A warning to keep large vehicles off thin ice appears to be working in Hennepin County, Minn. There has been just one water rescue since Sheriff Rich Stanek banned large vehicles from the county’s lakes Feb. 9.
As of midnight, it will be illegal in Minnesota to have or sell synthetic drugs, including fake marijuana, bath salts and other chemicals, like the one blamed in a mass overdose that killed a 19-year-old last spring.
A Maple Grove, Minn., woman faces two counts of criminal sexual conduct for allegedly carrying on a sexual relationship while a Hennepin County social worker with a client who had a history of chemical dependency and sexual abuse.
Hennepin County prosecutors said four people tried to extort money from a Bloomington man by threatening to reveal his visits to a prostitute. A funeral service for the man was held Saturday, five days after authorities said he committed suicide in a wildlife refuge.
The city of Dickinson, N.D., may change its distribution method for pensions. City Administrator Shawn Kessel said several city workers have retired in the past six months, and nearly a dozen more are becoming eligible. He said it might be the most in the city’s history.
A federal effort to dismantle gangs from the top-down will roll out soon in the Twin Cities, months after the Metro Gang Strike Force was shut down amid allegations of misconduct. The Twin Cities Safe Streets Violent Gang Task Force will be led by the FBI. It will investigate gangs as organized criminal enterprises, and use tools such as anti-racketeering statutes to take down the whole group.
Associated Press/Forum Communications
, December 21, 2009
Police have shot a mountain lion that wandered inside the Bismarck city limits. The 100-pound male was killed about 7:30 p.m. Friday near the former Home Depot building. A man called the North Dakota Game and Fish Department after he and family members saw the cougar cross a street and go into a vacant lot.
A man accused of hiring his handyman to kill a Fargo dentist is scheduled to be in an Oklahoma City courtroom Nov. 25 for a hearing to determine whether he should be sent to North Dakota to face charges. Gov. John Hoeven signed papers last week supporting the extradition of Gene Carl Kirkpatrick, 63, Jones, Okla. Kirkpatrick is accused of hiring Michael Allen Nakvinda to kill Philip Gattuso, who was Kirkpatrick’s son-in-law.
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