- Associated Press - Saturday, January 24, 2015
Dayton signs bill containing tax breaks, Mayo expansion fix

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Quickly adopted tax legislation that provides breaks to tens of thousands of Minnesota taxpayers is now law.

Gov. Mark Dayton signed the bill Saturday when it landed on his desk. Lawmakers gave it final approval late last week.

Dayton’s administration estimates that 200,000 people could benefit from new deductions or credits that they can now claim on both state and federal income tax forms. That includes teachers, families with a child in college and homeowners paying mortgage insurance. Some of the $20 million will be claimed by businesses that will get more filing flexibility.

The bill also corrects a wording problem that would have held up state dollars toward the Mayo Clinic’s Destination Medical Center expansion.



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1 dead, 1 arrested after Washington County shooting

MAHTOMEDI, Minn. (AP) - The Washington County Sheriff’s office has arrested one person in a fatal shooting.

The Star Tribune reports (https://strib.mn/1JBS9Na) authorities received a call of a shots fired at about 3:15 a.m. Saturday in Mahtomedi. The sheriff’s office says when deputies arrived they found 46-year-old David Robert Frigaard dead of a single gunshot wound.

The office says one suspect is in custody and “there is no immediate threat to public safety.” Police said the suspect will be identified once he has been charged.

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Information from: Star Tribune, https://www.startribune.comhttps://www.startribune.com

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Hennepin County Sheriff investigates stun gun-related death

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (AP) - The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a man who hit his head after a Brooklyn Center police officer shot him with a stun gun.

Officers responded at about 9 p.m. Jan. 16 after multiple calls about a group fighting in a parking lot, possibly with weapons, according to a Brooklyn Center Police Department news release.,

Officers saw several people in front of a business including 57-year-old Sinthanouxay Khottavongsa, who was “holding a crowbar in a threatening manner,” the release said.

Police officers repeatedly ordered him to drop it, but Khottavongsa refused and an officer used a stun gun on him, police said. He then fell to the ground and hit his head, police said. He was taken to a hospital, where he died two days later of a blunt force head injury.

Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office is conducting an external investigation of the case. Department spokeswoman Jennifer Johnson declined to comment Saturday, citing an active investigation.

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Apple Valley police looking for motive in murder-suicide

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Apple Valley police have not determined what caused a 29-year-old man to shoot his wife and young daughter and then turn the gun on himself.

But Captain John Bermel tells the St. Paul Pioneer Press (https://bit.ly/1B4Q7Amhttps://bit.ly/1B4Q7Am ) there were no physical signs of a struggle in the home where aspiring filmmaker David Crowley was found dead along with his 28-year-old wife Komel and 5-year-old daughter Raniya.

The Hennepin County medical examiner’s office has ruled each person died of a single gunshot wound to the head.

Bermel said investigators have not determined a motive, but did find the family had financial stress. He also mentioned substance abuse, but didn’t elaborate.

The Dakota County Electronic Crimes Task Force is analyzing computers and electronic devices confiscated from the house.

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