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May 19, 2013

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---- — 1. Gay marriage hits home for minister

This summer, Lisa Coons hopes to be on both sides of a same-sex marriage — officiating and participating.

The Mankatoan plans to wed her partner of 25 years and, as an ordained non-denominational minister, is excited to be able to perform marriages for same-sex couples starting Aug. 1.

“I think we’re going to be very busy,” she said.

The state Senate’s gay marriage vote saw no surprises from Mankato-area senators; Democrats voted for the bill and Republicans voted against it.

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2. Man arrested for possessing ecstasy

A spot on Mankato’s Most Wanted list resulted in drug charges being filed against a North Mankato man who allegedly had ecstasy and methadone in his possession while he was within a block of Monroe Elementary School.

A North Mankato police officer was driving on Harrison Avenue when he saw a vehicle owned by David Nathan Fugate, who he knew was wanted in Mankato for failing to appear for a felony charge in Blue Earth County of fleeing police.

The officer reported finding a syringe and a small flashlight in Fugate’s pockets. Three methadone hydrochloride pills and 10 ecstasy pills were allegedly found hidden inside the flashlight, according to a criminal complaint filed in Nicollet County District Court.

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3. UPDATE: 14-year-old arrested in armed robbery case

A 14-year-old boy is in a juvenile detention center for an alleged armed robbery, an 18-year-old man is in jail accused of dealing marijuana, and police were still searching for a third suspect in a drug deal that went bad the evening of May 9.

A witness called 911 at about 6:30 p.m. to report two white males were chasing a black male in the parking lot for the Jaycees Park softball fields near the intersection of Balcerzak Drive and Pohl Road. The caller said the person being chased appeared to have a gun and one of the people chasing him had a long stick.

A description of the car the white males left in also was provided.

An officer stopped the car near the Eastport Apartments complex south of the ball fields. She found three males in the car, including 18-year-old Dylan Andrew Nichols.

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4. Mapleton man dies in farm accident

A 70-year-old rural Mapleton man died May 11 in a farm accident.

Paul John Andreszcuk was pronounced dead after an Allis Chalmers D-17 tractor he was driving rolled over in a ditch and pinned him underneath, according to the Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Department. The accident occurred about 5:30 p.m. five miles west of Mapleton.

While a Gold Cross ambulance was responding to the scene it was hit by a turkey, shattering the windshield of the ambulance.

No one was injured in that incident and the ambulance proceeded to the scene.

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5. Suspect arrested in marijuana robbery

Police arrested another suspect in robbery that resulted from a drug deal gone bad May 9.

A 14-year-old boy was arrested shortly after the incident was reported by a witness at Jaycees Park. Police were told a group of three men were at the park to sell marijuana when the boy and another male arrived and robbed them at gunpoint.

Mankato police initially reported the boy was the robber. They now suspect the person with the gun was Moroma Omot Olok, 19, of Mankato, police said.

Olok was arrested without incident in the 200 block of Jaycee Court on Wednesday.

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