Hennepin County is hosting its first juvenile warrant forgiveness event. The event will be held tomorrow in north Minneapolis and non-felony warrants can be resolved without an arrest. Organizers say the event is designed to build trust in the criminal justice system. The event won’t erase anyone’s record or case, but legal assistance will be available to help with the expungement process.
Police have a person in custody connected to a series of vandalism incidents at East-African immigrant storefronts. Authorities arrested a 36-year-old yesterday who was captured on video shattering store windows in along East Franklin Avenue.
Residents are grieving after a deadly shooting outside a St. Paul church. Victim RayVell Carter’s daughter witnessed the shooting Wednesday night. A gunman had fired on congregants standing outside St. Albans Church of God in Christ after a Bible study. Carter was found with deadly wounds moments later. Family and friends of Carter, neighbors, and members of the faith community took part in prayer yesterday at the site of the shooting.
Over 35-thousand Minnesotans could lose access to food stamps under a new federal proposal. Food shelf and nonprofit leaders spoke out yesterday against a rule change that could knock thousands out of the Program that would disqualify households that make more than 130-percent of the federal poverty standard.
A shortage of workers is continuing to affect job growth in Minnesota. State officials said yesterday a hiring uptick ended months of increases in Minnesota’s unemployment rate, but still doesn’t solve the worker shortage. Many executives say it is hard to replace experienced retiring baby boomers. Other companies say the high cost of daycare keeps them from finding quality workers.
Minnesota is launching a task force on missing and murdered indigenous women. The task force is charged with addressing the disproportionately high rates of violence against American Indian women and girls. The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Task Force is designed to answer questions about the lack of data available and shortfalls in law enforcement’s handling and prosecution of these cases.
Police say two armed men confronted a 28-year-old man in his St. Paul garage and pistol-whipped him Wednesday morning. The victim’s nine-year-old daughter pleaded with the men not to shoot her father. The suspects eventually ran from the home in the West Seventh Street area. Police haven’t found the suspects or determined a motive.
A pair of University of Minnesota researchers is targeting an aggressive form of leukemia with a new treatment. The treatment takes advantage of a person’s own natural killer cells and the drug therapy is beginning trials. The immunotherapy approach is one of many tools used to fight cancer cells.
Senate Republicans are proposing a free insulin program, but Democrats say it doesn’t go far enough. Republicans offered a proposal yesterday offering diabetics free insulin through their doctors. Democrats say the plan doesn’t do enough for those in emergency situations. Both parties remain far apart on how to create and pay for a new state insulin program.
The Ramsey County Manager is imposing financial restrictions on the sheriff’s office. Sheriff Bob Fletcher’s 2019 budget is threatening to go in the red because of increased salary costs. The office’s travel expenses, use of purchasing cards, contracts under ten-thousand dollars and business expense reimbursements will face added scrutiny. In a letter, the County Manager wrote that compensation costs have to be reduced immediately. Fletcher said yesterday that he inherited the salary costs.
A teen is facing a ten-year prison term for a gang-related murder outside a party bus in Dakota County. Trashaun Morris was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty to second-degree murder for killing 19-year-old Billy Ray Robles in March 2018. Three others have pleaded guilty for their roles in the incident and been sentenced.
Canada Goose has opened its first store in Minnesota at Mall of America. The Toronto-based luxury outerwear retailer has a room that has been cooled to minus-13 Fahrenheit. This will give shoppers a chance to test parkas and coats. Canada Goose is on the first floor of the Mall of America’s west side.