Decorated New Ulm vet commits suicide after being charged with criminal vehicular homicide

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Liam Kelly's Brown County mugshot
Days after Kelly was charged, he was dead.
On June 27, Liam Kelly, a 22-year-old veteran who had been awarded the Army Achievement Medal and National Defense Service Medal (among other honors) for his service in Kuwait, was charged with four felony counts of criminal vehicular homicide in connection with a February 15 one-car wreck that killed a passenger in the 2005 Mini Cooper he was driving and left his brother seriously injured.

Just days later -- around 1 p.m. on June 30 -- Kelly, a New Ulm resident, shot himself in his hometown's Riverside Park. Authorities arrived at the scene shortly thereafter thanks to a hang-up 911 call emanating from a portable bathroom, the Mankato Free Press reports.

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Scandia's St. Sauver Jr., in trouble for keeping gators and killing horses, dies in one-car wreck

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St. Sauver Jr. looking for his escaped gators last year.
Just weeks after he pleaded guilty to a petty misdemeanor for keeping alligators on his property, 31-year-old William St. Sauver Jr. died in a fiery one-car wreck.

"At approximately 21:45 hours on 6 July 2014, the Washington County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call from an individual reporting a single car crash that was on fire in the 12200 block of 228th Street North in the City of Scandia," a release from the Washington County Sheriff's Office says. "The only occupant of the vehicle, William St. Sauver of Scandia, died at the scene. The cause of the crash is currently under investigation by the Washington County Sheriff's Office."

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Metro Transit bus driver who died driving down Nicollet Mall had history of weight issues

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The aftermath of the incident.
Around 10 a.m. Friday, a Metro Transit No. 10 bus veered off Nicollet Mall, hitting a lamppost, trash bins, and the WCCO TV building in the process.

Riders reported that the driver was apparently having some sort of medical emergency in the moments before his bus veered off course, and he ended up being pronounced dead about an hour later.

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Marion Guerrido won't face felony charges for fatal pond crash

Categories: Law, Tragedy
Guerrido (left) had five kids in her car at the time; five-year-old Zenavia (center) and seven-year-old Alarious (right) died.
Hennepin County officials have announced Marion Guerrido won't face felony charges in connection with a November 21 crash that left the vehicle she was driving submerged in a St. Louis Park retention pond and resulted in the death of two young children.

Guerrido didn't have a driver's license at the time, but a statement from the Hennepin County Attorney's Office says, "The accident reconstruction, tests and interviews with Guerrido indicate she was not speeding, did not have drugs or alcohol in her system and had not been on her cell phone."

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Rachel Downer charged with manslaughter after her cousin, 6, freezes to death

Categories: Crime, Tragedy
Rachel Downer
Rachel Downer was charged today with second-degree manslaughter in connection with the February 27 death of her cousin, six-year-old Mercedes Mayfield.

Downer, a 22-year-old Bemidji resident, was tasked with babysitting Mayfield the night before the girl was found frozen to death outside her mother's apartment building, the criminal complaint says. But instead of staying at Mayfield's mother's place and looking after the girl, Downer decided to head back to her apartment.

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North Mpls fire claims lives of five children

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An early morning fire that broke out in a multi-unit home near the corner of 28th Avenue North and Colfax Avenue North claimed the lives of five young children.

Reports indicate that a number of other people are hospitalized.

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Caitlan Barton dies after getting hit by truck while crossing street near Lake Calhoun

Caitlan Barton picture via Facebook
Last night, 25-year-old Caitlan Barton died from injuries she suffered when she was struck by a commercial truck at a busy intersection near Lake Calhoun around 6:15 Wednesday evening.

Barton was trying to walk south across Lake Street where it intersects with Market Place when she was hit. The walk sign was on but traffic turning right onto westbound Lake from Market also had a green light and the driver apparently failed to yield.

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Garry Kontz found dead after his car gets stuck in blizzard

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Kontz died after leaving his vehicle, which was stuck in snow outside a small town.
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McLeod County authorities confirmed today that 55-year-old Garry Kontz was the man who was found dead yesterday morning more than two miles from his car, which had gotten stuck amid blizzard conditions on Sunday night.

According to Chief Deputy Tim Lagenfeld, the sheriff's department received a call just after 8 a.m. about a missing man "who had gotten stuck in a vehicle" near an intersection south of the city of Stewart, which is located about 70 miles west of Minneapolis. He hadn't been heard from since 11 p.m. Sunday night. Temperatures in the area that night dropped as low as nine below.

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Nathan Posso identified as man who killed himself in LaSalle Plaza, remembered by friends

Nathan Posso
The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's office confirmed that 32-year-old Nathan Posso was the man who killed himself in downtown Minneapolis's LaSalle Plaza last Thursday morning.

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A memorial service for Posso featuring a potluck is scheduled for 6 p.m. tonight at the VFW in Uptown.

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Burned-out Cedar Avenue building being destroyed with three still missing

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One day after it was destroyed by fire, the building at 516 Cedar Avenue South was covered by ice this morning.
Today, some Minneapolis firefighters face a ghastly task -- demolishing the burned-out building at 516 Cedar Avenue South with victims in all likelihood still inside.

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Family of residents who live in the building report that three people are still missing. Yet a backhoe is already taking down the building, which would be extremely dangerous to enter due to all the fire and water damage.

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