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Buffalo Teen, 15, arrested in Golden Valley gas station carjacking

A teenage boy is in custody in connection to the carjacking of teenage sisters Monday evening at a Twin Cities gas station.

According to Golden Valley police it happened at the Speedway on the 1900 block of Douglas Drive North at about 8:37 p.m. The 16-year-old sister told investigators she was filling her 2018 Lexus RX with gas, while her 14-year-old sister stayed inside the vehicle.

The girls say a boy, who police describe as a “15-year-old white male suspect from Buffalo, MN,” came up to the Lexus, showed the 14-year-old a gun and demanded the keys. He then drove off, leaving the sisters unharmed.

Bloomington police tracked down the Lexus about two hours later, which contained the suspect and three other teens. The 15-year-old was arrested, and is awaiting criminal charges.

Golden Valley police did not say if they believe the suspect has any connection to the string of carjacking’s in the city in the past month, including the armed theft of a golfer’s Audi A5 last week outside of Theodore Wirth Golf Club.

Wright County in Heat Advisory Tuesday, June 14

The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Advisory for the Twin Cities metro area and a Heat Advisory for much of the eastern part of Minnesota for Tuesday, June 14, including Wright County. Air temperatures are expected to be in the mid- to high 90s with heat indices of around 100 degrees are expected.

Those with health conditions who don’t have be outside are advised to stay somewhere cool. For those who have to be outside, they are advised to remain hydrated because heat-related illness can happen quickly.

Wright County truck driver involved in fatal crash in Chisago County

According to the the Minnesota State Patrol (MSP) early in the morning of Thursday, June 9, a semi truck collided with a small pickup on Highway 95 at Sunrise Road in Chisago County near North Branch.

Authorities say the small pickup was southbound on Sunrise Road and went through a stop sign, colliding with the semi in the eastbound lanes of Minnesota Highway 95. Both vehicles caught fire following the collision.

The driver of the pickup, 37-year-old Nathan Austin of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin died in the crash. The driver of the semi, 26-year-old Andrew Kohnen of Buffalo, was not injured.

The Chisago County Sheriff’s Office, Lakes Regions EMS, the North Branch Police Department and MnDOT all assisted at the scene.

Investigation underway after shots fired on Interstate 94

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after a man’s vehicle was shot at while driving on Interstate 94, according to local authorities.

Police were called to the Perkins in Monticello just before 4 p.m. Wednesday afternoon and spoke with the man who said he was driving west on I-94 when another vehicle pulled up next to them, and the driver fired several rounds. Evidence recovered at the scene confirmed the car had been shot multiple times.

No injuries were reported.

Hutchinson officer injured tangling with uncooperative suspect

A Hutchinson police officer was injured after fighting with an uncooperative Hutchinson man Tuesday, according to local authorities.

At just after 11:30 a.m, Hutchinson Police responded to a report of a suspicious person who was reported to be screaming outside in the 900 Block of Jefferson Street Southeast.

Officers made contact with the man, who had an outstanding warrant and identified as 29-year-old Kyle Skyler Melchert. He was taken into custody for his McLeod County failure to appear warrant on original charges of Misdemeanor – Obstruct Legal Process and Misdemeanor – Flee Police Officer by Means Other Than a Motor Vehicle.

Melchert was uncooperative at the time of his arrest and fought with officers causing injury to one of the officers. The officer was treated for a broken ring finger on his right hand and was released.

Melchert was taken to the McLeod County Jail and has been charged with Felony 3rd Degree Assault.

Wright County man charged with swindling 35 homeowners of $849k

ALBERTVILLE, MN — A 53-year-old Albertville man is charged in connection with swindling Minnesota home owners out of hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to local authorities.

Richard Patrick Wooton is charged with a felony offense of swindling 42 victims, and one of the property’s had a value of more than $35,000, according to a criminal complaint released June 2.

The complaint said that 35 of the victims lost up to $849,734.

The state says several other suppliers and subcontractors sued Wooton and Crossroads Remodeling LLC for other outstanding balances.

Wooton worked on behalf of Crossroads Remodeling in Hennepin, Wright and Sherburne counties without proper licensure in 2016, the complaint reads. Between July 2017 and July 2018, Wooton obtained remodeling contracts from 35 homeowners. He allegedly told victims to pay most of the contract up front before any work had been completed.

Wooton offered a 10% discount to anyone obliged to pay the contract early in the process.

The complaint illustrates a pattern of criminal conduct, including six previous felony convictions across three decades.

Thursday marks Wooton’s next court hearing, and if convicted, he could face up to 20 years in prison and a $100,000 fine.