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Man convicted of felonies, misdemeanors following fatal DWI crash

A man in Minnesota was accused earlier this year of killing an 8-year-old boy due to operating a snowmobile while intoxicated. A jury recently found the 45-year-old man guilty of the multiple felony and misdemeanor charges filed against him in connection with the accident. The felonies he was accused of committing include criminal vehicular homicide (two counts) and murder in the third degree. Meanwhile, the misdemeanors include driving while intoxicated and the criminal operation of a vehicle.

The accident apparently took place when the boy was putting up a portable ice house with his dad. The man suddenly struck the rear of the family's pickup truck with his snowmobile. The pickup then hit the boy and dragged him over the surface of a frozen lake.

Former school superintendent accused of white collar crimes

A previous superintendent in Minnesota has been charged with embezzling public money. However, he was also recently accused of bribery. Still, like other people who are accused of committing white collar crimes, he is deemed innocent unless his guilt can be proved in a court of law.

According to prosecutors, the former chief of schools solicited a construction firm to renovate his home. He also allegedly managed to use his position to cover his personal travel expenses. In addition, the man reportedly took advantage of his position to go to sporting events.

Charges of felonies, misdemeanors may stem from alleged assault

A man in Minnesota was recently accused of striking the face of a legislative candidate while they were discussing politics on a Friday night. The man now faces both felony and misdemeanor charges in connection with the incident. However, just because a person is formally accused of felonies or misdemeanors does not mean that he or she is automatically guilty. Instead, the person is presumed innocent unless and until his or her guilt is proved in a court of law.

Authorities said that the man, 53 years old, was at a bar at the time of the incident. While sitting on a bar stool, he was reportedly talking politics with a House candidate. During their discussion, the man on the bar stool allegedly punched the candidate after the candidate apparently made comments regarding the middle class.

Students continue to turn to study drugs for illegal enhancements

Fall semester coursework is just over halfway complete for students in the Twin Cities, which generally means the toughest and most extensive work is yet to come. As the holidays approach, so do final exams, group projects, papers and other semester-end work.

Students face an increasing workload with equally inclined stress levels. Many students will choose to handle this increased pressure in productive ways, such as joining a study group, seeking an instructor’s help or spending more time in the libraries. Unfortunately, these are not the only types of study strategies used by students on campuses across the country, including those in Minneapolis.

Woman in Minnesota accused of white collar crimes

A woman was recently charged with embezzlement at a Minnesota restaurant. According to authorities, she stole over $27,000. However, just because people are accused of committing white collar crimes does not mean that they are automatically guilty. Instead, they are always presumed innocent until and unless their guilt can be proved in a court of law.

In the recent embezzlement case, authorities said that the woman whom they arrested for embezzlement had been forging checks at the restaurant since November of 2016. They made the arrest after the owner of the restaurant reportedly discovered things that appeared odd on a bank statement. Police said that the business owner eventually learned that her bookkeeper had written checks to both herself and her daughter, despite the fact that her daughter was not an employee of the eatery.

3 individuals charged with felonies following allegedy robbery

Three people are facing criminal charges associated with a robbery and assault that reportedly took place in late September in Minnesota. So far, two of the individuals have been taken into custody for allegedly committing both felonies and misdemeanors. Meanwhile, a warrant was issued for the third one.

According to police, the three individuals punched a man and threatened him with a rifle. They also reportedly took some personal items from him. A 20-year-old man faces charges of aggravated robbery in the first degree and assault in the second degree. His bail is $150,000.

2 men sentenced to prison for fraud

Two chiropractors in Minnesota were recently sentenced to years behind bars for engaging in fraudulent activity. Specifically, they participated in separate insurance schemes through which they were able to acquire millions of dollars. The two men facing prison time for fraud are 34 and 40 years old.

Juries found the two men guilty in separate trials last year. Both of them were found guilty of conspiracy and mail fraud. However, the 40-year-old man was also found guilty of wire fraud. They essentially used runners to get car crash victims to receive treatment at their clinics, and the runners paid kickbacks to those patients whom they recruited. The men did not pay the runners until the patients had undergone a certain quantity of chiropractic treatment sessions.

Couple accused of committing tax-related felonies

Two individuals in Minnesota were recently accused of committing tax-related crimes. They now face felony charges as a result. However, anybody accused of committing felonies in Minnesota is always presumed innocent until and unless proved guilty in a court of law.

According to authorities, the two individuals -- a married couple -- had received over 35 notices from Minnesota's revenue department prior to being charged. Officials said they willfully avoided filing their tax returns and thus paying taxes between 2013 and 2016. Therefore, they currently owe income tax totaling $55,000.

Man convicted of fraud in connection with wind energy scheme

A man in Minnesota was recently convicted in federal court on criminal charges after spearheading a scheme aimed at bilking wind energy customers out of millions of dollars. The scheme took place over the course of several years. The man convicted of fraud in connection with the scheme is 52 years old.

He apparently created a renewable energy company back in 2009. At the time, he claimed to sell, install and maintain wind turbines that could help farmers to reduce their energy costs. However, he ended up stealing $13 million from his customers from 2010 to 2013.

Man accused of committing felonies, including robbery

A man in Minnesota was recently taken into custody for allegedly committing a robbery. The man is also said to have physically struck the man he robbed. However, those who are accused of committing felonies such as robberies are always presumed innocent until their guilt can be proved in a court of law.

Police said they were told about shots being fired at a particular mobile home. When they arrived at the scene of the incident, they determined that a man, 58, had fallen victim to a robbery and assault. Specifically, a 37-year-old man had allegedly robbed him and used a handgun to hit him in the head.

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