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David Chanen

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Former Minneapolis man pleads guilty to killing male prostitute in 1993

A 60-year-old former Minneapolis man now serving time in federal prison pleaded guilty Tuesday in Hennepin County District Court to a murder that had been…
Minnesota State Patrol honors selfless troopers and citizens

Minnesota State Patrol honors selfless troopers and citizens

Three days out of rookie academy, Minnesota State Trooper Shaun Leshovsky was sitting in his training officer’s squad car on an Interstate 94 ramp in…
Nov. 28, 2013: Ramsey youth program volunteer accused of abusing boys

Nov. 28, 2013: Ramsey youth program volunteer accused of abusing boys

Authorities cite hundreds of incidents over two decades.
Local and national groups help in search for Crystal 10-year-old

Local and national groups help in search for Crystal 10-year-old

More than two weeks into Barway Collins’ disappearance, they remain optimistic he will be found safe.

McLeod County man will get retrial in his murder case

Court says the defendant should have been able to dispute domestic abuse accusations.
Maple Grove council member won't fight more serious sentence

Maple Grove council member won't fight more serious sentence

Maple Grove City Council Member LeAnn Sargent won’t appeal a higher sentence she received for exploiting her dying father. Last month, the Minnesota Court of…

Minnesota judges, jurors may see significant compensation boost

Dayton’s budget seeks higher jury per-diems, significant raises for jurists and court employees.
Hennepin County Judge Philip Bush, juvenile court reformer and technology advocate, retires

Hennepin County Judge Philip Bush, juvenile court reformer and technology advocate, retires

Over a 25-year career, Hennepin County Judge Philip Bush worked to reform the juvenile justice system and to upgrade court technology.

Minnetonka teenager charged with shooting father in face

A teenager was charged Thursday by the Hennepin County attorney’s office with shooting his father in the face at their Minnetonka home, severely wounding him.…

Partner in Twin Cities luxury home company sentenced for role in swindle

Carter Siverson was a partner in luxury firm.

Minnesota's drug courts lower recidivism and jail costs, study says

Both those facing charges and taxpayers benefiting.
Cook County wants Legislature to foot bill for special prosecutor in sex-crime case

Cook County wants Legislature to foot bill for special prosecutor in sex-crime case

A sex case against the county attorney required costly outside counsel, and funds are short.

1996 Minneapolis rape case is solved with new DNA technology

A cold-hit DNA rape case from 1996 ended with a guilty plea Thursday. Keith Q. Haynes, 38, of Minneapolis, pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal sexual…

Minnesota Supreme Court uses grammar lesson for final word in hunting case

An Avon man had been fighting a 2011 citation for “taking” a deer without a license.
Maple Grove council member likely to lose seat after appeals court says sentencing was too lenient

Maple Grove council member likely to lose seat after appeals court says sentencing was too lenient

Maple Grove council member likely to be sentenced for felony.
Minn. court ruling means police don't need warrant for blood alcohol test

Minn. court ruling means police don't need warrant for blood alcohol test

Despite national case law limiting police in obtaining a blood-alcohol sample without a warrant, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that doing so doesn’t violate the Constitution.

Edina lawyer suspended for professional misconduct

An Edina attorney has been suspended indefinitely by the Minnesota Supreme Court for professional misconduct. Patrick J. Nolan III, 61, was convicted of a felony…
Hennepin County enacts ban on electronic cigarettes

Hennepin County enacts ban on electronic cigarettes

The county “vaping” ban, in effect March 10, includes more spaces than state law.

Two dead after car hits tree in northeast Minneapolis

Two people are dead after their car hit a tree in northeast Minneapolis early Saturday. Police responded to a crash at 2:22 a.m. near the…

Trooper hits wall on way to crashes at Lowry Tunnel

A State Patrol trooper suffered minor injuries after he crashed responding to accidents Saturday morning at the Lowry Hill Tunnel in Minneapolis. The trooper was…

State looks at health impact of climate change

Report sees worsening health problems with rising heat, unpredictable weather patterns.
Hennepin County's mental health court becomes model approach

Hennepin County's mental health court becomes model approach

Effort takes big-picture look at crimes by the mentally ill.
Mpls. tax preparer charged with defrauding state of at least $1.4M

Mpls. tax preparer charged with defrauding state of at least $1.4M

A Minneapolis woman was charged Thursday with 53 felony counts for filing false income tax statements on behalf of her hundreds of clients and failing to file her own tax returns.
Federal charges filed against man over New Hope shooter's guns

Federal charges filed against man over New Hope shooter's guns

Man is accused of buying gun for Ray Kmetz, who then shot police at City Hall.
New Hope shooter got gun from straw buyer, sheriff says

New Hope shooter got gun from straw buyer, sheriff says

Raymond Kmetz’s guns were sold to an online auction house by Duluth police, Sheriff Rich Stanek said. Eventually they went to a gun shop in Princeton, where the alleged straw buyer picked them up.
Bail set at $1.5M for man shot by police during Blaine home break-in

Bail set at $1.5M for man shot by police during Blaine home break-in

Bail was set at $1.5 million for Lamar Sullivan-Armstrong, who is charged with burglary and assault.
Sheriff: New Hope gunman had firearm illegally

Sheriff: New Hope gunman had firearm illegally

Sheriff Richard Stanek said Raymond Kmetz, 68, had a pistol-grip shotgun with serial numbers obliterated, and should not have had access to any weapon.
New Hope City Hall gunman had history of violent threats

New Hope City Hall gunman had history of violent threats

The 68-year-old man who shot two New Hope police officers outside a City Council meeting Monday had undergone years of court-ordered mental health treatment and been released from the state hospital at St. Peter in 2013.

