Everyone from journalists to politicians to activists have been fighting for years to learn the details behind Minnesota's controversial Kingfish and Stingray cell phone tracking programs, but lately, the state's been leaving them empty-handed. The Kingfish and Stingray devices are used across the ... More >>
Last winter, news broke that the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office and Bureau of Criminal Apprehension owned "cellular exploitation devices" called KingFish or StingRay. They basically function like cell phone towers, allowing officers to gather data from nearby phones.Law enforcement agencies can us ... More >>
About 10 months after burglary suspect Terrence Franklin was fatally shot by MPD officers, the Minneapolis Police Department announced it found a handgun apparently ditched by him during the foot chase that culminated in his death.SEE ALSO: Two police officers involved in Terrance Franklin death rec ... More >>
The couple shot to death last week in Eden Prairie following a high-speed chase involving a stolen car were gunned down because they wouldn't put down a knife, authorities say.THE BACKSTORY: Man and woman fatally shot following police chase on Hwy 212 After the heisted red Saab crashed on Highway 21 ... More >>
In the wake of the Terrence Franklin controversy, Minneapolis Police Department Chief Janeé Harteau announced yesterday that the MPD will no longer investigate its own officer-involved shooting cases. Those cases will now be handled by the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, she said.SEE ALSO: M ... More >>
It's still unclear why Matthew Vanhofwegen was shot multiple times last month by a single police rifle. The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, a division of the MN Department of Public Safety, says an investigation is "active and ongoing."SEE ALSO: Baby shot in north Mpls [UPDATES]Court documents sugg ... More >>
The state agency investigating a police shooting in New Brighton has released the name of the officer and the suspect involved, but has provided few details of what went down.For instance, the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, a division of the MN Department of Public Safety, is not saying why the su ... More >>
Aaron Heuer, a 29-year-old sheriff's deputy in Mille Lacs County, has been charged with four counts of first-degree sexual conduct and four counts of second-degree sexual conduct for allegedly molesting four 8-to 10-year-old boys during a fishing outing last month.SEE ALSO: Police Chief Zeb Hemswort ... More >>
Between 2011 and 2012, Minnesota saw more serious crime, according to a report out today from the state's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. See Also: - Minneapolis guns incidents, violent crime crept up in 2012 - COVER: Youth violence in Minneapolis: The fuzzy math behind the city's struggle to curb ... More >>
Since the "shall issue" permit law went on the books a decade ago, the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has recorded five instances of permit holders justifiably using a firearm. During that same timeframe, permit holders have committed 124 firearm-related crimes.RELATED COVERAGE:-- More Minnesotans ... More >>
:::: UPDATE :::: Eric Thomes killed himself in connection with Officer Decker slaying; murder weapon foundOne month ago today, authorities surprisingly released Ryan Larson, the man initially arrested in connection with the murder of Cold Spring Officer Tom Decker, without charging him.There's been ... More >>
Dead-deer ditch sex, copulation with a farm-residing goat... as we've said before, human sexuality is a complex beast.SEE ALSO: Bryan Hathaway, Duluth-area dead deer sexer, allegedly assaults officer at Wal MartThe latest example comes from Grant Township in Washington County, where 37-year-old Abim ... More >>
Minneapolis police apparently did some nice work in tracking down a suspect allegedly responsible for a May 24 robbery and sexual assault on the 1600 block of Fremont Avenue North.On that night, a female victim called police and said that while sleeping she was awoken by a knife-wielding stranger. T ... More >>
Last Thursday, we told you about explosive allegations made by a new video report -- that state patrol officers and county deputies have been giving drugs to young people hanging out near Peavey Plaza as part of the State Patrol's Drug Recognition Expert program.Later that day, Eric Roeske, State P ... More >>
One of several angel figures found inside a bag containing a dead newborn.After the body of a newborn baby girl was found floating in the middle of Mississippi River, cops revealed only that she'd been wrapped in a plastic bag. Now it turns out that the bag contained several items, in what seems ... More >>
