A jury awarded former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura $1.8 million on Tuesday in his lawsuit against the estate of “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle. On the sixth day of deliberations, the federal jury decided that the author of the 2012 best-selling book defamed Ventura in its description of a bar fight in California in 2006.
Navy SEAL John Kelly says he was at the California bar attending the funeral wake of a fellow SEAL the night “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle said he punched Jesse Ventura for making offensive statements. Kelly says he saw the former Minnesota governor on the ground, and earlier had heard him make disparaging statements about SEALs.
A Twin Cities man is recovering after an attack on a busy section of the Greenway Bike Trail. Chad Bates was walking to his vehicle Saturday night when a man hit him in the face. The attacker eventually ran off, but the incident left Bates injured and shaken.
Twenty-nine-year-old Adam McCloud died in October of 2012 after he was beaten at a Stillwater bar. Eric Richard was convicted of first-degree assault after punching McCloud at Smalley’s Caribbean Barbeque. According to the criminal complaint, McCloud had spilled Richard’s drink and later refused to pay for it. After McCloud’s death, his family found that they could keep his spirit alive by helping local charities. Supper time at the Odebrecht household brings the family together. But every so often, they can’t help but think of who’s not at the dinner table.
Adrieanne Simmons, a St. Paul woman who said she was repeatedly punched in the head by a bus driver, wants to know why he’s back on the job. Her bus driver was charged with misdemeanor assault, disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property in the October incident, but he’s back behind the wheel.
Police say a group of three to five black males have been targeting those walking alone – day or night – in downtown Minneapolis, and robbing them of their wallets, purses and or cell phones. Minneapolis police said four muggings have taken place between Aug. 12 and Aug. 19. The suspects are in their late teens, or early 20s. They target lone individuals and some victims have been pushed or punched.
A 21-year-old man has been charged with first-degree manslaughter in the death of a 53-year-old Apple Valley man, according to the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office.
A Minneapolis police SWAT team leader has been convicted of assaulting a man while off-duty at a bar.
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A 17-year-old Sauk Rapids boy has been charged as an adult in the deadly assault of a man in St. Cloud, the Stearns County Attorney’s Office announced Monday.