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Police: robberies might be connected

May 3, 2007

.Police believe two robberies that occurred within minutes of each other in the Southeast Como neighborhood early Friday might be connected. A third robbery early Saturday, which yielded three arrests,...

Drivers using others’ disability tags to park free

April 27, 2007

Whatever the reason, be it convenience, laziness or needing to save quarters for laundry, drivers displaying someone else's disability parking permit or license plates in order to get free parking around...

Marcy-Holmes armed robbery victim fears for life

April 26, 2007

.Peter Byrns lay in a puddle of rainwater with a gun pointed to his head in a parking lot in the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood Sunday. "At this point, I thought I was gonna die," he said. Byrns, 40, of Shafer,...

House of Hanson grocery store burglarized Friday

April 19, 2007

>Someone broke the glass on the front door of the House of Hanson grocery store in Dinkytown early Friday, according to a police report. Owner Laurel Bauer said a concrete block used for patio landscaping...

University lab conducts research on lions

April 18, 2007

There's a laboratory building hiding behind the Huron parking lots on Sixth Street Southeast. Inside that building, researchers work on data regarding population preservation, family dynamics and mane...

Rules limit bicycle transit

April 13, 2007

Jim Rosvold stepped out onto the sidewalk in Stadium Village just as a man on a bicycle came "whipping by." "I dodged it, but he crashed," said Rosvold, president of the Stadium Village Commercial Association...

Robbed man fights back then leads police to arrest

April 12, 2007

.Police arrested a 15-year-old boy following a robbery that took place on 27th Avenue Southeast in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood on Sunday, according to a police report. Jeremy Reimer said he was waiting...

University police considering upgrade to hi-tech ‘smart cams’

April 9, 2007

The University currently has more than 800 security cameras watching over campus buildings and parking lots. But simply recording events indiscriminately might not be enough to prevent crime the way some...

Man robs student; police have no leads

April 5, 2007

An unknown man robbed a University student at gunpoint Tuesday morning, police said. The student departed the SuperAmerica gas station in Prospect Park at about 6 a.m., walking south, Minneapolis Police...

Students allege MPD bias

March 29, 2007

;Police responded to a noisy party complaint at a house early Sunday, and witnesses said they arrested a black man for no reason, calling it an incident of racial profiling. Police said his behavior was...

Judge finds ex-Gopher guilty of attempted robbery

March 28, 2007

A Hennepin County judge found former Gopher men's basketball player Shane Schilling guilty of felony attempted robbery Monday. Schilling also faced two other felonies: auto theft and receiving stolen property. The...

Impaired driving incidents on the rise

March 26, 2007

One of the side effects of drinking alcohol can be a false sense of indestructibility and clouded judgment. Sometimes people assure themselves they are OK to get behind the wheel and drive home anyway. This...

Student assaulted in Dinkytown over break

March 22, 2007

>A University of Minnesota-Duluth student visiting friends over spring break was assaulted on his way to Burrito Loco March 11. At about 2:30 a.m., Steve Buron, a business and accounting junior, said...

It’s a car, it’s a cart, it’s tech support riding to the rescue

March 21, 2007

It looks like an unholy mishmash of vehicles: a Jeep spliced with a pickup truck spliced with a golf cart. But whatever it looks like, it's buzzing around campus solving technology problems for professors...

Health, travel officials offer advice to avoid spring break pitfalls

March 9, 2007

Spring break is generally considered a time for college students to let loose and party. But it is also a good way to rack up criminal charges in foreign lands or get hurt in a fall from a balcony in Mexico. According...

Gang Strike Force makes drug bust near campus

March 8, 2007

The Metro Gang Strike Force confiscated $5,000 cash and nearly 50 grams of heroin from a house in the Prospect Park neighborhood. According to a court complaint filed March 1, an informant saw Alonzo Carter...

Towingfines pile up for city

March 5, 2007

Joe Ferdig, 24, of Minneapolis had his car towed early Friday and stood in line at the impound lot with his friend Josh Freyholtz, a philosophy and psychology senior at the University. Freyholtz called...

