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Forest Lake Man Charged after Allegedly Beating Woman with Hammer

Justin Cardinal - Photo: Anoka County Sheriff's Office

A 33-year-old man has been charged Friday with assault after allegedly hitting a woman in the head with a hammer.

Justin Cardinal of Forest Lake was captured Thursday after an extensive search by land and air in Anoka County.

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Stovetop Extinguisher Credited for Stopping Fridley Apartment Fire

A stovetop fire extinguisher is credited with saving lives from an apartment fire in Fridley Thursday.

The kitchen fire broke out at Brandes Place in the 6100 block of 5th Street.

Man Suspected in Hammer Assault Captured in Anoka Co.

Justin Cardinal, 33, of Forest Lake - Photo: Anoka County Sheriff's Office

A man wanted for beating a woman with a hammer was captured after an extensive search by land and air in Anoka County.
    

Anoka County Attorney Appeals Bradley Schnickel's Sentence

Thirty-four-year-old Bradley Schnickel -

The Anoka County attorney's office is appealing a 30-month prison sentence that it says is too short for a former Minneapolis police officer who used social media to try to lure girls into sexual encounters.
    

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Multiple Structure Fires Reported Around the State Overnight

A fire destroyed a home in East Bethel.  - Photo: KSTP-TV/Jeff Ganahl

Several fires were reported overnight outside of the Twin Cities metro area.

Firefighters from five different departments were called to a home in Montrose, Minnesota, which is about 35 miles west of the Twin Cities. Fire officials say flames were shooting from the roof, and the home was severely damaged. One person was in the home at the time but escaped uninjured.

Minnesota Firearms Hunters Register 102,000 Deer

Photo: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources -

Minnesota hunters have registered 102,000 deer through the second weekend of the main firearms deer season.
    
The Department of Natural Resources says that's down 31,000 through the same period last year. Adding in special hunts and archery, the DNR says the total harvest so far this season is 115,000 deer, down 32,500 from the same point last season.

Stranded on a Snowy Highway? Here's What to Do

Stranded on the median, Angel Abendano, left, and Santiago Cuevas wait for assistance after losing control of their vehicle on the Pennyrile Parkway Monday, Nov. 17, 2014 after the first snow storm of the season dropped upwards of 5 inches of snow and ice - Photo: AP/The Gleaner, Mike Lawrence

Heavy snow has stranded many motorists on a western New York highway. Some tips on what to do if you find yourself stuck in the snow:
    
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- Pull off the highway and make yourself visible to rescuers. Turn on hazard lights and tie a bright cloth to your antenna or door handle.