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Nicole Norfleet

Reporter | St. Paul public safety
phone: 612-673-4495
Nicole Norfleet started as the St. Paul public safety reporter in 2013. She was previously a night public safety reporter, Minneapolis general assignment reporter and a member of the Star Tribune’s Whistleblower team. Prior to covering Minneapolis, she worked at the paper’s south bureau and wrote about parts of Dakota County.
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Police patrol St. Paul's East Side to make 'positive contact'

Police patrol St. Paul's East Side to make 'positive contact'

St. Paul, Metro Transit officers partner to walk a busy and sometimes dangerous area.

Twin Cities police, retailers join to fight organized retail crime

The new Twin Cities Organized Retail Crime Association shares information, alerts.

DNA helps identify Minneapolis woman 30 years after she went missing

Remains of Minneapolis resident were found a year ago in a state park.

Identities released in fatal Minneapolis shooting and stabbing

Authorities have released the identities of two Minneapolis men who were fatally shot and stabbed last week. About 2 a.m. Sunday, James Curtis Butts, 35,…

Whittier neighborhood group wants racial bias lawsuit thrown out

Some residents claim that minorities are blocked from leadership roles.

City Council approves CenturyLink cable franchise in Minneapolis

Agreement with Minneapolis gives it a Twin Cities toehold to compete with Comcast.
Mpls. officials want witnesses for protest investigation

Mpls. officials want witnesses for protest investigation

Police Chief Janeé Harteau said there would be a full investigation “into the concerns brought forth” over her officers’ conduct in handling the protest.

Man shot and killed in south Minneapolis is identified

Authorities on Tuesday identified a 27-year-old man who was shot and killed over the weekend in south Minneapolis. Abdiaziz Salah Farah, of Brooklyn Park, died…

Brooklyn Park police investigating death of 1-year-old

Brooklyn Park police are investigating the death of a 1-year-old girl whom a caregiver drove to a Wal-Mart after the child became unresponsive last week,…

Mpls. police idle transport vans, plan to upgrade camera systems

The Minneapolis Police Department has taken its handful of transport vans off the streets as the death of a black man in Baltimore who suffered a critical injury in a police van has sparked outrage across the country.
Younger brother accidentally shot, killed Minneapolis teen

Younger brother accidentally shot, killed Minneapolis teen

“We don’t believe there was any malice” on the part of the boy who fired the fatal shot, police said Tuesday.
Minneapolis shooting leaves 19-year-old dead; gunman at large

Minneapolis shooting leaves 19-year-old dead; gunman at large

A resident said a bullet from the shooting came through a wall, ended up on her stove.
Minneapolis argues the repeal of spitting and lurking laws

Minneapolis argues the repeal of spitting and lurking laws

Do they target minorities or help fight tougher crime? A packed City Council hearing debated the question.

Man arrested in south Minneapolis apartment killing is released

Police said they forwarded a case to the Hennepin County attorney’s office for prosecution, but no charges have been filed.
U of M police: Student raped at knifepoint by 2 men in her dorm room

U of M police: Student raped at knifepoint by 2 men in her dorm room

The incident is the sixth on or near the campus since February, but it's the first in a campus dorm.
Man is killed in south Minneapolis apartment, another arrested

Man is killed in south Minneapolis apartment, another arrested

Police were called to the 1800 block of 5th Avenue S. and arrived to find the man dead in an apartment.
Black Lives Matter advocate elected to lead Minneapolis NAACP

Black Lives Matter advocate elected to lead Minneapolis NAACP

Nekima Levy-Pounds, active in Black Lives Matter, hopes to bring new energy to the group.
Twin Cities students walk out to join Black Lives Matter protest

Twin Cities students walk out to join Black Lives Matter protest

Many metro-area high school students walked out of school and were headed for the noon rally at Martin Luther King Park.
Minneapolis rally, march show support for Baltimore

Minneapolis rally, march show support for Baltimore

About 1,500 protesters crossed the Hennepin Avenue Bridge after marching down Washington Avenue in downtown Minneapolis.
Minneapolis police union elects new president

Minneapolis police union elects new president

Bob Kroll unseated longtime President John Delmonico.
St. Paul fire EMTs provide free CPR training

St. Paul fire EMTs provide free CPR training

Organizers of St. Paul’s Freedom House CPR program hope to continue the legacy of the original first responders.

Mother of man fatally shot by St. Paul police called 911 afterward

Transcripts of 911 calls from what appears to be a neighbor and the mother of a man killed by police were released Wednesday.
April 17: Witnesses conflict in fatal St. Croix River stabbing

April 17: Witnesses conflict in fatal St. Croix River stabbing

Two of Levi Acre-Kendall’s friends who were at the scene told authorities that Peter Kelly tried to pull the 19-year-old out of the car as the younger men tried to leave the confrontation.

