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Christina Saint Louis

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Krisanne Marie Benjamin was arrested on Jan. 12.

Minneapolis woman sentenced to 8 years for carjackings

She pleaded guilty to a luxury carjacking.
Woman fatally stabbed at St. Paul apartment building

Woman fatally stabbed at St. Paul apartment building

It's the city's first homicide of the year.
Minneapolis public school students will shift to distance learning Monday because of the extreme cold.

Windchill, COVID cases push Mpls. schools to go online Monday

The district anticipates a reduced capacity to transport students in tomorrow's weather conditions.
Crystal Police Chief Stephanie Revering, right, and primary investigators Lt. Derrick Hacker, left, and Julie Severson, center, in the evidence room a

Hennepin County police chiefs: More accountability needed from prosecutors

They say violent offenders are getting off too easily amid a surge in crime.
Tabatha Lewis, mother of Arnell “AJ” Stewart, was overcome with emotion while speaking to the media Thursday. The family of Stewart, who was stabb

Family of man fatally stabbed over parking spot wants FBI to investigate as hate crime

Arnell Jermel Stewart was stabbed to death over a parking dispute.
Police Chief Medaria Arradondo “permanently demoted” Andrew Stender from sergeant, a supervisory rank, to officer in May 2020, according to the di

Records: Minneapolis police sergeant demoted for workplace misconduct before leaving department

It is among several demotions made under Chief Arradondo, though they are not all reflected in the disciplinary decisions newly published online.
Hennepin County Child protection workers shown in 2017.

Mental health is a top concern for children entering Hennepin County foster care

It was among the top primary reasons children were placed in foster care in 2021, along with caretaker drug abuse and alleged physical abuse.
Matthew Saldivar in “A Christmas Carol” at the Guthrie Theater.

COVID forces Guthrie to cancel remaining performances of 'A Christmas Carol'

Tickets are being refunded.
Bryan Irving Mintz

St. Paul native Bryan Irving Mintz, who played violin with the greats, dies at 66

Bryan Irving Mintz had a musical childhood.Both his parents played piano, so they exposed all four of their children to the instrument while raising them…
Fardoussa O. Abdillahi

St. Cloud mother faces additional murder charge in infant's death

The woman's lawyer indicates she will pursue a defense based on mental illness or cognitive impairment.
Woman fatally shot in south Minneapolis

Woman fatally shot in south Minneapolis

It is the city's 95th homicide of the year.
Authorities identify man shot near Eagan outlet mall

Authorities identify man shot near Eagan outlet mall

The man died at an area hospital.
Lt. Richard Zimmerman, the head of the Minneapolis Police Department’s homicide unit, spoke to a sergeant at the scene of a shooting on Washington A

Arrests for most violent and property crimes drop in Mpls.

Homicide arrests are up significantly, by contrast, in a sign Minneapolis police are focusing their resources.
A 911 operator answers emergency calls at a Minneapolis dispatch center.

Minneapolis launches program to deploy mental health responders

The city developed the pilot program as an alternative to police response.
Video shows Minneapolis officer's forceful arrest of Black man, 64

Video shows Minneapolis officer's forceful arrest of Black man, 64

Officer was off-duty but working onsite at Aldi store.
St. Paul school board member Chauntyll Allen said her activism began at a young age. “I was always gathering voices and leveraging political power,�

Black women carry burden of local social justice activism

At City Hall, on school boards and in policing reform work, Black women are doing the often unheralded heavy-lifting to fix systems of inequality in Minnesota.
Police gathered en masse as protests continued at Minneapolis’ third police precinct headquarters on May 27, 2020.

Mpls. officer reprimanded for not reporting use of force after George Floyd killing

Departmental policy requires that officers report their uses of force, including the discharge of 40-mm rounds, which are often made of rubber, plastic or small beanbags.
Former Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, right, remembered his daughter Rachel, who was killed by a drunk driver in 2000. A photo of Rachel is held up

Lawmakers, advocates gather at Capitol to remember crash victims

Nearly 450 Minnesotans have died this year amid a spike in deadly road incidents.
Robert David Lloyd Hall

Man charged in north Minneapolis shooting, attempted carjacking

Several bystanders pulled the man out of a woman's car at Cub Foods and detained him until police arrived.
A portion of Interstate 94 at Hwy. 280 was closed after a fatal crash on Sunday night.

Fatal crash in St. Paul closes stretch of eastbound I-94

The Minnesota State Patrol is investigating a fatal crash on Sunday night in St. Paul.According to the State Patrol, the crash occurred at 9:20 p.m.…
The Minnesota State Patrol is searching for the driver of a semi that struck and seriously injured a pedestrian in Becker County.

State Patrol seeks driver of semi that seriously injured Becker County pedestrian

The Minnesota State Patrol is investigating the incident.
Elsa Segura listens as her defense attorney Amanda Montgomery speaks before sentencing at Hennepin County Court in Minneapolis on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 202

Ex-probation officer gets life in prison for helping to plot Mpls. Realtor's murder

Bought phone to lure real estate agent to her death.
Woman fatally struck by vehicle in Columbia Heights

Woman fatally struck by vehicle in Columbia Heights

She was struck while trying to cross Central Avenue.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and Police Chief Medaria Arradondo unveiled changes to the police use of force policy on Aug. 26, 2020.

MPD use-of-force data remain murky a year after changes

Minneapolis overhauled the thresholds for use of force by officers after the murder of George Floyd. But data available on the city's use-of-force dashboard remains incomplete, making it difficult to access the actual effect of the policy changes.
London Bean, 12, was a sixth-grader at Sojourner Truth Academy in Minneapolis. He was shot and killed recently after a dispute with another child.

