Hennepin County District Attorney Appoints More Prosecutors To Deal With Carjacking Cases

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Hennepin County District Attorney Mike Freeman

Kim Hyatt writes for the Star Tribune: “As car hijackings in Minneapolis and the suburbs continue to increase, the Hennepin County District Attorney’s Office has said it is assigning more prosecutors to handle the influx of cases. County District Attorney Mike Freeman said Tuesday his office plans to “step up” prosecution of carjackings by devoting one prosecutor to adult cases and another to juvenile cases. A lawyer is also appointed to help victims of carjacking. As of Monday, 138 carjacking cases were referred to Hennepin County on possible charges, the majority – 94 – involving minors.

Related: KSTP-TV reports: “More than 300 residents of Edina attended a community crime prevention meeting on Tuesday evening. They called on the police to do all they could to arrest violent criminals and to urge prosecutors in the Hennepin County District Attorney’s Office to seek the harshest jail or prison terms possible.

Says FOX 9: “It will be a very active weather day on Wednesday with almost all types of weather as a large storm sweeps through the Upper Midwest. The day will start on the warm, gray side with temperatures in the upper 30 degrees as well as fog and drizzle in the area. Winds will pick up by mid-morning gusting south to 20-30 mph. Strong southerly winds will bring unusually warm and humid air to the region with temperatures reaching the 1950s by mid-afternoon. These would be record temperatures for December 15. … The Storm Prediction Center also issued a slight risk of severe thunderstorms from southern subway to northern Iowa with the best chance of thunderstorms from 5pm to 9pm.

Peter Cox of MPR writes, “The City of St. Paul and Ramsey County are investing tens of millions of federal bailout dollars in affordable housing for a group hit by the continuing shortage of wanted housing in Minnesota. Local governments want to spend $ 74.5 million to provide more housing options for people earning 30% of the region’s median income, or about $ 31,500 per year for a family of four.. … The city and county will each set aside approximately $ 37 million for projects both within the city limits and elsewhere in the county. The money comes from the US federal bailout law. The funding is expected to help build approximately 1,000 units in the county, primarily in St. Paul.

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Kim Hyatt of the Star Tribune writes: “An investigation into a racist video targeting a black teenager at Prior Lake High School has been referred to the Scott County District Attorney’s Office for potential criminal charges. The Savage Police Department said on Tuesday that detectives “have completed a full investigation into the harassment report related to the racist video posted to social media” on November 10. In the video, two college students repeatedly used a racial slur targeting a 14-year-old freshman. Nya Sigin. The teenager has since seen a surge of support and was recently surprised by Minnesota Vikings owner Mark Wilf and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell with two Super Bowl LVI tickets.

Tom Hauser reports for KSTP-TV: “With the state of Minnesota now projecting a budget surplus of $ 7.7 billion, supporters of the frontline worker pandemic bonus claim that the initial $ 250 million dollars can increase dramatically. “Things have changed materially and substantially given this historic surplus,” explains the senator. Erin Murphy, LDF-St. Paul. Murphy and Rep. Cedrick Frazier, DFL-New Hope, say the amount of money should be quadrupled to over $ 1 billion and the beneficiary pool should be expanded. … Murphy and Frazier are offering bonus checks of $ 1,500 to 667,000 front-line workers, including workers in health care, nursing homes, retail, maintenance, care. children and others.

Also at FOX 9, Theo Keith reports: “Turns out, the $ 300 million restoration of the Minnesota State Capitol wasn’t the end of the repairs. Five years after the renovation was completed, the state is now spending $ 1.3 million to repair decorative paint and plaster throughout the building. State officials cited a range of reasons for the problems and said humidity in the building could make the problem worse. “

Stephen Groves of the AP reports: “The daughter of South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem received unusual treatment in an application for a real estate appraiser’s license, including an additional opportunity to obtain it after failing to meet federal requirements, the former director of a state assessment agency to lawmakers.. Sherry Bren’s testimony to a legislative panel was the first time she has spoken in-depth in public about Kassidy Peters’ candidacy and a meeting her mother called last year to discuss the assessment process.

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