- Associated Press - Thursday, July 9, 2015
Minnesota boy who got brain infection after swimming dies

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A 14-year-old boy who developed a rare brain infection after swimming in a Minnesota lake died Thursday, his family said in a statement as health officials worked to determine whether it was caused by a water parasite that’s more common in warmer southern states.

The family of Hunter Boutain, of Alexandria, made the announcement in a statement issued through the University of Minnesota Medical Center, where he died.

“Hunter’s condition deteriorated throughout the night and he was declared brain dead this morning,” his uncle and family spokesman, Brian Boutain, said in the statement. “Hunter died surrounded by his family. It is a deeply emotional time for all us. We ask for privacy and prayers as we remember our beloved Hunter.”

David Martinson, a spokesman for the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital, confirmed the boy’s death.

The Centers for Disease Control and Minnesota Department of Health have been trying to confirm whether the youth’s infection was the result of the Naegleria fowleri amoeba, but said Thursday that they don’t have a definitive timeline for getting results. If confirmed, it would be Minnesota’s third verified death from the amoeba.


Police chiefs to seek temporary curbs on body camera footage

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Some Minnesota police chiefs plan to ask a state agency for temporary restrictions on access to police body camera footage after failing to convince Minnesota lawmakers to limit public availability.

The chiefs, led by Maplewood’s Paul Schnell, intend to approach Gov. Mark Dayton’s administration next month for a ruling that would make much of the footage off-limits to a general public that can now obtain it with few exceptions. Schnell goes before his city council Monday to outline the plan, which seeks to indefinitely classify the data until the Legislature sets permanent regulations on whom is entitled to body-camera footage and under what circumstances.

“We’re in a little bit of an awkward and precarious spot in law enforcement: More and more people are calling for use of body cameras and their potential benefits,” Schnell told The Associated Press on Thursday. On the flip side, Schnell contends wide access to data amounts to “window peeping into events that may be highly personal, emotionally traumatizing and not intended for the eyes and ears of others” - especially when their interactions with police are in private dwellings.

Current Minnesota law says nothing specific about police body cameras, meaning most of the information they collect is presumed public. The scope of the new police request won’t be finalized until Maplewood consults with other police departments and allied groups.

Government transparency advocates are on guard, warning sweeping restrictions would weaken the accountability mission of the cameras.


Man pleads guilty to concealing Bosnian war past to enter US

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A Minnesota man pleaded guilty Thursday to concealing his military service during the Bosnian war and a lengthy criminal history - including a conviction for shooting and killing a neighbor - when he entered the country.

Zdenko Jakisa came to the U.S. in 1998 as a refugee and became a lawful permanent resident in 2002, settling in Forest Lake, where he runs a taxicab company with his wife. But he was arrested and charged last spring with possessing unlawfully obtained documents for not disclosing his service in the armed forces of the Croatian Defense Council in Bosnia-Herzegovina during the 1990s or his criminal past.

Jakisa pleaded guilty in federal court in St. Paul Thursday morning. He nodded along and said “yes” as his attorney read a long rap sheet of incidents in Bosnia he omitted from his applications to enter the country and get a green card: shooting and killing a neighbor by firing an AK-47 into her window; several convictions for assault and disturbing the peace; and arrests for stealing a cash register and commercial scales.

“I feel guilty, yeah,” Jakisa told U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson.

Jakisa was part of the armed forces of Croats and Bosnians - some Muslim - that fought Serbs in the Bosnian war. More than 100,000 people were killed during the conflict, which turned half of the country’s population of 4.3 million into refugees.


2 former Minnesota Boy Scouts suing over alleged abuse

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Two men sued the Boy Scouts of America on Thursday, saying they were sexually abused as scouts by troop leaders in St. Paul more than 40 years ago.

Their attorney, Jeff Anderson, said the lawsuits allege that the Boy Scouts organization created a public nuisance by its negligence and concealment of abuse allegations and by failing to warn parents and others about the “prevalence” of abuse.

Anderson has used a similar strategy to force the Catholic Church to open files on its priests accused of sexually abusing children.

“These suits seek to cause the Boy Scouts of America to come clean, to make children safe, by exposing and disclosing all the ‘perversion files’ to the public, to the people and to the leaders on the ground who need to know, so kids can be protected,” Anderson said.

The two men, who grew up on the East Side of St. Paul, said they were abused as boys by Scoutmasters: David Lundquist when he was 11, Steven Josephson between the ages of 12 and 15, the Star Tribune (https://strib.mn/1UGClkxhttps://strib.mn/1UGClkx ) reported.

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