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  • Audit scolds Community Action of Minneapolis for misspending hundreds of thousands of dollars

    09/22/2014 5:04:24 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 13 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 9-20-14 | ALEJANDRA MATOS
    Leaders of a Minneapolis nonprofit that serves low-income residents used taxpayer money to pay for a celebrity cruise and trips to Palm Beach and the Bahamas, according to a recently completed state audit. Along with the trips, the audit by the state Department of Human Services found that the nonprofit’s leaders spent public money on bonuses, golf, spa treatments, furniture, alcohol and even a personal car loan. The audit concluded that the organization’s longtime chief executive, Bill Davis, misspent hundreds of thousands of dollars from 2011 to 2013. “It was deeply concerning how the dollars are being used,” Chuck Johnson,...
  • At least THREE young Minnesota women have traveled to Syria to aid ISIS jihadis

    09/11/2014 5:57:20 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 35 replies
    MailOnline ^ | 9/11/14 | Martin Gould In St. Paul, Minnesota For Mailonline
    At least three young Minnesota women are now believed to have traveled to Syria to give aid to the ISIS terror group responsible for the brutal beheadings of American journalists, MailOnline has learned. The trio left some three weeks ago, Omar Jamal, a leader of the Somali community in the state capital, St. Paul, tells MailOnline. They said they intended to become nurses tending to fighters injured in ISIS' violent surge in Syria and Iraq. The news comes as 19-year-old suburban Denver woman Shannon Conley who federal authorities say intended to wage jihad has pleaded guilty to trying to help...
  • Sen. Al Franken finds favor and distrust at north Minneapolis block party

    09/04/2014 4:55:27 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 14 replies
    City Pages ^ | 9-2-14 | Jesse Marx
    It begins well enough. A trail of admirers follow Franken as he tours Bryant Avenue, listening to the activists he meets. Behind an ice cream truck, he shakes hands with a disabled vet and, after a lengthy chat, asks an aide to take down the old soldier's contact information. "North Minneapolis is very important," Franken tells us. "We unfortunately have, as a metropolitan area, some of the greatest disparities in terms of everything -- education, employment, and health care. All of this stuff is connected." He expounds on the same point on stage, noting the need to fund early childhood...
  • Billboard Calls Out Minneapolis Public Schools

    07/01/2014 8:02:14 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 5 replies
    Better Ed ^ | 7-1-14 | Devin Foley
    Minneapolis, MN – Better Ed — a 501(c)(3) education reform group in Minnesota — has put up another billboard message across from the Minneapolis Public Schools district headquarters. The message draws attention to the district’s high per-pupil spending and low graduation rate. It reads: “MINNEAPOLIS SPENDS $21,000 PER STUDENT. BARELY HALF GRADUATE. NOT COOL.” Better Ed’s previous billboard message (which had been up since December 2013) also highlighted the district’s poor graduation rate, which was 54% for 2013. Indeed, Minneapolis Public Schools has one of the lowest graduation rates among all urban school districts in the country—a fact pointed out...
  • Minneapolis awarded 2018 Super Bowl

    05/20/2014 8:08:09 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 42 replies
    Fox ^ | 5-20-14 | ap
    TLANTA – Minneapolis has been awarded the 2018 Super Bowl by NFL owners. The owners rewarded the Vikings for arranging to build a new stadium on the site of the old Metrodome by choosing Minneapolis over New Orleans and Indianapolis. The big game will be staged in the Twin Cities for the second time. It was there in 1992, when Washington beat Buffalo. Minneapolis' new $1 billion stadium is scheduled to open in 2016.
  • ACLU sues Minneapolis over ordinance limiting events at All-Star game

    05/10/2014 7:32:53 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 4 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 5-9-14 | Amy Forliti
    Organizers of a one-day street festival in Minneapolis sued the city Thursday, saying an ordinance that limits events around the time of Major League Baseball's All-Star game in July is unconstitutional. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court by the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota, claims the city ordinance gives MLB the authority to approve activities in certain areas for 15 days surrounding the July 15 All-Star game at Target Field. Organizers of the One Day in July Street Festival, which will commemorate the 80th anniversary of a deadly Teamsters strike in 1934, say MLB shouldn't have control over...
  • St. Louis Park man gets $125,000 after fight with off-duty Mpls. cop

