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Two Charged With Third Degree Murder After A House Fire Killed An 85-Year-Old Woman

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03/27/2015 - 11:00 AM

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Justin Edward PickDustin Ross Zablocki

Two men were charged with two counts of third degree murder in St. Cloud after the fire killed an 85-year-old woman.

A news release from Stearns County Attorney’s office says Justin Edward Pick and Dustin Ross Zablocki were given their charges on Wednesday. The Honorable Fredrick Grunke has determined a 500,000 dollar bail without any condition or 100,000 dollar bail with condition for Pick.  Grunke has also set a 500,000 dollar bail without any condition or a 250,000 dollar bail with condition for Zablocki.

St. Cloud Fire Department says Pick and Zablocki caused the fire that happened in November of 2014 in the 1900 block of 1st Street South. As a result, one of the residents of the home was taken to the Hennepin County Medical Center where she died two weeks after the incident because of smoke inhalation.

Pick and Zablocki are currently at the Stearns County Jail and will have another hearing on May 15th.    

     

St. Cloud Police Warns Of Phone Scam Targeting SCSU Foreign Students

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03/26/2015 - 4:00 PM

St. Cloud Police Warns Of Phone Scam Targeting SCSU Foreign Students
The St. Cloud Police Department has issued a warning of a phone scam that appears to be targeting foreign students at St. Cloud State University.
 
Sergeant Jason Burke says the department’s front desk received several calls from citizens saying someone had called them from the phone number 320-251-1200.
 
The calls varied from no conversation at all to one individual claiming to be the IRS and if the person did not pay money they would be expelled from school and arrested.
 
The police department advises that if you receive a call from 320-251-1200, that call is most likely a hoax. 
 

 

Two People Injured In A car Accident On 54th Ave. North

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03/26/2015 - 3:30 PM

Two People Injured In A car Accident On 54th Ave. North

Two area residents were taken to the St. Cloud Hospital after a crash on the north side of town on Monday afternoon. 

St. Cloud Police Sergeant Jason Burke says officers responded to a car crash report at the 500 block of 54th Avenue North just before 4 p.m. Burke says the investigation shows 22-year-old Brittany Jean Larson collided with the back of another vehicle driven by 70-year-old Michael John Dibblee. 
 
Burke says Larson was cited for driving with a revoked license, having no proof of insurance and careless driving. Both Larson and Dibblee were taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries.      
 

Paynesville Woman and Infant Child Involved In Car Crash Wednesday Morning

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03/25/2015 - 3:30 PM

Paynesville Woman and Infant Child Involved In Car Crash Wednesday Morning
A Paynesville woman and her infant child were involved in a one car accident Wednesday morning near County Road 130 about 2 miles north of Paynesville.
 
Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner says the accident happened when 27-year-old Sara Lahr was driving southbound on County Road 130 with her 18-month-old son Alexander when she lost control of her vehicle and struck a field approach.
 
Sara Lahr was taken by ambulance to the hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries and Alexander Lahr was in a car seat and received no injuries. 
 
Sanner says the roadway had accumulated large amounts of ice and snow from the high winds this morning. 
 

 

SCSU Offers Mississippi River Creative Writing Workshop This Summer

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03/25/2015 - 2:00 PM

SCSU Offers Mississippi River Creative Writing Workshop This Summer

Boost up your writing skills this summer with a creative writing workshop brought to you by St. Cloud State University.

The Mississippi River Creative Writing Workshop will be offered June 15- 18. This two-credit upper level English course will focus on fiction writing and poetry. No prerequisites are required.

Many different award winning authors will be presenting and interacting informally with students during the class. Among them will be New York Times bestselling authors Lorna Landvik and Alexs Pate.

To learn more about this class visit www.stcloudstate.edu/news

St. John's Annual Maple Syrup Festivals Are About To Begin

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03/25/2015 - 10:00 AM

St. John's Annual Maple Syrup Festivals Are About To Begin

The snow has turned into rain, soon flowers will be blooming and the smell of rain consumes the air. Spring is here and for St. John’s University that means it’s time for their annual Maple Syrup Festivals.

The events take place on both Saturday, March 28 and April 11 from 1 to 4 p.m. at St. John’s Abbey & University. The festivals include tours and sap collection, tapping demonstrations, and horse-drawn wagon rides.

There is a small fee to attend the events and it is recommended that you dress for the weather and wear boots.

Place Of Hope Ministries To Host Annual Soup Benefit Sunday

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03/25/2015 - 8:00 AM

Place Of Hope Ministries To Host Annual Soup Benefit Sunday

Place of Hope Ministries is hosting its annual soup feed benefit Empty Bowls this Sunday. Assistant News Director Dante Smith sat down to talk to Pastor Carol about the event. CLICK HERE FOR AUDIO STORY. 

The event begins Sunday morning at 11 a.m. at Calvary Community Church. Tickets cost $12 individually or $32 for a family, which includes two adults and any children. 

You can also receive a $2 discount for liking the Place of Hope Facebook page.

 

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Closures On 5th Avenue. North Begin Next Week in St. Cloud

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03/24/2015 - 4:00 PM

Closures On 5th Avenue. North Begin Next Week in St. Cloud

Motorists who drive on 5th Avenue North on their daily commutes should prepare for delays beginning next week. 

The St. Cloud City Engineer’s Office says 5th Avenue North from West St. Germain Street to 1st Street North will be closed beginning next Wednesday until further notice. 
 
