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  • Judge Denies Motion to Suppress Evidence from Search Warrants in Hassan Case (St Kates)

    05/08/2018 6:59:02 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 1 replies ^ | 5/8/18 | Frank Rajkowski
    A motion filed by lawyers representing the woman accused of starting fires on the campus of St. Catherine University seeking to suppress evidence obtained as a result of search warrants has been denied by a federal court judge. In early February, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced a three-count indictment of Tnuza Jamal Hassan, charging her with attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, making a false statement to the FBI and arson. The charges came in connection to fires that were set at St. Kate's on Jan. 17, including inside a building that housed a day...
  • St. Kate's terror case highlights lack of framework for early intervention

    05/07/2018 8:06:41 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 8 replies ^ | 5/7/18 | Stephen Montemayor
    The college student, then just 18, left little doubt of her intentions when federal agents in Minnesota approached her last fall following a thwarted attempt to go to Afghanistan. Tnuza Hassan offered a surprisingly forthcoming account of her itinerary and the reasons behind it in the September encounter: The St. Catherine University student said she wanted to join al-Qaida and, when pressed by an FBI agent, conceded that she would be willing to kill if ordered. Agents later found an image of the twin towers in flames on a cellphone she ditched before flying overseas. But four months passed before...
  • Ramsey County Program Tries to Keep Young People Out of Jail (MN)

    05/03/2018 6:33:20 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 10 replies ^ | 5/3/18 | Callan Gray
    School officials and elected leaders in Ramsey County are coming together in a first-of-its-kind program in Minnesota meant to help keep young people out of jail. The Ramsey County Attorney's Office says it handled 2,748 juvenile cases in 2017, which included crimes ranging from missed curfews to assaults. "Where are we going wrong with these kids," asked Scott Williams, the deputy county manager for the safety and justice service team. "Where did we miss an opportunity early in their lives to keep them out of the criminal justice system?" Now Ramsey County, the City of St. Paul, St. Paul Public...
  • Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis cuts refugee resettlement, adoption programs

    05/02/2018 5:41:17 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 10 replies ^ | 5/2/18 | Shannon Prather and Mila Koumpilova
    Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis is dropping its refugee resettlement and adoption programs and diving deeper into its other work, especially programs combating homelessness and helping at-risk children. CEO Tim Marx unveiled the new priorities this week. The dramatic pivot comes as Catholic Charities, which over its 150 years has been one of the Twin Cities’ most influential charitable organizations, saw participation in its adoption program decline and the Trump administration’s immigration policies led to a slump in the number of refugees arriving in Minnesota. At the same time, Marx said, Catholic Charities has seen demand for other...
  • Light Rail Operator Found at Fault for Fatal Crash, Will Not Face Charges (MUZ)

    04/26/2018 7:17:59 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 12 replies ^ | 4/26/2018 | Ben Rodgers
    The light rail operator involved in the fatal crash that killed a 29-year-old ballroom dancer was found at fault for the incident but will not be charged. Documents released by Metro Transit show that Abdellatif El Maarouf was discharged in connection to the crash that killed Nicholas Westlake last July. In an internal memorandum, Metro Transit said El Maarouf traveled through a signal on July 19 at Eustis Street and University Avenue in St. Paul, causing the collision. The memorandum was written in August. The memorandum goes on to say, "Light Rail Management investigated the accident and determined Mr. El....
  • Noor Intends to Plead Not Guilty; Argue Self Defense, Reasonable Force (Damond murder)

    04/25/2018 1:24:33 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 30 replies ^ | 4/25/18 | Ben Rodgers
    The former Minneapolis police officer charged for fatally shooting Justine Damond last July plans to plead not guilty, using self-defense and reasonable force as a defense during trial, according to court documents. Mohamed Noor's intent to plead not guilty was included in a Rule 9 Disclosure that was filed in Hennepin County Wednesday. Noor was charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in March. He posted bail with conditions on March 22 and was released from the Hennepin County Jail. He is scheduled to appear for an omnibus hearing on May 8. If convicted of third-degree murder, he could face...
  • Waffle House Suspect's Ex-Bosses asked FBI to Detain, Help Him