    01/03/2014 11:45:02 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 15 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 1-3-14 | MATT MCKINNEY
    A jury has awarded $125,000 to a St. Louis Park man who alleged in a federal lawsuit that an off-duty Minneapolis police officer challenged him to a fight at a bar, then knocked him out, leaving him with a concussion. Jeremy Axel, an IT salesman, spent the night at Hennepin County Medical Center after his encounter Nov. 4, 2011, with officer Michael Griffin. The jury dismissed two other claims Axel brought against Griffin and another officer in the case. Griffin, a seven-year veteran of the force, was awarded the Medal of Valor last year for being among the first officers...
  • Nine-year-old boy sneaks on flight from Minneapolis to Las Vegas

    10/07/2013 7:07:03 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 47 replies
    Rooters/yahoo ^ | 10-7-13 | Noreen O'Donnell
    Oct 6 (Reuters) - A 9-year-old boy passed through security at the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport and flew on a Delta Air Lines plane to Las Vegas without a boarding pass, authorities said on Sunday. It was not immediately clear why the child sneaked onto the flight on Thursday, but his action raised questions about airport and airline security.
  • Civil rights: Should the police track and store your whereabouts?

    05/17/2013 5:36:43 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 11 replies
    GOCRA ^ | 5-17-13 | gocra
    Minneapolis Police (as well as many other departments) use automated license plate readers to log millions of times, dates, and locations of cars every month. They know where you were, and they keep this data as long as they want. A proposed law, House File 474 (and Senate companion SF385), would force police departments to immediately delete data on non-suspect cars (like yours). This bill is scheduled for a vote Friday (today)in the House. If you think that the police shouldn't track the every move of innocent citizens, ask your state senator representative to support HF474/SF385.
  • Minneapolis: R.T. Rybak won't seek fourth term as mayor

    12/28/2012 5:36:57 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 5 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 12-28-12 | Brian Bakst
    Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak said Thursday he won't seek a fourth term as leader of Minnesota's largest city, creating the first open race for the office in two decades. Rybak's announcement came less than a year before voters in the city of almost 400,000 will choose a new mayor. Several potential candidates had been waiting on Rybak to make a decision before declaring whether they would run, and the field is likely to be large. The decision also should ramp up speculation about Rybak's next political move. The 57-year-old Democrat has been mentioned as a possible addition to President Barack...
  • Council approves Harteau as new police chief (MPLS)

    11/30/2012 7:14:43 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 8 replies
    star tribune ^ | 11-30-12 | eric roper
    The City Council voted unanimously Friday to approve Janeé Harteau as the city's next police chief. Harteau, who previously served as assistant chief, takes over the reins from Tim Dolan, who left the force earlier this month. Harteau is the city's first female police chief, as well as the first openly gay officer in that position
  • 911 Calls Go Unanswered During Minneapolis Shooting

    10/10/2012 9:09:33 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 14 replies
    valley news live ^ | 10-10-12 | valley news
    Emergency communications officials say some of the 911 calls made during a shooting rampage at a Minneapolis sign company went unanswered. Communications director Heather Hunt says as many as six people who made 911 calls hung up when no one answered. It's one of the reasons why the city will set up a recorded message to play if 911 callers don't get an answer within 10 seconds. The recording will tell the callers to hang on until an operator is available. The Star Tribune says 16 calls related to the shooting at Accent Signage System were answered. And police responded...
  • Victims of Metro Gang Strike Force awarded $840,000

    07/24/2012 10:08:19 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 4 replies
    star tribune ^ | 7-23-12 | RANDY FURST
    More than $840,000 was awarded Monday to 96 victims of illegal searches, seizures and use of excessive force by the now-defunct Metro Gang Strike Force, including a dozen juveniles who were targeted by a Brooklyn Park police officer. The scandal-ridden gang unit, shut down by the Department of Public Safety three years ago this month, broke through people's doors without justification, seized property without authorization and injured people who were not suspects, according to reports by Mark Gehan, a St. Paul attorney appointed as special master in the case.
  • ACLU: Occupy MN has right to unrestricted use of public property — and free electricity, too

