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Fitch Sentenced To Life Without Parole For Officer’s Killing

Brian Fitch Sr., who was convicted this week in the shooting death of Mendota Heights police officer Scott Patrick, was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

02/04/2015

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Man Pleads Guilty To Having Sex With Teens He Messaged Online

A Northfield man was sentenced to nearly a year in jail Monday after pleading guilty to befriending teenage girls online and having sex with them. Michael Lyle Stucky, 19, plead guilty to two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, the Dakota County Attorney’s Office said.

08/11/2014

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2 Charged In Stabbing Death Of ‘U’ Student

A romantic couple were charged Friday in the death of a University of Minnesota student last fall. Shavelle Oscar Chavez-Nelson, 32, and Ashley Marie Conrade, 24, were both charged with second-degree intentional murder, according to the Dakota County Attorney’s Office.

06/27/2014

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Police: Thief Forgets To Log Off Facebook After Burglarizing Home

A Minnesota man is in jail because he logged on to Facebook. Police say 26-year-old Nicholas Wig checked his profile from a home he broke into, and then he didn’t log off. It happened June 19 in South St. Paul.

06/23/2014

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Cops: Man Threatened To Shoot Neighbor Teaching Daughter To Ride A Bike

A 61-year-old Minnesota man in the south metro admitted last week to pointing a shotgun at his neighbor for how he was teaching his daughter to ride a bike.

06/02/2014

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Forum Discusses Legalization Of Marijuana In Minnesota

Representatives from health care, education and law enforcement got together in Dakota County to discuss the debate around legalizing marijuana. The forum was held to discuss the dangers of the controlled substance.

11/20/2013

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Minn. Prosecutor To Appeal Assisted Suicide Ruling

A Minnesota law banning the offering of advice or encouragement about how to commit suicide is an unconstitutional restriction on free speech, the state appeals court ruled Monday. The decision by a three-judge panel of the Minnesota Court of Appeals was hailed as a “grand slam” victory by Robert Rivas, an attorney for the Final Exit Network. Two members of the national right-to-die group are charged in the 2007 suicide of Doreen Dunn, a 57-year-old Apple Valley woman who had suffered from chronic pain for more than a decade. Prosecutors “don’t have one scintilla of evidence from the scene” to support the charges that the two Final Exit Network members assisted in Dunn’s suicide, Rivas said.

09/30/2013

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Ground, Air Search For U Student Last Seen With Homicide Suspect

Burnsville Police are stepping up the search for a missing University of Minnesota student who was in the company of an Eagan man now being held on suspicion of murder.

09/25/2013

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So. St. Paul Police Sergeant Charged With DWI, Fleeing Cop

A South St. Paul Police sergeant was charged Friday with two counts of fourth-degree driving while impaired, one count of criminal damage to property and one count of fleeing a peace officer after a run in with Rosemount Police earlier this week. According to the Dakota County Attorney’s office, 26-year-old Cory Michael Slifko fled from a Rosemount Police officer who was attempting to pull him over around 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning.

06/14/2013

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Dakota Co. Man Charged With Drunk-Driving Death Of Friend

A Hampton Township man was charged Friday with three counts of criminal vehicular homicide in connection with a car crash last November. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, 27-year-old Keri James Gesme was driving his pickup truck on Hwy 50 at speeds between 83 and 106 miles per hour on Nov. 8, 2012.

05/24/2013

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Apple Valley Man Faces 1st-Degree Murder In Pregnant Wife’s Death

A 36-year-old Apple Valley man has been indicted for allegedly killing his pregnant wife.

04/23/2013

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Man Convicted Despite Evidence Connected To St. Paul Crime Lab

A Minneapolis man has been found guilty on drug charges in Dakota County despite the fact that the substances connected with his crimes were initially tested by the troubled St. Paul Police Crime Lab.

03/18/2013

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Dakota County Attorney Praises Drug Court

Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom will speak at a rally to promote the state’s drug court system.

03/17/2013

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Woman Gets 180 Days After Pleading Guilty To Child Porn Charges

A 24-year-old Hastings woman pleaded guilty Friday to possessing child porn and endangering a 5-year-old child used in the making of child porn, the Dakota County Attorney’s Office says.

03/01/2013

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County Atty’s To Review Drug Convictions From Last 3 Years

The county attorneys for Ramsey, Washington and Dakota counties announced that they are planning to review all jury or court cases that ended in drug convictions for the past three years.

02/21/2013

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Mom Sentenced For Drinking, Driving With Kids In Car

A Rochester mom was sentenced Wednesday to one year of probation and less than a week in jail after pleading guilty to drinking, driving and crashing with her five kids in the car, officials say.

01/16/2013

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Charges: Woman Drove Drunk, Crashed With 5 Kids In Car

A 30-year-old Burnsville woman is accused of driving drunk with several children inside a car and causing a crash near a Burnsville school last week, according to charges filed Monday in Dakota County Court.

10/01/2012

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County Attorneys Meet With St. Paul Police Chief To Discuss Crime Lab Problems

The Dakota, Ramsey and Washington county attorneys have met with St. Paul’s police chief to discuss issues relating to how the St. Paul Crime Lab handles narcotics cases.

08/20/2012

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Professor Concerned Crime Lab Issues Placed Innocents In Prison

A Minnesota law professor is questioning the state’s justice system and evidence labs following the controversy surrounding the St. Paul Police Department’s Crime Lab.

08/02/2012

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Man Pleads Guilty To Stealing From Burn Victim’s Fund

A 44-year-old South St. Paul man was sentenced as a career criminal Monday after pleading guilty to various crimes, including stealing money from a fund set up to help his teenage nephew, who was intentionally set on fire.

07/30/2012

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Man Charged After Thursday’s Toy Gun Triggered Lockdown

A 53-year-old Inver Grove Heights man faces charges after allegedly triggering a lockdown of Dakota County’s Northern Service Center Thursday morning.

07/13/2012

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Dakota Co. Att’y On Prosecution Of Right To Die Group

The medical director of Final Exit Network is being charged with assisted suicide after the death of an Apple Valley woman in 2007.

05/15/2012

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Right-To-Die Group Indicted By Minn. Grand Jury

A Minnesota grand jury has indicted a national right-to-die group and several members for their actions in the 2007 suicide of a suburban Minneapolis woman.

05/14/2012