Mpls. settles suit by ex-captains

The city of Minneapolis has reached a nearly $63,000 settlement with a group of former police captains who sued Chief Janeé Harteau, claiming she pushed for their retirement and later reassigned them to inferior positions. After Harteau became chief in 2012, she made clear her intent to enforce the previously negotiated elimination of the captain rank and spoke publicly about her desire for older employees to retire. The captain positions were replaced with five “commander” slots that gave her the ability to appoint whomever she wanted, according to the lawsuit filed in Hennepin County District Court last fall. None of the former captains was selected as a commander, and all were slated for demotion to lieutenant if they did not retire.

NICOLE NORFLEET and DAVID CHANEN

 

2 arrested in carjacking, chase

Police say four suspects kidnapped and threatened a disabled veteran during an armed carjacking that ended with one suspect being shot by police Thursday in north Minneapolis. Officers were called to 21st and Bryant Avenues N. around 4 a.m. on reports of a kidnapping, said spokesman John Elder. Earlier, a resident was reportedly carjacked near 12th and Knox Avenues N. and forced into his vehicle.

Officers spotted the victim’s car, and during a foot chase, police fired and struck one of the suspects, who was believed to be armed, authorities said. Two suspects were arrested, including the one who was shot, police said. Police are searching for the other two assailants.

TIM HARLOW

 

Autopsy: Drowned woman drunk

A Stillwater woman who disappeared in late April, setting off a search that ended with her body being found May 2 in the St. Croix River, was extremely intoxicated at the time of her death, authorities said Thursday. Abbey Kae Russell, 24, died from freshwater drowning, and no foul play is suspected, according to the Ramsey County medical examiner’s office. Test results showed Russell had a blood alcohol content of 0.336 percent, more than four times the legal limit for driving in Minnesota.

PAUL WALSH

 

Clown player facing sex charges

A 57-year-old man known in Princeton, Minn., as “Friendly” the clown has been charged with sexually assaulting a 20-year-old woman with mental difficulties numerous times. Robert J. Jensen, of Princeton, is scheduled to appear in court next week on three counts of third-degree criminal sexual assault and three counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct. Jensen remains held in the Mille Lacs County jail.

PAUL WALSH

 

Man gets 5 years for tax evasion

A Twin Cities health care products entrepreneur and longtime tax protester has been sentenced to five years in prison for running up a bill of more than $600,000 in back taxes, interest and penalties. The sentencing of Michael A. Schlegel, 56, of Corcoran, in federal court in Minneapolis last week follows his conviction by a jury on three counts of tax evasion, three counts of failing to file tax returns and conspiracy to defraud the federal government. No restitution was ordered by Judge Patrick Schiltz as part of the sentence, but Schlegel remains liable to the IRS.

PAUL WALSH

 

Ex-cop given longer sentence

A former Minneapolis police officer who lured adolescent girls into sexual encounters via social media was resentenced Thursday in Anoka County District Court after the Minnesota Court of Appeals overturned a previous lighter-than-recommended sentence. Bradley Schnickel, 34, was sentenced to 102 months in prison, taking into account good behavior and time served, meaning he has 32 more months to serve for five felonies that he pleaded guilty to in May 2014. Originally, he was to have been released in June.

KAREN ZAMORA