What many are thinking and too few are saying.

Politicians at fault for attacks on police

By Guest Columnist

Published 11:59 am Friday, July 22, 2016

By Bill Schulz

Two police assassinated while sitting in their patrol car eating lunch in New York. Five police officers killed and seven more seriously wounded in Dallas by a lone sniper. Three police officers murdered and three others wounded by a lone sniper in Baton Rouge. And, a police officer in Kansas City lingers for days before succumbing to wounds from an ambush.

But the attacks on police come not only from murderous criminals, but from our own left wing press, mobs rioting in Baltimore, attacking police with bricks and firebombs and burning down minority-owned businesses, homes, a community center. And, unfortunately, the attacks come from our own President Obama, and his former Attorney General Eric Holder.

Statements by Obama such as, “Too many young men of color feel targeted by law enforcement. Guilty of walking while black, driving while black, judged by stereotypes that fuel fear and resentment and hopelessness.” And, “The anger and the emotion that followed his (Michael Brown’s) death awakened our nation once again to the reality that people in this room have long understood, which is, in too many communities around the country, a gulf of mistrust exists between local residents and law enforcement.”

Hardly the words of a leader calling for calm and urging communities to await the outcome of investigations of precipitating events.

I am one of millions of Americans who sees these statements about local police are undermining and destroying law and order: Many radical elements see them as justification, even license, for violence against police. Many violent criminals seem to have painted targets on the backs of police. In 2015, 128 police officers lost their lives on duty, some done in by thugs who support the so called “Black Lives Matter” movement.

Can you recall when they marched in New York City chanting: “What do we want? Dead cops! When do we want it? Now!” And, now most recently in the Twin Cities: “How do we cook ’em? Fry ’em like bacon!”

Closer to home, an article in July 19 edition of the Fergus Falls Daily Journal reads, “A state senator and longtime law enforcement officer wants the Senate to admonish Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton for saying a police officer would not have shot a black St, Paul man had he been white. ‘He jumps to a conclusion’ before the investigation into the July 6 shooting is done, Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, said in an interview. ‘Very disturbing.’”

Later the article sites Dayton’s response.

“A day after a St. Anthony police officer shot and killed 32-year-old Philando Castile, a black man, on July 6, Dayton said, ‘Would this have happened if those passengers, the driver and the passengers, were white? I don’t think it would have.’”

Those who follow politics are probably not surprised that our Gov. Dayton would use such caustic language about police. Dayton is merely copying the tactics of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and other liberal and progressive activists. It is a common tactic in the left to impose their will upon a population by causing friction between disparate groups, to fan the flames of dissension and hostility, and step back while the groups destroy or enfeeble each other. Once the ranks of the people are thinned or subjugated, send the most recalcitrant members to the slave labor camps, and put the reminder to hard physical work — those who are exhausted from long days of labor are unlikely to cause any difficulties for the ruling elite. It worked for Stalin and Mao Zedong, didn’t it?

Many street thugs feel that they have been given the green light by Obama and the likes of Dayton and other radical government leaders nationwide to attack police, to loot and burn. The message is clear that only police will be prosecuted in lethal confrontations. After all, say the leftist elites, the police have amassed stockpiles of weapons and equipment to crush any opposition, so it is actually a moral act to attack those with badges, to beat them, kill them.

Murder rates nationwide are up across the nation since the rhetoric of Obama, Dayton and their leftist ilk in government and the media have soared to fever pitch.

It is time for all of us to support our police. They are a beleaguered line of defense keeping the mobs away from us, our families, our communities. The next time you see a police officer, say “thanks for your service.” Your words may be the first kind words spoken to that officer since the beginning of the shift.

Bill Schulz is a political conservative activist. He lives in Fergus Falls.

How many are locals and how many are transplants?

Nearly 30 busted for drugs in northeastern Minnesota
By Ramona Marozas –

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July 19, 2016
Updated Jul 19, 2016 at 6:20 PM CDT

Iron Range, MN (NNCNOW.com) — Authorities have netted more than two dozen people for drug crimes on the Iron Range.
The Boundary Waters Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, along with other assisting agencies, are responsible for the criminal charges of 26 people in St. Louis County court.