Mother charged with child endangerment in death of 18-month-old girl in Maplewood

Charges say Lia Pearson knew of past injuries, abuse by boyfriend.

St. Paul man sues city, officers over hand broken during arrest

Two St. Paul police officers used excessive force when they broke a man’s hand during an arrest at his home last spring, according to a…
Judge denies amended complaint in St. Paul skyway lawsuit

Judge denies amended complaint in St. Paul skyway lawsuit

A federal judge has denied an attorney’s request to amend the lawsuit of his client, who was arrested in a St. Paul skyway last year.…
St. Paul police kill armed man wearing bullet-proof vest

St. Paul police kill armed man wearing bullet-proof vest

Neighbors said the man was heard screaming incoherently, cursing and waving the gun even before the police SWAT team and negotiators arrived in the neighborhood.

Sentence: No drugs, alcohol for Maplewood mom who passed out on child

A Maplewood mother who passed out drunk on top of her toddler inside her home while she left a baby strapped to a stroller outside…
St. Paul police honor officer, detective, civilians of the year

St. Paul police honor officer, detective, civilians of the year

Stars of 2014 include officer who focused on immigrant outreach

Man charged with killing St. Paul girlfriend makes court appearance

Her boyfriend said fatal shot was an accident.

Ramsey County Sheriff's Office upgrades records software

Ramsey Co. among metro law agencies weighing record-keeping updates.

Signs approved to honor fallen St. Paul firefighters

A resolution to erect street signs throughout St. Paul to remember 62 firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty in the department’s…

Police investigating St. Paul gunfight

Casings are found at scene of the “complex incident.”
ID released of man killed in fire at Woodbury senior living center

ID released of man killed in fire at Woodbury senior living center

Authorities had not yet identified the cause of the fire, which started in the unit of the man who died.

New Ramsey County dispatch system could lead to faster emergency response

New computer-aided dispatch system in St. Paul will allow quick real-time adjustments.
Empathy can be better than force, Twin Cities police trainers teach

Empathy can be better than force, Twin Cities police trainers teach

More police officers are getting special training to approach mental health crises with calm, not force.
St. Paul fire cause determined and woman remembered

St. Paul fire cause determined and woman remembered

Victim recalled as a sweet lady who loved shopping, collecting.
St. Paul police chief goes to Selma

St. Paul police chief goes to Selma

  Thomas Smith was just a boy when peaceful protesters in Selma, Ala., were assailed by police armed with billy clubs and tear gas on…
St. Paul mother hospitalized after hit-and-run

St. Paul mother hospitalized after hit-and-run

Woman is hospitalized and faces a long recovery.
St. Paul police release IDs in fatal shooting

St. Paul police release IDs in fatal shooting

Victim had history of mental illness and chemical dependency.

Interactive: St. Paul fatal police shootings since 2004

St. Paul police officers have used deadly force against 14 men since 2004. Here's a look at what happened in each of these incidents. Here's more about St. Paul officers' use of deadly force.
Plea hearing set for St. Paul custodian in sex cases

Plea hearing set for St. Paul custodian in sex cases

A plea hearing has been scheduled next week for a former St. Paul Public Schools janitor who faces allegations that he peeked at students in…
A sad pilgrimage to brother's last home

A sad pilgrimage to brother's last home

Man’s sibling, a homeless veteran, was found frozen to death in February.

Serious crime down in St. Paul in 2014

Police chief credits social media and increased efforts to connect with kids and communities.

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Reports of serious crime in St. Paul dropped in 2014, marking one of the lowest levels of crime in recent years, according to data released…

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Reports of serious crime in St. Paul dropped in 2014, marking one of the lowest levels of crime in recent years, according to data released…
St. Paul waste treatment plant catches fire after small blast

St. Paul waste treatment plant catches fire after small blast

One employee initially feared unaccounted for has been found safe, the Fire Department said.

East-metro beat: Effort is on to save St. Paul's curfew center

  There may still be snow on the ground, but St. Paul police and prosecutors are already thinking ahead on how to prevent teens from…
Police release 911 transcript from Marcus Golden shooting

Police release 911 transcript from Marcus Golden shooting

More details about the fatal police shooting of a 24-year-old St. Paul man in January were revealed this week when police released the transcript of the 911 call.
St. Paul police, Karen students go ice fishing to help build a bond

St. Paul police, Karen students go ice fishing to help build a bond

St. Paul police officers and Karen high school students went fishing on Monday to help forge a better understanding.
Maplewood man charged with second-degree murder in 18-month-old's death

Maplewood man charged with second-degree murder in 18-month-old's death

Leb Mike Meak told police that he shook the girl and roughed her up, according to a complaint filed in Ramsey County District Court. Sex abuse is also suspected.
St. Paul police shooting could go to grand jury

