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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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30,000 opioid deactivation pouches being distributed in state

30,000 opioid deactivation pouches being distributed in state

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.
Prince was under Minn. doctor's care over withdrawal symptoms

Prince was under Minn. doctor's care over withdrawal symptoms

The local physician, who has not been publicly identified, saw the singer in the month before his death.
Prince died amid frantic plans for drug addiction treatment

Prince died amid frantic plans for drug addiction treatment

Singer's representatives had called Dr. Howard Kornfeld, a national expert, over a "grave medical emergency." A meeting was planned for what turned out to be the day after star died.
Investigation into Prince's death now is a criminal probe

Investigation into Prince's death now is a criminal probe

The Carver County Sheriff's Office cited an exception to Minnesota public records laws allowing the suppression of information relating to preparing a case "for the commission of a crime."
Rare contest underway for post of Hennepin County chief judge

Rare contest underway for post of Hennepin County chief judge

For the first time in more than a decade, the person in line for the position is facing a challenge from a colleague.
NAACP calling for new probe into Jamar Clark shooting

NAACP calling for new probe into Jamar Clark shooting

The group demands a special prosecutor, as the woman who was with Clark tried to clear up discrepancies about that night, saying he never hurt her.
Freeman gives emphatic defense of decision not to charge officers

Freeman gives emphatic defense of decision not to charge officers

But prosecutor raises question of why 2 cops lacked Tasers
Clark's father says his son was in no way 'ready to die'

Clark's father says his son was in no way 'ready to die'

After peaceful rally, protesters take to skyways; another group later gathers at north Minneapolis memorial.
Deadly force found to be justified in 61-second clash with Clark

Deadly force found to be justified in 61-second clash with Clark

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said evidence confirms officers' account that Clark grabbed one officer's gun and was not handcuffed when he was shot. Activists said some witness accounts were discounted.

Man shot by Edina police found guilty of illegally owning BB gun

A man shot by Edina police in August was convicted of illegally owning a gun. Colin Peter Reinsmoen, 36, was found guilty Monday after four…

Guilty plea in shooting death of 19-year-old near north Minneapolis church

A Minneapolis man pleaded guilty Tuesday in the Oct. 14 shooting death of a 19-year-old near a north Minneapolis church. Jontrel M. Bolden, 21, pleaded…
Views are mixed on grand juries' role in police shooting cases

Views are mixed on grand juries' role in police shooting cases

Jamar Clark's death in Minneapolis has spurred fresh debate from legal community and activists.
Hennepin Co. to stop using grand juries in police shooting cases

Hennepin Co. to stop using grand juries in police shooting cases

The Hennepin County Attorney's office will investigate and decide whether to file charges in such cases. The new policy applies to the Jamar Clark case.
'Ruthless' mastermind confesses in St. Paul to murders, drug deals

'Ruthless' mastermind confesses in St. Paul to murders, drug deals

The secret government witness has been linked to the global trade in drugs, guns and assassinations. He was expected in federal court in St. Paul on Wednesday to testify against several alleged underlings.
U investigating sex-video post on basketball player's social media account

U investigating sex-video post on basketball player's social media account

Video of a sex act appeared on the social media sites of Gophers freshman guard Kevin Dorsey on Friday night. He was one of three players suspended for Sunday's game at Illinois.
BCA denies violating legal access to Jamar Clark video

BCA denies violating legal access to Jamar Clark video

ACLU and NAACP lawsuit claims that public has a right to view the evidence.

Hennepin County workhouse in lockdown after flu-like illness spreads through facility

"It appears to be a 24-hour bug," administrator said.
Obituary: Henry Fisher was a top Bloomington hotelier with an interest in big bands

Obituary: Henry Fisher was a top Bloomington hotelier with an interest in big bands

In Henry Fisher’s mind, what better way to promote his new Registry Hotel on the famed Bloomington Interstate 494 strip than send snow to Texas?…

Court upholds state's largest jury verdict for cows hurt by stray voltage

Judgment is largest in Minnesota in cases pitting dairy farmers, utilities.

Minn. Supreme Court ruling may be costly for snowbirds

The 4-3 opinion, in the case of a Minnetonka couple, sharply defined what the justices described as an ambiguous law that determines when a person is considered to be a resident in Minnesota.

Woman convicted of stabbing death at downtown Minneapolis transit station

A woman was found guilty Wednesday in the stabbing death of another woman at a downtown Minneapolis transit station in June. Ivory Andis, 21, was…
Man Tasered in skyway settles police excessive force lawsuit

Man Tasered in skyway settles police excessive force lawsuit

Chris Lollie posted video of the arrest in St. Paul online, drawing national attention.
Jamar Clark shooting inquiry now in county attorney's hands

Jamar Clark shooting inquiry now in county attorney's hands

The officers, Dustin Schwarze and Mark Ringgenberg, have returned to work, said department spokesman Scott Seroka. They had been on paid adminstrative leave since the shooting.
ACLU, NAACP lawsuit calls for release of Clark shooting video

ACLU, NAACP lawsuit calls for release of Clark shooting video

State agencies are being sued. Activists have been demanding release of the video

U.S. Supreme Court gives juveniles serving life without parole a chance

Supreme Court ruling will mean reviews of 8 murder sentences in Minnesota.

