Crime and Law

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    October 3, 2011

    Steven Hendricks and Kewon Johnson called a cop to ask if they could buy weed

    ​Kewon Johnson and Steven Hendricks need to make sure they have the right number before they hit SEND. Around 11:30 last night, a St. Cloud cop sitting in his squad car noticed his cell phone ringing with a number he didn't recognize. When he answered, the guy on the other end asked the cop if he ... More >>

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    September 21, 2011

    Jawon Osburn identified as latest juvenile homicide victim

    ​Jawon Osburn has been named as the 16-year-old victim of a gunshot homicide that happened Monday night.Osburn, identified by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner, was found shot on the 2900 block of Dupont Avenue, and declared dead on the scene after paramedics were unable to resuscitate him. Osb ... More >>

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    September 16, 2011

    Brett Rogers pleads guilty in domestic abuse case, faces five-year sentence

    Brett Rogers made a plea deal on third-degree assault. ​Brett Rogers, the St. Paul product who shot to the top of the mixed martial arts world in 2009, continued on his rapid decline yesterday when he pleaded guilty to third-degree assault charges for an attack on his wife.Rogers was arrested in l ... More >>

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    September 8, 2011

    Charles Hall charged with stealing everything from everyone

    Charles Hall was on a roll until he got caught.​Charles Hall came to our attention three weeks ago, when he was arrested on burglary charges. At the time, police said Hall might actually be responsible for dozens more burglaries that had taken place across Minneapolis in July and August. Now, the ... More >>

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    August 8, 2011

    Minneapolis teen hit twice in bike-by shooting

    Police say the shooting took place on the 2200 block of Dupont in north Minneapolis.​A 17-year-old was shot twice in north Minneapolis Sunday by a group of teenagers who escaped on bikes. The bike-by shooting took place on the 2200 block of Dupont Avenue north around 3:30 p.m, says Minneapolis po ... More >>

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    August 5, 2011

    Bill Pulkrabek pleads not guilty in domestic assault case

    Bill Pulkrabek: This is the face of an innocent man.​Bill Pulkrabek, the alleged drunk, neurotic, cat abusing, girlfriend-hair-dragging former campaign manager for Michele Bachmann pleaded not guilty to domestic assault yesterday. Pulkrabek, who is credited with launching Bachmann's political care ... More >>

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    August 2, 2011

    St. Paul Park man shot after all-night standoff, firefight with police

    Washington CountyThe Washington County SWAT team joined the firefight at 3 a.m.​A man was shot and taken away in an ambulance early this morning, ending an all-night police standoff in the 1000 block of Summit Ave. in St Paul Park.St. Paul Park police were originally dispatched to the railroad tra ... More >>

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    July 29, 2011

    Scott Whitcomb, former DEA employee, sentenced to 25 years for child pornography

    Whitcomb got near the maximum sentence for his crime.​Scott Whitcomb, a former police officer and employee with the Drug Enforcement Agency, has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for the production of child pornography. Whitcomb, 48, was arrested in December after he was caught by police in an ... More >>

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    July 28, 2011

    Three shot in north Minneapolis, two involve bikes

    Shooter, victim rode bikes​Gunfire rang out three times last night in north Minneapolis, wounding three males--two of them under the age of 18. Both incidents involving juveniles also included bikes. An unnamed 15-year-old was shot by someone on a bicycle, and an unnamed 17-year-old was riding ... More >>

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    July 27, 2011

    Robert Shelby and Semaj Williams charged in murder of Shea Stremcha

    Shelby and Williams face a sentence of up to 40 years in prison.​Robert Shelby and Semaj Williams broke into Shea Stremcha's house and shot him to death after he confronted them with a knife, according to a complaint filed  by the Hennepin County Attorney's office yesterday.Shelby and Wiliams ... More >>

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    July 21, 2011

    Shea Stremcha identified as South Minneapolis murder victim

    ​The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office has identified Shea Stremcha as the victim of a homicide in South Minneapolis.Stremcha, 25, was shot to death in his own home just after 3 a.m. Wednesday. It's unclear whether Stremcha was targeted or killed at random.Police originally told KSTP that ... More >>

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    July 18, 2011

    Salli Schultz charged with murder in baby's death

    Schultz is charged with murder, and operating a daycare without a license.​ Salli Schultz has been charged with murder in the death of an eight-month-old baby she was supposed to be taking care of. Schultz, of Lindstrom, was watching Brooke Kowarsch on Jan. 19 when the baby suffered a traumatic ... More >>

