The following stories first appeared within the past week on this Patch site or those of our neighbors throughout the South Metro area. To read the full stories, click on the headline links.
Carlton Raymond Lewis II, charged with beating two toddler girls last spring and seriously injuring one of them, was arrested in Hastings.
Police say Dale Michael Bale drove onto the victim's property, hitched his trailer to a pickup truck and drove away with it.
Wesley Rayvon Johnson, who was convicted of robbery in 2011, has been charged with illegally possessing a pistol in north Minneapolis.
Police say Brian Leslie Fruchtman left a number of harassing voice mails for employees of the company after it declined to hire him as a home health aide.
Investigators are looking for a dark-colored SUV. Police say an occupant of the vehicle shot at another car twice, wounding one of the passengers.
Police say Duane Robbins repeatedly struck the child with a belt because of the victim's online conversations with a classmate.
Three Minneapolis residents face charges for allegedly attacking a victim in an Eagan park, shooting him repeatedly with a BB gun, tasering him and spraying pepper spray in his face.
Adam Eugene Berg pleaded guilty to exposing himself to children and trying to lure children in the Farmington area.
Eric Wade Forcier, 26, faces four felony charges related to Monday's armed robbery and manhunt.
Police say they found heroin and Valium when they searched Danielle Elizabeth Bergson's home this week, and that her 13-month-old child was within reach of it.
Charles Edward Bracken was charged Friday in federal court with possession of child pornography.
Signs supporting and opposing the Minnesota marriage amendment signs have been stolen.
Businesses that failed the checks will face penalties including fines and possible suspension of their licenses.