Nick Wicker


Kaler to co-chair global summit at the University

A global sustainability group announced earlier this week that University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler will co-chair a summit on environmental policy next year. The summit, called “Minnesota 2015: Democracy in a Sustainable Future,” will take place at the Minneapolis Convention Center and on parts of the University campus next October. Groups of state and world leaders will converge in the metro area to develop plans they can pitch in their respective countries, according to a June press release.

String of crime hits area

The University of Minnesota campus and surrounding areas saw a small wave of crime over the past week, including at least three burglaries, two robberies and seven cases of theft. But University police Deputy Chief Chuck Miner said this week’s activity pales in comparison to last fall’s crime surge. “Thankfully, we’re not experiencing as many as we did this time last year,” he said.

Commons Hotel workers find unexpected guest

When employees at the Commons Hotel found a man sleeping under tables in the building late Wednesday night, they soon learned it was his fourth night doing so. Alex Karls, acting manager for the overnight crew on Wednesday, was doing his nightly security rounds when he said he noticed blankets and pillows piled underneath some tables on the building’s second floor. Karls said he then rushed downstairs and told a co-worker to call the University of Minnesota Police Department.

Cops crack down on booze

From inside a Dinkytown home Saturday, the only sounds challenging the house’s speaker system were drunken shouts and the buzz of conversation as the party drove steadily through the night, backlit by green and purple strobe lights. Less than a quarter-block away, on the corner of 10th Avenue Southeast and Sixth Street Southeast, strobes were met with police lights and the thud of hip-hop bass was given a whining siren topcoat. An ambulance rushed to carry away an injured motorcycle driver who had been hit by a red sedan. But the party didn’t stop.

Police renew yearly effort to connect with campus

The past summer has been a trying time for police departments nationwide, as well as those in the Twin Cities. In August, Ferguson, Mo., broke out in riots after a police officer shot and killed Michael Brown, a young black man. In the same month, a local online video went viral and showed part of a January incident in which St. Paul police officers used a Taser on a black man in the city’s skyway as he waited to pick up his children from day care.

Attempted aggravated robbery at Southeast Como bus shelter

Around noon Thursday, University of Minnesota junior Sara Gorman waited for her bus at the corner of 27th and Como avenues Southeast. As she stood, phone in hand, she said a man approached her and joined her in the bus shelter. Gorman said she thought he was simply waiting as well, but after about a minute, he spun around and began to threaten her with a concealed weapon. “He whipped around and had something in his sweatshirt that he was pointing at me — but it was hidden — and said, ‘Give me everything you have,’” Gorman said.

University police help bust crime ring

A team of University of Minnesota police spent the past 10 months working undercover part time to help bust a national ring of cellphone thefts. Working with local and national law enforcement, the officers helped with an investigation that led to the indictment of 20 members of a Twin Cities-based crime syndicate. Authorities said one low-level associate may have stolen more than $2.7 million in phones over six years.

Police respond to two cases of terroristic threat

Both the University of Minnesota Police Department and the Minneapolis Police Department received reports last week of terroristic threat, according to police records. Greg Jamieson, director of the University golf program and general manager of the course, reported to UMPD on Friday that a suspect had threatened him at the University’s Golf Club House in St. Paul, according to a police report. The threat came after the suspect inflicted damage to a vehicle parked at the golf course, UMPD Deputy Chief of Police Chuck Miner said.