- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Reward increased for information about missing Minnesota boy

CRYSTAL, Minn. (AP) - The reward has increased for information about a 10-year-old Crystal boy who has been missing for a week.

Crystal Police, along with the Crystal Crime Prevention Board and Minnesota CrimeStoppers, is now offering a reward of up to $12,000 for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of whoever was involved in the disappearance of Barway Collins.

Barway was last seen after school March 18 at his apartment complex.

On Tuesday, police said the boy’s father, Pierre Collins, has not been completely honest with authorities and is now considered a suspect in the child’s disappearance. Collins has told reporters he had nothing to do with his son’s disappearance.



Dayton: State won’t chip in direct aid for soccer stadium

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is reiterating broad Capitol opposition to a direct soccer stadium subsidy for a newly announced pro franchise, but he hasn’t closed the door on assisting in other ways.

Dayton cheered the news Wednesday that Minnesota was chosen as an expansion site for Major League Soccer. The goal is to field a team by 2018 if the ownership group can finance construction of a planned outdoor stadium in Minneapolis.

Dayton says it’s possible the state transportation department or county governments would undertake infrastructure improvements in the vicinity of a soccer stadium. He says he hasn’t been approached with any proposal.

But the governor says other major business expansion projects have had exits ramps added or widened to assist with traffic flow.


Emerald ash borer confirmed in Anoka County city of Ham Lake

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has confirmed an emerald ash borer infestation in Anoka County.

It says the destructive tree pest was found in an ash tree on private property in the city of Ham Lake.

The infested tree was detected through a call to the MDA’s Arrest the Pest Hotline, which allows concerned residents to report suspicious invasive plants and insects, like the emerald ash borer. Agency staff then confirmed the tree was infested.

Anoka County now will be put under an emergency quarantine and eventually join Dakota, Hennepin, , Ramsey, Houston, Olmsted and Winona counties in a state and federal quarantine. The quarantine is designed to limit the movement of any items that may be infested, including ash trees and limbs, as well as all hardwood firewood.


Minnesota Guardsman charged with making child porn

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A Minnesota National Guardsman deployed in Afghanistan persuaded a 14-year-old girl back home to send him at least one sexually explicit photo of herself, federal prosecutors allege in an indictment charging him with making child pornography.

First Lt. Andrew Lee Schiller, 28, of Lakeville, is charged with one count of producing child porn. A U.S. magistrate judge on Wednesday ordered Schiller to remain behind bars.

According to prosecutors, between September 2013 and January 2014, Schiller contacted the girl by Skype and asked her to send him sexually explicit photos of herself. She complied, sending him several images, including at least one that was sexually explicit.

In their request for pretrial detention, prosecutors also alleged that Schiller used various social media services to communicate with girls between the ages of 13 and 17. After contacting the girls online, Schiller directed the conversation to sexual topics and tried to persuade the girls to send sexually explicit videos or images of themselves to him, prosecutors contend. Schiller allegedly shared sexually explicit images of himself to encourage the girls, sometimes promising them money or alcohol.

In a statement, Guard spokesman Col. Kevin Olson said military investigators determined there was enough evidence to refer the case to the U.S. Department of Justice.

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