St. Paul police shooting could go to grand jury

Washington County attorney is reviewing fatal shooting of Marcus Golden because of a Ramsey County conflict of interest.
St. Paul housing for sex-trafficking victims to close months after opening

St. Paul housing for sex-trafficking victims to close months after opening

Human Services Department says Breaking Free's move about Jerry's Place is surprising.
Grieving father: 'I could not save my daughter' from St. Paul fire

Grieving father: 'I could not save my daughter' from St. Paul fire

Father of 4-year-old said she must have been hiding when he passed by several times to rescue six relatives from a house fire.
Dad saved family from St. Paul fire, except 4-year-old

Dad saved family from St. Paul fire, except 4-year-old

Peter “Dao” Yang plunged blindly back through the flames of the burning house, time and again, to pull his loved ones to safety. But he couldn't find his daughter Ntshialiag. Firefighters later found the girl’s tiny body on the second floor of the house.
St. Paul police officers lead in rising use of deadly force

St. Paul police officers lead in rising use of deadly force

Community leaders ask hard questions about deaths of black suspects.
Minneapolis police's Somali outreach gets national attention

Minneapolis police's Somali outreach gets national attention

Minneapolis’ exchange program with Toronto authorities aims to improve relations

Femicide Report details domestic violence homicides in 2014

Still, coalition’s annual report stresses the need for additional resources for victims.

St. Paul announces outside audit of police-civilian review board

Mayor, police and community leaders agreed to the audit.
St. Paul police: Man had loaded gun when killed by officers

St. Paul police: Man had loaded gun when killed by officers

Thursday's account offered some of the first details of what allegedly played out in the seconds before Marcus Golden’s death.
NAACP seeks independent probe in St. Paul police fatal shooting

NAACP seeks independent probe in St. Paul police fatal shooting

St. Paul police shot and killed a man early Wednesday morning while responding to a call about a person sending death threats via text messages. Hours later, St. Paul NAACP President Jeff Martin said his organization is calling for an independent investigation into the shooting.
Suspect in officer slaying hospitalized after trading gunfire

Suspect in officer slaying hospitalized after trading gunfire

Brian G. Fitch Sr., a career criminal suspected of killing Mendota Heights police officer Scott Patrick during a traffic stop, was shot and wounded by police.

Roseville man dies after assault, police say

A Roseville man who was found semiconscious in a city park after being assaulted in late December has died from his injuries, police said Friday.…
Cold mixed with mischief hurts school attendance

Cold mixed with mischief hurts school attendance

The brutal blast of arctic air that shut down schools across Minnesota on Wednesday also gave students a good excuse to stay home — even…
Complaints allege inappropriate buying by ex-East Ridge principal

Complaints allege inappropriate buying by ex-East Ridge principal

The former principal of Woodbury’s East Ridge High School allegedly used school district funds to purchase iPads, gift cards, a personal membership to Sam’s Club and other items, according to complaints filed with his employer, documents released Tuesday show.
Nov. 7: East Ridge High School principal resigns after investigation

Nov. 7: East Ridge High School principal resigns after investigation

The principal of East Ridge High School in Woodbury resigned Thursday after becoming the focus of an investigation prompted by a complaint to the school…
Roseville police searching for suspect in assault of man found lying in ditch

Roseville police searching for suspect in assault of man found lying in ditch

Man found after lying in a ditch for more than a day in frigid weather.
Family tries to cope after Brooklyn Park girl dies in foster care

Family tries to cope after Brooklyn Park girl dies in foster care

Kendrea Johnson, 6, who died after she was found unresponsive with a jump rope around her neck, had been in foster care for the last 11 months, court records show. According to a social worker’s report, Kendrea had an “outgoing personality,” but the “foster care provider [had] been having a difficult time trying to keep her safe.”
St. Paul Winter Carnival to feature royal courtyard

St. Paul Winter Carnival to feature royal courtyard

While it may not be a towering palace, the St. Paul Winter Carnival will have an icy courtyard fit for royalty when the “coolest celebration…
Emerald ash borer found in Dakota County

Emerald ash borer found in Dakota County

The insect’s spread to a regional park means Dakota County is added to a quarantine list.

Two drivers die in Maple Grove crash; alcohol likely a factor

Alcohol believed to be involved in the collision.

St. Paul police arrest mother of 6-year-old after girl's death

St. Paul police are investigating the suspicious death of a 6-year-old girl Tuesday and have arrested the child’s mother. A little after 8 a.m., police…

St. Paul pair found guilty of sex trafficking girl, 15

A St. Paul man and woman were found guilty Tuesday of sex trafficking a 15-year-old girl out of their home. Johnathan B. Edwards, now 25,…

Mall of America braces for protest this afternoon

The Black Lives Matter Facebook page has drawn more than 3,000 confirmations for rally.
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