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Two Minnesota congressional members this week are reintroducing bipartisan sexual assault legislation named after a former University of Minnesota student-turned-activist whose rape case brought national…
Jake Patterson had no criminal record or social media footprint.
Victims of domestic abuse or sexual assault could face a loss of services.
No terror threat has been proved, federal ruling says.
As dozens more women have stepped forward to tell their stories, reforms are underway in Minnesota. Victim advocates and rape survivors say they are heartened by the pledges of reform by police leaders, prosecutors and lawmakers.
Law enforcement officers responding to sexual assaults in Minnesota would be expected to follow strict new protocols — including the best ways to gather evidence and interview victims — under a draft policy prepared for the state's police licensing board.
Hennepin County expands homeless court to wider range of defendants, low-level crimes.
With the ruling likely to be appealed, it will likely take months for it to go through the court process.
Utah's shift is a promising sign of how a state can do more to help rape victims get the justice that so often eludes them — if everyone involved is working with the same priorities.
Felons spend less time in prison in Minnesota, and the state says that's by design.
State task force appointed by Attorney General Lori Swanson points to action required by Legislature, judiciary, law enforcement, prosecutors and public.
Many sexual assault reports in Minnesota are poorly investigated.
Most don't result in charges or convictions. This one was different.
In Minnesota, half of sex assault cases police send to prosecutors never result in charges. Prosecutors reject cases that include DNA evidence, witnesses, and sometimes even confessions, records show.
Inadequate training for police who investigate sexual assaults, along with poor staffing and high turnover, plagues many police departments across the state – resulting in fewer charges against suspected offenders.
POST Board will prepare officer training standards and a model policy for sex assault investigations.
Police are less likely to interview witnesses, assign cases to a detective or forward them to a prosecutor if the victim was drinking, according to a Star Tribune analysis. When cases involving alcohol do reach prosecutors, suspects are much less likely to be charged with a crime or convicted.
The Hennepin County attorney said he was surprised at how many cases seem to go nowhere.
Minneapolis mayor was responding to a report showing chronic failings in sex assault investigations in Minnesota.
Lawmakers, prosecutors respond to report on breakdowns in assault investigations.
A Star Tribune examination of more than 1,000 recent sexual assault cases shows pervasive failings by law enforcement — neglecting to interview witnesses, collect crucial evidence, or conduct criminal background checks on suspects. Many cases were never even assigned to an investigator.
Following allegations against Rep. Rod Hamilton, Republican leaders of the state House have suspended him as committee chairman.
Noor's partner said he "perceived his life was in danger" and pulled his gun, according to charges.
The list of officers summoned to testify before a grand jury Tuesday indicates that Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman is trying to meet the legal standard to charge Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor in the shooting death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond, legal experts say.
Hearing dates are set for early February for suspended University of Minnesota basketball player Reggie Lynch to appeal findings he was responsible for sexual misconduct against two women.
The Hennepin County attorney reversed course in the case of a Minneapolis police officer who shot Justine Damond in an alley after she had called 911 to report a possible crime.
The young women avoid life in prison for a drug robbery that went awry.
Greg Dolphin, 63, sentenced to year of home monitoring.
Jerry Spencer remembers sitting on the Atwater City Council in the mid-1990s, conducting interview after interview in search of a new police chief for the central Minnesota town, population 1,100. Reed Schmidt stood out. Social, friendly and outgoing, "he just seemed like the man for the position," Spencer said.
Thomas Joseph Incantalupo, 47, is accused of abusing the girl, now 16, beginning in August 2015.
The appeals process would likely take weeks if not months, making it unlikely Lynch will return to the court for the university, where investigators have recommended that he should be expelled.
University of Minnesota basketball player Reggie Lynch has been recommended for expulsion after a third woman has come forward accusing him of sexual assault.
Lehman's family filled the right half of a court gallery on Monday morning as a judge sentenced him to 61 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree murder.
Lynch denied rape allegation and was cleared by prosecutors and police.
