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Suspect jailed in classic car buff’s hit-and-run death in Minneapolis also accused of dragging cop

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A 27-year-old man has been arrested on accusations that he killed another motorist in a hit-and-run crash last month in north Minneapolis and weeks later dragged a police officer trying to arrest him for driving with stolen license plates.

Presley A. Peltier, of Minneapolis, was apprehended Wednesday morning and remains jailed pending charges in connection with the July 18 collision at the corner of Washington and N. 22nd avenues that killed 55-year-old Andrew W. Hyde, who was riding in his cherished 1964 Chevy Impala convertible at the time.

Peltier is also awaiting charges stemming from the dragging incident about 3:30 p.m. Saturday in the 3600 block of E. 42nd Street, where he lives. His arrest occurred near E. 57th Street and Standish Avenue, according to police records, where he was found with a stolen Ford sedan.

“The efforts of investigators, patrol officers and community members to track and take this dangerous individual off the street is a prime example of this department’s determination and commitment to the people of this city and how together, we can make our city safer,” Police Chief Brian O’Hara said in a statement announcing the arrest.

“I am again thankful that our officer was not more seriously injured by Mr. Peltier’s actions,” O’Hara continued, “and I hope this arrest can lead to justice being served — and some closure — for Mr. Hyde’s family after his tragic death.”

Two days after the collision and close to the crash scene, a fleet of motorcycles and classic cars lined the sides of N. 21st Avenue, as friends and family mourned the Robbinsdale man’s death. Some were crying as they hugged each other, with many holding balloons released soon after.

Not long before his death, Hyde was showing another of his classic cars in an auto show. Hyde’s friend Sherman Webster said Hyde was always driving around in his prized cars.

“He was real proud; one of the cars he had won a trophy,” Webster said.

According to police:

Officers have been on the lookout for Peltier since the deadly crash. On Saturday, they were alerted to a suspicious vehicle in the 3600 block of E. 42nd Street with someone slumped over in the driver’s seat. The officers soon determined the plates on the car were stolen, and they told Peltier he was under arrest.

“He immediately began to struggle with officers, placed the car in drive and rapidly accelerated the vehicle forward with one officer partially trapped inside the open driver’s door, dragging the officer a short distance until the vehicle rammed into a support pillar of the entryway of a nearby structure,” a police statement read.

“As the vehicle then reversed,” the statement continued, “the officer was able to extricate himself and rolled away from the vehicle avoiding being run over as the vehicle fled.”

Officers, including the one who was injured, gave chase but lost sight of the vehicle. The injured officer went to HCMC for treatment of minor injuries.

“After near misses over the past couple of days,” the statement continued, officers learned that Peltier was in south Minneapolis on Tuesday near S. Hiawatha Avenue and E. 36th Street. He drove off when officers attempted to stop him.

Officers soon located the vehicle and Peltier on foot near E. 57th and Standish. He was arrested, taken by emergency medical responders to HCMC after he said he ingested narcotics. He was booked into jail Wednesday night upon his release from the hospital.

Court records in Hennepin County show Peltier has convictions for assault, burglary and theft. He also has cases pending charging him with theft and drugs.

Staff writer Louis Krauss contributed to this report.



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Traffic disrupted but no injuries reported after BNSF freight train derails near Big Lake, Minn.

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A train derailment near Big Lake is disrupting traffic and slowing the train company’s main line Saturday.

According to the Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office, the BNSF train was carrying consumer goods when it derailed around 3:15 a.m. At least 15 rail cars were involved, blocking the crossing at 172nd Street NW. between 197th Avenue and County Rd. 14.

A BNSF representative confirmed the derailment and said crews were working “as quickly and safely as possible” to clear the wreckage.

The cause of the derailment is under investigation. No injuries have been reported, and the Sheriff’s Office said there was no threat to the public. It’s unclear what goods the train carried, or when crews expected to clear the wreckage.

A broken rail track caused a BNSF train derailment in Raymond, Minn., last year, spilling ethanol and corn syrup, which caught fire. Hundreds living nearby were forced to evacuate. Estimates at that time suggested repairing damage to railroad tracks and equipment at $1.9 million. The environmental cleanup was estimated to cost $1.6 million.



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The VA wants your help picking a name for a new clinic for female veterans

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Blueprints for the new Women’s Clinic at the Minneapolis VA have almost everything.

The new clinic space will be airy and accessible, with room for a dizzying array of veteran health services, from lactation consultation to cancer screenings. After years of planning, the groundbreaking is set for September at the Veterans Affairs Health Center.

