The Worthington Police Department is accused of using excessive force during an arrest earlier this year. The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota filed a lawsuit against the police force, the city of Worthington and a civilian. They also released a video from the police dash cam in January that showed their client, Kelvin Rodriguez, running after he pulled a car into a parking lot as police flashed their lights. The suit claims police brutally hurt Rodriguez and delayed in getting him treatment after suffering broken ribs and a lacerated pancreas and liver. Worthington officials say the city was waiting for legal representation in the matter.
Congressman Pete Stauber is reporting that his campaign fundraising for the third quarter was below previous levels. Mandatory federal campaign filings show that Stauber raised just over 238-thousand dollars in the third quarter ending in September. The money brings the Republican’s cash on hand to just over 540-thousand dollars.
Hennepin County Sheriff Dave Hutchinson is encrypting all 911 calls and law enforcement radio traffic. Hutchinson began the policy yesterday, reversing a decades-long practice of allowing the public to hear and react to law enforcement calls in real time. The encryption affects 25 law enforcement departments, but doesn’t affect fire departments or emergency medical services. Hennepin County is the first known agency in the state to encrypt calls.
The state’s highest court says St. Paul must honor its five-year contract with haulers even if voters reject organized trash collection. The Minnesota Supreme Court’s ruling means voters can either keep the current system and pay quarterly garbage bills or pay for the contract costs through a steep hike in property taxes. Voters will make their choice on November 5th.
Security lines are running smoothly as the travel-heavy MEA weekend gets underway. Lines have been minimal for travelers on a weekend where thousands of additional people are expected to clear security. TSA expects a four-percent increase over the same time period last year.
Strangers have come together to help find a missing Minnesota boy. More than 600 people gathered in Palmer Township to search for six-year-old Ethan who disappeared Tuesday afternoon. He and the family dog were found about ten hours into the search with the help of a stranger with a drone that had heat-seeking technology.
Two more Minnesotans have died from vaping-related lung illnesses. Health officials have issued new warnings about vaping illegal cannabis substances. The state’s first death was reported last month by the Minnesota Department of Health. Nearly 75 confirmed or probable cases of severe lung injury associated with vaping have been reported in the state. Just over 30 more cases are under review.
Authorities say a 27-year-old man’s death from a stab wound is being ruled a homicide. The man was found early yesterday morning in a residential area near Southeast Seventh Street and Southeast Fifth Avenue in the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood. The victim was taken to the hospital where he died. Police are continuing to investigate.
The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is reporting that a driver shot himself following a police pursuit. The BCA announced yesterday that it is investigating the officer use of force situation. Todd County Sheriff’s deputies attempted to pull the man over Tuesday night. Following a pursuit, one of the officers discharged bean bag rounds or chemical munitions during the incident. No officers were injured.
Downtown micro units are attracting budget-minded renters. The newest rental building in downtown has compact, one-room apartments with built-in Murphy beds. The Michigan-based developer of the City Club Apartments CBD says the units have been a hit and are a model for future developments.
The museum ship William A. Irvin is back in its Duluth slip. The ship was pulled from Fraser Shipyards to the pedestrian bridge yesterday between Canal Park and the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. Barges guided the vessel through the bridge into the slip. The retired ore ship underwent repairs thanks to a 500-thousand dollar grant from the Minnesota Historical Society.