Authorities ID driver who died in police chase
MINNETONKA — Authorities have released the name of a 30-year-old man who died in a crash after a police chase in Minnetonka.
The Minnesota State Patrol identified the man as David Phillip Baxter, of Montrose. The Hennepin County medical examiner’s office says Baxter died at the scene of Friday’s crash of multiple blunt force injuries.
According to the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, police began pursuing Baxter’s Mercury Tracer after seeing it speeding. Officers lost sight of the fleeing car and soon came upon the two-vehicle crash.
The patrol said that Baxter tried to pass traffic and entered the opposite traffic lane, crashing head-on into a 2015 Volvo. The other driver suffered life-threatening injuries and remains in critical condition at HCMC.
The crash shut down busy Minnetonka Boulevard near the Minnetonka-Hopkins border.
Rocori school chief quits amid indecent exposure allegations
COLD SPRING — A Minnesota school superintendent accused of publicly exposing himself 16 times since November has resigned.
Rocori District School Board chair Kara Habben says Scott Staska submitted his letter of resignation dated March 30 and the board unanimously accepted it Tuesday.
Staska was arrested last month and put on paid leave after he was accused of repeatedly exposing himself at a Waite Park Kwik Trip, most recently on March 18. Police say they later found additional alleged indecent exposure cases. Police expect charges within the next few days.
Staska had been superintendent at Rocori since 2002. The Minnesota Association of School Administrators named him the state’s top superintendent in 2010. He earned praise for shepherding Rocori High School in Cold