A Minneapolis man will make his first appearance in Hennepin County Court Wednesday afternoon in connection to a fire that destroyed the Lola on the Lake restaurant. 23-year-old Nouh Omar Elmi is charged with one felony count of Negligent Fires. According to the criminal complaint from the Hennepin County Attorney's Office, neighbors called 911 on May 16, 2019 to report Lola on the Lake at Bde Maka Ska was on fire. When firefighters arrived, they noticed three trash cans next to the building. The roof above the trash cans was burned and sagging. Officials determined the blaze originated behind the three trash cans, based on the movement of the fire. Elmi was seen on surveillance video taking out a hookah and trying to light it at about 3 a.m. Eventually Elmi dumps the hookah embers behind the trash cans, according to the complaint.
Police say six people are injured after a van crashed into a Minneapolis bus stop on Tuesday morning. Metro Transit police spokesperson Howie Padilla said the crash happened at 9:23 a.m. at the bus stop on Lyndale Avenue and West Broadway Avenue. Padilla said first, a van hit the mirror of a bus that had pulled over to let people off at the stop. The van driver, an 83-year-old adult male, then backed away and hit the mirror a second time, Padilla said. He said the driver then made a right turn and "for whatever reason" crashed into the shelter. Padilla said three people were taken to North Memorial Health with critical injuries. Two were taken to HCMC, and one was treated and released at the scene.The driver was taken into custody but was released later on Tuesday. Padilla said police do not know whether the crash was intentional. The crash investigation will be handled by Metro Transit police.
What started as concerns is now a confirmed outbreak, with dozens of people getting sick after spending time on Lake Minnetonka. Hennepin County Public Health says more than 30 people have called them reporting symptoms, including diarrhea and vomiting. The county says most of them spent time near Lake Minnetonka's Big Island on July 4. "The symptoms that we're dealing with are really consistent a food or water borne exposure, so there are a number of common diseases we're looking into at this point," Dave Johnson, Epidemiology Manager with Hennepin County Public Health said. Johnson says they're testing fecal matter submitted by some of the people who got sick. They hope to determine a cause by the end of the week.