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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.

07/09/2014

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Police: Brooklyn Center Toddler’s Death Was An Accident

Brooklyn Center police say the death of a 14-month-old girl who was run over by her father was an accident. Officers were called Monday afternoon on a report of a child struck by a car. Police found the girl was dead and had multiple head injuries.

07/08/2014

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Flood Water Should Be Considered Contaminated, Officials Say

Thursday was a long day for some people living near Minnehaha Creek. In St. Louis Park, some homes were surrounded by more than a thousand sandbags.

06/19/2014

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Dayton Declares State Of Emergency Amid Flooding

The Mankato area was hit hard by flash flooding Wednesday morning, and on Thursday morning the Twin Cities was getting its turn. Thunderstorms with lightning and very heavy rain raced through the metro early Thursday morning, flooding roads and causing traffic problems.

06/19/2014

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Minnehaha Creek At Highest-Recorded Level

Communities along the Minnehaha Creek faced flooded yards and streets Thursday. The 22 mile-long creek, which connects Lake Minnetonka and Minnehaha Falls, reached the highest water levels ever recorded Thursday morning. People in the St. Louis Park Creekside neighborhood are helping each other stack sandbags.

06/19/2014

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Counties Say It’s Too Costly To Hold Prisoners For ICE

It’s going to take an order from a judge for county jails to hold prisoners requested to be detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Hennepin County officials made the announcement on Wednesday. Ramsey County officials also say the county will no long participate in holding inmates after serving their time.

06/11/2014

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One Of Hennepin County’s Most Wanted Nabbed On 1st Day Of Sweep

Law enforcement officials say they nabbed one of Hennepin County’s top 10 most wanted on the first day of a county-wide warrant sweep aimed at drug dealers.

06/10/2014

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Hennepin Co. Law Enforcement Conducting Warrant Sweeps

Police officers, sheriff deputies and FBI agents in Hennepin County will be making an extra effort on Tuesday to find drug offenders with warrants.

06/10/2014

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University Of Minnesota Food Scientist Dies

A University of Minnesota food scientist has died, nine days after he was pulled from a private pool during a Memorial Day gathering in St. Louis Park. The Hennepin County medical examiner’s office said Friday that 48-year-old Koushik Seetharaman died Tuesday at Hennepin County Medical Center. The cause of death was a lack of oxygen to the brain. Doctors believe he suffered a cardiac arrest in the pool.

06/07/2014

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Republicans Seek To Differentiate Themselves Ahead Of Primary

Four Republicans say they will run in the August primary for Minnesota governor. That’s after the GOP convention last weekend endorsed Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson for governor, and Mike McFadden for the U.S. Senate.

06/02/2014

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Henn. Co. Sheriff: Practice Safe Boating On Memorial Day Weekend

The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office is urging boaters to create a safety plan before hitting the waters this Memorial Day weekend. With a High Water Declaration in effect for Lake Minnetonka, Sheriff Rich Stanek says boaters need to manage their wakes properly, as well as have the necessary safety gear in place.

05/20/2014

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New Evidence Leads To Arrests In 1999 Shooting

New evidence had led to an arrest and new charges in a deadly shooting from 15 years ago. Hennepin County prosecutors say in July of 1999, Earl Vang and Tou Lu Yang killed Miguel McElroy and hurt his father. It was part of a gang-related drug deal.

05/16/2014

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Mpls. Man Gets 25 Years For Shooting Boy, 2 Others

A 35-year-old Minneapolis man was sentenced to more than 25 years in prison for shooting a 4-year-old boy and two others last June, according to the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office. Deontray Vershon Tate was convicted on two counts of first-degree assault in March for a shooting that happened on the morning of June 25, 2013 near the 3600 block of Penn Avenue North in Minneapolis.

05/14/2014

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Good Question: How Is Bail Determined?

Former University of Minnesota quarterback Philip Nelson was out of jail Monday afternoon after posting $20,000 bail. He allegedly assaulted another man, leaving him in critical condition. But Neal Zumberge is still behind bars a week after he was charged with the murder of his neighbor. The New Brighton man WAS not able to make his $1.5 million bail.

05/13/2014

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Meet The Champlin Mom Who Has Fostered 500 Kids

On a day that celebrates moms, we talked to a woman who has played that role to 550 children. Stella Gamble, of Champlin, and her husband James have fostered those children through Hennepin County.

05/12/2014

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