Olmsted County News


01/20/2018 04:27 AM  ~~~Source~~~
Our View: Worthy recipients of our first-ever Fist Bumps 

Lindsay Arf, who lives in the Twin Cities, was a sex trafficking victim for more than 10 years and was able to break free of drug use and trafficking with help from Olmsted County programs and advocates. Lindsay Arf, who lives in the Twin Cities, was a sex trafficking victim for more than 10 years and was able to break free of drug use and trafficking with help from Olmsted County programs and advocates.


01/19/2018 11:57 PM  ~~~Source~~~
Man convicted of stalking in case that led to suicide 

A Stewartville man whom authorities blamed for a woman's suicide was convicted by a jury last week for a pattern of stalking conduct, a felony, that contributed her death. The Olmsted County District Court jury handed down a guilty verdict a week ago Thursday, after the most serious charges - third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter - filed against 36-year-old Long Vang were dismissed in November 2016 .


01/19/2018 09:48 PM  ~~~Source~~~
Olmsted County Launches Efforts to Raise Human Trafficking Awareness 

Olmsted County is continuing its efforts in spreading awareness about human trafficking and sexual exploitation, this time they are reaching out to lodging establishments. Last week, Olmsted County Public Health sent out an email with a link to a survey of more than 100 lodging establishments to see where improvements can be made.


01/19/2018 02:37 PM  ~~~Source~~~
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She will serve as one of the 15 core members of the group which will review existing housing strategies in Minnesota and consider new practices to improve stability and ensure safe and stable housing for all individuals, families, and communities.


01/19/2018 09:49 AM  ~~~Source~~~
Council commits to housing effort 

The Rochester City Council has committed to spending $250,000 during the next two years to support the creation of affordable housing in Rochester. While details for governing the newly formed Coalition for Rochester Area Housing remain uncertain, council members voted 6-0 to set aside the funds for future efforts.


01/19/2018 04:59 AM  ~~~Source~~~
Department of Veteran Affairs Expanded Coverage 

A recent U.S. Court of Appeals claim decision states the VA is no longer allowed to deny reimbursement for emergency medical services. "Veterans in an emergency situation, they go to the nearest facility, locally, and if the veteran is able to they contact the Minneapolis VA within 72 hours of that situation or a family member or hospital staff.


01/19/2018 12:23 AM  ~~~Source~~~
Human Rights Commission Discusses Pay For Disabled Workers, New Police Chief 

The conversation was sparked by a viral video on Facebook posted by Democratic Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who said some workers with disabilities can be paid as little as 33 cents per hour for their work. At the meeting, commission member Jennifer Belisle said it's an issue facing people across the state, including in Rochester.


01/18/2018 07:45 PM  ~~~Source~~~
Suspect hiding under bed found with machete 

Olmsted County Sheriff's deputies on Wednesday arrested a Rochester man after he was found "partially hidden" underneath a bed, with a machete nearby. The incident began around 5 p.m., as Olmsted County Sheriff's deputies were executing a search warrant at an Oronoco home in the 100 block of Third Street Southeast.


01/18/2018 03:01 PM  ~~~Source~~~
Friends say shooting victim was larger than life 

That's why news of his death is having such a "ripple effect" in the community, said Gordy Ziebart, principal at the Alternative Learning Center, where Rahim attended school. On Sunday, Rahim was shot and killed by 25-year-old Alexander William Weiss.


01/18/2018 10:05 AM  ~~~Source~~~
Prosecutors drop sexual assault charges against Minn. man who they... 

The brother of the man acquitted in the kidnapping and murder of Corrine Erstad in the early 1990s no longer faces sexual assault charges in Ramsey County. The Ramsey County attorney's office dismissed two counts of criminal sexual conduct previously pending against Jerry Guevara Jr., citing the need for additional investigation.


01/18/2018 07:38 AM  ~~~Source~~~
Human Trafficking Awareness 

ROCHESTER, Minn.- Mission 21 held a presentation at the Rochester Mayo Civic Center to talk about life after human sex trafficking. The event was held in light of January being human sex trafficking awareness month.


01/18/2018 02:56 AM  ~~~Source~~~
Day in History: Porkless day is new mandate 

Martin Luther King Jr., at a Rochester Community Baptist Church. George Gibbs, an African-American community leader, praised King for his leadership and vision and for his courage in civil disobedience, then a new method of protest.


01/17/2018 03:12 PM  ~~~Source~~~
PDF: Alexander Weiss Second Degree Murder Criminal Complaint 

An inmate at the Olmsted County Adult Detention Center may face charges after he was allegedly found with contraband in his jail cell. Rochester police have identified a suspect in what was allegedly an accidental shooting that injured one woman during the weekend.


01/17/2018 03:12 PM  ~~~Source~~~
Alexander Weiss Charged with 2nd Degree Murder; Released on Bond 

The man police say shot and killed 17-year-old Muhammad Rahim over the weekend has been granted a conditional release on a $75,000 bond. Alexander Weiss appeared in court Wednesday morning to face charges of 2nd Degree Murder.


01/16/2018 04:36 PM  ~~~Source~~~
Inmate caught with contraband 

An inmate at the Olmsted County Adult Detention Center may face charges after he was allegedly found with contraband in his jail cell. Olmsted County Sheriff's Office deputies noticed suspicious behavior between 29-year-old Cody Haakenson and his cell mate on Saturday, said Olmsted County Sheriff's Capt.