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Homeland Security. Another meeting is scheduled for late summer. Thorny issues including traffic control, intelligence gathering and contingency planning in the event of a terrorist attack, or some other calamity, will have to be sorted out, officials say. The meetings were designed to bring some of the key partners in law enforcement and public safety, because those are the ones you need to get things sectioned out in a number of months or said Minneapolis Assistant Police Chief Matt Clark. Given the enormity of the task, Clark said the department wanted to reach out early to federal officials to formulate a plan for how best to protect crowds at the $1.07 billion glass-walled stadium being built on the site of the Metrodome.

In doing so, the department also has sent delegations to Glendale, which hosted the game in January, and to the 2015 National Basketball Association All-Star Game in New York. Local officials also will dispatch representatives to the 2016 Super Bowl, which will be played at the just-completed Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. Clark said that security for an event of this magnitude will serve as a major test, even for a metro area that in recent years has hosted the Republican National Convention, All-Star Game and other major cultural events. a doubt, the largest thing ever done. no question about it, it will tax your said Clark, who helped supervise security preparations for last All-Star Game at Target Field, which drew more than 700 law enforcement officers to downtown Minneapolis.

is why important to get out ahead of But unlike the All-Star Game, for which the department spent $121,238 in overtime costs, authorities will be spread even thinner to cover Super Bowl week festivities, which will include 50 concerts and other events across the Twin Cities, Clark said. Authorities be able to simply dust off the security plan they used for previous events, he added. Short of a presidential visit, there is no other event like the Super Bowl he said. Much like at the All-Star Game and the 2008 Republican Convention, hundreds of undercover and uniformed officers will likely patrol the downtown area in the days leading up to the game, ready to respond at the first sign of trouble. Video cameras will be deployed throughout the area to allow authorities to keep an eye out for trouble from a mobile command center.

Tom Tucker, director of the National Center of Biomedical Research and Training at Louisiana State University, said it was for an organization to ask for assistance this far The center has worked closely with law enforcement agencies across the country, including the Minneapolis Police Department, to certify their officers to respond to biological and chemical attacks. Since last fall, local officers have enrolled in such courses as Biological Incidents Awareness, Law Enforcement Prevention and Deterrence of Terrorist Acts. a Tier 1 event on the federal side, which is about as high as you can get, short of the president said Indianapolis Deputy Police Chief Mike Bates, who oversaw security at that Super Bowl in 2012. bottom line when you get to game day, just a Bates said, I was actually relieved when you got to game Libor Jany 612-673-4064 Security talks are underway SUPER from B1 No wrongdoing found, case and strong, Washington County attorney said. By KEVINGILES A Washington County grand jury declined Wednesday to indict two St.

Paul police officers involved in the January fatal shooting of Marcus Golden. think the case was compelling and said County Attorney Pete Orput, who was asked to handle the case to avoid a conflict of inter- est in Ramsey County. The decision means that the officers Jeremy Doverspike and Dan Peck have been cleared of wrongdoing and will return to work, Orput said. Early in the morning of Jan. 14, police had been called to the 200 block of University Avenue E.

in St. Paul on a report of a man sending death threats via text message. They had been told that the suspect was known to carry a gun. Officers drove behind an apartment building and found SUV parked in a dark and area, police said at the time. The two uniformed officers ordered Golden to step out of his vehicle.

He refused, and they fired their weapons when Golden drove at them at high speed, nearly striking Doverspike. Golden died at the scene. Police have said that a loaded handgun was found within reach after he was shot. Orput said Wednesday that the case has the officers involved a great deal of but he said that they acted appropriately. officer still believes he was about a millisecond away from Orput said.

fact they got involved in something where they had to shoot has been tremendously emotional for them. seems like people have this idea that cops are out looking for this kind of force and the last thing they want these two cops in he said. National tension death came against a backdrop of national rage over police shootings of black men. The St. Paul chapter of the NAACP and an attorney for mother called for a civil rights investigation because he was black.

think particularly difficult today, given all the media reports from places like Baltimore and New York and St. Orput said Wednesday. just makes it more difficult for people to be objective and pay attention to these facts only and not make bigger decisions about it. was my job to present neutrally and fairly all the Orput continued. case amounted to almost a thousand pages of police reports and it was one of the most thoroughly investigated cases ever Internal probe is next St.

Paul police spokesman Steve Linders said that now that the criminal investigation is complete, the department will start its internal investigation into the shooting, which is standard procedure. case demonstrates the difficult and dangerous nature of the Linders said. shows that our officers are forced to make split-second decisions to protect themselves and the public. Staff Writers David Chanen and Chao Xiong contributed to this report. Kevin Giles 651-925-5037 Grand jury clears 2 St.