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    July 13, 2011

    Christopher Tarell Clark arrested for murder of Darrell M. Fisher

    Hennepin County mug shot​Police have arrested 19-year-old Christopher Tarrell Clark on suspicion that he killed a man in north Minneapolis last month. When Minneapolis cops arrived in the 2700 block of Humboldt Avenue North on June 13, they found 22-year-old Darrell Fisher lying dead in a nearby ... More >>

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    July 11, 2011

    David Raisch-Day, teen from Cass Lake, ID'd in latest homicide

    ​David Raisch-Day, an 18-year-old from Cass Lake, has been identified as the man who took a bullet in the head in last Thursday night's homicide in south Minneapolis. Police say he was standing among a group of people outside a home on the 2700 block of Longfellow Avenue South when shots were ... More >>

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    July 8, 2011

    Man gunned down in south Minneapolis dies at HCMC

    ​Police got to the scene of a shooting in south Minneapolis last night in time to keep the victim alive long enough for an an ambulance ride to Hennepin County Medical Center, but he died this morning. The medical examiner's office hasn't made the victim's name public yet.

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    June 24, 2011

    Jeff Anderson sues Missouri abbey for sexual abuse 'coverup'

    AndersonAdvocatesAnderson has filed thousands of abuse lawsuits.​Twin Cities attorney Jeff Anderson filed a civil suit yesterday accusing a Missouri-based abbey of covering up sexual abuse by a former monk. Anderson is famous for his tireless pursuit against abusive priests and church coverup ... More >>

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    June 18, 2011

    Dominic Felder's family awarded $2.1M by Minneapolis in wake of police shooting

    Dominic Felder, left, was shot dead in 2006.​The Dominic Felder police shooting saga appears to have finally come to a close, with news that the City Council has voted to approve paying the dead man's family $2.19 million. It's been more than four years since the 27-year-old man was shot dead ... More >>

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    June 15, 2011

    Darrell Fisher ID'd as homicide victim on Humboldt Avenue

    ​Twenty-two-year-old Darrell Fisher has been identified by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner as the man who died late Monday night in a shooting on Humboldt Avenue North. Police found him an adjacent alley. Another man was found shot but alive in a nearby home, but his injuries are describ ... More >>

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    June 14, 2011

    North Minneapolis shooting leaves one man dead, another injured

    ​Minneapolis police officers found a man shot dead in an alley behind the 2700 block of Humboldt Avenue North last night, and another man shot but alive in an adjacent home. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office will release the dead man's identity and official cause of death later, M ... More >>

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    June 14, 2011

    Chrishaun McDonald, Dean Schmitz's accused killer, allegedly reacted to transgender slur

    ​Chrishaun McDonald was charged last week with stabbing Dean Schmitz to death near the Schooner Tavern in south Minneapolis, and now there may be a clue as to why. Although 23-year-old McDonald is being charged as a man, he's transgender, and he got into a fight with 47-year-old Schmitz, who taun ... More >>

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    June 7, 2011

    Chrishaun Reed McDonald charged in stabbing death of Dean Schmitz

    ​Chrishaun Reed McDonald, who was taken into custody the night Dean Schmitz was stabbed to death last weekend in south Minneapolis, has now been charged with second degree murder. The 23-year-old man's booking photo hasn't been released yet. He's being held in Hennepin County jail on $500,000 ... More >>

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    June 6, 2011

    Dean Schmitz stabbed to death outside Schooner Tavern

    ​The Hennepin County Medical Examiner has identified 47-year-old Dean Schmitz, of Richfield, as the man who was stabbed to death early Sunday morning near the Schooner Tavern in south Minneapolis. Minneapolis cops and paramedics found him alive at about 12:30 a.m. on the 2900 block of 27th Av ... More >>

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    June 5, 2011

    Man stabbed to death after brawl outside Schooner Tavern

    ​One man was stabbed to death and another was arrested after a brawl that started outside the Schooner Tavern in South Minneapolis early Sunday morning. Minneapolis police and paramedics were called to the scene in the 2900 block of 27th Avenue South at about 12:30 a.m., where the victim was ... More >>

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    June 3, 2011

    Biyamin Beiti Omar charged with murdering Guled Hashi Mohamed

    ​Guled Hashi Mohamed was sitting in the passenger seat of a car parked at Nicollet and 18th the night before Memorial Day when a man ran up to the window from behind and put a bullet through Mohamed's temple. Biyamin Beiti Omar was the gunman, the Hennepin County Attorney's office said this a ... More >>

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    June 2, 2011

    Guled Hashi Mohamed's family pleads for murder witnesses to come forward

    ​Somebody must have seen something helpful to police when Guled Hashi Mohamed was gunned down on Nicollet Avenue Sunday night of Memorial Day weekend, and his family held a vigil yesterday where he was shot to plead for help bringing in Mohamed's killer. "My son was brought here at a young ag ... More >>

