This man and woman are suspected as working as a tandem to steal older women’s wallets. Credit: Apple Valley Police Department

Police say group of criminals is using distraction to steal Twin Cities shoppers' wallets

Four victims in Apple Valley were older women, police said.
South Metro
7:21pm

Burnsville district to close 3 schools to deal with declining enrollments

Declining enrollment drove the vote to close one middle school and two elementary schools
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7:10pm
FILE - In this April 8, 2008, file photo, Olga Franco del Cid poses for a photo during an interview in jail in Marshall, Minn. Federal immigration off

Woman convicted of fatal 2008 bus crash indicted for reentering U.S.

Olga Marina Franco del Cid was deported in 2016.
South Metro
December 12

Former Burnsville man sentenced to prison term for Ponzi scheme targeting elderly

Jamie Lee Smith took in his customers' coins to evaluate or hold but later sold them without permission and kept the money for personal expenses, prosecutors said.
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December 12

Ex-employee admits stealing $33K from historic Twin Cities church to feed gambling habit

The New Brighton man wrote fraudulent checks to vendors but instead he deposited them in his own bank account.
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December 12

Teen pleads guilty in friend's accidental shooting in St. Paul

Da'Qwan Jones-Morris was killed as his friends played with a stolen gun.
South Metro
December 11

One father charged, another sentenced in death of Twin Cities metro infants

A witness in the Hennepin County case said the parents had been drinking and using cocaine.
South Metro
December 10
"Roger, I am proud to call you my friend!!!!" Big Lake Police Chief Joel Scharf took to social media to defend a resident who was falsely branded a "c

Brooks: A feeling's all you need on social media, as Big Lake and Eagan panics show

  There was no masked predator hiding in the bushes in Eagan. No one was snapping pictures of children at the bus stop in Big…
South Metro
December 8
Lexington Diffley Park is at the east end of a stretch of Diffley Road between Lexington Avenue and Dodd Road that will have a lower speed limit.

Section of Diffley Road in Eagan to be designated a school zone

Come January, the speed limit on the section of Diffley Road that passes three schools in Eagan will be lower, at least when schoolchildren are…
South Metro
December 7

Twin Cities metro police blotter, Dec. 8

EAST BETHEL NOV. 2 Disorderly conduct. Officers responded to a report of two people throwing eggs at a vehicle in the 18100 block of…
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December 7
A photo of the Eagan police Facebook post, including a mask.

Boy's family shocked by charges after social media frenzy about Eagan park

The 11-year-old was charged with disorderly conduct and misdemeanor fifth-degree assault, and a judge ordered a kind of probation. But the family's lawyer said he was a "kid being a kid."
South Metro
December 5

Driver jailed after striking, killing pedestrian in Bloomington

The crash happened Tuesday night near 98th Street and Newton Avenue S.
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December 5
About 25 Farmington residents met at the Rambling River Center Tuesday to find out how to shop online for groceries. Family Fresh Market, Farmington�

Farmington coming to grips with loss of sole grocery store

The sudden shuttering of Family Fresh Market is turning the south metro city into an unlikely suburban food desert.
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December 5
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December 4

Charges: Man's anti-Muslim bias fuels violent tirade outside Bloomington apartments

He broke window of car owned by a Muslim man, spewed racial slurs during outburst, according to the charges.
South Metro
December 2

Snowmobiler from Twin Cities killed in crash north of Brainerd

The man was snowmobiling on the Paul Bunyan Trail after dark over the weekend.
South Metro
November 30

Twin Cities metro police blotter, Dec. 1

BLAINE OCT. 27 Neighbor dispute. An officer mediated an argument between neighbors in the 10300 block of Lever Street NE. A 44-year-old man who…
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November 30
Scott County Sheriff Luke Hennen said the new contract makes sense, since the jail has struggled to find suitable workers to fill the seven or so kitc

Scott County hiring vendor to handle jail jobs formerly done by inmates

Scott County says vendors are a better fit for kitchen and laundry work
South Metro
November 28
Olga Marina Franco Del Cid

Guatemalan who killed 4 in 2008 Cottonwood, Minn., bus crash arrested

Ex-felon, deported after 8 years in prison, found living in Inver Grove Heights.
South Metro
November 28

Minneapolis man dies 2 days after being hit by a car on Hiawatha Avenue

The retired truck driver was hit as he walked in the predawn darkness.
South Metro
November 28

Case dismissed in rape of Valleyfair employee after mixed up DNA test

His attorney discovered that DNA tests had been mixed up.