Champlin man sentenced to 14 years in failed murder-suicide

He stabbed his ex-wife, tried to hang himself.

Off-duty police officers may carry guns at Vikings games, judge rules

Minneapolis’ police union wins ruling in lawsuit against NFL over ban on the practice.

Officials: Eden Prairie woman embezzled $1.3M to help dog, feed shopping addiction

Vice president of a Golden Valley property management company confessed to stealing $1.3 million in one of the largest embezzlement cases ever seen in Hennepin County.
State suspends foster care license of home where girl died

State suspends foster care license of home where girl died

The temporary action was taken as the investigation into Kendrea Johnson’s death continues. Police continue to say it is not being treated as a homicide.
Did 6-year-old Brooklyn Park girl kill herself? Police wonder

Did 6-year-old Brooklyn Park girl kill herself? Police wonder

The manner of Kendrea Johnson's death cannot be determined, Brooklyn Park police said, but records show investigators strongly considered the possibility of suicide.

Should therapist-client privilege have exceptions? Minnesota Supreme Court hears arguments

The state Supreme Court will decide if statements in a therapy session can be used as evidence in a trial.
Accused killer of officer Patrick asks for expedited pretrial hearing

Accused killer of officer Patrick asks for expedited pretrial hearing

Brian Fitch Sr's. health seemed improved since he was nearly incoherent at August hearing

3 Minn. attorneys suspended or disbarred by state Supreme Court

Three Minnesota attorneys were suspended or disbarred for professional misconduct this week by the state Supreme Court. Tedman Heim, 42, of Rochester, was disbarred for…
Man who threatened police during standoff in Fridley charged with assault

Man who threatened police during standoff in Fridley charged with assault

Eugene Boos was wanted for violating probation.
Brooklyn Park man accused of Gambia coup plot is denied release

Brooklyn Park man accused of Gambia coup plot is denied release

A Brooklyn Park man won’t be freed from jail in the case of an attempt to oust Gambian ruler.
'Lord Chisholm' sentenced to nearly two years in prison for welfare fraud

'Lord Chisholm' sentenced to nearly two years in prison for welfare fraud

As expected, Colin Chisholm, who lived the life of a Lake Minnetonka millionaire with his wife while collecting welfare benefits, received nearly two years in prison Monday.

Malpractice lawsuit revived in case of woman given cancer-riddled pancreas

Woman who got cancerous pancreas died from disease.

Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek's son charged with drunken driving

The adult son of Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek has been charged with drunken driving in Maple Grove. Ryan Stanek, 22, was arrested about 3:30…

Hennepin County officials say little about death of girl in Brooklyn Park foster-care home

Alternative housing for the girl had been recommended in September.
Obituary: Retired Judge Bruce Hartigan loved his job

Obituary: Retired Judge Bruce Hartigan loved his job

Before Bruce Hartigan was appointed a Hennepin County judge in 1988, he was considered one of the best criminal defense attorneys of his time and…

Prior Lake attorney suspended for professional misconduct

A Prior Lake attorney has been suspended from practicing for at least two months for professional misconduct. Cameron Tario, 34, failed to competently and diligently…

Burnsville attorney suspended indefinitely for professional misconduct

A Burnsville attorney was suspended this week for professional misconduct. Terry Rueb, 59, failed to deposit fees paid in advance of services to a trust…

Man involved in attempted murder-suicide in Champlin will get at least 13 years in prison

A 37-year-old man involved in a failed murder-suicide in Champlin will spend at least 13 years in prison. Robert Siegfried pleaded guilty Thursday in Hennepin…
Minn. attorneys steered legal action over defective hip devices

Minn. attorneys steered legal action over defective hip devices

Minnesota lawyers were key to crafting the $1.4 billion settlement for U.S. patients harmed by hip implant.
Killer of Brittany Clardy receives 40-year prison sentence

Killer of Brittany Clardy receives 40-year prison sentence

Alberto Palmer, 25, showed no remorse this week as he was sentenced to 40 years in prison. He will serve at least two-thirds of the sentence before serving at least 30 years for killing 24-year-old Klaressa Cook.
Aug. 20: Man pleads guilty to killing two whose bodies were found in impound lots

Aug. 20: Man pleads guilty to killing two whose bodies were found in impound lots

Alberto Palmer will be at least 85 if he ever gets out of prison.
Sept. 22: Man who killed two women, beat three others speaks about crimes for first time

Sept. 22: Man who killed two women, beat three others speaks about crimes for first time

Alberto Palmer, who spoke in Hennepin County District Court, almost certainly will spend the rest of his life in prison.
Man shot by Medina police after machete attack is charged with attempted murder

Man shot by Medina police after machete attack is charged with attempted murder

A suicidal man shot by Medina police last week after he attacked an officer with a machete was charged Tuesday with attempted murder. Donald Kalib…

Man shot and wounded by police in Medina

Medina police shot and wounded a suicidal man who was wielding a knife on Thursday afternoon. Officers responded to a report of a suicidal man…

Server of court papers faces felony charges in northern Minnesota

He’s accused of not notifying people of lawsuits against them.

