Woman beheaded in broad daylight on Minneapolis suburb street

The beheaded body of a Minnesota woman was found on a sidewalk in Shakopee, a suburb of Minneapolis, on Wednesday. On Thursday, the Shakopee Police Department identified the victim as 55-year-old America Mafalda Thayer of Shakopee. The police department said they responded to a report of an attack at the intersection of Fourth Avenue and Spencer Street at around 2:31 p.m. on Wednesday.
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Woman Found Beheaded On Shakopee Sidewalk; 42-Year-Old Man Arrested

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — An arrest has been made after a woman was found beheaded on a Shakopee sidewalk Wednesday afternoon. According to the Shakopee Police Department, the incident occurred at around 2:30 p.m. at the intersection of Fourth Avenue and Spencer Street. A 55-year-old woman, identified as America Mafalda Thayer of Shakopee, was found on the sidewalk near the intersection and pronounced dead at the scene. Police later confirmed that the woman was beheaded in the incident. Aerial footage of the scene showed a tarp set up by investigators. (credit: CBS) Police say they quickly arrested a 42-year-old Shakopee man on suspicion of...
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St. Paul Man Arrested For Multiple Shootings In St. Cloud

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A St. Paul man was arrested Thursday in St. Cloud in connection to multiple recent shootings in the area. According to the St. Cloud Police Department, officers from the Community Response Team located and arrested the suspect responsible for several shootings around 3 p.m. The 18-Year-Old was arrested in a parking lot in the 1000 block of 9th Avenue South, where the general area of the previous shooting incidents took place. The suspect was taken into custody without incident and was found to be in possession of a stolen handgun. In two previous shootings officers responded to reports of gun...
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2 years in prison for woman who was playing with gun soon after her birthday party, fatally shot man in St. Paul

A sentence of more than three years has been given to a woman who was playing with a gun soon after her birthday party and fatally shot an attendee in a St. Paul home. Markeia F. Carlvin, of Crystal, was sentenced in Ramsey County District Court this week to a term of nearly 3½ years after pleading guilty to second-degree manslaughter in connection with the August 2019 shooting of 20-year-old Randy M. Davis Jr. in a residence in the 1000 block of Sims Avenue in the Payne-Phalen neighborhood.
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Vaccinated Minnesotan Stuck Abroad After Testing Positive For COVID-19 In Mexico

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A vaccinated Twin Cities woman has a cautionary travel tale after she ended up stuck in Mexico with COVID-19. What happened, she says, proves we’re not ready to move past the pandemic. “I guess I misunderstood the point of receiving a vaccine,” Maya Buckner said. Buckner doesn’t go far without her vaccine card showing she completed the Pfizer series in March — including on a balcony in Cancun, Mexico, where she is now sick with COVID-19. “Last night I officially lost my taste and smell. I was kind of discouraged,” she said. Buckner got here on July 18...
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Connecticut firefighters deployed to Minnesota in advance of potential wildfires

Fires getting close. The Associated Press reports (via the Star Tribune: “Thirteen members of the Connecticut Interstate Fire Crew have been deployed to Minnesota to help fight wildfires, the latest dispatch of personnel and resources from Connecticut to battle blazes in western states. … So far this year, 33 people from Connecticut have been sent to fight wildfires in Arizona, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, and Oregon. … This latest crew, sent on Wednesday, is part of a larger 20-person interagency from the northeast region. Members will be help with initial attack, relief of other crews and pre-positioning to get ahead of potential fires in Minnesota, according to the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. They’ll primarily be working in the Superior National Forest during the 16- to 18-day deployment.”
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Family Of Man Fatally Assaulted In Minneapolis Says Attackers Posted Video Of Beating On Social Media

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Relatives of a man fatally assaulted over the weekend in Minneapolis say his attackers posted video of the beating on social media, bragging about the assault. A GoFundMe page created on behalf of the family of Awwal Adebayo Ladipo says that the 25-year-old was brutally attacked by a group of boys in north Minneapolis. “This is an unimaginable loss to the Ladipo family and all who loved him,” the page reads. “No parent should ever have to witness the loss of a child and have video evidence of how he was intentionally attacked.” Minneapolis police believe that...
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DFLer lawmakers wanted a state budget focused on racial equity issues. Did they get it?

It was a breathtaking amount of money, even in a state that spends $2 billion a month. A single bill introduced during the 2021 legislative session by freshman Rep. John Thompson would have appropriated $457 million for a variety of new programs with the goal of “ending systemic racism.” Twelve different appropriations, ranging from $10 million to $80 million, would be spent for housing stability, culturally sensitive health care, school counseling, school lunch debt forgiveness and fostering police-community relations.
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Severe Storms Hit Wisconsin Causing Widespread, ‘Unbelievable’ Damage

NEW RICHMOND, Wis.(WCCO) — Severe storms, including at least three tornadoes, ripped through Wisconsin on Wednesday night, causing significant property and crop damage and leaving thousands without power. The National Weather Service in Milwaukee confirmed three tornadoes in southeastern Wisconsin. Experts on the scene Thursday afternoon in the western part of the state evaluated the damage to determine the storm’s severity. “If it was a straight line wind event, everything would be — would have fallen in the same direction usually but since things are kind of all over the place, it’s pretty evident that this was a tornado,” said Melissa Dye,...
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Man Killed In North Minneapolis Hit-And-Run Identified As 52-Year-Old Sean Gist

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Authorities have identified the man killed Thursday morning in a hit-and-run crash in north Minneapolis. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the victim as 52-year-old Sean Gist of Minneapolis. His cause of death was listed as multiple blunt force injuries from being struck by a car. The Minneapolis Police Department says the hit-and-run happened around 1:20 a.m. Thursday on the 4600 block of Lyndale Avenue North. First responders found Gist gravely wounded in the street, next to the wreckage of a crash involving a minivan and a semi truck. He died at the scene. Investigators believe...
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Man Gets 18 Months In Prison For Assaulting Postal Employee In Oakdale

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A 23-year-old St. Paul man has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for assaulting and attempting to rob a post office worker in an attempt to retrieve a package that contained marijuana. The incident happened June 4, 2020. The complaint says James Wilbert Jackson Jr. tried to pick up a package at a post office in Oakdale that day, but was thwarted because his name and address did not match the recipient or sender address on the package. Jackson left and returned multiple times that day, investigators said, trying to convince the postal worker to give him the...
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Canadian Wildfires Bring Smoke To Minnesota, Concerning Experts

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Searching for a picturesque skyline shot, Nick Schmitt knew the Cherry Spoon at the Walker Art Center’s Sculpture Garden was a good starting point. He just didn’t expect it to look so hazy in his frame. “It’s a little weird, especially knowing that it’s not a cloudy day at all,” he said. If not for the wildfire smoke, downtown Minneapolis would’ve had a blue sky backdrop. “It’s pretty bad right now. It’s about as bad as it gets,” said Nicholas Witcraft, an air quality forecaster for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. “Often our air quality alerts will usually affect only a...