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Post Bulletin Reporter Mark Wasson

Mark Wasson

Public Safety Reporter

Mark Wasson has been a public safety reporter with Post Bulletin since May 2022. Previously he worked as a general assignment reporter in the southwest metro and as a public safety reporter in Willmar, Minn.

He graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in Journalism.

Mark enjoys eating pizza with his dog and watching Parks and Rec.

Readers can reach Mark at mwasson@postbulletin.com.

The call claimed six children at a Rochester school had been shot by a man with body armor and an AK-47
Schools across the country have experienced false calls regarding active shooters in recent weeks, prompting law enforcement to investigate the matter. In Minnesota, 15 schools, from Rochester to Cloquet received hoax calls this week.
Ethan Smith, 20, of Rochester, is being remembered as the kind of person who would give you the shirt off his back.
The Emergency Response Unit in Olmsted County, Minnesota, responded to a standoff Aug. 20. The man, Michael Molitor, 37, of Pine Island, fired several shots at law enforcement. Molitor, an Army veteran with a 2006 deployment in Iraq, is asking the court to let him go to a veteran focused treatment center in Texas.
"You already know what's going to happen," Michael Steven Molitor, 37, of Pine Island, told a Goodhue County Sheriff's deputy. "I plan on dying today." Molitor would later unleash a barrage of bullets at law enforcement during an hourslong standoff Saturday, Aug. 20, 2022.
Michael Molitor is in custody at the Olmsted County Adult Detention Center; a charging decision is expected Tuesday.
A 54-year-old Woodbury man died following a single-vehicle crash Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022, on Highway 63 in Red Wing.
A Kellogg man was killed and his passenger critically injured following a one-vehicle crash Sunday near Genoa.
Tommy Tongsengzeng Yang, 33, of Rochester, is accused of sexually assaulting and raping a juvenile in several public areas around Rochester.
Most criminals involved in child sex abuse material – child pornography – face a fraction of the charges available to law enforcement.