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David Chanen

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David Chanen covers Hennepin County and appellate courts, and legal and criminal justice issues.
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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.
Yearlong effort takes on human trafficking in Eden Prairie

Yearlong effort takes on human trafficking in Eden Prairie

Three-pronged approach to help victims and go after johns and pimps netted 27 arrests.
Bill Kuross, a tennis and squash star and championship Mpls. high school coach, dies at 87

Bill Kuross, a tennis and squash star and championship Mpls. high school coach, dies at 87

Bill Kuross, a tennis and squash star who helped coach Washburn High School to a city conference championship in football in the 1960s, was known as much for his approachability as for his skills on both field and court.
Trump's presidency has become cash cow for social activists

Trump's presidency has become cash cow for social activists

Trump's election spurred many to give time and money to social causes.
Hennepin County renews push to slow heroin overdoses

Hennepin County renews push to slow heroin overdoses

Hennepin County enlists range of allies to educate public on opioid deaths in a new yearlong initiative.
Man who wheeled dying mother to bank pleads guilty

Man who wheeled dying mother to bank pleads guilty

David Vanzo reported his mother dead hours after wheeling her into a bank.
Prince relatives say tribute concert was seriously mismanaged

Prince relatives say tribute concert was seriously mismanaged

New court filings reveal the extreme complexity involving the handling of the musician's estate.

St. Louis Park attorney indicted on distributing child porn

A St. Louis Park attorney was indicted on charges of distributing child pornography. Ian Laurie, 48, of Maple Grove, used a peer-to-peer program to share…
Gang member charged in grandmother's crossfire slaying in Mpls.

Gang member charged in grandmother's crossfire slaying in Mpls.

The 20-year-old suspect, Joshua Ezeka, made a brief appearance in court, and a warrant was issued for the driver of the getaway car.

Mpls. officer charged with felony assault for shooting at car

Officer Efrem Hamilton was relieved of duty following the incident.

Appeals court says giving fingerprint to unlock phone doesn't violate rights

Appeals judge says suspects can be com­pelled to give print, as with blood sample.
Prince divorce file shows luxe lifestyle, dispute over videos, jewels, photos

Prince divorce file shows luxe lifestyle, dispute over videos, jewels, photos

The Star Tribune moved to unseal the files after questioning whether they would shed light on why Prince was taking painkillers, any potential heirs, or the value of his estate.
Hennepin County sheriff volunteer special deputies give back and protect community

Hennepin County sheriff volunteer special deputies give back and protect community

The deputies worked more than 23,000 hours last year.
Court holds off determining Prince's legal heirs, picks firm to oversee estate

Court holds off determining Prince's legal heirs, picks firm to oversee estate

Filings in Carver County District Court raised questions of conflicts of interest in the management of the estate.

Disabled Stillwater inmates sue over discriminatory dining accommodations

Four have lost more than 20 lbs. each after officials stopped delivering meals.
Hennepin Co. sheriff: Office's opioid overdose kits are defective

Hennepin Co. sheriff: Office's opioid overdose kits are defective

Instead of spraying a mist of Narcan into the nose, the applicator sends out a straight liquid stream, delaying the effectiveness by several hours.
Freeman won't file charges in alleged Gophers sex assault

Freeman won't file charges in alleged Gophers sex assault

A review of the case didn't uncover any significant new evidence, said County Attorney Mike Freeman.

Minn. commission votes down drug-sentencing change

The Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines Commission voted down a proposal Friday that would have changed how new drug sentences are determined. In August, new landmark drug…
Fresh from jail, man allegedly steals idling car in Mpls. full of kids

Fresh from jail, man allegedly steals idling car in Mpls. full of kids

Samuel McFarlane was released from jail just hours before he stole the vehicle on Christmas Eve, charges say.

Minn. teacher, husband found dead had sexually abused 10, case file shows

Facing criminal charges, the couple ended their lives on a beach in Washington state

Ramsey, Hennepin counties differ in sex-trafficking penalties

Ramsey has dealt out harsher sentences than Hennepin since 2011 Safe Harbor law.

Landmark state drug law changes come under late debate before sentencing commission

Advocates say new, lesser sentences should apply to those already doing time.
Hennepin County warrant sweeps capture several on most wanted list

Hennepin County warrant sweeps capture several on most wanted list

They are semiannual and costly to organize but cleared thousands of cases last year.

