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David Chanen

Reporter | Courts and criminal justice
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David Chanen covers Hennepin County and appellate courts, and legal and criminal justice issues.
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Public will comment tonight on the proposed renaming of Lake Calhoun

The County Board hearing will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday on the 24th floor of the county government center.
Philando Castile fundraising campaign clears St. Paul school lunch debts

Philando Castile fundraising campaign clears St. Paul school lunch debts

J.J. Hill Montessori Magnet in St. Paul where Castile worked received $10,000
Panel rules that material used in Orono mayoral campaign was illegal

Panel rules that material used in Orono mayoral campaign was illegal

Mayor Dennis Walsh won the election by 225 votes.
Hennepin Sheriff's Office to start using body cameras in 2018

Hennepin Sheriff's Office to start using body cameras in 2018

Start date is January as County Board weighs in.
Hennepin County Board approves purchase of landmark Thrivent Financial building for $55 million

Hennepin County Board approves purchase of landmark Thrivent Financial building for $55 million

Two Hennepin County commissioners voted against the deal, calling it too costly.
University of Minnesota offers students a furry study break

University of Minnesota offers students a furry study break

A group of University of Minnesota students flocked to scout out Cooper at the recreation and fitness center on a rainy day last week. No,…
New plans for Excelsior's Commons park close to completion

New plans for Excelsior's Commons park close to completion

Changes will include a new boardwalk and band shell.
Renaming of Lake Calhoun now in the hands of Hennepin County Board

Renaming of Lake Calhoun now in the hands of Hennepin County Board

Controversy over change to Bde Maka Ska could be resolved next month.
Hennepin County budget proposes 4.95 percent property tax levy increase

Hennepin County budget proposes 4.95 percent property tax levy increase

Personnel, light rail and Thrivent building purchase are key reasons.
BCA finishes Damond probe, presents case to prosecutor

BCA finishes Damond probe, presents case to prosecutor

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman has said he anticipates making a decision by the end of the year.
Hundreds of Minnesota children still have unsafe lead levels

Hundreds of Minnesota children still have unsafe lead levels

Hennepin County and Minneapolis received $6M for prevention and cleanup of stubborn problem, and are using a prevention and outreach model in the hope of protecting children before they are poisoned.
Hennepin County Board delays vote on Thrivent building purchase

Hennepin County Board delays vote on Thrivent building purchase

Final vote on whether to buy the building will be held by the end of the month.
Hurricane Harvey, Labor Day demand create jump in gas prices

Hurricane Harvey, Labor Day demand create jump in gas prices

Twin Cities prices will climb another 10 cents a gallon this weekend, said Gail Weinholzer, director of public affairs for AAA in Minnesota, Iowa and North Dakota.

Washburn Library to close for repairs

The Washburn branch of the Hennepin County Library, in south Minneapolis, will close Saturday for two months to enable workers to repair its roof and…
Hennepin County mulls purchase of Thrivent building for $55 million

Hennepin County mulls purchase of Thrivent building for $55 million

Hennepin County officials want to buy the landmark Thrivent Financial building in downtown Minneapolis for $55 million, an acquisition that would be one of the…
Hennepin County continues its Zero Waste Challenge to reduce household trash

Hennepin County continues its Zero Waste Challenge to reduce household trash

Last year, 35 select households decreased the amount of waste they produced by 20 percent.
Hennepin County's latest service offering is … a pay phone?

Hennepin County's latest service offering is … a pay phone?

They've all but disappeared, but county finds demand.
Mail fraud lands Lake Minnetonka millionaire back in jail after time served for welfare fraud

Mail fraud lands Lake Minnetonka millionaire back in jail after time served for welfare fraud

Colin Chisholm gets 4 more years after serving time for welfare fraud.
Lloyd Sandstrom, longtime teacher and star basketball player, dies at 89

Lloyd Sandstrom, longtime teacher and star basketball player, dies at 89

The St. Paul high school instructor was drafted by the New York Knicks in the 1950s.
Hennepin County rolls out ambitious 100-day plan to help homeless youths

Hennepin County rolls out ambitious 100-day plan to help homeless youths

Hennepin County coalition aims to find jobs, shelter for 150.

