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In its 2021 uniform crime report released Friday, Aug. 12, the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension reported 201 murders, an 8.5% annual increase, and a 21.6% increase in violent crime. The previous murder record was set in 2020, when Minnesota had 185 murders — a 58% increase from the 117 reported in 2019.
Last month, the public safety department announced more state patrol troopers would patrol the Twin Cities following a chaotic Fourth of July weekend in Minneapolis that left several injured.
Tommy Tongsengzeng Yang, 33, of Rochester, is accused of sexually assaulting and raping a juvenile in several public areas around Rochester.
Most criminals involved in child sex abuse material – child pornography – face a fraction of the charges available to law enforcement.

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Two felony charges and 10 other lesser charges have been filed in Meeker County District Court against the Dassel man who barricaded himself in his home Monday and Tuesday after reports that he had threatened a family member. SWAT teams from several agencies responded, and he eventually surrendered. Officers found evidence in the home that they believe indicates the man fired in the direction of law enforcement.
The two candidates in the Republican primary for attorney general are political newcomer Jim Schultz and 2018 candidate Doug Wardlow. Incumbent Keith Ellison is the likely DFL nominee.
Three people from Missouri were killed Thursday evening in a crash west of Willmar. Another person from Missouri was seriously injured, according to the Minnesota State Patrol, and a semi driver from Raymond also suffered injuries.
A man had threatened to shoot family members the evening of Aug. 1, then barricaded himself in his home. He finally exited his home at approximately 9:45 p.m. Aug. 2 and was taken into custody.
The homeowner said the officer then told the intoxicated man to get up off the couch, and when the man didn’t comply, the officer talked about tasing him, which motivated the man to his feet. She said the officer then brought the man to his patrol car and her husband followed them outside.
The suspect was shot during a traffic stop at 12:44 a.m. Saturday.

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A 56-year-old Willmar woman died as a result of injuries suffered in a crash with a garbage truck five miles east of Raymond in Edwards Township.
Two vehicles collided on U.S. Highway 71 west of New London early Sunday in a fatal crash. The Minnesota State Patrol closed the highway for several hours to investigate the crash and clear the road.
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