Tax preparer behind Hennepin County's largest tax fraud case is going to prison

Rona Griffin cost the state more than $1.6 million in tax revenue between 2009 and 2013.
Group of young strangers bring comfort to mother of beaten baby

Group of young strangers bring comfort to mother of beaten baby

High school students reach out to mom of badly beaten 22-month-old girl
Last defendant in stabbing death of Anarae Schunk takes plea deal

Last defendant in stabbing death of Anarae Schunk takes plea deal

Family agreed on plea agreement because they didn't want the trauma of a trial
Minneapolis father charged with severely beating his baby daughter

Minneapolis father charged with severely beating his baby daughter

If convicted, county attorney says he'll seek enhanced penalty.
Defendant in shooting of Black Lives Matter protesters claims he's a victim

Defendant in shooting of Black Lives Matter protesters claims he's a victim

The attorney for Nathan Gustavsson said his client won't get a fair trial in Hennepin County, so he is seeking a change of venue.
Seward Market killer 1st in MN to reverse sentence of life without parole

Seward Market killer 1st in MN to reverse sentence of life without parole

Mahdi Ali gets mandatory no-parole term reduced after U.S. high court ruling about juveniles.

After 40 years, Hennepin County jury assembly room leaves the basement

Area relocating to Government Center's 24th floor from basement.
Minneapolis NAACP objects to the restraint of 14-year-old girl at MOA

Minneapolis NAACP objects to the restraint of 14-year-old girl at MOA

The group is asking the mall to apologize and fire the security guards involved.
Current DJ Mary Lucia's stalker gets probation, restraining order

Current DJ Mary Lucia's stalker gets probation, restraining order

He has already served jail time, will pay restitution.
BLM protest at MOA, airport mostly peaceful; 13 arrested

BLM protest at MOA, airport mostly peaceful; 13 arrested

After filling the mall rotunda and getting warned about arrests, demonstrators moved the protest to nearby light-rail trains, taking the Blue Line to the Humphrey Terminal.
Ruling doesn't stop Black Lives Matter plans to protest at mall

Ruling doesn't stop Black Lives Matter plans to protest at mall

But judge sides with Mall of America in barring three activists from Wednesday's demonstration.
Judge will decide if MOA can stop planned Black Lives protest

Judge will decide if MOA can stop planned Black Lives protest

Judge weighs mall's restraining order; Black Lives Matter sees it as attack on free speech.
Lake Minnetonka millionaire who collected welfare has new charges

Lake Minnetonka millionaire who collected welfare has new charges

Minnetonka millionaire who collected welfare faces fraud indictment.
4 charged in violent Twin Cities crime spree that left two dead

4 charged in violent Twin Cities crime spree that left two dead

In a violent rampage that apparently targeted Latinos in the Twin Cities, the group killed two people, robbed a third and terrified a family in their home, officials said.
Lakeville man accused of shooting protesters near Fourth Precinct station faces more serious charge

Lakeville man accused of shooting protesters near Fourth Precinct station faces more serious charge

A new charge of first-degree assault was presented Tuesday morning at a bail hearing for Allen Scarsella, 23, of Lakeville.
U.S. Supreme Court to review Minn. DWI test refusal law

U.S. Supreme Court to review Minn. DWI test refusal law

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Friday to review Minnesota's unique implied-consent law, which makes it a crime for a suspected drunken driver to refuse a warrantless breath test.
Use of lifesaving drug for heroin overdoses continues to grow in Twin Cities

Use of lifesaving drug for heroin overdoses continues to grow in Twin Cities

National Sheriffs' Association announces pilot program to train more front-line officers.
Jamar Clark arrested by Mpls. police in July after chase

Jamar Clark arrested by Mpls. police in July after chase

An officer punched Clark in the face after he refused to be handcuffed in a July arrest stemming from a chase in a stolen car, according to documents.
Men accused of shooting protesters appear in court as demonstrations go on

Men accused of shooting protesters appear in court as demonstrations go on

Pastors lined up at City Hall and crowds gathered outside Government Center as four suspects have bail hearing.
Suspects in protest shootings charged with assault, riot crimes

Suspects in protest shootings charged with assault, riot crimes

Four men accused of felony assault in shootings near protesters' encampment.
New Hope police chief reveals new details of terrifying night at City Hall

New Hope police chief reveals new details of terrifying night at City Hall

Shooting that injured two officers at January awards ceremony left area around City Council chambers looking like a war zone, Chief Tim Fournier said.
Mankato officer led Mpls. police to protest shooting suspect

Mankato officer led Mpls. police to protest shooting suspect

The new information, detailed in a search warrant application, came as officials got an extension until Monday to file charges in the case.
3 men in custody, 1 released in 4th Precinct protest shooting

3 men in custody, 1 released in 4th Precinct protest shooting

Protesters marched from the 4th Precinct station to downtown Minneapolis Tuesday afternoon. A 23-year-old white man was arrested in Bloomington at 11:20 a.m. Later, two more men turned themselves in. A fourth has been released.
Peaceful rally over fatal Mpls. police shooting draws hundreds

Peaceful rally over fatal Mpls. police shooting draws hundreds

An emotional vigil and march culminated a week of protests over the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man during a scuffle with Minneapolis police officers.
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