Lengthy legal battle continues over five unreleased Prince songs

The songs were engineered by a Prince producer a decade ago.

Wells Fargo Tower in Bloomington evacuated due to fumes

The Wells Fargo Tower in Bloomington was temporarily evacuated because of fumes from construction. The 24-story building is located at 7900 Xerxes Av. S. Several…
Dakota County teacher charged with having sex with student

Dakota County teacher charged with having sex with student

Christine Funk, 31, who taught at Henry Sibley High School, had sex with the student three times in February, according to the criminal complaint.
What we know about Mohamed Noor

What we know about Mohamed Noor

After changing careers to join the Minneapolis Police Department in 2015, Mohamed Noor was lauded by the mayor and his fellow Somalis as a welcome…
X Games to mangle Minneapolis court schedule, as Super Bowl will

X Games to mangle Minneapolis court schedule, as Super Bowl will

The reduced scheduling will be a test run for when the Super Bowl comes to town.
Dayton reiterates support for cops after call to name training fund for Castile

Dayton reiterates support for cops after call to name training fund for Castile

The governor said he didn't expect backlash for naming training fund after Philando Castile.
Documents: Man killed by Burnsville police aimed gun at officers

Documents: Man killed by Burnsville police aimed gun at officers

Documents and video shed new details on Jamie J. Lewis' death last year.

Growing number of Minnesota attorneys face discipline

More than 1,200 complaints were filed with the state's lawyer professional responsibility board in 2016.
Number of female chief judges for district courts in Minnesota reaches historic levels

Number of female chief judges for district courts in Minnesota reaches historic levels

For the first time in Minnesota history, half the state’s 10 judicial districts are headed by women judges, the latest example of the state beating…
Teen at center of police violence protest charged with assaulting Mpls. cop

Teen at center of police violence protest charged with assaulting Mpls. cop

19-year-old with autism injured by officer in 2015 now faces assault charges.
Three brothers sentenced in Twin Cities-based multimillion dollar cellphone crime ring

Three brothers sentenced in Twin Cities-based multimillion dollar cellphone crime ring

Three brothers who were high-level members of a multimillion dollar cellphone crime ring received lengthy federal prison sentences Friday. Kanan Mustafa, 40; Jamal Mustafa, 45;…
2-year-old girl, two others are shot in St. Paul's North End

2-year-old girl, two others are shot in St. Paul's North End

Two victims were being treated early Monday for non-critical injuries and one suffered life-threatening injuries, police said.
Ramsey County attorney asks public to accept 'disappointing' verdict

Ramsey County attorney asks public to accept 'disappointing' verdict

"We gave it our best shot, we really did," a solemn John Choi said.
Two holdouts on Yanez jury switched on Friday, juror says

Two holdouts on Yanez jury switched on Friday, juror says

Ultimately, juror Dennis Ploussard said, the prosecution didn't prove its case.
Jurors in Yanez trial reconvene Tuesday morning

Jurors in Yanez trial reconvene Tuesday morning

In closing arguments, a prosecutor painted Officer Jeronimo Yanez as someone whose testimony wasn't credible, arguing that Philando Castile "never reached for his gun, let alone put his hand on it."
Opioid surge puts first responders at risk in Minn.

Opioid surge puts first responders at risk in Minn.

As Minnesota cases climb, DEA releases safety guide on dangers of exposure to fentanyl, other synthetics.
After Saturday's heat, severe storms, cooler weather on the way

After Saturday's heat, severe storms, cooler weather on the way

Cool-down expected after a heat index of 100-plus.
Jeronimo Yanez takes stand: 'I thought I was going to die'

Jeronimo Yanez takes stand: 'I thought I was going to die'

The officer took the stand to defend his shooting of Philando Castile in a traffic stop. "I had no other choice. I was forced to engage Mr. Castile. He was not complying with my directions," Yanez said.
Four people charged in rape of women near Raspberry Island in St. Paul

