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Como area business robbed; owner considers closing

May 10, 2002

After being robbed at gunpoint, a Como area business owner might close her store, she said. An unidentified suspect wielding a weapon that appeared to be a semi-automatic pistol robbed Captain's Lunchbox...

Stereo equipment stolen from vehicles parked in Wildcat Lot

May 8, 2002

University police officers spent part of their Friday afternoon contacting some students parked in the Wildcat Lot at 420 25th Ave. S.E. to tell them their vehicles had been burglarized. An unknown suspect...

Males face ‘scarier world’ of sexual assault silence

May 7, 2002

A 20-year-old University of Wisconsin-River Falls sophomore said he was sexually assaulted March 22 while on a date in Minneapolis. He joins an estimated one in seven men sexually assaulted in their lifetimes,...

Family offers reward in mortuary student’s death

May 1, 2002

Nearly three months after the shooting deaths of two men in a Hudson, Wis., funeral home, their tearful families announced a $100,000 reward Tuesday for anyone providing information that leads to an arrest. James...

Police cite 52 for Spring Jam underage alcohol consumption

May 1, 2002

Despite unseasonable snow, local law enforcement agencies targeted underage consumption of alcohol and driving while under the influence during last weekend's Spring Jam festivities. According to police...

Activist Hampton speaks on black leadership issues

April 30, 2002

An activist imprisoned a decade ago spoke to nearly 25 community members and University students Monday night at Blegen Hall about the importance of engaging people in the black power movement. Fred Hampton...

Daily files complaint over police actions in post-hockey riots

April 24, 2002

The Minnesota Daily filed a complaint Tuesday with the Minneapolis Police Department's Internal Affairs Division. The complaint claimed officers infringed on Daily journalists' First Amendment rights during...

Textbooks stolen from frat house, sold to U bookstore

April 24, 2002

As the spring semester winds down, many students look forward to selling back textbooks for extra cash. Two University students won't get that chance, because their textbooks were stolen last week from...

E-mail scam reaches U faculty, students

April 23, 2002

Every day, students and faculty on campus are deluged with unsolicited e-mails. Most of them are more annoying than harmful. But one popular scam, which has been draining bank accounts for more than 20...

Former student admits to stealing from U, other felonies

April 18, 2002

The Hennepin County Attorney's Office charged a former University student and employee Monday with nine felony counts for using more than $16,000 of University funds for personal expenses and using her...

Men turn violent after student denies them beer

April 17, 2002

A University student was forced to defend herself after she refused to give beer to two men walking by her house April 13. Kirsten Collins, a women's studies senior, and three friends were at her apartment...

Conduct code sparks debate in riot’s aftermath

April 15, 2002

Over the next few weeks, University officials will grapple with how and when the student conduct code should be enforced. Last Monday, student life director Robert Jones said students arrested during the...

Groups provide way out for prostitutes

April 11, 2002

Jill Leighton ran away from a home of physical and sexual abuse when she was 14 years old. She quickly became desperate for food and shelter while living on the streets of Ohio. One day a man approached...

Police, Daily discuss media treatment

April 11, 2002

The Minnesota Daily's editor in chief met with high-ranking city officials Wednesday to discuss his allegations that police used unreasonable force against Daily staff covering the Sunday morning riot...

Police innovate to close prostitute ‘revolving door’

April 10, 2002

One Minneapolis woman has been arrested for prostitution 29 times and for loitering with the intent to commit prostitution 36 more. She is a case study in why police officers, attorneys and prostitution...

Drugs, theft, fighting mar early spring for U community

April 10, 2002

University police responded to a fight in progress Friday involving eight men on the corner of Fourth Street Southeast and 15th Avenue Southeast, according to the police report. Police detained seven of...

Minneapolis police continue riot investigation

April 10, 2002

The Minneapolis City Attorney's Office charged three University students and one Minneapolis man for their alleged involvement in the Dinkytown melee following the Gophers' national hockey championship...

Local groups battle prostitution

April 9, 2002

Nearly 10 years ago, Linda Kolkind found a murdered prostitute on the street by her home in Powderhorn Park. The prostitute was 40 years old and college educated. But she was unable to escape prostitution...

