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Panel stresses education in sex trafficking

According to a University Chronicle survey, only 30 percent of respondents knew that there is a prostitution ring in St. Cloud and only 30 percent of respondents said that they knew someone who was a prostitute in the St. Cloud area. According to the data, 50 percent of respondents said they didn’t have an opinion on the situation, but one respondent said that prostitution should be legalized so that it can be regulated; others said they were shocked and sad that prostitution is present in St. Cloud. Despite the lack of student and public knowledge, stopping the ongoing prostitution has become a top priority for the St. Cloud Police Department. Last week the St. Cloud Times held a panel of experts at the SCPD in the hopes of educating the public about sex trafficking and how it is still an ongoing problem in St. Cloud. The panel included investigators, prosecutors, and… Keep Reading


Attack at Crossroads Center mall sends victims to E.R.

A stabbing incident at Crossroads Center occurred at 8:15 p.m., leaving nine victims hospitalized. St. Cloud Police were joined on scene by multiple law enforcement agencies including Waite Park, Cold Spring and St. Cloud Fire Department. Sgt. Jason Burke with St. Cloud Police Department released that the suspected attacker of the incident was shot and killed in the mall. Riley Price, St. Cloud State University student and employee at H&M in Crossroads Center was present at the time of the attack. “It was probably around 8:30, and I was near the back of the store and I heard screams, it definitely sounded like a man,” Price said. “But I didn’t think anything of it because people yell in that area a lot. Then I saw a man sprint past the store, and like a minute later another man ran after him, his whole back was covered with blood, shirt off,… Keep Reading


[UPDATE] Police arrest man in connection with shooting

Police arrested Nathaniel Leon Smith, 18, last night at 216 Riverside ave. S. in Sartell in connection with the shooting of a 21-year-old St. Cloud man, who has been identified as Antoine Dajuan Fair, according to the St. Cloud Police Department. Authorities reported Smith admitted he shot Fair, who suffered gunshot wounds to his head and neck. Fair is being treated at St. Cloud Hospital. According to a press release from the St. Cloud Police Department, Smith could face charges of first degree assault and second degree attempted murder. The case is still under investigation, being supervised by the St. Cloud Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Unit, and members of the CM Violent Offender Task Force and Patrol Unit. The police encourage anybody who has information about this incident to call the St. Cloud Police Department at (320) 251-1200, the Tri-County Crime Stoppers at (320) 255-1301 or visit them at Keep Reading


Hennepin County Attorney: Police Officers Will Not Be Charged In Jamar Clark Case

This morning Hennepin county attorney Mike Freeman held a press conference to announce his decision to not bring charges against the officers involved in the shooting of Jamar Clark. In his speech, Freeman announced his support for ongoing reform in regards to police use of force tactics, the legal standards that must be proven to charge a police officer with unauthorized deadly use of force, and went over the findings of the Bureau of Criminal Apprehensions investigation laid out in a timeline. According to a post on the Hennepin county attorney’s website, Freeman said that Jamar Clark was not handcuffed and had his hand on police officer Mark Ringgenberg’s gun, and that he was instructed to remove his hand from the gun, which he did not. A report of the incident that was also posted online stated that Clark told officer Dustin Schwarze that he was “ready to die,” when… Keep Reading


21-year-old man shot, taken to hospital

The St. Cloud Police Department reported that a 21-year-old man was shot and taken to St. Cloud Hospital around 1 p.m. this afternoon. The police responded to an unknown complaint this afternoon. A man suffered gunshot wounds in the 100 block 18th ave. N. in St. Cloud, , according to police. He was taken to the emergency room. The severity of the man’s injuries are not known, according to authorities. Police believe this was not a random incident, reporting that the general public is not in danger. Police are still investigating the incident. Police encourage people who have information about the incident to contact them at the St. Cloud Police Department at 320-251-1200, or Tri-County Crime Stoppers at 320-255-1301,1-800-255-1301, or at Keep Reading

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Philosophy professor pleads guilty to federal charges

St. Cloud State philosophy professor Yiwei (Steve) Zheng is on paid leave after pleading guilty during the first week of spring semester to illegally smuggling items made of elephant ivory and rhinoceros horns to and from the United States in 2010 and 2011. For some of Zheng’s students this semester, such as Zach Parker, the news came as somewhat of a shock. Parker, who was enrolled in Zheng’s multicultural philosophy class, said he had no idea that his professor was facing federal charges in court. “I never expected anything wrong with him to even pull off a crime like that. He seemed very nice and innocent in the classes I’ve had this [first] week,” Parker said. Zheng, who has been with SCSU since 1999, entered his guilty plea in US District Court in Minneapolis on Jan. 13, admitting to have “knowingly and fraudulently” smuggled elephant ivory out of the United… Keep Reading

Police block the entrance to the 4th Precinct while hundreds of demonstrators shouted at police from behind barricades. Photo by Justine Brown.

Death of Jamar Clark sparks heavy unrest in Minneapolis

Minneapolis police’s alleged execution-style shooting of 24-year-old African-American Jamar Clark gained international attention over the past week and sparked widespread protest across the city of Minneapolis. What is actually known about the incident is the subject of great contention. What is known is that Sunday, Nov. 15 police and ambulances responded to a call concerning domestic assault. Police arrived to find Jamar Clark, the domestic-assault suspect, interfering with the paramedics. Soon, Jamar Clark was on the ground, unconscious with a bullet wound above his eye. This is what is agreed on. The rest remains subject to debate. “The young man was just laying there; he was not resisting arrest,” said eyewitness Teto Wilson, as quoted by the local chapter of the NAACP. Supporters of Jamar claim he was handcuffed and compliant when he was shot. This differs greatly from the statement released by the Minneapolis Police Department, who’s official claim… Keep Reading


Jacob Wetterling’s parents speak out after recent discoveries

If you live in Minnesota, or even the Midwest region in general, the name Jacob Wetterling is one that has been heard repeatedly over the last 26 years. It is the name of an 11-year-old boy who was abducted in his front yard Oct. 22, 1989, not even mile from his home. Jacob was with his brother and friend as they rode their bikes home from a convenience store. It was around 9 p.m. when a masked gunman approached them and abducted Jacob. Since that night, the case has become one of Minnesota’s most infamous unsolved crimes. For years, the case has been investigated, evidence brought forward, but still no arrests made. “The one question we have said for 26 years is: ‘Where’s Jacob?’” his mother, Patty Wetterling, said this Tuesday, Nov. 3. “That’s what we’ve been trying to find for all of these years, and I really believe someone… Keep Reading


Police: 2 men arrested after burglary, 1 with a handgun

St. Cloud Police officers responded to a burglary in progress around 2 a.m. Saturday night. In the 800 block of 8 street south, a 24-year-old woman told police that she saw a man entering her room, according to authorities. When he saw her, he ran out of the house. She thought she heard another person in the house, police said, and a purse and laptop were missing from the house. Authorities said they got into the house by pushing in the screen of an unlocked window, the report said. Nobody was injured during the burglary. Two men were standing in a nearby yard when officers responded to the call. The men fit the victim’s description, and when the officers approached them, the two men fled, police reported. One man fled on a bike, the other on foot. Officers stopped the man on the bike, using a taser, the report said. After securing… Keep Reading

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