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Scarsella pleads not guilty to shooting five people near Black Lives Matter protest

Allen "Lance" Scarsella
Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office
Allen “Lance” Scarsella

Jon Collins at MPR News reports Allen “Lance” Scarsella has pleaded not guilty on charges that he shot five men near a Black Lives Matter occupation outside the 4th Precinct last November: “Prosecutors allege that Scarsella and three other men went to the protest on the night of Nov. 23 to cause trouble. A confrontation ensued after protesters escorted the four men out of the area, according to prosecutors. … Prosecutors say Scarsella opened fire and shot and wounded five men, all of whom were black.

Emma Nelson at the Star Tribune covers the Dakota County Board vote to take steps to withdraw from the Counties Transit Improvement Board: “Estimates based on CTIB’s 2015 list of projects show that by 2024, Dakota County would likely contribute 12 percent of the total funds but get back just 3 percent — a smaller allocation than any other participating county.”

Sam Ro at Yahoo Finance notes Best Buy has been the short-term recipient of a boost in sales as other brick-and-mortar stores struggle against online retailers: “Unfortunately, those gains in comparable store sales, or comps, will be short-lived, says Credit Suisse’s Seth Sigman. ‘Best Buy is lapping market share benefits from Sears Holdings, Radio Shack, hhgregg among others, that may become less incremental through this year and next,’ Sigman wrote.”

Solvejg Wastvedt at MPR News has the details on the Minneapolis School Board budget that was approved during Tuesday night’s meeting: “The [$840 million] plan sends 65 percent of general fund money directly to schools, nearly the same portion as this year. The percent of money going to district administrator positions also remained steady at about five percent. Expenses come in about $6 million over revenue in the budget, a gap the district says it will cover using existing investment funds.”

Bryan Miller at City Pages interviews former cast members of the cult hit “Mystery Science Theater 3000” on the eve of their June 28 reunion show at the State Theatre: “No other group has managed to successfully launch a similar venture in the open-source, seemingly accessible business of movie riffing. Why is that? ‘I’ve wondered about that too,’ [former head writer and host Mike] Nelson says. ‘The writing itself is really specialized and really hard. To get up to speed on it takes a while. We find even very accomplished writers will bail. The time commitment is so big and the mistakes are so hard to avoid in the early going. It’s a weird craft.’ “

In other news…

Shots fired as Grand Forks police respond to standoff at motel. [Inforum]

Of course it is. I-35E closing this weekend in St. Paul. [Pioneer Press]

KARE 11 will no longer be naming the Orlando shooter. [KARE 11]

Simply the best: Lynx beat Fever, set new WNBA record with 11-0 start. [FOX Sports]

Minnesota teen pregnancy rates at historic lows. [MPR News]

Good first step. Asbestos removal happening at old downtown St. Paul Macy’s building. [Pioneer Press]

St. Paul police veteran Sayareth Toy Vixayvong named the Minnesota Police and Peace Officer’s Association’s “officer of the year.” [West Central Tribune]

Just don’t take I-35E. Burnsville is home to the only remaining Old Country Buffet in Minnesota. [Star Tribune]

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