his probation conditions, his felony conviction will be reduced to a misdemeanor.  His jail time will be served on work release.

Blue Earth County Court Judge Mark Betters also ordered that Zimmerman attend a sex offender treatment program and avoid all contact with the victim.  Zimmerman is also not allowed to access or use the internet without approval and must not own or operate a device with internet capabilities.  He must also pay $2,077 in fines.

Zimmerman was also convicted of gross misdemeanor DWI in February 2018.

Zimmerman was accused of the rape in October 2016 after inviting a group of teens to his parent’s Madison Lake.  His 17-year-old victim told investigators she was black-out drunk at the party when she woke up to find Zimmerman having sex with her while restraining her arms.  She told police friends were knocking on the door telling Zimmerman to let her out.

An exam found bite marks, bruising, and abrasions on multiple areas of the victim’s body.

Witnesses confirmed the victim was extremely drunk and described Zimmerman as being “super aggressive.”

Zimmerman was tried as an adult.

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(Mankato, MN) – Two people were injured in a crash in St. Peter Wednesday afternoon.

The Minnesota State Patrol said the crash at 4:10 p.m. happened with a 2014 Chevrolet Captiva that was southbound on Washington Avenue failed to yield and struck a 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer that was eastbound on Highway 22.

The Chevy driver, Amira Abanuur Said, 24, of Rochester, was transported to Mayo Clinic Mankato with non-life threatening injuries.  The driver of the Lancer, 43-year-old Coral Mexica of Le Sueur, suffered non-life threatening injuries but was not transported to a medical facility.

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(Mankato, MN) – Highway 93 at Henderson to Highway 169 is again closed due to flooding.

This is the third time the highway has been closed this spring due to rising waters from the Rush River, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

MnDOT recommends motorists use Highway 19 into Henderson as an alternate route.

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(Gaylord, MN) – A level three sex offender is moving to Winthrop.

According to a notification of release from the Sibley County Sheriff’s office.  Mikael Joseph Miller will be released from the Lino Lakes prison on May 30th and will move to a residence on Carver Street North and 10th Street East.  Miller “engaged in sexual contact with a known female child,” according to the notification.

The sheriff’s department, along with the Winthrop Police Department will host a community notification meeting Wednesday, May 22nd at 6:30 p.m. at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Winthrop.

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(Mankato, MN) – A school superintendent remains hospitalized after suffering injuries in a crash near Sanborn Friday.

Red Rock Central superintendent Bruce Edward Olson, 64, of Sanborn, was critically injured in the crash, which happened on Highway 14 and Knox Avenue after a 49-year-old Sanborn man ran a stop sign and collided with the Caravan in which Olson was a passenger.

Olson was transported to North Memorial Hospital with life-threatening injuries.  He remains in critical condition as of Wednesday morning, according to a hospital spokesperson.

Olson is also the elementary school principal at Red Rock Central according to the school’s staff directory.

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(Mankato, MN) – A Mankato woman sustained non-life threatening injuries in a single-vehicle crash just south of St. Peter Wednesday morning.

The state patrol says Mary Beth Grady-Miner, 58, was northbound on Highway 169 just after 6 a.m. when she lost control of the Toyota Camry she was driving and the vehicle crashed into a guardrail.

Grady-Miner was transported to Mayo Clinic Mankato for medical attention.  The state patrol says road conditions were wet at the time of the crash and Grady-Miner wasn’t wearing her seat belt at the time of the crash.

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(New Prague, MN) – Mayo Clinic will open expanded same-day urgent care on the medical center’s campus, replacing Express Care at Corborn’s grocery store.

Urgent Care will open at the specialty clinic on June 1st, according to a release from Mayo.  The same providers and nurses from Express Care in Coborn’s will be available at Urgent Care.  Express Care will close June 1st.

Urgent Care will cover the same services available at Express Care, such as treatment of allergies, bladder infections, ear and eye infections, strep throat, and rashes.

Urgent Care hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

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