Dakota County Begins DNA CollectionA county south of the Twin Cities begins collecting DNA samples from people arrested and charged with violent crimes. Previously an individual had to be convicted before a DNA sample could be collected. But a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 2013 changed that.
Dakota County To Begin Taking DNA From Those Charged With Violent CrimesThe Dakota County Sheriff Office will be the first in the state to begin collecting DNA swabs from those suspected of a violent crime.
State Senate Wants Count Of Untested Rape Kits StatewideLaw enforcement agencies across Minnesota could soon be required to provide a tally of their untested rape kits, a move advocates and legislators say would help determine whether more action is needed to tackle potential backlogs.
Police: DNA From Trash & Abandoned Jacket Leads To Bank Robbery ArrestsTwo men have been arrested and now face charges in connection to a Coon Rapids armed bank robbery, according to police.
Mpls. Man Pleads Guilty, Sentenced In 1996 Rape CaseA 38-year-old Minneapolis man has pleaded guilty to the 1996 rape of an 82-year-old woman after advances in DNA technology linked him to the crime, the Hennepin County Attorney's Office announced.
Cloquet Man Acquitted Of Murder ConspiracyA man accused of conspiring with his ex-wife to kill her current husband has been found not guilty on all counts against him by a jury in Carlton County. Prosecutors alleged John Edwin Bemis III planned with his former wife, Marie Margaret Majerle, to fatally shooting her estranged husband, Richard Majerle, in January 2013. He survived the gunshot wounds that his wife admitted inflicting.
New DNA Evidence Helps Investigators Crack Cold CaseIt's a murder mystery that's been unsolved for more than 30 years. Hundreds of interviews and hundreds of leads couldn't crack the case. But new technological advances allowed investigators to identify a suspected killer.
New Home Test Shakes Up Colon Cancer ScreeningStarting Monday, millions of people who have avoided colon cancer screening can get a new home test that's noninvasive and doesn't require the icky preparation most other methods do.
Coffee Drinking Habits Could Be GeneticIf it takes you several cups of coffee to get going in the morning, it could be genetic. A Harvard researcher polled 120,00 people on their coffee drinking habits, then scanned their DNA.
DNA Helps Crack 1998 Mpls. Double Murder Case When 18-year-old Carrie Richter and 20-year-old Dustin Baity didn't show up for a gathering on Christmas Day 1998, their families grew suspicious. The couple was later found strangled and stabbed in the northeast Minneapolis apartment they shared. "Homicides are never over and DNA is the great tool of investigators and prosecutors," said Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman.
Search Of Pagnac Home Ends, DNA Investigation ContinuesInvestigators trying to solve the case of a Maple Grove girl who went missing in 1989 have spent about a week searching the home where she once lived. Police say they plan to update reporters on their investigation into Amy Pagnac's disappearance on Saturday morning.
Man Who Impersonated Cop Pleads Guilty To Fridley Sex AssaultA 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.