Mike Freeman

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2014

    Anthony Simons and James Butchee Charged with 3rd-Degree Murder for Selling $40 Worth of Heroin

    Drug dealers beware: Selling even a small amount of heroin in Hennepin County can get you charged with murder. Yesterday Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman held a press conference to trumpet third-degree murder charges brought against Anthony Allyn Simons and James Marione Butchee for selling a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2014

    Did Al Franken Really Win in 2008 Because of Non-Citizen Voting?

    A few days ago, a new headline spread like the plague across the worst of the worst conservative publications: VOTER FRAUD IS REAL, it said. And the politician taking the greatest advantage, they say? Minnesota's own, U.S. Senator Al Franken. Naturally, the story went viral in Tea Party circles: th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2014

    County appoints Colin Chisholm, alleged welfare cheat, public defenders

    With each court appearance, the rings around Colin Chisholm's eyes grow. Three months in jail have turned his hair almost completely gray. And yet he never fails to look curiously, even affably, at the back of the room, where his family members have stopped showing up. The so-called "Lord of Welfa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2014

    Marion Guerrido won't face felony charges for fatal pond crash

    Hennepin County officials have announced Marion Guerrido won't face felony charges in connection with a November 21 crash that left the vehicle she was driving submerged in a St. Louis Park retention pond and resulted in the death of two young children.Guerrido didn't have a driver's license at the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2014

    John Iverson, alleged drunk driver, charged with vehicular homicide in bicyclist's death

    This afternoon, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced that John Iverson has been charged with criminal vehicular homicide in the death of Marcus Nalls, a 26-year-old who was hit and killed while biking on Monday night."He was clearly intoxicated, and he ran up and killed a bicyclist," Free ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2013

    A.J. Jefferson charged with felony assault by strangulation

    The Vikings' no-good-very-bad day continued this afternoon as Hennepin County authorities announced that since-released cornerback A.J. Jefferson has been charged with felony domestic assault by strangulation.RELATED: Rick Spielman reacts to Vikings having more players arrested this month than wins ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2013

    Jetaun Wheeler, 29, allegedly killed 58-year-old boyfriend, stuffed him in freezer

    Jetaun Wheeler has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of her boyfriend.SEE ALSO: Nancy Sullivan, Shoreview victim, is 8th MSP woman allegedly killed by husband/BF since December According to authorities, the body of Wheeler's 58-year-old boyfriend (authorities haven' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2013

    No prison for Kao Xiong, dad whose unsecured gun was used by 4-year-old to kill brother, 2

    A Hennepin County judge today sentenced Kao Xiong to probation and time served for leaving an unsecured gun in his Cedar-Riverside home last December. The gun -- loaded, hidden in a sofa, and without a working safety -- was used by Xiong's 4-year-old son to accidentally and fatally shoot his 2-year- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2012

    Kao Xiong, father of 4-year-old who fatally shot 2-year-old brother, charged with two felonies

    Kao Xiong left a loaded semi-automatic pistol with no safety wedged between pillows and a mattress in his home's master bedroom. On December 5, his 4-year-old son grabbed the gun and accidentally shot his 2-year-old brother in the stomach. The boy later died.SEE ALSO: Guns make you safer? Minneapoli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2012

    Mike Freeman on GOPers making Franken-Coleman voter fraud allegations: "They are just liars"

    In the most recent edition of the New Yorker, Jane Meyer takes a close look at the Republican lawyer who has spearheaded the drive for tighter voter ID laws nationally and here in Minnesota, Hans von Spakovsky.Along with John Fund, von Spakovsky recently cowrote a book entitled, "Who's Counting?: Ho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2012

    DRE drug scandal: No criminal charges for alleged dope-distributing officers

    Nick Otterson, a state trooper from Hutchinson, has been under criminal investigation since May, when a colleague of his came forward to report he'd seen Otterson give an Occupy protester drugs.SEE ALSO:-- Sgt. Rick Munoz, DRE program boss, is pretty much the biggest jerk ever-- Police did indeed gi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2012

    Michael Biskey, south Mpls resident, could get 10 years for having a bunch of pot in his garage

    At about 11 p.m. on June 14, police were patrolling an alley in between Harriet and Grand avenues in south Minneapolis. There had been a robbery in the area earlier that day.While driving down the alley, they came across a man keying into a locked garage door. He was wearing a large camping backpack ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2012

