• Blogs

    May 31, 2012

    Native Mob gang members plead to lesser charges in federal case

    A few months ago, we reported on the federally orchestrated, statewide takedown of the Native Mob that shuttered Minnesota prisons for an entire day.Following the initial arrests, the feds unsealed an indictment naming 24 alleged members of the violent, Minnesota-born gang, with charges including ra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2012

    Smash-and-grab Minnesota jewelry store robbers caught on tape [VIDEO]

    Over the last month, a pack of smash-and-grab robbers have struck six Minnesota jewelry stores, attempted a seventh robbery in Eagan, and are possibly connected with two other cases. The most recent robbery happened last Tuesday night, April 24. At about 11 p.m., three suspects did a smash-and-grab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2012

    Minnesota Lutherans demand change following pastor sex scandal

    Darwin Schauer worked for eight years as a lay pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lake George, Minnesota, a small community southwest of Bemidji. He did so despite the fact that district leaders of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod knew he was convicted in 1983 of sexual abuse of a minor.Schauer, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2012

    William Jacobs sentenced to 18 years in prison for child molestation

    The next time William Jacobs is a free man, he could be well into his 80s. Jacobs, a former Minneapolis Parks Police chief and teacher, was sentenced to 18 years in prison Monday for child molestation and possession of child pornography. And when he is released, he'll serve another 10 years of p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2012

    Two Minneapolis firefighters embroiled in drug charges

    Lawrence Wajda, the Minneapolis firefighter charged with meth possession last week, was placed on administrative leave Sunday, says Matt Laible, spokesman for the city of Minneapolis. Wajda was arrested while working at a firehouse in Stadium Village last Tuesday. Upon searching Wajda, Minneapolis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2012

    Cody Pedersen took 10-year old on burglary missions

    Cody Pederson took his girlfriend's 10-year old out to commit several burglaries, prosecutors allege. Pederson, a 28-year old from Alexandria, has been charged with 20 counts of burglary, criminal damage to property, child endangerment and contributing to the delinquency of a child for allegedly co ... More >>

  • News

    March 21, 2012

    The Columbine effect

    Hollywood still obsessed with school shooting 13 years later

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2012

    Timothy Bakdash guilty of murdering Benjamin Van Handel

    ​Timothy Bakdash was found guilty of second-degree murder by a Hennepin County jury yesterday afternoon. Hennepin County prosecutors charged Bakdash with first and second-degree murders over a spring 2011 incident where Bakdash, who had been drinking at The Library Bar in Dinkytown, deliberately ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2012

    Rory Koch was busted for child porn possession while running for Ramsey County commissioner

    ​In the fall of 2010, Rory Koch, a longtime employee of the Minnesota House of Representatives, ran for Ramsey County commissioner.Though he didn't win the election, Koch ended up receiving a respectable 25 percent of the vote. Little did Ramsey County residents know when they cast their ballots t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2012

    Derek Wayne Brown sentenced to eight years for 500 grams of cocaine

    Derek Wayne Brown, a 43-year-old Minneapolis man, was sentenced to eight years in prison today for possession with intent to distribute 500 grams of cocaine. Brown was released from jail in 2008 after serving 14 years for first-degree assault. In November 2010, he and eight others were indicted fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2012

    Benito Hernandez Romo Jr. allegedly steals car during job interiew

    Benito Hernandez Romo Jr. was looking for a job when he stole a car, prosecutors say. Romo was in Apple Valley for a job interview when he took someone else's car for a joyride. According to police, the car's rightful owner parked his car at a train station in Apple Valley just before 7 a.m. Januar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2012

    Native Mob takedown: a closer look at the charges [PHOTOS]

    Over the past two weeks, local and federal law enforcement agencies have been collaborating on a statewide takedown of the Native Mob. As we first reported in our November cover story, "The Banishing," the Native Mob started in south Minneapolis in the '90s, and has since established a national rep ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2012

    Annie Stensrud, KEYC Mankato "drunk broadcast" anchor, charged with DWI

    Anne Stensrud was nearly four times over the limit​Annie Stensrud has been charged with a DWI in connection with a December arrest for drunk driving. Stensrud became a national celebrity in early December after slurring her way through the opening of a news broadcast for KEYC Mankato, a CBS-F ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2012

    Minneapolis: Violent crime continues to decrease

    ​Minneapolis is "Murderapolis" no more. The number of violent crimes in Minneapolis fell 6.3 percent last year from 2010, reaching a 28-year-low, according to statistics published today by the city.

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2011

    Jeremy Giefer charges dismissed as victim recants sexual assault allegations

    Jeremy Giefer's sexual assault charges were dropped today​Sexual assault charges against Jeremy Giefer were dropped this morning following the victim's recantation.Giefer was scheduled to go on trial next Monday on charges he raped his daughter multiple times over the years. Assistant Blue Earth ... More >>

  • News

    November 30, 2011

    The Boy Scouts' Police Problem

    Dozens of teenage Explorers have been sexually abused by cops. Should Scouts share the blame?

  • News

    November 9, 2011

    Mille Lacs Ojibwe fighting violent offenders with banishment

    Native Mob gang terrorizing Minnesota reservation

  • Movies

    November 2, 2011

    Eddie Murphy in Tower Heist

    Movie doesn't amount to much but steals a lot of laughs

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2011

    Felix Pedraza arrested for fatal shooting of Francisco Hernandez at Halloween Party

    ​Felix Pedraza is the lead suspect in a case of a weekend party that resulted in the fatal shooting of 21-year-old father of three Francisco Hernandez. Minneapolis police were called to a south Minneapolis apartment complex, where they found a man, later identified as Hernandez, suffering from gun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2011

    Meet the Minnesota Vikings All-Arrested team

    ​By Andy Mannix and Mike Mullen This week began with a bit of news that finally gives cause to celebrate the Minnesota Vikings: Since 2000, the Vikings are leading all other NFL teams in arrests. This was too good to be ignored, or judged on its face. So City Pages has gone deeper, investigating ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2011

    Rainbow Foods fires store manager Scott Ostrom, who was stabbed

    ​Rainbow Foods store manager Scott Ostrom was fired a week after the man who stabbed him was sentenced to prison. Ostrom had been store director at the Midway Rainbow Foods in St. Paul on May 9 when Russell Terry Johnson stabbed him in the chest because he was angry over a debit card transaction ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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.

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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.

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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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