One witness at the trial in Nashville chose to go to prison rather than testify against the nine defendants, most of whom are originally from Somalia. A woman who did testify says other Somalis have called her a snitch and blame her for the arrests of the defendants. She testified that a Somali gang kept teenagers from Minnesota and two other states as prostitutes in a Nashville apartment.
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
Federal jury to deliberate Somali sex trafficking conspiracy case next week
Nine defendants are accused of trafficking children for sex in Minnesota, Ohio and Tennessee. Closing arguments ended Friday after more than two weeks of testimony. Jurors will start deliberations Monday in Nashville.
Prosecutors struggle to fight online prostitution with 20th Century laws
As Minneapolis and Hennepin County fight the sex trafficking they say is facilitated by websites like Backpage.com, they run into an obstacle common around the country: anti-prostitution laws were written to combat brothels and streetwalkers. In an age when the oldest profession is made possible by the newest technology, prosecuting prostitution cases is a challenge.
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.
Prosecutor: Women accused of funding terrorists knew where cash was going
Two Women from Rochester are on trial for allegedly funneling thousands of dollars to a known terrorist group in Somalia. The defendants say they were only trying to help their homeland and did not know al-Shabab was engaged in terrorism there.
Trial begins for 9 accused of trafficking children for sex in MN, Tennessee
After several delays the sex trafficking trial is underway in Nashville. In opening arguments prosecutors told jurors they'll hear from a Twin Cities sixth-grader who was forced into prostitution. Defense lawyers say the girl is a runaway who engaged in sex willingly and then concocted the story.
Defense: Prosecutors played only fraction of calls in terrorism case
A defense attorney for one of two Rochester women accused of funneling money to terrorists in Somalia claims the prosecution is cherry-picking evidence to bolster its case.
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