A University of Minnesota office investigated after an incident on April 28, 2016, in Roy Wilkins Hall, a student dorm. Unless Lynch appeals, his suspension from the campus and related activities will begin Tuesday.
Jaime McClellan, 33, apologizes to victim's family during sentencing.
Tyler Schlotfeldt-Gidney, 22, faces three years in prison.
Only Graco Inc. is left in lawsuit to prevent the city of Minneapolis from raising the minimum wage to $15.
The county attorney had said a decision on charges was expected by Dec. 31, but the investigation isn't finished, he said.
Two customers accused Mitchell Le Doc Ho, 28, of assault while giving them massages.
Josh Andrew Paulson, 31, is charged with manslaughter.
Bill would create a training program for better police interviews of rape survivors.
The girl's mother called police and said "she's dead," according to the search warrant application filed by police.
County attorney said he will "share news" about Damond shooting probe next week.
The governor praised the statewide investigative agency for its diligence, saying the Hennepin County attorney's criticism is "destructive."
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman told a group of activists that he does not yet have the evidence to file charges in the shooting death of Justine Damond.
Christopher Reiter, 36, received the maximum allowable sentence under state guidelines for delivering blow to the head of Mohamed Osman in May 2016, knocking him unconscious and inflicting brain bleeding.
Police chief expects heated reaction whether or not officer Mohamed Noor is charged in her fatal shooting.
Case alleged that big money-transfer firm helped fund killers of famed activist.
Robert Ryan Lien, 37, admitted to replacing painkiller meant for patients with saline.
Police say man, 72, had at least 158 files on laptop.
Prosecutors often call on doctors like Wernsing when they want the offender to be prosecuted rather than committed.
A Minneapolis woman was charged with second-degree murder on Monday, accused of killing a Thanksgiving guest apparently for smoking crack in her apartment without asking…
Abby Honold, a rape survivor, was working with Franken on a bill to help victims. But after allegations surfaced against the senator, Honold sought another senator to help with the legislation. Now, she's being harassed and threatened with rape.
As some former allies call for a resignation, the woman who reported that Sen. Al Franken kissed and groped at her without permission in 2006 said he has sent her a personal apology.
What's shaping up to be a record year stresses the system — from jails to courtrooms and public defenders.
A Prior Lake man accused of sexually assaulting a woman at a popular bar near the University of Minnesota pleaded guilty on Tuesday. Benjamin E.…
A Minneapolis school bus driver is accused of raping a prostitute at knife point in a Bloomington hotel room. The sex worker told police that…
Mendota Heights Sgt. Eric Petersen arranges a birthday party for a boy he met on the job.
Kenneth Sonnenfeld Jr., 54, had been accused of touching a student.
Records show child protection could have removed kids from mother's care earlier.
Trevor Deontre Schlotfeldt-Gidney, 22, allegedly made the threats on Facebook after the off-duty officer would not allow Young N' Thuggin' gang members into a nightclub.
Melissa Anne Sondrol is accused of causing several fractures to boy in her care.
A worker at Massage Envy in Edina has been charged with sexual assault after one of his clients accused him of touching her under her…
Ruth Berg's daughter and mother blame CenterPoint Energy and contractors for her death. Their lawsuit alleges that the contractors "ran to save themselves."
Charles Beck started selling his drawings in grade school for candy and marbles growing up in Fergus Falls. Some 90 years later, his prints and…
Todd Burt worked as a bartender at Bunny's in St. Louis Park. and was told that he needed to give more of his tips to table bussers, and there "would be consequences if that did not happen."
One Mpls. apartment dweller died, second hurt.
Former Viking still owes $600,000, says Crown Bank
Christopher Reiter kicked a domestic violence suspect in the face in May 2016.
Danny Lee Bettcher had a valid driver's license when he got his 28th DWI.
Though deaths were natural causes, Robert James Kuefler accused of concealing the bodies.
Christopher Reiter testifies and says he kicked man to protect partner.
Christopher Reiter was caught on video kicking Mohamed Osman.
Christopher Bogan went to prison in 2008 after a stranger rape of a teenage girl.
A woman listed as being the homeowner was involved in a custody battle.