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    June 1, 2011

    Sgt. Joseph Bozicevich murder sentencing held up by parachute accident

    Bozicevich faces life in prison. The question is whether or not he may be eligible for parole.​The sentencing date for Minnesota Sgt. Joseph Bozicevich, recently convicted of murdering two fellow Army men in 2008, has been put off indefinitely because his attorney was involved in a skydiving a ... More >>

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    May 31, 2011

    Six injured in five Minneapolis shootings

    >Tony WebsterMinneapolis cops were busy Sunday night and Monday morning.​Two men are in life-threatening condition and four others were injured after a spate of Minneapolis shootings leading into Memorial Day. Two of the shootings happened south of downtown, on Nicollet Avenue South, on Sunda ... More >>

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    May 27, 2011

    Ben Van Handel wasn't Timothy Bakdash's intended target on the night he died

    ​It was just last week that Timothy Ayman Bakdash was indicted on first degree murder charges in the death of Benjamin Van Handel. But the narrative of why Bakdash ran the U of M student down and killed him has changed considerably. Van Handel apparently died in a case of mistaken identity.

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    May 25, 2011

    Edward Trondell Baker ID'd in latest south Minneapolis homicide

    ​Edward Trondell Baker has been identified as the man who was shot early Tuesday in the 5700 block of Sander Avenue, just a few blocks north of Highway 62 and the perimeter of Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport. The Hennepin County medical examiner said the 24-year-old man died of multipl ... More >>

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    May 24, 2011

    Man shot and killed in south Minneapolis

    ​An unidentified man was shot and killed early this morning in south Minneapolis, in the 5700 block of Sander Avenue, which is a few blocks north of Highway 62 and the perimeter of Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport. Minneapolis police say the man was alice when they reached him, and ... More >>

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    May 18, 2011

    Watch Nick Ayers, Tim Pawlenty's presidential campaign manager, get arrested for DWI [VIDEO]

    Nick Ayers as he would like you to see him.​It was well known, even before Tim Pawlenty hired him to manage his presidential campaign, that Nick Ayers was pulled over and arrested for DWI in 2006. What hasn't been available for the public to view, until now, is the dash cam video of that arrest. ... More >>

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    May 18, 2011

    Liz Neuman's family settles with Arizona sweat lodge owners

    Liz Neuman's family has settled with the owners of the retreat where she died​The owners of the Arizona retreat where Liz Neuman died after a sweat lodge disaster directed by a New Age guru have settled a civil lawsuit filed by her family. In October 2009, the Prior Lake woman was one of three p ... More >>

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    May 16, 2011

    Derrick Griffin, minister, charged with murdering Kristopher Miller

    Kristopher Miller was shot dead on May 11.​Derrick Griffin, an associate pastor at the North Side's True Vine Missionary Baptist Church, has been charged with murdering North High School staffer Kristopher Miller, who was found shot dead in front of his home last week. Griffin, 40, was arrested l ... More >>

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    May 12, 2011

    Derreck Griffin, minister, arrested in Kristopher Miller's shooting death

    Kristopher Miller was a popular North High staffer.​Minneapolis police have arrested 40-year-old Derreck Griffin, an associate pastor at True Vine Missionary Baptist Church on the city's north side, in connection with Kristopher Miller's shooting death early Tuesday morning. Griffin, who is ... More >>

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    May 9, 2011

    Keontrell Govan's shooting death: Ishmael Rashad Moore, Dashaunta D'Mar Gomez charged

    ​Ishmael Rashad Moore and Dashaunta D Mar Gomez, both 17, have been charged in the shooting death of 18-year-old Keontrell Govan. Police found Govan with a bullet in his head last Wednesday afternoon in the alley behind the Church of St. Bridget in North Minneapolis. Medics rushed him to Nort ... More >>

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    May 6, 2011

    Man dies after North Minneapolis shooting

    ​Minneapolis police say that a man found shot and unresponsive late Wednesday, on the 3800 block of Emerson Avenue North, died of his wounds yesterday at North Memorial Medical Center. MPD spokesman Stephen McCarty had no information this morning about the man's identity. The Homicide Unit i ... More >>

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    April 22, 2011

    Michael Lewis Johnson accused in two Ford Parkway bank heists

    Caught on camera, Feb. 3.​After the robber strolled into the TCF Bank branch on Ford Parkway on Feb. 3 in broad daylight, right under the gaze of security cameras, we speculated that he either didn't care whether his moves were recorded, or he just wasn't very smart. Turns out both observations m ... More >>

