As it should be. Now, he should be tarred, feathered, and required to repay the taxpayers for his “leave”.

Jury finds Scannell guilty on multiple counts

By Tom Olsen Today at 2:59 p.m.

 A jury of nine men and three women found Cook County attorney Tim Scannell guilty of two counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct Friday in his sexual misconduct trial.
Scannell, 48, has admitted that he had a relationship with a 17-year-old girl in the summer of 2012. He was accused of kissing and touching her sexually while the two were parked in his family van on a rural Cook County road. Scannell.

During the trial, the girl testified that she had known Scannell since she was about 9 years old. She said their physical relationship began with kissing when she was 17. During August 2012, it progressed to touching of her breasts and buttocks, she testified. The girl said she refused several of his advances to engage in sexual intercourse.

Scannell admitted that they kissed fewer than 10 times, but rebutted much of her testimony. He said he never touched her sexually, only inadvertently touching her breast once, and denied that he ever suggested they engage in sexual intercourse.

Because the age of consent in Minnesota is typically 16, the jury was asked to decide whether Scannell was in a “position of authority” over the girl at the time of the acts. That became a major sticking point between the two sides. Scannell’s defense said that while his behavior was “distasteful” and “immoral,” there was nothing illegal about the physical relationship.

Scannell remained county attorney during his trial, but had been on medical leave since last October as he continued to recover from a courthouse shooting in December 2011. Scannell was shot four times after prosecuting Daniel Schlienz for sex crimes involving a minor.

He was not running for a third term in this fall’s general election.

Why do judges accept ridiculous plea bargains? Nothing goes better than porn, pot, and probation, right?

Minnesota man caught with child porn, pot avoids prison

By Dan Nienaber

POSTED:   07/25/2014 12:01:00 AM CDT
UPDATED:   07/25/2014 06:25:29 AM CDT

An Eagle Lake man, who avoided a prison sentence after pleading guilty to selling marijuana and possessing child pornography, told a judge he learned his lesson and promised he would never break the law again before she sentenced him to seven months in jail.

Scott Michael Schaible, 51, was scheduled to be sentenced Friday but the hearing was moved to Thursday. He pleaded guilty to one count of felony drug dealing and six felony counts of possessing child pornography in May. That was after prosecutors agreed to recommend a downward sentencing departure that would allow Schaible to avoid the prison term recommended by sentencing guidelines.

Agents with the Minnesota River Valley Drug Task Force obtained a warrant to search Schaible’s rural Eagle Lake house during an April 2013 drug-dealing investigation. They reported finding a cache of child pornography, 5 pounds of marijuana, a digital scale, property that had been reported stolen from area residences and tools Schaible had reported stolen. He had collected a $13,000 insurance claim for the stolen tools, according to the criminal complaint.

Schaible forfeited all the property, including 34 guns, that were confiscated from his house during the search.

Felony charges of receiving stolen property and insurance fraud along with seven additional counts of child pornography possession also were dismissed in exchange for Schaible’s plea.

District Court Judge Krista Jass accepted the plea agreement, noting it had also been recommended by Schaible’s probation officer and mental health professionals, before staying the execution of a five-year prison sentence.

“I’d like the court to know I’ve been carrying this cross for a year and a half,” Schaible said before he was sentenced. “I never quit thinking about it from when I get up until I go to bed at night. I dream about it.”

Schaible was placed on five years probation with the condition he serve 120 days in jail. He is scheduled to start his jail sentence, which will allow him to leave for work, in two weeks. His jail term could be reduced to 80 days with good behavior.

Jass also ordered Schaible to register as a predatory offender, have no unsupervised contact with females younger than age 18, comply with treatment recommendations, not possess any pornography or visit establishments with sexual entertainment, pay a $3,000 fine and not use alcohol or drugs. Schaible will be required to take random drug tests, polygraph tests related to pornography and can be searched at any time without a warrant.

Misleading? I’d call it fraud.

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Minnesota Sues For-Profit Colleges For Misleading Students

8:13 PM 07/23/2014
Blake Neff

Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson announced Tuesday that the state will be pursuing claims against Globe University and its sister school, the Minnesota School of Business.

Swanson accused the schools of using high-pressure tactics “reminiscent of sales boiler rooms” to swindle prospective students. The school’s recruiting team, she said, “train[ed] representatives not to take ‘no’ for an answer” and exploited their dreams to lure them into pursuing degrees that didn’t qualify them for the careers they desired. In the end, she said, students were left with tens of thousands of dollars in debt without being any closer to a job.

One example of Globe’s duplicity, Swanson said, is how it lured in students who wanted to become police officers. Minnesota law requires that prospective officers graduate from a school with proper regional accreditation. Globe, however, lacks such an accreditation, meaning that its criminal justice degrees are invalid for students seeking to join police forces in the state.

Similarly, Swanson accused Globe of convincing students to enroll in a two-year program to become parole officers, when a four-year degree is needed to earn such a job.

“It isn’t right for students whose goal is to protect and defend the public as police officers to be sold a degree that doesn’t even allow them to become a police officer in Minnesota,” said Swanson in a press release.

At one point during a news conference announcing the suits, Swanson played a clip from the recent film “The Wolf of Wall Street” in which Leonardo DiCaprio, playing a penny stock kingpin, explains how to scam individuals with aggressive sales tactics.

To be successful, DiCaprio says, one makes a compelling pitch, “and then you wait, and whoever speaks first loses.” Globe’s training is nearly identical, Swanson said.

“When you ask the question at the final close, remain silent. The next one who speaks loses,” says a Globe guide for recruiters.

The Globe University system has approximately ten thousand students, spread across the northern Midwest, with 12 campuses in Minnesota.

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Its a good start…but it should be more. If you’re a “wolf supporter”, come up, trap one, take it home, and see how well you can train it.

A gray wolf rests in the snow in this National Park Service file photo.

Minnesota DNR to allow more licenses, set higher harvest level for 2014 wolf hunt

By John Myers Today at 12:47 p.m.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources on Thursday announced the parameters for the 2014 wolf hunting and trapping season, adding 500 additional licenses over last year’s total and increasing the total number of wolves that can be killed by nearly 14 percent.

The DNR said it will make 3,800 hunting and trapping licenses available for the coming season and will allow up to 250 wolves to be killed before the seasons are closed, up from 220 last year.

The move to kill more wolves is likely to please some farmers and hunters who continue to say too many wolves roam the northern third of the state, killing too many livestock and deer.

But the increase in permits also will anger wolf supporters who have been working to overturn the state’s recreational wolf hunt since it began in 2012 after federal protections were removed

The first hunting season runs Nov. 8-23. A second hunting season is set for Nov. 29 to Jan. 31, the same dates for the wolf trapping season. The seasons will close earlier than their stated closing dates if harvest quotas are reached.

Hunters and trappers can apply for 2014 wolf licenses, which are awarded in a lottery, starting Aug. 1.

The DNR said Thursday that a winter population survey showed the state’s wolf population is stable and can sustain a more liberal hunting and trapping harvest. The latest DNR estimate is that 470 wolf packs and an estimated 2,423 wolves lived in Minnesota’s wolf range this past winter, 212 more wolves than estimated on the survey conducted in early 2013.

“Estimates show a stable population with no significant change from the 2013 estimate of 2,211 wolves,” said Dan Stark, the DNR’s large carnivore specialist, in a news release. “We will continue to evaluate the wolf population annually to ensure the wolf population remains well established across northern and central Minnesota.”

To apply, applicants need to pay a $4 fee, show proof of a current or previous hunting license and choose one of three available license options. The statewide bag limit is one wolf and licenses are not zone-specific. Lottery winners will receive a wolf hunting booklet with their notification. Wolf license fees are $30 for residents and $250 for nonresidents.

More of the same rhetoric. Maybe our county attorney is advising the DOH on how not to prosecute gun crimes.

Report: Gun Prosecution Cases Plunge Under Obama

Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 08:55 AM

By Drew MacKenzie

The number of prosecutions in gun violation cases by the Justice Department has plunged under President Barack Obama despite his vow to enact tougher gun control laws, The Washington Times reported.

In 2013, there were 5,082 cases referred by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, contrasting with the 6,791 cases during the final year of George W. Bush’s administration, accord to data the Times obtained from the Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys.

The 2013 figure is 42 percent lower than the record year of gun prosecutions of ATF cases in 2004 under Bush, according to information which was analyzed for the Times by Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse.

The number of prosecutions this year has plummeted even more with the Justice Department on pace to prosecute the least number of ATF cases since 2000, long before the drug wars in Mexico resulted in greater violence along the U.S. side of the border, the Times said.

“We have this irony; the Obama administration, which is asking for more in the way of gun regulations — in terms of increased background checks for private sales and at gun shows — is actually prosecuting less of the gun laws already on the books,” Robert Cottrol, a gun control historian at George Washington University, told the Times.

“For a lot of people, there’s more ideological cache harassing Bubba at the gun show than getting a handle on gun crime.”

The reduction in firearms cases conflicts with Obama’s promise, following the deadly shooting spree at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, to cut the flow of illegal weapons being used in criminal activity in the United States.

Despite Obama pressing for new laws to restrict gun ownership, the number of prosecutions at 94 federal judicial districts has actually fallen from 5,935 in 2012 to 5,082 in 2013, with a further reduction to around 4,500 this year.

The total number of cases recommended for prosecution by the ATF also plunged from a high of a high of 17,877 in 2004 under Bush to 12,066 last year, according to the data analyzed by Syracuse University for the Times.

Federal prosecutors and former ATF agents told the newspaper that the Justice Department is now concentrating on gun regulation cases instead of bringing charges against criminals who may use a gun violently in just one offense.

“Within the latter part of the Bush years, case selections within the ATF have gone from mostly violent crime cases, which is their forte, toward the regulatory, where they look at dealers, manufacturers and trafficking cases,” Robert Sanders, a former ATF assistant director, told the newspaper.

“The agency’s philosophy has shifted to guns are the problem and access to guns are the problem, rather than the criminal being the direct indicator of crime.”

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Life has very little meaning for many, this freak hits that category.

Bemidji man accused of shooting, wounding teen girl who accused him of trespassing

By Crystal Dey Today at 7:48 a.m.

Chad Eric Pickering

BEMIDJI — A Bemidji man shot a 17-year-old girl Monday because he was upset about her accusations that he had been trespassing on her property, according to a criminal complaint filed in Beltrami County Court.
Bail was set Wednesday at $1 million for Chad Eric Pickering, 40, who was arraigned on one count of felony first-degree attempted murder. The judge set conditional bail at $300,000 provided Pickering abide by stipulations including remaining law abiding, surrendering any firearms and having no contact with the victim.

Pickering is accused of shooting the teen three times at about 10 p.m. Monday while she was standing on the deck of her home in Eckles Township, near Bemidji.

Earlier Monday, the girl had spoken to Pickering about trespassing, according to the complaint.

After being shot, the girl collapsed on the deck and pulled herself inside the residence, where she called 911. Officers found her lying on the living room floor, according to court documents. She had been shot in her upper left chest, right thigh and left ankle.

The victim was transported to Sanford Bemidji Medical Center and then to a Duluth hospital. Because she is a minor, a status update could not be obtained.

When asked who may have shot her, the girl told law enforcement that a neighbor who lived three doors south from her, whose name she did not know, had been causing problems in the neighborhood. According to the complaint, she said the neighbor had been repeatedly riding his lawn mower through her yard and routinely carried a pistol in a holster while doing so.

Investigators retrieved three spent .45-caliber shells in the grass, and a search of the neighborhood led law enforcement to Pickering.

After obtaining a search warrant, deputies found a .45-caliber semiautomatic pistol with a holster in an air vent in Pickering’s living room and two partial boxes of .45-caliber ammunition, according to court documents.

Pickering was arrested and taken to the Beltrami County Jail, where he told authorities he took his children on a lawn mower ride and was threatened by a girl for trespassing, the complaint said. He told investigators he went to her house, knelt by a tree and waited 15 to 20 minutes until she opened the front door, shooting her twice and then again after she collapsed, according to the complaint.