The closure is due to parking ramp construction and utility work in the area. Detours will be posted. 
 

Kimball Woman Injured After Rollover Car Crash Tuesday Morning

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03/24/2015 - 4:00 PM

Kimball Woman Injured After Rollover Car Crash Tuesday Morning
A Kimball woman was involved in a rollover car crash Tuesday morning on Highway 55.
 
The Minnesota State Patrol says the accident occurred when 34-year-old Hillary Cooper was driving Eastbound on Highway 55. While driving she swerved to avoid debris on the road, lost control and entered a ditch and rolled.
 
Cooper was transported to Buffalo Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Stearns County Law Enforcement Was Locked Down Saturday

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03/24/2015 - 12:00 PM

Stearns County Law Enforcement Was Locked Down Saturday

A gunshot-like that sound that caused the Stearns County Law Enforcement Center (LEC) on lock down on Saturday afternoon turned out to be a false alarm.

Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner says three county employees and three deputies were inside LEC when they heard a sound like a gunshot.

St. Cloud Police and the Minnesota State Patrol were dispatched to the area to assist the Sheriff Office. Two rounds of searches of both the inside and outside of the building resulted in no discovery of any suspicious person or item. The LEC was out of lock down around 6 p.m.

The incident turned out to be a bicycle tire that blew up with enough force to damage the tire rim. The bike was parked inside a hallway at LEC and belongs to one of the part-time employees.

Motel 6 In Waite Park Robbed Sunday Night

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03/23/2015 - 1:30 PM

The Motel 6 in Waite Park was robbed late Sunday night according to the Waite Park Police Department.
 
Police Chief David Bentrud says the robbery occurred around 11:30 p.m. Sunday night when three men armed with handguns approached the lobby area demanding money. After receiving the money they immediately fled the scene with no employees or customers harmed.
 
Police have not been able to locate the suspects. They are described as three black males all between the ages of 18-21 ranging in height from 5”8” to 6’0” tall.
 
Bentrud encourages anyone with information about this crime or the suspects to call the Waite Park Police Department at 320-251-3281.
 

 

State Patrol Helicopter Assists with Suspect Search Near St. John's University

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03/23/2015 - 11:18 AM

State Patrol Helicopter Assists with Suspect Search Near St. John's University
Joseph Lee Morrow

Two men were arrested Friday near St. John's University after fleeing St. Cloud police.

Police Lieutenant Jeff Oxton says officers noticed a stolen Chevy Trailblazer in the 2500 block of 2nd Street North in St. Cloud. Oxton says officers tried to stop the SUV which was stolen from Duluth, but the driver refused to stop and drove to County Road 74. Police pursued the vehicle which headed westbound on Interstate 94.

The pursuit lasted for 15 miles before a mechanical problem forced the driver to pull over near the St. John’s University exit on I-94. The driver and his passenger fled on foot. The passenger was arrested after a short chase by officers. Oxton says officers set up a perimeter and requested assistance from the Minnesota State Patrol helicopter which located the driver in a wooded area. A St. Cloud Police K9 and a team of officers arrested 24-year-old Joseph Lee Morrow of Walker.

Oxton says Morrow, the driver, had a hypodermic needle at the time he was arrested. Both of the suspects were taken to the Stearns County Jail. Zupan was booked and released from the jail on the charges of fleeing from police on foot. Morrow is facing unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, fleeing from police on foot, driving after suspension, obstructing legal process and possession of hypodermic needle.

Other than the minor injuries that the suspects received, no one else was hurt.

Fire Displaced A Tenant And Caused $5500 Damage

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03/23/2015 - 11:00 AM

Fire Displaced A Tenant And Caused $5500 Damage

A 19-year-old St. Cloud man was arrested after setting an apartment on fire on the south side of St. Cloud on Wednesday afternoon.

St. Cloud Police officer Lieutenant Jeff Oxton says the Fire Department was called to the 1800 block of 16th Street Southeast in connection with a fire. Oxton says a report from the Fire Department shows a fire in a second floor bedroom of the apartment resulted in $ 5500 damage. No injuries were reported during the fire. All the occupants were allowed to go back to their rooms except the once whose room was fired. That person is staying with a relative until the room is repaired.

The report indicates one of the tenants smelled smoke and was able to put out the fire before the arrival of firefighters. It is believed the fire is arson and Dragon Matthew Wood-Hillman is identified as the suspect. Oxton says officers were able to locate and arrest Hillman on Thursday afternoon at 1725 Kilian Boulevard. He was taken to the Sherburne County Jail and waiting for court on the charges of 1st Degree Arson.

 

JP Network To Host Japan Night 2015 This Saturday

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03/23/2015 - 1:45 AM

JP Network To Host Japan Night 2015 This Saturday
The JP Network is hosting its yearly cultural festival Japan Night this Saturday in the Atwood Ballroom at St. Cloud State University.
 
JP Network Advisor Owen Zimpel says Japan Night 2015 will offer the chance for students to gain a better understanding of what it’s like in the shoes of some of St. Cloud State’s student world travelers. 
 
The festival begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 28th. Tickets are $5 for students and $7 for all others. Tickets are available for purchase this week in Atwood near the main stairs. 
 

 

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  • Softball vs Concordia (Sports Stream)
    Mar 28, 2015 - 1:00
  • Softball vs MSU-Mankato (Sports Stream)
    Mar 29, 2015 - 1:00
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    Mar 31, 2015 - 1:00

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