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Police Survey: Most Minnesotans Approve Of Local Police

Despite recent high-profile police killings, most Minnesotans are still strongly supportive of their local police forces.

06/29/2015

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State Trooper Charged With Driving 94 In 55 Zone

A Minnesota State Trooper has been charged with excessive speeding after he was caught driving 94 mph in a 55 mph zone, according to Minnesota State Patrol. The Fergus Falls City Attorney has cited Sergeant Jesse Grabow for excessive speeding.

06/29/2015

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Ruling: Cop Can Be Sued For Stolen Squad Car’s Role In Fatal Crash

A Crookston, Minnesota, police officer whose stolen squad car was involved in a fatal crash in 2011 is now facing a civil lawsuit.

06/29/2015

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Man, 30, Arrested After Shooting At Fish Lake Township Home

The Chisago County SWAT Team helped arrest a 30-year-old man after he shot multiple rounds off inside a home in Fish Lake Township. Nicholas Leefeddick Villella, 30, was arrested on charges of terroristic threats and second degree assault.

06/29/2015

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Man Caught On Tip From App User Pleads Guilty To Child Porn

A man who was a federal fugitive for more than four years before he was arrested with help from a smartphone app has pleaded guilty to two counts of child pornography. Adney Allen is charged in North Dakota with possession and distribution of materials involving the sexual exploitation of minors. The 51-year-old Allen was indicated in July of 2009. He was arrested in November of 2014 on the Red Lake Indian Reservation in Minnesota.

06/29/2015

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TV Actor Dustin Diamond Wants Delay In Bar Stabbing Sentence

Former “Saved by the Bell” actor Dustin Diamond is asking a judge to delay his sentence for a Christmas Day stabbing in a Wisconsin bar.

06/28/2015

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New Security Service At NDSU Can Be Activated With 1 Touch

North Dakota State University students and staff will have access this year to a safety and security service that will allow dispatchers to track their whereabouts at all times and let users call for help by swiping the smartphone screen.

06/28/2015

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Patrol: 2 Die After RV Collides With Car In Chippewa Co.

Two elderly women died Saturday night in Chippewa County when their sedan collided with an RV.

06/28/2015

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20 Years After Disappearance, Community Gathers To Remember Missing TV Anchor

It has been 20 years since an Iowa TV anchor went missing. Jodi Huisentruit’s disappearance remains a mystery two decades later.

06/27/2015

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Financial Adviser Gets 25 Years In $13M Fraud

A Minnesota investment adviser has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for defrauding investors of millions of dollars. Forty-two-year-old Sean Meadows of Eden Prairie was sentenced Friday in federal court in St. Paul. Prosecutors say Meadows used his financial planning and asset management firm, Meadows Financial Group.

06/27/2015

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Good Samaritan’s Truck Stolen By Man Fleeing Cops

It’s something many of us wouldn’t think twice of doing: Stopping along the road to lend a helping hand to a driver in the ditch. At least that’s what Brent Morris thought he was doing when he spotted trouble while on his way to work early Thursday. But what Morris didn’t know is that the man in the ditch was being pursued by Wright County deputies just minutes earlier.

06/26/2015

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Police Looking For Help To ID Columbia Heights Bank Robber

Police are looking for help finding a man who robbed a Columbia Heights U.S. Bank branch.

06/26/2015

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16-Year-Old Arrested In Fatal Fight In St. Cloud

Police say they’ve arrested a 16-year-old and recovered a knife after a fatal fight in St. Cloud. A police statement says the suspect and three other males were walking by a residence near the intersection of 6th Avenue and 5th Avenue south when a verbal exchange led to a physical fight in the street.

06/26/2015

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Mother And Toddler Recovering After South Minneapolis Shooting

Last week a mother and toddler were both shot while walking near Peavey Park in Minneapolis. Now, Shandrea Spielman is talking about their recovery.

06/26/2015

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Minneapolis Man Charged In Pedal Pub Crash

A Minneapolis man faces six counts of criminal vehicular operation after he drove into the back of a Pedal Pub Wednesday night — injuring several riders. The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office says Mershon Leroy Corbett, 35, crashed his Chevrolet Monte Carlo into the back of a Pedal Pub on the Hennepin Avenue Bridge

06/26/2015

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Judge To Consider Releasing Terror Suspects To Halfway Houses

The judge overseeing the case of seven men who are accused of trying to join ISIS is considering their proposals to be released into halfway houses or be put under home supervision.

06/26/2015

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Sheriff: Ramsey Co. Deputy Caught On Camera Abusing K-9

A Ramsey County Sheriff’s deputy faces criminal charges after he was caught on surveillance cameras abusing his K-9 partner at a Carlton casino. The Carlton County Sheriff’s Office says 48-year-old Brett Arthur Berry was at Black Bear Casino on June 14 and 15 for a canine training and certification event.

06/26/2015

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Man Killed In St. Cloud Stabbing, Police Say

St. Cloud police say a person is dead after a fight and stabbing early Friday morning. At 1:41 a.m., police responded the report of a knife complaint on the intersection of 6th Avenue South and 5th Street South in St. Cloud.

06/26/2015

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Arrests Made And Victim ID’d In Downtown Minneapolis Stabbing

Authorities have identified the victim of a stabbing in downtown Minneapolis, and three people were arrested in the case.

06/26/2015

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Man Gets 18 Years For Using Runaway To Promote Prostitution

A man has been sentenced to 18 years in prison after being accused of using a 13-year-old runaway from Minneapolis to promote prostitution in Moorhead. Local stations report 25-year-old Prince Jones was sentenced Thursday. He had been convicted of promoting prostitution of an individual. He must serve at least 12 years of his sentence in prison.

06/26/2015

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Fatal Stabbing Happened In Troubled Area Of Downtown

Minneapolis police are investigating a possible stabbing in a parking ramp near Target Center Thursday morning. The stabbing occurred inside the A-Ramp at 101 N 9th Street in downtown Minneapolis near Target Center.

06/25/2015

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Driver Accused Of Striking Pedal Pub Identified

Twelve people went to the hospital after a suspected drunk driver crashed into the back of their Pedal Pub. Police arrested 35-year-old Mershon Corbett, who faces a DWI charge and a felony count of criminal vehicular injury.

06/25/2015

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Police: Man Assaults, Steals Car Of Good Samaritan

A 27-year-old man was arrested Thursday night after he assaulted and stole the car of a Good Samaritan who stopped to help him when he crashed into a ditch in Wright County.

06/25/2015

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St. Cloud Police Investigate Suspicious House Fire

A house fire in St. Cloud is being investigated as suspicious, according to the St. Cloud Police Department.

06/25/2015

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Report: Child, 1, In Critical Condition After Being Found In Tub Of Water

A 1-year-old boy from southeastern Minnesota is in critical condition after being found into a tub of shallow water.

06/25/2015

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Remembering Caroline Lowe’s 35 Years At WCCO

Long-time WCCO-TV reporter, Caroline Lowe, is leaving after being on the crime beat for WCCO-TV since 1977. This year marked her 35th year with the station. Take a look back.

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Celebrities & Mary Jane

A number of celebrities have either admitted to smoking marijuana, been caught smoking pot, or in a few select cases openly endorse the act of lighting up a spliff. Here are some of the most famous cannabis users.

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Minnesota’s Greatest Mug Shots

Minnesota has seen its share of bizarre, amusing and notable mug shots, many of which go far beyond mere “bad hair days.”

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