ST. CLOUD, MN
A republican lawmaker has been accused of sexual assault/inappropriate touching, by his own daughter. Minnesota state rep. Jim Knoblach has officially dropped his re-election bid on Friday after he was approached by MPR News (@MPRnews) about allegations made by his daughter that he’d inappropriately touched her for years.
“Her allegations are false.” I and other family members have made repeated attempts to reconcile with her in recent years, but she has refused.”
“I could fight on for another six weeks to defend my reputation while running for re-election. But this would entail subjecting my wife, son, and elderly parents, as well as my daughter, to six weeks of extreme stress and scrutiny. I’m also not willing to spend six weeks fighting with my daughter in the media. As a result, I feel I have no choice but to effectively end my campaign today so I can work toward healing my family.” Knoblach said in a lengthy statement released on Friday.
Knoblach’s daughter, Laura, who is now 23-years old, told MPR News that the first memories of her father’s inappropriate touching happened when she was about 9-years old. She said this went on for years. Laura Knoblach vividly described memories of her father coming into her room late at night.
“He would put his arm around me and not let me get up or get away, and he would lick my neck and bite my ear.” Knolbach told MPR in an interview.
Monalisa Perez, 20, told police investigators she fired a gun from about a foot away at a book held by her boyfriend, and father of the couple’s second child, Pedro Ruiz III, on June 26th of this year.
Perez pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter on Friday, and was sentenced to a prison sentence of 6-months, followed by 10-years of supervised probation. Perez is also banned from owning a firearm for life.
BBC News (@BBCNEWS) reports, Perez said that she expected the bullet to embed harmlessly in the book. Ruiz, 22, died from a gunshot wound to the chest. The couple had post many videos with similar pranks to their YouTube channel in the hope that it would gain them some fame. In one video Ruiz fell out of a tree. In another, Ruiz jumped from the roof of a house into a swimming pool. Another video on the couple’s YouTube channel showed Perez feeding Ruiz a doughnut covered in baby powder instead of sugar. Those stunts weren’t enough to garner the couple the internet fame they craved. They were looking to do something bigger. Hours before performing the fatal stunt that ended Ruiz’s life. Perez took to Twitter to inform her followers that something big was coming.
Perez told investigators that Ruiz had convinced her that the stunt was safe, and that he had done it successfully before. He showed her holes in books where he said he’d shot himself while covered in books, but the bullet had not gone all the way through. The bullet got stuck in the pages of the book every time.
The couple used a GoPro camera to film as Ruiz held a 1.5 inch thick hardcover encyclopedia to his chest.
Diamond Reynolds, the girlfriend of Philando Castile, the unarmed man who was gunned down in cold-blood in front of his girlfriend and daughter by Falcon Heights police officer Jeronimo Yanez, has reached a settlement with St. Anthony, Minnesota.
NBC News (@NBCNews) reports, The St. Anthony City Council voted Tuesday night to pay $675,000 to Diamond Reynolds and her daughter, who was 4 years-old when her father was killed by Falcon Heights police officer Jeronimo Yanez right before her eyes. Diamond Reynolds will also receive $125,000 from the league of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust and the city of Roseville, where Reynolds was detained by police and questioned by the state Bureau Of Criminal Apprehension after the shooting. A statement by the Mayor of St. Anthony, Jerry Faust that appears on the city’s website read:
“The settlement resolves any civil litigation against the city and current and former employees and opens the door to healing.” The statement on the site also read that the settlement resolves Reynolds’ claims of “emotional distress and false arrest.”