Four people charged in rape of women near Raspberry Island in St. Paul

Four friends were robbed at gunpoint before the women were assaulted.
Legislator intervenes as woman is getting beaten on St. Paul sidewalk

Legislator intervenes as woman is getting beaten on St. Paul sidewalk

Rep. John Lesch, 44, who represents St. Paul and serves in the National Guard, is running for attorney general.
Barbara Lee gives back to Hennepin County foster care system

Barbara Lee gives back to Hennepin County foster care system

In a rare move, Barbara Lee is willing a portion of her estate to Hennepin County.
Man who helped Mpls. police uncover arsenal seeks protection

Man who helped Mpls. police uncover arsenal seeks protection

Judge issued emergency restraining order against man charged with having cache in his car.
Former Chanhassen principal pleads guilty to child pornography charges

Former Chanhassen principal pleads guilty to child pornography charges

Timothy Dorway will receive a five-year sentence for his plea.
Charges: Man killed parents in Eden Prairie with screwdriver

Charges: Man killed parents in Eden Prairie with screwdriver

The 38-year-old had recently been released from a civil commitment for mental health issues.

Minneapolis police will boost patrols over Memorial Day weekend

The goal is to find drunken drivers and add officers in trouble-prone areas of the city.
Man arrested in slaying of mother, father in Eden Prairie home

Man arrested in slaying of mother, father in Eden Prairie home

They hadn't seen him for weeks and were fearful of his past violent behavior.

Stearns County files in Jacob Wetterling case to be released June 5

More than 37,000 pages of investigative reports will be made public.
Judge officially rules 6 people as heirs to Prince's fortune

Judge officially rules 6 people as heirs to Prince's fortune

More than a year after Prince's death, a Carver County judge has officially determined that the musician's sister and five half-siblings are heirs to his massive fortune. Prince left no will.
5 more carfentanil-related ODs confirmed by Hennepin County medical examiner

5 more carfentanil-related ODs confirmed by Hennepin County medical examiner

Authorities continue to investigate the source of the deadly drug.
Consecutive life sentences upheld for then-teen shooter in 2010 Seward Market slayings

Consecutive life sentences upheld for then-teen shooter in 2010 Seward Market slayings

Mahdi Ali, then 16, killed three men during robbery of Minneapolis store.
The Rev. Mark Thamert, a St. John's University institution

The Rev. Mark Thamert, a St. John's University institution

Thamert died April 29 in the retirement center at St. John's Abbey. His cancer was diagnosed in 2014, and he offered up his illness as a final lesson plan.
Former nonprofit CEO Bill Davis sentenced to 4 years in prison

Former nonprofit CEO Bill Davis sentenced to 4 years in prison

Former Minneapolis nonprofit CEO Bill Davis was sentenced Friday to 4 years in federal prison for misspending more than $800,000 on hotels, meals, a car and a trip with his fiancée — money intended to help low-income people.
Sex tourism case yields unprecedented nearly $1M judgment for woman

Sex tourism case yields unprecedented nearly $1M judgment for woman

Panyia Vang's award from federal jurors in Minneapolis came after a three-day trial.
Battle over Prince estate plays on

Battle over Prince estate plays on

Judge may make formal decision on the musician's heirs, though some object.

Carver County man dies in ATV accident

Kevin L. Jorgensen, of Camden Township, had been riding on an ATV track built on his property when he lost control and flipped the vehicle about 7 p.m. Monday.
Hennepin County Sheriff's Office boosts info-sharing with businesses

Hennepin County Sheriff's Office boosts info-sharing with businesses

It's the 10th agency nationwide to launch own Shield program.
Lighted-up Lowry Avenue Bridge often shines a personal message

Lighted-up Lowry Avenue Bridge often shines a personal message

Since the reopening in 2012, more than 100 groups have been honored with unique colors.
Attorneys for officer in Castile shooting ask Minn. high court to move trial

Attorneys for officer in Castile shooting ask Minn. high court to move trial

Jeronimo Yanez's lawyers argue that statements by Ramsey County Attorney John Choi and Gov. Mark Dayton require the change.
Minnesota law enforcement chasing new, deadly opioid