    11/22/2011 7:26:40 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 35 replies
    Hot Air ^ | November 22,2011 | ED MORRISSEY
    The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota sued Hennepin County on Monday on behalf of OccupyMPLS, the protest group camping out on the Government Center Plaza in downtown Minneapolis in defiance of county rules. The ACLU suit contends that those rules, which forbid tents and electricity, and “certain unwritten procedures enforced by the county” violate the demonstrators’ free speech rights. … The suit asks that new rules restricting the use of chalk, electricity and tents be declared unconstitutional. The plaintiffs are also seeking an injunction against the rules, and they want the county to provide electricity for the protesters. It...
  • Minneapolis school study could lead to pay freezes, concessions

    10/28/2011 4:40:34 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 4 replies
    star tribune ^ | 10-28-11 | corey mitchell
    The same study used to justify $270,000 in retroactive raises to Minneapolis Public Schools administrators could be used by the district to cut the compensation of its unionized staff. District leaders say the report, which found that hundreds of employees are paid above-market rates, will be used in contract talks as the district seeks pay and benefit freezes and other concessions from union-represented staffers. The study, compiled by Public Sector Personnel Consultants, found that 30 percent of union-represented employees, excluding teachers, are paid above a maximum proposed salary plan, costing the district more than $6 million per year. "Unions just...
  • Melee breaks out after teen dance party

    09/12/2011 8:13:59 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 23 replies
    star tribune ^ | 9-12-11 | NICOLE NORFLEET
    Three people were arrested Saturday night when a melee that a police spokesman described as a "mini-riot" broke out in downtown Minneapolis after a teen dance party. Dozens of police officers from Minneapolis, the State Patrol and other law enforcement agencies responded to a chaotic scene after the Big Bash 2 party, which was held in an exhibition hall next to the Hyatt Regency Hotel at 1300 Nicollet Mall. At about 10 p.m., police responded to a report that hotel security employees were fighting with event-goers, said police spokesman Sgt. William Palmer. Shortly after that, partygoers began moving north on...
  • Mob of Teenage Girls Attacks Minn. Mom, 4-yr-old daughter

    07/11/2011 7:03:16 AM PDT · by Blueflag · 192 replies
    minnesota.cbslocal.com/ ^ | 7/9/2011 | wcco
    Here we go again ... MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A Minneapolis mother is looking for the public’s help in finding a mob of teenage girls that she says assaulted her family. The attack happened Thursday afternoon inside Folwell Park on Minneapolis’ north side. (more in article, found on Drudge)
  • Gay rights protester dumps glitter on Newt Gingrich (Where's the arrest?)

    05/18/2011 9:24:53 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 19 replies
    yahoo ^ | 5/18/2011 | by Holly Bailey
    Could Newt Gingrich's week get any worse? Just days into his 2012 presidential bid, the former House speaker has been under fire this week from fellow Republicans for trashing Rep. Paul Ryan's proposal on Medicare during his appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday--criticism that forced Gingrich to apologize. On Monday, an Iowa voter was caught on camera griping him out. And Tuesday, it was revealed that Gingrich at one point owed at least $250,000 to Tiffany's—an embarrassing detail that could potentially come back to haunt the self-described fiscal conservative's 2012 bid.
  • Fired Chipotle workers protest in downtown Mpls.

    12/23/2010 5:58:24 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 45 replies · 1+ views
    KARE 11 ^ | 12-22-10 | KARE
    MINNEAPOLIS-- Dozens of former employees, their families and friends gathered in front of Chipotle in downtown Minneapolis Wednesday afternoon to protest the recent firings of nearly 100 hispanic workers. The protest, organized by a coalition of human rights groups and a local union, was to demand a dialog with company owners regarding the dismissals, which began in early December. The Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee says on its website that the firings are part of an immigration-related audit. Group member Nigel Arevalo says all the fired workers are Latino.
  • Protesters Confront Mpls Officials Over Proposed Tax Hike (It Passed Anyways!)

