- Associated Press - Friday, June 19, 2015
Man guilty of killing attorney now charged in bank robbery

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A Minneapolis man who pleaded guilty to fatally shooting his ex-boyfriend and business partner at an Arden Hills gas station last summer is now charged with armed bank robbery.

Lyle “Ty” Hoffman was sentenced earlier this year to more than 25 years in state prison for the Aug. 11 death of 48-year-old Kelly Phillips, an attorney for medical device maker Boston Scientific.

Federal charges filed Friday say that on Aug. 31 - while he was on the run - Hoffman used a gun to demand about $20,000 from a bank teller at a TCF Bank in Blaine. The armed bank robbery charge was filed by information, which usually indicates the defendant will plead guilty.

It was not immediately clear if Hoffman had an attorney to comment on the federal charges.


Report: Former Twin Cities archbishop tried to limit probe

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The former archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis, John Nienstedt, interfered with an investigation by an outside law firm into allegations of his misconduct, Minnesota Public Radio reported Friday.

While Nienstedt authorized the investigation in the hope of clearing his name, the results threatened to ruin it. Several of his top advisers gathered privately in April 2014, and read sworn statements gathered by the lawyers that accused Nienstedt of inappropriate behavior, including sexual advances toward priests. Each adviser agreed he should resign.

A few days later, Auxiliary Bishops Lee Piche and Andrew Cozzens traveled to Washington to tell the papal ambassador; MPR (https://bit.ly/1LnNL6vhttps://bit.ly/1LnNL6v ) was unable to learn what transpired there. But soon after the bishops returned home, the investigation as originally conceived ended, with Piche limiting the probe to allegations of crimes and grave sins. A new law firm eventually took over.

The Vatican announced Nienstedt’s and Piche’s resignations Monday. They stepped down amid an intensifying scandal over how the archdiocese handled cases of clerical sexual misconduct. The archdiocese sought bankruptcy protection in January as abuse claims rose, and prosecutors filed criminal child-endangerment charges against the archdiocese earlier this month for allegedly turning a blind eye to Curtis Wehmeyer, a now-imprisoned former priest convicted of molesting two boys.

In a statement Friday to The Associated Press, Cozzens said Nienstedt has resigned and the archdiocese is moving forward.


Vikings stadium board treasurer quits in dispute with chair

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The treasurer of the board overseeing the Minnesota Vikings stadium has quit, saying he can’t work with its chairwoman.

The Star Tribune reports (https://strib.mn/1ITIsvfhttps://strib.mn/1ITIsvf ) former state senator Duane Benson announced his resignation at the end of Friday’s meeting of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority. He accused the chairwoman, Michele Kelm-Helgen, of calling him untrustworthy and a liar during a private phone conversation over pay equity.

Benson - a former NFL linebacker for Oakland, Atlanta and Houston - says he notified Gov. Mark Dayton he’ll step down as of Aug 1.

Kelm-Helgen says she doesn’t recall calling Benson a liar. She says he’s just dissatisfied with the structure of the board.

Beson says he doesn’t understand why both Kelm-Helgen and executive director Ted Mondale are acting as CEOs on the project.


Security to be boosted at Vikings stadium construction site

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Security is being boosted at the new Vikings stadium after a photojournalist gained access to the under-construction building.

The Pioneer Press (https://bit.ly/1LnkiJYhttps://bit.ly/1LnkiJY ) reports photographer Scott Heins took a series of photos of the stadium in May. He published them to Deadspin.com on Wednesday with an accompanying essay that said gaining access to the construction site was “shockingly easy.”

“Any watchful security guard or nearby condo resident with some binoculars could have easily spotted me and called in police,” Heins wrote.

Heins pushed open a gap in the fence surrounding the construction site and shot photos throughout the stadium, including some taken from a crane hundreds of feet off the ground. The photographer notes that he was on-site for about two hours.

John Wood, senior vice president of stadium builder Mortenson Construction, issued a statement this week warning of the dangers of trespassing on construction sites and vowing to boost security at the site.

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