The state Court of Appeals has thrown out the conviction of a southern Minnesota man, saying the amount of meth-tainted water found in his bong was far under the threshold required for his imprisonment. Ryan M. Drown, 32, of Waseca was sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison in 2013 for having the tainted water in a bong that amounted to less than half an ounce. He had been convicted for second- and third-degree drug possession in Blue Earth County District Court.
The Minnesota Court of Appeals has affirmed a lower court decision to dismiss the most serious counts against a teen accused of plotting to kill his family and carry out an attack at Waseca Junior and Senior High School.
Two teenagers who are accused of assisting, possibly unknowingly, a Waseca teenager in his plot to kill his family and set off explosives at his school have pleaded guilty. John LaDue was arrested last April after authorities said they found bomb-making materials in a storage locker in Waseca.
Prosecutors are asking a state appeals court to reinstate attempted murder charges against a teenager accused of plotting a school attack in southern Minnesota. The appeals court holds a hearing Wednesday in the Waseca County case.
Less than 24 hours after a man robbed a bank in Minnesota’s Steele County, police arrested a suspect in Texas after a 40-mile car chase.
Halloween is almost here. Last week I took a look at not-so-scary Halloween events around the Twin Cities. This week, let’s take a look at a sampling of Halloween events around the state.
Attorneys for a teenager accused of plotting a school attack in southern Minnesota say a state appeals court lacks the authority to reinstate the most serious charges filed against the boy.
Just two days after a judge dismissed the attempted murder charges against the Waseca teen accused of plotting to bomb his school, 17-year-old John LaDue made a court appearance Wednesday morning. Transported from a juvenile detention facility in Red Wing, LaDue was back in a Waseca courtroom to learn if he would be tried as an adult.
Some of the most serious charges facing the Waseca teen accused of planning to bomb his school and kill his parents have been dismissed. According to court documents filed on Monday, a judge dismissed the four counts of premeditated murder facing 17-year-old John LaDue. The judge said that the state failed to show that the teen made substantial steps toward killing anyone.
A 66-year-old Waseca woman was killed Friday morning in a crash involving a semi-tractor trailer. The fatal crash happened at about 10:46 a.m. on Old Highway 14 near 95th Street, according to the Waseca County Sheriff’s Office.
Fire crews responded to a multi-unit structure fire in downtown Waterville, Minn. Thursday morning. According to Waterville Fire Chief Chris Meskan, the structure affected is the Old Rogers Building, located on 128 3rd Street South.
A Minnesota teenager accused of plotting to kill his family and classmates told police he thinks he’s a sociopath. Investigators recorded their questioning of 17-year-old John La Due after his arrest in April. In the nearly five-hour interview, La Due talked in detail about wanting to kill as many people as possible at his school in Waseca.
Recordings of a police interview with the Waseca teen accused of plotting to bomb his school and kill his family and fellow students have been released. WCCO-TV got hold of the records Tuesday, and they reveal that 17-year-old John LaDue considered himself to be mentally ill, was enamored with tragedies and wanted to kill as many people as possible in his hometown.
Three more people have been charged in connection with what investigators are calling a 17-year-old Waseca boy’s plot to kill his family and stage a Columbine-like attack on his school. According to the Waseca Police Department, two 17-year-old males and a 40-year-old man all face criminal charges.
A 17-year-old Waseca boy is back in court Wednesday, addressing charges that he plotted to kill his family and then stage a Columbine-like attack on his school.
The ‘Hidden Cash’ frenzy is hitting closer to home, thanks to a couple in Waseca, Minn. who just wants to give back. The ‘Hidden Cash’ frenzy started with one guy who hid cash in California, then tweeted out its location. Several copycats have since popped up in Washington, Texas, Louisiana and, now, Waseca.
A potential key piece of evidence in the case of a teen accused of planning an attack on his school could be thrown out. John LaDue, 17, was arrested in April after authorities found explosive-making material. The Mankato Free Press reported that the defense attorney is asking the judge to seal a journal that authorities say includes details of the plot.
A judge is set to decide whether a teenager accused of plotting to bomb his school and kill his family should be tried as an adult. Seventeen-year-old John LaDue appeared in court late Monday morning.
Students are back in a southeastern Minnesota school after authorities last week foiled a teenager’s suspected plot to attack the school. Counselors were on hand Monday as students returned to the Waseca junior and senior high school building that was the target of the alleged plot. Superintendent Tom Lee says the school is “just trying to get back to normal as quickly as we can.”
It wasn’t typical for churches in Waseca to host services Friday night, but the past few days have been anything but normal.
Julia Speck would often hear her 17-year-old neighbor, John David LaDue, throwing knives and axes at a tree in the front yard.
Officials said after the series of events surrounding a Waseca teen accused of plotting to kill his family and plant bombs around area schools, a community meeting will be held Friday night to discuss enhanced security measures.
A Waseca, Minn. teenager has been charged with attempted murder, possessing explosives, and attempting to damage property after allegedly planting a number of devices at a school playground.
Officials in southern Minnesota are asking the public’s help in figuring out why three homemade explosive devices — one of which was found inside a stuffed animal — were discovered on an elementary school playground this week.
A fallen Minnesota Marine returned home Saturday to a community that honored his sacrifice. Hundreds gathered to pay their respects to Cpl. Caleb Erickson and remembered a life taken too soon.