    12/14/2010 8:00:36 AM PST · by MplsSteve · 25 replies · 1+ views
    KSTP TV (ABC Affiliate in Minneapolis-St Paul) ^ | 12/14/10 | Mark Albert - Staff Reporter
    An angry and, at times, defiant gathering of Minneapolis homeowners sent a loud message to City Hall Monday - no new taxes. "We're not going to sit in our houses and just take this year after year after year," said Mark Johnson, who organized an evening rally on the steps of City Hall and launched the website for the group, Minneapolis Tax Payers United. When Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak came outside in the bitter cold without a coat to greet the 20 or so protesters, one person began shouting at the three-term mayor, who initially proposed a 6.5% property tax...
  • Joel Rosenberg Saga (I know it's been covered)

    12/13/2010 6:32:27 AM PST · by Paddy Irish · 8 replies
    Youtube ^ | Today | Youtube
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LpuUlYMXaU
  • Here's what happens when you bring a gun to the police station [VIDEO](must read comments)

    12/10/2010 6:12:05 AM PST · by marktwain · 36 replies
    blogs.citypages.com ^ | 15 November, 2010 | Erin Carlyle
    Joel Rosenberg tried to bring a gun into the Minneapolis Police headquarters and the cops wouldn't let him. Now Rosenberg is accusing the cop who took his gun of assault. Earlier this month, Rosenberg, who says he is a science fiction writer and handgun instructor, paid a visit to the MPD chief's office to pick up some documents he'd requested. Sgt. William Palmer, the public information officer, saw that Rosenberg was packing, and asked him to dump the gun. Rosenberg refused. He insisted he had the right to wear his gun. Palmer explained that a court order prevented him from...
  • 13-year-old boy accused in bus assault

    11/10/2010 3:53:34 PM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 7 replies
    KSTP ^ | ap
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A 13-year-old boy is accused of sexually assaulting a fellow student on Minneapolis school bus. Police say the boy assaulted a 12-year-old girl during a Monday afternoon bus route. Authorities say both students are from the Sheridan Global Arts and Communications School. KSTP-TV reports Sheridan Principal Al Pitt sent an e-mail to parents Tuesday which said the matter is under investigation by Minneapolis police. Pitt also said the school was committed to following the school district's discipline policy regarding the incident.
  • Students may face felonies over illegal voter vouching

    11/08/2010 4:25:59 PM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 39 replies · 1+ views
    MN Daily ^ | 11-8-10 | Evelina Smirnitskaya
    Members of Students Organizing for America, a group of students aligned with the Democratic Party, may face a criminal investigation and possible felony charges after confrontations with an election judge over voter vouching during Tuesday’s election. Ginny Gelms, the interim elections director in Minneapolis, said she will submit a report to the Hennepin County attorney’s office and the Minnesota Secretary of State‘s office today. The offices will investigate a possible incident of improper vouching. Gelms said she was told by the University Lutheran Church precinct’s chair election judge there were two incidents of individuals trying to vouch for people they...
  • More than 20 arrested in human-trafficking sweep

    11/08/2010 9:56:21 AM PST · by Manic_Episode · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Red Star Diaper ^ | November 8, 2010 | JAMES WALSH, DAVID CHANEN and ALLIE SHAH
    Federal and local investigators swept through the Twin Cities area Monday and arrested more than 20 suspects in connection to an extensive human trafficking investigation involving members of a Somali gang....
  • Minneapolis police endorse Dayton

    08/30/2010 6:57:54 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 12 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 8-30-10 | billy salisbury
    fter backing Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty in two previous gubernatorial elections, the Minneapolis Police Officers Federation today announced its endorsement of Democrat Mark Dayton for governor. Lt. John Delmonico, president of the Minneapolis police union, said Dayton has a record of supporting law enforcement officers and has always been accessible to them. One factor in their decision, Delmonico said at a Capitol press conference, was Dayton's pledge not to reduce state aid to cities. His Republican opponent, Tom Emmer, advocates cutting local government aid. Delmonico said 10 Minneapolis police officers have been laid off partly because of state aid cuts....
  • Mpls. agrees to pay 'zombie' protesters $165,000

