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WEST ST. PAUL, Minn. - A search of a West St. Paul apartment turned up what is being called one of the biggest drug busts in Dakota County history. Agents with the Dakota County Drug Task Force executing a search warrant Jan. 4 found 45 pounds of methamphetamine and 15.5 kilos of cocaine, as well as more than $710,000 cash, Cmdr.
INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, Minn. — The driver who is suspected of striking and killing a 55-year-old Inver Grove Heights grandmother Saturday, Jan. 5, told investigators she thought she had hit a deer. Breyona Cotton, 30, went to the Inver Grove Heights police station with her attorney about 12:45 p.m. Sunday — 19 hours after the crash — and said she was the driver and that “she believed she struck a deer,” according to court documents.
LAKEVILLE, Minn. — A former Lakeville South High School student injured after crashing his pickup truck while playing a “Nerf War” game in 2015 is suing the Lakeville school district, claiming it failed to protect its students. In a lawsuit filed this week in Dakota County District Court, Alexander Hughes, now 21, alleges that district officials knew or should have known students were playing Nerf War and “failed to use reasonable care to fulfill the duties that it owed its students.”
ST. PAUL — Almost 27 years after Belinda Thompson was killed, detectives interviewed their main suspect once again. But this time they had new DNA test results from evidence found at the scene, pointing to Donald Clifton Jenkins as the killer. After again denying involvement, Jenkins eventually admitted to detectives he killed Thompson, blurting out, “My DNA is there, I did it,” according to criminal charges.
HASTINGS, Minn. — A Hastings police officer who fatally shot a 23-year-old man in October was justified in using deadly force, Dakota County Attorney Jim Backstrom has concluded. Officer Geoffrey Latsch fired three rounds at Keagan Johnson-Lloyd on Oct. 1 near Resurrection United Methodist Church. A razor blade was found in Johnson-Lloyd’s right hand.
ST. PAUL — Suicides increased 5 percent in Minnesota last year, prompting state officials to warn of a growing public health challenge and remind residents that there are resources for help. According to data released Monday, Dec. 17, by the state Department of Health, 783 Minnesotans died by suicide in 2017. That is an increase from 745 in 2016. The spike in the Minnesota suicide rate was driven by a 9 percent increase in male suicides, statistics show. Overall, suicide is the eighth-leading cause of death in Minnesota and 10th nationally.
HASTINGS, Minn. -- An Oronoco woman has pleaded guilty to causing a crash that killed one person and injured three others on a rural Dakota County road in 2016. Lori Janine Hoefs, 57, on Monday pleaded guilty in Dakota County District Court in Hastings to two counts of gross misdemeanor reckless driving and two counts of misdemeanor careless driving in connection with a Oct. 22, 2016, crash in Randolph Township.
ST. PAUL — Two men and a 17-year-old boy drove around the Twin Cities in a stolen car late Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 10, and committed four armed robberies before crashing into an Apple Valley squad car, police said. The three suspects were arrested and remained jailed Thursday, pending formal criminal charges. The crash gave the two officers in the squad car whiplash, bumps and bruises, Capt. Nick Francis said. The boy, meanwhile, had a few cuts that required stitches. Officers recovered four handguns.
HASTINGS, Minn. -- Keagan Lee Johnson-Lloyd, the man killed by Hastings police this week, died of multiple gunshot wounds, according to the Hennepin County medical examiner’s office. Johnson-Lloyd, 23, grew up in Rochester and had been living at a Hastings sober-living home, Spirit Recovery Center, for about six weeks. He had battled mental health issues and drug addiction for many years, according to his family. Johnson-Lloyd was killed at 6:20 p.m. Monday during an encounter with two Hastings police officers, the state Bureau of Criminal of Apprehension said.
EAGAN, Minn. — MV Eagan Ventures, a real estate arm of Minnesota Vikings owners Zygi, Mark and Leonard Wilf, has submitted to Eagan plans for a "luxurious" hotel and conference center that would have a Scandinavian theme and rise 14 stories northeast of the team's new headquarters and practice facility.