Michael Whitelaw, owner of the Social House, an Uptown sushi bar that closed over the summer, faces 68 felonies, each of which carries a maximum sentence of five years in the slammer, for allegedly cheating the state out of about $100,000 in sales taxes from 2009 to 2011.Those charges sound stiff. R ... More >>
On Sunday, the Star Tribune broke the story of a scandal involving a nonprofit organization called Community Action of Minneapolis.The nonprofit, which is supposed to serve low-income people, used nearly a million taxpayer dollars for things like spa treatments, cruises, and personal car loans, the ... More >>
An attorney for Andrea Chisholm suggested Friday that her defense strategy at trial may entail blaming her husband, Colin. For seven years, the couple collected more than $165,000 in public assistance, a fact that could land them in jail if the court decides they were unworthy of the funds. Altho ... More >>
The yacht-sailing Scottish royal couple were known as Lord and Lady, but nobody suspected they were on welfare
Think the court system took it easy on Amy Senser? Consider the case of 55-year-old Golden Valley resident Philip Bertelsen.Earlier this week, Bertelsen was charged with four felonies, including two counts of criminal vehicular homicide, in connection with a November 3 accident that killed 20-year-o ... More >>
On January 3, 22-year-old north Minneapolis resident Devonte Coppage became St. Paul's first homicide victim of 2014 when a pot deal gone awry led to him being shot multiple times in a BP station parking lot.SEE ALSO: Barack Obama disagrees with Sheriff Stanek about the dangers of pot Twenty days l ... More >>
Today, a Hennepin County Grand Jury decided not to press charges against any Minneapolis Police Officers involved in the fatal officer-involved shooting of Terrence Franklin on May 10.On that afternoon, Franklin was on the run from police after he was identified as a burglary suspect. Following a wi ... More >>
According to forensic tests,Terrence Franklin's DNA was on the trigger of a police submachine gun involved in the struggle with officers that culminated in his death, the Star Tribune and WCCO report. The finding suggests Franklin had control of the weapon in the moments before he was fatally shot a ... More >>
On a day too hot for hoodies, the protestors packed into Government Plaza on Monday night instead showed their solidarity with Trayvon Martin through black armbands, loud chants, and homemade posters. "No justice, no peace," was a recurring chorus, and attendees walked through the throng wearing t-s ... More >>
The race is on for outgoing Mayor R.T. Rybak's office. Facing a crowded field of candidates, the six leading mayoral contenders are relying on a key measure to help them stand out from the pack: Who they can get to endorse them. See Also: - Who's in the race? A guide to the six candidates for Minne ... More >>
A retail custodian sexually assaulted by her boss fights back despite her immigration status
In the midst of serving a 10-year sentence for assault, 36-year-old Scott Lipe recently received some bad news: He's being charged with second-degree murder in connection with the same incident that landed him behind bars in the first place.SEE ALSO: Jacob Engler, 21, steals car in Minnesota, drives ... More >>
Over the past year, officers began seeing similarities in a string of assaults and burglaries in which thieves netted computers and guns.Now, Hennepin County has charged three members of the Loud Pack gang -- Dementry Loyd, 19, along with Montrelle Collins, 20 and Marlon Collins, 21 -- with the crim ... More >>
Rochelle Inselman, a 39-year-old Eden Valley woman who killed her ex-boyfriend two days before Valentine's Day earlier this year, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder last week and will be sentenced to 40 years in prison tomorrow.SEE ALSO: Clinton Corry went berserk when ex-girlfriend blocked him ... More >>
On Tuesday, Hennepin County Judge Regina Chu doled out a record sentence for a Minnesota drug crime and sentenced Pedro "Peli" Ayala-Leyva to 30 years in prison for his role in a large methamphetamine operation.Peli, 37, was found guilty in October of conspiracy to traffic drugs. State sentencing gu ... More >>
Voter ID has looked like a sure bet to be approved since it first became clear the amendment would be on this year's ballot -- until this weekend.MORE VOTER ID COVERAGE:-- Minnesota Majority wants you to follow buses leaving polling places on election day-- Majority of MN college students favor vote ... More >>
In the fall of 2010, Minnesota Majority, the state's leading pro-voter ID group, created the Election Integrity Watch. As a press release published at the time noted, Election Watch "is a program designed to engage voters across the state to be vigilant, watching for and reporting on election fraud. ... More >>
But authorities say no crime was committed
The Hennepin County Attorney's office has charged two men in connection with the Monday morning post-bar close shooting outside the Gay 90's that left three patrons and one suspect with gunshot injuries.Don Austin, 20, described by police as "a stocky black male," faces three felony counts of aiding ... More >>
Amy Senser received special treatment from the criminal justice system when she killed True Thai chef Anousone Phanthavong last August, according to a report published by the Pioneer Press. Senser killed Phanthavong last August, failed to report herself to law enforcement as the driver of the vehi ... More >>