Grand jury concludes Eagan police officer justified in deadly shooting

Suspect ignored, fired shot at officers responding to a call.
Patients sue St. Cloud cancer center, alleging negligent radiation therapy

Patients sue St. Cloud cancer center, alleging negligent radiation therapy

At least a dozen people suffered injuries because of error-filled radiation plans.
After probe into investigation tampering, Inver Grove Heights police chief to resign

After probe into investigation tampering, Inver Grove Heights police chief to resign

Larry Stanger had been accused of tampering with an investigation.
Man charged with first-degree murder in killing at Burnsville Dollar Tree

Man charged with first-degree murder in killing at Burnsville Dollar Tree

Grant D. Hendrickson, 27, of Rosemount, killed Donald Hortsch and attempted to kill a 27-year-old man who was left paralyzed on Nov. 7.
Murder charges: Repeat felon burglarized 95-year-old Anoka man's home

Murder charges: Repeat felon burglarized 95-year-old Anoka man's home

The victim lived on his own; the suspect took only a clock and pocket watch.

Woodbury police seek input ahead of body camera launch

Woodbury police are preparing to launch its body camera pilot project and seeking public input. Over the next 45 days, the city will hold a…
Parents taking a last chance to find son missing for 26 years

Parents taking a last chance to find son missing for 26 years

After 26 years, police rekindle the search for Christopher Kerze, and ask for hunters' help Up North.

3 from Fla. charged in credit-card skimming at Mpls. gas station

A leading state official calls credit card skimming an emerging problem in Minnesota.
Minnesota judge lifts coverage ban for transgender surgeries

Minnesota judge lifts coverage ban for transgender surgeries

Ramsey County Judge William Leary rejected the state's claim that the coverage ban for those on medical assistance was because of budgetary constraints.
Group honored for fighting crime on Lake St. in Minneapolis

Group honored for fighting crime on Lake St. in Minneapolis

Phillips neighborhood residents and businesses use court watch to give judges impact statements before sentencings.
Man arrested in Dollar Tree shooting has violent criminal past

Man arrested in Dollar Tree shooting has violent criminal past

Motive still unclear in Monday's fatal shooting of 69-year-old man from Rosemount at a Dollar Tree store.
One dead in shooting at Burnsville Dollar Tree; suspect arrested

One dead in shooting at Burnsville Dollar Tree; suspect arrested

Police dispatch audio said one shot in the head, the other in the torso.

Minnesota jail inmates with disabilities face barriers with no regulations

Deaf inmates' lawsuit prompts other jurisdictions to take a closer look at protocols.
Politics played no role in deputies sent to North Dakota pipeline protest, sheriffs say

Politics played no role in deputies sent to North Dakota pipeline protest, sheriffs say

Three metro counties sent 40 deputies for a week to assist in public safety.
Minneapolis officers cleared in shooting of Jamar Clark

Minneapolis officers cleared in shooting of Jamar Clark

The Minneapolis police officers involved in the November 2015 fatal shooting of Jamar Clark did not violate department policies and will not face discipline, according to Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau.
Settlement will change how deaf are treated at four county jails

Settlement will change how deaf are treated at four county jails

Advocates hope the new policy will be instituted statewide.

Minnesota finally gets special funding to fight drugs

Metro counties team up with Wisconsin to curb the flow of opioids.
Hennepin County issuing debit cards for inmates' cash

Hennepin County issuing debit cards for inmates' cash

The new system will both cut costs and make life easier for those being released.
Charges against Backpage.com CEO could put dent in local human trafficking

Charges against Backpage.com CEO could put dent in local human trafficking

Some in law enforcement in Twin Cities hope charges against CEO will curb trafficking.
Man, two teens dead after south Minneapolis domestic shooting

Man, two teens dead after south Minneapolis domestic shooting

Police say that a man and a boy and girl in their early teens were shot and killed early this morning in south Minneapolis' Wenonah neighborhood, and that an adult female was wounded.
Castile shooting goes to Ramsey County for charging consideration

Castile shooting goes to Ramsey County for charging consideration

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has turned over its investigation of the officer-involved fatal shooting of Philando Castile to the Ramsey County attorney's office for charging consideration.
30,000 opioid deactivation pouches being distributed in Minn.

30,000 opioid deactivation pouches being distributed in Minn.

30,000 drug deactivation pouches being distributed for in-house disposal of prescription opioids.
Off-duty officer kills man who stabbed 8 at mall in St. Cloud

Off-duty officer kills man who stabbed 8 at mall in St. Cloud

St. Cloud police chief William Blair Anderson said an off-duty officer from another jurisdiction confronted and killed the suspect. He said the suspect — who was dressed in a private security uniform — reportedly asked at least one victim whether they were Muslim before assaulting them, and referred to Allah during the attacks.
Covanta sues Hennepin County over downtown Minneapolis garbage burner

Covanta sues Hennepin County over downtown Minneapolis garbage burner

At stake is a $25.5M contract with facility's current operator.

Grand jury will review Minneapolis officer-involved shooting

Victim fought police after attacking man in building.