Citizen’s arrests are rare, but potentially effective

March 2, 2007

While patrolling the Washington Avenue Bridge, Dan Farrar encountered two people smoking marijuana. Farrar, assistant program manager of the University's Security Monitor Program, said he radioed University...

Burglar ransacks Southeast residence

March 1, 2007

> A suitcase full of clothes turned into a burglar's bag of loot early Friday in the Southeast Como neighborhood. Asian languages junior Will Rajkowski said he came home from work at Mariucci Arena...

Horntones rock, but the law might say otherwise

February 23, 2007

Three years ago, Mike Kosco bought a Hummer H1 with the Incredible Hulk airbrushed on the hood. Kosco, a 43-year-old electrical engineering consultant in California, said both he and little kids thought...

Burglars target Purple Onion twice in last week

February 22, 2007

In the early morning hours of Feb. 15, a burglar tugged open the front door of the Purple Onion Café and walked in, police said. The suspect took money from the cash register and simply walked back...

Ex-Gopher pleads not guilty to robbery

February 21, 2007

On Nov. 21, 2006, University police arrested Shane Schilling for robbery following an incident that happened just outside the police station. Two and a half months later, on Feb. 7, Schilling, a former...

Even college students have to participate on juries

February 16, 2007

About three weeks ago, Alison Carter got a letter many people dread: a summons to jury duty. The communications studies and English literature senior said she was initially nervous and upset by the letter....

Gunshots fired in Como neighborhood this weekend

February 15, 2007

Gunshots split the air Saturday morning on the edge of the Southeast Como neighborhood, police said. Numerous calls to police around 7 a.m. reported a group of males entered a townhouse on the 1000 block...

Scammers steal identities via prank calls

February 9, 2007

For people who dread receiving letters calling them to jury duty, a recent telephone scam could worry them even more. Since September 2005, scammers have called people in 11 states telling them a warrant...

Student robbed at gunpoint in Marcy-Holmes area

February 8, 2007

An unknown suspect robbed a University student at gunpoint in broad daylight Feb. 1, according to a police report. At about 1:30 p.m. near the intersection of University and 3rd Avenue Southeast, a male...

Idle at your own risk

February 7, 2007

When it's bitterly cold outside, most people opt to stay inside. But if they must leave the house, some will warm up their car for a few minutes before driving away. This is a great idea for comfort's...

Minneapolis Police Reserves lacking volunteers

February 2, 2007

If students have an interest in helping out the community and watching sporting events for free, the Minneapolis Police Reserve might be a potential volunteer opportunity to pursue. The MPR is an all-volunteer...

Rash of robberies strike U neighborhoods

February 1, 2007

At least four robberies have occurred in the neighborhoods surrounding campus since Saturday. At about 1 a.m. Tuesday, an unknown man attempted to rob a University student in the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood,...

Taser use popular despite risk

January 25, 2007

Thousands of police departments employ the Taser electronic control device, despite criticism that the stun gun causes injury and possibly death. According to the Web site for TASER International, manufacturer...

Lock up your laptop

January 24, 2007

Assaults and robberies have dominated the headlines since fall, but the No. 1 crime plaguing campus is theft. In 2006, 715 thefts were reported to police, said University Police Chief Greg Hestness. That's...

Burglar receives wounds from occupant of home

January 18, 2007

Early Tuesday, a group of four males attempted to burglarize a house near campus. Instead of making off with loot, one of the burglars received more than one stab wound, said Bob Skomra, commander of Minneapolis...

Suspicious package prompts bomb squad

December 13, 2006

Police taped off a large area of the West Bank on Wednesday afternoon after someone found a "suspicious object," said University Police Chief Greg Hestness. He said the police arrived and taped off an...

McGruff still biting crime 20 years later

December 11, 2006

Twenty years ago, McGruff Houses popped up all over Minneapolis, providing safe havens for children who are locked out or in trouble. Today, the houses are still around, but their numbers are dwindling. The...