Minnesota law enforcement chasing new, deadly opioid

Carfentanil, a white powder that looks similar to other opioids, can't be diluted enough to make it safe for humans, said Ken Solek, the DEA's assistant special agent in charge in Minnesota. Little medical research exists on the drug, but Solek described it as "fentanyl on steroids" — and 10,000 times more potent than morphine.
Mpls. mayor had 90 minutes' notice on 4th Precinct pick

Mpls. mayor had 90 minutes' notice on 4th Precinct pick

In the latest sign of the leaders' tense relationship, Hodges is said to have told Harteau to undo the appointment of John Delmonico, or Hodges would undo it herself. Harteau left the task to the mayor.
Minnesota AG, DEA urge participation in prescription drug take back day

Minnesota AG, DEA urge participation in prescription drug take back day

More than 100 locations will be available for pill drops in state Saturday
Prince got Rx for oxycodone under friend's name, warrants show

Prince got Rx for oxycodone under friend's name, warrants show

Court documents unsealed Monday do not reveal the source of fentanyl, the drug that killed the star musician.
Carver County plans to unseal search warrants into Prince's death

Carver County plans to unseal search warrants into Prince's death

State and federal investigation is ongoing a year after his death from an accidental drug overdose.
ICE suspends report of uncooperative police agencies, Stanek says

ICE suspends report of uncooperative police agencies, Stanek says

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is suspending its weekly list of law enforcement agencies they say do not cooperate with requests to detain undocumented immigrants "due to a pattern of significant errors," according to Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek.
Hennepin County team tracks down answers to what causes fires

Hennepin County team tracks down answers to what causes fires

Dedicated firefighter leads 19-member investigative team in Hennepin County.
Prince divorce attorney seeking $600,000 unpaid bill

Prince divorce attorney seeking $600,000 unpaid bill

Divorce attorney's $600,000 claim was rejected once, but he wants to challenge the decision.
Defense argues to move trial for officer who shot Philando Castile

Defense argues to move trial for officer who shot Philando Castile

It's unclear whether Ramsey County District Court Judge William H. Leary III will issue decisions on Tuesday or at a later date on several motions filed by the defense and counter-motions filed by the prosecution.
Heroin tainted with elephant tranquilizer tied to 5 Minn. deaths

Heroin tainted with elephant tranquilizer tied to 5 Minn. deaths

Five people have died in Minnesota from overdoses of heroin laced with carfentanil, a drug from China that is federally approved to immobilize large animals such as elephants for surgery.
Minnesota wineries fight state law requiring homegrown grapes

Minnesota wineries fight state law requiring homegrown grapes

Alexis Bailly in Hastings, the state's first vineyard, and Next Chapter Winery in New Prague claim the ban protects the state's grape industry from competition.
Warrant: Jim Surdyk hung up on state official during illegal sales

Warrant: Jim Surdyk hung up on state official during illegal sales

Selling liquor on Sunday ended up costing the store a one-month suspension and a $2,000 fine.
Hennepin County sheriff disputes inclusion on ICE inmate noncompliance list

Hennepin County sheriff disputes inclusion on ICE inmate noncompliance list

Hennepin County wrongly included as not complying with law, Rich Stanek says.
Hennepin County adds staff in effort to fight human trafficking

Hennepin County adds staff in effort to fight human trafficking

Hennepin County Board, sheriff's office negotiate a new plan of attack.
Slices of Excelsior history up for sale after city replaces meters, street signs

Slices of Excelsior history up for sale after city replaces meters, street signs

Hundreds of parking meters and street signs from decades ago have been put up for sale.
Plagued by violence, Stargate Nightclub in Maplewood closed permanently

Plagued by violence, Stargate Nightclub in Maplewood closed permanently

The Stargate Nightclub in Maplewood closed permanently this week following a shooting that injured five people last month. The City Council already voted unanimously to…
Anoka County piloting innovative treatment of jail inmates on heroin

Anoka County piloting innovative treatment of jail inmates on heroin

Addicted inmates will be offered a prescription drug that lessens their cravings in hopes of focusing on their recovery once they're released.
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