Monday, April 1, 2013
This week's compilation includes 12 years of probation for groping girl, man charged for molestation, fryer fire, drug dog retires and thief caught in the act.
Editor’s Note: Every week we bring you a sampling of stories from Patch sites in the west metro: Eden Prairie, Edina, Fridley, Golden Valley, Hopkins, Lake Minnetonka, Maple Grove, Minnetonka, Plymouth, Richfield, Shakopee, Southwest Minneapolis, St. Louis Park and St. Michael. Debra Larson: Timothy Huber Called Us 'Rich City People Who Need to Figure Things Out' At a Kandiyohi County court hearing Friday, Timothy Larson's widow and 10 others testified ahead of Timothy Huber's April murder trial. Leon Henry Anderson Pleads Guilty to Brutal Richfield Murder The horrific incident occurred on the 7300 block of Elliot Avenue on Feb. 28, 2012, leaving an elderly man dead and his wife injured. Officer Injured While Breaking Up Student Fight at …
Friday, March 1, 2013
The Hennepin County Attorney's Office releases its February 2013 newsletter.
Friday, March 1
Editor's Note: The following is a Hennepin County Attorney's Office press release. This month, we have had partial resolutions in two very difficult cases. In both instances, young people took up guns to solve their problems, killing other children. The crimes are almost incomprehensible, young boys shot while riding their bike or sleeping on the couch. And there are other victims, like Terrell Mayes, whose killer we still hope to bring to justice. These are some of the hardest cases for our office. It's our job to prosecute these crimes, but we also try to prevent violence from happening in the first place. That's one reason we are proposing some common sense gun violence prevention reforms at the legislature. It's also why, through our …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
“I hope that Tim’s death – and his life – will help us remember that we all fall down sometimes,” writes Alyssa Schmidt, the sister of a Hopkins man who died in a heroin overdose that resulted in a murder charge.
Wednesday, February 20
Editor’s Note: The following guest column comes from Alyssa Schmidt. Schmidt is the sister of Timothy C. St. John, who died Feb. 20, 2012, from a heroin overdose. Last week, prosecutors issued a warrant for the arrest of Devon McFerrin on a charge of third-degree murder stemming from allegations that McFerrin sold St. John the heroin that killed him. Recently there has been a handful of news articles published about my brother’s death. Prosecutors recently charged a Minneapolis man with murder for selling my brother, Tim, the heroin that killed him. First I’d like to make it clear that my family has nothing to do with this investigation or the charges being brought against this man. Some people think the charge of murder is ridiculous …
Monday, February 18, 2013
Two recent cases have emphasized the breadth of the legal definition. Patch wants to know what the word means to you.
“Murder” and “homicide” are loaded words that conjure images of malice and deliberate violence. This month, though, the west metro has been reminded that that’s not always the case. At the beginning of February, prosecutors charged Jonathan Markle with criminal vehicular homicide in connection with the drowning of his 9-month-old daughter. Prosecutors say Markle's blood alcohol level was .13 when his vehicle broke through the ice Jan. 18 after he tried to drive underneath the Halstead Bay Bridge on Lake Minnetonka. Hennepin County Mike Freeman acknowledged that the legal system has "no penalty that can approach the grief and agony this man might feel by the death of his daughter at his own hand." But Freeman went on to say he wants this …
Friday, February 15, 2013
Devon McFerrin is accused of selling a Hopkins man the heroin that killed him.
Prosecutors on Thursday filed a murder charge against a Minneapolis man suspected of being a prolific drug dealer whose heroin killed a Hopkins man a year ago. The County Attorney’s Office charged 31-year-old Devon McFerrin with third-degree murder, a charge in which the selling of drugs results in someone’s death. The charge stems from a death investigation that began Feb. 20, 2012, at a Lake Street Northeast home in Hopkins, Officer Erik Husevold wrote in the criminal complaint. Officers tried to revive the unidentified man but were unable to do so. (Details about the victim were not immediately available. Hopkins police plan to release a statement about the case. Patch will have more information as it becomes available.) The person who …
Friday, November 23, 2012
The most thoughtful, moving, controversial or just plain funny comments from around the west metro between Nov. 16 and Nov. 22.
Each week, Patch users contribute numerous insights, opinions and observations. The following is a collection of the most thoughtful, moving, controversial or just plain funny comments that appeared on Patch sites in Eden Prairie, Edina, Golden Valley, Hopkins, Minnetonka, Richfield, Shakopee, Plymouth, St. Louis Park and St. Michael. Click on the headline to read the full story and join in the conversation. (The comments below are not meant to reflect the opinions of Patch or its staff.) *** Disqualifications at State Cost Minnetonka Girls the State Swimming Title What looked like a victory at state by 44.5 points ended in a fourth place finish for the Skipper swimming and diving team. georgia was impressed with the team's reaction: Good …
Monday, November 19, 2012
Kerry Scott was found unresponsive late Saturday night behind a Girard Avenue North home.
A 41-year-old Hopkins man has been identified as the man who was found beaten to death late Saturday night in North Minneapolis. Kerry Scott, of 518 Texas Ave. S., was found unresponsive behind 3307 Girard Ave. N., the Hennepin County Medical Examiner announced Monday afternoon. Scott died at 11:10 p.m. from multiple blunt-force injuries, and the medical examiner has declared his death a homicide. A Minneapolis police sergeant told the Star Tribune before Scott was identified that the victim appeared to have been beaten to death. Minneapolis police are investigating the case. Investigators ask anyone with information on the case to call the Minneapolis Police Department’s Tip Line at 612-692-TIPS (8477). The case number for this incident …
Monday, September 24, 2012
Andre Zedrick Steward Jr., 17, will stand trial as an adult in the beating death of a 50-year-old homeless man in Minneapolis earlier this summer.
A Richfield teenager arrested in July in connection with the beating death of a homeless man in North Minneapolis will stand trial as an adult on second-degree murder charges. Andre Zedrick Steward Jr., 17, is charged with aiding and abetting in second-degree murder, which carries a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison. He waived certification proceedings before a Hennepin County judge last week and was ordered to stand trial as an adult. Police say Steward and Willis Esposito Richardson, 23, of Minneapolis attacked 50-year-old Harry Lee Brown in North Minneapolis on June 29, with Richardson hitting Brown with a baseball bat and Steward punching the victim with his fists. The two stole $5 from Brown to buy liquor, according to authorities…
Monday, September 17, 2012
Sing Keonakhone came to officers’ attention when they saw a marijuana pipe in the vehicle he was driving.
Hopkins police found a gun in a car driven by a man previously convicted of attempted aggravated murder and aggravated robbery, according to court documents filed Monday. Officers became suspicious of 55-year-old Minneapolis resident Sing Keonakhone when they saw what appeared to be a crack pipe in his center console following a traffic stop Aug. 4 near Weaver Lake Road and Interstate 94 in Maple Grove. When asked about the pipe, Keonakhone told officers that he uses it to smoke marijuana, Police Sgt. Michael Glassberg wrote in the charging documents. The officer then asked Keonakhone if he had any marijuana or other drugs in the vehicle, and Keonakhone said he had marijuana in a backpack on the front passenger seat. The officer asked …