A Twin Cities man assisted his wife in her suicide by placing a bag over her head while he filled it with nitrogen gas, according to charges filed Monday. Thomas J. Houck, 61, of Eden Prairie was charged with felony aiding a suicide in connection with the death last week of 59-year-old Linda I. Conrad in their home in the 18200 block of Cascade Avenue. Houck is due in court Tuesday and remains jailed in lieu of $70,000 bail. According to the criminal complaint: Houck called 911 about 2:20 a.m. Thursday and told the dispatcher that he awoke in the middle of the night to find his wife had “euthanized herself.” He added that his wife used nitrogen and was on her back in the bed with a plastic bag over her head. When police arrived, they found Conrad dead and a handwritten note nearby. It said she “could not endure any more pain and needed a way out of the pain,” the complaint read. Neighbors said they hadn’t seen Conrad leave the home in years since she had … [Read more...] about Twin Cities man charged with assisting in wife’s suicide
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A Twin Cities man with a relentless habit of driving drunk has been charged with being high on illicit drugs when he triggered a four-vehicle crash in southern Dakota County that caused serious injury last fall. Marshall A. Knoll, 59, of Rosemount, was charged in District Court with criminal vehicular operation, drunken driving and driving after having his license taken away in connection with the wreck on Oct. 20, 2017. Knoll appeared in court late last week and remains jailed in lieu of $150,000 bail with conditions. Knoll has 17 convictions for drunken driving dating back to 1979, according to the County Attorney’s Office. At the time of the crash last fall, he was behind the wheel after the state canceled his driving privileges. Knoll’s attorney, Patricia Phill, said Monday that “this case is winding its way through the court system” and otherwise has nothing to say at this time. According to the charges in the latest allegation: Witnesses saw a truck … [Read more...] about Charge: Unlicensed driver with 17 DUIs was high when he caused serious crash in Dakota Co.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — A Minnesota man has been charged with aiding the suicide of his wife, who was reportedly suffering from unexplained pain. Sixty-one-year-old Thomas Houck of Eden Prairie was charged Monday. A criminal complaint says he called 911 last Thursday to report his wife had "euthanized herself" with nitrogen. Eden Prairie police arrived to find the woman dead. A handwritten note was nearby that said she couldn't endure any more pain. The complaint says Houck initially told authorities that he helped his wife research suicide methods and buy supplies. He later allegedly admitted he held a plastic bag over her head and turned on the nitrogen tank as she died. Houck is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday. Online court records do not list an attorney to comment on his behalf. … [Read more...] about Minnesota man charged with aiding wife’s suicide
FLINT, Mich. — A judge in Flint, Michigan on Monday ruled that there is enough evidence for the head of Michigan's health department, Nick Lyon, to stand trial on charges of involuntary manslaughter related to the city's lead-contaminated water crisis. He's accused of not providing timely notification to the public about a Legionnaires' disease outbreak in the Flint area in 2014 and 2015. A look back at key moments in the crisis. ___ April 2014: In an effort to save money, Flint begins drawing water from the Flint River for its 100,000 residents. The move is considered temporary while the city waits to connect to a new regional water system. Residents immediately complain about the smell, taste and appearance of the water, and raise health concerns, reporting rashes, hair loss and other problems. January 2015: Detroit offers to reconnect Flint to its water system, but Flint leaders insist the water is safe. Sept. 24, 2015: A group of doctors urges Flint to stop using the Flint … [Read more...] about Key moments in lead in water crisis in Flint, Michigan
DETROIT — Michigan's health director will stand trial on involuntary manslaughter charges in the deaths of two men linked to an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in the Flint area. Judge David Goggins on Monday ordered Nick Lyon to stand trial. Lyon is accused of failing to issue a timely alert about the outbreak. Some experts have blamed Legionnaires' on Flint's water, which wasn't properly treated when it was drawn from the Flint River in 2014 and 2015. Goggins found there's probable cause for a trial. The legal standard isn't as high as beyond a reasonable doubt. The state says at least 90 cases of Legionnaires' occurred in Genesee County, including 12 deaths. Lyon denies wrongdoing. His lawyers say sending the case to trial will "dangerously chill" public employees. … [Read more...] about Judge orders trial of Michigan official on Flint charges