The charges are a result of many different investigation over a two month span.
The crimes range from Possession of Methamphetamine to Fentanyl.
Most of the cases involved meth.

This ought to be a fun story to follow…

Chase hits 117 mph through Hermantown, ends in fiery crash
By News Tribune Today at 10:13 a.m.

A vehicle containing four males evading authorities hit 117 mph through Hermantown before crashing into a cement and rock outcropping on Central Entrance early Tuesday.

The car started on fire after the crash on the 300 block of West Central Entrance at around 2:05 a.m. Police officers extinguished the flames and pulled the men out of the vehicle; they were transported to Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center with various injuries, a Hermantown Police Department news release said.

The Hermantown police were assisting the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office, and an examination of the car revealed firearms, spent shell casings and narcotics, the news release said.

The investigation is ongoing at this time.

The incident began when sheriff’s deputies were attempting to locate another vehicle — said to contain a female who was screaming and partially hanging out the window — in the area of Munger Shaw Road traveling south toward Pike Lake at a high rate of speed down U.S. Highway 53.

A Hermantown officer was stationed in the area of Miller Trunk Highway and Minnesota Highway 194, where it observed the car traveling northbound at 117 mph.

The vehicle continued until the officer lost sight of it even after the officer activated his emergency lights in an attempt to stop the vehicle, the news release said.

The original vehicle that contained the woman was not seen again, said Deputy Chief Shawn Padden of the Hermantown police.

Was this rancher murdered? Why so little news coverage?

One of my astute readers pointed this story out to me, frankly, I’d not heard nor seen a word about it.  I’ve researched dozens of articles and chose this one for its simplicity.  Most of the sources I’ve read are similar but I’m not interested in some of  the conspiracy theories some have put on the internet regarding this story.  Either way, conspiracy or not, its tragic.  I have to wonder how the rancher ended up getting shot when it was the Sheriff’s office that requested he come to the scene of the accident to put down his bull…something pretty common in “open range” country.  If he threatened the deputies, thats one thing….but they asked (and should have known) he be armed to put the bull down.  As far as I can discover, this has not been resolved.

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JANUARY 29, 2016 4:23 PM

Investigations ongoing in Adams County rancher shooting

Two Adams County Sheriff’s Office deputies were involved

Jack Yantis was shot and killed on Nov. 1

State police investigators are still waiting on lab analysis
BY CYNTHIA SEWELL
csewell@idahostatesman.com

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Three months ago, two sheriff’s deputies shot and killed rancher Jack Yantis on a highway near his ranch in west-central Idaho. So far, state and Adams County law enforcement officials have told the public little other than that weapons were fired.

Idaho State Police says its investigation into the Nov. 1 shooting is still underway.

“We are hoping that we will be receiving lab results back in the next week or so,” ISP spokesperson Teresa Baker said Friday.

Once the investigation is complete, ISP will submit its findings to Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden’s office, which will determine whether there were any state criminal violations.

Spokesman Todd Dvorak said that once Wasden’s office receives ISP’s report, “We will have our investigators, our criminal division and our attorneys review it. We will start the process of looking at the evidence that has been gathered and the statements and begin the process of making a decision on how to handle this case.”

The Attorney General’s Office does not know how long that will take. “We will try to do this as efficiently as possible,” Dvorak said. “We will only get one chance at this, so we want to be thorough and do our jobs diligently.”

The FBI is conducting its own investigation for possible federal violations. U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson said that investigation is continuing. Olson’s office will determine whether federal charges are warranted.

On Nov. 1, a car struck one of Yantis’ bulls on U.S. 95 near Council, injuring the occupants. Emergency responders, including two Adams County sheriff’s deputies, Cody W. Roland and Brian S. Wood, went to the scene. Adams County dispatch had also called Yantis to go to the scene to take care of his bull, which was alive but seriously wounded. Yantis, 62, was killed by the deputies. His wife, Donna, who witnessed the shooting, had a heart attack and was hospitalized. She has since been released from the hospital and is recovering at home.

