A former University of Minnesota student and fraternity chapter president is suing the Minnesota Daily for defamation regarding an article published in 2017 identifying him as a perpetrator of sexual assault.
Amid Minneapolis' growing population and dwindling recruitment numbers, city and campus officials are looking to different solutions to bolster their ranks.
As the summer continues, aggravated assault numbers in Marcy-Holmes continue to climb with the temperatures. Crime rates in Cedar-Riverside are trending the opposite way, with decreases in crime across the board after spikes in auto thefts and aggravated assaults earlier this year.
“Our goal is not to get grants — our goal is to change the community,” said Fartun Del, one of the group's founders.
The Hands-Free Cell Phone bill, effective Aug. 1, will prohibit drivers from using wireless communications devices while operating a vehicle, with the exception of voice-activated, hands-free features.
While crime rates in Prospect Park remain low, thefts in the neighborhood have increased so far this year compared to the first half of 2018. The number of auto thefts in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood continues to grow compared to the same time frame, prompting a response by local officials.
Through a grant from the city of Minneapolis, the West Bank Business Association will place safety lights in lowly-lit areas on Cedar Avenue South beginning next week. Residents and business owners hope the extra lighting, along with events held by WBBA throughout the summer, will help prevent crime and promote business in the neighborhood.
While University of Minnesota area community members have expressed concern about safety on light rail platforms, local officials say current crime trends mirror past years.
Recent crime trends indicate a rise in assaults in the campus neighborhood of Marcy-Holmes while University of Minnesota officials have noted a drop in violent crime on campus.
While Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey recently moved to ban “warrior-style” police training, the University of Minnesota Police Department is already implementing alternatives to the controversial practices.