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.
Next month, all first responders will have a new tool in the fight against heroin. Law enforcement and firefighters will now be able to treat heroin overdoses with a drug called Narcan.
The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Deputies Association has voted overwhelmingly in favor of incumbent Sheriff Rick Stanek’s opponent on Wednesday. Minneapolis Police Deputy Chief Eddie Frizell received 75 percent of the votes, while Stanek only received nine percent. Sixteen percent of votes were to endorse neither candidate.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Police officers, sheriff deputies and FBI agents in Hennepin County will be making an extra effort on Tuesday to find drug offenders with warrants.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Minnesota Department of Health is investigating a possible outbreak of a gastrointestinal illness at a Minnetonka elementary school. Health department officials say at least 51 students and four staff members at Groveland Elementary School were out sick on Thursday.
A Burnsville, Minn. man was charged with tampering with and stealing medications from a nursing home where he was working in Minneapolis on Wednesday, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said. Daniel Thomas, 56, was charged with two counts of theft and two counts of adulterating a substance.
With the long, cold winter we all endured, we weren’t sure this day would ever come. The Freshwater Society and the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Water Patrol officially made the call Thursday morning that the ice is now officially out on Lake Minnetonka.
A Minnesota couple facing allegations of stealing public assistance spent their second day in a Hennepin County courtroom Friday. Colin and Andrea Chisholm remain in jail, facing felony fraud charges of misrepresenting their qualifications for taking food stamps, welfare payments and other assistance between 2005 and 2012.
Every year, 42 million people visit the more than 500 stores and restaurants at the Mall of America. Ultimately, that translates into an annual average about 10,000 tons of trash — or about 28 tons per day.
The Minneapolis man accused of passing the HIV virus to others has pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted first-degree assault. Daniel Rick, 33, reached a plea agreement on Monday relating to a 2009 case.
The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office is holding another town hall forum to educate the community about the dangers of heroin, and tell residents what they can do to help stop addiction before it starts.