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Donnybrook crash dead ID


The Highway Patrol has identified the two people killed in a crash Friday on U.S. Highway 52 in northwestern North Dakota.

The Patrol said Saturday that Serrina Schnabel, 18, Velva, N.D., and Hillary Meier Hunt, 23, Warner Robins, Ga., both died in the head-on collision.

Authorities said the Georgia woman pulled out to pass a semitrailer on the two-lane highway and collided with the oncoming Mazda driven by Schnabel about 8:15 a.m. Friday.

Breeders give up 100 dogs

Eleven Nebraska dog breeders have given about 100 dogs to rescue groups as part of a deal with regulators to reduce the size of their breeding operations.

The breeders delivered the dogs to a site in Omaha because they didn't want to let rescuer into their operation.

Most of the dogs were taken to the Hearts United for Animals shelter in Auburn, Neb. Later, half of them will move to the Almost Home Canine Rescue and Dakota Dachshunds Rescue in South Dakota.

Grandmother struck, killed

A vehicle hit and killed a grandmother on a walk with her 1-year-old grandson in Brooklyn Park, Minn.

Police said the 49-year-old woman was walking with the infant in a stroller when a 46-year-old man backed out of a driveway, struck, and killed her Friday afternoon. Police said the vehicle rolled over the woman's upper body. She died on the way to the hospital.

Police are investigating and said the driver is cooperating and won't likely be charged.

Kody Skow saw a man screaming, so he pulled over and saw the woman on the ground Friday. Skow said the woman appeared to have pushed the stroller out of the way. The grandchild was not injured.

Tattoos give suspect away

The cloverleaf turned out to be unlucky for one alleged robber in the St. Paul area.

Ramsey County sheriff's deputy Jeremy Bolen identified the St. Paul man by the cloverleaf tattoo on his left arm, the cloverleaf on his cap and the Celtic cross tattooed on his right bicep.

Bolen used descriptions from witnesses to connect the man to two St. Paul convenience stores and a gas station robbery in Eagan, Minn. The suspect, Scott Patrick McDonough, 32, was tracked down after being arrested Monday for alleged drunken driving and crashing into another car. He injured himself and two others.

The Dakota County attorney's office charged him Friday with one felony count of aggravated robbery. He's being held on $150,000 bail.

Copter pilot was warned

The pilot of a helicopter that crashed on a western Maryland freeway last week, killing all four aboard, had been warned about foul weather minutes before taking off, according to a preliminary report the National Transportation Safety Board released Friday.

The report didn't said what caused the July 23 crash on Interstate 70 near the top of South Mountain, about 60 miles west of Baltimore. It said the four-seat, Robinson R44, maintained by a flight training school, struck an unmarked, steel guy wire about 70 feet above the ground and damaged some power lines.

A witness told investigators the helicopter, piloted by Jeffrey Nordaas, 24, Columbia, Md., "appeared to fly into 'low clouds,' turned around, and was heading back toward the west, when it contacted power lines just as his car passed under them. The helicopter impacted the ground and 'burst into flames,"' the report said.

Nordaas and his passengers, including two of his co-workers at Frederick-based Advanced Helicopter Concepts, were returning to Frederick from Hagerstown Regional Airport, about 25 miles away, when the helicopter crashed at 10:26 p.m.

Nordaas was a recent graduate of St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn.