Uncovered body lies in street following latest north Mpls homicide [VIDEO]

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Rick Berg on the North Vent Facebook page
Officers gather at the site of last night's murder.
:::: UPDATE :::: A juvenile has been arrested in connection with last night's homicide, the MPD says. The medical examiner still hasn't released the victim's identity. (Read an update including the victim's name and details about the charges against the murder suspect here.)

:::: UPDATE II :::: MPD spokesman John Elder got back to us with an explanation for why the victim's body is uncovered in the video on page two of this post.

"Due to forensics, we do not make a habit of covering bodies unless there is a different mitigating reason to do so," he says.


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Ron Powell gets 15 years for killing man with gun smuggled into Champions Bar via prosthetic leg

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Ron Powell
A bizarre, tragic shooting last August 8 at Champions Bar resulted in a 15-year sentence for Ron Powell, who smuggled a gun into the now-closed bar via his prosthetic leg.

Powell, a 43-year-old Minneapolis resident, was hanging out at the former Lake Street dive when another man started punching him. He fired at his assailant, injuring him, but one of his shots hit innocent bystander Mark Stephenson, 51, who later died from his injuries.

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Murder at North Side 4th of July party related to unsolved St. Paul slaying, charges say

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Prince Pope's murder remains unsolved. Authorities say a confrontation over it led to a slaying in north Minneapolis during the early morning hours of July 5.
The violent ripple effects of Prince Pope's murder at his January birthday party in St. Paul are still being felt across the border in Minneapolis, according to charges filed yesterday in connection with a murder at a 4th of July party on Minneapolis's North Side.

At the party, which was hosted by 24-year-old Francesca DeSandre at 2617 3rd St. N., Marco Gresham, also 24, confronted a woman identified in the complaint as "V.G." about "her knowledge of [Gresham's] alleged involvement" in Pope's murder, according to a statement V.G. subsequently gave to police.

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MPD Chief Harteau on weekend shootings: We "urge people to put their guns down"

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Doug Wallick on Flickr
The Minneapolis skyline as seen from the North Side.
During the early morning hours of July 5, Minneapolis's 15th and 16th homicides of the year occurred. As was the case with the city's 13th and 14th homicides late last month, both murders were north Minneapolis shootings.

In total, five people were shot during the wee hours of Saturday morning, including the two who died. The outburst of violence prompted Minneapolis Police Chief JaneƩ Harteau to "urge people to put their guns down."

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Lamar Hale posted about getting gunned down hours before he was murdered on St. Paul street

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Lamar Hale (pic via Facebook)
On Wednesday, Lamar Hale posted a Facebook status about getting shot. Within hours he was dead after being gunned down on a street in the Payne-Phalen area of St. Paul.

The man charged with second-degree murder for shooting Hale, 25, is his cousin, 24-year-old Chevaze Ward, who'd been beefing with Hale over money in recent days, the criminal complaint says.

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North Minneapolis homicides: Two unsolved murders within week, one claims father of nine

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The Minneapolis skyline as seen from the North Side.
Last month, City Council President Barb Johnson, who represents a good chunk of north Minneapolis, unloaded on her colleagues and city staff for spending their time on things like studies about racial inequalities instead of public safety issues, especially in her part of the city.

The pertinence of Johnson's remarks tragically made itself evident once again in recent days, as the city's 13th and 14th homicides of the year took place in north Minneapolis on Saturday and Monday. Both cases remain unsolved, though Minneapolis Police Department spokesman John Elder tells us investigators have leads and are "actively pursuing the investigation."

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Anoka County man set ablaze by landlord asked, "Why did Adam do this to me?" before dying

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Adam Lilienthal
Andover resident Adam Lilienthal faces second-degree murder charges after his tenant died because of burn injuries sustained when he was allegedly set on fire intentionally by Lilienthal. (Read the backstory here.)

According to the charges, "there had recently been tension" about the living situation between Lilienthal and 55-year-old Scott Yorek, who rented a room in Lilienthal's residence at 1329 137th Lane Northwest. Though the charges don't provide specifics, the dispute was apparently serious enough that Lilienthal thought it was a good idea to douse Yorek with accelerant while he was "lying or standing near a bed in an upstairs bedroom" before setting him ablaze.

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Woodbury teen Tara Fitzgerald's overdose death leads to five murder charges

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Cole Matenaer (right) is one of five teens facing a murder charge in connection with the death of Fitzgerald (left).
Five teenagers -- including three minors -- face third-degree murder charges in connection with the synthetic drug overdose death of 17-year-old Woodbury resident Tara Fitzgerald.

All five were allegedly involved in the drug dealing chain that resulted in Fitzgerald and a friend of hers ingesting a substance they believed to be LSD while they were hanging out at Fitzgerald's house around midnight on January 11.

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Tristan Keys sentenced to more than six years in connection with one-punch Mpls homicide

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Tristan Keys
Last summer, Tristan Keys was charged with first-degree manslaughter for allegedly killing 53-year-old Lamar Wilson with a single punch in the parking lot of the Stop N Shop near West 31st Street and 1st Avenue South in south Minneapolis. (Read the backstory here.)

Keys, 22, was sentenced to 81 months in prison in connection with that incident yesterday, but he never admitted to actually punching Wilson. Instead, he pleaded guilty to lesser charges of aiding an offender after the fact and second-degree drug possession.

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Jake Zumberge posted about shotgun killings before dad allegedly shot neighbor with shotgun [UPDATE]

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Jacob Zumberge's mugshot
:::: UPDATE :::: This afternoon, Paula Zumberge was charged with the same counts of second-degree murder and attempted murder her husband faces. Paula's counts pertain to "aiding and abetting" rather than the murder itself, but the consequences are the same. A Ramsey County Jail official says she's not in custody as of 4:25 p.m. this afternoon.

:::: UPDATE 2 (May 9) :::: Paula Zumberge has been arrested and is due in court today. Here's her mugshot. (h/t: Chao Xiong)


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Original post -- When Neal Zumberge stormed out of his New Brighton basement with a 12-gauge shotgun and allegedly opened fire on his neighbors Monday evening, he was enraged because a police call they made landed his son in jail, authorities say.

Neal's son, Jake, was upset with his dad's neighbors -- Todd Stevens and his longtime girlfriend, Jennifer Cleven -- because they were in the habit of feeding deer in their yard, and his dad had come down with a case of Lyme disease Jake blamed on the presence of the animals. So when Jake ran into Stevens and Cleven at a Spring Lake Park VFW on April 29, things got heated.

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