    08/23/2010 7:43:38 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 17 replies
    MPR ^ | 8-23-10 | Elizabeth Dunbar
    Minneapolis — The city of Minneapolis has agreed to pay $165,000 to settle a lawsuit seven protesters filed over their arrests while dressed as zombies in 2006. The protesters dressed as zombies and blared music as part of a demonstration against consumerism, but police arrested them for having "simulated weapons of mass destruction." Although the protesters were jailed, they weren't charged. They then filed a lawsuit in federal court saying their constitutional right of free speech had been violated. The lawsuit was dismissed initially but was reinstated on appeal. Jordan Kushner, the protesters' attorney, said the two sides had been...
  • 14 U.S. citizens charged with trying to join Somali terror group

    08/05/2010 8:59:01 AM PDT · by Ready4Freddy · 59 replies · 1+ views
    AP via MSNBC ^ | Aug 5, 2010 | NBC News and news services
    WASHINGTON — Fourteen U.S. citizens have been charged with attempting to join al-Shabab, a Somali-based terrorist group linked to al-Qaida, law enforcement officials told NBC News. The charges were due to be formally announced at a news conference at noon ET at the Justice Department, NBC reported. The 14 people include 12 from Minnesota, one from Alabama and one from California, the officials said. Al-Shabab is Somalia's most-feared militant group. The group recently claimed responsibility for bombing two sites in Uganda where people were watching a soccer World Cup game on television, killing 76 people. Al-Shabab said the blasts were...
  • Man Fatally Shot in N. Mpls., Blocks Away From Neighborhood Parties

    08/04/2010 10:05:41 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 4 replies
    kstp ^ | 8-4-10 | Katie Lynn
    Minneapolis police say a man was shot and killed Tuesday night, just blocks away from people celebrating National Night Out. According to police, the shooting occurred around 6:45 p.m. Tuesday on the 2600 block of Penn Avenue in North Minneapolis. This is the 32nd homicide in Minneapolis this year. At this same time last year, there had been nine homicides citywide. Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak says violent crime is down compared to two years ago.
  • 35W bridge lawsuit: Engineering company predicted bridge collapse

    06/28/2010 4:31:13 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 3 replies
    KARE11.COM ^ | 28 JUNE 2010 | KARE11.COM
    MINNEAPOLIS -- Explosive documents about the Interstate 35W bridge suggest the engineering company the state hired to make sure the bridge was safe actually predicted it would collapse months before it fell apart. The documents are part of a lawsuit victims are bringing against California based URS Corporation. They accuse the firm of predicting a catastrophic event, but allegedly not telling anyone about it. The thought has been tough to swallow for the victims of that day in August 2007, when 13 people lost their lives and well over 100 were injured. "I remember until probably about 5:15 that day,"...
  • As People Rally Against Violence, Another Murder(MN)

    06/13/2010 5:52:59 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 6 replies · 577+ views
    wcco ^ | 6-13-10 | Maya Nishikawa
    With another fatal shooting early Sunday morning, two more people have died this weekend in Minneapolis. That makes 24 murders in the city so far this year and neighbors are getting fed up with the violence. "I thought it's a war zone the last couple weeks," said Paul Hill of South Minneapolis. From the Southside to the North, neighbors are standing up saying enough. City leaders say it's a small group of known criminals that are causing the violence. so if they're "known", why aren't they known as inmates? "Minneapolis' $50k Fountains Trimmed From Six To Four" http://www.wopular.com/minneapolis-50k-fountains-trimmed-six-four good to...
  • Somalis in U.S. draw FBI attention

