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Karen Zamora

Reporter | North Metro
phone: 612-673-4647
Karen Zamora covers courts, county government and public safety in Anoka County. She is a California native who joined the paper in 2014 after interning on the features desk. She graduated with a degree in journalism from Texas State University - San Marcos in the spring of 2014.
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Anoka increases downtown riverfront security

Anoka increases downtown riverfront security

Officers are working overtime to patrol trails and parks as the city looks to add part-time help.
Busy Blaine airport readies 'biggest' project yet for upgrades

Busy Blaine airport readies 'biggest' project yet for upgrades

Amid an improving economy, takeoffs and landings are up, and upgrades are ahead.

Anoka County-Blaine airport will host regional Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association fly-in this weekend

Event is expected to draw hundreds for air show, floatplane rides.
Coon Rapids pushes overpass for busy Hanson Boulevard rail crossing

Coon Rapids pushes overpass for busy Hanson Boulevard rail crossing

State officials toured one of Anoka County’s most dangerous and congested rail crossings last week to decide if a multimillion-dollar construction project is worthy of…

Site by site, Coon Rapids fights city's most blighted homes

A Coon Rapids program buys rundown houses, razes them and sells the lots for rebuilding .

Grand jury: No indictment for Lino Lakes officer who fatally shot driver

An Anoka County grand jury has decided not to indict a Lino Lakes police officer who fatally shot a New Brighton driver in May after…
Minneapolis' Jay Stroebel selected as Brooklyn Park's new city manager

Minneapolis' Jay Stroebel selected as Brooklyn Park's new city manager

Jay Stroebel will start his job overseeing day-to-day operations in the state’s sixth-largest city on Aug. 24.
Pierre Collins' pastor tells of jailhouse confession

Pierre Collins' pastor tells of jailhouse confession

It ‘was never about insurance money,’ he reportedly said.
Pierre Collins gets 40 years after guilty plea in son's death

Pierre Collins gets 40 years after guilty plea in son's death

"I hope he goes to prison for the rest of his life," Pierre Collins' ex-wife told Barway's birth mother Louise Karluah, who traveled from Liberia after his death.
Life edging back to normal for Twin Cities' Liberian immigrants

Life edging back to normal for Twin Cities' Liberian immigrants

Ebola ebbs, marking the end of an emotionally challenging year.

Brooklyn Park pays $2.8 million to settle police brutality lawsuit

A probationary officer illegally used deadly force on a 23-year-old man, then covered up aspects of his role in the shooting, the lawsuit alleged.

School counselor sexually assaulted student, charges say

David J. Henderson has posted bail. His court date has not yet been scheduled.
Blaine takes up proposal for backyard chickens

Blaine takes up proposal for backyard chickens

The city soon could join others in the north metro in allowing backyard chickens.
Disability activists celebrate 25th anniversary of landmark law

Disability activists celebrate 25th anniversary of landmark law

Family day celebrates changes since landmark American with Disabilities Act was passed.

Andover man accused of setting roommate on fire is convicted of murder

Adam Lilienthal will be sentenced Friday morning in the June 2014 killing.
Obituary: Jerry Bailey, Minnetonka landscape architect, war veteran, adventurer

Obituary: Jerry Bailey, Minnetonka landscape architect, war veteran, adventurer

Jerry Bailey found so much joy in life, he wouldn’t let fear get in the way. He zip-lined above North Carolina’s lush canopy near the…
African Immigrant Services help north metro immigrant community become leaders

African Immigrant Services help north metro immigrant community become leaders

African Immigrant Services helps the community work for change on its own behalf.
Lino Lakes begins recruiting firefighters, building new fire station

Lino Lakes begins recruiting firefighters, building new fire station

Construction crews are hard at work building Lino Lakes’ new fire station before the city debuts its own fire division in January.
Volunteers step in to clean up trash dumped at Brooklyn Center ball field

