Minneapolis residents could have a decrease in their 2011 property taxes. A budget deal completed Monday by Mayor R.T. Rybak and City Council members would limit the increase in the city's 2011 property tax collections to 4.7 percent, the Star Tribune said. The tax will decrease from being 6.5 percent to 4.7 percent. The property tax bill for a typical $196,000 home will be $42 smaller under the 4.7 percent levy increase, the Minnesota Daily said. "Sometimes you stand firmly for the policies you propose even when they're unpopular," Rybak said. "Sometimes when you see the cumulative impact on people's lives of decisions you've made, you listen and take action."
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The suspect in a crash that killed a mom and her two sons Sunday faces three felony counts of criminal vehicular homicide. Rufus Onel Victor, 29, of Bloomington, faces the charges for the crash that killed Amanda Jean Thomas, 29, of Fridley, and her sons, Andre Alexanader Lee Mack Jr., 12, and Akeron Jason Lamar Thomas, 3 months. Thomas and her sons were killed when a man driving a stolen car ran a red light while fleeing a state trooper and hitting Thomas' vehicle, the Star Tribune said. "I don't deserve anything good to happen to me," Victor told officers. "I did it and I tried to lie my way out of it." If convicted, Victor faces a maximum of 40 years in prison and/or a fine of $80,000 for each fleeing count, the Pioneer Press said.
Delinquency petitions were fired against four male teens Tuesday, accusing them of crimes from assaults in Powderhorn Park. Charges against the four boys include criminal-sexual assault, kidnapping and armed robbery charges, County Attorney Mike Freeman told the Star Tribune. The boys are accused of sexually assaulting a mother and her young daughter and two teenage girls in the Powderhorn Park neighborhood, the Pioneer Press said. Prosecutors will ask a judge to certify the four boys to stand trial as adults, Freeman said.
Christopher Allen Trautman faces 14 criminal charges after two hit-and-run crashes in Rochester Saturday. One pedestrian was killed and three others were injured. Trautman had a blood-alcohol content of 0.18 percent and was driving 20 mph over the speed limit, a prosecutor told the Star Tribune Monday. Trautman could face 11 felony charges and three gross misdemeanors. The maximum fine could be up to $137,000 and 55 years in prison, the Minnesota Daily said. Trautman ran a red light early Saturday and struck two pedestrians. He then drove away and hit two more pedestrians and hit a light pole. One pedestrian, Austin John Melville, later died at a local hospital.
Minneapolis police issued a crime alert Thursday after an increase in reported car break-ins. There have been 46 car break-ins in November. Car owners have reported that their passenger side windows were smashed, but suspects left behind valuable items, the Minnesota Daily said. "They went through my center console and the only thing that I can tell they took are batteries," victim Ashley Nelson said. "My wallet was completely open but they didn't take anything out of it." Police advised residents to lock vehicle doors, park in well-lit areas, keep valuables out of parked vehicles and use garages if available, the Star Tribune said.
A Roseville police dog was stabbed four times and severely wounded after joining officers Friday in responding to a predawn break-in at a Maplewood business, authorities said. The dog, Major, was stabbed in the head and neck during a manhunt. Major could possibly lose the function of his back legs, the Pioneer Press said. Three suspects, including the one who supposedly wounded Major, were caught, Roseville Police Lt. Lorne Rosand told the Star Tribune. Major was in stable but critical condition, Rosasnd said.
The University of Minnesota Board of Regents named Eric Kaler, Stony Brook University Provost, as the only finalist to become president of the University of Minnesota. Out of four semi-finalists, two candidates withdrew to avoid having their names made public. Kaler was the only remaining candidate the board chose to invite to campus for interviews, the Minnesota Daily said. "This person is an outstanding final candidate," Regent John Frobenius told the Star Tribune. Frobenius described Kaler's strengths, including his support of athletics, strong research experience and leadership style. The selection of one finalist does not mean the process is over. The regents could return to the other candidates if they're not satisfied with Kaler, Regents Chair Clyde Allen said.
Snow began falling Friday night and a foot accumulated in parts of Minnesota by Saturday. By 9 a.m. Saturday, there were six inches of snow in Burnsville and Chanhassen. The first snowstorm of the season snapped power lines and as of Saturday night, over 44,000 Xcel Energy customers were without power in the Twin Cities, the Star Tribune said. Snowfall was expected to slow down by noon Sunday. "Heavier snowfall rates are going to shift to the north metro and east central Minnesota and up towards Duluth," meteorologist Jim Richardson told the Pioneer Press. "We'll still have snow through the (rest of the) day, but kind of lightening up gradually."
The search for a replacement for University of Minnesota President Robert Bruininks has been narrowed down to four candidates Friday. The semi-finalists have been submitted to the Board of Regents. The names have not been released. The individual regents are reviewing the files of each canidate, the university told the Pioneer Press. The names of candidates could be made public at the next regent's meeting, executive secretary Ann Cieslak told the Minnesota Daily. The Board of Regents hopes to appoint a new president by the end of the calendar year.
Police shot and killed a knife-wielding man at an apartment building in Bloomington Thursday. The man was a stabbing suspect and was shot in the hallway of a Lyndale Avenue apartment building. The officer confronted the suspect after a disturbance was reported. The suspect held two knives and a man was found stabbed, Bloomington police Cmdr. Mark Stehlik told the Star Tribune. One officer shot and killed the suspect in the hallway, the Pioneer Press said. The stabbing victim was taken to a hospital.