State Rep. Steve Simon won the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party’s endorsement on Saturday for secretary of state, an office that has played a key role in some close recent elections. Simon was declared the winner by acclamation in the only competitive race at the party’s state convention after state Rep. Debra Hilstrom conceded.
As the price of a pack of cigarettes nears $8, there is a cheaper alternative appealing to more and more smokers. Cigarillos are mini-cigars, often sold in packs of five. At the Quick Shop in Brooklyn Center, you can even purchase them individually, some priced at under $1.
A Brooklyn Center man is pleading guilty to first-degree criminal sexual conduct after he impersonated a police detective, abducted a woman and sexually assaulted her, according to the criminal complaint. Gideon Charles Arrington, 36, posed as a detective on the afternoon of Nov. 23 and approached a woman on the street near the 6400 block of 5th Street NE in Fridley, according to the Anoka County Attorney’s office.
Police said a man is in custody early Friday morning after a pursuit ended with an SUV crashing into a house in Minneapolis. The incident took place at about 1 a.m. Friday after the owner of an SUV called 911 after seeing their vehicle get stolen from a Brooklyn Center gas station.
A stun gun was used to detain a Brooklyn Center man after he attempted to flee from custody during a probation violation hearing at the Benton County Court Facility on Thursday morning. Dontae Marcus Frazier, 36, had just been sentenced to 86 months in prison and was about to be taken into custody when he fled the courtroom at about 11:10 a.m. Benton County bailiffs and County Attorney Phil Miller stopped Frazier in a hallway, and a stun gun was soon used to detain him.
The Minnesota House has voted to reverse course on a recent law change making it easier for lobbyists to buy meals for legislators.
Friends gathered for a candlelight vigil at the Maple Grove Arboretum Saturday night to remember the two people killed after a high-speed chase on Highway 212 last week. Police shot and killed 36-year-old Matthew Serbus of Brooklyn Center and 34-year-old Dawn Pfister of Delavan, Wis. Their deaths followed a chase with police though Eden Prairie on Highway 212 on Feb. 7. “It’s just really shocking,” said Serbus’ friend Sarah Higgins. “You never think that’s going to happen to someone you know.”
Authorities said at least four people escaped from a duplex fire, a dog was badly burned and another dog is missing in Brooklyn Center early Wednesday morning. Crews responded to the 7200 block of West River Road at about 2:30 a.m. on a report of a fire.
A blind preschool teacher whose iPad was stolen on a bus got a new one thanks to a WCCO-TV viewer. WCCO reported on Jordan Richardson’s story last week. He uses his iPad to read out loud to him.
There’s a drug that works as an antidote to save someone overdosing from heroin. Now a Minnesota state senator who lost her own daughter that way wants all law enforcement officers to carry it.
It’s a crime that’s hard to believe: a blind man had his iPad mini stolen while riding a city bus. The theft happened two weeks ago as Jordan Richardson rode home from work.
Three of the five children who were submerged in a metro holding pond following a car crash Thursday morning were those of the 23-year-old driver, the State Patrol says. The other two children belonged to Marion Guerrido’s boyfriend, neighbors say.
The last of three men charged with killing a man by jumping on him “like a trampoline” has pleaded guilty. Tony Baker, 34, of Brooklyn Center, was originally charged with second-degree murder in the death of 41-year-old Kerry Scott. He will be sentenced at 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 18 and is expected to be sent to prison for 64 months.
Beer lovers from around the area made their way to Brooklyn Center Saturday for the sixth annual Darkness Day. The free event is put on by Surly Brewing Company to release their Russian imperial stout beer, Darkness. People from around the country camped out overnight to get their hands on the beer. Chris Bly came all the way from Indianapolis, Ind. to savor the stout. “It’s one of the best dark imperial stouts around,” Bly said. “Can’t-miss thing in the Midwest.”
The Minnesota Trucking Association is holding a summit in Brooklyn Center to promote natural gas as a cheaper, cleaner alternative to diesel fuel. The association says natural gas is $1.50 to $2 cheaper per gallon than diesel and produces fewer greenhouse gas emissions.