Woman pleads guilty in death
HALSTAD (AP) — A Minnesota woman has pleaded guilty to fatally shooting her boyfriend in a videotaped stunt they planned to post on YouTube.
Monalisa Perez, 20, pleaded guilty last week to second-degree manslaughter in the June death of 22-year-old Pedro Ruiz III. Perez has two young children with Ruiz.
Perez told investigators that Ruiz wanted to make a video of her shooting a bullet into a hardcover encyclopedia he was holding against his chest, according to court records. Perez said she fired a .50-caliber Desert Eagle pistol from about a foot away. Two cameras recorded the incident, though investigators have withheld the footage. Ruiz died from a gunshot wound to the chest.
The couple had a YouTube channel where they posted videos of pranks and stunts.
Union begins 1-day strike at Mayo site
ALBERT LEA (AP) — Maintenance and general workers at Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea are walking the picket line in what they’re calling an effort to revive stalled contract talks.
Around 80 workers with SEIU Healthcare Minnesota began the walkout at 6 a.m. Tuesday. The union says it’s a one-day strike but KTTC-TV reports that Mayo has threatened a 7-day lockout because of the need to hire temporary workers.
Striker Henry Tews tells KTTC that they’ve been working without a contract for three years. He says one of the sticking points is that Mayo wants to be able to subcontract work now performed by the union employees.
Mayo Clinic Health System says the facility will remain open during the strike. It says union didn’t even ask for a bargaining session until recently.