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Andy Mannix

Reporter | Federal courts and law enforcement
Phone: 612-673-4036
Location: Minneapolis
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Andy Mannix covers federal courts and law enforcement for the Star Tribune. He joined the paper in January 2016 and previously covered Minneapolis City Hall and statewide criminal justice/Department of Corrections. 

Mannix teaches at the University of Minnesota journalism school, of which he's an alumnus. He holds a master's degree from University of California-Berkeley, where he focused on data-driven investigative journalism. His work for the Star Tribune includes reports about solitary confinement conditions in Minnesota prisons, the use of sedatives in police encounters and several high-profile officer-involved shootings. Prior to joining the Star Tribune, Mannix wrote about a variety of topics, such as crime, recreational marijuana and politics, for publications including The Seattle Times, MinnPost, City Pages and The Minnesota Daily. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and a dog named Laika.
Recent content from Andy Mannix

Lawsuit: Minneapolis Public Schools failed to investigate math teacher's alleged assault of custodian

Michael Jubiter, a black custodian, says a white math teacher pinned him against an elevator and grabbed his nipples.

Minnesota federal courts move to videoconference hearings

The federal courts have shut down most core functions.
Kai Mayer posted bail for a client.

Nonprofit is on a mission to clear out Twin Cities jails, one bail bond at a time

Minnesota Freedom Fund has posted bond for 56 people from Hennepin County jail and six from ICE detention since the virus hit the U.S.
A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer during a 2018 operation in Escondido, Calif.

Minnesota ICE detainees plea for release before COVID-19 hits

A group of 62 immigrants in Sherburne County jail filed a wrongful imprisonment claim this week, asking to be put on home monitoring.
Rainer Drolshagen

FBI names agency veteran to lead Minneapolis field office

The FBI has named agency veteran Rainer S. Drolshagen to head up its Minneapolis field office, replacing current Special-Agent-in-Charge Jill Sanborn, who is heading…
Minnesota suspends U.S. citizenship-granting ceremonies in response to COVID-19

Minnesota suspends U.S. citizenship-granting ceremonies in response to COVID-19

Over the past week, the federal court system has halted its core functions, an unprecedented measure to slow the outbreak.
The FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Ex-Mayo Clinic employee charged with attempting to provide ISIS support

Muhammad Masood vowed to "fight on the front line" in Syria, according to the federal charges against him.
Martin Scheerer, Senior Director of Hennepin EMS, discusses how first responders plan to handle calls to protect themselves and others from the spread

Twin Cities EMS: 'Reserve 911 for true emergencies'

As first-responders experience a deluge in calls, they are taking new precautions to avoid contracting the virus.
What to do with a murderer who keeps killing in prison?

What to do with a murderer who keeps killing in prison?

Craig Bjork was sentenced to three life terms for killing his family in Minneapolis. He's since killed two people in prison.

Federal courts suspend all trials; Minnesota state courts limit some

The federal court system in Minnesota has suspended all jury trials for civil and criminal cases, effective immediately through late April in response to the novel coronavirus.

ATF calls in special unit to investigate cause of Grand Rapids fire

It's the second time in a month that the agency has been enlisted in Minn.

Southern Minnesota felon built, sold homemade explosives, charges say

A southern Minnesota man was illegally building and selling homemade explosive devices from 2013 until last June, according to a federal indictment unsealed Wednesday.Federal agents…
Edward S. Adams

U law professor who lied to IRS will keep his job, receives monthlong suspension

Edward Adams has continued to collect his annual $170,820 salary
Firefighters from St. Cloud, Sartell and Sauk Rapids battled a major fire in downtown St. Cloud at the Press Bar and Parlor on Feb. 17.

Press Bar owner had insurance policy, set fire in basement, charges say

Facing significant debt, a divorce and declining business, the owner of the St. Cloud Press Bar and Parlor set the building on fire after closing for the night last month, according to charges filed in Stearns County.
Firefighters from St. Cloud, Sartell and Sauk Rapids battled a major fire at the Press Bar and Parlor in downtown St. Cloud on Feb. 17.

Owner arrested in downtown St. Cloud bar fire had been ordered to sell

The bar and 100-year-old building that housed it burned to a total loss, with damage estimates at $1 million, and this weekend police arrested the owner on suspicion of arson.
Firefighters from St. Cloud, Sartell and Sauk Rapids battled a major fire in downtown St. Cloud at the Press Bar and Parlor on Feb. 17.

