Meth lab found in nice southwest Minneapolis neighborhood

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Gonser (left) and Johnson
Members of the U.S. Marshals North Star Fugitive Task Force got a rude awakening when they tried to apprehend a fugitive at a house at 5137 Abbott Avenue South in the Fulton neighborhood of southwest Minneapolis last Friday morning.

When officers entered the home behind 37-year-old Jeremy Gonser, who was wanted for two felony counts of drug possession and another count of gross misdemeanor theft, their eyes began to itch and burn. The scent of chemicals wafted in the air.

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Michael Juberian, star Augsburg linebacker, faces felony charge for Dinkytown riot

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Michael Juberian's mugshot
As of this morning, the only person charged with a felony in connection with either of the Dinkytown riots is 22-year-old Richfield native Michael Juberian. (See our photo recaps of Thursday night's riot here and Saturday night's here)

Juberian faces a felony count of rioting with a dangerous weapon and a gross misdemeanor count of assaulting a peace officer for allegedly throwing bottles, rock, and a chunk of concrete at cops during Saturday night's mayhem.

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Wolves' Dante Cunningham won't face charges for terroristic threats arrest -- for now

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Cunningham's Thursday mugshot (left) and his Sunday mugshot.
Sunday afternoon, Timberwolves forward Dante Cunningham was arrested for allegedly sending his girlfriend threatening electronic messages. That came just two days after he was charged with a felony for allegedly strangling her early Thursday morning.

Despite the terroristic threats arrest, Cunningham posted bail Monday and was released from custody without additional charges being filed. That doesn't mean charges can't be added down the line, however.

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The Minnesota Timberwolves All-Arrested team

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Not a bad big three: Beasley (left), Big Al, and Rider (right).
Sure, it's not quite on the level of the Vikings All-Arrested team we wrote about a few years ago, but following Dante Cunningham's arrests (the plural is not a typo), the Minnesota Timberwolves can now go eight deep with a squad made up exclusively of players who landed in the crime blotter while playing here.

And you know what? It's not a terrible roster, with a nice mix of interior size and perimeter scoring and decent depth to boot. As coach, you'd just have to make sure to keep a close eye on your scoring wings during roadtrips to Colorado and Washington, if you catch our drift.

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Timberwolves' Dante Cunningham arrested for second time in week

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Cunningham's latest mugshot
-- Update at bottom --

Timberwolves forward Dante Cunningham had a very eventful week. Unfortunately, most everything that happened doesn't bode well for his future employment as an NBA player.

Hours after a Wolves victory Wednesday night, Cunningham was arrested for domestic assault. The next day, he was charged with a felony -- his girlfriend told investigators "she felt like she was being strangled to death" during the alleged Thursday morning assault. That evening, Cunningham posted $40,000 bail, hopped a flight to Florida, and arrived in time to play a key role in the Wolves' Saturday night game in Orlando.

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Wolves' Dante Cunningham allegedly strangled girlfriend to point she thought she was dying

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Cunningham's mugshot
:::: UPDATE :::: Timberwolves' Dante Cunningham arrested for second time in week

Timberwolves forward Dante Cunningham has been charged with felony domestic assault by strangulation a day after he was arrested after 4 a.m. at his Medina residence.

Cunningham and his girlfriend started dating last summer, but recently they've been having problems, she told police. They had a particularly heated argument Thursday morning following the Timberwolves 102-88 victory the night before -- after he became angry and left, his girlfriend "locked the bedroom door behind him," the complaint says.

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MPD investigating rare triple shooting in south Minneapolis

Categories: Crime, Minneapolis
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Greg Kellogg on Twitter
Investigators take photos at the crime scene this morning.
A gunman is still on the loose following a triple shooting that went down just after 1 a.m. this morning on the 3500 block of 5th Avenue South.

Police arriving at the scene following a report of shots fired found three adult male victims, two with non-life threatening injuries and another that had more serious injuries but is expected to live, Minneapolis Police Department spokesman John Elder told us.

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Timberwolves player Dante Cunningham arrested for domestic assault at 4 a.m.

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Cunningham's mugshot
Timberwolves forward Dante Cunningham is currently in Hennepin County Jail after being booked early this morning on suspicion of domestic assault in Medina.

According to Ed Belland, direct of public safety in Medina, Cunningham was arrested after police were called to his residence at 472 Medina Road at 4:01 a.m. this morning.

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Attorney: Archbishop John Nienstedt walked out of deposition before completed

Categories: Crime, Religion
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Artwork by Martin Ontiveros for our March 19 cover story
The law firm of Jeff Anderson deposed Archbishop John Nienstedt on Wednesday, marking the first time the head holy man has been forced to answer questions about sexual abuse allegations during his seven-year reign over the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

Anderson's firm is tight-lipped about what was discussed during a four-hour window allotted by the court, but was bothered -- if not surprised -- by what it considers to be attempts by Nienstedt's attorneys to subvert the interrogation. Although his time had ended, Nienstedt apparently walked out of the room when pressed about whether he would turn over all the information he possessed on abusive priests to local cops and prosecutors.

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New study undercuts law enforcement claims about medical marijuana

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The presence of dispensaries doesn't correlate with increased crime, including robberies, the study finds.
One of the main reasons Gov. Mark Dayton doesn't support medical marijuana is because law enforcement is opposed to it. For example, last fall, Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek wrote an op-ed arguing "there is a direct connection between marijuana and violent crime."

That argument strikes pot users as strange -- sure, ganja might foster aggression toward snack foods, but have you ever met a violent stoner?

A new study from researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas not only supports the intuition that pot doesn't make people violent, but goes a step further and suggests medical marijuana might actually lead to more law and order.

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