    Shannon Riley, social worker, had sex with client in the park

    Shannon Riley pled guilty this week to felony sexual conduct for having sex with one of her clients at the park. Riley, 40, was entrusted with an adult man who had a "history of chemical dependency and past sexual abuse," according to the Hennepin County Attorney's Office. In early 2011, Riley too ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2012

    CeCe McDonald pleads guilty to lesser charge

    Chrishaun "CeCe" McDonald, a transgender woman facing two second-degree murder charges, agreed to a plea deal in court today. McDonald pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter, which will carry a 41-month sentence. McDonald was accused of stabbing Dean Alvin Schmitz in the heart outside the S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2012

    Duane Clark reported baby buried in his backyard to Crystal Police

    ​Police discovered the "majority of bones" of a 30 to 38-week-old baby boy after Duane Clark walked into the Crystal police station earlier this week and reported that there was a baby buried in his backyard. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman held a press conference this afternoon to announce ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2012

    Police, prosecutors oppose bill easing "deadly force" requirements

    ​At a news conference yesterday, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said Minnesota prosecutors "unanimously oppose" a bill that would broaden the rights of property owners to use deadly force. The Minneapolis and St. Paul police chiefs along with representatives of chiefs from around the state ... More >>

  • News

    September 21, 2011

    Amy Senser still won't talk about hit-and-run

    True Thai's chef killed roadside on I-94

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2011

    Amy Senser charged with felony criminal vehicular homicide

    Amy Senser's mugshot after her arrest this morning.​As the family of Anousone Phanthavong looked on, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced that his office is charging Amy Senser with felony criminal vehicular homicide. But the short, one-page criminal complaint yields far more questions ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2011

    How Minnesota became the second-highest state for mortgage fraud -- or not

    This north Minneapolis house was one of the properties featured in a 2006 fraud scam.​Minnesota is either the second-best or second-worst place to hatch your mortgage fraud scam.The Mortgage Fraud Index came out yesterday morning and ranked Minnesota second-highest in the country for incidence of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2011

    Aaron Boogaard charged in brother Derek's death [UPDATE]

    Boogaard is facing two charges stemming from his brother's death.​Aaron Boogaard, the younger brother of beloved Minnesota Wild tough guy Derek Boogaard, has been charged for selling the drugs that are blamed for Derek's death.Boogaard, 24, is charged with the a third-degree controlled substance c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2011

    Aaron Boogaard's charges explained by Hennepin County Attorney [VIDEO]

    Aaron Boogaard is also being looked at by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.​Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman held a press conference this afternoon to announce that his office has charged Aaron Boogaard with two crimes related to the overdose death of Derek Boogaard, a former Wild enforce ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2011

    Head shops sue Minnesota over synthetic pot ban

    Is Minnesota's ban on synthetic pot unconstitutional? ​The war on synthetic drugs is far from over. A lawyer representing several head shops filed a lawsuit today against the state of Minnesota, alleging that a statewide ban on synthetic pot is unconstitutional and not supported by scientific ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2011

    James and Wendy Ober charged with massive, $10 million mortgage fraud

    Hennepin County Attorney's OfficeThe Obers allegedly used these and other fake business identities written on the back of a cell phone.​Hennepin County prosecutors filed racketeering charges Tuesday against husband and wife real estate team James and Wendy Ober of Hudson, Wis., and two Minnesota m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2011

    Casey Michelle Walters charged in Guadalupe Galeno-Hernandez's shooting

    Casey Michele Waletrs faces two felony counts.​Casey Walters, the woman accused of driving the car carrying a gunman who shot 12-year-old Guadalupe Galeno-Hernandez, has a Sureno 13 gang tattoo on her neck. She dates a Sureno 13 gangbanger. And the shooting took place as a result of gang confl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2010

    Macarr Tyree Hill charged in Powderhorn Park assaults

    Photo: Thirteen of ClubsPowderhorn Park residents are determined to keep their neighborhood safe.​While most of us were safe at home last Wednesday evening, getting ready for a long Thanksgiving weekend, three women were fighting off sexual assaults from a gang of teenage thugs in and near Pow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2010

    "Please ID Me" buttons not OK at polls

    Image by dbaird"Please ID Me" buttons aren't allowed here​Today a federal judge told tea partiers NO, they may not wear "Please I.D. Me" buttons to the polls. So if someone asks to see your photo ID, just give 'em the hand. And if they take your picture, take one right back. Minnesota election la ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2010