Paul officers in January shooting death Five suspects plead not guilty in terrorist conspiracy case Five men arrested in the Twin Cities this year on terrorism charges pleaded not guilty in a packed federal courtroom in Minneapolis Wednesday afternoon. Adnan Abdihamid Farah, 19; Zacharia Yusuf Abdurahman, 19; Hanad Mustafe Musse, 19, and Guled Ali Omar, 20, were all arrested and charged in April, along with two of their friends who had traveled to San Diego and were arrested there. Hamza Ahmed, 20, who was charged in February, pleaded not guilty Wednesday; his case has been consolidated with the others. The men are charged with conspiracy to provide material support to a terrorist organization. According to charges, they were planning to travel abroad and join the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL.

Chief U.S. District Judge Michael Davis did not set a trial date at the brief hearings, where each defendant entered the courtroom accompanied by their attorneys and dressed in a jail jumpsuit. Some of them touched a fist to their heart and waved to the dozens of members of the Somali-American community in the courtroom. ABBY SIMONS Woman sentenced in former Cambridge 2013 death A Princeton woman has pleaded guilty to criminal vehicular homicide in an August 2013 crash in Andover that killed a former Cambridge coach. Authorities say Christina M.

Rockstroh, 43, had methamphetamine in her system at the time of the crash. She was sentenced to 48 months in prison, the Anoka County office said Wednesday. SUV was heading north on Round Lake Boulevard near 174th Avenue in Andover when it crossed the centerline and hit Gary R. car head-on. Witnesses saw her car swerve a few times into oncoming traffic before crashing into car, the office said.

Christofferson, of Isanti, died at the scene. Christofferson, 62, was a former teacher at Cambridge Middle School who coached football and baseball at Cambridge-Isanti High School. KAREN ZAMORA Driver lost early-morning race with state trooper near Askov A Wisconsin man who said he just wanted to race a Minnesota state trooper he encountered on a northern Minnesota interstate highway Wednesday morning is in jail. The driver was heading north on Interstate 35 near Askov, when a trooper tried to pull him over around 6:45 a.m. A pursuit ensued for 10 miles at speeds between 90 and 100 miles per hour, said Lt.

Tiffani Nielson of the State Patrol. Officers from Moose Lake joined the pursuit and halted the speeding truck using stop sticks. The driver, 42, told police was trying to Nielson said. He was taken to the Carlton County jail and will face felony charges of fleeing police, Nielson said. TIM HARLOW Metro briefing Remains of Minneapolis resident were found a year ago in a state park.

By NICOLE NORFLEET Cassandra Rhines never made it to her birthday party in Minneapolis. Nearly three decades later, authorities say that they now believe she was killed and her body was left in an isolated part of a state park on Lake Superior. With the help of modern DNA analysis and samples provided by family, scientists with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) announced Wednesday that they had identified her skeletal remains and that they are launching a homicide investigation. looking for any information about her disappearance, and who she may have been with, who she had contact with, who her friends may have been, because we just know a lot about her and her life at that BCA Assistant Superintendent Drew Evans said at a news conference. remains were found in Gooseberry Falls State Park in May 2014 by an off-duty Lake County Office employee, said Lake County Sheriff Carey Johnson.

Her skull appeared to have been damaged, leading authorities to believe that Rhines was the victim of a homicide, Johnson said. Rhines was 19 when she went missing in June 1985. She was last heard from when she called a friend to confirm that she would go to her party in Minneapolis. Rhines lived in an apartment complex at 2700 Grand Av. near Whittier Park in Minneapolis.

Authorities said they want to hear from anyone who lived in the area at the time and who may have information helpful to the investigation. Investigators believe Rhines may have been involved in prostitution and may have worked as an exotic dancer. They also believe that she may have been living with a man and are seeking help to identify him. BCA scientists were able to obtain a full genetic profile from the remains and enter the information into a national missing-persons DNA database DNA was matched to that of a family member who had provided DNA to the BCA in 2013, and another family member who provided DNA for further testing. decision to come forward was key to the successful identification of these skeletal said Catherine Knutson, BCA forensic science services director.

The BCA has campaigned for family members of long- missing Minnesotans to step forward so investigators can conduct DNA comparisons. Forensic scientists started using DNA to test remains in about 2000, but in the past few years, DNA extraction and testing capabilities have become more sensitive so that scientists can derive DNA from old remains even if they are in poor condition. forensic technology gets us to the starting point in this Evans said, but he added that the tips are what could help solve the case. Anyone with information about Rhines is asked to contact the Lake County Office at 218-834-8385 or the BCA at 651-793-7000 or via e-mail at bca.coldcase@state.

Nicole Norfleet 612-673-4495 Twitter: DNA helps ID a woman who went missing in todobubbleupeveryday. Starthere.Goanywhere. or ti ti ng ng ev ev en en ts ts an mo mo e. Fu Fu th th in in gs gs da y. St ar he e.



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