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 >>
-- Update, including comments from Stanek himself, at bottom -- This afternoon, Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek will meet with a group of children from the Boys and Girls Club of Little Earth to run these words of wisdom by them:RELATED: Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek thinks pot makes you v ... More >>
Just before 9 p.m. Friday, Orono police arrived at a home on the 1000 block of Heritage Lane in Orono on a welfare check.Upon arrival, officers found 30-year-old St. Thomas law school graduate Ted Hoffstrom outside the home. The dispatcher advised cops, "He said he was going to put a bullet in his h ... More >>
-- Original post published August 13 at 11:57 a.m.; update at bottom --Last night, a man driving a Pontiac Sunfire along the West River Parkway near the Stone Arch Bridge crashed through a security fence around 9:40 p.m. and ended up in the Mississippi River.SEE ALSO: Roseville teacher Jerome Gordon ... More >>
Under the leadership of Sheriff Rich Stanek, the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office has adopted a no-visible-tattoos policy for new hires.SEE ALSO: Antonio "Savage" Jenkins' tattoo of "pig get'n brains blew out" leads to criminal charge No other Hennepin County department's have a tattoo policy, the S ... More >>
A Hennepin County judge wants to know why its taking the state so long to transfer some mentally ill patients to psychiatric hospitals. Judge Jay Quam, who presides over the mental health commitment court, pulled representatives from the Department of Human Services into his courtroom Wednesday to ... More >>
Around 9 a.m. today, a police officer fired shots at a Richfield home in the 6600 block of Park Avenue South, hitting at least one person, according to Hennepin County Sheriff spokeswoman Lisa Kiava.
Yesterday, the MPD disclosed that the taxpayer cost of all the police work done on and around the now-foreclosed Cruz family last month amounted to $42,429, or nearly the cost of one city employee's salary.But if City Council member Gary Schiff had his way, Minneapolis taxpayers wouldn't be on the h ... More >>
For Minneapolis police and Hennepin County deputies, the third time was the charm.Following two unsuccessful attempts last week to evict Occupy Homes protestors from the foreclosed Cruz family home at 4044 Cedar Ave. S., police were finally able to secure the property following a raid that began aro ... More >>
A Mexican heroin ring led by a one-armed drug dealer was broken up last week by the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office, according to a criminal complaint filed by prosecutors. Sheriff's deputy Quincy Grabau began investigating the drug ring in September 2010 after a "confidential reliable informant" ... More >>
Fox 9Other police swarmed to the scene, but the incident had already turened fatal.Interstate 394 was the site of a shooting incident this afternoon that left an armed woman dead, though details of what led to her shooting are not yet public.Just after 1:00 p.m., a Golden Valley cop pulled ov ... More >>
Damian Blake Burkhalter: Losing his religion.Damian Blake Burkhalter is a youth director at Glen Cary Lutheran Church in Ham Lake. He's a member of the Anoka County Community Corrections Advisory Board, and he's a former sergeant with the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office. Now, the man who ou ... More >>
FBIWho is this guy?A guy wearing a wool hat, scarf and sunglasses walked into the M&I Bank branch at 3905 West 69th Street in Edina yesterday at about 10 a.m. He put down an insulated lunch box on the counter, told the teller there was a bomb inside and demanded cash. A security camera caug ... More >>
Zimmerman ReedRandy Hopper, the man who sued the Strike ForceToday is the deadline for filing claims against the disgraced and disbanded Metro Gang Strike Force, and so far 118 people have said the force extorted them.Lead plaintiff Zelaido Rivera Garcia won a $3 million settlement for the group ... More >>
Photo: brunkfordbraunPaddlers found a body in Bassett CreekWhen you head out for a lazy afternoon of kayaking around with the kids, a dead body is likely not high on the list of memory-building experiences you're hoping for. But that's what happened to John Munnich's outing on Sunday. The bo ... More >>
Don't blame it on jealousy of the new baby. That's a human emotion, folks.
In the little-noticed race for Hennepin County sheriff, things get a little smearful
American Wookies, Kennedy backs Kerry, Johnny Knoxville "acting" intellectually challenged, the Minnesota blog of the day and more...
Another in-custody death raises questions about the MPD's ability to police itself
Stephen Porter may have been humiliated and abused by cops. Or he may be the best thing that's happened to the MPD in a long time.
Can the county sheriff's office impartially investigate the MPD?