Twin Cities residents are celebrating their communities with the National Night Out. The event comes on the heels of the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, but residents believe it was important to spend time with neighbors, law enforcement, and city officials. St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter and Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey crisscrossed their respective cities last night, visiting with community members and helping set up events.
Police say auto thefts are up across Minneapolis. Authorities say there has been an over 20-percent jump in auto thefts citywide this year. Thefts are skyrocketing in the First, Third, and Fifth police precincts. Officials issued an advisory last week about the increase in such incidents.
A Twin Cities man is dead after crashing his ATV into a tree near a Moose Lake cabin. The crash happened Sunday around midday in the driveway of the cabin on South Finn Road in Lakeview Township. Authorities say Elie Yang was riding up and down the driveway of the property when he lost control and hit a tree.
A rally is planned for this evening at the Minnesota Capitol to honor the victims of the shootings in Dayton and El Paso. Governor Tim Walz is expected to address the crowd. Protect Minnesota and Moms Demand Action are organizing the event as a rally against mass shootings and hate. Organizers are calling for immediate passage of stronger gun laws.
Two young girls are injured after a van fire spread to another van where the children had been left unattended. The six-year-old and nine-year-old were in critical condition yesterday afternoon. Their mother was inside the Fridley Walmart at the time of the fire. Authorities arrested the owner of the first vehicle that caught fire. The 70-year-old is being held on probable cause of negligent fires.
A three-story home on Briar Lake is destroyed after a fire. No one was home during the early morning fire yesterday. No one was injured and the cause is still under investigation.
Two girls continue to battle for their lives after they were in a burning vehicle in a Fridley Walmart parking lot. The six and nine-year-old victims were taken to the hospital yesterday morning in critical condition with burns all over their bodies along with smoke inhalation. Police say the driver of the van that caught fire, 70-year-old Roberto Hipolito, was arrested and booked on probable cause negligent fires. The defendant’s wife was reportedly in the vehicle when it ignited, but she was able to escape before it was fully engulfed. The State Fire Marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.
A Little Canada woman accused of stabbing another woman to death now faces a second-degree murder charge. Police say Clarissa Martin killed her cousin Shayna Fairbanks on Sunday night. The 30-year-old defendant told her husband that she stabbed the victim in self-defense. Martin also confessed to smoking meth an hour before the stabbing.
Ramsey County officials plan to hold public meetings concerning a proposed two-year budget. County Manger Ryan O’Connor introduced the proposed spending plan yesterday that includes a nearly ten percent property tax hike. Leaders say the tax increase makes up 44 percent of the overall budget, with other funding coming from service charges and federal, state and other government money.
The Greater Twin Cities United Way is expanding its backpack giveaway campaign. The organization teamed up this week with the Minnesota Wild hockey team for one of its largest Twin Cities volunteer events. Action Day will take place tomorrow afternoon at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Volunteers will help fill backpacks with school supplies for 40-thousand students at the event.