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Sheriff Deploys Stop Stick On Stolen Dodge Charger Going 140 MPH

Controversy is swirling around an August 5 incident in St. Paul, Minnesota which involved a 16-year-old speeding in a Dodge Charger and the methods Ramsey County Sheriff’s Department used to try bringing the pursuit to an end. More specifically, the sheriff deployed a Stop Stick while the Mopar was doing 140 mph on a narrow city street.

Cause of Hopkins house explosion that killed couple revealed

An investigation into the Hopkins house explosion that killed an elderly couple in July has been completed. Hopkins Police, along with the Minnesota State Fire Marshal, said an unattached gas line is to blame for the explosion. The incident killed Herb, 85, and Sharon Vassar, 83. According to police, the...

Kevin O’Connell Says “No Thanks” to Packer Fans in Vikings Stadium

Not welcome — that’s the message from new Minnesota Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell to Green Bay Packers fans in his team’s stadium. The Vikings held their annual night practice in Eagan on Monday, allowing the new skipper to speak his mind. And the new coach didn’t disappoint, using the microphone to chide the franchise’s chief rival and explaining Packers enthusiasts aren’t totally welcome at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Man charged in fatal downtown Minneapolis apartment shooting

MINNEAPOLIS -- A man has been charged in connection to a fatal downtown Minneapolis apartment shooting on Sunday night.Mohamed Ahmed Said Zaher, 21, was charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter in Hennepin County on Wednesday.Charges say that officers were dispatched to the Artistry on 10th apartment building after a witness said they saw a man throwing a gun from a balcony onto the WCCO-TV rooftop below.Officers found Zaher in the lobby, who told them that his friend had been shot on the 13th floor. He appeared upset and had blood spatter on his hands, charges state. The victim was identified as 31-year-old...

Rep. John Thompson's often-controversial term ends in DFL primary rout

(FOX 9) - A state representative who often generated headlines for conduct during his first tenure was defeated by a nearly 80-point margin in Tuesday’s primary election. Rep. John Thompson received 11.07% compared to challenger Liz Lee’s 88.93% to be the DFL candidate to represent District 67A in St. Paul come November.

Don Samuels reflects on primary loss to Rep. Ilhan Omar

MINNEAPOLIS -- Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar narrowly defeated Don Samuels in the 5th Congressional District primary election on Tuesday night.The incumbent lawmaker had 50% of the vote, while Samuels received 48%. But Samuels says his work is far from over. The front porch of his north Minneapolis home is where Samuels sat and reflected on where he's been and where he is going."I'm not really a politician, remember I came into office in my early fifties," Samuels said. Before his run for congress he was a Minneapolis City Councilman and Minneapolis School Board member."It sends a message to the incumbent that her...

District to discipline 2 students in connection with racist messages found at Prior Lake High School

PRIOR LAKE, Minn. -- District officials say they plan to discipline two students in connection to the racist messages found at Prior Lake High School earlier this year. In a letter to parents Tuesday, Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools said that the district hired an outside law firm to investigate the incidents, which happened last February. The first racist message was found in the gym bag of one of the players on the girls basketball team. The incident led to the team forfeiting the final game of the season and the resignation of the team's coach. The second incident happened a week later,...

Mother sues Walmart after child's death in parking lot

FRIDLEY, Minn. — A Coon Rapids woman is suing Walmart over a 2019 fire in the parking lot of the company's Fridley store that took the life of her 6-year-old daughter. Essie McKenzie alleges that Walmart's policy to allow RVs and other vehicles camp in their store parking lots led a California couple to stay overnight in August of 2019, and eventually use a hotplate that started McKenzie's van on fire with her two children sleeping inside. The lawsuit alleges wrongful death, and says by allowing people to camp with no supervision, permit requirements or sanitation, Walmart has maintained dangerous conditions on store grounds.

Woman fighting for her life after shooting in Minneapolis

A woman is fighting for her life after being shot in Minneapolis. At 5:59 p.m. Tuesday, Minneapolis Police Department says it was alerted to a shooting near the intersection of 21st St. E. and 15th Ave. S. in the Ventura Village neighborhood, with officers finding a woman at the scene who was suffered a "potentially life-threatening gunshot wound."

Shooting Leads to Wild Search in Northern Twin Cities

Blaine, MN (KROC-AM News) - Authorities in the northern Twin Cities area are reporting a wild chase that followed a report of shots being fired from a car at several motorcyclists this afternoon. The Anoka County Sheriff's Office says the shooting was reported around 1:50 PM in the City of...

Nationally known search-and-rescue dive team works on two Minnesota cold cases

MINNEAPOLIS. -- Adventures with Purpose is an Oregon-based search-and-rescue dive team telling the stories of the untold, by finding those who've been missing for decades.The six-man team takes on cold cases across the country and has brought closure to dozens of families.Now, they're hoping to resolve two Minnesota mysteries. On Tuesday, they searched the St. Croix River by Taylors Falls looking for any sign of Georgia Smith. The 76-year-old grandmother was last seen driving her blue Mercedes to her cabin in Wisconsin back in 1999.On Wednesday, they searched in the Mississippi River just below the dam in downtown Minneapolis searching for...

Stranger steps up to help Mpls. business owner after vandal's destruction

MINNEAPOLIS -- A stranger has stepped up to help the owner of a Minneapolis business that was severely damaged by a vandal.Daniel Hernandez has to pay thousands of dollars to repair the windows of his grocery store in the Eat Street neighborhood.Cameras caught a young man smashing the windows Friday night after he was kicked out for shoplifting.A woman named Suzie Donahue saw our WCCO story and felt compelled to help -- and pitched in $1,000. Our cameras were there for the moving moment.RELATED: Shoplifter smashes out windows of Minneapolis grocery store"I was very touched by your story. It hit something really deep and I want to give you $1,000 for repair for your window," Donahue said to Hernandez. "Thank you so much. It's going to help a lot," Hernandez said. Hernandez says he no longer has to decide between repairing the window or laying off one of his employees.  Police haven't announced any arrests.

Minnesota woman is first Hmong candidate in country to win GOP primary for Congress

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A Minnesota candidate is the first Hmong Republican in the country to win a primary for a U.S. House seat.May Lor Xiong won the GOP primary on Tuesday and this fall will challenge incumbent U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum in Minnesota's Fourth Congressional District, which represents St. Paul and suburbs in Ramsey and Washington counties.This is the first try at politics for the St. Paul school teacher, who said the riots following George Floyd's murder were an inflection point in her decision to run. At age 8, Xiong came to the United States as a refugee, and...

Firefighters rescue child, adult from apartment fire in north Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS -- Minneapolis firefighters rescued two people from a three-story apartment building overnight.The city's fire department said an adult and child were in a top floor unit in a building on the 3500 block of Penn Avenue North when crews arrived just before 12:30 a.m.Both were treated for smoke inhalation, and a third person needed help for a heart-related issue. All three are doing better.The Red Cross is helping about 20 residents displaced by the fire.The fire department gave no word on how it started.  

MDH: 58 total monkeypox cases in Minnesota, 2 hospitalized

MINNEAPOLIS -- There are now a total of 58 cases of monkeypox in Minnesota, as the national tally for the virus inches closer to 10,000 total infections.Almost all of the cases are found in men living in the Twin Cities, according to Minnesota Department of Health, who held a press briefing Wednesday morning.Health officials emphasized that the virus is not geared towards one sexual orientation, race, or gender. Most cases come from direct, prolonged skin to skin contact.Still, health officials say most cases involve instances of men having sex with other men."If you are unaware of the current health status of...