Local neighborhoods riddled with robbery

December 7, 2006

Robberies have been plaguing neighborhoods near campus throughout 2006. In the last week, the Marcy-Holmes and Prospect Park neighborhoods each experienced three robberies, said Carol Oosterhuis, crime...

‘Watch Your Car’ anti-theft program faces lack of funding

December 6, 2006

Five hundred cars have been stolen in the University's precinct since Jan. 1, according to Minneapolis police statistics. Citywide, thieves have purloined more than 3,400 vehicles so far this year. Common...

Growing crime exceeds arrests

December 1, 2006

Violent crime in Minneapolis has increased this year while arrests for those crimes have declined. Instances of violent crime since Jan. 1 total 5,937, according to Minneapolis police weekly statistics. Those...

Former athlete held for robbery

November 30, 2006

Police arrested a former Gopher men's basketball player for attempted robbery on Nov. 21. According to the court complaint filed Nov. 22, authorities charged Shane Schilling with attempted simple robbery,...

Minneapolis’ precinct 2 to add new officers

November 22, 2006

Minneapolis police will add six new officers over the next month to the area surrounding the University. Another officer in Precinct 2, which encompasses Northeast and Southeast Minneapolis, will be promoted...

U student’s death declared a homicide

November 21, 2006

University student Chris Jenkins was thrown from a bridge the night he died in 2002, Minneapolis police announced Monday. Police initially believed Jenkins had accidentally drowned or committed suicide,...

Police say former U student was murdered

November 20, 2006

Minneapolis police have reopened the investigation into the 2002 death of University student Chris Jenkins in light of new evidence that points to murder. Police Lt. Greg Reinhardt confirmed Friday that...

U student robbed at gunpoint near superblock

November 16, 2006

Two suspects robbed a University student at gunpoint just east of the Superblock early Nov. 9. Minneapolis police Lt. Greg Reinhardt said a male and female suspect approached a female student at about...

Cameras monitor U parking lots, research areas

November 15, 2006

In an age when security cameras are everywhere, the University is no slouch when it comes to video surveillance. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, between one and three attendants at the Department...

U police chief has 30-plus years of experience

November 10, 2006

He's a motorcycle enthusiast who does yoga. He uses Netflix and once had a couple of ferrets. He's run the Twin Cities Marathon four times and studies Spanish. University Police Chief Greg Hestness is...

Service industry no savior for climate

November 9, 2006

When most people think of greenhouse gas emissions, they think about large chemical plants or steel mills spewing smoke into the atmosphere. Banks, insurance companies, hospitals, and businesses in the...

U alumni attacked after homecoming

November 9, 2006

Two University alumni returning to campus for homecoming festivities were brutally attacked early Sunday. George Miserendino, 26, said he and a friend called it a night at about 1:20 a.m. and started walking...

Party at fraternity house Saturday turns violent

November 2, 2006

A large party turned into a brouhaha at the Sigma Chi fraternity early Saturday. Multiple people flagged down officers and reported that several people had been assaulted at about 12:30 a.m. in a house...

Public gets a rude eyeful

October 27, 2006

The last thing most people expect to see when sipping a cup of coffee is a strange man pleasuring himself at the next table. Some patrons of Dunn Bros Coffee in the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood witnessed...

University student robbed in dorm room

October 26, 2006

University first-year student Bryan Duffy opened the door to his room in Centennial Hall about 2:30 a.m. Sunday when two unknown males attacked him. One of the males hit Duffy in the back and held him...

Wash. Ave. Bridge panels vandalized

October 25, 2006

Armed with pens and black markers, vandals scrawled graffiti on many student group panels on the Washington Avenue Bridge last week. While investigating a report of vandalism, the Student Activities Office...

Booting finds fines

October 20, 2006

A Minneapolis parking enforcement company will likely lose its license today following a long history of violations and thousands of dollars in fines. The Minneapolis City Council will decide the fate...

Student assaulted at superblock

October 19, 2006

A male student walking home from Centennial Hall with a friend was attacked by four men late Oct. 12. At approximately 11:40 p.m., the attackers began slapping and punching the student near the Code Blue...