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    April 22, 2011

    Kurt Zellers, House Speaker, flunks Voting Rights 101

    Kurt Zellers gets voting rights wrong.​Republicans are trying to rebrand themselves as "constitutional conservatives" these days, as if they are the only true adherents to our nation's founding principles and documents. So it was a little jarring yesterday to hear Republican House Speaker Kurt Ze ... More >>

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    April 22, 2011

    Dave MacLaughlin is Pawlenty's third drunk-driving hire

    Dave MacLaughlin, from his days in city government.​Tim Pawlenty's campaign is hiring drunk drivers so consistently that you have to wonder if it's one of his application criteria. Today, Pawlenty named a number of operatives to his New Hampshire steering committee, including Dave MacLaughlin ... More >>

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    April 20, 2011

    Dennis Dzuck sued for assault on Fridley High student

    Dzuck's lawyer warns the case is still young.​The mother of a Fridley High School student is suing a former teacher she says beat her son bloody in the principal's office two years ago. Dennis Dzuck was convicted of assaulting a 15-year-old student last year, and was placed on two years of pr ... More >>

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    April 12, 2011

    Nick Ayers, Pawlenty's new campaign manager, was charged with drunk driving in 2006

    kennesaw.eduNick Ayers, Pawlenty's new campaign manager.​At this point, you've got to wonder if Tim Pawlenty has a thing for guys who drink and drive. Less than a week after his Iowa staffer Ben Foster attempted to break into an unsuspecting Iowa family's home, puked on the lawn, and then pla ... More >>

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    March 30, 2011

    Stephanie Smith ID'd as fourth Minneapolis homicide victim of 2011

    ​The woman shot dead Monday night in South Minneapolis has been identified as 21-year-old Stephanie Smith. The MCTC psychology student was riding in a car on Park Avenue South with an unidentified man when someone opened fire from another vehicle. Minneapolis police were already responding to ... More >>

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    March 24, 2011

    Gregory Scott Tyler and Orlando Ray Vasquez are TCF Bank robbers

    Minneapolis PDCops says this is Orlando Ray Vasquez robbing a TCF teller.​The Feds say Orlando Ray Vasquez, 40, and Gregory Scott Tyler robbed TCF bank on West Lake Street on Feb. 28. But they're not that bank robber. Vasquez and Tyler just bothered with one bank in St. Paul. The man who rob ... More >>

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    March 14, 2011

    Michael John Husten is a TCF bank robber

    Michael John Husten robbed TCF​Minneapolis police say 60-year-old Michael John Husten is a TCF Bank robber. Unfortunately, Husten is not that TCF robber. Since January, TCF Bank has been hit with robberies four times--three within a single week. Husten was charged Friday with robbing a Minneapol ... More >>

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    March 10, 2011

    William Holden must pay $10.5 million for sexually abusing niece

    William Holden, child rapist, outside the St. Cloud courthouse​William Holden went to prison for sexually abusing his underage niece. Now, a jury says he must pay her $10 million. Cathy Olson was under the age of 14 when Holden sexually assaulted her three times in Brainerd. He was convicted ... More >>

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    March 1, 2011

    TFC Bank on West Lake Street robbed in broad daylight

    FBISecurity cameras caught the robber in the act.​A bank robber and his getaway driver left injuries and destruction in the wake of a holdup Monday at the Uptown TCF Bank branch at 1444 West Lake Street. The FBI says the robber, wearing a red ball cap, walked up to a teller at about 9 a.m., a ... More >>

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    February 28, 2011

    Jeremee Jon Kraskey shot dead in South Minneapolis

    ​Jeremee Jon Kraskey became the third Minneapolis homicide victim of 2011 when police found his body early Saturday morning in a back yard less than a block from Powderhorn Park. He died of multiple gun shot wounds, according to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner.

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    February 23, 2011

    U of M frat council orders members to attend sexual violence presentation

    Attendance is optional to the U of M's presentation on how to prevent sexual violence.​University of Minnesota fraternities earned a pretty bad rep last fall after three women alleged they were sexual assaulted at frat parties in the span of three weeks. As a reaction, a U of M administrator ... More >>

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    February 11, 2011

    Roseville InterBank robbers caught on camera

    The two men are suspected in a string of suburban robberies.​Two guys in ski masks ran into an InterBank branch in Roseville on Wednesday morning. One of them whipped out a semi-automatic handgun, pointed it at an employee, and demanded she open the safe. "No funny money," one of the two men ... More >>

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    February 11, 2011

    Kenneth Lee Johnson sentenced in Anthony Titus's murder

    ​Anthony Titus was 16 years old when he was gunned down in an alley near Fremont Avenue N. last Fourth of July, the city's 26th homicide of the year. Minneapolis police say he and his friends were "mean mugged" by some gang-bangers in an SUV because one of the guys hanging out with Titus was ... More >>

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