A man accused of trying to kidnap his wife early Sunday, Dec. 11, was arrested after outrunning officers twice, the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office said in a news release. About 1:45 a.m., sheriff's deputies and Fergus Falls police responded to a report of a domestic dispute and an attempted kidnapping on Interstate 94. Jason Morimoto, 32, of rural Grant County was somehow able to stop his estranged wife while she was driving on I-94, the release stated. "He implied the use of a firearm and forced her into his vehicle," the release read.
Minnesota has been named the second best run state, according to a company that distributes financial news and opinion articles. In a 24/7 Wall St. study released Tuesday, Dec. 6, North Dakota received top marks for its oil resources, unemployment rate and median home value. Rounding out the top five, the study ranked Minnesota, Nebraska, Wyoming and Utah as the next best run states.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in Franklin Lake in Otter Tail County—one of several recent confirmations across the Minnesota as lake property owners and lake service provider businesses check equipment for invasive species at the end of the season.
A Detroit Lakes was arrested early Wednesday, Nov. 9, after a chase in Otter Tail County. According to a report released by the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office: The incident happened about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday when the Clay County Sheriff's Office alerted Otter Tail County authorities that a man wanted for burglary and domestic assault might be in the Vergas area. An Otter Tail County deputy spotted a car matching the suspect's vehicle and attempted to make a traffic stop. The vehicle fled and a chase ensued that at times reached 70 mph on gravel roads.
A Wadena woman is dead and the murder suspect in the hospital Monday night after leading authorities on a chase through Wadena and Otter Tail Counties. The female found dead in the home has been identified as Maragret St. Marie, 27, of Wadena, Minn. Antonio St. Marie who is being held in custody at this time is identified as the suspect in this case. Around 2:30 p.m. Monday afternoon, the sheriff's office was called to the 300 block of Bryant Avenue in Wadena where a man had a gun.
A 52-year-old woman suffered serious injuries in a rollover crash Wednesday on Highway 10 in Otter Tail County. Tami L. Lincoln, no address listed, was westbound on Highway 10 in a 2004 Chevy Silverado, according to the State Patrol. The truck ran off the right side, over-corrected and swerved across both westbound lanes, rolled in the median and came to a rest upright on its wheels. She was taken to Sanford Medical Center in Fargo. The truck was totaled.
Three people were injured after a rollover crash in Otter Tail County. The Minnesota State Patrol reports that the crash took place Friday morning around 3:37 a.m. A vehicle being driven by Karmvir Gill, 36, of Winnipeg was traveling eastbound on I-94. The vehicle entered the median near mile post 68, vaulted over the crossover and rolled. A 4-year-old passenger, Guneet Gill, and a 32-year-old passenger, Harmandeep Gill, were injured in the crash, along with the driver.
DULUTH, MINN.—A 43-year-old Wadena man was found guilty of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl when she was 7 or 8 years old. Shane Anthony Spicer, 43, was convicted Wednesday on two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct after the jury deliberated for about six hours, according to the St. Louis County Attorney's Office. The maximum sentence for first-degree criminal sexual conduct is 12 years in prison.