U party patrol criticized by some

October 17, 2006

Assaults and robberies near campus have prompted many to wonder why police are focusing so much attention on busting parties and fighting underage drinking, instead of combating violent crime. Jacob Rohrer,...

U of M ranks high in crime

October 16, 2006

The University outpaces most of its Big Ten counterparts when it comes to violent crime. Compared to other schools in the conference, the University ranks third in total violent crimes committed on campus...

University police send campuswide robbery alert

October 12, 2006

Two robberies on the St. Paul campus prompted University police to send out an e-mail alert to the University community Wednesday night. The first robbery occurred Tuesday at about 2 p.m. near Cleveland...

Gas leak forces museum evacuation

October 5, 2006

Minneapolis fire crews responded Wednesday to a carbon dioxide leak that forced the evacuation of students and staff members at the Bell Museum of Natural History. About 11:15 a.m., four fire trucks arrived...

Student robbed of cell phone at gunpoint

October 4, 2006

For the second time in less than a week, a University student was robbed at gunpoint. University student Mike Ferrin, was attacked early Sunday near Yale Avenue Southeast in the Prospect Park neighborhood,...

Some sex crimes up, others down

October 4, 2006

Incidents of reported criminal sexual conduct in the University area have increased this year while those on campus have dropped. Compared with the same month last year, rape cases in August increased...

Group robs U student at gunpoint

September 28, 2006

A University student stared down the barrel of a gun early Tuesday. James Bourque, a political science junior, left home on Sixth Street Southeast in the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood about 1 a.m. when a group...

Organization wants to repeal gun ban

September 28, 2006

One organization hopes to curb crime in the University area by allowing students to carry firearms on campus. Andrew Rothman, executive director of the Minnesota Association of Defensive Firearm Instructors,...

Site lets users post stolen items in hopes of return

September 26, 2006

An officer responding to a burglary a couple of years ago suggested the victim should check nearby flea markets or online sellers for his stolen property. The offhand comment lit a light bulb in the head...

More campus-area assaults, robberies reported to police

September 21, 2006

A would-be Good Samaritan ended up in the emergency room with a concussion early Sunday. Art sophomore Evan Prokop said he and his friends were walking through Dinkytown about 2:30 a.m., heading back to...

Police send alert after assaults

September 18, 2006

University Police Chief Greg Hestness sent an e-mail to students Friday alerting them to a string of assaults near campus. The alert reminded students of the three assaults that happened on and around...

University police go on party patrol

September 15, 2006

Throwing empty beer bottles from the roof of a house is a good way to attract attention to a rowdy party. Guests of a house party last Saturday learned that lesson the hard way when University police on...

U student hit by Campus Connector bus

September 14, 2006

A Campus Connector hit a University student Tuesday and drove away without stopping. Estefania Alvarez, a psychology and translation and interpreting senior, started crossing Washington Avenue Southeast...

Cop per student ratio small

September 13, 2006

Now that thousands of students have returned to campus, University police are feeling the strain. The University has the highest student population in the Big Ten and the fewest campus police per student,...

Two U students assaulted

September 12, 2006

A visit to a friend's house early Sunday turned into a bloody trip to the hospital for two University students. A group of five or six men attacked the students about 2:15 a.m. Sunday on the 1000 block...

University student in hospital after assault

September 11, 2006

A University student is in the hospital after a Saturday morning fight . About 2:15 a.m., a University student was assaulted with a weapon near campus, said University Police Chief Greg Hestness. The student...

New campus bookstore vies for slice of lucrative textbook market

September 7, 2006

The owners of a new bookstore in Stadium Village are trying to tap into the student textbook market this fall. Oak Street Textbooks, which opened last week, gives students another place to purchase books...

Stadium Village bank robbed

September 7, 2006

The US Bank in Stadium Village was robbed Aug. 30. A man entered the Stadium Village branch, at 718 Washington Ave. S.E., about 9 a.m. and demanded money, according to a police report. He also claimed...