- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Hunter banned from US big game hunting for 5 years

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A Minnesota man who violated a federal hunting law has been banned from hunting big game anywhere in the U.S. for five years.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says 41-year-old William Robert Welsh of St. Cloud was sentenced in federal court Tuesday.

Last October, Welsh pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of transporting wildlife that was illegally taken.

Under a plea agreement, Welsh admitted that in October of 2011, he shot and killed a deer in the closed area of Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge. The next day, Welsh sawed off the deer’s antlers and took them to his home, leaving the rest of the carcass in the field.

As part of the sentence, Welsh also is banned from entering the refuge for five years and forfeits his seized firearm.

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Man with gun on Minnesota highway was fed agent

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota State Patrol says the motorist who allegedly brandished a gun at another driver on a Twin Cities highway turned out to be a federal agent.

The incident began about 6:40 a.m. Tuesday on eastbound Interstate 694 in Brooklyn Park, where a motorist called police to report that another driver was displaying a gun.

Police caught up to the gun-toting driver on I-94 at Olson Highway and blocked two of the southbound lanes in downtown Minneapolis while making an arrest.

The Star Tribune (https://strib.mn/RD0z2J) reports the man was questioned and released after officers learned he was an agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and was carrying proper credentials.

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Minnesota prep school sued again over sex charges

FARIBAULT, Minn. (AP) - A southern Minnesota boarding school faces a third lawsuit alleging that the school knew a former teacher was sexually abusing male students but took no action.

Attorneys for a former student filed the lawsuit Tuesday against Shattuck-St. Mary’s school in Faribault (FAYR’-boh).

The lawsuit alleges the student was sexually abused from 2000-2001 while he was a student at the school.

The suit contends another teacher reported to the school during the 1999-2000 school year that Lynn Seibel was abusing students.

Seibel was sentenced last October to more than four years in prison for sexually abusing six male students more than a decade ago.

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Toughest e-cigarette restrictions won’t advance

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - An attempt to treat electronic cigarettes like regular smokes and curb their use in public stalled Tuesday in the Minnesota Legislature, ending the closely watched debate for the year.

A House-Senate conference committee decided against adding e-cigarette use to the indoor air laws that would have prohibited their use in most public spaces. Lawmakers are tackling how to regulate the emerging devices that deliver nicotine and emit vapor.

Lawmakers are ready to restrict e-cigarette sales to prevent minors from accessing them and to bar their use on school grounds and in nursing homes, day cares and government-owned buildings. But the broader indoor air measure that cleared the Senate was set aside. House members said they lacked enough votes to approve what would have been some of the nation’s strictest regulations.

“It’s not easy to be the first. It’s not easy to be trailblazing,” said Democratic Rep. Laurie Halverson, a proponent of curbing e-cigarette use in public.

The health policy bill with the e-cigarette language also contains measures dealing with pharmacies and banning tanning bed use by minors. Rep. Tina Liebling, DFL-Rochester, said she feared the full package would have been imperiled if the broader “vaping” restrictions were in it.

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