Driver fleeing Mpls. police fatally runs over girl, 16, attempts carjacking

A 16-year-old girl was fatally run over by a man fleeing Minneapolis police in an SUV well after dark, authorities said Saturday. Police officers saw…
Jacob Wetterling's remains found on a farm

Jacob Wetterling's remains found on a farm

Danny Heinrich, a suspect in Jacob's disappearance 27 years ago, provided authorities with information about the location.

Two 17-year-old girls die in crash on service road at Renaissance Festival

Two teenagers died in a car accident Saturday on a service road at the Renaissance Festival in Shakopee. The girls were driving on the gravel…

Teacher, husband dead in murder-suicide accused of sex crimes

Young victims were children of the couple's friends

Brooklyn Park teen charged with seriously injuring two during Nerf wars game

A high school student was charged Wednesday with causing serious injury to two innocent bystanders last May during an organized game of Nerf wars in…
St. Anthony officers who made traffic stop are longtime friends, former classmates

St. Anthony officers who made traffic stop are longtime friends, former classmates

Jeronimo Yanez and Joseph Kauser graduated together in 2010. Two years later, both wore the gun and badge for the St. Anthony Police Department — their first job in law enforcement.
Jesse Jackson visits Twin Cities as Castile shooting continues to reverberate

Jesse Jackson visits Twin Cities as Castile shooting continues to reverberate

The county attorney said practices need to be improved to avoid future tragedies.
Officers involved in shooting were 4-year members of department

Officers involved in shooting were 4-year members of department

On Thursday evening, two law enforcement officials stood watch at the quiet home of a St. Anthony police officer, less than 24 hours after Philando…
'Go back and rot!' Outburst marks tensions at hearing over Jamar Clark protest shooting

'Go back and rot!' Outburst marks tensions at hearing over Jamar Clark protest shooting

Judge admonished several people for their actions during the tense proceedings.

Minnesota sees spike in violent crimes

More sexual assaults, murders pushed the uptick, which came on heels of an unusual 2014.
At annual convention, Hennepin County a model for how jailed mentally ill are treated

At annual convention, Hennepin County a model for how jailed mentally ill are treated

The humane treatment of mentally ill inmates is highlighted at conference.
Murder suspect featured in 'First 48' acquitted of all crimes

Murder suspect featured in 'First 48' acquitted of all crimes

"The First 48" refused to give up behind-the-scenes footage.

Ex-student pleads guilty to assaulting Minneapolis school principal

The school leader suffered a concussion and head trauma from the attack.

Minnesota Appeals Court finds sexting law unconstitutional

The state law was created to prevent sexual predators from grooming victims. But the court found it too broad with the potential to chill speech protected by the First Amendment.
Man who shot five at Jamar Clark protest claims self-defense

Man who shot five at Jamar Clark protest claims self-defense

New court documents also ask for bail reduction and release conditions.
Hennepin County Sheriff's Office acknowledges using facial recognition software

Hennepin County Sheriff's Office acknowledges using facial recognition software

A crime-fighting tool until now kept under wraps by the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office is drawing both praise as a critical asset in the hunt for bad guys, but also concern in an era of growing surveillance.

Man faces life in prison for Minneapolis kidnapping, rape

Victim was robbed of bank card, taken to ATM and then assaulted in Riverside Park.
Prince accidentally overdosed on fentanyl, medical examiner says

Prince accidentally overdosed on fentanyl, medical examiner says

The 57-year-old musician died from the self-administered overdose of fentanyl, the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office said.
FBI to reveal results of civil rights investigation into Jamar Clark's death

FBI to reveal results of civil rights investigation into Jamar Clark's death

Authorities looked into whether Minneapolis police officers violated Clark's civil rights, and will release their report Wednesday.
Robinson's Gophers wrestling coaching career could be in jeopardy

Robinson's Gophers wrestling coaching career could be in jeopardy

J Robinson, the longtime, title-winning Gophers wrestling coach, is under investigation in a drug case involving members of his team.
Prince likely was dead for hours as picture of last days emerges

Prince likely was dead for hours as picture of last days emerges

Among the new details, the singer was given an IV treatment at a local hospital the day before he died, a source with knowledge of the investigation said.
Two possible heirs file claim over Prince's $100M estate

Two possible heirs file claim over Prince's $100M estate

Two more purported heirs of the late megastar Prince filed a motion in Carver County District Court on Wednesday to intervene in his $100 million-dollar-plus estate.
Source: Percocet was found in Prince's system

Source: Percocet was found in Prince's system

It's unclear if the opioid painkiller contributed to his death. Also Wednesday, the DEA and U.S. attorney joined the death investigation.
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