A veteran has been found mentally incompetent to stand trial for a murder and attempted murder in Mankato last June. According to the Blue Earth County Attorney’s office, 25-year-old Levi Spencer Minissale is accused of stabbing 20-year-old Yesenia Gonzalez to death, as well as stabbing a 26-year-old man on the night of June 6, 2013. A court-ordered psychiatrist determined Minissale to be “mentally ill or mentally deficient,” and should be civilly committed as a mentally ill and dangerous individual.
A Golden Valley veteran just received a military honor after a decades-long delay. Fred Jenness was a Navy Seabee who was wounded in Vietnam in 1969. On Monday afternoon, he finally received a Purple Heart medal. The award was delayed for decades because his mission was classified, which made access to records difficult. Senator Amy Klobuchar, whose office helped Jenness get the medal, spoke at his ceremony.
A Minnesota National Guardsman, accused of stealing hundreds of soldiers’ identities, had a target list that included billionaire Warren Buffet. Keith Novak made his first appearance in federal court Monday on a fraud charge related to the identity theft. Novak is charged with one count of fraud in connection with the theft of personal identification information for more than 400 active-duty U.S. soldiers. The FBI revealed that much of the evidence against Novak comes from their taped conversations with him.
Kevin Williams has never been incredibly loquacious in public. He has always preferred to use that syrupy Arkansas drawl to talk about the game and not much else, batting away attention like he brushes aside a center on his way to the quarterback.
Verne Wiltse grew up in St. Paul and eagerly joined the Navy when he was 17, and was stationed in California and trained to be a dental assistant. After the service he went to Macalester College in St. Paul, got married and had a family.
The New York Giants have signed veteran running back Peyton Hillis. Hillis, who fills a void in the backfield, is a six-year veteran with a 1,000-yard season on his resume. He has played for Denver, Cleveland and Kansas City, and has 2,470 yards and 21 touchdowns for his career.
In Minnesota, veterans rallied at the Vietnam Memorial in St. Paul to show their support of the national movement. They talked about the closing of the national war memorials and the suspension of death benefits to military families.
Cortney Amundson served in the US Air Force from as a non-destructive inspection journeyman 2003-2007. She served during Operation Enduring Freedom during her deployment to Uzbekistan 2004-2005.
The events of Sept.11 inspired many Americans to serve their country by joining the armed forces. On Wednesday night, Minnesota veterans were recognized at the 25th Veterans’ Voices Award Ceremony. WCCO-TV’s Reg Chapman, a Gulf War vet, was the emcee at the event.
Matthew Gilbert is September’s Veteran of the Month!
A World War II veteran took a step back in history with a commemorative flight on a plane he learned to fly some 70 years ago. John Rewey was trained on a B-25 and a co-pilot on one for a short time before he was assigned on a B-24 crew. He flew 35 bombing missions over France and Germany. His family arranged for the 89 year old to take flight again.
John Dauffenbach entered the US Army in 1960 at the age of 17. He served in Germany from 1960 – 1963 as a Nuclear War head specialist, and a rocket assembly specialist.
A public tip has helped authorities arrest a man in connection with the hit-and-run crash that killed a man from Wyoming, Minn., earlier this month. According to the Department of Public Safety, Derek Anthony Sanders, 31, of Wyoming, Minn., was taken into custody from his parents’ residence Wednesday morning without incidence.
Trista Matascastillo began her 16-year military career in 1992 where she served as an Avionic Technician in the United States Navy and was the first woman to serve in her command.
Staff Sergeant Andrea Drost grew up in Luverne, Minn. and graduated from Luverne High School in 2004.