Owner of St. Cloud's Press Bar held on suspicion of arson

Fire erupted in the 100-year-old two-story downtown establishment in the morning of Feb. 17, leaving damage estimates exceeding $1 million.
Huriah Bledsoe

Twin Cities man sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for drugs, guns around young kids

Huriah Kareem Bledsoe's attorney said his difficult childhood put him on a path of selling drugs.
David Kirchner from the Legislative Auditor's office looked on as Department of Corrections Commissioner Paul Schnell testified at a joint hearing of

Audit: Staff shortages, failure to track assaults add to danger in Minn. prisons

Among the findings in a scathing new report: Staff shortages in Minnesota prisons are driving a glut in overtime hours for correctional officers, making the facilities more dangerous, while corrections officials have failed to properly track assaults.
Smoke continues to rise from the rubble at the former location of the Press Bar following a fire, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, in St. Cloud, Minn. The fire

National fire investigators called in to find source of St. Cloud bar blaze

The national unit will help determine the origin, cause.
Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, is behind the bill that would direct the state’s policing licensing board to create a uniform practice for all

Senate advances bill for stronger eyewitness ID practices in Minnesota

Experts say Minnesota is inconsistent and at times behind the science on police use of photo lineups.
BCA forensic scientist Becky Willis measured out a small amount of heroin.

Surge in Minn. drug seizures reflects reach of Mexican cartels

Minnesota has become a national distribution hub for meth, and cocaine and heroin also are coming from the Mexico pipeline. There was also an increase in marijuana concentrate, much coming from states where it's legal.
Keegan Rolenc worked out at the Circle of Discipline boxing gym on Lake St, Minneapolis in December 2017.

Policy fellow for Frey, voice for criminal justice reform charged in drug, gun case

Keegan Rolenc has been an influential voice on criminal justice reform. Frey said he's "gutted" to learn of the charges.

St. Louis Park attorney pleads guilty to conspiring with chiropractors in fraud scheme

William Kyle Sutor III said he paid "runners" to recruit clients.
FILE - In this April 8, 2008, file photo, Olga Franco del Cid poses for a photo during an interview in jail in Marshall, Minn. Federal immigration off

Woman deported after fatal '08 school bus crash in Minnesota pleads guilty to illegally re-entering U.S.

She was deported in 2016 after serving time for causing fatal bus crash.

Feds: Man held women against their will, prostituted them out of Bloomington motel

Darnell Stennis has a history of meeting women on Facebook and forcing them into prostitution.
Screenshots from the Germany-based My Way Betty Ford Klinik and the Hazelden Betty Ford Clinic websites show similiarities between the two. The Minnes

Hazelden sues German 'Betty Ford Klinik' for trademark infringement

The Minnesota-based clinic, often referenced in pop culture for treating celebrities, says the likeness has confused patients and families.
Rep. Dean Urdahl, R-Grove City

GOP legislator says Mpls. must answer for blocking media coverage of Upper Harbor project

Rep. Dean Urdahl criticizes board members for breaking open meeting laws.

Minneapolis board wrongly bars journalists from recording public meeting about $200 million North Side project

Photos, recording banned at public meeting about $200M North Side project.
Edward S. Adams

U law professor sentenced to probation for lying to IRS

The judge said Ed Adams "knew more than most" that he was breaking the law.
Erica MacDonald

Minnesota's top prosecutor appointed to Trump's new law enforcement commission

Attorney General William Barr named Erica MacDonald to the 18-member board, which Barr said reflects "the best there is in law enforcement."
Records show that extended, harsh punishment like solitary confinement can make mental illnesses worse.

Minnesota sends black, Native American prisoners to solitary at higher rates than whites

The first-of-its-kind report also reflects some people are staying in isolation for long periods of time.
Brandon Bjerknes

Lawsuit: Bemidji schools failed to protect kids from assistant principal's sextortion scheme

Brandon Mark Bjerknes is serving 25 years in prison for preying on kids online, but some victims say the school should pay too.
Jill Sanborn

Top Minn. FBI official will take D.C. leadership post fighting terror

Jill Sanborn will return to Washington, D.C., to serve as assistant director.

St. Louis Park attorney charged in health care fraud conspiracy

The charges do not detail the alleged acts.
Alex Mizrahi, center, lights a candle on a menorah at a lighting for the last night of Hanukkah in Grand Army Plaza in the Brooklyn borough of New Yor

'No longer an anomaly': Attack hits home for Twin Cities Jews

The recent attack during a Hanukkah celebration in Monsey, N.Y., hit close to home for many rabbis in the Twin Cities, who are asking questions about how to balance security without creating fear.
Guled Omar was sentenced to 35 years in prison Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016, by a federal judge who said he didn't believe the man's tearful apologies and

Man convicted in terror case says attorney gave poor counsel, asks for reduced sentence

One of the Twin Cities men convicted in the 2016 landmark terror trial is asking a federal judge to drop or reduce his sentence, arguing…
Crews prepared the east portion of the Francis Drake Hotel apartments, severely damaged in a Christmas Day fire, for demolition Friday in downtown Min

People displaced by Drake Hotel fire are headed to new shelter

The families left homeless will begin moving Friday night to an unnamed hotel in Bloomington. A long-term housing solution remains a concern.
Working at Fire Station 1 from left to right, Dan Bellis, captain Abdul Cunningham, and Mark Meininger were three firefighters who were first responde

Crews' quick response snuffed out Mpls. fire with no fatalities

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey credits that to the quick response to the Christmas fire at the Francis Drake Hotel.
Tnuza Jamal Hassan

Psychologist: Suspect in St. Kate's terror case now competent to face charges

The psychologist said she believes Tnuza Jamal Hassan has a mood disorder, but is not schizophrenic.
In September, St. Paul officers and investigators responded to a shooting scene at Mendota Street and Fremont Avenue E.

