Derek Hexum, Charged in Double Murder, Was Just Sentenced in Another Attempted Killing

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Lyon County Jail
Derek Hexum, along with his older brother Devin, shot a Granite Falls man last July.

Daniel L. Scheff was no stranger to trouble. His rap sheet of drinking- and drug-related charges swallows an entire page.

Last summer, during one shady moment, Scheff made nice with the Hexum brothers, Devin and Derek. Unbeknownst to him, the siblings were way out of Scheff's criminal league.

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Kristene Brooks, Entangled in $1 Million Meth Bust, Has Been Living Hard for a While

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Olmsted County Sheriff
Kristene Brooks has yet to be charged in connection with the meth bust.

Kristene Brooks of West St. Paul has been living at a pace no one can possibly maintain.

According to public documents, the 25-year-old single mom, who was in Adan Margritos Flores-Lagonas's vehicle last week along with almost 18 pounds of meth, has a history of courthouse woes that outstrip her biological years.

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Golden Valley Man Accused of Trafficking $4 Million Worth of iPhones to Hong Kong

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Johan Larsson
$200 in America, $2,000 in Hong Kong

Asia is obsessed with iPhones. But they're extremely expensive across the globe, going for up to $2,000 apiece.

According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Manda Sertich, a Golden Valley Man made a lucrative business of ripping off American cell phone companies and trafficking stolen smart phones to Hong Kong, raking in millions of dollars between 2011 and 2014.

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ITT Tech Execs Kevin Modany and Dan Fitzpatrick Charged with Fraud

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Dwight Burdette via Wikipedia
Two execs at for-profit ITT allegedly doctored the company's books to hide poor performance.

Two executives at ITT Educational Services, Inc. -- one of for-profit colleges' biggest operations with 57,000 students at more than 130 campuses in 38 states -- were charged with fraud yesterday by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Former CEO Kevin Modany and current CFO Daniel Fitzpatrick hid the company's poor performance from investors and covered up the financial fallout of two ITT-guaranteed student loan programs, according to the SEC complaint.

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St. Paul Crooks Posing as Woman Set Up Online Meetings Only to Rob New Friend Seekers

Categories: Crime, St. Paul

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Three men in St. Paul were robbed in separate incidents by bandits posing as a woman online.

Each dude must have thought about the possibilities.

In three separate instances, the men -- one from Richfield, another from St. Paul, and another from Minneapolis -- had been communicating last week via social media with a person they believed was a young lady. Her messages were friendly and inviting if only they would come to St. Paul.

And so these men, perhaps "looking to make" a new friend, according to St. Paul Police Spokesman Steve Linders, strapped on their seat belts and headed for the Capital City.

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Outpouring of Support for Teacher Accused of Sexual Abuse

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North Dakota United Communications
English teacher Aaron Knodel was awarded North Dakota's Teacher of the Year award in 2014.

Did the 2014 North Dakota Teacher of the Year have sex with one of his students?

Just last week, it seemed like the jury in the trial of West Fargo High School teacher Aaron Knodel was close to answering "no." They'd unanimously decided to dismiss three of the five charges against him, with only one juror holding out for a guilty verdict in the remaining two.

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Police Investigating Two Homicides in Minneapolis Over Last Two Days

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A 15-year-old was killed late Sunday night and early this morning police arrested a man at the scene of a suspected homicide just south of downtown

Minneapolis police are investigating two potential homicides that happened in the city during the last 36 hours.

On Sunday night, a little after 11 o'clock, cops responded to a call about shots being fired in north Minneapolis. Police spokesperson John Elder says police conducted numerous interviews around the 4100 block of Fremont Avenue North, but did not make any arrests.

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Ahmed Abdi Arrested in Kansas City, Charged With Murdering His Girlfriend

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Minneapolis Police Department
Police say the 17-year-old fled to Kansas City after he shot and killed his 21-year-old girlfriend on April 11

According to charges filed by the Hennepin County Attorney, Ahmed Abdi's uncle got home at 6 a.m. April 11 after working all night.

He woke up at 1:45 in the afternoon to watch a soccer match. Abdi wandered into the kitchen of their triplex apartment in the West Phillips neighborhood shortly after and said hello to the uncle. Then Abdi returned to his bedroom.


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Hennepin County Correctional Officer Dale Blom Is a Convicted Sex Offender

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Keith Allison
Dale Blom helped implement new hiring policies at the county jail that would have prevented his own employment.

A corrections officer at the Hennepin County workhouse is a convicted sex offender, but because he was hired before the county acknowledged that sex offenders should not be working in jails, he'll remain on staff.

Dale Blom, 51, was convicted in 1991 of impregnating a 14-year-old girl in Monticello. The girl's father called the cops the day after she had given birth, stating the father was then-27-year-old Blom.

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Honda Electric's Laura and Jeffrey Plzak Confess to Stealing Wages, Forging Timesheets

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Working on the roads this summer? Make sure you're paid.

Laura Plzak, the owner of Loretto's Honda Electric, is finally facing charges for skimping on $242,000 worth of wages due to 22 employees. After a five-year investigation by the FBI and the Minnesota Department of Transportation, Laura and her husband, Jeffrey, confessed to forging timesheets to hide the fact that workers were being paid well under promised rates.

In 2010, Honda Electric won a contract to work on a construction project near Interstate 35W and Interstate 694. As it was a publicly funded project, workers were entitled to a prevailing wage that is calculated to reflect the standard wage for a specific job in an area. For example, in Hennepin County electricians are supposed to earn $62.61 an hour.

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