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 >>
Mentally ill inmates wait months for evaluation, treatment
Amy Senser's trial approaches April 23, but before a jury can be seated the Hennepin County judge overseeing the case must determine whether Senser can get a fair trial in Minneapolis. Senser's attorney Eric Nelson requested a change of venue to Kandiyohi County earlier this month on the grounds ... More >>
Duane "Little Joe" Gustafson was found guilty on a dozen charges yesterday in Hennepin County. Prosecutors says Gustafson is second-in-command of the "Beat-down Posse," a violent and notorious gang that terrorized the North Side. Charges against Gustafson include: racketeering, terroristic threats, ... More >>
Amy Senser's trial will not be moving to Kandiyohi County. Hennepin County Judge Daniel H. Mabley denied Senser's request to have her trial moved from Minneapolis to Kandiyohi County. Senser stands charged with criminal vehicular homicide for running True Thai chef Anousone Phanthavong over off ... More >>
Cornerback Chris Cook was the Vikings' second-round draft pick in 2010. After struggling as a rookie, Cook had his 2011 season off to a solid start through the first month of action.But his football career came to an abrupt halt last October 22 after his girlfriend called police from Cook's Eden ... More >>
He offered empty promises but had secrets of his own
Octavia Marberry is facing two felonies for her role in the muggings.The Minneapolis Good Samaritan who caught Darren Evanocich in the act of mugging a woman and eventually shot and killed Evanovich will not be charged. That's not the case for Evanvovich's sister, Octavia Marberry. This afternoon ... More >>
Amy Senser will face charges from the Hennepin County Attorney today.Amy Senser has had a few weeks to walk around free since admitting that she was the driver of the Mercedes SUV that killed Anousone Phanthavong. Now, after weeks of outcry over Senser's not being arrested or charged with a crim ... More >>
Photo: benleto.Hennepin County also declined to file anymore charges last year.After years of controversy, the saga of Minnesota's scandal-riddled gang-combating task force is about to come to an anti-climactic finish. The U.S. Department of Justice has declined to level anymore federal char ... More >>
Dolan: Don't shoot first.All Republican Rep. Tony Cornish wants is for every Minnesotan to be able to shoot first and ask questions later if they find an intruder in their homes, and he's getting damned testy about the top cops from Minnesota's largest cities standing in his way. Why don't th ... More >>
Timothy Ayman Bakdash is going to be charged with second degree murder this morning in the wake of a hit-and-run incident more than a week ago in Dinkytown that fatally wounded Benjamin Van Handel, a U of M student. The criminal complaint alleges that Bakdash, of Roseville, had been drinking ... More >>
Little Joe Gustafson, leader of the Beat Down Posse, was booked into jail this morningJoseph Duane "Little Joe" Gustafson, a North Minneapolis man who terrorized his neighborhood for years, is being charged today with 14 felony counts: racketeering, assault, making terroristic threats, kidnap ... More >>
Watch out for people wearing buttons--they're breaking the law. Minnesota Majority is urging supporters to commit civil disobedience by wearing their "Please ID Me" buttons at the polls today. A federal judge banned the buttons Monday, but the conservative group told followers to go ahead and ... More >>
"He was just kind of rampantly going out trolling for sex," says the Hennepin County Attorney. "It's pretty despicable."
Police say the Wayzata businessman was caught on videotape molesting a 10-year-old girl in the hot tub of the swank Minneapolis Club late last year.
The Wayzata businessman is accused to molesting a 10-year-old girl at the Minneapolis Club.
Minneapolis business attorney Aaron Biber is due to be arraigned in Hennepin County court today on charges that he had sex with a 14-year-old boy.
Wrestling legend Verne Gagne's deadly assault on a fellow resident at the Bloomington care facility they lived in won't result in any criminal charges, the Hennepin County Attorney's office said today.
After a Minnesota Daily investigation revealed a Ward 2 candidate's campaign was based almost entirely on lies, his duped supporters and volunteers are calling him a fraud and want to see criminal charges filed against him.
A vital service for domestic violence survivors sees its budget gutted
The DFL in disarray, three mayoral candidates make a play for the Green Party endorsement
They say people who fish and farm can't elect a governor anymore. Tell that to Doug Johnson
Even as they began sifting through the cinders in 1994, police figured they knew who set the Phillips apartment fire that nearly killed two little girls. But arson has a way of destroying all the evidence.
Defense attorneys say Minneapolis's crackdown on graffiti artists is a waste of time and money for a court system that's already stretched thin.
From West Bank radical to White House insider, he's remained the most powerful man you've never heard of.
Operation Safe Streets
In the wake of Najarian and Shabazz, the U.S. attorney and former DFL prodigy finds his once-bright political future in question.