News from Twin Cities north metro, including Blaine, Andover, Anoka, Coon Rapids, Fridley and Elk River I

North/East metro news briefs: New Brighton survey voices strong support for police body cameras

North/East metro police blotter, Aug. 20

Twin Cities' Sierra Leone community seeks to help homeland hit by mudslide

Immigrants reach out to help mudslide victims.

Brooklyn Park woman in coma after husband accused of stabbing her

Jethro Gboeah was charged in May with assault before he was accused of repeatedly stabbed his wife on Tuesday.

Crystal man pleads guilty to stealing $1.1 million from employer for car hobby

John Robinson used the money he took from North Central Stamping & Manufacturing to fund his car restoration hobby, authorities say.

Columbia Heights restaurant owner indicted on federal forced-labor charge

The owner of Royal Orchid allegedly promised to help a teenager from the Dominican Republic get a U.S. education, then forced him to work less than $1 an hour.

Uproar follows ban on candy at Anoka's parades for Halloween

Anoka's famous Halloween parades will be free of candy handouts this year, with event organizers citing safety concerns for kids as the reason behind the ban. The move has attracted heated criticism on social media.

No charges against Coon Rapids officer who shot fleeing gunman

The officer had reason to believe the suspect would have shot at him, according to prosecutors.

Storytime at Eidem Homestead Historical Farm

Staff members read stories to children on the porch of Eidem Homestead Historical Farm Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017 in Brooklyn Park. The next story time will be at 10:15 A.M. and 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, Aug. 22 at the farm.

After 25 years building a 'go-to' fish store, Aquatropics owner looks for new waters

Kevin McMenamy said the same whimsy that led him to the fish business is the same whimsy leading him to move on.

North/East metro police blotter, Aug. 13

ANDOVER JULY 14 Theft. Electronics were stolen from an unlocked vehicle in the 13700 block of NW. Crocus Street. CENTERVILLE JULY 23 Check welfare. Officers…

North/east metro news briefs: Performance reports can be telling for suburbs

In a program aimed at giving residents insight into how an area is doing, several cities and counties in the north and east metro areas…

More allegations of forced labor for Columbia Heights restaurant owner

A second immigrant has accused Pisanu "Pat" Sukhtipyaroge of forcing him to work at his Twin Cities restaurants.

Champlin's biggest retail center to get a Tim Horton's

Minneapolis-based Hempel Cos. is continuing to develop vacant land parcels purchased from Ryan Cos. with a new project for a Tim Horton's restaurant in Champlin.

Leader of Brooklyn Park youth program crafting a new direction

It started with the creation of a new job last year.

Tevlin: Dean Phillips taking his campaign for Congress to the people

Phillips knows it's an uphill battle against Rep. Erik Paulsen, but he's been there before.

North/East metro police blotter, Aug. 6

ANDOVER JULY 10 Property damage. Someone squirted mustard inside a vehicle on the 1800 block of Bunker Lake Blvd. CENTERVILLE JULY 17 Theft. A computer…

North/East metro news briefs: Wetland boardwalk to open in Blaine

Nature enthusiasts can now explore a newly completed boardwalk and trail connection at the Blaine Wetland Sanctuary. The city is holding a ribbon-cutting celebration at…

Columbia Heights Thai restaurant owner charged with forced labor

Federal authorities say a young man was lured from the Dominican Republic by the restaurant owner with promises of American schooling, but then found himself under a "debt bondage arrangement."