    04/25/2018 11:04:42 AM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 75 replies ^ | 4/25/18 | AP
    The co-owner of a Colorado crane company where the suspect in a deadly weekend shooting at a Nashville restaurant once worked said she had urged federal officials to keep him in custody after he was arrested at the White House last year. Travis Reinking, 29, is accused of opening fire Sunday outside a Waffle House with an AR-15 rifle and then storming the restaurant, wearing only a green jacket. Four people were killed and four others were wounded in the shooting. But Reinking had exhibited erratic behavior for years before the shooting. Darlene Sustrich, who co-owns a Colorado crane company...
  • Officer Who Ended Mall Attack Becomes 1st Minnesotan Awarded Congressional Badge of Bravery

    04/05/2018 5:06:32 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 15 replies ^ | 4/5/18 | Joe Mazan
    The police officer who jumped into action during a 2016 attack at Crossroads Center in St. Cloud was honored on Thursday. Avon police Officer Jason Falconer received a Congressional Badge of Bravery for his actions on that September 2016 day. Falconer was off duty when 22-year-old Dahir Adan stabbed and injured 10 people at the mall. Falconer shot and killed Adan to stop the attack. "Actually, I thought (the recognition) was all said and done and over – then we have this," Falconer said. "I just want to thank everybody." Falconer is the first Minnesotan to receive the Congressional Badge...
  • Philando Castile’s Girlfriend Acquitted In Assault Case

    03/30/2018 8:23:20 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 6 replies ^ | 3/30/18 | AP
    A jury has acquitted the girlfriend of Philando Castile of serious charges in an assault on a woman last year. Jurors on Friday acquitted 28-year-old Diamond Reynolds of felony second-degree and third-degree assault. Reynolds was convicted of misdemeanor fifth-degree assault, a count that was added at the end of her weeklong trial.
  • Vice President Talks Tax Cuts, Job Growth During Minneapolis Visit

    03/28/2018 7:16:21 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 2 replies ^ | 3/28/18 | Kirsten Swanson
    Vice President Mike Pence referred to Minnesota as America's "Star of the North" during a speech at a tax policy event Wednesday in Minneapolis. Pence spoke for close to 30 minutes to hundreds of supporters at the Minneapolis Convention Center. A crowd lined up as early as 7:30 a.m. to get in. Supporters said the event felt like a campaign stop. Pence touted items he said President Donald Trump and the administration have made progress on. And he pointed out how he believes the recent tax cut package is impacting people in the state. "When you add it all together,...
  • Permit-to-carry holder shoots, wounds his would-be robber, police say

    03/23/2018 5:53:03 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 12 replies ^ | 3/23/18 | Mara H. Gottfried
    When a 39-year-old met a man in a St. Paul parking lot to buy an iPhone Thursday, it quickly turned into a robbery. The man put a gun to his side and snatched $500 from him, police said Friday. But the man being robbed was a permit-to-carry holder, and he pulled out his own gun and shot at the suspect about 5:30 p.m., said Sgt. Mike Ernster, a St. Paul police spokesman. He later told police he feared for his life and fired in self-defense, according to a criminal complaint filed Friday against the alleged robber. The suspect ran away....
  • Decision Made in Damond Case; Noor Listed on Hennepin County Jail Roster

    03/20/2018 10:25:08 AM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 59 replies ^ | 3/20/18 | Rebecca Omastiak and Joe Augustine
    Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor, who fatally shot Justine Damond last July, is now listed on the jail roster in Hennepin County and county attorney Mike Freeman has scheduled a press conference for 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Hennepin County Government Center. According to the roster, he is being held on possible third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter charges. Damond's family issued the following statement: Justine’s family in Australia and the US applaud today’s decision to criminally charge Officer Noor with Justine’s murder as one step toward justice for this iniquitous act. While we waited over eight months to come to...
  • State: Voicemail About Cracks 2 Days Before Bridge Fell

    03/16/2018 7:30:05 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 41 replies ^ | 3/16/18 | AP
    An engineer left a voicemail two days before a catastrophic bridge failure in Miami to say some cracking had been found at one end of the concrete span, but the voicemail wasn't picked up until after the collapse, Florida Department of Transportation officials said Friday. The voicemail left on a landline wasn't heard by a state DOT employee until Friday because the employee was out of the office on an assignment, the agency said in an email. In a transcript released Friday night, Denney Pate with FIGG Bridge Group says the cracking would need repairs "but from a safety perspective...
  • Student Supporting Gun Rights Says School District 'Trampled On' His Rights During Walkout