The Statesman continues to receive questions from readers regularly about the investigations’ status. Several inquiries followed Tuesday’s officer-involved shooting in Oregon, where Robert “LaVoy” Finicum, one of the armed militants who took over offices of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, was killed.

Within 48 hours, the FBI released a statement detailing the incident and an unedited 30-minute video taken from an airplane of the traffic stop where Finicum was shot.

“We want to do what we can to lay out an honest and unfiltered view of what happened and how it happened,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Greg Bretzing.

Cynthia Sewell: 208-377-6428, @CynthiaSewell

Read more here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/news/state/article57369943.html#storylink=cpy

When will Marilyn Mosby be disbarred and discharged?

Highest-ranking officer charged in Freddie Gray case acquitted on all counts
Published July 18, 2016 FoxNews.com

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Highest-ranking officer in Freddie Gray case acquitted
A judge in Baltimore Monday acquitted the highest-ranking officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray, marking the fourth trial that prosecutors failed to win.

Lt. Brian Rice faced charges of involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office. He opted for a bench trial by Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams.

The judge previously dismissed a second-degree assault charge, and prosecutors dropped a second misconduct charge against the 42-year-old officer, who is white.

Gray died a week after suffering a spinal injury in a police van last year, touching off protests and rioting.
Rice’s failure to seatbelt Gray, Williams said, may have been an error in judgment and a violation of updated policy — but the judge found prosecutors failed to prove it rose to a criminal level.

“The state failed to show that the defendant, even if he was aware of the risk, consciously disregarded that risk,” the judge said.

Three earlier trials resulted in two acquittals and a mistrial.

Officers Caesar Goodson and Edward Nero — both of whom were found not guilty in bench trials — were also present at the courthouse.

Gray was arrested after he ran from police officers in a high-crime area of the city. He was handcuffed and later shackled in the back of the police van, but officers never buckled him in.

Prosecutors had said Rice was most responsible of the six officers charged for following police procedures to fasten a prisoner in a seat belt, citing his 18 years of experience on the force.

The officer’s attorney said police could use discretion, if they believe their safety is at risk. Rice attorney Michael Belsky said officers had concerns because Gray was not cooperative and they weren’t sure what onlookers would do if extra time was taken to fasten Gray in the van.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys gave different characterizations of the onlookers. Prosecutors described them as concerned observers, while Belsky said officers heard threatening comments during the arrest.

Three of the charged officers are black, and three are white. Race has not been cited as a direct factor in Gray’s death, but his arrest and deadly injury added momentum to the Black Lives Matter movement.

Gray’s family received a $6.4 million settlement from the city.

Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby vowed to bring justice to an aggrieved citizenry when she announced the charges last year. But she has yet to find success in court, and is being sued for defamation by five of the officers.

Fox News’ Varuna Bhatia and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Another out of town doper peddling her wares. Which will be the first charge dropped for her plea agreement?

Minneapolis woman faces multiple drug, firearm charges in Carlton County
By Jana Peterson on Jul 16, 2016 at 2:59 p.m.

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A Minneapolis woman faces nine different criminal charges stemming from a May traffic stop in Carlton County.

Larice Ann Smith, 23, was charged in Carlton County Court with first-degree felony controlled substance, felon in possession of a firearm, felon convicted of a firearm violation as well as two more felony fifth-degree drug charges and one felony receiving stolen property along with three more misdemeanor charges.

Smith was a passenger in a vehicle stopped for suspicious driving conduct by the Fond du Lac Police Department at approximately 3:30 a.m. May 16.

According to the criminal complaint:

When the car was stopped, Smith originally gave officers her sister’s name and birthdate as her own, but her sister identified her later and Smith was promptly arrested.

According to the complaint, while police were removing Smith from the front passenger seat, they discovered a loaded firearm near her feet. Directly next to the firearm police allegedly found approximately 70 grams of methamphetamine and two grams of heroin.

Later at the Carlton County Jail, jail staff discovered Xanax pills in Smith’s possession. She did not have a prescription for the pills, which she was allegedly trying to smuggle into the jail with other drug paraphernalia.

