The Dakota County Sheriff’s Office has created a Electronic Crimes Task Force, dedicated to solving crimes on the Internet, such as a recent “swatting” incident in Woodbury. Captain Jim Rogers says the problem continues to grow and change. “Back in 2003, a 20 or 40 gigabyte hard drive was big, now we are talking about terabyte hard drives,” Rogers said.
Two people were charged in Dakota County Friday in separate cases involving the deaths of infants. The Dakota County Attorney’s office charged 46-year-old Paul Richard Sandell and 63-year-old Janet Marie Kartheiser with one count each of second-degree manslaughter.
A 20-year-old man is accused of threatening to carry out a shooting at National American University in Burnsville last Friday over his frustrations in locating the school for a consultation. The Dakota County Attorney’s office says Aziz Holmes called the school to learn more information about enrolling, and said he was on his way to meet with an employee in person.
A 49-year-old Eagan woman faces a manslaughter charge after her infant grandson died while in her care in 2012. Johanna Mercedes Limpert Beeler was charged Friday with second-degree manslaughter for the death of her two-month-old grandson, Brayden Michael Beeler, on July 7, 2012.
The man accused of killing University of Minnesota student Anarae Schunk is scheduled to have a court hearing Friday. Shavelle Chavez-Nelson faces first-degree murder charges for the death of Schunk.
An Eden Prairie woman faces criminal charges after she was accused of hitting a light pole while driving drunk with three young children in tow. The Dakota County Attorney’s office says 28-year-old Sissy Marie Garcia was charged Wednesday with two counts of second-degree driving while impaired and one count of child endangerment.
Controversy has crested over a park in the south metro. It appears Dakota County is about to pave a brand new trail through Lebanon Hills Regional Park. The park is in Apple Valley and Eagan.
A 25-year-old man has been charged with criminal vehicular homicide in the crash that killed a 34-year-old Richfield woman last weekend. According to Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom, Neftali Ramirez admitted to authorities that he had been drinking prior to the March 8 crash.
The State Patrol says a driver died early Sunday morning in the south metro after their car was broadsided while stopped at a highway intersection.
Two St. Paul residents face criminal charges for allegedly trying to use fake $100 bills at an Inver Grove Heights strip club in December. The Dakota County Attorney’s office says 34-year-old Aaron Jacobs and 24-year-old Carmina Ward were charged Thursday with counterfeiting currency and trying to pass off the phony money at the King of Diamonds Gentleman’s Club.
A 17-year-old Farmington girl pleaded guilty Monday to taking part in a high school hazing incident where she drove a car with two junior students locked in the trunk.
Dakota County officials said they would change the conditions that lead them to activate the emergency sirens to combat siren “fatigue.” The county used to activate the sirens during any tornado warnings and severe thunderstorm warnings
A 30-year-old Falcon Heights woman faces charges of attempted murder and domestic assault after allegedly choking her 8-year-old daughter.
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Brian Fitch Sr., who was convicted this week in the shooting death of Mendota Heights police officer Scott Patrick, was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
The foreperson of the jury that convicted Brian Fitch Sr. of murder Monday says the decision wasn’t that difficult. Fitch was found guilty of all nine counts against him, stemming from the killing of Mendota Heights Police Officer Scott Patrick last July.
A 40-year-old Brooklyn Park woman has been summoned to court on charges that she stole money from a dog rescue group, over which she was treasurer.
A 39-year-old man accused of shooting and killing a Mendota Heights police officer is now accused with committing more crimes while in prison.
The body of a missing 19-year-old man from Eagan has been found. Elijah Buchannan went missing two weeks ago after police say he fled home after a family disturbance. Dakota County Authorities found his body in a wooded area of Patrick Eagan Park Saturday. His mother, Melanie Buchanan, says they found him less than a half mile from his home.
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A Dakota County judge has ruled that a rare two-county indictment against a man charged with killing a police officer is legal. Thirty-nine-year-old Brian Fitch Sr. has pleaded not guilty in the July 30 shooting death of Mendota Heights police officer Scott Patrick.
A Dakota County judge ruled to move the trail for Brian Fitch, who is accused of murdering Mendota Heights police Officer Scott Patrick, to Stearns Co. Brian Fitch Sr. faces charges of first-degree murder of a peace officer and first-degree premeditated murder in Dakota County.
Police have issued a warrant for the arrest of a Lakeville man who is accused in a strong of thefts from April to June in Dakota County. Nathan James Clark, 22, faces one felony count of theft and four counts of felony theft from a person for allegedly stealing four purses from people in Apple Valley and thousands of dollars worth of merchandise from Dakota County stores.
Although the federal government said no, Dakota County will get disaster aid to help with severe storms and flooding earlier this year. Gov. Mark Dayton on Tuesday directed Minnesota emergency management director Kris Eide (EYE’-dee) to provide state aid to Dakota County under the State Public Disaster Assistance Fund.
A 64-year-old Mendota Heights man faces charges after admitting to police that he took hold of a bicyclist this summer and dragged him alongside his car, driving fast enough to make his car tires squeal.