    03/15/2018 9:09:34 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 25 replies ^ | 3/15/18 | Brett Hoffland
    A viral video taken at a Minnesota high school during National Walkout Day has garnered millions of views and shares. Students across the U.S. walked out of class Wednesday, demanding an end to gun violence in schools. But a student holding a sign supporting gun rights at New Prague High School said the principal told him to give up the sign or leave school property. "I came out here with a poster trying to make a difference," said Andy Dalsin, a senior. Dalsin said principal Lonnie Seifert told him to give up a sign that read "Guns don't kill people....
  • MPD: Student Carrying ‘Trump’ Flag Assaulted Outside School

    03/14/2018 8:49:52 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 19 replies ^ | 3/14/18 | WCCO
    Minneapolis police say no arrests have been made after a student carrying a flag with the word “Trump” on it was assaulted outside of Southwest High School. Police say the altercation happened while students were outside of the building during National School Walkout Day Wednesday morning.
  • Woman who Fatally Shot Boyfriend in Stunt Video Sentenced to 6 Months

    03/14/2018 3:23:50 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 23 replies ^ | 3/14/18 | Michael Oakes
    The woman who pleaded guilty to fatally shooting her boyfriend during what she said was a video stunt gone wrong has been sentenced in Norman County to 180 days in jail. Monalisa Perez pleaded guilty in December to manslaughter in connection to the fatal shooting of her boyfriend, Pedro Ruiz III, in Halstad last June. She'll serve an additional 10 years of probation. A judge granted her request to serve the sentence in increments of 10 days at a jail in South Dakota, where she now lives, ABC affiliate WDAY reported. According to the criminal complaint, Perez told authorities Ruiz...
  • Judge Rules Officer Does Not Have to Answer Questions About Justine Damond in Separate Case

    03/12/2018 4:51:57 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 22 replies ^ | 3/12/18 | Josh Rosenthal
    A federal judge ruled Monday that Minneapolis Police Officer Mohamed Noor will not have to answer questions about the shooting death of Justine Damond in a separate court battle that also involves allegations of police misconduct. Noor is one of three Minneapolis police officers accused of forcing their way into a woman's home two months before the Damond incident. The woman, Teresa Graham, claims the officers violated her constitutional rights by sending her to the hospital against her will while alleging she was in the throes of a mental health crisis. Graham's attorney, Jordan Kushner, argued the two incidents could...
  • Ten Commandments Plaque Removed from Hibbing (MN) Courthouse

    03/08/2018 8:36:30 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 9 replies ^ | 3/8/18 | AP
    A bronze plaque with the Ten Commandments is no longer on view at the St. Louis County Courthouse in Hibbing. Property management removed the plaque at the direction of county administration on Monday. St. Louis County communications manager Dana Kazel tells the Hibbing Daily Tribune that officials consulted with the county attorney's office, which recommended removing the Ten Commandments based on past court decisions.
  • Man Charged in Connection to Attempted Sexual Assault at MCTC (MN)

    03/07/2018 7:19:14 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 25 replies ^ | 3/6/18 | Frank Rajkowski
    A 32-year-old man has been charged in connection to what police say was an attempted sexual assault Friday on the Minneapolis Community and Technical College campus. Asad Abu Mohamed, of Bloomington, has been charged with one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct (force or coercion), one count of terroristic threats and one count of fourth-degree assault (school official). The first two charges are felonies, the last is a gross misdemeanor. The criminal complaint states Minneapolis police were dispatched to the campus around 1:05 p.m. Friday where they encountered what the complaint terms a "chaotic scene," as witnesses were comforting a...
  • All 3 Arrested in Weapons Seizure in Vadnais Heights Have Been Charged (MN)

    03/05/2018 5:19:37 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 20 replies ^ | 3/5/18 | KSTP Staff
    The Ramsey County Attorney's Office has announced charges have been filed against Christopher Lloyd Stowe, the man in whose home the county's sheriff's department said it seized a cache of guns, ammunition and possible explosive devices Friday. Stowe has been charged with two felony counts of unlawful possession of a machine gun/short-barreled gun and one count of negligent storage of a firearm in the presence of a child, a gross misdemeanor. He made his first court appearance Monday. Bail was set at $25,000, the Associated Press reported. And Stowe remained in jail afterward. Stowe's wife Lisa and their 13-year-old son...