MINNESOTA NEWS ROUNDUP: Short foot chase leads to arrest in Rochester
ROCHESTER, Minn. -- Here's proof that it might be a good idea to hire a runner as a police officer. A Rochester man led Olmsted County Sheriff’s deputies on a short foot chase Monday morning, but he didn't get far. Jeremy Fabian was wanted on an unspecified warrant when deputies spotted him at McDonalds. He took off running, officers chased, and one was about to use a Tazer on Fabian when another deputy tackled him. That officer is also Mayo High School's track coach.
CVS pharmacy will now require a photo ID to buy nail polish remover. Customers will have to be 18-years-old or older and present a valid identification. The company says they are doing this to curb the production and sale of methamphetamine. The key ingredient in nail polish remover is acetone, and that can be used to make meth. There's no state or federal law in place concerning the sale of nail polish remover.
A Minnesota drug abuse expert supports Attorney General Eric Holder's call to do away with mandatory minimum prison sentences. Carol Falkowski (fahl-KOW'-skee) says it would be a step in the right direction to provide more reasonable treatment for drug offenders in the criminal justice system. She says many people for many years have thought that mandatory minimum sentences for first-time, low-level drug offenders are draconian and don't accomplish what they're intended to do. Falkowski says it's encouraging that federal officials want to change policies that do not appear to be working. Minnesota has special courts for low-level drug offenders.
Organizations that serve Minnesota children and teens are increasing efforts to ensure that child predators are not approved as volunteers. Kinship of Greater Minneapolis director Gennae (JUH'-nay) Falconer says Screening Applicants For Effectiveness, or SAFE, was developed with the latest research on child molestation and recommendations from leading national experts. Kinship of Greater Minneapolis and the Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota are teaming up today (Wed) for training on the program.
A Bloomington woman is accused of stealing cash that was stashed throughout a Burnsville hoarder's home that her company was hired to clean. Seriously Organized owner 35-year-old Nicola Havens was turned into police by her employees, who told investigators that she had stolen money from a customer whose home had been condemned by the Burnsville Fire Department because of code issues. The homeowner says she had put about $250 a month into envelopes for years, and the cleaning crew was supposed to gather them in a plastic bin while they worked to declutter the home. Havens is accused of pocketing $5,000 of an estimated $23,000 that was stashed throughout the home. Investigators say she admitted to taking $1,000 because she was afraid she wouldn't be paid. Havens is also accused of keeping some of the woman's personal belongings as well.