After Smith was correctly identified at the jail, law enforcement discovered that she had been convicted May 10 in Carlton County of fifth-degree controlled substance, a felony crime of violence under Minnesota law. Smith had been sentenced to 75 days in Carlton County Jail for that charge, but was credited with 50 days of time served. The previous conviction made Smith ineligible to possess any firearm.

After investigating the firearm found with Smith in the car, law enforcement officials discovered the gun had been recently stolen from Iron River, Wis.

Smith allegedly admitted to law enforcement that she had also used the firearm in a robbery in Superior, Wis., which is how she acquired the methamphetamine and heroin found in her possession.

Smith has two previous convictions for giving a false name to officers as well as one pending case of giving a false name.

She currently has an open court case in Anoka County for felony fifth-degree possession of marijuana.

Smith was scheduled to appear at the Carlton County Courthouse Wednesday, July 13, as the Pine Journal went to press.

I’d like to think at least some of the locals would support the LEO’s and refuse to dine at the dump.

Deputies asked not to dine at Washington state restaurant
Published July 15, 2016 Associated Press

(Skagit County Sheriff’s Office)
SEDRO-WOOLLEY, Wash. – The sheriff of a county about 70 miles north of Seattle says a restaurant owner has asked that law enforcement no longer dine there.

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Skagit County Sheriff Will Reichardt said on Facebook that after four deputies finished lunch at Lucky’s Teriyaki in Sedro-Woolley Thursday, the owner asked them not to eat there anymore.

Reichardt says the deputies were told that customers didn’t like law enforcement there. The sheriff says his chief deputy called the owner later Thursday and says the request was confirmed along with a request to spread the word among other law enforcement agencies.
Calls to the restaurant for comment were met with busy signals.

The Sedro-Woolley Police Department said on Facebook it’s disappointed but they’ll continue to respond to the businesses in any way they request.

He’s lucky to be alive. You don’t suppose alcohol was a factor, do you?

Wisconsin couple wakes to find strange man sleeping in their bed

By Phil Pfuehler, Forum News Service Today at 3:57 p.m.

RIVER FALLS, Wis. — Over the weekend River Falls had its own modern twists on the “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” fairy tale, where Baby Bear exclaims, “Someone’s been sleeping in my bed, and she’s still there!”

It happened before dawn Saturday, July 9, in an apartment at 1119 State St.

A 32-year-old man felt something rubbing up against him. His girlfriend was sleeping next to him but it wasn’t her rubbing.

They both woke with a feeling that they weren’t alone in their bed.

He got up to flip on the bedroom light.

The light revealed a strange man sharing the bed. The male tenant woke the guy, who apologized for intruding in the couple’s apartment. The tenant quickly escorted him out the front door, the screen of which was damaged.

The suspect was described as black, 5-foot-10, wearing shorts, calf-high black socks, a T-shirt and sneakers.

A River Falls officer came to investigate. He followed a trail of spilled sticks of gum outside to where a cellphone was discovered in the grass.

The suspect, a 32-year-old St. Paul man, eventually showed up at the police station. He said he was sorry, but had goofed up by going into what he thought was his friend’s apartment.

He was given a $187 trespassing citation and, upon his release, had his sticks of gum and phone returned to him.

I don’t know what to say. This guy’s got screws loose.

Obama Mentions Himself 45 Times During Memorial Speech For Dallas Officers

PETER HASSON
Reporter, Associate Editor
5:30 PM 07/12/2016
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President Obama referred to himself 45 times over the course of the speech he delivered Tuesday at the memorial service for the five police officers killed in Dallas last week.

Obama referred to himself twice before finishing his opening salutations and before mentioning the slain officers or their families. After noting the presence of President Bush, members of Congress and Dallas mayor Mike Rawlings, Obama appeared to go off-script.

“Chief Brown, I’m so glad I met Michelle first because she loves Stevie Wonder,” Obama said, jokingly referencing Dallas Police Chief David Brown’s earlier speech in which Brown quoted lyrics from the song “As” in tribute to the deceased. The president looked around the room, pointed at Brown and cracked a grin while the audience laughed at and applauded his joke. “Most of all, the families…” Obama said, proceeding with his speech.

