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

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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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Mother of girl who died in pond crash gave birth prematurely after learning of child's fate


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

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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

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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.
-- Update at bottom --

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

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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.

RELATED: Man kills himself in downtown Minneapolis's LaSalle Plaza

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.

RELATED: Tragically, R.T. Rybak didn't get his last wish as mayor

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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Tragically, R.T. Rybak didn't get his last wish as mayor

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R.T. Rybak's last day in office was marred by tragedy.
With only one full day left in his term as mayor, R.T. Rybak offered up this tweet on New Year's Eve night: Just hours later, an explosion and fire in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood injured 14 -- six critically. In addition, the Star Tribune reports that three or four others known to have lived in the apartments still haven't been located and are feared dead.

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Mother of girl who died in pond crash gave birth prematurely after learning of child's fate

Categories: Tragedy
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Guerrido (left) had five kids in her car at the time of the crash; Thompson (right) is the mother of two of them.
Shaniece Thompson, 25, is the mother of two of the children who ended up submerged in a St. Louis Park pond following a crash Thursday morning -- five-year-old Zenavia Rennie, who died, and and six-year-old Zarihana Rennie, who remains hospitalized and is reported to be unresponsive.

THE BACKSTORY: Five kids spent 20 minutes in St. Louis Park pond after car veered off highway

WCCO reports that Thompson gave birth prematurely after she learned her children were involved in the tragic accident.

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Five kids spent 20 minutes in St. Louis Park pond after car veered off highway [UPDATE]

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Divers tried to rescue children from the pond.
:::: UPDATE :::: Mother of girl who died in pond crash gave birth prematurely after learning of child's fate

:::: UPDATE (November 22) ::::

Two of the children -- Zenavia, 5, and Alarious, 7, have died. The other three remain hospitalized with serious injuries. Alarious was driver Marion Guerrido's son. Zenavia wasn't Guerrido's child, but was the daughter of her boyfriend. (Guerrido is the mother of three of the five children who were in the car when it plunged into the pond.)

The Star Tribune reports that Guerrido doesn't have a valid driver's license. The chain of events culminating in the car being submerged aren't totally clear at this point, but the State Patrol says alcohol wasn't a factor. It's also unclear whether any of the five kids in the car were wearing seat belts.

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