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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
Polce shot smoke and tear gas at protesters on Lake Street at Hiawatha in Minneapolis, Minn., on Saturday, May 30, 2020.

Swift show of force in Mpls. pushes out curfew violators

After a peaceful day, law enforcement swiftly moved in, using tear gas and making arrests near the Fifth Precinct police station in Minneapolis and the Lake Street/Marshall Avenue Bridge. The intention was to get everyone to leave, a message delivered earlier by Gov. Tim Walz.
The Minneapolis 3rd Police Precinct station was set on fire on Thursday night.

Mpls. police station set on fire; protesters march downtown

Thousands gathered downtown to express their anger with restraint at a peaceful gathering. But later, the Third Precinct station became a target.
Officials investigating the death of George Floyd, including Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman, held a press conference on the grounds of the Fede

Feds promise 'robust' investigation into George Floyd's death

They say the case is "a top priority" to determine whether the officer and others should be charged with the man's death.
Officers were deployed to stop looters’ access to guns inside squad cars and the precinct, Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said.

Minneapolis Council Member Ellison: 'Police in the city failed us last night'

City Council Member Jeremiah Ellison is among those condemning the police response to protests over the killing of George Floyd.
Senior pastor Mac Hammond of Living Word Christian Center in Brooklyn Park in 2007.

Faith groups suing Walz say order allowing 25% to congregate still violates liberties

Faith-based groups say they will proceed with a lawsuit over Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz's attendance restrictions for places of worship, despite his concession this weekend that churches can operate at 25% capacity.
Video filed by a bystander shows a Minneapolis police officer identified as Derek Chauvin with his knee on the neck of George Floyd. Floyd later died.

What we know about Derek Chauvin and Tou Thao, two officers caught on tape in death of George Floyd

Four officers on scene have been fired. They have not yet been officially identified by department officials.
“At no time should an innocent person go to prison,” said Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen.

Police must use new eyewitness ID rules to reduce wrongful identifications

Gov. Tim Walz signed the bipartisan bill that will implement science-based safeguards against the fallibility of memory.
Governor Tim Walz speaks during a press conference Tuesday, May 5, 2020. Under his "stay safe" order, bars and restaurants must remain closed through

In federal lawsuit, two Minnesota churches ask judge to fully reopen places of worship

They say restrictions treat religious organizations as "second-class citizens."
Minnesota U.S. Attorney Erica MacDonald said parents should engage in frank conversations with their kids about internet safety. "Sometimes you gotta

Cyber exploitation of Minnesota kids surges under quarantine

Under the pandemic, law enforcement has seen a surge in reports of sexual crimes against minors online, driven by quarantined kids — and predators — spending more time in front of screens.

Hacker group claims to have stolen Star Tribune user information

Newspaper says financial information was not taken.

COVID-19 outbreak infects 19 federal prisoners in Minneapolis residential facility

These cases mark the first positive infections at Bureau of Prisons facilities in Minnesota.
As a protective gear shortage forced emergency workers to use the same disposable masks for weeks, a stockpile of N95s masks has sat unused in TSA sto

Whistleblower: TSA hoarded 1.4 million masks it does not need

Officials have refused to send them to health care workers, according to a whistleblower complaint filed by a TSA lawyer for Minnesota.

Lawsuit: Southern Minnesota deputies conducted roadside cavity search of woman in freezing temperatures

The lawsuit, brought the ACLU, says Rock County deputies ignored Kelli Jo Torres' pleas to go to the station or hospital.
The group alleges Gov. Tim Walz’s executive orders during the pandemic unfairly pick “winners and losers.”

Group of Minnesota churches, businesses files federal lawsuit to reopen

A coalition of Twin Cities faith organizations and local businesses is calling on Gov. Tim Walz to end what it calls an unconstitutional and draconian scheme to close businesses and places of worship.

Man sentenced to 10 years for planning to sell meth on White Earth reservation

A federal judge sentenced a Minnesota man to 10 years in prison Monday for buying more than one pound of methamphetamine in the Twin Cities…
A lawsuit claims some previously deported detainees have been denied a speedy determination of their immigration status after they claimed a fear of p

Federal magistrate urges against release of ICE detainees who argued for release

Petitioners say an outbreak in the jail could lead to a surge in cases that would overwhelm medical resources in Minnesota.
Minnesota House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler spoke March 26 as first responders called for an executive order to cover them under workers compensation

Minnesota officers criticize system to share virus information as 'inefficient, ineffective and unsafe'

A coalition of Minnesota law enforcement organizations has asked Gov. Tim Walz to re-examine the process of sharing COVID-19 location information with first responders, calling the current system "inefficient, ineffective and unsafe."
Malerie Corona is waiting out Minnesota's self-quarantine period in Prior Lake with her mother. Her fiance, Alexis, who arrived in Minnesota as a 5-ye

She's in self-quarantine. He's in ICE detention. And the baby could come at any moment.

Malerie Corona and Alexis Gomez-Galeana are now embroiled in the civil rights battle raging across the country on what to do with immigrant detainees as the pandemic spreads.
A self portrait of Capt. Jeremy Norton in front of his locker at Station 17 in south Minneapolis.

Mpls. firefighter faces new dangers in pandemic: 'It is weird and unsettling'

When any call can be a COVID-19 case: Fire Capt. Jeremy Norton describes how the pandemic has changed everything.
A Minneapolis fire crew shown battling a blaze in February.

Minneapolis firefighter tests positive for COVID-19

A police staff member has also received a diagnosis.

U medical student sues for suspension over sexual misconduct allegations

Mehdijaffer Mulla remains suspended, the lawsuit says.
A photograph from a Popular Science story on Ken Miller was included in a warrant to search his Brownsville, Minn., home.

How a Popular Science article led the ATF to this small-town Minnesota explosives maker

Kenneth Miller, 58, faces felony charges for allegedly manufacturing, dealing and transporting highly combustible explosive material
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz: "Viruses don’t discriminate, and neither do we.”

Amid anti-Asian bias because of COVID-19, Minnesota launches discrimination helpline

'Viruses don't discriminate, and neither do we,' Gov. Tim Walz said.
“This appears to be another senseless act of domestic-related violence that has claimed one life and left another person seriously injured,” Dakot

Charges: After social media beef, Maplewood teen killed rival with shotgun in South St. Paul

Marcelino Santiago Lopez, 19, killed a man who had been dating his ex-girlfriend, according to the charges.

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.