As 2019 closes, St. Paul's homicide rate doubles last year's

Police understand why, but solutions remain elusive.
I:n this 2008 photo, Olga Franco del Cid poses for a photo during an interview in jail in Marshall, Minn.

Woman convicted of fatal 2008 bus crash indicted for reentering U.S.

Olga Marina Franco del Cid was deported in 2016.
Charges: Brainerd hunter illegally killed, dismembered 700-pound black bear on Red Lake reservation

Charges: Brainerd hunter illegally killed, dismembered 700-pound black bear on Red Lake reservation

Brett Stimac is charged with trespassing on Indian lands to kill the bear.
Randy Brooks

Minn. brothers sentenced for robberies, including one that caused market owner's fatal heart attack

Lennie and Randy Brooks will face 30 and 20 years, respectively, in a spate of robberies that targeted elderly business owners.
Firdaus Aden, who lost her mother, Nadifa Mohamud, in the fire, was comforted Friday at Darul-Quba mosque.

After deadly high-rise fire, a search for answers in Minneapolis

For many in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood, Wednesday's fire echoes an earlier tragedy that killed three.
Squad car video captured St. Paul police officers swarming an innocent man who matched a description of an armed suspect. The man, Frank Baker, sustai

Jury finds St. Paul officer guilty of kicking, injuring bystander

The case marked a rare example of a police officer in Minnesota being charged for using force on the job.
Frank Baker, who attacked by a St. Paul Police K-9 in June, requiring hospitalization for his extensive injuries. (courtesy of Andrew Noel)

Jury will decide fate of St. Paul officer who kicked bystander being mauled by police K-9

Panel to decide if kicking of bystander was a crime.
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, seen in January, said the state's anti-drug ad campaign was about "solutions and hope."

'Meth. We're on it:' South Dakota ad campaign is raising eyebrows

The provocative approach, published on the website "," elicited widespread criticism.
Rick Boelter, a firearm’s examiner in the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, is in the firearms reference collection vault, where guns used in the

A gun's life seen via a pistol used in Chicago, traced to Twin Cities

Technology increasingly shows how one gun can change hands and travel across cities and states, leaving a trail of dead or injured victims in its wake.
Frank A. Baker, 53, spent 14 days in Regions Hospital after the police dog bit his right leg several times.

Federal trial underway for St. Paul police officer who kicked man in midst of K-9 attack

The case, stemming from the June 2016 incident, marks a rare example of a police officer being charged criminally for using force on duty.
Marcus Baker and Brandon Baker.

Brothers charged in St. Paul shooting of alleged rival gang member

The shooting was captured on surveillance video.
Police were set up in front of the community center on the Fond Du Lac band reservation, near Cloquet, Minn., Friday, Oct. 18, 2019, where a man was s

Man indicted in shooting of sister's boyfriend at grandmother's funeral on Fond du Lac Reservation

Twin Cities man charged with shooting his sister's boyfriend with a rifle.
then-Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Tom Johnson in 2016.

Court: Police should be shielded against most civil rights claims from ex-Viking

Tom Johnson can still pursue the lawsuit for the stun gun usage. outside a club in 2014.
A recent report by the FBI’s internet Crime Complaint Center — known as the I3 — found a 242% increase in cyberextortion crimes from 2017 to 201

Federal authorities struggle to counter 'sextortion' trend

The devastating threats are on the rise, and the crimes difficult to police.
Edward S. Adams

U law professor pleads guilty to hiding income from IRS

Edward S. Adams took a plea deal in court Thursday that likely won't result in prison time.

Former UMD track coach sues, saying college pushed her out

She resigned after sexual misconduct complaints.
In this file photo, a woman takes a puff from a cannabis vape pen in Los Angeles.

As part of 'Take Back Day,' DEA will dispose of your vape pen

Federal agents will destroy your vaping equipment in a safe manner on Saturday.
Judge Diana Murphy with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Minnesota courthouse named after a pioneer for women on the bench

Minneapolis is now home to the second federal courthouse in the nation named after a woman.
Andy Emerson collected Lime Scooters from downtown Minneapolis on Aug. 1.

