Federal charges have been filed against a Utah trucker accused of keeping sex slaves in his semitrailer for months at a time. Authorities have accused 54-year-old Timothy Jay Vafeades of kidnapping a 19-year-old female relative in May, taking her across the country and sexually abusing her hundreds of times. Vafeades was arrested Nov. 26 in Clay County, Minn., by an officer who realized the teenager had a restraining order against Vafeades.
Authorities say a 91-year-old Sabin man has died after the vehicle he was riding in collided with a train in Clay County in northwestern Minnesota.
A 97-year-old Minnesota man survived a jump from a moving truck last weekend. Johnie Beckerleg of Dilworth was waiting in his son’s pickup outside of a Walmart when a man jumped in and drove off with Beckerleg still inside. Beckerleg opened his door and jumped out. He says he has “no idea” how he pulled it off. He normally uses a walker to get around.
A truck driver from Utah is accused of holding a 19-year-old relative against her will while the two traveled across country. The 53-year-old man from Salt Lake City was arrested last week at a truck scale outside of Moorhead, Minn. A Minnesota state trooper discovered a Florida warrant for the man’s arrest. The man was charged in Clay County court with kidnapping, false imprisonment and domestic abuse.
A Moorhead woman is accused of being drunk while caring for children at a day care she operates in her home. Fifty-four-year-old Jayne Cote is charged with four gross misdemeanor counts of neglect or endangerment of a child. Clay County Attorney Brian Melton says when police performed a welfare check at the day care on Oct. 2, Cote’s blood-alcohol level was 0.18 percent. That’s more than twice Minnesota’s legal limit for driving of 0.08 percent.
Five car crash-related deaths and 560 DWI arrests occurred during the Fourth of July holiday period, says the Department of Public Safety. During the holiday period – from Wednesday, July 3 at 5:30 p.m. through Sunday, July 7 – there were five people killed in four crashes. Three of the deaths were motorcyclists killed in two separate crashes on July 4 – the deadliest day of the year on Minnesota roads, according to DPS records. On the evening of July 3, a bicyclist was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver in south Minneapolis.
Prosecutors have charged a Minnesota man with manslaughter after his 5-month-old daughter died after being left for hours in a hot minivan last week. The Clay County Attorney’s office charged 24-year-old Andrew Sandstrom with one count of second-degree manslaughter.
A judge has ruled that five siblings of a baby girl who died after she was accidentally left in a hot van in Moorhead will temporarily remain in the custody of social services. According to Clay County Attorney Brian Melton, five-month-old Christiana Sandstrom died after being left in van by her parents – Andrew and Shayna Sandstrom.
Authorities say a suspect fled from a vehicle following a police chase in Clay County and was found dead the next day, apparently of hypothermia.
The Minnesota State Patrol identified Eileen Johnson, 87, of Pelican Rapids, Minn., as the victim who drowned after a vehicle went off the road and into open water in northwestern Minnesota Friday night.
One person is dead in northwestern Minnesota after a vehicle went off the roadway and into open water.
A western Minnesota prosecutor is preparing to return to work, months after doctors discovered a tumor on his pituitary gland.
A waitress in Minnesota will keep her $12,000 tip after police confiscated the cash, according to her attorney Craig Richie.
A waitress in Minnesota is suing after $12,000 was left at her restaurant table — she says it was a tip but police say, it’s drug money, according to The Forum.
The ongoing effort to remove private property from flood-prone land along the Red River has hit a snag in Moorhead as residents complain about below-market offers for their land.