Thousands of Minnesota veterans return home from combat duty every year. But when they get here, it’s sometimes tough to get a job. That’s only one of the struggles veterans face. Finding a job, getting health care services, fighting homelessness.
Two combat medics who recently served in Iraq and Afghanistan plan to march 23 miles with other veterans through Minneapolis and St. Paul Friday to raise awareness that nearly two dozen soldiers die each day by suicide.
Roseville Police have identified the two men involved in a murder-suicide that happened Thursday afternoon. Police say 44-year-old Cheng Vang from Roseville shot and killed his wife’s co-worker – 33-year old Joseph Yang from Brooklyn Park – before turning the gun on himself. The incident happened at 4:15 p.m. in the parking lot of CPI Card Group in the 1900 block of West County Road B2, where Cheng’s wife, Yong Vang, worked with Yang.
Ohio corrections officials say Ariel Castro who held three women captive in his home for nearly a decade has committed suicide at a state prison facility. Spokeswoman JoEllen Smith says 53-year-old Castro was found hanging in his cell around 9:20 p.m. Tuesday at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient.
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) says the state’s suicide rate is inching upward. The rate rose to 12.4 per 100,000 people last year, up from 11.2 from 2011. The new rate mirrors the national average. The MDH says 684 people killed themselves in the most recent period. To put that number in perspective, Minnesota had 368 traffic-related deaths in 2011. The data shows a general upward trend apart from a short-term dip around 2009.
The Department of Human Services says a man committed to the Minnesota Sex Offender Program has killed himself. Deputy Commissioner Anne Barry says he died Saturday at the program’s Moose Lake facility. She says it’s the only known suicide in the history of the sex offender treatment program. Citing privacy laws, the department declined to identify him or say how he killed himself. Sex offenders who are civilly committed to the program when they complete their prison sentences are considered patients, not inmates.
The Ramsey County Sheriff’s Department says they are investigating after a shooting incident left two dead and two injured Tuesday morning in north Shoreview, Minn. Reports say the incident happened near County Road J in a private home in that neighborhood.
Authorities have identified the body of a woman that was found earlier this week in the Mississippi River near Fort Snelling. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner said Friday authorities recovered the body of 16-year-old Erika Renee Borgstrom of Roberts, Wis.
San Antonio police believe the discovery of two men and a woman shot to death in a house is a double murder and suicide, and they were employees of a New Ulm, Minn.-based trucking company.
The name says it all: TXT4Life. Minnesota lawmakers are moving to add the text message-based suicide prevention program to the existing statewide phone hotline, citing figures from a pilot program in northeastern Minnesota that show teens would rather send a text than make a call for help.
Prosecutors say a former Minnesota nurse convicted of going online and encouraging two people to kill themselves was not exercising his right to free speech.
Authorities are investigating the suicide of an inmate at the St. Louis County jail in Hibbing.
Police are investigating an apparent murder-suicide case in Ramsey, Minn. Officers with the Ramsey Police Department say they were dispatched to a home on the 8500 block of 176th Lane Northwest.
A rest area in Pine County was closed Thursday so that emergency crews could clean up hazardous chemicals.
CNN has settled with the family of Minnesota mother who set herself on fire after she was called “Vodka Mom” on Nancy Grace’s show