Disability rights advocate sues Minneapolis, rental scooter firms over blocked sidewalks

Noah McCourt said the deluge of scooters violates the Americans with Disabilities Act.
A Trump supporter got in a fight with a protester after his hat was grabbed off his head outside the Target Center after President Donald Trump visite

After mostly peaceful start, protests around Target Center escalated

Peaceful chants and sign-waving turned into an impasse with police. One group of protesters burnt a pile of Trump merchandise, while the president's supporters sped away flipping middle fingers.
Trump volunteers were allowed into the Target Center in preparation for President Trump's visit.

Minneapolis awaits Trump, crowd of protesters downtown

Some estimate more than 10,000 people will flood downtown to oppose the president's visit, with two dozen disparate groups planning to protest. They'll be met by counterdemonstrators supporting the president. The rally is scheduled for 7 p.m . at Target Center.
Me’Lea Connelly, who founded a credit union to invest in black businesses, led a discussion regarding black economic resistance to a group at the Un

Ousted director of city-backed credit union alleges retaliation

Ousted director says she was forced to fire the CFO because he is white.
Investigators went through the scene of a homicide in St. Paul in September. In 2018, the collective rate of homicide, robbery, rape and aggravated as

FBI: Violent crime in Minnesota dropped in '18, continuing trend

The Twin Cities area remains one of the safest metros in America, according to FBI data.
Me’Lea Connelly, who founded a credit union to invest in black businesses, led a discussion regarding black economic resistance to a group at the Un

Leaders of proposed north Mpls. credit union terminated amid fraud allegations

Misconduct accusations cloud nonprofit pushing social justice.
Working a tip, Duluth police Sgt. Matt McShane searched a pickup truck Wednesday and found about a pound of crystal meth inside.

Around Duluth, small-town cops face tough foe in Mexican cartels

It's a battle against heroin, meth and pills deluging the North Shore.
Erica MacDonald

Minnesota's U.S. attorney will help oversee AG's office in Washington, D.C.

Minnesota U.S. Attorney Erica MacDonald will have more influence in steering justice priorities in Washington, D.C.U.S. Attorney General William Barr appointed MacDonald and eight others…
Abdelhamid Al-Madioum

St. Louis Park man who joined ISIS is believed found in Syrian prison

Abdelhamid Al-Madioum, 22, disappeared in 2015 while on a family vacation. He claims that the FBI interrogated him in a Syrian prison.
FILE - This undated photo provided by The Ford County Sheriff’s Office in Paxton, Ill., shows Michael Hari, who pleaded not guilty, Thursday, Feb. 1

Magistrate says charges against Bloomington mosque bombing suspect should not be dismissed

Michael Hari is accused of firebombing a mosque.
Judge Joan Ericksen ruled in favor of Hennepin Healthcare, dismissing all six of Brittany Buckley's allegations.

Judge throws out patient's ketamine lawsuit against HCMC

Woman says that Hennepin Healthcare violated her civil rights.
Carver County sheriff’s deputies fatally shot Archer Amorosi during a mental health crisis outside his mother’s Chanhassen home. In his grief, Arc

Family of teen killed in police standoff says Carver County violated data laws

Two sheriff's deputies shot Archer Amorosi last year after the teenager charged them with a hatchet and BB gun.
Jennifer LeMay talked in 2017 about the bullet wound to Ciroc and the medical issues is has since caused, with attorney Mike Padden.

Lawsuit alleges Minneapolis police shot service dogs, then tried to cover it up

The 2017 incident went viral after owner posted a video of the encounter. The city attorney says they are reviewing the lawsuit before commenting.
Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken, DEA Special Agent in Charge Richard Salter Jr. and DEA Special Agent in Charge Kenneth Solek look on during a news co

DEA expands to Duluth as meth, heroin, opioids ravage region

With the added officers, a regional task force aims to expand to prosecute national traffickers, and ultimately reach the international supply chains in China, Mexico and Colombia.
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison met with Chaska residents at a discussion last month hosted by anti-racist community group Residents Organizi

Lawsuit: Eastern Carver schools turned 'blind eye' to racist bullying

The lawsuit says school officials did nothing as black students in Eastern Carver County Schools endured physical violence, death threats and racial slurs.
Jeremiah Ellison, a City Council member representing north Minneapolis, listened during a community meeting.

Jeremiah Ellison navigates Minneapolis' civil rights fight

The first-term City Council member from a political family wrestles with the transition.
Patrick Teel, circa 1980

Patrick 'Gramps' Teel, innovative mind behind Eden House treatment center in Minneapolis, dies at 75

Teel's friends and family recall him as brilliant, troubled, fearless — a multitalented man whose creativity and compassion knew no limits.
The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigated the scene after Minneapolis police shot and killed a man early Friday morning on the 2400 block

Minneapolis police shoot, kill man at apparent domestic call

Officials said that the man shot a woman, who is expected to survive.