The Dakota County Sheriff Office will be the first in the state to begin collecting DNA swabs from those suspected of a violent crime.
The Dakota County Sheriff’s Office has created a Electronic Crimes Task Force, dedicated to solving crimes on the Internet, such as a recent “swatting” incident in Woodbury. Captain Jim Rogers says the problem continues to grow and change. “Back in 2003, a 20 or 40 gigabyte hard drive was big, now we are talking about terabyte hard drives,” Rogers said.
For the past week, mourners have flocked to a roadside memorial to pay their respects and lay flowers in honor of an officer killed in the line of duty. That support continued Tuesday outside St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, where citizens, honor guards and flags felt the soft breeze. Soon, the difficult reality arrived with Officer Scott Patrick’s casket.
The fight over legalizing medical marijuana in Minnesota again faces fierce opposition from law enforcement agencies. Gov. Mark Dayton has said he won’t support a law unless police departments sign off on it first.
In order to avoid submitting to a urine test, a man jumped from the second floor of the Dakota County Courthouse to the first, landing himself in the hospital, authorities say.