Your Monday News Brief: May 14

By: News Director Shawn Campbell

RED LAKE MN – The United States Attorney Gregory Booker announced a criminal complaint on May 3rd charging Michael Whitefeather with second degree murder. According to the complaint and law enforcement affidavit, on April 28, 2018, following a 911 call, investigators found the body of a male victim on a trail near the intersection of Highway 1 and Pike Creek on the Red Lake Indian Reservation. The subsequent autopsy indicated that the victim died of a gunshot wound to the head. Investigators located three spent yellow shotgun shells, two were found near the victim’s body and the third was found in a nearby field. Several witnesses reported to investigators that they heard multiple gunshots during the early morning hours of April 28, 2018, near the location where the victim’s body was found. According to the complaint and law enforcement affidavit, on May 2, 2018, investigators located and arrested Whitefeather in Bemidji. During a post-Miranda interview, Whitefeather admitted to possessing a pump-action shotgun and three yellow shotgun shells, and to shooting the victim in the head with the shotgun. The FBI is still seeking individuals involved in this matter, if you have any information about their whereabouts please call the FBI at 763-569-8000.

Negotiators for the Minnesota House and Senate have agreed on a tax cut bill to line up the state’s tax code with new federal changes.  This bill would not automatically reduce state income taxes if there were a budget surplus — something that Governor Mark Dayton strongly opposed.  Under the proposal, individual income tax rates are reduced in the bottom two brackets, there’s a corporate income tax cut, and all current itemized deductions would still be allowed on Minnesota income taxes. Republicans must now convince the governor to support the bill.

Next fall’s third graders are invited to compete for the most minutes read in the Read to the Final Four program. The schools with the highest average number of minutes spent reading between this fall and April 2019 will receive prizes during the 2019 N-C-A-A Final Four men’s basketball championship. The 2019 Minneapolis Final Four organizing committee and the N-C-A-A are partnering to offer the program.

Minnesota families who’ve lost loved ones in distracted-driving crashes are demanding action on a hands-free driving bill.  The group gathered at the state Capitol last week with photos of those victimized by distracted drivers.  The bill has moved through a key committee to the House floor, but faces an uphill battle in the Senate.

VERNDALE MN – A crash on Highway 10 left Four Adults and two children injured yesterday. A Kia Sedona was stopped northbound at Brown Street NW and Highway 10. A Honda Pilot was eastbound highway 10 when the Kia attempted to cross highway 10 and was struck by the Honda Pilot. The four adults and two children were transported for treatment.



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