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A Crookston woman accused of keeping heroin in her bra police said she intended to sell is expected to change her plea this morning. Cynthia Esquivel, born in 1972, will have a hearing at 9 a.m. in Grand Forks District Court, where she is charged with possessing a controlled substance with intent to deliver or manufacture, a Class A felony that carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. It's unclear if she has reached a plea agreement or if she will be sentenced today.
A man with a gun was shot and wounded by police officers in Hibbing, Minn., on Friday, Jan. 13, authorities said, and state officials are investigating the incident. Another person was injured in an incident that led officers to be called to the 2900 block of Third Avenue East at about 12:45 p.m., the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension reported. No officers were injured. The BCA is investigating the incident.
Freddie Lockett Jr., 41, of St. Paul is due in Washington County District Court on Wednesday, Jan. 18, to face felony charges with promoting prostitution. He originally appeared in court Jan. 4, and is being held on bail of $60,000 with conditions, $120,000 without conditions. According to the complaint: An undercover officer responded to a Backpage.com ad offering sex for money in the area. “It’s still party time in Woodberey …” the Jan. 3 ad said. “Here to bring a little hot spicy fun to your new year. … Your satisfaction is my #1 priority.”
Willmar, Minn. - A pickup truck slammed into a Kandiyohi County squad car Thursday morning head-on as it was stopped at a crash scene, becoming the second of two crashes within minutes on the same stretch of Highway 71 south of Willmar. According to the State Patrol, the first crash happened just after 8 a.m., when a 2007 Dodge Caravan attempted to pass a 2003 Buick Rendezvous as both traveled south on Highway 71. The road was icy, and the Dodge lost control near 150th Avenue Southeast, sideswiping the buick and pushing it into the ditch.
ST. PAUL — Two more deer suspected of having chronic wasting disease have been found in Fillmore County, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said Tuesday, Jan. 10. The DNR received preliminary test results Jan 6. Final results are expected later this week. The two adult female deer were killed within a mile of the first two positive deer.
WILLMAR, Minn. – A Willmar man accused of exposing himself to a woman at the Willmar Public Library has been sentenced to two years of probation and stayed jail time. Jesus Gabriel Rivera, 34, pleaded guilty in November in Kandiyohi County District Court to gross misdemeanor indecent exposure.
Mother Nature did her best to give the Red River Valley a fresh new look for 2017, covering the region with snow that reached 10 inches in places. In Fargo, 9.2 inches of snow fell on Monday. That set a record for a single-day snowfall on Jan. 2 that had stood since 1937, the National Weather Service reported. In Grand Forks, 9.2 inches of snow fell over a 30-hour period on Jan. 1 and 2. Reports of 10 inches came from the Kindred/Davenport area southwest of Fargo.
CLOQUET - Court documents released Tuesday revealed the name of the victim in Friday’s shooting in Cloquet. John F. Korby, 36, of Cloquet, died from multiple gunshots, including one to his head. The incident was reported just before 9 a.m. Friday on the Fond du Lac Reservation, according to Cloquet police. Korby was taken to a Duluth hospital, where he was pronounced dead from his injuries.
LANESBORO - A third deer infected with chronic wasting disease has been discovered in southeastern Minnesota, according to the Department of Natural Resources. A hunter harvested the deer in mid-November about 5 miles north of the two previously reported infected deer, which were killed about 4 miles west of Lanesboro. An area taxidermist later provided a sample for testing to the DNR.