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Hibbing man killed in ATV accident HIBBING, Minn. -- A 40-year-old Hibbing man has been killed in an early-morning ATV accident that left a passenger with serious injuries. The St. Louis County sheriff's office has identified the victim as Cory M...

Hibbing man killed in ATV accident

HIBBING, Minn. -- A 40-year-old Hibbing man has been killed in an early-morning ATV accident that left a passenger with serious injuries.

The St. Louis County sheriff's office has identified the victim as Cory Mayer.

Authorities say Mayer was riding the ATV Sunday about 3 a.m. with Lianna Cimperman, 30, also of Hibbing.

When they hadn't returned by 6 a.m. a friend went to look for them. The friend came upon the accident scene, where Mayer's ATV had left the road.


Mayer was pronounced dead at the scene. The Duluth News Tribune reported Cimperman suffered unspecified injuries.

Authorities suspect that alcohol contributed to the crash.

Firefighter injured in Fargo twin-home blaze

FARGO -- Firefighters responded to a fire in an attic of a twin-home at 4268 Auburn Ave. early Sunday.

When firefighters arrived on the scene at 4:08 a.m., flames were coming from the roof of the structure.

The fire was under control by 4:25 a.m., though one of the 18 firefighters at the scene was injured when part of the ceiling fell and hit him on the head, the fire department reported.

The injured firefighter was treated and released at Sanford Health-MeritCare hospital and returned to duty, the report said.

Exploding fireworks shell injures man


ALEXANDRIA -- Douglas County authorities say a fireworks shell exploded in a man's face this weekend, causing severe injuries to his face and eyes.

The sheriff's department says 31-year-old Thomas Pierce was holding the mortar shell Saturday night. As he tried to light it, the shell exploded.

Pierce suffered scalding burns to his eyes and a deep cut to his face.

The Daily Journal of Fergus Falls says the accident happened about 10:45 p.m. near Lake Mary, some 10 miles southwest of Alexandria.

Police search for stabbing suspect

MOORHEAD -- Police are asking for the public's help in locating a suspect in a stabbing that occurred Saturday.

Juan Francisco Martinez, 21, also known as Frankie Martinez, is being sought in connection with the stabbing of Elijah Lacroix, 22, Moorhead.

Martinez is described as 5 feet 6 inches tall, with a thin build, police said. He reportedly has lived in both Fargo and Moorhead recently, police said.


Police said he may be in a silver, late-model Ford Mustang, with black stripes and tinted windows.

Lacroix, 22, was stabbed in the abdomen early Saturday at 68 Mayfair in the Regal Estates area of Moorhead.

The assault report was received at 2:52 a.m. from Sanford Health-MeritCare hospital in Fargo.

Police are asking anyone with information to call (218) 299-5120.

Teen is city's 26th homicide victim for the year

MINNEAPOLIS -- A Minneapolis teen who was shot and killed over the weekend is the city's 26th homicide victim of the year.

The city had 19 homicides in all of last year.

Police said the latest victim was Anthony Titus, 16. He was killed Sunday evening, about the time that some people were shooting off fireworks.


A couple who called 911 said they heard gunshots in front of their home and then heard someone run into their backyard. They looked out the window and saw Titus on the ground.

He had been shot in the torso.

Police Inspector Mike Martin said a number of people have come forward with information in Titus's death. Martin said that investigators are following up on leads but have no one in custody.

Bridge repairs finished early

ROCHESTER-- Crews have finished repairing three gusset plates on the Highway 43 bridge over the Mississippi River in Winona earlier than expected last week.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation said the bridge is now open.

Corrosion was found on several gusset plates during last week's in-depth inspection. Full inspection results will be available in mid-July.

The bridge is scheduled for a full overhaul or replacement in 2014.


Out-of-hand argument leads to fatal punch

PARK RAPIDS -- Police are investigating the death of a man Saturday night in Park Rapid's first homicide of 2010.

Police were called to 619 Woodland Ave. about 9:18 p.m. for a "fight with injuries," Police Chief Terry Eilers said.

Officers and an ambulance responded to find a man giving another man CPR on the front lawn.

"I punched him, and he's not breathing," the suspect allegedly told police and paramedics.

Attempts to revive Richard Allen Hoskins, 41, were unsuccessful.

The suspect, who is in custody, told police he and Hoskins were out all day together having drinks.

"It was just one of those arguments that got out of hand," Eilers said.


The death took place in a residential neighborhood north of the downtown area, east of Park Rapids Area High School.

The victim lived at 614 N. Main, a few blocks away.

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