- Associated Press - Friday, March 14, 2014
Woman, 22, arrested in girl’s exposure death

BEMIDJI, Minn. (AP) - Bemidji police say a female relative has been arrested in the death of a 6-year-old Bemidji girl who died from exposure to the frigid weather last month.

Police Chief Mike Mastin says the 22-year-old Bemidji woman was arrested and booked Friday on suspicion of second-degree manslaughter and felony neglect of a child.

Law officers and emergency medical personnel were called Feb. 27 to a weather-related medical emergency at a Bemidji apartment building. They found a girl, identified Friday as Mercedes Mayfield, unresponsive. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Ramsey County medical examiner’s office confirmed the girl died of hypothermia.

Early morning temperatures in the Bemidji area the day the girl was found were 27 degrees below zero with a wind chill of 40 below.

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Lottery’s venture into online sales fuels backlash

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A month after instant “scratch-off” Minnesota Lottery ticket sales went live on the Internet, the pioneering venture faces a high-powered threat at the Capitol.

The Senate leaders of both parties and tax committee heads in both chambers are seeking a one-sentence change in state law to permanently turn off the new portal for gambling. Among other issues, lawmakers are upset that lottery officials introduced the games without seeking their approval through explicit legislation allowing it.

A bill forcing the change gets an initial committee hearing next week, and Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk predicted there are sufficient votes in the full Senate to pass it.

Lottery Director Ed Van Petten told The Associated Press this week he has been meeting with lawmakers in an attempt to allay concerns and has kept Gov. Mark Dayton’s office apprised of developments. Dayton hasn’t evaluated the legislative proposal, his spokesman said.

“We’re taking it seriously,” Van Petten said of the threat.

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Man charged in fatal shooting near Sartell mall

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - Bail was set at $2 million Friday for a St. Cloud man charged with murder in the fatal shooting of a 20-year-old man outside a Sartell strip mall.

Demetreus Anthony McGinnis, 23, made his first court appearance in Stearns County after being charged with second-degree murder.

McGinnis is accused of shooting Maurice Galvin Jr., of St. Cloud, in the chest near a Sprint store at about noon Thursday. Galvin later died at St. Cloud hospital.

Prosecutors asked for high bail, arguing that McGinnis poses a threat to public safety. But defense attorney Jason Migala told the St. Cloud Times that McGinnis acted in self-defense.

Judge Kris Davick-Halfen set bail at $2 million with no conditions, or $1 million with conditions. The defense argued for $50,000 bail, saying McGinnis was working at the Sprint store Thursday when two men came to rob him, WJON-AM reported.

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Benton County prosecutor tackles fleeing defendant

FOLEY, Minn. (AP) - The Benton County Attorney put his high school football skills to the test when he chased down and tackled a man who was trying to flee the courthouse.

Philip Miller tells the St. Cloud Times (http://on.sctimes.com/1hjgz0Ahttp://on.sctimes.com/1hjgz0A ) he was in the courtroom Thursday during the sentencing of a man who faced a lengthy prison in a drug case.

Miller noticed the man seemed agitated, so he went to get another bailiff as a precaution. Then, he saw the man run out of the courtroom and come toward him in the hallway.

The defendant was headed toward the exit when Miller says he “took him out at the knees.”

Miller’s eyeglasses broke during the incident, but he wasn’t hurt.

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