MINNEAPOLIS — Former auto mogul Denny Hecker is expected to be released Thursday, Oct. 5, from a halfway house in Minneapolis where he has lived since serving most of a 10-year sentence in federal prison. Hecker, 65, pleaded guilty to bankruptcy and wire fraud and was sentenced in 2011. Prosecutors said he cheated Chrysler Financial and other auto lenders out of tens of millions of dollars while living an opulent lifestyle.
ST. PAUL—Reacting to a slew of reported bomb threats against synagogues and Jewish institutions nationwide, members of the several Minnesota Jewish organizations asked legislators to approve funding for security at their "soft target" institutions. Locally, Jewish community centers in St. Paul and St. Louis Park were evacuated and temporarily shut down after bomb threats earlier this year.