A fugitive accused by the government of leading a terrorist sleeper cell here has been arrested in North Carolina and will be extradited to Michigan to face charges, authorities said.
Identified by court papers only as Abdella, the man was accused in an August indictment of acting with "a covert underground support unit" and an "operational combat cell" for a radical Islamic movement allied with al-Qaida.
The suspect is 36 years old and his last known residence was in Minneapolis, according to court documents.
The indictment alleges the man "provided direction" to the Detroit terrorist cell.
Prosecutors charge four farmers in fraud scheme
Federal prosecutors on Wednesday charged three North Dakota farmers and one from Minnesota with illegally profiting from $1.8 million in federal disaster payments.
They also filed additional charges against a Minnesota businessman, who was indicted in September by a federal grand jury in connection with the scheme. The grand jury also charged a trucking company for conspiracy to commit money laundering.
In the original indictment, Kevin T. Kirsch, 31, of Mahnomen, Minn., was accused of enticing the farmers to sell wheat at a discount to a co-op in Oslo, Minn., where he worked. He then provided documents that showed the wheat suffered from weather damage, allowing them to obtain crop insurance and disaster aid payments, according to prosecutors.
The federal government paid $1 million in crop insurance and more than $800,000 in disaster aid, as a result of the conspiracy.
New Brighton man helps cops nab mail theft suspect
Ramsey County prosecutors were considering charges of mail theft against a woman who was caught earlier this week with the help of a sharp-eyed New Brighton man.
New Brighton police arrested the 27-year-old woman on Tuesday after finding stolen mail in her possession and after she led officers on an high-speed chase past an elementary school.
Officials said the case could involved mail thefts from 10 cities and up to 22 victims. It comes at a time when the St. Paul field office of the U.S. Postal Service gets dozens of complaints of mail theft each week.
"Everybody needs to be vigilant; everybody needs to pay attention," said Susan Matt, U.S. Postal Inspector for the St. Paul field office. Thieves frequently alter checks they take from mailboxes.
Wellstone family considering lawsuit
The sons of the late U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone have hired two prominent lawyers to investigate the airplane crash that killed Wellstone, his wife, a daughter and five others.
Sam Kaplan, legal adviser to Mark and David Wellstone, confirmed to the Star Tribune that Mike Ciresi and Roberta Walburn have been retained by the Wellstone family to consider possible legal action in connection with the Oct. 25 charter airplane crash near Eveleth.
Amundson moved after assault, commissioner allows cell phone talk
A former Minnesota Court of Appeals judge serving nearly six years in prison was moved after being assaulted at the first prison to which he was sent.
Roland Amundson, 53, convicted earlier this year of theft in his handling of the trust fund of a retarded woman, was assaulted at the state prison in Faribault shortly after he began serving his sentence in June.
"As I understand it, there were some incompatibility issues," Dennis Benson, deputy commissioner of the corrections department, said Wednesday. "Some issues with other inmates." Meanwhile, several Twin Cities media outlets reported allegations that Amundson received preferential treatment at the Lino Lakes prison last summer from Corrections Commissioner Sheryl Ramstad Hvass.
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