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BCA Blends Old & New Tech To Match Shoes To Criminals

From the time of Sherlock Holmes, trace evidence found at crime scenes has been “elementary” in solving the “whodunit.” A century later, technology is taking shoe print evidence to a whole new level. Catherine Knutson is Lab Director at the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension in St. Paul.

07/14/2015

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How To Protect Kids From Online Danger

Now that school is out, your children may have more free time to spend online. That increases the chances of them coming in contact with criminals.

06/09/2015

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Woman Slain By Trooper In 1980 Finally Identified

Investigators in Minnesota say they’ve finally identified a woman slain by a state trooper nearly 35 years ago.

03/17/2015

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Report Shows Gun Permits Down 30 Percent In 2014

Minnesota issued 30 percent fewer permits to carry firearms in 2014 than in 2013, reversing an upward trend.

03/02/2015

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Charges Dismissed Against Man Jailed For Drug Possession

A Mankato man was jailed for months while he waited for the state crime lab to process suspected drugs that turned out to be vitamins. Joseph Burrell was arrested in November and charged with two felony counts of drug possession. His bail was set at $250,000. The 31-year-old Burrell says he’s not happy it took so long for the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to process the evidence.

02/16/2015

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Update: Missing Chanhassen Man, 87, Found Safe

An 87-year-old Chanhassen man that went missing Thursday afternoon has been found safe. Verne Fedje Christensen was last seen Thursday afternoon when he left home to go workout at a gym — but never arrived.

01/30/2015

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Police: Partially-Clothed Man Found Dead In New Ulm Alley ID’d

Authorities are investigating after a partially clothed man was found dead in a residential alley in New Ulm. Cmdr. Dave Borchert of the New Ulm Police Department says the body was discovered Thursday morning. He says the man wasn’t wearing a shirt or jacket and investigators have determined his body was outside for less than 12 hours.

01/23/2015

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New Ulm Police: Man Found Dead In Alley

A man was found dead in a New Ulm alley Thursday morning, according to police. Officers were called to a residence on the 500 block of North Washington Street at about 7:20 a.m. A man was found partially clothed in an alley. Emergency crews tried to revive him, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

01/22/2015

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BCA Trainer Talks Safety For Kids Online

As kids head back to school following the holiday break, many will be showing their friends the new tech gadgets they got as gifts.

01/04/2015

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Suspect Shot By Police Was H.S. Student In Washington State

Authorities say that the suspect who police believe is behind a deadly shooting and high speed chase in the Twin Cities on Wednesday was a high school student in Washington state.

12/18/2014

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St. Paul Man Charged In Church Arson

A 27-year-old man was charged Monday with two counts of arson in connection with a fire set at a St. Paul church. Gregory Louis Knox, of St. Paul, is accused of starting a fire at Saint Mark Lutheran Church at 550 West 7th Street on the morning of Dec. 12. According to the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office, investigators say two fires were set in the church: one in a break room garbage can, and another in the file cabinet in the pastor’s office.

12/15/2014

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Man Who Killed Mother In 1995 Gets 60 Months For Illegal Guns

A man convicted of using a shotgun to murder his mother in 1995 has pleaded guilty to illegal possession of firearms.

10/03/2014

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Fugitive Wanted For Domestic Assault, Threatening Cops Apprehended

Authorities in northern Minnesota say they have apprehended a 30-year-old man in Itasca County who is wanted on suspicion of domestic assault and threatening law enforcement.

09/26/2014

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BCA On Way To Shooting In NW Minnesota

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is on its way to the scene of a shooting in Polk County.

09/18/2014

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Expert: Hoffman’s Gotten Lucky & He Probably Had A Plan

After several searches at an Anoka county airport and a lead at Mystic Lake casino, Ty Hoffman is still on the run. It’s left people wondering: How does he keep slipping away?

09/04/2014

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Winona Cop Gets Probation For DWI

A man who pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated while serving as a Winona police officer will get one year of supervised probation and must pay a $1,000 fine. Earlier this month, Walski pleaded guilty to one count of misdemeanor DWI and he was granted a stay of imposition.

07/16/2014

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Officials ID Woman Found Dead in Wadena County

The Ramsey County Medical Examiner identified the body of a woman who was found dead in a home in Menahga, Minn. Saturday morning. Officials identified the victim as 32-year-old Kelly Marie Lund, of Detroit Lakes, Minn. According to police, Lund’s body was found shortly before 9 a.m. in a home on the 300 block of Third Street NW.

07/13/2014

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Deputy Shot In Norman County, Suspect Arrested

The vest of northern Minnesota sheriff’s deputy caught a bullet for him Tuesday morning, officials say, when he was shot in the back by the older brother of the teenager he was arresting.

04/15/2014

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Help Sought Finding Man, 22, Missing Since New Year’s Eve

State officials are asking the public’s help in finding a 22-year-old man who was last seen in northern Minnesota at New Year’s Eve parties.

01/20/2014

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Dayton Rejects Police Chief’s Misconduct Investigation Plan

Gov. Mark Dayton says the state will not cooperate with Minneapolis police to investigate police misconduct. That’s after the Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau announced the plan Wednesday, after months of consultation with the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA).

12/19/2013

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BCA Project Identifies Victim In 20-Year-Old Cold Case

For the first time, the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension’s lab matched unidentified remains to reopen a cold case. And the family of Pearline Walton finally has some answers to the questions they’ve been asking since she went missing from Minneapolis 20 years ago.

11/07/2013

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Human Remains Found In Stearns County Park May Belong To Mandy Matula

Human remains were found in a Stearns County park on Saturday afternoon. According to authorities, the remains were found in a shallow grave by a hiker shortly after 1 p.m. at Mississippi County Park. The identity and gender of the remains are unclear. The Stearns County Sheriff’s office is working with Eden Prairie Police and the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to determine if the remains are those of 24-year-old Mandy Matula, who went missing back in May.

10/26/2013

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Missing Forest Lake Teen Found Safe

Within three hours after the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension released a missing endangered person alert for a Forest Lake teen, she announced on her Facebook page that she’s safe and has talked with her parents. According to Chisago County Sheriff’s office, 18-year-old Jade Alexandra Kelm was last seen early Sunday morning at Sunrise Estates Trailer Court in Stacy in the company of her boyfriend, 19-year-old Ryley Thomas Olson of North Branch. On Monday afternoon, Kelm announced “I’m fine and I contacted my parents.”

10/14/2013

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Police: Missing South St. Paul Boy Found Safe

Authorities in South St. Paul said early Wednesday morning that an 8-year-old boy who went missing Tuesday night has been found safe. South St. Paul Police responded to a call of a missing boy, identified as Fa’Shawn Johnson, at about 11:52 p.m. Tuesday.

08/14/2013

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Missing Worthington Man Found Safe

A missing 22-year-old Worthington man has been found safely, according to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Trenton Allen Streator had been missing since Thursday afternoon.

08/03/2013

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