Late last week, Gov. Mark Dayton signed a bill written by Sen. Branden Petersen (R-Andover) that makes it slightly harder for law enforcement agencies to track cell phones and the court process more transparent.Though he initially testified against it, James Franklin, executive director of the Minne ... More >>
This morning, 21-year-old Trevor Shelley was hit with the same charges former University of Minnesota quarterback Philip Nelson faces in connection with a Sunday morning altercation that left Isaac Kolstad in critical condition -- first- and third-degree assault.According to the charging document, a ... More >>
Lt. Eric Roeske of the Minnesota State Patrol identified the two people shot to death Friday on Highway 212 as a man and a woman. But he refused to confirm whether this was a hostage situation, as initially reported over the police scanner. Four unnamed officers -- one state trooper, one Carver Coun ... More >>
In the quest to catch violent perps, rape kits can be a key ally – but only if they're tested
Earlier this month, three men allegedly attempted to abduct a 13-year-old girl just blocks away from Lake Calhoun. The men fled the scene after the girl screamed, and no arrests have been made.THE BACKSTORY: Three men tried to abduct 13-year-old girl while she rode her bike near Lake Calhoun, police ... More >>
Four months after he was hit was a court order to stop communicating with a 17-year-old girl with whom he was romantically involved, Cook County Attorney Tim Scannell is under investigation for possible criminal charges.SEE ALSO: Matthew Ellsworth gets probation for having sex with studentThe Minnes ... More >>
Duluth officials regard The Last Place on Earth as a scourge on downtown and have been open about their desire to shut it down for some time. They got a perfect opportunity to do so when Jim Carlson's son allegedly sold an illegal bath salt to an undercover agent early last month.THE BACKSTORY: Jim ... More >>
Original post from January 10 -- update at bottom Ryan Larson, the man who was initially arrested in connection with the murder of Cold Spring Police Officer Tom Decker, is wanted on felony stalking charges. He's allegedly been harassing his ex-girlfriend for at least six months.SEE ALSO:-- Eric Tho ... More >>
:::: UPDATE :::: Eric Thomes Facebook page: Profile of the "person of interest" in Officer Decker's murderAt a press conference this afternoon, investigators identified Eric Thomes as the man who killed himself Wednesday night when investigators showed up at his rural Cold Spring house to re-intervi ... More >>
In the wake of the Newtown school shooting, guns aren't just a hot topic of conversation -- they're also in high demand.SEE ALSO:-- John Monson, owner of Bill's Gun Shop: "The bad guys don't really care what the law is"-- Wisconsin has the craziest gun law in America, according to ProPublica Monday ... More >>
Today, the Stearns County Attorney's office surprisingly released Ryan Larson, the suspect arrested following last Thursday's fatal shooting of Cold Spring Officer Tom Decker, without charging him with any crimes. Thus far, investigators have been unable to find the murder weapon.SEE ALSO: Cold Spri ... More >>
When the DRE scandal first made headlines last spring, City Pages talked with Dan Feidt to get his perspective on how the story fit into the broader narrative of America's war on drugs.CITY PAGES' DRE SCANDAL SERIES:-- DRE officer: "I don't know what the big deal is I just gave them marijuana" [PART ... More >>
Lynn Phillip Seibel, a former drama teacher at Shattuck-St. Mary's boarding school in Faribault, was charged today with 17 felony counts of child pornography and sexual misconduct.Seibel is charged with one count of soliciting a child to engage in sexual conduct, one count of using minors in pornogr ... More >>
Three members of the Final Exit Network were booked in Dakota County yesterday for their role in the alleged 2007 suicide of an Apple Valley woman. A fourth defendant, Jerry D. Dincin, didn't appear because he is reportedly dying. Dr. Lawrence D. Egbert, Thomas Goodwin, Roberta Massey and Jerry Din ... More >>
Investigators have collected shipping records for the figurines.The case of the baby whose body was found in the Mississippi River in early September has taken a turn and added a clue, but it's unclear if investigators are any closer to solving the mystery. The girl was found inside a plastic bag ... More >>
Keaton Patrick Murphy as he appeared in his booking photo.University of Minnesota student Keaton Patrick Murphy was arrested Thursday on suspicion of distributing child pornography. He was released that night. Now he's missing. The last time anyone saw the 20-year-old from Iowa, he was leaving t ... More >>
Crittenden died trying to defend the man's estranged wife and himself against a suspect who lunged at them with a burning towel.
With Rapes on the Rise, There's a Shortage of Resources in the Department Dedicated to Solving Them
On November 19 at 11:24 a.m. Brooklyn Center police officers were dispatched to AMF Earle Brown Lanes. The responding cops were informed that there had been a series of thefts from rental lockers in recent weeks. The manager of the bowling alley stated that four individuals had lost items valued at ... More >>
On April 24, at approximately 9:18 a.m., Eagan police officers were dispatched to the Peace Reform Church on Glory Drive to investigate a burglary. Upon arrival, the cops were informed that four credit cards and $5 in cash had been stolen from a church employee's purse.
When a serial rapist escaped from Minnesota's state mental hospital last April, someone had to take a perp walk sooner rather than later. So why not arrest the escapee's father?
Elliott Lamar-Seccer Pierson is apparently a creature of habit. On September 30th of last year, according to a criminal complaint filed this week in Hennepin County District Court, Pierson entered University Market at roughly 8:00 p.m. with bandanas covering most of his face and head.
Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher and former St. Paul Police Chief Bill Finney both have long and proud histories in St. Paul policing circles—and reputations for political heavy-handedness. Observers say they're alike in many ways. Is that why the
On August 4, at approximately 7:15 p.m. a person identified in court records only as JW was driving a Pontiac Sunfire eastbound on Highway 55. Near the intersection of Highway 149 the driver noticed a white Cadillac El Dorado approaching from behind at a high rate of speed.
Tony Tran and Laura Xiong started out as small-time gamblers. Then they became lovers. And then her husband turned up murdered.
A car-trunk kidnapping? Four new bullets to the body? Minneapolis's favorite one-legged snitch must be up to his old tricks.
On July 27, a man entered Action Check Cashing on Excelsior Boulevard in Minnetonka at roughly 5:50 p.m. and handed a note to an employee. "Put $2,500 in a bag," it read.
On Sunday afternoon Minneapolis police officers Dave Ulberg and David Elliot were dispatched to the Harrison neighborhood to investigate a report that three teenage girls were being harassed by an adult male. When the officers arrived on the scene, the girls pointed out the man and they attempted to ... More >>
Police incident lands an 18-year-old North Sider in the hospital for three days
On February 20th, Thomas Clayton Caldwell reported to the Dakota County Jail, in Hastings, to serve a sentence for driving after his license had been revoked. At approximately 7:30 p.m., while searching the 45-year-old Northfield resident's leather jacket, an officer allegedly discovered a plastic b ... More >>
Boss Kelly's budget smacks of election-year politics
What ever became of St. Paul cop Jon Loretz's bar brawl? Nothing.
What we know--and what we don't--about methamphetamine's history, chemistry, and impact on users
When Cleotha Howard moved to the suburbs, she imagined a world far away from the street gangs of north Minneapolis. She never dreamed her youngest son would be murdered.
Minneapolis police are involved in too many dangerous high-speed chases, according to a local civil-rights attorney. He says the city needs to take steps to protect bystanders and do something about its "cowboy" officers.