    12/29/2008 3:43:22 AM PST · by Cindy · 141 replies · 4,105+ views
    WASHINGTON TIMES ^ | nday, December 29, 2008 | Sara A. Carter
    Somalis in U.S. draw FBI attention War at home seen as lure The FBI is expanding contacts with Somali immigrant communities in the U.S., especially in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, fearing that terrorists are recruiting young men for suicide missions in their homeland. FBI Special Agent E.K. Wilson, spokesman for the Twin Cities FBI field office, described the effort as community outreach. Many members of the Somali community are concerned over disappearances, he said.
  • Minneapolis police seek man with 'unibrow' after pharmacy robbery

    03/02/2010 10:40:39 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 19 replies · 746+ views
    Pioneer Press ^ | 3-2-10 | pioneer press
    Minneapolis police need the public's help in identifying a man who robbed a Walgreen's pharmacy on Sunday. According to police, the man implied that he had a gun and demanded prescription pain medication at the Walgreen's at 200 W. Lake St.
  • Mumbai in America? (Terrorists Training In U.S. Islamberg N.Y.)

    12/02/2008 10:33:30 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 4 replies · 814+ views
    RightSideNews ^ | 12/1/08
    Right Side News reads from Douglas Hagmann's website about Mumbai and Minneapolis. The only difference between the two is the passage of TIME. Mumbai is headed here and sooner or later, we will be hit hard and fast by Islamic terrorists. What are we doing now to stop them? When will our government wake up and call these terrorists by name and stop banning the terms from their own dictionary? Policital correctness has the potential of killing hundreds and perhaps thousands of innocent Americans. The Third Jihad and other films all warn of the inevitable attacks in the US, such...
  • Mpls Taxpayer Money to Promote Tap Water -Tap Minneapolis costs $180,000

    06/23/2009 12:19:23 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 10 replies · 522+ views
    fox 9 news ^ | 6-22-09 | fox 9
    MINNEAPOLIS - The city of Minneapolis is spending nearly $200,000 to sell something that would seem to sell itself: tap water. With her bottle of water in hand, Susan Davis was feeling hot and a little guilty. “It would be great if everyone did drink the tap water,” said Davis. “I think the tap water in Minneapolis is just fine.” Tap Minneapolis is the city's new web site, and PR campaign to promote the city's tap water. But unlike tap water, it's not cheap. The web site costs $75,000. The total cost paid to the PR firm was $180,000.
  • Mpls. City Council candidate admits to lying

    03/06/2009 10:58:26 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 17 replies · 831+ views
    5 EYEWITNESS NEWS ^ | 3-6-09 | wobbly bob
    A political candidate who bowed out of the Minneapolis City Council race is being called a fraud and some people are even calling for a criminal investigation. In an exclusive interview with 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS, the 23-year-old former candidate for Minneapolis City Council admits he lied to campaign donors, volunteers and supporters. Charles Carlson burst onto the political scene in December. The University of Minnesota grad student with a British accent announced his campaign for Minneapolis City Council.
  • Two shot at Juneteenth celebration in Minneapolis

    06/21/2008 7:21:19 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 81 replies · 291+ views
    kstp.com ^ | 6-21-08 | Justin Piehowski
    Two people were hospitalized after being shot Saturday afternoon at the Juneteenth celebration in Theodore Wirth Park. Mike Kinghorn, 23, was shot in the ankle and an unidentified female was shot in the leg. Neither person was expected to be in the hospital very long. The shooting happened just after 5:30 p.m.
  • Man shot at interstate exit ramp in Richfield(MN)

    01/30/2007 4:08:43 PM PST · by Rakkasan1 · 7 replies · 300+ views
    MPLS Star & SIckle ^ | 1-30-07 | Anthony Lonetree,
    A man who was shot in an apparent road-rage incident in Richfield Tuesday afternoon was undergoing surgery at Hennepin County Medical Center for what was believed to be a "serious gunshot wound," police Lt. Todd Sandell said. The victim, who wasn't identified, reportedly was shot by one of two men riding in a blue-green Ford Taurus, Sandell said.
  • Minneapolis murder motive: Who gets to ride 'shotgun'