Volunteers step in to clean up trash dumped at Brooklyn Center ball field

Volunteers helped Brooklyn Center Little League team remove trash dumped at its ballpark complex.
Man charged in shooting death outside Coon Rapids bar

Man charged in shooting death outside Coon Rapids bar

A 44-year-old Ramsey man was charged Monday in Anoka County District Court with second-degree murder in last week’s shooting death of a 29-year-old Fridley man…
Pierre Collins' murder trial set for January

Pierre Collins' murder trial set for January

He is charged with killing his 10-year-old son.
Haze covering Twin Cities comes from 100+ Saskatchewan wildfires

Haze covering Twin Cities comes from 100+ Saskatchewan wildfires

Air in the Twin Cities area was considered “unhealthy for sensitive groups,” and fireworks may worsen it.
Obituary: Debbie Sit, investment manager, philanthropist

Obituary: Debbie Sit, investment manager, philanthropist

Debbie Sit was barely out of her teens when friends and family began to notice her quiet leadership style. She was exceptionally bright, and even…
Court ruling gives joyful jolt to Mpls. Pride celebration

Court ruling gives joyful jolt to Mpls. Pride celebration

Thousands — possibly hundreds of thousands — of marchers and observers, lovers and friends and supporters jammed Hennepin Avenue for the biggest Pride parade veterans can remember.
June 15: Beer buyers line up for growlers as first Sunday sales begin

June 15: Beer buyers line up for growlers as first Sunday sales begin

Provisions of new state liquor law kicked in Sunday in Minneapolis and Duluth.
Bloomington organizes its trash collection despite debate

Bloomington organizes its trash collection despite debate

At a recent public hearing before the vote, some Bloomington residents wept as they begged the city to let them choose their own garbage hauler — a plea echoed in other cities.

Ex-St. Francis officer accused of violating data practices law seeks dismissal of case

He was applying for new position in St. Francis.

Motorcyclist leaves hospital, in jail after being shot by Eden Prairie officer

The motorcyclist who was shot by an Eden Prairie police officer early Saturday after a brief chase along Eden Prairie Road has left the hospital…
Barway Collins' father accused of abusing 4 of his other children

Barway Collins' father accused of abusing 4 of his other children

Hennepin County child protection services had found Pierre Collings responsible for mistreating four of his other children, yet Barway remained in his care, records show.
2nd search of cloudy Brooklyn Park pool finds 3-year-old dead at bottom

2nd search of cloudy Brooklyn Park pool finds 3-year-old dead at bottom

Her body was discovered by searchers after a second look at the site.

Free self-help legal center opens in Anoka County courthouse serving 10th Judicial District

The center, the fourth of its kind in the state, serves residents in Anoka and seven other counties.
Ex-Minneapolis cop who lured girls online resentenced in Anoka County District Court

Ex-Minneapolis cop who lured girls online resentenced in Anoka County District Court

Bradley Schnickel's earlier sentence, which was lighter than what state guidelines recommended, was overturned by the state Court of Appeals
Anoka County Sheriff's Office has state's first mobile digital forensics lab

Anoka County Sheriff's Office has state's first mobile digital forensics lab

The lab is a converted ambulance that was donated to Anoka County by Allina Emergency services.

Rep. Keith Ellison to speak at mosque inauguration in Coon Rapids

The inauguration, open to the public, will be held Saturday.
Driver who had meth in her system pleads in crash that killed Cambridge coach

Driver who had meth in her system pleads in crash that killed Cambridge coach

A Princeton woman has pleaded guilty to criminal vehicular homicide in an August 2013 crash in Andover that killed a former Cambridge coach. Authorities say…
Anoka County to use funding to search boats for invasive species this summer

Anoka County to use funding to search boats for invasive species this summer

Seven county workers will conduct the checks throughout the summer.
Pierre Collins' pretrial court date set at packed hearing in Minneapolis

Pierre Collins' pretrial court date set at packed hearing in Minneapolis

Among those in the courtroom were the suspect’s wife, as well as victim Barway’s birth mother.
Stolen Bible led to suspects in beating death

Stolen Bible led to suspects in beating death

After 90-year-old Carver County man was beaten to death, his stolen Bible led police to two suspects.

