Mary Divine / St. Paul Pioneer Press
OAK PARK HEIGHTS, Minn. -- A corrections officer at Minnesota Correctional Facility — Oak Park Heights suffered a medical emergency and died Monday afternoon after responding to an inmate assault on another officer, Department of Corrections officials said. Joseph Parise, 37, died at Regions Hospital in St. Paul. The cause of death was not immediately known.
ST. PAUL — About 42,000 pages of state and county documents related to the Jacob Wetterling investigation will be released to the public Thursday, Sept. 20, in Stearns County. What's notable is what won't be released: thousands of pages of federal documents that have been returned to the FBI. Mark Anfinson, the attorney who represented a coalition of media outlets and public interest groups that intervened after Jerry and Patty Wetterling sued to keep some documents private, said he was "very troubled" by the number of documents that the FBI has taken back.
HUDSON, Wis. — Five years ago, Parker Reimer was a football center and a baseball catcher and spent every free minute playing outside. Now the 16-year-old from Hudson, Wis., is recovering from two shoulder surgeries and can't lift anything above his head with his left arm. Parker and his mother, Kelly Bridge, and older brother, Carter Reimer, were injured in 2013 when a go-kart driven by a Shriner at the Booster Days parade in downtown Hudson careened out of control and crashed into them.
ST. CLOUD, Minn.—The closed investigative file regarding the Jacob Wetterling abduction will be released to the public on Thursday, Sept. 20, Stearns County officials said Friday. The release will happen at 10:06 a.m. at the Stearns County Law Enforcement Center. Sheriff Don Gudmundson will host a news conference and present "key elements in the case and take questions based on the presentation," according to a news release.
STILLWATER, Minn.—When a fire broke out at their Stillwater house on Monday morning, Dan Hintze and Lindsay Belland's kids knew what to do. Their oldest son, Collin Hintze, 14, ran upstairs to rescue his 6-year-old sister Lorelai, who has special needs. Daughter Ella Belland, 13, ran outside to get help. "When seconds counted, they did exactly what they were supposed to do," Lindsay Belland said Thursday. "They didn't panic, and they are 14 and 13. I feel like most adults would panic. They really acted in a way that was far beyond their years."
ST. PAUL—Members of Joseph Gomm's family sat in a Washington County courthouse in Stillwater on Friday morning, Aug. 17, and watched as the inmate charged with the corrections officer's murder was arraigned on charges of first-degree murder. Five armed deputies surrounded Edward Muhammed Johnson as he entered the courtroom for the five-minute court hearing.
STILLWATER, Minn.—Prosecutors said Friday that they may never know why Edward Johnson allegedly attacked and killed Stillwater corrections officer Joseph Gomm. Gomm's killing on July 18 seems "completely senseless," Washington County Attorney Pete Orput said. "When people ask me, I say: 'Some people do things because they can.' We haven't been able to find a motive. ... This might be one of those cases where we'll never know, and that is frustrating for many of us."
STILLWATER, Minn.—A Stillwater inmate used a prison-issued hammer and two improvised knives to kill a corrections officer last month, according to murder charges filed Thursday. Edward Muhammad Johnson, 42, had checked out the hammer from the industry building at Minnesota Correctional Facility-Stillwater before fatally bludgeoning officer Joseph Gomm on July 18, charges say. Washington County prosecutors charged him Thursday, Aug. 2, with second-degree intentional murder and second-degree assault.
ARDEN HILLS, Minn.—Just before he was attacked and killed by an inmate at the Stillwater prison on July 18, corrections officer Joseph Gomm reached out to the Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota to check on two American kestrels he had helped rescue.
ST. PAUL—Dick Bancroft, the photographer who spent decades documenting the American Indian Movement, never stopped being curious about the world. On Monday, July 16, Bancroft didn't want to miss his death. Early that morning, while lying in his hospice bed at his house in Sunfish Lake, he used his cellphone to call his wife, Debbie, and summon her downstairs.