The Minnesota Daily

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2 students take plea deals 2 weeks before trial

May 7, 2008

.University students Brandon Overlie and Michael McCullough have accepted plea deals from the Hennepin County Attorney's Office two weeks before their trials regarding the death of University first-year...

Police bust area alcohol vendors

May 6, 2008

Twenty-nine businesses on or near campus have been checked for selling liquor to minors since 2003 - and many are failing the test. Minneapolis police have checked those businesses 58 times, according...

From intern to deputy chief:Johnson retires

April 30, 2008

He has dug graves at a cemetery, swept floors at a coffee house and hitchhiked his way out West. Those are distant memories for Deputy Chief Steve Johnson, who has been working his way up the University...

Minneapolis student robbed at gunpoint

April 29, 2008

Three college students, two of them from the University, were robbed this week, according to Minneapolis police reports. The first victim, who didn't want to be named because he feared for his safety,...

At least one theft occurs at Peik Hall, no arrests made

April 16, 2008

After a theft at Peik Hall on Friday, University police and staff are keeping their eyes open for a suspect who may be responsible for that theft and more. Four calls were made to University police on...

New position filled to aid ‘green’ efforts

April 15, 2008

In an attempt to organize and focus its many "green" efforts, the University has created, and filled, a new position: sustainability coordinator. on the web For more information about sustainability...

Despite feeling unsafe, few use campus escort service

April 10, 2008

It's late at night. You're walking back to your dorm room after hanging out with friends at a party off campus. You're all alone when a group starts walking behind you, whispering. Do you feel safe? For...

Do students feel campus is becoming safer?

April 8, 2008

Another weekend, another late-night robbery at gunpoint calling for a crime alert. Including this weekend's alert, the University Police Department has now issued 15 alerts this academic school year. With...

UMPD looks to add third lieutenant to police force

April 1, 2008

University police are expected to start the search for another lieutenant by the end of the summer, University police Chief Greg Hestness said. Typically police departments have three lieutenants, one...

Men charged in student’s death to not take plea deal

March 12, 2008

.Gonzalez takes plea agreement The March 31 trial date for career-criminal Daniel Gonzalez has been canceled, according to court documents. After pleading not guilty at the end of January to all charges...

Former CSOM adviser’s sexual assault case results in hung jury; retrial set

March 10, 2008

The sexual assault trial involving a former Carlson School of Management undergraduate student adviser ended in a mistrial last week. The 12-member jury couldn't come to a unanimous decision in the felony...

Professor known for his good humor dies at 65

March 6, 2008

Stephen Feinstein, director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and adjunct professor at the University, died Tuesday night after suffering a brain aneurysm. He was 65. Feinstein, who was...

Car flier rules not uniform everywhere

February 29, 2008

Jason Tollers is a self-proclaimed independent businessman who spends part of his day in the office and part of his day working the streets. He works for an international marketing company called Mac Incorporated,...

Man attacked near West Bank

February 27, 2008

Abdisalam Sahal was walking from his Minneapolis apartment to the bar across the street Thursday night when he was attacked by three unknown men. Sahal, 25, said the men outside his apartment near the...

Sexual assault trial for former Carlson adviser begins

February 26, 2008

Jury selection began Monday in the sexual assault case against former Carlson School of Management undergraduate student adviser Candelario Zuniga. The selection marked the start of Zuniga's trial in Judge...

Car crashes into stadium site

February 13, 2008

.Cars may not have wings, but one Minneapolis man's car spent some time in the air early Friday. Robert Ascher, 24, was drinking at The Dinkytowner Cafe on Friday morning, but ended his night in Hennepin...

UMart offers Sprint and T-Mobile plans

February 12, 2008

The University announced last week that it has partnered with Sprint and T-Mobile to offer discounted cell phone plans through its UMart Web site. Marcia Habben, director for Sprint in Minnesota, said...

Suspects try to nab cash from Panino’s

January 30, 2008

;Two suspects entered Panino's Restaurant on Friday just before 1 a.m. looking for some quick cash, but left empty-handed. The suspects entered the Stadium Village restaurant on Washington Avenue Southeast...

Student robbed at gunpoint

January 28, 2008

A University student was robbed at gunpoint Friday in Centennial Hall, according to a crime alert sent out by University police. First-year student Daniel Grittner said two men came into his dorm room...

Restorative Justice reaches 10-year mark

January 28, 2008

Two months ago public relations sophomore Laura Schelke attended a meeting to make amends for a crime she committed against her community. Earlier in the semester, Schelke had been drinking and was ticketed...

Blood clot led to student’s death

December 12, 2007

Ramsey County medical examiners confirmed the cause of death for former College of Liberal Arts Student Board president Chris Pomarico. Pomarico, 26, died of natural causes, medical examiner Don Gorie...

Students can get free legal help at U

December 10, 2007

University students aren't unlike anyone else in the United States. They get sued. They get divorced. They get speeding tickets. They get arrested. But unlike non-students, University students who pay...

TXT-U first used after bomb threat

December 6, 2007

The University had to use its new text messaging emergency-notification system, TXT-U, for the first time Wednesday morning. An alert was sent to the nearly 10,000 people signed up for the service after...

Wanted: 2 more police officers

November 30, 2007

The University Police Department is looking for a few good men. Well, two new patrol officers, anyway. The department will begin accepting applications today to fill the two positions in the department. The...

Car break-ins plague Dinkytown

November 28, 2007

.At least 28 cars parked around Dinkytown were damaged the night of Nov. 20, according to Minneapolis and University police reports. The thief or thieves broke one or more of the cars' windows to get in. At...

