Nick Wicker

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Dozens of fans fall victim to ticket fraud

A surge of fraudulent ticket sales left its mark Sunday, as 54 people were turned away from TCF Bank Stadium at the Vikings-Packers game. The fans bought the forged tickets from scammers online and in person, police said. They approached the ticket office after being refused at the front gates, according to a police report listing the dozens of victims. “I don’t know if I’ve ever seen that many victims in one of our police reports before,” said University of Minnesota police Department Deputy Chief Chuck Miner.


A changing of the guard for UMPD

Among the certificates, diplomas, photos and licenses lining the walls of University of Minnesota police Chief Greg Hestness’ office, one frame stands out. Behind its glass pane is a Native American crafted headband beaded with the word “token.” The name is what his Native American colleagues called him when he worked for the Minneapolis Police Department as the only white man in his patrol unit. But Hestness’ nearly 40 years in law enforcement have shown he is far from a token officer, colleague or chief.


University area hit by robberies

University of Minnesota police Chief Greg Hestness sent out a crime alert Monday following a string of weekend robberies. Of the three robberies, two occurred on Saturday. One incident took place on the West Bank at the intersection of Riverside Avenue and 19th Avenue Southeast, according to the emailed alert. The alert said the victim was walking home at about 1:30 a.m. when three suspects attacked him from behind, leaving him with a potentially broken nose and without his jacket, wallet and keys.


Murderer gets life in prison

A jury on Wednesday found the alleged killer of University of Minnesota student Anarae Schunk guilty in a separate murder case after about two weeks of trial and two hours of deliberation. Shavelle Chavez-Nelson, also known as Anthony Lee Nelson, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for first- and second-degree murder of 23-year-old Palagor Obang Jobi, according to the Dakota County Attorney’s Office.


Two students assaulted near Dinkytown Friday

Two University of Minnesota students were assaulted Friday morning during an attempted robbery on the outskirts of Dinkytown, according to a crime alert emailed to the school community later that day. The alert said two women were walking along 12th Avenue Southeast when a dark-colored minivan stopped at the road’s intersection with Sixth Street Southeast.


Otto claims her third term as state auditor

Minnesotans re-elected Rebecca Otto as state auditor Tuesday, giving her a third term in office. The race finished with Otto, a Democratic-Farmer-Laborer, taking 51.86 percent of the vote, compared to her Republican challenger Randy Gilbert’s 39.68 percent. Auditing experience and satisfaction with the office’s performance over its past terms marked this year’s campaign for the seat that oversees the spending of more than $20 billion in tax money per year in Minnesota.


Otto claims her third term as state auditor

Minnesotans re-elected Rebecca Otto as state auditor Tuesday, giving her a third term in office. The race finished with Otto, a Democratic-Farmer-Laborer, taking 51.86 percent of the vote, compared to her Republican challenger Randy Gilbert’s 39.68 percent. Auditing experience and satisfaction with the office’s performance over its past terms marked this year’s campaign for the seat that oversees the spending of more than $20 billion in tax money per year in Minnesota.


Janitor sweeps burglar out of East Bank

A University of Minnesota custodian found himself in a fight-or-flight situation during an early morning shift Saturday. Michael Revier, a 58-year-old building and grounds worker, said he encountered a student who had broken through a window between Rapson Hall and the Mechanical Engineering building. It was about 12:50 a.m. when he found himself face to face with the intruder, according to a police report. University police Deputy Chief Chuck Miner said that’s when the student became aggressive and lunged at Revier, who then defended himself.


Hodges, Harteau talk safety in Cedar-Riverside

Public safety-minded residents filed into the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood’s Brian Coyle Center to talk with the Minneapolis mayor and police chief on Thursday evening about community attitudes toward city officials. While Mayor Betsy Hodges and Police Chief Janeé Harteau touted proactive police recruitment, affordable family housing and neighborhood relations initiatives, some in the crowd voiced skepticism and concerns over the city leaders’ work.


Police ready for holiday, protests

With Halloween on Friday and expansive protests planned for Sunday’s Minnesota Vikings game against the Washington Redskins, police and University of Minnesota staff are gearing up for what looks to be a busy weekend. The events should boost campus foot traffic, said Minneapolis police Public Information Officer John Elder, and he said additional police units will patrol areas where heightened activity is likely. But he said the bump in the number of officers doesn’t mean there will be an increase in crimes or arrests.



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