All the clinic needs now is a name.

The VA is hoping for the public’s help on that one.

If you know a veteran, living or deceased, who served her country and her community, the VA is accepting nominations until Oct. 30.

The naming committee will be looking for veterans who were honorably discharged and who had a connection to the Minneapolis VA or the Midwest region it serves.

Maybe the honor will go to a towering figure from state history. Maybe it will go to a living legend like 101-year-old World War II veteran Marion Peck of Le Sueur, a finalist for the 2024 SilverSneakers Member of the Year award. We’ll find out if she wins on July 22.

“She did squats for me, the first time I met her,” said Dr. Alisa Duran, VA women’s health medical director. “With our aging veterans, you always do sort of a ‘get up and go’ evaluation and look at how they walk and ask about falls. And she’s like, ‘Watch this!’… We see a lot of our veterans out in the community doing really cool things.”

Women are the fastest-growing group within the VA — the number of women veterans has tripled since 2001. The Minneapolis VA Health Care System served more than 7,000 women veterans last year alone. But the clinic space that greeted them was less than they deserved.

The current Women’s Clinic sits in an old ICU deep inside the sprawling Minneapolis campus. Veterans had to thread through a series of corridors, waiting rooms and unrelated departments to reach the clinic.

Beyond an inconvenience, not having direct access to care could be a painful barrier for patients dealing with service-related trauma. One out of every three women veterans reports that they experienced sexual harassment or assault during their time in the military. The new facility will allow them to walk in directly from the parking lot, without facing the crowds inside the larger complex.

A great deal of thought will go into the new facility. The new mammogram suites will allow veterans to control the compression of a procedure that can trigger anxiety. The Women’s Clinic treats women still in their childbearing years, women going through menopause, all the way up to the Greatest Generation, still going strong at 101 like Marion Peck.

“I loved the Navy,” Peck said during a recent VA interview about her SilverSneakers competition. “If they’d take a 101-year-old I’d be on an aircraft carrier tomorrow.”

For veterans who were exposed to toxic environments like burn pits during their service, the clinic is expanding cancer screenings for at-risk groups. The new clinic space will have room for classrooms and support groups to meet. There will be social workers and specialists and counselors on hand to help new mothers — veterans can be at higher risk of postpartum depression — through the first year.

A clinic this good is going to need a good name.

“We wanted this new clinic space to represent our women veterans,” Duran said. “I think one of the best ways to do that is to name it in honor of one of our female veterans.”

The name that goes above the clinic door won’t necessarily be the veteran with the highest rank or highest profile. The committee that chooses the name will include a number of women veterans, and they know the qualities they’re looking for.

The woman whose name goes on the building will be someone whose life is an example of “service beyond their years of military service,” said Emma O’Brien, women veterans program manager. “Of course they’ll want to know about what accolades they had while they were on military duty, but also how they’ve continued to serve their community beyond that.”

Anyone who follows the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s annual snowplow naming contest knows how much Minnesotans enjoy naming things.

Last year, the St. Cloud VA Healthcare system set out to rename a hallway in honor of one of central Minnesota’s women veterans. They received two dozen nominations. The honor went to the late Paynesville native Winnifred “Winnie” Galbraith, who served in the Women’s Army Corps during WWII and went on to long years of service with American Legion posts in Little Falls and Waite Park.

The first nomination came in hours after the VA put out the call.

“This went out yesterday and I received one yesterday afternoon. They were ready,” O’Brien said. “I’m not surprised. I’ve had several people, male and female veterans, tell me, ‘You should name the new clinic after so-and-so.’ Everyone has someone they think it should be named after.”

Construction is expected to begin in September and the new clinic should open in 2026. If you know a good name for the new clinic, you can download the nomination form at va.gov/minneapolis-health-care/health-services/women-veteran-care.

If Marion Peck’s name doesn’t end up on the building, maybe we can get a statue of her out front, in silver sneakers.



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SWAT standoff in Edina ends peacefully

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A four-hour standoff Saturday morning between a suspect and a SWAT team in a residential area in Edina ended peacefully, authorities said.

According to a news release from the Edina Police Department, officers were sent to a disturbance on the 5100 block of Schaefer Road at about 8 a.m. After learning the suspect could be armed and dangerous, they shut down the area and called in the SWAT team and negotiators “out of abundance of caution.”

After negotiations with Edina police, the subject peacefully surrendered at 12:30 p.m. Several agencies assisted in the incident, which remains under investigation.



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