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Inside The Razor Wire, Part 4: Lawmakers & The MN Sex Offender Program

Minnesota lawmakers have a difficult job ahead. They must decide what to do about the Minnesota Sex Offender Program, now that a federal judge has ruled that it is broken and in need of repair.

03/06/2014

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Ex-Republic Airlines pilot pleads guilty to threat

A former Republic Airlines pilot has pleaded guilty to threatening to torture and kill the company’s CEO and his family. The U.S. attorney’s office says 37-year-old Matthew Richard Walker, of Faribault, Minn., entered the plea Monday in federal court in Kansas City. Prosecutors said one threatening letter was discovered in August 2012 in the cockpit of an aircraft that was parked at Reagan National Airport in Washington.

02/10/2014

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Man Accused Of Taking Army IDs To Stay In Custody

A federal judge has ordered that a Minnesota man accused of stealing identification information from members of his former Army unit will stay in custody pending trial. Keith Michael Novak is charged with fraud in connection with identity theft.

01/03/2014

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Federal Courts Stay Open If Government Closes

The federal court in Minnesota wants you to know the judiciary will continue normal operations in the event of a government shutdown. About 800,000 federal workers could be furloughed beginning Tuesday if Congress fails to approve a temporary spending bill to keep the government running.

09/27/2013

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Coin Dealer Sentenced To Prison For Bilking Investors Out Of $3.3M

A 53-year-old Excelsior coin dealer was sentenced Thursday in federal court for defrauding customers and investors out of more than $3.3 million. David Laurence Marion was sentenced to 60 months in prison for one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, and one count of money laundering.

08/29/2013

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Man Gets 30 Years For Sexual Abuse Of A Child

A 32-year-old man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for having inappropriate sexual contact with a child under the age of 12. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Minnesota said Joseph Valerian Parshall was sentenced on Monday.

08/13/2013

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Minneapolis Man Gets 18-Plus Years In Pharmacy Robbery

A 31-year-old Minneapolis man was sentenced to more than 18 years in prison in Minneapolis Federal Court on Tuesday in the April 2012 armed robbery of the West 7th Pharmacy in St. Paul. Michael Brooks Bynum had been charged with one count of interference with commerce by robbery and one count of possession of a firearm in a crime of violence in connection with the April 3, 2012 incident.

07/31/2013

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Minn. Man Accused Of Stealing From ATMs

A Minnesota man has been indicted on a federal charge that he stole more than $182,000 from ATMs while working as an armored truck driver. Thirty-one-year-old Christopher James Diestler was charged this week with one count of bank larceny.

07/19/2013

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Red Lake Woman Arrested, Charged With Murder

A 25-year-old Red Lake woman was arrested Sunday after being charged murder in Minneapolis Federal Court in the death of Bryan James Lussier. Alison Ann Brown has been charged with one count of murder in connection with the case and is currently in police custody.

07/15/2013

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Ventura Wants ‘American Sniper’ Lawsuit To Proceed

Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura is asking a judge to allow his defamation lawsuit against slain “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle to go forward with Kyle’s widow as the defendant. In the book, Kyle claims he punched Ventura in 2006 over unpatriotic remarks. Ventura says it never happened.

06/17/2013

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Dahl Trucking Owner Indicted For Avoiding Paying Taxes

The owner of Dahl Trucking in Elmore, Minn., was indicted Tuesday in federal court for avoiding payment of taxes on the wages of his employees from 2007 to 2010. Marlin Dahl was specifically charged with 13 counts of failure to collect and pay Federal Insurance Contribution Act (FICA) taxes.

06/04/2013

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Man Who Lied In Somali Terrorism Case Gets 2 Years

A man who admitted he lied before a grand jury investigating why young Somali men were leaving Minnesota to join a terrorist group in their homeland has been sentenced to two years in prison. Adarus Abdulle Ali pleaded guilty in 2009 to one count of perjury.

05/16/2013

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Man Charged With Bomb Threats At Airport, Mall

A federal indictment accuses a 22-year-old man of making bomb threats at the Mall of America and the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. The indictment issued Tuesday charges Dana William Ashey with two counts of false information and hoaxes.

05/14/2013

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Man Gets 20 Years In Somali Terror Investigation

Two men convicted in the government’s investigation into terror recruiting and financing for a Somali terrorist group are scheduled to be sentenced in federal court.

05/13/2013

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Couple Sentenced For Health Care Fraud

A suburban Twin Cities couple has been sentenced in federal court for health care fraud.

05/07/2013

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