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MISSING GIRL

Missing Minnesota girl found in Detroit, man arrested

A Twin Cities teenager who has been missing since last week has been found in Detroit. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported Thursday that 16-year-old Jymirah Chatman of Brooklyn Park was found at an undisclosed location in Detroit late Tuesday by the Michigan State Police and the FBI. Police said a 32-year-old Detroit man suspected of taking her from Minnesota to Michigan was arrested and is awaiting extradition to Minnesota. Chatman was last seen at her home early last week. She left a note saying she was leaving but would return. Authorities believe she was a passenger in a Toyota Camry involved in a single-car crash on Interstate 94 near Mauston, Wisconsin. 

RACIAL-INJUSTICE-MINNEAPOLIS-UNREST

Man gets 100 months in prison for damage in protest

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge has sentenced a St. Paul man to more than eight years in prison for burning, looting and damaging businesses during a 2020 protest against police brutality in Minneapolis. U.S. District Judge Patrick Schlitz sentenced 32-year-old Victor Devon Edwards on Wednesday to 100 months in prison and two years of supervised. A jury convicted Edwards this past August of one count of riot and one count of arson. According to prosecutors, Edwards drove to downtown Minneapolis on Aug. 26, 2020, to join a crowd that was protested after false rumors surfaced that police had killed a man. Surveillance video shows the man shot himself. 

TORNADO CONFIRMED

Weather Service confirms seventh tornado in Freeborn County

ALBERT LEA, Minn. (AP) — The National Weather Service has confirmed a seventh tornado struck a southeastern Minnesota county during wind storms earlier this month. The Albert Lea Tribune reported Wednesday that the weather service on Tuesday confirmed a seventh tornado hit Freeborn County on the night of Dec. 15. The weather service rated the twister an EF-0 on the Extended Fujita Scale. The tornado packed winds that topped out at 80 mph. It was on the ground for almost three miles and damaged trees and farm buildings and tossed hay bales across a road. Twenty tornadoes have now been confirmed statewide. 

CAVE RESCUE

Firefighters rescue injured woman from Minnesota cave

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Firefighters have rescued an injured woman from a cave in a Minneapolis park. The city’s fire department issued a news release saying firefighters got a call about 6 p.m. Wednesday that a woman had fallen in the cave located behind the frozen Minnehaha Falls in Minnehaha Regional Park in Minneapolis. Firefighters used ropes and harnesses to reach the cave and found the woman deep inside the cavern. She said she had slipped and injured her ankle and couldn’t climb out. Firefighters splinted her ankle, put her in a rescue basket and hauled her up to paramedics. She was ultimately taken to a hospital. No one else was hurt. 

DAUNTE WRIGHT-OFFICER TRIAL

Juror: Kim Potter made mistake but was still responsible

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A member of the jury that convicted Minnesota police officer Kim Potter of manslaughter in the killing of Daunte Wright says jurors felt she made an honest mistake when she drew her firearm instead of her Taser, but that she was still responsible for his death. The juror spoke with KARE-TV reporter Lou Raguse on the condition of anonymity due to what the station described as the “public animosity” surrounding the case. In the story published Wednesday, the juror said no one felt Potter was a racist or meant to kill Wright, but that doesn’t mean she was above the law. The juror also said deliberations grew heated at times and that nearly every juror cried at some point. 

AP-US-GEORGE-FLOYD-POLICING-REFORMS

States diverge on police reforms after George Floyd killing

DENVER (AP) — Democratic lawmakers in California, Maryland and Washington passed far-reaching policing reforms this year in response to the 2020 killing of George Floyd in Minnesota. But the first full year of state legislative sessions since the killing sparked a summer of racial justice protests produced a far more mixed response in the rest of the country. A number of states implemented incremental reforms, such as banning chokeholds or tightening rules around use of body cameras. But several Republican-led states responded by granting police even greater authority and passing laws that cracked down on protesters. Police reform legislation also hit a wall in Congress.

TEACHER CONTRACT

St. Paul teachers, schools enter talks for new contact

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The St. Paul school district and its teachers union are discussing a new contract for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic cut short a three-day teacher strike in March 2020. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported Wednesday the two sides have entered mediation. The union is looking for smaller class sizes, more mental health support and 2.5% raises. The district wants to hold down costs in the face of shrinking enrollment. Minneapolis teachers also are in mediation with their school district over similar concerns. 

FEDERAL RESERVE-FIRE

Crews douse fire at Federal Reserve loading dock

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Emergency crews have doused a fire at the Federal Reserve building in Minneapolis. The city’s fire department said in a news release that firefighters were called to the building Wednesday morning. They arrived find heavy smoke in a loading dock area near a metal roll-up door. Firefighters learned that the door was frozen shut from the cold and an employee had used a heating torch to thaw it. The heat from the torch started a small fire in the insulation in the walls near the door. Firefighters sprayed water into the walls and extinguished the fire. No one was hurt and the building sustained no structural damage. 

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