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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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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.
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.
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