New Champlin dam to replace 79-year-old structure

The decades-old Elm Creek Dam is coming down. Its replacement could reduce flood plains by 60 acres.
Obituary: Dolores Bulinski ran the Snowbank Lodge in Ely

Obituary: Dolores Bulinski ran the Snowbank Lodge in Ely

  From the time Dolores Bulinski’s ovarian cancer was diagnosed in the 1970s and through the ensuing years of her survival with it — unusual…
Dad's bank account had $6,000 withdrawn before Barway Collins disappeared

Dad's bank account had $6,000 withdrawn before Barway Collins disappeared

Search warrant papers reveal new information about investigation into Barway Collins' death.
Service dog helps Anoka County veteran service officer cope with PTSD

Service dog helps Anoka County veteran service officer cope with PTSD

Fitz the cocker spaniel has a calming effect on those who visit the Anoka County Veteran Services office.
Barway Collins' birth mom thanks Minnesota community

Barway Collins' birth mom thanks Minnesota community

Louise Karluah, who arrived this week from Liberia, thanks community for sympathy.
Barway Collins' mother arrives from Liberia to attend Saturday's funeral

Barway Collins' mother arrives from Liberia to attend Saturday's funeral

The 10-year-old’s funeral, delayed so that she could attend, will be held at the Shiloh Temple in Minneapolis.
Brooklyn Park launches neighborhood app

Brooklyn Park launches neighborhood app

The recently launched application is designed for users to search for detailed information about the city.
Pierre Collins, accused of killing son, is denied permission to see body

Pierre Collins, accused of killing son, is denied permission to see body

Pierre Collins sit in Hennepin County jail on $2 million bond.
Fire destroys Blaine home

Fire destroys Blaine home

No injuries were reported, and the fire did not spread to other homes.
Knife found near Barway Collins' body, search warrant reveals

Knife found near Barway Collins' body, search warrant reveals

Investigators subsequently searched the boy’s father’s apartment and seized more knives, duct tape and other items, the document says.
Charges against Pierre Collins focus on insurance, phone

Charges against Pierre Collins focus on insurance, phone

Bail for Pierre Collins has been set at $2 million, and he is to appear in court Wednesday afternoon. A family spokesman said he continues to say he's innocent in the 10-year-old's death.
Funeral set for Barway Collins; birth mother interviewed by African radio

Funeral set for Barway Collins; birth mother interviewed by African radio

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Shiloh Temple in north Minneapolis.
White roses in hand, community pays respects to Barway Collins

White roses in hand, community pays respects to Barway Collins

A crowd of 300 community members gathered on Sunday in a riverside park near the spot where the 10-year-old was found.
Barway Collins' father had family, financial, fraud woes

Barway Collins' father had family, financial, fraud woes

Well before he was charged last week in the death of his 10-year-old son, Pierre Collins was in a world of trouble.
Pierre Collins, charged in son's death, makes first court appearance

Pierre Collins, charged in son's death, makes first court appearance

Family members were present but declined to talk to journalists.
Barway Collins' father arrested Monday

Barway Collins' father arrested Monday

The father of 10-year-old Barway Collins, whose body was found over the weekend in the Mississippi River in Brooklyn Center, was arrested on suspicion of second-degree homicide and taken from his Crystal apartment building in handcuffs Monday.
Andover $2 million open-space fund is running out

Andover $2 million open-space fund is running out

The city has bought 130 pristine acres since voters OK’d $2 million to preserve natural spaces, but enough remains for only one more acquisition.
Father 'primary suspect' in Barway Collins' homicide

Father 'primary suspect' in Barway Collins' homicide

Missing boy’s identity is confirmed, but the “manner and cause of death” remain under investigation.

