Around the state: Hacker angered by officer’s acquittal claims attack on state
ST. PAUL — A hacker upset about last week’s acquittal of a Minnesota police officer who shot and killed a black motorist claims to have stolen hundreds of email addresses from a state database.
Minnesota’s Information Technology Services department confirmed a cyberattack Tuesday, but officials said they didn’t know what inspired the attack and they were still investigating.
The alleged hacker told Vice News he was motivated by last week’s acquittal of Officer Jeronimo Yanez in the July shooting death of 32-year-old Philando Castile.
It wasn’t clear how damaging the hack might be. The hacker claimed to have obtained more than 1,400 email addresses and their passwords.
The state said it will share relevant information from its investigation with law enforcement.
Jury convicts man in Bakken RV park fraud
ST. PAUL — A federal jury has convicted a Minnesota man prosecutors said stole $2 million from investors hoping to make money off North Dakota’s oil boom and using the money instead to buy vintage cars and an island.
Jurors found Ronald David Johnson, 51, of Corcoran guilty on all counts of wire fraud and money laundering, the U.S. attorney’s office said Tuesday.
In a news release, Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Thompson said Johnson “saw the North Dakota oil boom as an opportunity to steal from people looking to invest in the Bakken.” Among the defrauded investors were Johnson’s ex-girlfriend and his church pastor, Thompson said.
Prosecutors said Johnson came up with an investment idea to house oil workers in the Bakken in North Dakota and Montana. The idea would allow oil workers to park their recreational vehicles in warehouses and share laundry and vending machines.
Sentencing will be scheduled later.
Man charged with death of man in fight outside Fargo bar
FARGO, N.D. — A man accused of beating up three people outside a downtown Fargo bar is facing a new charge since one of the victims has died.
Court documents show that Darren Patterson, of St. Paul, Minnesota, was charged Tuesday with felony manslaughter. The charge says Patterson “recklessly caused the death” of James Grant by punching him in the head, causing Grant to fall backward and hit his head on the ground.
Grant died earlier this month.
Patterson is also charged with aggravated assault and simple assault for punching two other men outside the HoDo bar. A preliminary hearing is set for June 29.
Patterson’s attorney, Bruce Quick of Fargo, said in a statement that Darren Patterson and his family and devastated by Grant’s death.
Bacon, cookie dough highlight new Minnesota State Fair foods
FALCON HEIGHTS — It’s only 10 weeks before they fire up the deep fryers at the 2017 Minnesota State Fair, and bacon and cookie dough highlight the lineup of 31 new foods on the menu.
They include the Bacon Fluffernutter, a grilled cinnamon bun sandwich with a bacon, peanut butter and marshmallow cream filling. Also debuting is the Bacon Up Pup, a Belgian waffle on a stick with bacon in the batter, dipped in chocolate, drizzled with maple syrup, topped with whipped cream and bacon.
Bowl O’ Dough is scoops of raw cookie dough in four flavors: Brownie Batter Swirl, gluten-free Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, European Cookie Butter and Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake with Blueberries.
Also look for Cranberry Wild Rice Meatballs and ONE.BAD.DOG.
The fair opens Aug. 24 and runs through Labor Day.