The man accused of throwing a 5-year-old boy over a third story balcony at Mall of America pleaded guilty to attempted murder Tuesday, in exchange for a sentence of 19 years. Emmanuel Aranda, age 24, appeared in Hennepin County Court for what was supposed to be an omnibus hearing but instead, entered a guilty plea to a charge of first degree attempted murder. KARE11's Lou Raguse reported that Aranda's attorney said his client wanted to take responsibility for what he did. His defense attorney maintained he couldn't go further into Aranda's remorse for the crime because of attorney-client privilege, but insisted it was 100% Aranda's decision to plead guilty.
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is considering making some more changes at Bde Maka Ska today. For the first time, the board will discuss changing the names of streets and parkways surrounding the lake from 'Calhoun' to 'Bde Maka Ska.' At 5 p.m., a Park Board committee will vote on the name changes. If approved, three meetings or readings would be required before the changes are finalized. In total, four roads could be renamed, plus Lake Calhoun Park. If the committee votes to rename the roads, the Park Board would allow 45 days for public comment.
Scott Vogel was engaged to the mother of their two children, but before the wedding the couple split apart. Unable to agree on a schedule for the kids, Vogel took their case to court where he has spent three years and more than $150,000 hoping a judge will award him equal parenting time. So far, it hasn't been the case. Currently in Minnesota, both parents have a presumptive baseline of 25 percent parenting time with their children. Most often, parents work out the remaining 50 percent on their own, but if they can't a judge decides it for them. A proposed bill would make a new presumption, right off the bat, that each parent receive 50 percent parenting time. A judge could then alter that if there's proof one parent would endanger the child physically, emotionally or mentally. But it is a measure the Minnesota Bar Association does not support.