Juvenile Justice

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2012

    Derrick Catchings charged as adult in shooting of north Minneapolis teen

    Derrick Deangelo Catchings, a 16-year-old from Brooklyn Park, will be tried as an adult in the murder of a teenager slain on his bike last summer in north Minneapolis, according to the Hennepin County Attorney's Office. Catchings has been in jail since last September on a separate case, and made hi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2012

    Lakeville locker-room photo scandal: 14-year-old allegedly given soda for nude pic

    Last month, we told you about a locker-room photo scandal at Lakeville's Century Middle School, where dozens of students were suspended after an inappropriate cell phone photo of a student was widely shared. Today, Dakota County prosecutors filed charges. Three students -- two boys and a girl -- wer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2011

    Emily's Law redux aims to punish 13-year-olds as adults

    Bill author Rep. Torrey Westrom will have to push the bill through the committee process today, or it will be couched until next session.​On a June morning in 2006, Lynn Johnson dropped off her two-year-old daughter, Emily, at her daycare provider's house before heading to work. About eight h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2011

    Mahdi Hassan Ali, Seward triple-homicide suspect, presses age dispute

    Mahdi Hassan Ali claims he was a juvenile at the time of the Seward Market murders.​Thanks to some chilling security video, Mahdi Hassan Ali stands accused of being the triggerman at the Seward Market in January 2010 when three people were gunned down in a gruesome robbery gone wrong. But Ali ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2011

    Michael Swanson claims insanity in Iowa double homicide

    Swanson claims he was insane.​Seventeen-year-old Michael Swanson, famous for smiling and laughing after being charged in November with murdering two Iowa gas station workers in two separate shootings, plans to claim insanity as a defense when his trials start this summer.

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2011

    Michael Swanson, accused in Iowa double homicide, will be tried as an adult

    A second request to escape adult court is still pending.​Michael Swanson -- the kid who couldn't stop laughing after being accused of killing two people -- will be tried as an adult for at least one murder count. Last month, the 17-year-old requested to move his case to juvenile court where h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2011

    Michael Swanson wants murder trials in juvenile court

    Swanson isn't smiling now.​Michael Richard Swanson, the St. Louis Park 17-year-old charged with killing two Iowa convenience store employees for little more than cash and cigarettes, says he's too young to face the music as an adult. Maybe he's rethinking that happy perp routine outside the K ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2011

    Powderhorn Park sex assault suspect severs ankle monitor but later surrenders (UPDATE)

    fibonaccibluePowderhorn Park neighbors gathered for a vigil after the attacks.​Four teenage boys were arrested after Thanksgiving Eve sex assaults in and near Powderhorn Park. Then came news that one of the boys, 15 years old, was on the lose. He'd cut off his ankle bracelet monitor and disa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2010

    Mahdi Hassan Ali to be tried as an adult in Seward triple homicide

    Mahdi Hassan Ali will be tried as an adult.‚ÄčThere case against Mahdi Hassan Ali looks pretty tight: He's on videotape pointing a gun at the men who were killed in a robbery gone wrong at Seward Market on January 6th, and his accomplice is ready to testify against him. But Ali's fate has also been ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2010

    Brandon Iams kills three in crash and gets six weekends in jail

    Photo: Tomy Webster​Shirley Iverson, 71, her daughter, Debra Buhmann, 34, and her granddaughter, Alexis Iverson-Ferkul, 8, are all dead because of a teenage driver named Brandon Iams. The charge against him? Misdemeanor careless driving. The punishment? Six weekends in juvie, 100 hours of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2010

    Brandon Michael Iams charged in deadly December crash

    Brandon Michael Iams, 17, has been charged with careless driving inthe crash that killed three people two weeks before Christmas.

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2006

    3 questions: Tim Dolan

    The recently confirmed chief of the MPD now must get down to the business of running a police force.

  • News

    March 1, 2006

    High Crimes

    Daniel Otto and his girlfriend just wanted to get loaded one summer night. Neither of them imagined that she would wind up dead and he would be charged with murder.

  • News

    May 5, 2004

    Voices and Silence

    It was no secret that Jason Molacek heard voices telling him to murder. Cops, counselors, his parents--they all knew. So why didn't anyone stop him before he shot his mom to death?

  • News

    December 3, 2003

    The Walls of Red Wing

    The remarkable 114-year story of Minnesota's last juvenile detention home

  • Books

    June 4, 2003
  • Feature

    April 1, 1999

    "Love is Bigger than Government"

    A profound insight or an empty Ventura-ism?

  • News

    June 24, 1998

    Restricted Access

    Child protection hearings are now open to the public, but it's members of the press who will be scrutinized

  • News

    March 5, 1997
  • News

    September 4, 1996
  • News

    June 26, 1996

    Down & Out in Uptown

    Police and merchants appear to be stepping up efforts to get punks and panhandlers off the streets of Uptown.

  • News

    March 6, 1996