Jim Backstrom

Good Question: How Do Hate Crime Laws Work?On Monday, the Red Wing City Council made a strong statement in support of the police. It passed a resolution saying it supports national efforts to make attacks on police officers hate crimes. So, how do hate crime laws work? Good Question.
Dakota County To Begin Taking DNA From Those Charged With Violent CrimesThe Dakota County Sheriff Office will be the first in the state to begin collecting DNA swabs from those suspected of a violent crime.
Assisted Suicide Trial Underway In Dakota CountyA national suicide assistance organization is on trial in Dakota County. The case focuses on one woman's story, and it's taken a lot of twists and turns through the course of the trial.
Suspect In Police Shooting Formally Charged In Ramsey, Dakota CountiesA 39-year-old "career criminal" and the prime suspect in the shooting of the Mendota Heights police officer was formally charged with a dozen criminal counts on Friday afternoon. Brian Fitch Sr. faces charges of first degree murder of a peace officer or prison guard and first degree premeditated murder in Dakota County.
Burnsville Man Accused Of Collecting Welfare After Winning $20KInvestigators in Dakota County say a man hit it big at a casino and continued to take in welfare checks. Jin Park of Burnsville is accused of winning nearly $240,000 at Mystic Lake Casino in Prior Lake, and then took in around $7,000 in government money. Park claims he has already spent the money, but Dakota County Attorney Jim Backstrom says not reporting the winnings is a crime, and they will try to prosecute.
Caught On Infrared: Man Catches Car Vandal On VideoA disagreement over a parking spot ended in felony property damage charges for one Farmington teen.
Dakota County Attorney By Day, Elvis By Night?When you think of Elvis impersonators, Las Vegas probably comes to mind. However, there's one here in Minnesota whose performance – and day job – is surprising audiences.
MN Woman Gets 1 Year In Jail For Cyberstalking FamilyA Lakeville woman has been sentenced to a year in jail and 40 years probation for 'cyberstalking' a family.
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