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mpls. landlord hit with largest fine in housing court history


a hennepin county court referee has ordered a minneapolis landlord to pay $187,390 for “bad faith litigation conduct,” the largest sanction by far in the 27-year history of housing courts in minnesota.the court found that stephen frenz, one of the city’s biggest landlords, had submitted a falsified affidavit and phony leases to try to persuade the referee to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a neighborhood organization, seeking repairs on one of his properties.the ruse was discovered by tenant attorneys at the start of what appeared to be a routine housing trial last year.“i have never seen a sanction even close to this number,” said attorney lawrence mcdonough of the dorsey & whitney firm, who has represented or advised about 10,000 housing court clients in minnesota over the past 33 years.






prosecutor: minnesota parents who let sick child seth johnson die have fled coun


minneapolis -- a prosecutor says a minnesota couple charged in the death of their 7-year-old son may have absconded to new zealand.timothy and sarah johnson are accused of gross misdemeanor child neglect for failing to get medical help for their adopted son, seth, who died in march 2015.the johnsons didn’t show up at their first court appearance tuesday in hennepin county. istant hennepin county attorney john halla told judge gina brandt that the couple has moved to new zealand. brandt issued warrants for their arrests.in the days before seth’s death, his parents were out of town for a wedding, leaving their son in the care of an older sibling, reported cbs minnesota. the night they returned, the johnsons found their son nearly motionless and said he didn’t react when they “prayed for his






tab selects 58 projects for federal funding


projects ranging from roadway expansions and new overp es to bridge repair and trail and transit improvements are among 58 projects the transportation advisory board (tab) has recommended to get portions of $208 million in federal funding. local funding totaling $205 million also would also be used to complete the projects.the projects in 45 different townships and communities across the seven-county metropolitan area were chosen from applications submitted through the regional solicitation process. that process, conducted every two years, allocates federal transportation funds to locally-initiated projects to meet regional transportation needs.tab, which advises the metropolitan council, has on its list reconstruction of interchanges at hwy. 252 and 66th avenue n. in brooklyn center, the






minnesota man admits fatally stabbing pregnant wife


minneapolis - a suburban minneapolis man has pleaded guilty to two counts of intentional second-degree murder in the stabbing death of his pregnant wife.the hennepin county attorney’s office says 31-year-old yevgeniy savenok of eden prairie agreed to a sentence of more than 65 years in prison. that’s higher than guidelines call for, in part because his wife’s sister, who’s a minor, witnessed the stabbing last may.savenok’s wife, 23-year-old lyubov savenok, was 26 weeks pregnant. the child died a few minutes after being delivered through an emergency cesarean section.savenok has told investigators that killing his wife was the “only way out.” the couple had lived in dupage county, illinois, where lyuba savenok had obtained a restraining order against her husband after hearing him on the pho






minnesota man pleads guilty in murder of pregnant wife


minneapolis — a suburban minneapolis man has pleaded guilty to two counts of intentional second-degree murder in the stabbing death of his pregnant wife.the hennepin county attorney's office says 31-year-old yevgeniy savenok of eden prairie agreed to a sentence of more than 65 years in prison. that's higher than guidelines call for, in part because his wife's sister, who's a minor, witnessed the stabbing last may.savenok's wife, 23-year-old lyubov savenok, was 26 weeks pregnant. the child died a few minutes after being delivered through an emergency cesarean section.savenok has told investigators that killing his wife was the "only way out." the couple had lived in dupage county, illinois, where lyuba savenok had obtained a restraining order against her husband after hearing him on the pho






hennepin county sees drop in 'repeat users' of shelters after boosting services


cynthia jackson arrived at the homeless shelter armed with a mission to get donzell varnado back on his feet as he looked for work.unlike the last time he was homeless 11 years ago, varnado, 43, of minneapolis, got one-on-one help from jackson, connecting him to career fairs and job training. those are the things that keep people from having to return to shelters, said jackson, a career specialist for goodwill-easter seals minnesota.“it’s just filling in those little gaps that were gaping holes before. and it’s making a difference,” she said.hennepin county is boosting its resources for so-called “repeat users” of homeless shelters, connecting families to more housing, employment or parenting services to keep them out of shelters. the effort began when the number of repeat users doubled fr






controversial wisconsin sheriff to speak tonight in minneapolis


four-term milwaukee county sheriff david a. clarke jr., who delivered an emphatic address on law and order during the first day last year’s republican national convention, will speak in minneapolis urday night at an event hosted by the not-for-profit rightway minnesota.clarke is a popular commentator on issues involving law enforcement and the second amendment. he wields a combative twitter account that celebrates president donald trump and takes aim at “media elites” like the new york times and nbc news.“ladies and gentlemen, i would like to make something very clear — blue lives matter in america!” he said last july, opening his remarks at the 2016 rnc in cleveland to rousing applause from the crowd. clarke’s july 18 comments e one day after the ambush-style slayings of three baton rouge






white minnesota man found guilty in shooting of black protesters after jury sees


a white minnesota man was found guilty of opening fire and wounding five men protesting the fatal shooting of a black man by police officers two years ago.a jury found allen scarsella, 24, guilty of 11 counts of ault and one count of riot when he s and injured five black men, hennepin county attorney mike freeman said on wednesday afternoon.“we are pleased with the jury’s guilty verdict against allen scarsella today,” freeman said in a statement.“as i said at the time we charged mr. scarsella and his companions, the racist language he used in the videos and on social media is just not acceptable and the actions he took as a result of those racist beliefs were heinous. the jury obviously saw it the same way,” freeman added.freeman said prosecutors will be seeking “the stiffest possible sent






jury convicts man who wounded black protesters in minnesota


minneapolis — a jury on wednesday convicted a minnesota man of ault for opening fire and wounding five men demonstrating against the fatal shooting of a black man by minneapolis police officers.allen scarsella, 24, of bloomington, was found guilty on all charges of ault and riot. scarsella showed no emotion as the hennepin county jury's verdict was read. defense attorneys left the courtroom without comment. sentencing is set for march 10.scarsella was accused of shooting and injuring the five african-american men at a black lives matter protest after the death of jamar clark in 2015.scarsella and three other men, all wearing face masks, went into an en pment outside a police station in north minneapolis to livestream black lives matter protests that had closed down a city block. scarsella,






trump's order on 'sanctuary jurisdictions' will test county jails


president donald trump’s push to end city and county practices that offer “sanctuary” to immigrants living in the country illegally will face a direct test in county jails, with tens of millions of dollars at stake.immigration and customs enforcement (ice) routinely asks county jails to hold inmates for deportation. neither hennepin nor ramsey counties honors those requests — called “detainers” — without a signed order from a judge, citing constitutional concerns and the expense of holding inmates for the federal government. but trump’s demand for more aggressive immigration enforcement, coupled with his threat to strip federal funding from “sanctuary jurisdictions,” will force tough decisions upon county officials.“a lot of counties right now are feeling that on the one hand they risk los






trump's order on 'sanctuary jurisdictions' will test county jails


president trump’s push to end city and county practices that offer “sanctuary” to immigrants living in the country illegally will face a direct test in county jails, with tens of millions of dollars at stake.immigration and customs enforcement (ice) routinely asks county jails to hold inmates for deportation. neither hennepin nor ramsey counties honors those requests — called “detainers” — without a signed order from a judge, citing constitutional concerns and the expense of holding inmates for the federal government. but trump’s demand for more aggressive immigration enforcement, coupled with his threat to strip federal funding from so-called “sanctuary jurisdictions,” will force tough decisions upon county officials.“a lot of counties right now are feeling that on the one hand they risk






twin cities area book events jan. 5-12


janet decaster perrin: "dog tales and pup parables." 2 p.m. today. barnes & noble, har mar mall, [email protected]: a discussion of f. scott fitzgerald's work. 4 p.m. today. common good books, 38 s. snelling av., st. paul.russell rathbun: "the great wall of china and the salton sea." 7 p.m. tue. magers & quinn, 3038 hennepin av. s., mpls.brian freeman: "spilled blood." 6:30 p.m. wed. northtown library, 711 ne. county road 10, blaine.benjamin percy: "thrill me: essays on fiction." 7 p.m. wed. hamline- midway library, 1558 w. minnehaha av., st. paul.jim walsh: "gold experience: following prince in the '90s." 7 p.m. wed. magers & quinn, 3038 hennepin av. s., mpls.michael tisserand: "krazy: george herriman, a life in black and white." 7 p.m. thu. magers & quinn, mpls.sop






mpls. council member cano rebuked for defying city hall security


the president of the minneapolis city council and two county commissioners recently chastised council member alondra cano for defying city hall security guards during an after-hours oil pipeline gathering this fall.cano released a stern letter she received from the three officials, dated dec. 30, as well as security footage on her facebook page on tuesday. the letter was signed by council president barb johnson and hennepin county commissioners jan callison and peter mclaughlin, who serve on the board of the joint agency that oversees city hall.“[building] staff observed you encouraging demonstrators to remain in the building, physically touching security staff, opening locked exterior doors from within so others could gain entry, providing food to them and interfering with building staff’






parents accused of neglect in child's death in 2015 don't show in court


a hennepin county judge issued arrest warrants tuesday for the parents charged with failing to seek medical care for their gravely ill 7-year-old son before he died on a vomit-stained mattress in their plymouth home.timothy d. johnson, 39, and sarah n. johnson, 38, failed to show at their first court appearance tuesday, one month after they were charged in hennepin county district court with gross misdemeanor child neglect in connection with the march 30, 2015, death of son seth johnson. the boy endured extensive trauma from an inflamed pancreas and possible infections in various wounds until he died, according to the criminal complaints.the johnsons, who were not arrested upon being charged, were required to appear in court, but istant hennepin county attorney john halla told judge gina b






hennepin county sees drop in 'repeat users' of shelters after boosting services


cynthia jackson arrived at the homeless shelter armed with a mission to get donzell varnado back on his feet as he looked for work.unlike the last time he was homeless 11 years ago, varnado, 43, of minneapolis, got one-on-one help from jackson, connecting him to career fairs and job training. those are the things that keep people from having to return to shelters, said jackson, a career specialist for goodwill-easter seals minnesota.“it’s just filling in those little gaps that were gaping holes before. and it’s making a difference,” she said.hennepin county is boosting its resources for so-called “repeat users” of homeless shelters, connecting families to more housing, employment or parenting services to keep them out of shelters. the effort began when the number of repeat users doubled fr






jury convicts man who wounded black protesters in minnesota


minneapolis (ap) — a jury on wednesday convicted a minnesota man of ault for opening fire and wounding five black men demonstrating against the fatal shooting of a black man by minneapolis police officers.allen scarsella, 24, of bloomington, was found guilty of ault and riot charges. scarsella showed no emotion as the hennepin county jury’s verdict was read.scarsella was accused of shooting and injuring the men at a black lives matter protest after the death of jamar clark in 2015.scarsella and three other men, all wearing face masks, went into an en pment outside a police station in north minneapolis to livestream black lives matter protests that had closed down a city block. scarsella brought a .45-caliber handgun and fired at demonstrators in what his attorneys say was self-defense. pro






parents accused of neglect in child's death in 2015 don't show in court


a hennepin county judge issued arrest warrants tuesday for the parents charged with failing to seek medical care for their gravely ill 7-year-old son before he died on a vomit-stained mattress in their plymouth home.timothy d. johnson, 39, and sarah n. johnson, 38, failed to show at their first court appearance tuesday, one month after they were charged in hennepin county district court with gross misdemeanor child neglect in connection with the march 30, 2015, death of son seth johnson. the boy endured extensive trauma from an inflamed pancreas and possible infections in various wounds until he died, according to the criminal complaints.the johnsons, who were not arrested upon being charged, were required to appear in court, but istant hennepin county attorney john halla told judge gina b






parents accused in plymouth child's death fail to show in court


a hennepin county judge issued arrest warrants tuesday for a couple charged with failing to seek medical care for their gravely ill 7-year-old son before he died on a vomit-stained mattress in their plymouth home.timothy d. johnson, 39, and sarah n. johnson, 38, failed to show at their first court appearance tuesday, one month after they were charged in hennepin county district court with gross misdemeanor child neglect in connection with the march 30, 2015, death of son seth johnson. the boy endured extensive trauma from an inflamed pancreas and possible infections until he died, according to the criminal complaints.the johnsons, who were not arrested when charged, were required to appear in court, but istant hennepin county attorney john halla told judge gina brandt that the two have mov






parents accused in plymouth child's death fail to show up in court


a hennepin county judge issued arrest warrants tuesday for a couple charged with failing to seek medical care for their gravely ill 7-year-old son before he died on a vomit-stained mattress in their plymouth home.timothy d. johnson, 39, and sarah n. johnson, 38, failed to show at their first court appearance tuesday, one month after they were charged in hennepin county district court with gross misdemeanor child neglect in connection with the march 30, 2015, death of son seth johnson. the boy endured extensive trauma from an inflamed pancreas and possible infections until he died, according to the criminal complaints.the johnsons, who were not arrested when charged, were required to appear in court, but istant hennepin county attorney john halla told judge gina brandt that the two have mov






parents accused of neglect in child's death in 2015 don't show in court


a hennepin county judge issued arrest warrants tuesday for a couple charged with failing to seek medical care for their gravely ill 7-year-old son before he died on a vomit-stained mattress in their plymouth home.timothy d. johnson, 39, and sarah n. johnson, 38, failed to show at their first court appearance tuesday, one month after they were charged in hennepin county district court with gross misdemeanor child neglect in connection with the march 30, 2015, death of son seth johnson. the boy endured extensive trauma from an inflamed pancreas and possible infections until he died, according to the criminal complaints.the johnsons, who were not arrested when charged, were required to appear in court, but istant hennepin county attorney john halla told judge gina brandt that the two have mov






cano releases letter, videos over city hall security spat


the president of minneapolis city council and two county commissioners recently chastised council member alondra cano for defying city hall security guards during an after-hours oil pipeline gathering this fall.cano released a stern letter she received from the three officials, dated dec. 30, as well as security footage of the altercation on her facebook page on tuesday. the letter was signed by council president barb johnson and hennepin county commissioners jan callison and peter mclaughlin, who serve on the board of the joint agency that oversees city hall."[building] staff observed you encouraging demonstrators to remain in the building, physically touching security staff, opening locked exterior doors from within so others could gain entry, providing food to them, and interfering with






mpls. council member cano rebuked for defying city hall security


the president of minneapolis city council and two county commissioners recently chastised council member alondra cano for defying city hall security guards during an after-hours oil pipeline gathering this fall.cano released a stern letter she received from the three officials, dated dec. 30, as well as security footage of the altercation on her facebook page on tuesday. the letter was signed by council president barb johnson and hennepin county commissioners jan callison and peter mclaughlin, who serve on the board of the joint agency that oversees city hall.“[building] staff observed you encouraging demonstrators to remain in the building, physically touching security staff, opening locked exterior doors from within so others could gain entry, providing food to them, and interfering with






jury finds shooter guilty of all counts in 2015 protest shooting


a hennepin county jury convicted allen scarsella of felony first-degree ault and riot charges wednesday in the november 2015 shooting of five people at a north minneapolis protest.scarsella, 24, was charged with 12 counts of first-degree ault and one count of riot in connection with the nov. 23, 2015 protest. scarsella and three friends went to minneapolis police’s fourth precinct that night to live stream an ongoing protest after the death of jamar clark, who was s and killed during a scuffle with police. after weeks of testimony followed by closing arguments, the jury began deliberating thursday morning, and reached the verdict after about seven hours. it was announced before a packed courtroom filled with media, legal observers and victims’ families. after the verdict, the jury left wit






mpls. council member cano rebuked for defying city hall security


the president of the minneapolis city council and two county commissioners recently chastised council member alondra cano for defying city hall security guards during an after-hours oil pipeline gathering this fall.cano released a stern letter she received from the three officials, dated dec. 30, as well as security footage on her facebook page on tuesday. the letter was signed by council president barb johnson and hennepin county commissioners jan callison and peter mclaughlin, who serve on the board of the joint agency that oversees city hall."[building] staff observed you encouraging demonstrators to remain in the building, physically touching security staff, opening locked exterior doors from within so others could gain entry, providing food to them and interfering with building staff'






southwest metro briefs: minnetonka explores $25m plan to renovate and add on to


minnetonka city leaders decided last week to explore plans to renovate the city’s fire station and police department, and build a new fire facility.in a city report, officials said renovation is the most feasible option to address the departments’ needs. the project could cost $25 million, according to preliminary cost estimates, and would be paid for with bonding.the city council, in a work session meeting where no formal action was taken, decided to seek more detailed plans and cost estimates while reiterating that no decision had yet been finalized.the city council isn’t expected to take any action on the plans or hold any public hearings on the project until 2018.“it makes sense,” mayor terry schneider said later about the renovations. “it’s something that’s needed.”minnetonka’s centra






west metro briefs: minnetonka explores $25m plan to renovate and add on to fire,


minnetonka city leaders decided last week to explore plans to renovate the city’s fire station and police department, and build a new fire facility.in a city report, officials said renovation is the most feasible option to address the departments’ needs. the project could cost $25 million, according to preliminary cost estimates, and would be paid for with bonding.the city council, in a work session meeting where no formal action was taken, decided to seek more detailed plans and cost estimates while reiterating that no decision had yet been finalized.the city council isn’t expected to take any action on the plans or hold any public hearings on the project until 2018.“it makes sense,” mayor terry schneider said later about the renovations. “it’s something that’s needed.”minnetonka’s centra






juvenile arrested in fatal stabbing in north minneapolis


a female juvenile was arrested in connection with a fatal stabbing of a man tuesday evening in minneapolis, authorities said.officers from the fourth precinct responded to the 3200 block of 6th street n. just before 5 p.m. on a report of a stabbing.officers found a man who had been stabbed inside the home. he was taken to north memorial medical center, where he died.police arrested a juvenile female, who is related to the victim.she was taken to a hospital for evaluation and will be booked into the hennepin county juvenile detention center on probable cause murder, according to a news release.fourth precinct officers will be in the neighborhood wednesday talking with neighbors.karen zamora






male fatally stabbed, female juvenile arrested in minneapolis


a female juvenile was arrested in connection with a fatal stabbing of a man tuesday  in minneapolis, authorities said.officers from the fourth precinct responded to the 3200 block of n. 6th street just before 5 p.m. on a report of a stabbing.officers located a man, who had been stabbed, inside the home. he was then taken to north memorial medical center, where he died.police arrested a juvenile female, who is related to the victim, in connection with the death.she was taken to a hospital for evaluation and will be booked into the hennepin county juvenile detention center on a count of probable cause murder, according to a news release.fourth precinct officers will be in the neighborhood wednesday talking with neighbors.twitter: @karenanelzamora






fraud by minnesota school leaves broken dreams, big debt


woodbury, minn. — some students who were victims of fraud by globe university and the minnesota school of business have been left with broken dreams and a mountain of debt.minnesota public radio (http://bit.ly/2jd4urk ) reports the state sued the school, accusing it of defrauding more than 1,000 students. many students said the for-profit school encouraged them take out loans to pay tuition.a hennepin county judge ruled the schools violated state consumer fraud and deceptive trade practices laws. the school was ordered to pay restitution to those students.the school began to close puses when it be e ineligible for federal funding in december.perry schramm said he studied criminal justice at the school before finding out that his credits wouldn't transfer to a certified police training prog






homicide victim found in his north minneapolis garage is id'd


a homicide victim found over the weekend in his north minneapolis garage died from head injuries, authorities said tuesday.the victim was identified tuesday by the hennepin county medical examiner’s office as steve parker sr., 56.a 911 call to police brought officers late sunday afternoon to the garage outside parker’s home in the 3700 block of aldrich avenue n., where they found parker’s body.a second man who was in the alley near the garage was transported to north memorial medical center by paramedics for a noncritical leg injury, police said. that man was questioned in connection with the homicide, the city’s fourth of the year.police have announced no arrests in the case, nor have they addressed a possible motive. anyone with information about the death is encouraged to call police at






two men charged in elderly st. paul woman's murder


two men were charged monday with murder in the january killing of an elderly st. paul woman who they had been bilking financially for shoddy yard work.kevin reek, 46, of st. paul, and richard daniel thomas joles, 29, of houston, texas, were charged in ramsey county district court with one count each of second-degree murder with intent and second-degree murder without intent.they are accused in the murder of myong ki gossel, 79, who died of "closed head trauma" between jan. 2 and 4. jones had previously performed yard work for gossel.joles' longtime friend told police that reek called her at one point and said that joles " 'screwed him' " on the job and " '[expletive] him out of $16,000.' ""reek said, 'i killed the old woman. she's no good no more. now everyone is going down for this,' " th






hennepin county renews push to slow heroin overdoses


amid steadily climbing overdose deaths despite efforts to prevent them, hennepin county authorities are taking a new approach to the opioid epidemic with an education-focused paign.last year saw a record 144 opioid-related overdose deaths. and with the drug now being laced with the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl, hennepin county sheriff rich stanek and his colleagues say they are in crisis mode.“we thought increased public awareness, among other things, would make a dent last year,” he said tuesday at a news conference. “but we just didn’t do a good enough job.”stanek, flanked by u.s. attorney andrew luger, school officials, members of the medical community and the mother of an overdose victim, announced the yearlong initiative to fight heroin “because every death is preventable,” stan






hennepin county renews push to slow heroin overdoses


facing a steady climb in overdose deaths that has defied efforts to stem it, hennepin county authorities are taking a new approach to the opioid epidemic with an education-focused paign.last year saw a record 144 opioid-related overdose deaths. and with the drug now being laced with the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl, hennepin county sheriff rich stanek and his colleagues say the situation is a crisis."we thought increased public awareness, among other things, would make a dent last year," he said tuesday at a news conference. "but we just didn't do a good enough job."stanek, joined by u.s. attorney andrew luger, school officials, members of the medical community and the mother of an overdose victim, announced the yearlong initiative to fight heroin "because every death is preventable,






hennepin county renews its push to slow heroin overdoses


amid steadily climbing overdose deaths despite ongoing efforts to curb them, authorties in hennepin county are taking a new approach to easing the opioid epidemic with an education-focused paign.last year saw a record 144 opioid-related overdose deaths. and with the drug now being laced with the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl, hennepin county sheriff rich stanek and his colleagues say they are in crisis mode.“we thought increased public awareness, among other things, would make a dent last year,” he said at a news conference tuesday. “but we just didn’t do a good enough job.”stanek, flanked by u.s. attorney andy luger, school officials, members of the medical community and the mother of an overdose victim, announced the yearlong initiative to again fight the heroin surge “because every






hennepin county renews its push to slow heroin overdoses


amid steadily climbing overdose deaths despite ongoing efforts to curb them, authorities in hennepin county are taking a new approach to easing the opioid epidemic with an education-focused paign.last year saw a record 144 opioid-related overdose deaths. and with the drug now being laced with the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl, hennepin county sheriff rich stanek and his colleagues say they are in crisis mode.“we thought increased public awareness, among other things, would make a dent last year,” he said at a news conference tuesday. “but we just didn’t do a good enough job.”stanek, flanked by u.s. attorney andy luger, school officials, members of the medical community and the mother of an overdose victim, announced the yearlong initiative to again fight the heroin surge “because ever






two men arrested after minturn ault, eagle county sheriff says – the denver post


two men have been arrested in connection with a wednesday ual ault in minturn, the eagle county sheriff’s office says.zachary hernandez, 18, is suspected of ual ault, second-degree burglary, criminal mischief and har ment.cesar castro, 31, was taken into custody for investigation of four counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.the sheriff’s office did not release details in the case.anyone with information on the case is asked to call the eagle county sheriff’s office at 970-328-8500 or eagle county crime stoppers at 970-328-7007 or 1-800-972-tips.






hidden eras to be placed in suffolk county parks, officials say


advertisement | advertise on newsdaysuffolk county legislators, on feb. 3, 2017 in hauppauge, urged suffolk county police commsiioner timothy sini to increase surveillance of area parks after recent incidents of illegal dumping and graffiti. hidden eras — some activated by movement — will be placed in suffolk county parks to combat graffiti and illegal dumping, law enforcement and legislators announced friday.suffolk county legislators kara hahn and sarah anker said during a news conference in hauppauge that they are supporting a number of initiatives to stop illegal activity in the more than 70 parks and 46,000 acres of parkland...






hidden eras to be placed in suffolk county parks, officials say


advertisement | advertise on newsdaysuffolk county legislator kara hahn, speaks during a press conference about dumping and vandalism in county parks, in smithtown, feb. 3, 2017. (credit: ed betz) hidden eras — some activated by movement — will be placed in suffolk county parks to combat graffiti and illegal dumping, law enforcement and legislators announced friday.suffolk county legislators kara hahn and sarah anker said during a news conference in hauppauge that they are supporting a number of initiatives to stop illegal activity in the more than 70 parks and 46,000 acres of parkland...






family fun: hit the ice with wild mascot nordy


skate with nordyyou don’t have to be on the starting lineup of the minnesota wild to hang out with their mascot, nordy, this weekend. the downtown skyline provides the perfect backdrop for skaters who take to the ice with the friendly “wild” animal. nordy will pose for pictures with guests and maybe even pull a few pranks. (2-3:30 p.m. . free. winterskate, loring park, oak grove st. and hennepin av. s., mpls. downtownmpls.com/winterskate.)melissa walker






n au county extends tax-grievance deadline until march 10


advertisement | advertise on newsdayn au county executive edward mangano speaks on friday, dec. 16, 2016 in mineola. (credit: howard schnapp) n au county executive edward mangano on friday extended the deadline for accepting property tax essment appeals, a day after newsday reported that the county’s essment system has created stark differences in the tax bills of those who file grievances and those who do not.mangano said the essment department will accept appeals until march 10, rather than march 1.“in an effort...






mpls. landlord hit with largest fine in housing court history


a hennepin county court referee has ordered a minneapolis landlord to pay $187,390 for “bad faith litigation conduct,” the largest sanction in the 27-year history of housing courts in minnesota.the court found that stephen frenz, one of the city’s biggest landlords, had submitted a falsified affidavit and phony leases to try to persuade the referee to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a neighborhood organization seeking repairs on one of his south minneapolis apartment houses.the ruse was discovered by tenant attorneys at the start of a housing trial last year. the housing court fine is the latest setback for frenz in his yearslong confrontation with tenants and housing inspectors.“i have never seen a sanction [in housing court] even close to this number,” said attorney lawrence mcdonough of the






adams county tax statements mailed in littleton utility envelopes – the denver p


a number of adams county property tax statements have been mailed in incorrect envelopes — marked littleton sewer and storm drainage utility.the county’s external print vendor, seattle-based the master’s touch, believes the error will impact less than 1 percent — 500 to 3,000 — of the 180,000 property tax statements the county is mailing, according to an adams county news release.the error likely occurred at the vendor facility when envelopes from a previous print job were left in sorting equipment, the county said.contents of the envelope — a property tax statement, a return label and other supporting documents — are correct. account holders can still pay their balance using the statement from the incorrect envelope. a second statement, however, is being sent to ensure delivery.“we unders






vehicle in fatal crash rolls, hits power pole in itasca county


the min­ne­so­ta state patrol was in­ves­ti­gat­ing a fatal crash in i­tas­ca county on ­ur­day night.the crash hap­pened a­bout 6:15 p.m. as a chrysler town and country traveled east on i­tas­ca county road 28, ap­proach­ing hwy. 6 in an area known as the deer lake un­or­gan­ized territory, the pa­trol said.the ve­hi­cle skidded through a stop sign, rolled and struck a pow­er pole, ac­cord­ing to the pa­trol.oth­er de­tails were not yet avail­able as the investigation was continuing urday night.staff re­port






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