Christina Hope via FlickrCops want to know if four infants found four years apart in the Mississippi have any connection.An afternoon of boating on the Mississippi River went terribly wrong for one family this week after they discovered a strange object floating in the water. It turned out to be ... More >>
Nathan Klussendorf was shot by a Washington County SWAT team sniper at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday.Nathan Kluessendorf was arrested yesterday for shooting at St. Paul Park police in a standoff Tuesday morning. The standoff started when police got a call about a suicidal person at around 1 a.m., and ended w ... More >>
The deadline for a solution is tonight at midnight.If you're planning your Fourth of July weekend, you should keep in mind what will or won't be available if the state government shuts down on Friday. In total, 75 different state agencies will be affected, with 46 set to shut down altogether. Wh ... More >>
Timothy Lamere is set to be charged with third degree murder on Monday.Blaine police have arrested 21-year-old Timothy Richard LaMere for supplying the hallucinogen 2C-E that caused 11 people to overdose, killing one.He will be formally charged with third degree murder in the death of Trevor Rob ... More >>
Trevor Robinson leaves behind a 5-month-old son after overdosing on 2C-E.As some of the victims of a mass 2C-E overdose are leaving the hospital, more details are emerging about what happened before 19-year-old Trevor Robinson died. "Trevor's the kind of guy where he likes to up his friends and ... More >>
Ramsey County sheriff releases records to City Pages
Anoka County demanding DNA samples from suspected welfare cheats
The screw-ups at the Tri-County Regional Forensic Laboratory who inflated the blood-alcohol content in urine samples over the last year got nearly a dozen innocent people charged with drunk driving.The cause of the error wasn't some malfunction in sophisticated equipment or contaminated lab appar ... More >>
Well, Minnesota authorities have given up on finding 15 fugitive sex offenders, so they are hoping you can do the work for them. The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) and nine counties say they are 15 sex offenders in north-central Minnesota who aren't complying with the Minnesota's P ... More >>
Photo: wetwebworkiA deadly suburban crime spree ended with gunfire this morning in a Shakopee highway ditch after police shot and killed an as-yet unidentified 34-year-old male suspected of a convenience store robbery, a carjacking and a fatal stabbing. The Shakopee Valley News is reporting ... More >>
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The driver admits "he had feelings he did not want to act on and that he needed help," according to a criminal complaint filed this week in Hennepin County court.
In Anoka County juvenile court, meth and red tape are playing hell with the fate of children
In just eight months, chief Bill McManus has alienated the media, the pols, and the MPD rank and file. He must be doing something right.
MPD chief William McManus on his early tenure
The Duy Ngo case: McManus bets the farm; Will Olson land on the hot seat?
Hennepin county faces a huge case backlog
A new computer database system called CriMNet is supposed to revolutionize crime fighting in Minnesota. Cops, politicians, big business, and the media love it.
While the Supreme Court scrutinizes a DNA test, the wheels of justice cease to turn
Coming to a capitol near you: The Patriot Act Junior
Chisago County says a local rabbi took her campaign to legalize medicinal marijuana one toke over the line
Two missing daughters. Two years. One lead. No answers.
An imaginary spaceship. Disembodied voices. An angel/whore named Amy. Rocco Dandrea's descent into madness and death--and the mental-health system that was ill-equipped to stop it.
Never mind fingerprints--state law-enforcement officials want blood
Forensic pathologist John Coe has spent a lifetime examining skin, organs, and bones for answers to how and why we die
Minneapolis police say the chase that ended in the deaths of two bystanders on I-94 was by-the-book. Some other cities are throwing out that book.
The Minnesota Wild hockey hoo-ha is a high-stakes political power game featuring a lineup of heavy hitters--and you can't tell the players without this City Pages program.
Larry Gould was a long-time junkie on the mend in a methadone program until he was lured into a drug sting. Now he's doing five years. But he made a few undercover cops look good in the process, and that was the important thing.
Minnesota pols never stand so tall as when they loom over black youths.
In the 25 years that he's served as Hennepin County's first and only chief public defender, Bill Kennedy has earned a tough-as-nails reputation for the way he defends his clients, his staff, and himself. This year he's pitted against Hennepin County prose