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Police: Man Threatened To Shoot Up National American University

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.

03/20/2015

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Eagan Woman Charged With Death Of Grandson

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.

03/20/2015

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Court Hearing Held For Man Accused Of Killing U Of M Student

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.

03/20/2015

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Co. Attorney: Woman Drove Drunk With 3 Kids, Crashed Into Pole

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.

03/18/2015

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New Paved Trail Sparking Controversy In Eagan

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.

03/14/2015

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Charges: Man Was Drinking Prior To Fatal Burnsville Crash

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.

03/10/2015

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Patrol: 1 Dead After Driver Slams Into Stopped Car In Dakota Co.

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.

03/08/2015

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St. Paul Duo Charged With Using Fake Cash At Strip Club

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.

03/05/2015

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Farmington Girl, 17, Gets Probation, Community Service After Hazing Incident

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.

02/25/2015

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Dakota County Using Sirens Less Due To ‘Fatigue’

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

02/23/2015

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Charges: Girl, 8, Says Mom Choked Her Until She Passed Out

A 30-year-old Falcon Heights woman faces charges of attempted murder and domestic assault after allegedly choking her 8-year-old daughter.

02/11/2015

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Excellent Educator: Cedar SUN’s Saige Decleene

It takes years to hone your skills in any profession, and that is true in teaching, especially teaching students with special needs. But Saige Decleene has a natural gift for connecting with those students, making her this week’s and one of our youngest ever Excellent Educators.

02/06/2015

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Fitch Sentenced To Life Without Parole For Officer’s Killing

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.

02/04/2015

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Head Of Fitch Jury: State Had ‘Solid Case’

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.

02/03/2015

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Charges: Treasurer Stole Thousands From Dog Rescue

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.

01/08/2015

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Prosecutor: Accused Cop Killer Committed Witness Tampering From Prison

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.

01/06/2015

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Body Of Missing Eagan Teen Found In Wooded Area

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.

12/13/2014

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Good Questions: Plastic Recycling, Mileage Signs, LEGO Structures

Good Questions: Plastic Recycling, Mileage Signs, LEGO structures

12/12/2014

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Judge Lets Rare 2-County Indictment Stand For Alleged Cop Killer

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.

12/05/2014

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Trial For Accused Cop Killer Brian Fitch Moved To Stearns Co.

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.

12/02/2014

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Police Search For Lakeville Man Accused In String Of Dakota Co. Thefts

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.

11/25/2014

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Gov. Dayton Directs State Disaster Aid To Dakota Co.

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.

09/30/2014

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Driver Accused Of Grabbing Cyclist, Dragging Him On The Road

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.

09/30/2014

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Man, 24, Allegedly Assaults 16-Year-Old Girl In Dakota Co.

A Lakeville, Minn. man is facing charges for allegedly sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl with whom he had a significant relationship. Kenneth Junior Pitchford, Jr., 24, has been charged with three counts of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree with a dangerous weapon and one count of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree.

09/19/2014

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Fatal Motorcycle Crash In Dakota County

The Minnesota State Patrol is investigating a fatal crash in Dakota County. According to the state patrol, the incident occurred on southbound Minnesota State Highway 77 near Interstate 494 at around 5:50 a.m.

08/28/2014

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