Valley Today Top 5 - Jan. 16, 2020

Valley Today Top 5 Stories

FARGO, ND (Valley News Live)- Here is all the top news you need to start your morning:

1. Staying safe in cold temperatures

Today's the day to protect yourself against frostbite. Temperatures are falling way below zero, and that means things can get dangerous fast when you're outside. Experts say to make sure you and your loved ones are fully covered from head to toe before stepping outside. Frostbite is most common on fingers, toes, nose, ears, cheeks, and chin, but you can help prevent it by wearing hats, mittens, and even face masks. You can head to the 'weather' section of our website by clicking on the link under the 'related links' section.

2. Waseca suspect discussed with mother intent to commit "suicide by cop"

Search warrants filed in Waseca County this week reveal the suspect charged with shooting a police officer in the head allegedly discussed his desire to die at the hands of police. Officials say Tyler Janovsky's mother, who told them that "within the past two (2) weeks, Tyler Janovsky had discussed his desire and intent to commit 'suicide by cop.'" He is charged with attempted 1st-degree murder. Waseca Police Officer Arik Matson is in critical condition.

3. 196 grams of heroin seized at traffic stop

Three people have been arrested for selling large quantities of heroin in Becker and Mahnomen counties, including the White Earth Reservation. Minnesota state patrol conducted a traffic stop in Detroit Lakes and seized approximately 196 grams of purported heroin, 2 grams of purported cocaine, and $6,274.

4. Fargo woman accused of leaving kids with dead body

Police are still searching for 32 years-old Amber Barrett who left six young kids with a dead body. Police say the kids called them and told them about a man they could not wake up at their home. It turned out the man, Faruq Shahid, was dead of an overdose and police say Barret left the kids with Shahid's body and went to work.

5. Blood supply low in the valley

Hospitals in the valley are pleading people to donate blood because supplies are so low. Experts say that 7 out of 10 people who go to the hospital will need blood, but because of the current shortage doctors have to decide which patient will get blood immediately and who has to wait. Vitalant is the only blood bank in Fargo, it supplies blood for nearly all the hospitals in North Dakota and some in neighboring states.