A local high school hockey coach is accused of giving two female players alcohol and then having sex with them along with one of his friends. Eric Patrick Darwitz, 31, of Oakdale, could face 15 years in prison for each of the two charges against him for criminal sexual conduct by a person of authority. He is now a girls hockey coach at Shattuck-St. Mary's prep school in Faribault. According to the complaint, he invited the two 16-year-olds over for a party and he and a friend picked them up. They served booze and then took turns having sex with them. One girl says he had them both perform oral sex on him at the same time. Darwitz admitted he had sex with one girl, but not the other.
Donald Jackson, 24, has already been convicted for his role in the bat-beating death of Mark Loesch in 2007 and Thursday he took the stand to testify against the man he said actually killed him. Jackson says he heard the "ping" of the bat as Jamaal Freeman struck Loesch and then robbed him. The two left him to die as they headed downtown to a strip club.
North Dakota's Board of Higher Education decided it was finally time to drop the University of North Dakota's "Fighting Sioux" nickname and Indian logo. The name and logo had created heated debates on campus about the longstanding traditions and whether they were offensive to American Indians. They will be retired Aug. 1, 2010 unless North Dakota's Standing Rock and Spirit Lake Sioux tribes decide by Oct. 1 to endorse the logo.
After a night of violent sex led to the death of Gabriela Romo, Michael Carrasco Sontoya was convicted Thursday on both counts of first- and second-degree murder. He faces mandatory life in prison without parole. Romo was found in his bedroom, her blood soaking the carpet and mattress.
In an unexpected turn of events, the Minneapolis police officer accused of giving details about a gang member to a rival in return for cash pleaded guilty Thursday. Michael D. Roberts, 59, admitted to accessing protected computer data without authorization and filing false tax returns.