Minnetonka tax preparer pleads guilty to ID theft, not filing taxes

John William Zastrow admits stealing clients’ refunds, evading taxes, authorities say.
Obituary: Dan Odegard, champion of indie bookstores, dies at 69

Obituary: Dan Odegard, champion of indie bookstores, dies at 69

Dan Odegard transformed St. Paul’s Grand Avenue with an iconic bookstore and left his imprint on many authors and local book people.He championed words and…
Literary legend dies at age 69 after battling cancer

Literary legend dies at age 69 after battling cancer

Dan Odegard transformed St. Paul’s Grand Avenue with an iconic bookstore and left his imprint on many authors and local book people.He championed words and…
Liberian immigrant community refocuses on missing Crystal boy

Liberian immigrant community refocuses on missing Crystal boy

A pastor addressed suspicions directed at Barway Collins’ father and pleaded for more attention to the boy’s fate.
Bookstore owner Dan Odegard dies at age 69 after battling cancer

Bookstore owner Dan Odegard dies at age 69 after battling cancer

Dan Odegard transformed St. Paul’s Grand Avenue with an iconic bookstore and left his print on many authors and local book people. He championed words…

Johnsville school project in Blaine delayed pending new bid

The initial contract was rescinded over a flaw tied to a new state law. A new contract is to be awarded April 13.
Burnsville man sentenced in Anoka Co. for kidnapping, assaulting girls

Burnsville man sentenced in Anoka Co. for kidnapping, assaulting girls

Casey Lee Chinn pleaded guilty in February to sexually assaulting two 13-year-old girls.
Crystal police say red shoe found isn't related to missing boy

Crystal police say red shoe found isn't related to missing boy

A knife, a red shoe and a red backpack were among the items found Thursday during a citizens’ search of a park along the Mississippi River in the northwest metro for 10-year-old Barway Collins.
Community search for missing Crystal boy set for Thursday

Community search for missing Crystal boy set for Thursday

The search group will meet at the North Mississippi Regional Park.
Protest caravan honoring missing Mexican students visits north Mpls. church

Protest caravan honoring missing Mexican students visits north Mpls. church

Cruz Bautista Salvador is part of Caravana Ayotzinapa 43, a group of a dozen family members of missing Mexican students and survivors of attacks who are traveling throughout the United States to tell their story and garner support.

North metro prostitution investigators follow money to 'bigger fish'

It’s part of a nationwide shift toward focusing on the profiteers and clients rather then the sex workers,
Missing boy investigation shifts to area near Mississippi River

Missing boy investigation shifts to area near Mississippi River

Crystal police cite “strong evidence” that dad was in that area.
Father of missing boy says he had nothing to do with disappearance

Father of missing boy says he had nothing to do with disappearance

The father of a 10-year-old northwest metro boy who has been missing for more than a week said Wednesday that he was not home when his son disappeared and is distressed that police consider him a suspect.
Missing boy's father under investigation, Crystal police say

Missing boy's father under investigation, Crystal police say

Barway Collins’ father has not been arrested, but is considered a suspect in the disappearance.
Fridley woman charged with arson said she was 'upset with [her boyfriend]'

Fridley woman charged with arson said she was 'upset with [her boyfriend]'

Jennifer Beck, 43, admits to torching her residence.
10K Brewery to open in downtown Anoka after zoning change OK

10K Brewery to open in downtown Anoka after zoning change OK

The city’s first — called 10K Brewing — is expected to open in July in downtown.
40 gather at vigil for missing Crystal boy; police offer no updates

40 gather at vigil for missing Crystal boy; police offer no updates

Police have called in FBI, BCA, but had no updates on boy’s disappearance.
Clutter contributed to deadly St. Paul house fire

Clutter contributed to deadly St. Paul house fire

A cluttered house made search and rescue difficult for firefighters and though they pulled from her from the house, the woman died.

Ramsey man charged with assaulting father-in-law so seriously dentures were knocked out

The 77-year-old victim is hospitalized and unresponsive after complications during surgery for a brain injury, the charges say.
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