Many of the defendants in an alleged multi-state sex-trafficking ring came to the United States as refugees when they were young children, and defense attorneys argue they were juveniles when they committed the crimes. Police used immigration paperwork to determine their ages, but attorneys say that information is routinely wrong because of cultural and language issues. Now some of the defendants are asking the judge to dismiss the charges because they never had juvenile status hearings.
St. Louis County set to declare state of emergency ahead of peak flood levels
Volunteers are urgently needed for sandbagging efforts in a small community near Voyageurs National Park.
Brothers Bar & Grill closes in downtown Minneapolis
The Midwest chain closed its St. Cloud location in 2018.
Licensed physician Ken Jeong to do standup in MN this September
The licensed physician will take the stage at Treasure Island Resort and Casino on Sept. 30.
Osseo PD says officer did not pursue suspect who caused fatal crash
The crash happened in Brooklyn Park early Sunday morning.
Suspect arrested after 3 family members stabbed in Albert Lea
The three victims are related, according to police.
50,000 gallons of toilet wastewater leaks into Twin Cities lake
You may want to avoid this body of water.
Evidence that omicron strains BA.4 and BA.5 are in Minnesota
The European CDC has warned of a possible significant summer surge fueled by the omicron subvariants.
Hastings man charged for driving drunk with 2-year-old in vehicle
Matthew Quade's BAC was almost five times over the legal limit when police pulled him over last week.
Arrest made after person shot at Hopkins apartment building
Police say this was an isolated incident and that the victim and suspect knew each other.
BA.2.12.1 omicron subvariant quickly becoming dominant in MN
Experts say the subvariant is more transmissible but there is not evidence to suggest it causes more severe disease.
Teen paddle boarders rescued after 'abrupt wind change' on Lake Superior
The rescue happened off Park Point Beach Saturday.
Defense in Somali sex-trafficking case questions witness' credibility
An attorney for one of the defendants is asking the judge to dismiss all charges involving "Jane Doe 2," claiming her mother lied under oath about the girl's age. Fourteen of 30 defendants in the
Somalis accused in Twin Cities prostitution ring face trial in Nashville
Fifteen defendants are accused of forcing teenage girls into prostitution and operating a sex trafficking ring in the Twin Cities, Ohio and Tennessee. The federal trial is set to begin, with jury selection Tuesday.
Closing arguments starting in Nashville Somali sex trafficking trial
Closing arguments are starting Wednesday in the trial of nine defendants accused of a sex trafficking conspiracy. Many of the defendants and victims are of Somali descent. The reported crimes stretch from Minnesota to Ohio to Tennessee.
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