- Associated Press - Monday, January 26, 2015
Dad gets 10 years for leaving 2 injured kids behind in wreck

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A Brooklyn Park man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for crashing a van and then leaving behind his two injured children as he ran away.

Family members asked a Ramsey County judge Monday to give 46-year-old Earl Lionell Ward the maximum sentence. They said Ward would do more harm to others if he wasn’t in custody.

Ward crashed the van in St. Paul on July 1. The accident left his 14-year-old daughter paralyzed and his 9-year-old son’s leg broken.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press (https://bit.ly/1y0ZDDPhttps://bit.ly/1y0ZDDP ) reports the judge had to tell Ward repeatedly to be quiet and let family members speak.

Judge Leonardo Castro noted that Ward didn’t honor two no-contact orders that should have kept Ward away from the children’s mother the night of the accident.


Medtronic completes acquisition of Covidien

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Medical device maker Medtronic says it has completed its $49.9 billion acquisition of Dublin-based surgical supplier Covidien.

Medtronic made the announcement Monday. The company says shares of Medtronic PLC are expected to begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “MDT” on Tuesday.

The Star Tribune (https://strib.mn/1uUNqF9https://strib.mn/1uUNqF9 ) reports the deal puts both companies under a corporate parent based in Ireland, where corporations face taxes about one-third the U.S. rate.

Earlier Monday, the High Court of Ireland sanctioned the sale of Covidien to Medtronic.

Medtronic, which will keep its executive offices in Minneapolis, will become a global maker of health-care goods with $27 billion in revenue and a combined 85,000 employees.


$17M flood aid package heads to Dayton for signature

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota lawmakers have given final approval to a $17 million package of disaster assistance that will help local governments pay remaining bills from June storms that hit the state hard.

The House voted 132-0 on Monday for a bill already passed by the Senate. Gov. Mark Dayton is supportive.

Forty-seven counties and three tribal reservations sustained serious damage after torrential rains last summer. Most but not all qualified for federal assistance.

The bill contains only about $2.2 million in new funding because some unused money from previous disaster recoveries was shifted over.

Republican Rep. Jim Knoblach estimated there was $74 million in federal and state disaster assistance connected to the flooding. Some of it was for repairing structures and a chunk is to fix washed out roads.


Police: 13-year-old fatally shot playing ‘cops and robbers’

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) - A 15-year-old boy unintentionally fatally shot his 13-year-old brother while playing “cops and robbers” after the boys discovered their father’s hidden gun at a Minnesota home, police said Monday.

Police and paramedics responded to an Eagan home Sunday morning after the 15-year-old reported his brother was unresponsive and bleeding.

The 15-year-old told dispatchers his brother had fallen and stabbed himself while running with a knife. But when police arrived, the older boy told officers he had accidentally shot his brother.

Police said they do not anticipate any arrests in the case.

The boys were home alone with their 11-year-old sister when they found an unloaded 9 mm pistol belonging to their father. A magazine with cartridges for the gun was nearby, police said.

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