ST. PAUL — A Minnesota state trooper was charged Wednesday, July 10, with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl. Shawn Gerald Barta, 36, of Burnsville, was charged with first-degree and second-degree criminal sexual conduct, according to a complaint filed Wednesday in Dakota County District Court. The teen, who is cognitively delayed and functions at about a sixth-grade level, regularly spent time at Barta’s house, according to the complaint. The complaint gave the following details about the ongoing sexual assault:
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — People upset over the attack on a 5-year-old boy at the Mall of America last week have offered support for his family to the tune of over a half-million dollars raised since Saturday, April 13. Authorities said Saturday that the boy who was thrown from a Mall of America third-floor balcony Friday is fighting for his life. A GoFundMe page has been set up by Noah Hanneman, who says he is a friend of the family. Hanneman identified the boy as “Landen” and described him as “the sweetest kindest five-year-old you will ever meet.”
Kelly Catlin, the Arden Hills native who helped the U.S. women’s pursuit team win the silver medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, died Friday at her home in California. She was 23. Catlin’s father, Mark Catlin, told the bicycle racing magazine VeloNews that his daughter killed herself. Catlin, her sister Christine and brother Colin were triplets.