    Minnesota Majority sues for right to intimidate at the polls

    Photo by debairdElection Integrity Watch wants to see your ID​A group of Tea-partying conservative activists is suing for the right to wear campaign slogans and intimidating buttons to polling places on Nov. 2. And oh yeah -- they just might ask to see your ID. So far, 7,390 people have signed up ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2010

    Metro Gang Strike Force criminal probe yields no charges

    Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman​Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said today that there will be not a single criminal charge filed in the wake of his investigation into the now-disbanded Metro Gang Strike Force. He says his probe was stymied at every turn by its subjects, 29 of whom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2010

    Ryedelle Reginald Loving arrested in Gilbert Jordan's murder

    ​Ryedelle Reginald Loving, a 21-year-old from Northeast Minneapolis, has been booked into the Hennepin County jail on probable cause murder in the death of Gilbert Jordan, the city's 30th homicide victim of the year. Minneapolis police Sgt. William Palmer said Loving was arrested at about 4 a. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2010

    Gilbert Jordan is 30th Minneapolis homicide of the year

    ​The original call to Minneapolis police at 3:30 a.m. Sunday was for shots fired at the Old Colony gas station on Washington Avenue at West Broadway. But as Fourth Precinct officers made their way the scene, the call was upgraded to an actual shooting, and when they arrived, three men were dow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2010

    R.T. Rybak hopes Project Exile can grapple with guns and homicides

    ​The Minneapolis homicide count keeps creeping up this year, 29 now compared to 19 total the year before. Sure, we're still 10 shy of the 39 in 2008, and a long, long way from 1995's Murderapolis mark of 99. But the current numbers are devastating families and neighborhoods, and feeding news h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2009

    Somali students to protest unsolved murders

    A Somali group will protest tomorrow, after charges against one suspected murderer was dropped. Ten murders of Somalis remain unsolved, according to Somalis United Against Violence.

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2008

    ACORN alleged voter fraud hits Minnesota

    ACORN.jpg The Hennepin County attorney's office is investigating an allegation that an individual with the ACORN community organization "did not fu ... More >>

  • News

    September 24, 2008

    Holly Collins returns after 14 years in hiding

    The battered woman fled to Amsterdam with her children in defiance of a court order

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2006

    Entenza: former AG candidate, future house husband

    DFL attorney general endorsee Matt Entenza, under siege lately for his wife's HMO ties (first detailed in a January City Pages cover story, here) and the blowback from his dirt-digging against Mike Hatch, abruptly withdrew from the AG race this morning. The text of his statement appears below the ... More >>

  • News

    June 25, 2003

    Addicted To Drug Court

    The Good News and the Bad News: Hennepin Countys drug court has cleared court dockets and steered a lot of people toward treatment. Its also allowed the county to push thousands more casual offenders into the corrections system.

  • Books

    August 30, 2000

    Invisible Man

    Jerry Janezich is staking his U.S. Senate campaign on a populist message and the DFL endorsement. But will any of that matter without TV ads?

  • News

    February 2, 2000
  • Books

    September 23, 1998

    Sue 'Em if You Got 'Em

    Hennepin County leads the next round of tobacco litigation

  • News

    September 16, 1998
  • News

    September 9, 1998
  • Books

    July 29, 1998

    The Junge and the Restless

    DFL endorsement was su.pposed to catapult Ember Reichgott Junge to the top of the primary heap, but insiders say the AG candidate's campaign is sinking like a lead balloon

  • Feature

    July 1, 1998
  • Books

    June 10, 1998

    Party Animus

    With the outcome all but determined on the first ballot, last weekend's DFL convention in St. Cloud was about as civilized as a war could get

  • News

    February 18, 1998

    Stool Pigeon

    Sure, he's got an unfortunate knack for running afoul of the law. But that's nothing compared to his talent for getting himself set free.

  • News

    October 8, 1997

    The First Cut

    With lean budget times in the forecast, Hennepin County prepares to kill "optional" programs like sexual-violence prevention. But is it just a case of bad management?

  • News

    April 30, 1997

    Guv Groupies

    A key hire by the Dayton campaign marks the start of the gubernatorial sweepstakes

  • Feature

    February 26, 1997

    Casualties of War

    The feds are reportedly weighing a major drug offensive in Minneapolis.

  • News

    January 24, 1996
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