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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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St. Paul man critical after being shot breaking up robbery attempt

A 30-year-old St. Paul man is hospitalized in critical condition after being shot Wednesday night while trying to break up a robbery along University Avenue,…
St. Paul firefighter remembered fondly by those who knew him best

St. Paul firefighter remembered fondly by those who knew him best

Shane Clifton died Monday after collapsing at his fire station while exercising.
Police union official calls chant at Saturday march 'disgusting'

Police union official calls chant at Saturday march 'disgusting'

A video posted on Twitter that showed protesters who appear to be in the front of the march and can be heard shouting, “Pigs in a blanket, fry ‘em like bacon!”
Extra police staffing to handle Black Lives Matter protest at the fair

Extra police staffing to handle Black Lives Matter protest at the fair

Mayor Chris Coleman said authorities are prepared to help keep people safe Saturday and encouraged people to not let the protest dissuade them from attending the fair.
Black Lives Matter pushes ahead with fair protest plans

Black Lives Matter pushes ahead with fair protest plans

The group plans to hold a march and rally outside the fair at 11 a.m. Saturday to call attention to issues facing black communities and to alleged disparity issues at the fair.
Former U student, a journalist, is detained in Thailand for having body armor

Former U student, a journalist, is detained in Thailand for having body armor

Journalist Kwan had a flak jacket, helmet in his luggage.
Wild assistant coach Sydor charged with drunken driving

Wild assistant coach Sydor charged with drunken driving

Minnesota Wild assistant coach Darryl Sydor was arrested Thursday in Anoka County under suspicion of drunken driving as he gave his 12-year-old son a ride to the son’s hockey game. His blood alcohol level was nearly four times the legal limit.
Mpls. police halt prostitution stings at massage parlors

Mpls. police halt prostitution stings at massage parlors

Minneapolis police officials said Thursday that they’re ending the practice of sending undercover officers to investigate suspected prostitution in massage parlors after three male officers had sexual contact with the female suspects.
First Avenue works to open main room after ceiling collapse

First Avenue works to open main room after ceiling collapse

Days after part of the ceiling collapsed, the club is reopening its Depot Tavern and the 7th Street Entry.
Inspectors work to determine cause of First Avenue collapse

Inspectors work to determine cause of First Avenue collapse

First Avenue will be closed today and Friday as the cause of the collapse is investigated. Three people were injured by the ceiling collapse Wednesday night.
Ex-student charged after shutdown of Coffman Union at U

Ex-student charged after shutdown of Coffman Union at U

Gas-soaked towels and flares were found; he remains jailed.
Mpls. police Sgt. Jesse Garcia, suffering from stomach cancer, dies

Mpls. police Sgt. Jesse Garcia, suffering from stomach cancer, dies

Jesse Garcia, a Minneapolis police sergeant who for years was the public face of the department as its chief spokesman, has died, the police union…

Activists say they were assaulted by Minneapolis police during arrest

Mpls. police are investigating the arrest of a teen due to claim.
Minneapolis authorities say W. Broadway fire may have been arson

Minneapolis authorities say W. Broadway fire may have been arson

Months after a fast-moving fire ravaged a historic block of buildings along a commercial corridor of north Minneapolis, police and fire investigators said Tuesday that…

Man arrested in most recent fatal Minneapolis shooting

One died, one was wounded when two cars pulled over near 34th and Morgan avenues N. and gunfire erupted.
Pastor, other community activists rally to help stop gun violence in Minneapolis

Pastor, other community activists rally to help stop gun violence in Minneapolis

Community activists rallied Monday at a south Minneapolis intersection that has been the scene of recent shootings to decry a rash of gun violence that…
Last session for Minneapolis body camera policy discussion is Saturday

Last session for Minneapolis body camera policy discussion is Saturday

The Police Conduct Oversight Commission will listen to residents who want to share their opinions on when cameras should be turned off and on, restrictions on camera use, viewing of recordings and other policy issues.
Officers launch campaigns to show positive side of police

Officers launch campaigns to show positive side of police

Officers hope social media campaign will help them connect with residents; critics call it misguided.
Critics call for dissolution of Minneapolis police review board

Critics call for dissolution of Minneapolis police review board

Activists cite statistics to make their case that few officers are disciplined.
Activist Al Flowers sues Minneapolis police for alleged force used in arrest

Activist Al Flowers sues Minneapolis police for alleged force used in arrest

Suit asserts that officers violated the activist’s rights in 2014 incident.

St. Paul police officer cleared in 2014 fatal shooting

A Ramsey County grand jury on Wednesday cleared a St. Paul police officer in the shooting death of a man on the city’s West Side…
Mom says teen killed in Mpls. shooting needed help to stay safe

Mom says teen killed in Mpls. shooting needed help to stay safe

Sabrae McAlester, 16, died in an unusually violent weekend in downtown Minneapolis.
Passenger killed in suspected drunken-boating incident was Eden Prairie swim coach

Passenger killed in suspected drunken-boating incident was Eden Prairie swim coach

Fishermen rescued the survivors, which included a 4-year-old. Man in jail is from Minnetonka.
Mother describes shooting that wounded her, baby daughter

Mother describes shooting that wounded her, baby daughter

They were caught in crossfire as they strolled by Peavey Park in Minneapolis.

Man charged in Minneapolis pedal pub crash

A dozen riders were injured in the collision.
Police: Driver who hit pedal pub on Hennepin Av. Bridge was drunk

Police: Driver who hit pedal pub on Hennepin Av. Bridge was drunk

Four people on the patron-powered vehicle remain hospitalized Thursday.
Minneapolis police training to help officers recognize biases

Minneapolis police training to help officers recognize biases

The idea is to train police to think differently about how they process and react to situations on their job and resist the urge to prejudge individuals.

Minneapolis man charged in shooting that wounded mother and child

A 27-year-old man was charged Monday in a shooting that injured a mother and child near a south Minneapolis park during a shooting spree last…
Woman, child wounded by gunfire while walking in south Minneapolis

Woman, child wounded by gunfire while walking in south Minneapolis

The victims were innocent bystanders who got caught in crossfire, police say. No one has been arrested.
New Minneapolis gang unit aims to 'disrupt and defuse' violence

New Minneapolis gang unit aims to 'disrupt and defuse' violence

Minneapolis police want to focus on prevention and take a more sophisticated approach to the threat of retaliatory bloodshed. The gang interdiction unit officially launched last week.

After students' visit, Mpls. inspectors say sex toy store violated city code

Minneapolis inspectors visited after school field trip to the store.

ACLU report: Minorities more likely to be arrested for minor offenses by Minneapolis police

Police and city officials say they are committed to addressing disparities.
Mpls. private school takes students to adult novelty store for sex ed lesson

Mpls. private school takes students to adult novelty store for sex ed lesson

The field trip upset some parents at Gaia School. “It’s just a major breach of trust," said one parent.
Security guard at Maplewood nightclub shoots and kills man

Security guard at Maplewood nightclub shoots and kills man

The shooting happened after the guard asked a 20-year-old patron to leave the club. The patron and five other men then attacked the guard, who fired, killing the patron, police said.

Minneapolis reaches settlement with former police captains

The city of Minneapolis has reached a nearly $63,000 settlement with a group of former police captains who sued Chief Janeé Harteau and claimed she…
In Minneapolis, minor traffic violations spiral into major problems

In Minneapolis, minor traffic violations spiral into major problems

About one-third of criminal violations over the past five years were for driving without auto insurance or a valid driver’s license.
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.
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