In the U’s shadow: Prostitutes trapped by drugs, pimps

April 8, 2002

Minneapolis police Officer Matt Wente circled the blocks near Lake Street and Chicago Avenue South in mid-January searching for a prostitute at 10 a.m. Few women were out; temperatures had dipped below...

U police department warns students of increase in bicycle thefts

April 3, 2002

Unknown suspects stole four bicycles Thursday between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. on the University's East Bank campus. In one incident, a person saw the theft occurring near Moos Tower and reported it to University...

Both Harvard Market stores robbed during same evening

April 2, 2002

Harvard Market and Harvard Market East were robbed Thursday evening in a half-hour span, the stores' owner said. The stores are located two blocks from each other on Washington Avenue Southeast. Harvard...

Housing groups, Rybak strive for equal access, affordability in market

April 2, 2002

Pledging to ensure equal access to Minneapolis dwellings, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak declared April Fair Housing Month in a kickoff celebration at City Hall on Monday. Rybak and housing agency representatives...

Youth activist leads discussion at U

March 29, 2002

Scott Beale, a 26-year-old former White House official, led nearly 30 University students Thursday evening in a millennial-age political discussion. "Scott is basically an expert on not only issues that...

Man charged with sexually assaulting woman at nightclub

March 27, 2002

The Hennepin County Attorney's Office charged a 29-year-old man March 19 with fifth-degree sexual assault and terroristic threats. According to the criminal complaint: Derick Lee Gallagher sexually assaulted...

U emergency response plan nearly finished

March 25, 2002

More than six months after the Sept. 11 attacks, the University's emergency management plan is nearly revised, and plans for updated security have been finalized. University officials began meeting the...

U offers students, staff free anti-virus software

March 14, 2002

College students will take anything that's free. That is what Academic and Distributed Computing Services was counting on when it purchased approximately $75,000 worth of Norton AntiVirus licenses for...

Two men steal own cars from Cedar Towing

March 13, 2002

Two men stole their own cars the first weekend in March from the Cedar Towing lot located on the 3200 block of Como Avenue Southeast. A man whose 1999 BMW was towed from the Grandmarc at Seven Corners...

Wellstone wife speaks on fighting human trafficking

March 8, 2002

Each year, thousands of women are illegally smuggled into the United States and imprisoned in brothels and slave labor. That's what Sheila Wellstone, wife of Sen. Paul Wellstone, D-Minn., told approximately...

Keys stolen from UDS Comstock office

March 6, 2002

A University Dining Services employee reported a possible employee-related theft Feb. 27 from an office in the Comstock Hall dining area at 210 Delaware St. S.E. The theft occurred between 3:30 p.m. Feb....

Senators not invited to Bush address

March 5, 2002

When President George W. Bush visited Monday, he was warmly received by most local officials. But two of Minnesota's heaviest hitters were nowhere to be found at Bush's Eden Prairie High School appearance...

O’Connells request public’s assistance

March 4, 2002

HUDSON, Wis. - Over lumps in their throats, members of the O'Connell family spoke Friday for the first time since University alumnus Daniel O'Connell's Feb. 5 death. O'Connell, 38, and James Ellison, a...

Hennepin County judge Amundson charged with theft

February 27, 2002

Hennepin County appeals court Judge Ronald Amundson was charged Tuesday with five felony counts of theft for allegedly stealing money from the trust fund of a mentally disabled woman. As trustee of the...

‘Asset to community’ Wally Caryl dies after 35 years of U service

February 22, 2002

The man responsible for keeping nearly 14,000 fans safe at Gophers men's basketball games died Monday. Wally Caryl, 79, director of the University Emergency Management Department and a 35-year University...

Repeat offender charged in sexual assault near campus

February 22, 2002

Minneapolis police charged a 34-year-old man Thursday for allegedly sexually assaulting a 31-year-old woman jogging in the St. Anthony Main area Feb. 18. Dennis Lee Whitley Jr. was charged with fourth-degree...

