hennepin county

Minnesota Reports 159 New COVID-19 Cases, 17 Deaths

The state has a total of 2,071 confirmed cases.

ST. PAUL, Minn.–The Minnesota Department of Health is reporting an additional 159 COVID-19 cases since Thursday, bringing the total to 2,071. The state is also reporting 17 new deaths due to complications with COVID-19. Seventeen marks a record high in a single day for the state, bringing the total to 111. Clay County has the ninth highest number of cases…

Smoke from Large Lake House Fire Shows Up on Radar

The house was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived.

WAYZATA, Minn.–Firefighters faced bitter cold and gusty winds when battling a large house fire on Lake Minnetonka’s northeastern shore in Wayzata. Officials say the house under construction was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived Wednesday night. Neighbors say the house was nearly finished. Hennepin County property records show the house that burned was replacing a razed home that sold for $5.4…

Businessman Facing Trial on Labor Trafficking Charges

State prosecutors have filed nine labor trafficking charges over the past decade.

MINNEAPOLIS–A businessman accused of exploiting his construction workers is going on trial in Minneapolis for rare labor trafficking charges. Prosecutors say 47-year-old Ricardo Ernesto Batres denied the employees health coverage and workers’ compensation and forced them to live in overcrowded housing with no hot water. A criminal complaint says the construction workers did not have authorization to be in the…

Minneapolis Man Charged with 13 Counts of Voter Fraud

A warrant is out for Essa's arrest.

MINNEAPOLIS–Hennepin County prosecutors have charged a 22-year-old Minneapolis man with 13 felony counts of voting fraud. Abdihakim Amin Essa allegedly helped 13 people fraudulently cast absentee ballots last year. The charges filed last week say he told officials he was working for a campaign. The charges don’t name the campaign, and prosecutors declined to disclose it. Essa allegedly told election…

Minnesota Rep. Omar Files for Divorce from Husband

Marriage license and divorce records show Omar legally married Hirsi in 2018.

MINNEAPOLIS–U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar has filed for divorce from her husband. The freshman Democrat cited an “irretrievable breakdown” of her marriage with Ahmed Hirsi in her filing Friday in Hennepin County District Court. Aside from a period of separation in which Omar married another man – Ahmed Nur Said Elmi – Omar has been with Hirsi for years and he…

Nearly 700 Drivers Cited During First Week of Minnesota’s Hands-Free Law

It's probably no surprise that Hennepin County tops the list with 286 citations

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Numbers are out from the first week of enforcement of Minnesota’s new hands-free law. Deputies and troopers cited nearly 700 drivers statewide for violating the law which makes it illegal to hold your phone in your hand while driving in Minnesota. It’s probably no surprise that Hennepin County tops the list with 286 citations. The most…

DNA Helps Convict Minnesota Man for 1983 Cold Case

Rea is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday, and has denied the accusations.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ A man whose conviction for the 1983 rape and killing of a Minneapolis teenager made possible by DNA evidence is being sentenced. A Hennepin County judge last month found 64-year-old Darrell Rea guilty of the death of 17-year-old Laurie Mesedahl, whose body was found bludgeoned along railroad tracks in North Minneapolis. Rea is scheduled to be sentenced…

Skating Coach Pleads Guilty to Sexually Abusing Student

Thomas Incantalupo abused the girl beginning when she was 14 years old in 2015 and continuing for two years.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ A figure skating coach has pleaded guilty in Hennepin County to sexually abusing a student. Forty-eight-year-old Thomas Incantalupo, of St. Louis Park, entered the plea to two counts of criminal sexual conduct Tuesday for abusing the girl beginning when she was 14 years old in 2015 and continuing for two years. The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office says…

Man Who Threw 5-Year-Old Off Balcony Has Been Sentenced to 19 Years in Prison

The man pleaded guilty last month to attempted premeditated first-degree murder

Emmanuel Aranda, the man who threw a 5-year-old boy from a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America in Minnesota, has been sentenced to 19 years in prison. Aranda showed little emotion and said almost nothing as he was sentenced Monday in Minneapolis. During the sentencing, victim impact statements from the boy’s parents were read in court. The boy’s father…

Minnesota Judge Grants Restraining Order Against Winter, Snow & Meteorologists

HENNEPIN COUNTY, Minn. (FOX 9) – A Minnesota judge has “granted” a temporary restraining order against winter ahead of another possible snowstorm. The parody temporary restraining order was filed Thursday by “Citizens of Minnesota” against “Minnesota Meteorologists, Old Man Winter and Mr. Snow.” Hennepin County Judge Kevin S. Burke, who appears to be just as fed up with the snow as the rest…