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Bill Allowing Gun Silencers Gathering Support At MN Capitol

A bill that would allow silencers on guns is gaining support at the State Capitol. Currently, the devices are banned in Minnesota, but the House Public Safety and Crime Prevention Committee passed a measure legalizing them.

03/13/2015

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Teller Abetted Bank Robbery For Heroin, Police Say

Police say a bank robbery in St. Cloud was an inside job. Authorities have arrested two men, including an employee of the Wells Fargo bank.

03/13/2015

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Illinois Man Killed Running Across I-94 In Minneapolis

One person is dead after being hit on I-94 in Minneapolis while running across the freeway. The State Patrol says Kyle Day, 28, was attempting to cross the interstate near 7th Street when he was hit by a Ford Explorer. The SUV, which was carrying two passengers, then rolled after the impact.

03/13/2015

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13 Aluminum Benches Stolen From Farview Park

A baker’s dozen aluminum benches have been stolen from Farview Park in north Minneapolis.

03/13/2015

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Diocese Of New Ulm Releases Names Of 4 Accused Priests

The Diocese of New Ulm has released the names of four priests accused of sexual abuse. St. Paul lawyer Jeff Anderson says that, of the four named, one has to his knowledge not been publicly named before — Father Dennis Becker.

03/13/2015

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Fifth Suspect Arrested In Multi-State Sex Trafficking Ring

Police arreseted the fifth suspect in a multi-state sex trafficking ring investigation Thursday, according to Ramsey County Jail records. Arrested records indicate 19-year-old Suwan Dominique Cross of West St. Paul is charged with four counts of sex trafficking and three counts of underage sex trafficking.

03/13/2015

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Minnesota Woman Convicted For Providing Porn To Washburn Man

A Minnesota woman who was promised $100,000 from a North Dakota man in exchange for producing and providing child pornography has been convicted in federal court. A jury found 35-year-old Roxanne Merrell, of Cottage Grove, Minnesota, guilty on two counts of production of child pornography.

03/13/2015

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River Falls Man Accused Of Trying To Kill Girlfriend

A River Falls man is accused of trying to kill his girlfriend by strangling, punching and biting her. Twenty-three-year-old Benjamin Force is being held on $100,000 bail in St. Croix County. He’s charged with six felonies, including attempted first-degree intentional homicide and mayhem.

03/13/2015

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Woman Recovering From Attack At LRT Station

A woman is recovering this morning after being beaten and robbed near a light rail stop. Bri, who didn’t want WCCO to use her last name, still has a bloody face from the attack that left her with stitches.

03/13/2015

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Sheriff: 2 Found Dead In Norwood Young America, Murder-Suicide Suspected

A murder-suicide is suspected after two people were found dead in the garage of a home in Norwood Young America Wednesday night, according to the Carver County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities were called at about 5:07 p.m. to a death investigation at 920 Preserve Blvd. in Norwood Young America.

03/12/2015

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Minneapolis Man Charged In Backyard Kidnapping Of 4-Year-Old

A Minneapolis man has been charged in the kidnapping of a 4-year-old boy from his backyard on Tuesday.

03/12/2015

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Sheriff: Deputy On Leave After Assaulting Another Officer

The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office said a deputy is on paid administrative leave after it received a complaint of assaulting another officer. Authorities said they received a complaint that on Feb. 17, Deputy Taylor Fenrich assaulted another officer.

03/12/2015

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Bloomington Man Charged In Crash That Killed Richfield Woman

A 25-year-old Bloomington man accused of drunken driving has been charged with causing a fatal crash in Burnsville. Neftali Ramirez was charged Tuesday with vehicular homicide in the crash that killed 34-year-old Erin Randall of Richfield.

03/12/2015

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Bomb Threat At Fairview Southdale Hospital

Fairview Southdale Hospital received a bomb threat Wednesday evening, but no one was evacuated.

