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Man accused of kidnapping and assaulting man in Brooklyn Park home faces federal charges

MINNEAPOLIS -- Jose Chapa-Aguilera has been charged in a federal indictment with drug trafficking and firearms violations in connection to the December 2021 kidnapping and torture of a Brooklyn Park man, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday.The federal indictment against Chapa-Aguilera charges him with two counts of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, one count of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, one count of brandishing a firearm during a drug trafficking crime, and two counts of illegally possessing firearms as a felon.Law enforcement arrested Chapa-Aguilera on January 7 in connection to the December 2021 incident, in which he was also charged by the Hennepin County District Court with first-degree assault and kidnapping.State and federal court documents say Chapa-Aguilera was in possession of quantities of methamphetamine and unlawfully possessed 9mm semi-automatic handguns on two different occasions.Chapa-Aguilera has a prior felony conviction in Anoka County for second-degree assault, prohibiting him under federal law from owning firearms or ammunition.
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What will come of the January 6th hearings?

MINNEAPOLIS -- The congressional hearings into the January 6 attack on the United States Capitol are now in break until next month. As the country awaits more evidence from the committee's findings, we wanted to know: What will come of these hearings? Can criminal charges be filed? Good Question.The hearings are not a trial, but have felt like one at times, whether that's in the court of public opinion, or criminal."Congress is laying out its case. It's providing the witnesses, it's showing the [evidence]," said David Schultz, a constitutional law professor. "Is there probable cause? Is there belief that maybe...
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Duluth woman pleads guilty in dismembering case

DULUTH — A woman admitted Tuesday to helping a friend dispose of a homicide victim's remains in Lake Superior last summer. Tommi Lynn Hintz, 32, of Duluth, pleaded guilty as an accomplice after the fact to felony murder, agreeing to cooperate in the prosecution of two co-defendants charged in connection with the killing and dismemberment of Richard "Ricky" Anthony Balsimo Jr.

Former middle school paraprofessional pleads guilty to child sextortion scheme

MINNEAPOLIS -- A former middle school paraprofessional from Coon Rapids pleaded guilty to a sextortion scheme that targeted minors, the Department of Justice announced Tuesday.Glen Anderson, 24, was charged with two counts of production of child pornography, one count of enticement of a minor, and one count of interstate communications with intent to extort.Anderson used multiple internet applications and social media accounts for email, file sharing and chatting with minors, including Snapchat and Grindr, according to court documents.Anderson owned and administered an online gaming forum in which users were required to submit an application, which included the age of the user. Anderson used his position as forum administrator to groom minors to produce child pornography and engage in sexual activity with him.Anderson would provide minors with in-game perks, privileges and other gifts in exchange for sexually explicit acts.In one example provided by the court, Anderson coerced a 13-year-old victim to engage in sexually explicit acts for the purpose of producing images and videos. Anderson later threatened to release those sexually explicit images if the victim did not respond to his demands.Anderson's sentencing hearing is on October 25, 2022.

How the Minnesota Vikings stack up against the Green Bay Packers

I was fortunate enough to spend my weekend at a lovely wedding of a dear friend of mine, but it came at a cost. The wedding was in Minneapolis and I was surrounded by Minnesota Vikings fans telling me how, yet again, this is their year. I believe the quote was “we’ll have a top 5 offense and the top defense in the North,” and that was BEFORE the open bar.

Carlos Correa has been putting on a show with the Twins

While Major League Baseball fans everywhere have been ecstatic about the play of Aaron Judge and Jose Altuve of late, don't forget for one second about the strong play of Carlos Correa. He may not be in a large market now that he's with the Minnesota Twins, but that doesn't...

Popular Actor Spotted Shopping in Minneapolis

What would you do if you spotted an actor out shopping? Would you go up and say something or would you let them be? I think I'd leave them alone because I wouldn't want to make them feel uncomfortable, plus I wouldn't know what to say! Employees at some vintage shops in Minneapolis, Minnesota did the same thing for a thankful actor while he was in town on Sunday.

Repeat drunk driver gets house arrest

A Minneapolis man who was caught driving drunk for a fourth time on I-35 in Faribault with two children in his van was sentenced to at least 30 days of house arrest and probation. A state trooper pulled over Joel Hines Jr., 61, for speeding and weaving on the highway the evening of March 6, 2021. There were two children in the car with him, including a 4-year-old who was not in a booster seat and not wearing a seat belt, according to a court...

Young dad clings to life after hit by errant bullet near Stone Arch Bridge

MINNEAPOLIS -- A 34-year-old father remains in critical condition after sustaining life-threatening injuries from stray gunfire blocks away from where he was with family.Tyler King was among four victims hurt late Saturday night near 2nd Street and 6th Avenue. According to a family spokesman, King and his brother-in-law were walking a friend back to her car when they saw a large group of people gather 3-4 blocks away; they then heard the sound of about 30 shots, and King was struck in the side of this head.Tyler has suffered," the spokesman told WCCO. "As Christ-followers, the family is believing for...

Minneapolis shooting leaves one dead, marking city's 44th homicide

MINNEAPOLIS -- Police are investigating a shooting on the 2600 block of Stevens Avenue South that left one man dead Monday afternoon.The Minneapolis Police Department's fifth precinct responded to a report of a shooting at approximately 1:05 p.m.Officers identified a man in his 30s with potentially life-threatening gunshot wounds and attempted life-saving medical aid until relieved by fire and EMS.The victim was transported by ambulance to Hennepin Healthcare, where he died.MPD says preliminary information indicates that an argument involving four individuals escalated. Two of the individuals presented guns and gunfire occurred that resulted in the victim being shot.It is unknown how many shots were fired and which individuals fired shots. No arrests have been made.This is the 44th death investigated as a homicide by the MPD this year.

Heavy police response at Oakdale movie theater

OAKDALE, Minn. (FOX 9) - A number of police officers have responded to a movie theater in Oakdale after some type of emergency situation. FOX 9 is working to confirm details on what happened late Tuesday night at the Marcus Oakdale Cinema off Hadley Avenue North off Highway 36. Police...
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Hastings couple hits 75 years of love

Lifelong marriages are beautiful, elusive undertakings that are often romanticized in modern-day cinema and television. They’re easy to aspire to, but much more challenging to foster. Sharing a lifetime of love requires the perfect partner, and Hastings residents Betty and Milo Houlihan have been in sync for 75 years...

Group holds Minneapolis rally against Mayor Frey's veto of Hennepin Avenue bus lane

MINNEAPOLIS -- A group of around 50 people rallied and marched during rush hour in Uptown, Minneapolis Tuesday night to bring some attention to big changes they want to see on Hennepin Avenue, the main corridor in that area.This rally comes after Mayor Jacob Frey vetoed a plan to create 24/7 bus lanes, eliminating street parking between Douglas Avenue and Lake Street on Hennepin Avenue.A group, called Hennepin For People, want the city council to override the mayor's veto.Right now, Metro Transit buses on Hennepin Avenue are only given a dedicated lane to pick up and drop off commuters, Monday-Friday...

Disruption to summer special needs program causes disappointment

MINNEAPOLIS -- Some Minneapolis parents have an unexpected logistical challenge to figure out. Children with higher level special needs can no longer go to their summer programs. WCCO found out what's happening to students with disabilities and why the district says they had no choice.Adoma is 6 years old.  She just finished kindergarten in the Minneapolis Public School system. Her mom Alyssa Erickson describes her, "She just wakes up in the morning, ready to go, she wakes up, excited and happy and ready to take on the world."But her world will be a little smaller than expected this summer -...