Drunken driver who killed Brooklyn Center teen pleads guilty

A drunken driver who killed a Brooklyn Center teen pleaded guilty Monday to criminal vehicular homicide. Michael Vanwagner, 24, of Coon Rapids, could receive the…

Man who shot BB gun at pair outside gay bar sentenced to six months

The man who shot at a pair outside a downtown Minneapolis gay bar in September has been sentenced to six months in the Hennepin County…
Man charged with assaulting woman with hammer allegedly didn't like her driving

Man charged with assaulting woman with hammer allegedly didn't like her driving

Justin Cardinal attacked the victim because he was upset with her driving, the complaint says.
Prosecution appeals sentence for ex-Mpls. cop for sex crimes with minors

Prosecution appeals sentence for ex-Mpls. cop for sex crimes with minors

Judge departed from presumptive sentence of 10 years for the officer’s crimes

Minnesota DWI courts reduce recidivism and costs, study finds

Recidivism rates dropped dramatically in almost all courts studied; one judge wants to expand the program statewide.
Millionaire who took welfare benefits will receive 21-month prison sentence

Millionaire who took welfare benefits will receive 21-month prison sentence

Deephaven man agrees to 21-month sentence for living “like a king” on illegal benefits.
MN district courtrooms seeing unprecedented influx of judges

MN district courtrooms seeing unprecedented influx of judges

Gov. Dayton appoints younger, more diverse judges as retirements open posts.
Man who sexually assaulted disabled woman gets life sentence

Man who sexually assaulted disabled woman gets life sentence

A man who sexually assaulted a mentally disabled woman at a rehabilitation center received a life sentence in prison with parole Friday. Corey Gordon, 43,…
State board finds Anoka County judge broke residency rules

State board finds Anoka County judge broke residency rules

A state board has found that Anoka County’s Alan Pendleton failed to live in his district.

Career criminal wanted by 3 Minn. counties allegedly beat woman during Mpls. robbery

Offender Henry Moore is now back in jail, and it’s likely to be years before he’s free again.

Man convicted of back-yard robbery that ended in murder in Minneapolis

A 25-year-old Minneapolis man was convicted this week of first-degree murder in a robbery attempt that terrorized three Minneapolis men who were hanging out in…

Warrantless blood test on driver who went through ice in fatal crash was OK, court says

Drunken driver tested after SUV fell through ice on Lake Minnetonka in 2013, killing his 8-month-old daughter.
Resistant to courtroom cameras, Minnesota takes another look

Resistant to courtroom cameras, Minnesota takes another look

The argument to allow cameras in on criminal cases is revisited.
Demoted police captains sue Minneapolis chief Harteau

Demoted police captains sue Minneapolis chief Harteau

A group of high-ranking Minneapolis police officers is suing Chief Janeé Harteau, claiming she pushed for their retirement after demotions and later reassigned them to inferior positions.
Minnesota Supreme Court criticizes probation sentence in rape case

Minnesota Supreme Court criticizes probation sentence in rape case

The state Supreme Court vacated the sentence of 30 years’ supervised probation given to Jose Arriaga Soto Jr.
Hennepin County sheriff's race is a battle of leadership styles

Hennepin County sheriff's race is a battle of leadership styles

Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek, running for a third term, said he has work to do. Challenger Eddie Frizell says he’d do it better.

2 plead guilty in separate Minneapolis murder cases

One of the defendants was just 17 years old.

Two drunk drivers plead guilty to killing people in Minneapolis incidents

One victim was a budding musician, the other a professionally trained sous chef.
Senser will be freed today after completing work-release portion

Senser will be freed today after completing work-release portion

Less than 2½ years after being sentenced for criminal vehicular homicide in the death of a Minneapolis chef, Amy Senser will be on supervised release — able to go home, but not allowed to drive.
Sept. 11: State ordered to release rapist from Moose Lake

Sept. 11: State ordered to release rapist from Moose Lake

Judge reviewing case rules that the 24-year-old offender doesn’t meet legal criteria for commitment at Moose Lake.

Man charged with sexually assaulting two women in downtown Minneapolis parking ramp

The victims were attacked less three hours apart on Tuesday, police say.
Court lets juvenile fight mandatory life sentence in Seward Market killings

Court lets juvenile fight mandatory life sentence in Seward Market killings

For the first time, the State Supreme Court has agreed to let a juvenile murderer fight his mandatory life sentence without parole on the grounds that it’s unconstitutional.
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