Thefts reported at Chi Psi, Delta Tau Delta fraternity houses

February 20, 2002

Two University fraternities reported burglaries to Minneapolis police this month. The Chi Psi fraternity, also known as "the lodge," located on the 1500 block of University Avenue Southeast, reported a...

Man charged with assault in Moos Tower stabbing

February 13, 2002

A 46-year-old Minneapolis man was charged with second-degree assault Friday after allegedly stabbing another man Feb. 6 in front of Moos Tower. According to the criminal complaint: University police Sgt....

Family, friends mourn Ellison at student’s funeral

February 12, 2002

Hundreds gathered Monday in Barron, Wis., to celebrate the life of James Ellison, a University mortuary science senior shot and killed Feb. 5 Family and friends spilled out of the Barron Area Community...

Police: Nothing missing from funeral home

February 8, 2002

Investigators found nothing missing from the O'Connell Family Funeral Home in Hudson, Wis., where two men were found shot and killed Tuesday. Police led employees through the building in search of clues...

Mortuary science students, family mourn loss of friend

February 7, 2002

Most of the University's 48 mortuary science students gathered Wednesday to grieve the death of classmate James Ellison, who was killed Tuesday. Ellison, a 22-year-old mortuary science senior, and Daniel...

Police investigate burglary, Wilson Library bomb threat

February 6, 2002

A 34-year-old St. Paul man was arrested Jan. 26 for burglarizing the apartment of two University students. Farris Ivan Turner allegedly broke into an apartment on University Avenue Southeast at approximately...

U Student Shot, Killed in Hudson

February 6, 2002

HUDSON, Wis. - A University Medical School student was the victim of an apparent homicide late Tuesday at O'Connell Family Funeral Home in Hudson, Wis. James D. Ellison, a 21-year-old senior in the mortuary...

Man arrested at Wilson with 15 passports, faces deportation

January 30, 2002

University police arrested a man carrying 15 allegedly stolen passports at Wilson Library on Jan. 21. Gideon Osei Boadu, 28, allegedly removed the picture from at least one of the passports and replaced...

Arson fire damages St. Paul campus labs

January 29, 2002

A weekend blaze in the Crops Research Building on the St. Paul campus was caused by arson, University police confirmed Monday. The fire broke out at approximately 3:40 a.m. Saturday. It began in a construction...

U senior robbed, beaten Monday after leaving campus

January 24, 2002

Five men robbed a University student crossing the 10th Avenue bridge Monday at approximately 10:30 p.m. Justin Erickson, a senior finance major, who is also the Daily's business manager, was walking from...

Man arrested after violent incident at cafe

January 23, 2002

Minneapolis police arrested Robert Leon Commodore, 33, after he allegedly threatened to kill employees of the Purple Onion Café and broke one of the Dinkytown café's windows Thursday. Police...

Jury acquits Gophers Watson, Toussaint in sexual assault trial

January 22, 2002

For the first time during their weeklong trial, the stoic facades of two University football players charged with first- and third-degree sexual assault crumbled when the jury acquitted the men of all...

U student has run-in with woman in road rage incident on Como

December 12, 2001

An unknown suspect jumped on the hood of a University student's car Dec. 4 after the student prevented the woman from cutting in front of her. Rachel Lee Mann-Orosz, 20, said she was waiting to turn left...

Jury selection begins in Watson, Toussaint sexual assault trial

December 10, 2001

Two University football players charged with an on-campus sexual assault will stand trial beginning Monday at the Hennepin County Courthouse. Steven Watson and Mackenzy Toussaint are both charged with...

Students’ apartment repeatedly broken into by unknown perpetrator

December 5, 2001

An unknown man broke into three University students' lower-level apartment on the 1000 block of 12th Avenue S.E., the first of three break-ins in one week. "We're not aware if it's just because we are...

University police target thefts near Como student cooperative

December 3, 2001

Despite a 10 percent decrease in theft in the 2nd Precinct, a string of motor vehicle break-ins hit the Como neighborhood last week. "Unfortunately there is not a lot folks can do," said Lt. Steve Kincaid...