76 people are on UMPD’s no-trespass list

November 27, 2007

While the University campus is generally open to the public, not everyone is allowed on its premises. Anyone who does something illegal, disruptive, harassing or threatening can be subject to a trespass...

Man robbed outside Melrose

November 21, 2007

.Two men accused of robbing a student outside Melrose Student Suites on Sunday were scheduled Tuesday for their first appearance in Hennepin County District Court. Ahmed Mohamed, 23, and Ismail Abdirahman,...

Attackers break student’s leg; cars vandalized over weekend

November 14, 2007

.A University student was beaten and later hit by a car when he went with friends to a Minneapolis bar early Saturday morning, the student said. Psychology student Chad Martin, 22, went with two friends...

Some ignore safety alerts

November 12, 2007

Campus e-mail inboxes were stuffed with yet another public safety alert Saturday morning. The alert - issued because a parking lot attendant on the West Bank was robbed at knifepoint Friday afternoon -...

Dinkytown vandalized

November 7, 2007

.Broken glass lined the streets of Dinkytown after homecoming last weekend. At least five businesses had their doors broken early Sunday, and at least one more was broken sometime Sunday night or Monday...

Self-defense classes focus on students strengths

November 5, 2007

Jennifer Hebel, a medical technology senior, was robbed outside Williams Arena Tuesday night when a man grabbed her from behind and demanded her purse. The man threatened to shoot her, according to the...

UMPD gets creative in raising money for fund drive

November 1, 2007

Every year, University staff and employees are asked to raise money for a Community Fund Drive. The money from the drive goes to organizations that support social services, education, health and the arts. This...

Sex offender frequents Williams Arena

November 1, 2007

.University police arrested a known sex offender Saturday night during a volleyball game at Williams Arena. St. Paul resident Richard Stevens, 42, was arrested for giving police a false name and for trespassing...

When to call University Police unclear

October 30, 2007

A lot goes on in University residence halls: studying for tests, surfing the Internet, watching TV, eating dinner. Even with several-hundred students living together in one building, most of the time things...

Two students robbed in campus area

October 25, 2007

Two violent robberies were reported to University police last weekend. One University student was robbed outside Roy Wilkins Hall early Friday, and another was robbed outside the University Recreation...

Attempted robbery near Washington Avenue ramp

October 22, 2007

University Police Chief Greg Hestness released a public safety alert Friday morning regarding an attempted robbery last Monday near the Washington Avenue Ramp. First-year student Zachary Weis was riding...

Theft calls for better doors

October 22, 2007

If something needs to be fixed in a Northrop Mall-area building, there's a good chance Allen Smull's phone will be ringing. Smull is a carpenter for the University's Facilities Management. In his words:...

Wilson attacker caught

October 18, 2007

.Minneapolis police arrested suspect Matthew Pengra of New Brighton Saturday in connection with the Oct. 1 assault at Wilson Library, according to University police. Pengra, 35, who was wanted by University...

Buckeyes bug their bikes

October 17, 2007

Thousands of bicycles are stolen from college campuses every year and the University's campus is no exception. In 2006, 140 bicycles were stolen from campus. This year there have been 109 bike thefts through...

Burglary, theft are the most prominent crimes in student living areas

October 15, 2007

Chemical engineering first-year student Erica Woehl was in her neighbors' room for five minutes Tuesday evening. Woehl said she didn't leave her door "completely closed or completely open" because she...

Man goes for phone, officer goes for gun

October 11, 2007

.What began as a simple traffic stop Friday ended with a University police officer having to draw his gun on a Wisconsin man, according to a University police report. University police officer Ryan Rivers...

Courtverdict favors RIAA

October 8, 2007

The plaintiff: The Recording Industry Association of America. The defendant: Jammie Thomas, a 30-year-old woman from Brainerd, Minn. The lawsuit: According to the RIAA, Thomas illegally downloaded and...

UMPD names suspect of interest in sexual assault case

October 4, 2007

.University police have named a suspect in their investigation of an attempted sexual assault in Wilson Library. Matthew Pengra, 35, of New Brighton, is wanted for three offenses - criminal sexual conduct-molestation,...

Traffic after Gopher games gets out of control

October 3, 2007

Cars, trucks, city buses, light-rail trains, police officers, shuttle buses, RVs, musicians and thousands of pedestrians. These are the ingredients mixing in the streets outside the Metrodome after a typical...

9-year-old boy cited for drinking

September 27, 2007

.Officers from four local police departments handed out citations to 53 partygoers at one house Saturday morning, including a 9-year-old, during a party patrol in Dinkytown, according to a Minneapolis...

Trial date set for former Carlson adviser

September 24, 2007

A trial date has been set for a former Carlson School of Management undergraduate student adviser who allegedly sexually assaulted his neighbor's 8-year-old daughter. Candelario Zuniga, 56, is scheduled...

2 students face possible prison time

September 20, 2007

>Two University students are facing possible prison time after a student who attended a party at their house in April died when he fell off of a University parking ramp. University students Michael...

Police now patrolling atop ex-race horses

September 19, 2007

Two thoroughbred quarter horses: $2,650. Room and board for those two horses: $9,000 per year. The presence of a mounted patrol unit to police the University campus: priceless. "You can't put a price on...

Cameras might detect crime

September 18, 2007

With nearly 850 security cameras on campus, someone can always watch what students are doing. Soon, those cameras might be able to predict what they will do next. The University installed new behavior-recognition...

Rule change lengthens recruitment

September 12, 2007

Sororities on campus are dealing with changes in their recruitment process this fall and will encounter even bigger changes next year. Changes in the formal recruitment process, as well as changes to the...