Youth violence prevention week
National Youth Violence Prevention week kicks off March 23. The city of Minneapolis with the Minneapolis School District and the Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board organized events for the five days. The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office works with both the school district and the coordinating board.
The county attorney’s office, too, has a long history of working to reduce all juvenile crime, but especially youth violence. From making sure children don’t miss class through the be@school program, working on anti-bullying programs and producing anti-gun violence videos and plays, the office is open to any method that will keep the youth of Hennepin County safe and productive.
The collective work on youth violence has reaped slowly improving numbers. In 2012, the category of felony juvenile cases presented to the office, which includes violent crimes, was 1,074. In 2014, that number was 912.
If the efforts of community student groups and the county attorney’s office fail, the final step is prosecuting violent juveniles.
Antonio Timberlake was sentenced to more than 14 years in prison for four aggravated robberies in southwestern Minneapolis and Edina last month following prosecution by the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office.
Income tax filing deadline is April 15. If you have someone preparing your taxes, be sure that they accurately reflect your numbers. In a recent case brought by the Minnesota Department of Revenue Commissioner Cynthia Bauerly (shown above) and charged by the county attorney’s office, tax preparer Rona Griffin was charged with cheating the state out of $1.7 million. Her clients were audited. One of the things Griffin is charged with doing was listing large contributions to churches her clients did not attend.