A grand jury is expected to hear evidence this week about the involvement of a national assisted suicide group in the death of a Minnesota woman in 2007. Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom issued a statement Monday confirming his office is investigating Final Exit Network and that he will be convening a grand jury.
A Dakota County dog breeder is accused of drowning puppies in a bucket and another dog in a pool. Sixty-one-year-old Dayna Kristine Bell is facing 16 counts of animal cruelty. She owns Bell Kennels and Farm in Sciota Township. Three former employees told police they witnessed Bell mistreating dogs.
A Hastings man who pleaded guilty to 11th-offense driving while intoxicated has been sentenced to five years in prison. Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom noted that Andrist has 10 previous convictions for driving while intoxicated, and said he hopes Andrist gets the help he needs.
A jury in Dakota County deliberated just 30 minutes today before returning the guilty verdict on the gross misdemeanor charge against Steven Cross. He disappeared July 18 after leaving a letter for his son, Sebastian, and the parents of his son's best friend.
Steven A. Cross, 60, is on trial for gross misdemeanor child neglect in Dakota County District Court. Authorities say Cross left his son in their home before driving to Cambria, Calif., an oceanside artist colony on the Pacific coast, where he found a job in a deli and lived in his van.
A Minneapolis man convicted of assaulting a boys' basketball commissioner at a tournament in Burnsville will not get a lesser sentence. Fifty-year-old Robin Johnson was sentenced to six years in prison for attacking the club director, cracking three of his teeth, after Johnson's son's sixth-grade boys basketball game on Feb. 13, 2010.
VIDEO: Bottom of article A Minnesota high school principal is apologizing for pep rally prank earlier this month in which blindfolded students were surprised to find they had kissed their parents in front of hundreds of classmates. Rosemount High School Principal John Wollersheim said the prank had first been done about six years ago and wasn't controversial. Not this time. A one-minute video of the smooches has gone viral on YouTube.
High medical costs and required weekly treatment make it unrealistic for James Brent Vandusartz, 57, to serve time in the Dakota County Jail in Hastings for his crime, said District Judge Richard Spicer. Instead, Vandusartz will serve 15 years' probation.
Dakota County District Judge Timothy McManus sentenced Richard Michael Marquardt, 36, to 12 years in prison after he pleaded guilty of five felonies. Marquardt will serve at least two-thirds - or eight years - of the sentence in prison before he's eligible for conditional release.
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