    01/29/2007 3:41:28 PM PST · by Rakkasan1 · 11 replies · 267+ views
    Pioneer Press ^ | 1-29-07 | NANCY YANG
    A 20-year-old man has been charged with second-degree murder for a shooting last year, which police say was the result of a dispute over who got to sit in the front seat of a car. Porter Webb is being held at the Hennepin County jail on unrelated charges. On March 1, 2006, Minneapolis police responded to an area near 33rd Avenue and Emerson Avenue North. Witnesses reported seeing three men leaving a body there. Officers found 42-year-old Thyrone Carr, who had been killed by a gunshot that severed his aorta.
  • Minneapolis' first 2007 homicide is linked to apparent love triangle

    01/02/2007 4:46:47 PM PST · by Rakkasan1 · 238+ views
    Star & SIckle ^ | 1-2-07 | Jim Walsh and Tom Ford
    With the new year about five hours old, Minneapolis police were called to the city's first homicide of 2007. The killing was linked to an apparent love triangle, police said. Police were called to a home in the 4800 block of Girard Avenue N. at 4:55 a.m. Monday. When they arrived they found a 23-year-old man with a gunshot wound to the torso, said police spokesman Lt. Gregory Reinhardt. The victim was identified by a family member as Daniel Holliday, who lived in the house. He was dead at the scene. Police are investigating what led to the shooting, but...
  • Former council member gets 2½ years in prison(MPLS Green Party fruitcake)

    12/20/2006 5:27:01 PM PST · by Rakkasan1 · 2 replies · 294+ views
    Pioneer Press ^ | 12-20-06 | EMILY GURNON
    federal judge sentenced former Minneapolis City Council Member Dean Zimmermann on Tuesday to 2½ years in prison for taking bribes from a developer. With several dozen supporters filling the courtroom, Zimmermann told U.S. District Judge Ann D. Montgomery that he regretted being "hooked into this situation." "Clearly, had I been more on the ball and alert to see what was happening, this whole unfortunate incident would not have occurred," he told the court. Zimmermann, 64, a Green Party member, apologized to his family and supporters, "all those that I have let down," he said.
  • Zombies' file lawsuit against city of Mpls.

    11/23/2006 6:44:51 PM PST · by Kimmers · 62 replies · 1,648+ views
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A group of zombies have risen up to claim the city of Minneapolis and Hennepin County violated their free rights and discriminated against them. The six adults and one juvenile who were arrested while impersonating the undead in July filed their lawsuit Thursday. The ragged group were arrested for "simulating weapons of mass destruction" during a dance party near the Minneapolis entertainment district. Police alleged that wires protruding from the zombie's backpacks could have been bombs or were meant to imitate bombs. It was later learned the wires were actually radios. The adult zombies were jailed for...
  • Minneapolis records 28th homicide of year

    06/27/2006 3:50:32 PM PDT · by Rakkasan1 · 6 replies · 310+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | 6-27-06 | Chao Xiong
    A young man died Wednesday night when shots were fired into a car from another vehicle after the cars turned a south Minneapolis corner, police said. A red Ford Mustang and a suspect vehicle were going east on E. 38th Street and turned south on 22nd Avenue S. about 7 p.m. when shots were fired, Capt. Rich Stanek said. When officers arrived, they found a young man dead in the driver's seat of the Mustang with its engine running.
  • Party committee gets grand tour(2008 national convention in MPLS?)

    06/27/2006 6:18:54 AM PDT · by Rakkasan1 · 8 replies · 266+ views
    Pioneer Press ^ | 6-27-06 | TIM NELSON
    They've had front and center seats for the Guthrie's opening celebration, lunch at the St. Paul Grill and a backstage visit to the Pearl Jam concert at the Xcel Energy Center, and that's just the first 24 hours for the site-selection team sent to the Twin Cities this week by the Democratic National Committee. The eight-member delegation is touring the area, sizing up Minnesota as a potential host for the 2008 Democratic National Convention. The Twin Cities is one of four metropolitan areas on the short list to host the presidential nomination for both parties. Denver, New Orleans and New...
  • Rise in Minneapolis crime topped Midwest, FBI says

