Green Line train kills Shana Buchanan, controversial Twin Cities attorney

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Emergency personnel gather at the scene of Sunday's accident.
-- Update at bottom --

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner confirmed this morning that the woman killed by a Green Line train around 10:15 a.m. Sunday is Shana Gail Buchanan, a controversial Twin Cities attorney who we wrote about back in 2012.

Buchanan, 42, reportedly tried to cross the tracks near the Westgate station when she was struck by an eastbound train. Warning lights were flashing and a warning bell was ringing, but Buchanan might not have heard it, as she was wearing headphones at the time.

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Nokomis drowning: Mpls Park Board explains why lifeguard wasn't on duty

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A teenager was trying to swim to the raft visible in the distance when he drowned.
Around 10 a.m. yesterday, a 15-year-old football player at Minneapolis South High School drowned while swimming off Lake Nokomis's east beach with a group of seven teammates following a summer practice. (Update -- the boy has been identified as Sha-kym Adams.)

Witnesses reported hearing the boy, who was trying to swim out to a raft about 50 feet from the shore, cry out in distress before he went under. Despite a frantic search involving his teammates and bystanders, his body wasn't found until about an hour later. No lifeguard was on duty at the time.

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Mike VanWagner allegedly kills teen in drunken wreck, posts pic of totaled car with smiley face

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Mike VanWagner and his son.
:::: UPDATE :::: Charges: Mike VanWagner, man who posted smiley face following fatal wreck, had .29 BAL

Around 3 p.m. on July 24, Coon Rapids resident Mike VanWagner was allegedly involved in two accidents in quick succession along Highway 252 in Brooklyn Park.

First, he sideswiped a vehicle. But that didn't stop him, and tragically, the second incident would be much more serious.

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Mendota Heights' Scott Patrick first Minnesota cop killed in line of duty since 2012

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Though he hasn't yet been charged, authorities have linked Fitch (left) with the murder of Officer Patrick (right).
Yesterday, tragically, Mendota Heights' most veteran police officer, 47-year-old Scott Patrick, became the first Minnesota officer killed in the line of duty since Cold Spring Officer Tom Decker was gunned down under mysterious circumstances in November 2012.

Patrick was shot in the head during a routine traffic stop on Dodd Road near Smith Avenue South just across Mendota Heights' border in West St. Paul around 12:20 p.m. Authorities believe 39-year-old Brian Fitch was the gunman. At this point there's no indication the two ever interacted with each other previously, but Fitch may have had a motive to open fire -- a warrant has been out for his arrest since last month, the Pioneer Press reports.

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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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Jennifer Brooks on Twitter
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
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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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Rachel Downer charged with manslaughter after her cousin, 6, freezes to death

Categories: Crime, Tragedy
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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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