Category: Crime

Minnesota Fighting the Opioid Crisis

Minnesota has taken a big step in fighting, what health officials say is a national opioid crisis. Governor Mark Dayton is announcing the state will send about $700,000 in grants to hospitals and clinics in rural areas. States data shows that rural communities receive more prescribed opioids on average than urban communities. The grants will be aimed at establishing new […]

Read more ›
Woman Convicted of Murder in Case of St. Cloud Man’s Overdose

Woman Convicted of Murder in Case of St. Cloud Man’s Overdose

A Twin Cities woman has been convicted of third-degree murder after selling fentanyl to a St. Cloud man who overdosed on the drug and died in April 2016. Beverly Burrell, 32, was also convicted of a controlled substance crime by Sherburne County District Court Judge Walter Kaminsky on Monday April 23rd. Burrell was tried over two days in February after […]

Read more ›

Drops in Teenage Drinking

Teen drinking rates in Minnesota have continued to drop over the years, according to new data from the Minnesota Department of Health. The Data shows that students who feel comfortable consulting their parents about issues or problems are less likely to consume alcohol. Students reporting experiences of trauma caused by abuse are more likely to have consumed alcohol before the […]

Read more ›

Increased Violence in State Prison

Ten Oak Park Heights employees were sent to the hospital last month, with injuries caused by inmates. Last months injuries totaled more than the last five years combined. Records show that attacks on employees have gone up over 80 percent between 2013 and 2017. Attacks against other inmates has also continued to rise. State Representative Jack Considine considers resolving the […]

Read more ›
Prince’s Death is Finally Closed

Prince’s Death is Finally Closed

The case on Prince’s death has come to an end. Dr. Michael Todd had previously been accused of breaking the controlled substances act by prescribing medication for Prince to his bodyguard. Dr. Todd denies being part of Prince’s overdose but agreed to settle a federal civil violation by paying $30,000. Prosecutors of Prince’s case are filing no criminal charges for the […]

Read more ›
Breckenridge Father Charged With Murder of his Toddler Son

Breckenridge Father Charged With Murder of his Toddler Son

A Breckenridge father is being charged with the murder of his toddler son after a week long investigation. The boy was found dead on April 10 in the father’s apartment in Breckenridge, Minnesota. According to WDAY-TV, 35-year-old Tracy Brant is being charged with the murder, third-degree assault, and malicious punishment of his 3-year-old son, Winter Barker.

Read more ›
Lawmakers Consider Task Force to Study Violence in Native Community

Lawmakers Consider Task Force to Study Violence in Native Community

A task force is being considered by Minnesota legislators to study and combat violence against Native American women. According to the Department of Health, Native American women were around seven times more likely to be killed than white women across a 26 year period beginning in 1990. Democratic Representative Mary Kunesh-Podein stated that the task force would investigate the violence […]

Read more ›
Foster Mom and Boyfriend Charged with Death of Child

Foster Mom and Boyfriend Charged with Death of Child

A foster mother and her boyfriend have been charged with the death of a 3-year-old boy who was in the care of the woman. 31-year-old Zeporia Fortenberry and her boyfriend, 27-year-old Charles Homich, have been charged in Dakota County with the manslaughter and murder of Zayden Lawson. Zayden was beaten to death last June and had been beaten for several […]

Read more ›
Slashing at Sauk Rapids Elementary School

Slashing at Sauk Rapids Elementary School

An 8-year-old boy from Sauk Rapids has cut three other students with a knife at school. Sauk Rapids Police Chief Perry Beise says that the boy cut three children Monday morning at Pleasentview Elementary School, and then went to the office and turned over the knife. None of the children stabbed were seriously hurt and no charges are expected because […]

Read more ›
Sauk Rapids Stabbing at Elementary School

Sauk Rapids Stabbing at Elementary School

Police say three students at an elementary school were attacked at a Sauk Rapids Elementary School. Reports say an eight-year-old boy brought a kitchen knife to Pleasantview Elementary School, allegedly wounding three students with the ages of eight, nine, and thirteen. One of the injured children is a seventh-grader who was waiting to catch a transfer bus. The other two […]

Read more ›