03/11/2015

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Investigators Rule Minneapolis Lumberyard Fire Arson, Seek Suspects

Investigators are asking for help finding the people who intentionally started a fire over the weekend. They now believe a three-alarm fire at a northeast Minneapolis lumber yard is arson.

03/11/2015

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Police Seek 3 Suspected Of Stealing $15K In Textbooks

Police in St. Cloud are searching for three males suspected of stealing textbooks from a bookstore on eight separate occasions. According to the press release, at 10 a.m. on Feb. 14 St. Cloud Police responded to a call of a theft by shoplifting at Husky Bookstore, located within Centennial Hall in the 2000 block of 8th Street South.

03/11/2015

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Legislature May Punt Body Camera Guidelines To Next Year

Despite body cameras’ growing use by police and concerns about how to handle sensitive footage, a top House lawmaker said Wednesday he plans to hold off on passing any restrictions this year. Rep. Tony Cornish, chairman of the House’s public safety committee, told The Associated Press he may instead push for a study and perhaps tackle the issue again in 2016.

03/11/2015

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Minnesota Priest Who Molested Boys Removed From Priesthood

Pope Francis has removed from the priesthood a former St. Paul priest who pleaded guilty in Minnesota to molesting two boys. Archbishop John Nienstedt of the St. Paul-Minneapolis Archdiocese announced the Vatican’s action against Curtis Wehmeyer on Wednesday.

03/11/2015

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Handcuffed Teen Escapes Custody Before St. Cloud Court Appearance

A 14-year-old juvenile offender is on the loose and handcuffed after escaping before a hearing at the Stearns County Courthouse Wednesday morning. St. Cloud police say the teen fled northbound on foot from the intersection of 7th Avenue North and 2nd Street North just before 10 a.m.

03/11/2015

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Woman Gets 30 Months For Buying Guns For Convicted Felon

A 33-year-old former Minneapolis school cook was sentenced Tuesday to more than two years in federal prison on Wednesday for acting as the straw purchaser of two handguns for a convicted felon last year in Robbinsdale.

03/11/2015

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Walker Becomes More Involved In Wake Of Police Shooting

A representative for the family of a 19-year-old biracial man shot and killed by a white Madison police officer says Gov. Scott Walker promised to call the man’s mother to help console her.

03/11/2015

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Personal Stories Inspire Push For Stricter Sex Crime Laws

A Brooklyn Center legislator and prosecutor is pushing for stronger sex crime laws.

03/11/2015

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Mankato Man Arrested, Child Abuse Charges Pending

Police arrested a Mankato man Tuesday night after officials say an investigation showed he might have abused two young children.

03/11/2015

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Man, 33, Sentenced In Anoka Co. Hammer Attack

A 33-year-old man will spend 12 years in prison for hitting a woman on the head repeatedly with a hammer, inflicting “terrible injuries” on the victim, the Anoka County Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday.

03/11/2015

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Rallies Related To Madison Police Shooting Planned

Two rallies are planned in Madison, one to protest the shooting of an unarmed biracial man by a white police officer and another in support of law enforcement.

03/11/2015

Photo Galleries

Accent Signage Crime Scene

The Minneapolis Police Department released some photos from the Accent Signage office shooting last fall.

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FBI Release Photos Of Boston Attack Suspects

The FBI have released photos of the Boston Marathon attack suspects.

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Shooting In Bryn Mawr Neighborhood

Police are investigating a Thursday evening shooting in the Bryn Mawr neighborhood of Minneapolis.

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Twin Cities-Based Meth Bust

Prosecutors have charged 20 people in connection with a methamphetamine ring that was based in the Twin Cities. Officials say some of the suspects had connections to the La Familia Michoacana Mexican drug cartel.

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Lacrosse Players In Minn. Brawl

Five players on Rochester’s professional lacrosse team have been charged in connection with a brawl at a Minnesota restaurant involving more than two dozen people.

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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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