Minnesota man suspected of strangling mother faces charges

JACKSON, Minn. (AP) — Prosecutors filed murder charges against a 28-year-old man suspected of strangling his mother in the home they shared in southwestern Minnesota.

The Pioneer Press reports that prosecutors filed the charges Wednesday after an autopsy indicated 51-year-old Rebecca G. Thompson likely died of strangulation. Nicholas S. Thompson is facing one count of second-degree intentional homicide and two counts of second-degree unintentional murder.

Authorities have released few details of the homicide, which prosecutors say happened July 4 in Jackson. Authorities say Rebecca Thompson’s mother also lived in the home Thompson shared with her son.

Nicholas Thompson is being held at the Jackson County Jail pending a bail hearing.

Man accused of vandalizing Arby’s sign with racial, sexist slurs

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota man suspected of altering an Arby’s sign to include racial and sexist slurs is facing misdemeanor charges.

The charges stem from a Sept. 1 incident in which someone changed letters on Arby’s “now hiring” sign to include derogatory terms. The Star Tribune reports that Usindini Christopher Colling-Harper faces charges of disorderly conduct, criminal defamation and public nuisance. The 19-year-old was charged Friday.

A detective who spoke with the suspect says he acknowledged changing the letters “because he was bored while waiting for a bus and thought it would be funny.” Police say the man posted a photo of the sign on Facebook.