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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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FEMA Rejects Dakota Co. For Disaster Declaration

The federal government has denied Minnesota’s request to add Dakota County to a disaster declaration for recent severe storms and flooding. The Federal Emergency Management Agency notified the state about the rejection late Tuesday.

08/27/2014

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Two Charged In Connection With S. St. Paul Assault

Two people were charged Monday in connection with the assault of a 51-year-old male in South St. Paul. According to the Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom 22-year-old Desean Lamont Thomas, of St. Paul, was charged with one count of second degree attempted murder, one count drive-by shooting and one count possession of firearm by ineligible person.

08/25/2014

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Hennepin, Ramsey Added To Disaster Declaration

Hennepin and Ramsey counties have now been added to a presidential disaster declaration for damage from flooding and severe storms this summer. Gov. Mark Dayton’s office says adding the two counties means 37 counties and three tribal governments are now eligible to receive federal and state aid to recover from damage to public infrastructure. Dakota County is still assessing its damages.

08/21/2014

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Man Pleads Guilty To Having Sex With Teens He Messaged Online

A Northfield man was sentenced to nearly a year in jail Monday after pleading guilty to befriending teenage girls online and having sex with them. Michael Lyle Stucky, 19, plead guilty to two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, the Dakota County Attorney’s Office said.

08/11/2014

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Burnsville Teen Injured In Dakota Co. Crash In Critical, Stable Condition

One of the Burnsville teens injured in a rollover crash in Dakota Co. last week is making strides in his recovery, according to his CaringBridge page. Cole Borchardt is in critical, but stable, condition at Regions Hospital.

08/10/2014

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Community Mourns Death Of Teen In Dakota Co. Crash

Just a few weeks before students at Burnsville High will return to school, a shocking tragedy hit hard. Seventeen-year-old Ty Alyea, who would have been an incoming senior, was killed Wednesday evening in a rollover accident in Dakota County.

08/07/2014

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Suspect In Police Shooting Formally Charged In Ramsey, Dakota Counties

A 39-year-old “career criminal” and the prime suspect in the shooting of the Mendota Heights police officer was formally charged with a dozen criminal counts on Friday afternoon. Brian Fitch Sr. faces charges of first degree murder of a peace officer or prison guard and first degree premeditated murder in Dakota County.

08/01/2014

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1st-Degree Murder Charges In Schunk Killing

A grand jury in Dakota County has indicted two people for first-degree murder in the death of a University of Minnesota student who was stabbed to death in a Rosemount town house. Shavelle Oscar Chavez-Nelson, 32, and Ashley Marie Conrade, 24, were also indicted for second-degree murder in the death of 20-year-old Anarae Schunk.

07/29/2014

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Officials: Hennepin Co. Sheriff’s Son Charged With Criminal Damage

The adult son of a Hennepin County sheriff is facing charges of criminal damage to property in a Hennepin Co. park. Ryan James Stanek, 21, has been charged with three counts of criminal damage to property in the third degree.

07/21/2014

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Man Charged With Murder In Connection With Missing Iowa Woman

A man was charged in connection to the murder of a woman whose body was found in Ravenna Township early this April. Timothy McVay, 39, has been charged with first degree murder and concealment of a homicidal death by the Illinois State’s Attorney’s Office, according to Dakota County officials.

07/18/2014

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South St. Paul Man Charged For Allegedly Assaulting 15-Month Old

A South St. Paul, Minn. man has been charged for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend’s 15-month old toddler while she was at work. LaMar James Crump, 21, has been charged with one felony count each of first degree assault and malicious punishment of a child. According to police, officers responded to call around 6:10 a.m. Thursday of a child being unresponsive in an apartment in South St. Paul.

06/30/2014

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Charges Expected In Death Of Minnesota Student

Prosecutors in Dakota County plan to charge two people in the death of a University of Minnesota student who went missing last fall. The body of AnaRae Schunk was found in a ditch south of Minneapolis, days after she was last seen at a Burnsville bar on Sept. 22 with her ex-boyfriend and another woman.

06/26/2014

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MDA: Potentially Deadly Weed Growing In Minnesota

There’s a potentially deadly weed growing in Minnesota. Now, the Department of Agriculture is asking for your help in identifying and eliminating it. It’s called Grecian foxglove and there’s concern the leafy portions could be mistaken for lettuce, and it can be lethal to humans and livestock.

06/23/2014

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Funnel Clouds Spotted Over Dakota County

If you live in the southern Twin Cities metropolitan area, you may have heard the sirens go off. There were several reports of a funnel cloud in the sky. A number of viewers reported seeing funnel clouds at around 1 p.m.

06/23/2014

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Charges Dismissed For Ex-Lawyer Accused Of Setting Woman On Fire

All charges have been dismissed for a 61-year-old former lawyer accused of setting his girlfriend on fire earlier this year.

06/16/2014

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