- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Court clears way for archbishop’s deposition

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Wednesday cleared the way for attorneys representing an alleged victim of clergy sexual abuse to interview Twin Cities Archbishop John Nienstedt.

In a three-page order, Chief Judge Edward Cleary denied requests by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Diocese of Winona to block depositions of Nienstedt and former vicar general Kevin McDonough.

The plaintiff’s attorney, Jeff Anderson, has scheduled Nienstedt’s deposition for April 2 and McDonough’s deposition for April 16, Minnesota Public Radio News (https://bit.ly/NV2MEChttps://bit.ly/NV2MEC ) reported. Anderson had scheduled the depositions for March but postponed them because of the appeal.

“We’re glad that we can move this thing forward, and that they saw this as the judge did,” Anderson said.

The archdiocese said it appreciates that the court considered its appeal and issued a timely opinion.


Police: Stolen gun linked to man shot by police

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minneapolis police have recovered a stolen gun they believe is linked to a man shot to death by police in a south Minneapolis home in May, the police department said Wednesday.

The 9 mm handgun was found stuffed in a sock and apparently hidden in a home a few blocks from where Terrance Franklin was killed. A police statement said the sock was found to have Franklin’s DNA on it.

The gun was reported stolen in a burglary the day before Franklin was killed.

Franklin was being pursued by police in connection with a separate burglary when he broke into a home in the Uptown neighborhood on May 10. A struggle ensued in the basement, and police say Franklin grabbed a police weapon and shot and wounded two officers before being shot 10 times by police. He died at the scene. A grand jury later cleared Minneapolis police in Franklin’s death.

In October, a Minneapolis homeowner found the sock containing the handgun, wedged between his home’s foundation and back porch. Police said the serial number on the gun matches the gun stolen on May 9.


Minnesota: No effort to revive man at nursing home

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Nurses at a St. Cloud nursing home made no effort to revive a resident who became ill and died last June, according to a state investigation released Wednesday.

When admitted to St. Benedict’s Senior Community, the resident had declared that resuscitation efforts should be made in life-threatening situations.

The Minnesota Department of Health placed responsibility for the death with the facility because three nurses failed to give emergency medical care or start CPR on the resident, who died on June 29.

The nursing home has objected to the findings but did not appeal.

According to the report, two nurses who checked the resident’s pulse were suspended on the day of the death and later fired. The supervisory nurse received retraining.


Jury convicts former Bixby Energy CEO of fraud

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A federal jury has found former Bixby Energy Systems chief executive Robert Walker guilty of defrauding investors, tax evasion and witness tampering.

After a seven-week trial, the jury returned the verdict Wednesday after deliberating for a day and a half.

The Star Tribune (https://strib.mn/1cCAJjwhttps://strib.mn/1cCAJjw ) reports the 71-year-old Walker was found guilty of four counts of mail fraud, eight counts of wire fraud, one count of conspiracy, three counts of tax evasion for the years 2004 to 2006 and one count of witness tampering.

During the trial, prosecutors contended Walker cheated 1,800 investors out of $57 million to enrich himself and others.

Walker contends he committed no crime in the collapse of the Ramsey, Minn.-based company that initially sold corn-burning stoves, then promoted a coal-to-gas technology.

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