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David John Galush is charged with felony animal cruelty; police say he slashed the family dog's throat, then left the dead animal's body in the back yard.
Warrant Issued for Woman Accused of Jacking U.S. Marine Corps Car from Burnsville's Heart of the City
Tonya Annamae Losh, 33, has been MIA after failing to appear at her last court hearing in Dakota County.
Police say Juan Carlos Dorsonville stole a car out of a woman's garage and threatened to kill her if she had anything to do with other men.
Burnsville Police Arrest Habitual Credit-Card Fraud Suspect
Fidel Mario Frometa Cabrales, convicted in October of credit-card fraud elsewhere in Minnesota, was arrested a month later at Burnsville Center after police say he tried to use a fraudulent card to buy expensive jewelry.
Inver Grove Heights
Jennifer Marie Vanwagner of West St. Paul was convicted of third-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a juvenile male in Chisago County.
Nationwide Warrant Issued for Man Accused of Selling Methamphetamine
Police say Corey Michael Holcomb picked up almost 50 grams of methamphetamine in Lakeville and had almost $4,000 in cash when he was arrested in June 2011.
Police say Jacob Alexander Daraitis hit the Apple Valley victim hard enough to fracture his rib and bruise his lung.
Man Charged with Cocaine Possession in Northfield
Police say Michael Antonio Burciaga had cocaine in his wallet when he was arrested in Northfield, even though he told officers he thought it was heroin.
Man Charged for Rice County Residential Burglaries
Police say Justin Walter Lindgren burglarized four Rice County homes in November and stole jewelry and firearms.
Two Northfield Men Arrested in Minneapolis for Heroin Possession
Kyle Phillip Heckers and Justin Walter Lindgren, already facing charges in Rice County, were arrested in Minneapolis and charged with felony drug possession.
The man's identity has not been released. No foul play is suspected.