Police are cracking down after a string of brutal robberies in downtown Minneapolis. Groups of mostly teenage boys or young men targeted and beat victims earlier this year for their cellphones and wallets. A report released yesterday showed the phones were sold at automated kiosks for quick cash. The Minneapolis department deployed over 30 officers to help stop the robberies, and has arrested 16 people. Following the crackdown, only three downtown robberies were reported in the first week of June.
Police are investigating after human remains were found in the woods near Cass Lake. Leech Lake Tribal police were conducting a search Tuesday when the remains were found. The reason for the search or whether it had a connection to the remains hasn’t been made clear. The body hasn’t been identified.
Comcast is cutting jobs in the Twin Cities. The corporation is restructuring its call-center operations, which will eliminate up to 235 jobs in the regional office. A call center is being moved from Minnetonka to a building near downtown St. Paul. The operations of a call center already in St. Paul will be shifted to Comcast offices in Texas and Colorado.
The distracted driver who killed a Minnesota mom and her eight-year-old daughter won’t be serving prison time. Tanner Kruckeberg is likely to face five months in jail after he pleaded guilty to his role in the September 7th crash. Prosecutors say he was distracted by his cellphone when he crashed his SUV into the back of a stopped car, killing 43-year-old Rachel Harbert and her daughter. Harbert’s 13-year-old son Jaxon suffered serious injuries in the wreck.
A White Bear Lake pilot’s 27-million dollar jury award and lawsuit is being sent back to a lower court. The Minnesota Supreme Court ordered a new trial yesterday for a suit filed by Mark Kedrowski. Kedrowski says the Lycoming Engines’ fuel pump in the plane was faulty and caused it to crash. A separate defendant settled with Kedrowski.
A 17-year-old mother, her toddler daughter, and her three-year-old sister are safe after being reported missing. The girls had last been seen near the Carlton County Youth Shelter on Tuesday. They were found at home on the Fond du Lac Reservation yesterday afternoon.
Minneapolis Public Schools are using a revamped strategic plan to target racial inequities. Superintendent Ed Graff updated the school board Tuesday on the plan to focus on equity and boost learning outcomes for minority students. He recommended delaying the board’s final vote on the plan from December to April. Some specific actions would still be voted on in the coming months.
The Minneapolis Police Department will be putting a formal system in place for tracking off-duty moonlighting hours worked by officers. A city audit released yesterday says the department currently has limited oversight of off-duty employment guidelines. The audit recommended strengthening controls around off-duty work processes, and using technology to track officers’ workloads to ensure officer health and safety.
Minnesota lawmakers are exploring assisted suicide legislation. Legislators heard testimony yesterday on both sides of the heated debate. A proposal would allow people with terminal illnesses to end their lives with the help of medical professionals. Many Democrats in the house back the bill, while a key Republican leader in the Senate warns the practice could be dangerous for vulnerable people who are suicidal or have disabilities.
Minneapolis police are investigating an attempted kidnapping in the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood. The incident reportedly happened this morning near Fourth Avenue Southeast and Sixth Street Southeast. The suspect was seen wearing a blue hoodie and blue sweatpants.
Patrons of liquor stores in St. Paul will have to be 21 to buy alcohol. The City Council voted yesterday to raise the legal age by a vote of seven-nothing. The ordinance also calls for those under 21 to be accompanied by someone at least 21 to enter the store. The measure goes into effect in 30 days.