    06/11/2006 9:24:36 AM PDT · by Rakkasan1 · 27 replies · 732+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | 6-9-06 | David Chanen and Myron P. Medcalf
    An FBI report to be released Monday will say that violent crime reports in Minneapolis increased more last year than any other Midwest city and that the jump is among the tops in the United States. The crimes of homicide, rape, aggravated assault and robbery increased by 35 percent from 2004, compared to an average 5 percent increase for cities of similar size to Minneapolis across the nation, according to FBI crime statistics given to interim Police Chief Tim Dolan on Friday. Violent crime rose an average of 2 percent nationwide. Dolan said the numbers didn't surprise the department, which...
  • Immigration agents defend 'police' vests (Minneapolis)

    05/26/2006 4:35:21 PM PDT · by Rakkasan1 · 15 replies · 531+ views
    pioneer press ^ | 5-26-06 | ap
    MINNEAPOLIS - The mayor and police chief of Minneapolis say Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents should stop wearing vests that read "police," saying the practice undermines public trust in local law enforcement. Mayor R.T. Rybak and Police Chief Tim Dolan said in a letter Thursday to the local ICE supervisor, Mark Cangemi, that ICE agents should wear visible identification that would clearly show they are not city police officers. Currently, they said, ICE agents conducting raids often wear vests that simply say "police" with nothing else to distinguish themselves from Minneapolis Police Department officers. The local ICE office issued a...
  • Teenager shot near peace rally(MPLS)

    05/20/2006 8:14:56 AM PDT · by Rakkasan1 · 11 replies · 1,362+ views
    MPLS Star & Sickle ^ | 5-20-06 | MYRON P. MEDCALF
    A teenager was shot in the back Friday night a block away from a peace rally in north Minneapolis that about 1,500 people attended. As the rally at 25th and Humboldt Avs. N. came to a close just before 9 p.m., a fight broke out at 25th and Girard and a 16-year-old male was shot, said police Lt. Greg Reinhardt. The boy was taken to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale with non-life-threatening injures. Organizers were distressed that the rally ended on a violent note. "For all of us, we understood that that's the reason we had come," said organizer...
  • Editorial: A safe downtown needs to feel safer. (Minneapolis Tribune)

    04/06/2006 7:23:09 AM PDT · by Rakkasan1 · 18 replies · 707+ views
    MPLS Star & Sickle ^ | 4-6-06 | staff
    It was inevitable that someone would describe the 21-year-old suspect in last weekend's street killing in the Warehouse District as "a good kid." But good kids don't bring guns to movies. And groups of good kids don't storm into cinemas shouting, cursing, flashing gang signs and picking fights with rivals, all of which apparently led to a melee, then gunfire, outside of Block E and the shocking death of an innocent pedestrian. Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and police officials insist that the tragedy was an aberration and that the district is safe.
  • Suspect 'just shot into a crowd'

    04/02/2006 9:18:48 AM PDT · by Rakkasan1 · 10 replies · 328+ views
    MPLS Star & Sickle ^ | 4-2-06 | tom ford
    In a burst of violence in a busy area of downtown Minneapolis, a gunman fired into a crowd late Friday night and killed a 31-year-old man who had been out with a group of friends, authorities said Saturday. Police and community leaders said the shooting of the Minnetonka man near the Block E entertainment complex was a senseless act, and the death raised questions about safety downtown and led to calls for renewed efforts to stop gun violence in the city.
  • Minneapolis boys shot during armed robbery

    03/27/2006 8:08:07 AM PST · by Rakkasan1 · 5 replies · 553+ views
    MPLS Star Tribune ^ | 3-27-06 | star tribune
    Minneapolis police were on the hunt this morning for suspects in an apparent armed robbery that led to the shooting of two juvenile males Sunday night in Minneapolis. The boys, who were not identified, were taken to North Memorial Hospital with injuries that police would not disclose, according to media reports. The shooting occurred about 10 p.m., at the corner of 26th St. and Knox Av. near the Big Stop convenience store in north Minneapolis.