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  • Kendrea Johnson 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS Investigation: Children at Risk in Abusive, Neglectful Homes

    A 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS investigation found not all children are being removed from previously identified abusive and neglectful homes. Reports of child abuse and neglect are skyrocketing but there's a critical shortage of shelter space to house all of the children in need...

  • In December, 2014, 6-year old Kendrea Johnson was found dead in that foster care mother's home. Lawsuit: State Gave Child Foster Care License to Known Abuser

    The Minnesota Department of Human Services knowingly placed a foster care child into the home of a Brooklyn Park woman who had a record of substantiated child abuse, according to a lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis. In December, 2014, six-year old Kendrea Johnson was found dead in that foster care mother’s home. The child was found hanging from a bunk bed in her bedroom...

  • Dr. Howard Kornfeld Investigators Want to Interview Doctor about Prince Case

    A law enforcement official says investigators want to interview a California doctor and his son about a prescription drug the son brought for Prince before the singer was found collapsed in an elevator at his Minnesota home. The official told The Associated Press investigators also want to know if Dr. Howard Kornfeld and son Andrew Kornfeld had a longer-term medical relationship with Prince...

  • Law Enforcement Sources: Percocet Found in Prince's System

    5 EYEWITNESS NEWS has confirmed some of the medical examiner's findings in Prince’s autopsy. The musician had the painkiller Percocet in his system..

  • Investigation Underway into Minneapolis 4th Precinct Inspector

    5 EYEWITNESS NEWS has uncovered more information after the Minneapolis Police Department's 4th Precinct Inspector was placed on paid leave...

  • Sources: Complaint Alleges Minneapolis 4th Precinct Inspector 'Mishandled Stalker Case'

    The Minneapolis Police Department’s 4th Precinct Inspector has been placed on paid leave, effective immediately, a department spokesman confirmed Monday. The spokesman declined to comment further, citing Inspector Mike Friestleben’s placement on paid leave as a personnel matter...

  • How to Boost Your Wi-Fi Performance without Paying for an Upgrade

    You’re on it right now - the Internet. Does that spinning buffering icon that seems to pop up on your device while trying to stream a news program, movie or funny video cause you to see red? It turns out you’re not alone with internet speed woes...

  • Joseph Behrend performs with the Flamin' Oh's. After Almost 30 Years, Minneapolis Police Close in on Killer of 1980s Rocker

    The homicide investigation of one of the Twin Cities most recognized rock musicians of the 1980s appears closer to zeroing in on his killer, according to interviews with Minneapolis police detectives. Joseph Behrend, a former member of the Flamin’ Oh’s, was killed with his prized guitar in his south Minneapolis apartment...

  • Anoka Regional Treatment Center State Reaches Deal with Feds on Anoka Mental Health Hospital Improvements

    Human Services Commissioner Emily Piper has announced that an agreement has been reached with federal regulators that will allow the state to continue receiving federal funding for services at the Anoka Metro Regional Treatment Center...

  • St. Paul Police Federation: 'Fewer Police Make Pro-active Stops'

    The head of the St. Paul Police Federation told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS that some police officers are unwilling to make "pro-active" stops, because they do not feel as though they have support on the street from political leaders...

  • Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson gives an update on the investigation into Prince's death. Sheriff: No Signs of Trauma on Prince's Body, Suicide Not Suspected

    There were no signs of trauma on Prince's body when he was found unresponsive at his home Thursday, and suicide isn't suspected in his death, authorities said Friday. At an afternoon news conference, Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson said the 57-year-old musician was last seen alive at 8 p.m. Wednesday...

  • 'The Conversation': Parents Discuss Keeping their African American Sons Safe

    5 EYEWITNESS NEWS is taking a deeper look at the experiences some African American families say they've had with police officers when they haven't done anything wrong. Many black families call it "the conversation." It's a talk parents usually have with their African American sons. It's typically informal, it's ongoing and it's not often talked about in public...

  • Internal Emails Reveal Closed-Door Meetings in Stillwater School District

    On Wednesday, parents as part of a group called Voice 834 filed suit in Washington County District Court against the school district, the superintendent, and board members, alleging they violated the state’s open meeting laws. The complaint also accuses the district of ignoring two conflicts of interest involving a finance director and a school board member...

  • Conflict of Interest Questions Surround Stillwater School District

    A 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS investigation has found Stillwater Area Public Schools failed to disclose a district employee had a potential financial interest in a almost $100 million bond deal approved by voters last year. The potential conflict involves Kristen Hoheisel, the district’s director of finance. She is married to Michael Hoheisel, a managing director at Robert W. Baird, an employee-owned and operated financial firm in Minneapolis that serves as the district’s financial adviser...

  • Minneapolis Police Misconduct Cases Receive Hit-or-Miss Reviews

    A Minneapolis citizen panel assigned to examine police conduct reviews cases only on a random basis, leaving unanswered the question about whether alleged brutality cases are properly vetted, a 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS investigation has found...








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