Obama would refer to himself 43 more times throughout the speech — most of which he personally wrote, according to the LA Times — including one instance where he referred to himself in the third-person: “the president.”
“Politicians calculate how to grab attention or avoid the fallout. We see all this, and it’s hard not to think sometimes that the center won’t hold. And that things might get worse. I understand. I understand how Americans are feeling. But, Dallas, I’m here to say we must reject such despair,” he said later.

“I’m here to insist that we are not as divided as we seem. And I know that because I know America. I know how far we’ve come against impossible odds. I know we’ll make it because of what I’ve experienced in my own life. What I’ve seen of this country and its people, their goodness and decency as president of the United States,” he continued.

The president also referred to himself while lamenting the apparent inefficacy of his own rhetoric. “I’ve seen how inadequate my own words can be,” he said.

The president has faced scrutiny in the past for his habit of talking about himself during national speeches.
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Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2016/07/12/obama-mentions-himself-45-times-during-memorial-speech-for-dallas-officers/#ixzz4EI6sBQ86

Why do the dopers seem to flock to the liberal utopia known as Duluth? The welfare and the stellar, very profitable market for their dope would be my guess.

Out on bail, man again accused of Duluth heroin sales
By Tom Olsen on Jul 11, 2016 at 10:00 p.m.
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A Chicago man is accused of transporting more than 60 grams of heroin and fentanyl on a trip to Duluth — where he was scheduled to make a court appearance on three prior felony drug charges.

Deonte Anthonio Bowery, 26, was arrested July 5, a day before he was to appear in State District Court in Duluth. He had been released from the St. Louis County Jail in April after posting bond on three controlled substance sale charges.

Members of the Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crime Task Force allegedly recovered a substance that tested positive for fentanyl from Bowery’s vehicle. Authorities said an additional supply of a fentanyl-laced substance was recovered from his girlfriend, 27-year-old Tiffany Nichole Dickerson of Duluth.
Dickerson allegedly told police that Bowery had brought the drugs to Duluth and gave her a portion of the supply, indicating that he needed to sell the drugs quickly so he could return to Chicago.

Bowery and Dickerson each face one count of first-degree sale of a controlled substance in connection with the latest incident.

According to court documents:

Bowery was arrested on April 18 and charged with selling heroin from a West Duluth motel. In that case, investigators allegedly seized 24 grams of the drug from the inner pocket of a pair of boxers, along with more than $7,000 in cash.

Bowery was charged with one count of first-degree sale of a controlled substance and two counts of third-degree sale of a controlled substance. He posted a $25,000 bond on April 22, and investigators said they quickly learned that he was continuing to engage in drug sales in the Duluth area.

On July 5, police received a tip that Bowery was back in the area. They found the defendant, but a search of his body only turned up $261 in cash. A search of an apartment that he was believed to be staying in turned up other evidence of drug sales, including scales, a glass pipe and suspected drug residue.

Investigators later obtained a search warrant for a rental vehicle. They reported finding 46.2 grams of a substance packaged in a Red Bull box inside the flooring area that would normally hold a spare tire.

The substance tested positive for fentanyl, a prescription painkiller typically used to treat cancer patients, which is up to 50 times more potent than heroin. A field test for heroin was inconclusive.

Police spoke with Dickerson, who allegedly acknowledged that she had 17-20 grams of heroin in her purse. She stated that Bowery was in town for his court appearance and that he had directed her to contact people to help sell the heroin because he “needed it to be gone faster.”

Dickerson stated that Bowery typically sold the drugs on his own — because he did not trust anyone else — but that he had given her some because he was in a hurry to sell the supply.

A search of her purse turned up 16.5 grams of a substance that field-tested positive for fentanyl.

Both defendants were taken into custody without incident.

At their initial appearances Friday, 6th Judicial District Judge Jill Eichenwald set bail at $200,000 for Bowery and $75,000 for Dickerson. Both remained in the St. Louis County Jail late Monday.

Dickerson is due back in court on July 20. Bowery’s next scheduled appearance is July 27.