A Robbinsdale man has pleaded guilty in what federal authorities call a scheme to have straw purchasers buy guns for people who are barred from having them. The U.S. Attorney’s office says 21-year-old Keniko Bland pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of illegally receiving a firearm by a person under indictment. Bland was indicted along with four co-defendants in May.
A Minneapolis man has been charged with second degree murder and attempted second degree murder in connection with a fatal shooting in north Minneapolis that occurred over Fourth of July weekend, according to Hennepin County Attorney Michael O. Freeman. Marco Anthony Gresham, 24, was charged with one count second degree murder in the death of Francesca Desandre and one count of attempted second degree murder in the shooting of another woman.
Two families are now planning funerals after a violent weekend in Minneapolis, while others are questioning whether enough is being done to prevent crime. “It’s something that needs to stop as soon as possible,” community and peace activist K.G. Wilson, from North Minneapolis, said. Two separate shootings in North Minneapolis over the holiday weekend left one woman and one man dead.
Target interim CEO John Mulligan is addressing the recent controversy surrounding its gun policy. Starting Wednesday, Mulligan says the corporation will respectfully request that guests not bring firearms into Target stores. This includes communities where it is permitted by law.
Several protests are happening right now across the country outside Target stores. A group of moms is calling for the retail giant to ban open carry of guns in its nearly 1,800 stores nationwide.
Convicted felons lose their rights to purchase firearms legally. That’s why they will often turn to “straw buyers” to do it for them.
Minnesota is on the verge of restricting gun possession rights for people convicted of domestic abuse and those subject to restraining orders. The Senate voted 60-4 on Monday to require people convicted of child or domestic abuse to give up their firearms permanently. A person subject to an order of protection could regain right of possession when an order expires unless a judge extends the order.
Staff and visitors at Hennepin County Medical Center in downtown Minneapolis had a tense morning after a man’s threat caused the building to go into lockdown. The incident happened at about 11 a.m. when a hospital staffer reported that a man was threatening to use a gun.
A 27-year-old West St. Paul, Minn. man faces two felony counts stemming from a road rage incident earlier this month. According to the complaint, Joshua Thomas Tipcke is accused of pointing a gun at the driver of another vehicle the evening of April 1.
A Minnesota House panel has approved a measure that would ban people convicted of domestic abuse from having guns. The public safety committee approved the measure Tuesday on a voice vote. It’s sponsored by Cottage Grove Democrat Dan Schoen.
The Minnesota Twins will begin using walk-through metal detectors at Target Field starting with the team’s home opener on Monday, April 7. It will be a phased-in effort, with all the gates to have the detectors by early May, according to Twins spokesperson Kevin Smith.
All week the WCCO Morning Show has been aiming ideas at you for unique things to do this Valentine’s Day, but this one is definitely out of the range of usual plans. How would you like to take your significant other to fire off a few rounds at the gun range?
This year’s winter lake trip – which took Frank Vascellaro and Chris Shaffer all over Minnesota and western Wisconsin – will wrap up in the southern Minnesota town of Waseca. The guys arrived Thursday in the town, which is about an hour-and-a-half drive southwest of the Twin Cities.
Would you be brave enough to tackle an armed robber? Take a look at this startling video.
Minnesota lawmakers are recommending far-reaching updates to State Capitol security, but they are stopping short of banning guns inside the Capitol and surrounding buildings. Minnesota is one of only 14 states to allow legal permit holders to carry guns inside the Capitol building. Permit holders are allowed to carry in the Capitol and surrounding buildings if they notify the State Department of Public Safety of their intention.
A state security panel backed the idea of more regular permit checks for gun owners who want to carry weapons in the State Capitol, but fell short of votes Tuesday on a proposal to ban guns altogether in certain state government buildings or areas.
Minnesota law enforcement has recovered 15 pit bulls, dog fighting manuals, guns, drugs and paraphernalia after executing 10 search warrants at addresses connected to a suspected dog fighter.
Minnesota is one of 14 states that allow handguns in its State Capitol building. State officials are taking a fresh look at security after mass shootings in Newtown, Conn., and the Navy Yard in DC, after getting the results of a nationwide survey of capitols.
An advisory committee on Minnesota Capitol security is preparing recommendations that could include a new notification process for handgun permit holders who want to bring firearms into the building.
Mary Johnson’s son was murdered 20 years ago. She has since forgiven the man who killed him, but still feels compelled to work to stop the killing. “Our youth should not be able to walk out of their door, and walk down the block and get a gun,” Johnson said. The summit included police officers, pastors and citizens – working to end gun violence. Among the attendees was Leroy Duncan of Protect Minnesota.
His New Book, Shooting Straight is now out at bookstores.
A candidate with a well-known Minnesota name has jumped into the race for Congress. Stewart Mills, a third generation vice president of the Midwest retail chain store Mills Fleet Farm, is a Republican running to unseat the incumbent Democratic Congressman Rick Nolan.
A Minnesota legislator wants a provision stripped from the Vikings new stadium lease that would prevent the building from being used by businesses that sell guns and other weapons.
An early Saturday morning shooting on Franklin Avenue left one man dead and one in the hospital. Police were called to an area near 21st Avenue South and East Franklin Avenue, and that’s where a fight broke out about two hours before bar close.
Police discovered an outdoor marijuana growing operation while serving a search warrant for an Alexandria man Friday, according to authorities. Alexandria Police, the Douglas County Sheriff’s office and agents from the West Central Minn. Narcotics Task Force were executing a search warrant Friday for 46-year-old Warren McArdell at 9290 State Hwy 114 SW in Alexandria. While searching for McArdell on the property, which is owned by 53-year-old William James Doraska, authorities discovered a marijuana growing operation.