Teenager charged in fatal shooting of Mpls. boy, 12, turns himself in

Peaceful arrest made with pastor's help.
Man shot in Minneapolis, city's 81st homicide of 2021

Man shot in Minneapolis, city's 81st homicide of 2021

It's the city's 81st homicide of the year.
Anton “Tony” Lazzaro is charged with sex trafficking minors.

Anton Lazzaro asks court for his Ferrari, cash back

His attorneys claim the seized property is no longer relevant to the case.
Jaleel Stallings, the man found not guilty on all charges of shooting at Minneapolis police officers during the unrest that followed George Floyd’s

Man cleared of unknowingly firing at Minneapolis officers in self-defense files lawsuit

Jaleel Stallings was charged in the May 2020 incident and acquitted.
Two women who died in Hopkins crash identified

Two women who died in Hopkins crash identified

Both women died from their injuries two days after the vehicle crash.
A screenshot from body camera footage shows Minneapolis police officer William Gregory punching Damareion McKizzie in the face before he is taken into

Teen punched on camera by Minneapolis police officer sues, alleging excessive force

He was punched by Minneapolis police as a teenager, and it was caught on video.
Mpls. man's death from alleged summer arson ruled a homicide

Mpls. man's death from alleged summer arson ruled a homicide

Darrin Solomon was put into a medically-induced coma in June, and died in September.
The scene outside Seventh Street Truck Park, where the shooting occurred.

Mass shooting in W. 7th St. bar shocks St. Paul; 3 arrested

St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter described the shooting, which killed one and wounded at least 14, as "heartbreaking." Marquisha Wiley, 27, was killed. The three suspects arrested were among the wounded.
In July, the city awarded Canopy Mental Health & Consulting a two-year, $6 million contract to provide the professionals who would respond to mental o

Mpls., EMS officials disagreed on police-free mental health service calls

Mpls. and EMS officials disagreed on new mental health service.
Minnesota House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler, 45, is seeking to succeed Mike Freeman as Hennepin County attorney.

DFL House leader Winkler to run for Hennepin County attorney

Ryan Winkler is seeking to succeed Mike Freeman, who is not seeking another term.
Imani Jaafar

Minneapolis Civil Rights Department Director Imani Jaafar resigns

Imani Jaafar's resignation will mean that two city directorships are open.
A Minneapolis Traffic Control officer who did not want to be named issued parking tickets during lunch hour on the 3100 block of Girard Avenue South i

Minneapolis Traffic Control to respond to overnight parking violations, not police

The city is testing out extended traffic control hours as an alternative to police response.
Police and Minnesota BCA vehicles near a broken piece of fencing at a home at the intersection in Mounds View.

Authorities identify man run over by Ramsey deputy after he allegedly fired at squads in Mounds View

The 48-year-old was run over by police who had answered a domestic violence call.
Man, 62, fatally struck by limb while tree trimming with son in Wyoming

Man, 62, fatally struck by limb while tree trimming with son in Wyoming

Multiple agencies responded to the scene, including a LifeLink helicopter.
Minnesota Department of Human Rights Commissioner Rebecca Lucero.

State: Brooklyn Center police and Michaels discriminated against Black teen

The finding comes more than two years after arrest at store.
Police and BCA vehicles near a broken piece of fencing at a home at an intersection in Mound View on Wednesday.

Suspect dead after confrontation with law enforcement in Mounds View

Man run over by police who had answered domestic violence call.
St. Paul man charged with murder in robbery-turned-slaying

St. Paul man charged with murder in robbery-turned-slaying

'It wasn't supposed to go down like that,' suspect allegedly said.
“he was a big brother to anybody who needed it.”  Kaelah Foreman offers comfort to her nephew, Loyace Foreman IV, who lost his father in the killi

At vigil for victims found slain in Wisconsin: 'We got each other'

Dozens gathered at the steps of St. Paul's Mount Olivet Baptist Church on Sunday to pray for unity alongside the families of Loyace Foreman III…
The Minneapolis City Council’s 2020 Safety for All Plan uses money originally budgeted for the Police Department to fund alternative approaches to a

Rollout of program to send mental health responders to some police calls delayed

Nearly five months have passed since a panel convened by the city of Minneapolis unanimously chose an operator for a new 24-hour program that will…
Man found shot to death in vehicle in south Minneapolis

Man found shot to death in vehicle in south Minneapolis

His death is the city's 68th homicide of the year, according to a Star Tribune database.
Bullet holes could be seen in the windows of the Clientele Barber Shop after a shooting there that left one man dead and another man and a woman injur

Man dead after north Minneapolis barbershop shooting

Another man and a woman were wounded, police say.
A Hennepin County Sheriff’s Deputy stood with community members at the edge of a pond in Rosland Park in Edina where the body of a missing child was

Body of 2½-year-old girl recovered from Edina park pond a day after she was reported missing

"We don't believe she would go super far," the fire chief said.
Capt. Cory Martin with the Minneapolis Fire Department gave a tour of Minneapolis Fire Station 6, one of the busiest in the city.

Shrinking and busier Mpls. firefighter ranks raise concern

Call volumes remain high, but staffing is the smallest its been since 2013.
Authorities ID man found dead of gunshot wound in Minneapolis' North Loop

Authorities ID man found dead of gunshot wound in Minneapolis' North Loop

Minneapolis police found the 32-year-old slumped over in a vehicle.
MNDot workers remained on the entrance ramp to I-94 near Dowling Ave a few hours after a shooting left a man dead.

Man shot and killed near I-94 and Dowling; interstate briefly closed

A man was shot near Interstate 94 Sunday evening in north Minneapolis before he drove on to the freeway and later died, police said.The shooting…