- Associated Press - Thursday, May 29, 2014
Minnesota woman sentenced in landlord killing

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) - A Duluth woman has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for her role in the fatal stabbing of her former landlord.

Thirty-two-year-old Joella Lee Tucker pleaded guilty in March to aiding and abetting second-degree murder. She had been charged with conspiracy to commit second-degree murder.

Tucker was sentenced Thursday to 10 years and 10 months in prison, as recommended by Minnesota sentencing guidelines. As part of the plea agreement, the defense was allowed to argue for a shorter sentence.

Tucker was charged in the death of Duluth landlord Kevin Tyman, who was stabbed in his apartment in December 2012 and later died.

Tucker’s co-defendant, 42-year-old Raymond Weeks, was sentenced last week to 30 years in prison for stabbing Tyman to death. Authorities alleged Tucker persuaded Weeks to kill Tyman.


U of Minnesota alerts patients of infection risk

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The University of Minnesota says 300 people at a St. Paul apartment may have been exposed to infectious diseases due to misuse of blood monitoring equipment at screening events.

The university said Thursday volunteers were reusing finger-prick devices on multiple patients that were designed for repeated use only by the same patient.

University medical students and others have conducted blood-sugar screening at the Skyline high-rise apartment since 2010 as part of the SHARE outreach program. The program provides basic health services to immigrant and low-income residents there.

The Star Tribune (https://strib.mn/1lVkWjvhttps://strib.mn/1lVkWjv ) reports the university wants to test current and former residents for infectious diseases that could have been transmitted by the reused devices.

Blood sugar testing at the apartment complex has been suspended. Volunteers will be trained in proper procedures.


Last Minnesotan out of national spelling bee

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The last Minnesotan has bowed out of the 70th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

Thirteen-year-old Mark Kivimaki, a seventh-grader at Valley View Middle School, made it to the semifinals.

The Star Tribune (https://strib.mn/1poSOeY) reports Kivimaki correctly spelled his Round 5 word, “ebullition (ehb-uh-LISH’-en),” defined as a state of bubbling up or boiling.

But he then stumbled when he misspelled “Ananke (uh-NAN’-kee),” which means “personification of ultimate fate that gods must yield to.”

Minnesotans eliminated earlier were Shane DeSilva, an eighth-grader at Pacelli Catholic School in Austin; Lauren Crabtree, an eighth-grader at Forestview Middle School in Brainerd; Alyssa Boynton, a seventh-grader at Murray County Central School in Slayton; and Kellen Rufus Rodriguez, an eighth-grader at Fairmont High School.


Minnesota enacts restrictive medical pot program

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota joined the ranks of 21 other states Thursday where marijuana is a legal medicine with a law that is one of the nation’s most restrictive.

Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton signed legislation that sets up a medical marijuana program with tight controls over qualifying conditions and the way it is administered. People won’t be able to smoke marijuana legally or access it in leaf form.

“I pray it will bring to the victims of ravaging illnesses the relief they are hoping for,” Dayton said in a written statement.

The compromise bill upset some medical marijuana advocates, who say many people who need relief won’t get it. But legislative backers say it is a positive first step that satisfied concerns of law enforcement and doctor groups. Dayton had said he wouldn’t get behind a bill that those two entities opposed.

Medical conditions eligible for the treatment include cancer, glaucoma and AIDS. A physician assistant or advanced-practice registered nurse would certify a patient suffered from a qualifying illness.



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