Stopped for brake light, wanted man jumps off Roseville bridge to evade arrest

Image of Highway 36 bridge over Fairview Avenue via Google
Larry Law jumped off this bridge and lived to tell the tale, authorities say.
Larry Law, a 51-year-old St. Paul resident, knew he was in trouble when the car he was riding in was pulled over for having a brake light out on the Highway 36 service road near Fairview Avenue in Roseville at 1:42 a.m. on June 15, as he had a felony warrant out for his arrest.

So while an officer ran warrant checks, Law made a break for it. He didn't get far.

See also:
MADD calls upon Minnesota to legalize sobriety checkpoints

More »

Irony: Andy Parrish deletes racist tweet hours after chastising Chris Fields

John Croman on Twitter
I mean, should we really expect anything less from a guy who goes on national TV with no pants on?
After Chris Fields dug himself into a deep hole with a series of tasteless tweets about Robin Williams's suicide, local Republican political operative Andy Parrish saw fit to get on his high horse: But before Fields even got around to apologizing for his self-inflicted debacle, Parrish found himself apologizing for a racist tweet of his own.

See also:
Andy Parrish apologizes for slapping MNGOP activist after allegedly calling him "cream puff"

More »

Teen doing handstand on Mall of America 2nd-floor railing falls to first floor, survives

Our "Really bad ideas" category was created for this story.

A 17-year-old somehow escaped serious injury after plunging from the Mall of America's second floor to the first just after 2:30 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. Witnesses reported that the teen was doing a handstand on a railing before falling, according to information from MOA officials.

See also:
Twenty things we'd like to see in the Mall of America expansion

More »

St. Paul 14-year-old takes school bus for a three-mile cruise

courtesy Roseville Police
The bus this morning, where it was stopped by a Shell station fuel island.
They say the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Especially if you're driving a school bus.

See Also:
- Benito Hernandez Romo Jr. allegedly steals car during job interview
- Raymond Gurneau takes cop car for joy ride and crash

More »

Global Village Duluth apologizes for "Annual MLK Day Black Sale"

Global Village Duluth -- a downtown store selling "Clothing, jewelry, scarves, incense, cards, tapestries, lamps, instruments...more unique gifts than you can imagine!" -- published the above post on its Facebook page Friday.

SEE ALSO: Maynard's Restaurant apologizes for ill-conceived 9/11 promotion

This wasn't the first year Global Village held the "MLK Day Black Sale." But it was the first that the promotion was widely decried, and as a result store owner Rachel Mock issued a public apology earlier today.

More »

Mankato Free Press's "Rapefruit" gaffe makes list of 2013's top layout disasters

@BryanAGraham on Twitter
The forbidden fruit...
Take a bow, Mankato Free Press layout folks. You've been recognized for your work this year.

THE BACKSTORY: Mankato Free Press runs story about "Rapefruit" on cover of food section [IMAGE]

Sure, it might not be the sort of recognition you want, but still... maybe it's better than nothing? I mean, at least people are paying attention to you, right?

More »

Serge Vorobyov wants your cash to help him build money-shooting truck

For $5,000, Serge promises a diesel truck that shoots money out its exhaust.
Serge Vorobyov made it rain $1,000 in one dollar bills a week ago today at the MOA, but his 15 minutes of fame are just about through and so he's trying hard to dream up an encore.

RELATED: Serge Vorobyov's ex-wife on his MOA stunt: "It's not right"

Toward that end, Serge, 29, is trying to raise funds for one of the craziest ideas we've ever encountered. He wants to build a diesel truck that can shoot money out its exhaust pipe. He then plans to drive it to "the most needy part of the Twin Cities" in hopes of "making some Peoples [sic] Day." We shit you not!

More »

Chisago County Republican Party publishes extremely racist Facebook post

"Pro-choice: Against slavery? Don't buy one"
-- Updates at bottom --

From the "I can't believe anybody thought this was a good idea" file: The Chisago County Republican Party posted the image at the top of this post to its Facebook page this morning.

SEE ALSO: Obama effigy hangs from Duluth billboard [PHOTO]

Yes, it's a shocking display of racism and bad judgment, but it's not as though many people in the right-leaning exurban county or elsewhere have taken notice -- the page only has 156 followers, and though new posts are published almost daily, not one of them has received a single "like" since October 6.

More »

ABM director, watching Amazing Race: "I'm cheering for a plane crash that kills 2 teams"

Carrie Lucking
On Sunday, Carrie Lucking, the executive director of the liberal nonprofit Alliance for a Better Minnesota, wished death upon the two teams competing on the Amazing Race (facetiously).

SEE ALSO: Keith Ellison deletes 'Nothing like coke addicted James Brown to close GOP convention' tweet

As you'd expect, Lucking, formerly the communications director for the House DFL caucus -- she's also married to Mark Dayton's deputy chief of staff, Bob Hume -- is taking heat from Republicans for being so callous, even if she was only kidding.

More »

Mpls runaway girls planned to travel "out of the country to Wisconsin"

Photos from MPD via MPR
The girls were found in St. Paul.
Tuesday afternoon, the MPD sent out an alert about five missing girls, ages 11 to 13, who vanished Monday after attending class at the Seward Montessori School.

SEE ALSO: Missing Minneapolis girl was simply crashing at a different friend's house

Thankfully, it turned out the girls weren't abducted or anything horrible like that. They were found safe and sound in St. Paul on Tuesday evening, still in the early stages of their plan to walk all the way to a foreign country -- that strange land of cheese and beer we know as Wisconsin.

More »

Now Trending

From the Vault