Archbishop John Nienstedt withheld info on sexually abusive priests [VIDEO]

Categories: Crime, Religion
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The law firm that is aggressively suing the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis released on Tuesday the four-hour deposition of head holy man John Nienstedt. The archbishop admitted under oath that he has withheld information about sexually abusive priests, putting the blame on one of his underlings.

"The methods they have employed in the past are being employed in the present," attorney Jeff Anderson told reporters in his office. "We're alarmed. We're sad. And we're scared, the more we learn, the more we see."

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Rare on-leash Kingfield dog attack leaves papillon dead, Mpls officials hunting for owner

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A papillon like the one pictured was killed by another dog in Martin Luther King Park on Sunday evening.
Around 7 p.m. on Easter in Kingfield's Martin Luther King Park, a dog described as a pitbull/boxer mix tore away from its owner and went after a smaller papillon.

When the dust settled, the papillon was dead. But instead of cooperating with the papillon's owner, the owner of the pitbull/boxer mix was "uncooperative" and left the scene.

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Amy Senser to be released from prison after serving less than two years

Categories: Crime, Law
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Following her conviction for criminal vehicular homicide in connection with the August 2011 hit-and-run death of True Thai chef Anousone Phanthavong, Amy Senser entered prison on July 9, 2012. She'll be released this week.

A Department of Corrections official tells us Senser will be transferred to a "community correctional facility," where she'll take part in a work release program. She'll remain there until October 20.

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Mankato's Tyler Caputo charged with murder for allegedly selling synthetic hallucinogen

Categories: Crime, Drugs, Law
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Caputo (left) allegedly sold 2C in crown baggies like the one at right.
Tyler Caputo, a 21-year-old Mankato resident, allegedly sold a synthetic hallucinogen called 2C to buyers who would drop by his place. Dealt from one person to the next, drugs from his batch ultimately ended up in the hands of 22-year-old Louis Folson-Hart and 17-year-old Chloe Moses, both of whom died early last month after allegedly ingesting one of Caputo's pills.

Toxicology reports released this week linked both deaths to the 2C, so Caputo, who was already facing drug charges, now faces two counts of third-degree murder as well.

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Victor Barnard sex cult charges: Most bizarre allegations

Categories: Crime, Religion, Sex
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An undated photo of Barnard with his "Maidens."
On April 11, Victor Barnard, leader of a Christian religious sect called the River Road Fellowship, was charged with 59 felony counts of criminal sexual conduct in Pine County for allegedly forcing two young girls to regularly have sex with him between 2000 and 2009.

The lengthy criminal complaint makes for horrifyingly fascinating reading. It lays out how Barnard, who is currently the subject of a nationwide manhunt, separated the girls from their families, used religion to persuade them to enter sexual relationships with him, and then manipulated them into staying at "Shepherd's Camp" in Finlayson, Minnesota, even after they expressed a desire to leave.

We highlight the most bizarre allegations from the complaint below the jump.

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Kevin McDonough, former vicar general, questioned about handling of sex abuse cases

Categories: Crime, Religion
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Attorney Jeff Anderson questioned a second top official of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis on Wednesday and again walked away complaining that he'd been cheated out of time.

Father Kevin McDonough, a former vicar general, was supposed to undergo eight hours of court-ordered testimony in preparation for a civil sex abuse trial, but Anderson claims he only got six and a half.

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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

Categories: Crime, U of M
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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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