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Former deputy charged in double homicide

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Prosecutors have charged a former Wisconsin sheriff's deputy with killing his wife and sister-in-law last week.

Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne filed two charges of first-degree intentional homicide against Andrew Steele on Friday. Steele would face mandatory life in prison if convicted. A court commissioner set bail at $1 million.

Steele's attorney said her client respects the criminal justice system and will work within it to see the case to its conclusion.

Detectives believe Steele killed his wife, Ashlee Steele, and his sister-in-law, Kacee Tollefsbol, of Lake Elmo, Minnesota, in the Steeles' home in Fitchburg, a Madison suburb, on Aug. 22.

Steele resigned from the Dane County Sheriff's Department in June after he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease.


No sanctions for destruction of 'fantasy logs'

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A convicted serial rapist who destroyed explicit journals that could have been used as evidence for officials fighting his release in Minnesota won't face legal consequences for failing to keep his writings known as "fantasy logs."

Fifty-eight-year-old Thomas Duvall kept the journals while undergoing therapy in the Minnesota Sex Offender Program. Attorney General Lori Swanson opposes Duvall's release and wants to portray Duvall as dishonest and manipulative. The attorney general alleges that Duvall lied about the circumstances of his destruction of the fantasy logs in an attempt to hide violent and deviant thoughts that might prevent his release.

The Star Tribune says the Duvall case has become a flash point in the debate over the future of the sex offender program, which confines nearly 700 rapists, pedophiles and other offenders in secure treatment centers in St. Peter and Moose Lake.


Treatment center for youth closes

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. (AP) - A youth treatment center is closing its doors in Fergus Falls.

Catholic Charities started a program for troubled youth in 1989 on the grounds of a former state hospital. The program later moved to a new building.

Executive Director Steve Bresnahan tells KBRF radio that Catholic Charities has had difficulty attracting and retaining employees for the facility. The children in the Fergus Falls intensive treatment unit will be transferred to other treatment facilities.


Minnesota tribe fights resort over liquor license

BEMIDJI, Minn. (AP) - The Beltrami County Board is set to decide whether to grant a liquor license to a resort located near a dry reservation.

Minnesota Public Radio reports county commissioners will meet next week to vote on proposed liquor sales at Roger's Resort. Owner Chris Freudenberg was on track to receive his license until Red Lake Band of Ojibwe representatives showed up at a public hearing last week to lobby against the request.

Tribal Council member Gary Nelson asked commissioners to set up a buffer zone around the Red Lake Indian Reservation in which no liquor licenses can be granted. The band says it opposes the sale of alcohol because its members have a history of alcoholism.

Freudenberg says he only wants to sell alcohol so his insurance premiums are lower.


Arrest in 2012 death of toddler

VIRGINIA, Minn. (AP) - Authorities say a Hibbing man has been arrested in the 2012 death of a two-year-old girl.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Virginia police and the St. Louis County Attorney's office say a 26-year-old man is in custody for the death of Caroline Shenze Marie Medicine-Chavez.

Authorities plan to release more details later Friday.


St. Cloud State faces a potential $10M deficit

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - St. Cloud State University is facing a maximum budget deficit of $10 million due to low enrollment.

The St. Cloud Times reports the university has seen student enrollment decline for the past four years. Enrollment could've fallen as much 5 percent this fall, but university officials won't know until the end of the month.

The university hopes to close the budget gap through a two- to three-year plan that includes the use of reserve dollars and a 5 percent cut of all non-personnel budgets.

President Earl H. Potter III announced Thursday that the university will also implement a year-long "flexible hiring freeze" in response to the deficit. He says the university isn't currently considering layoffs.


Vikings WR Simpson gets 3-game suspension by NFL

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jerome Simpson has been suspended for three games for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, his second such punishment in three seasons.

The league announced the punishment Friday, putting Simpson on the sideline until Sept. 22 when the Vikings begin practice for Week 4. Simpson will sit out games against St. Louis, New England and New Orleans.

Simpson traveled to NFL headquarters last week for an appeal hearing, but his effort ultimately had no effect on the ban. Simpson was arrested last November on suspicion of drunken driving, and in January he pleaded guilty to careless driving and refusing to submit to a chemical test.

Simpson missed the first three games in 2012 following a felony drug conviction.

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