The maximum penalty for first-degree attempted murder is 20 years in prison.

Pickering told the court he is originally from Sparta, Wis., and moved to the Bemidji area last year.

He was still being held Wednesday at the jail.

Like father, like son?

From Pine Journal’s court record July 02 2014.  Anyone know?


Age 19

38 6th St

Cloquet, MN 55720

Carlton County Sheriff’s Office


Citation: 090007413806 Badge #: 62110


05/18/2014 Liquor-Underage Consumption 18-21

(Misdemeanor) 340A.503.1(a)(2) 340A5031a2

Offense: Thomson Township

Plea 07/02/2014 Guilty

Disposition 07/02/2014 Convicted

Court Decision 07/02/2014 Payable without appearance

Fine $ 100.00

Imposed Fine $ 100.00

Fee Totals:

Alcohol/Drug-Sheriff $100.00

Crim/Traffic Surcharge (once per case) $75.00

Law Library Fees $10.00

Fee Totals: $185.00

Level of Sentence: Conviction deemed a Petty Misdemeanor pursuant to Minn. R. Crim. P 23.02


05/18/2014 Govt-Obstruct Legal Process-No Force-Misd

(Misdemeanor) 609.50.1(1) 6095011

Offense: Thomson Township

Disposition 07/02/2014 Dismissed

Predators and prey.

Alleged victim testifies in Cook County attorney’s trial

By Tom Olsen on Jul 22, 2014 at 7:13 p.m.

 The young woman at the center of Cook County Attorney Tim Scannell’s sexual misconduct case testified Tuesday that Scannell pressed her to engage in sexual intercourse, even after he told her he could get in legal trouble for it.
The 19-year-old told jurors that she resisted his advances after he touched her breasts, abdomen, legs and buttocks on multiple occasions in his family van in August 2012.

“I told him I felt uncomfortable,” she testified. “I felt like we shouldn’t go there.”

The woman spent about three hours on the witness stand, fielding questions from special prosecutor Tom Heffelfinger about the nature of her relationship with the embattled public official. Judge Shaun Floerke sent jurors home at 5 p.m., putting cross-examination on hold until Wednesday morning.

Scannell, 48, is charged in State District Court with two felony counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct. Although a Cook County case, the trial is being heard by a Duluth jury of 10 men and four women.

In the first day of testimony, jurors heard testimony from four witnesses, including the woman, her mother, a school counselor and Scannell’s sister, who was the first to report the relationship to authorities.

Defense attorney Joe Tamburino also told jurors Tuesday that Scannell would take the stand in his own defense at the trial, which is scheduled to conclude by the end of the week.

Speaking with a soft voice and appearing hesitant to answer some questions, the alleged victim described her relationship with Scannell, which started when he moved to Cook County when she was about 9.

She said she knew him for many years as a family friend, mentor, coach and father figure. For a period of time, she dated Scannell’s oldest son, and went to prom with him. The relationship with Tim Scannell did not turn romantic until early 2012, she said, when she was 17 and he was 46.

The woman said she and Scannell spent a lot of time together several times a week, and emailed and text messaged on a daily basis. They began driving around in his family van, parking on a rural road to talk and kiss.

At one point in early August, he touched her breast and buttocks over her clothes, she testified. She said she told him that crossed a line and what they were doing was wrong. A week or two later, he touched her breasts under her clothes, she said.

The woman said he pushed to take the physical contact further, but she resisted. They continued to park together and engage in some kissing and touching, she said.

She recalled Scannell speaking to her high school class, at one point, about the age of consent and the culture of older men dating underage girls in Grand Marais. She said Scannell also told her about what they legally could and could not do while she was under 18.

“I can get in trouble if there’s penetration, but other than that, it’s all OK to do,” she recalled him saying.

Throughout their physical relationship, Scannell continued to work closely with her on college plans and give her life advice, she testified.

The woman said she didn’t tell anyone about the incident because she was uncomfortable and afraid what might happen. Scannell continued to contact her as she studied abroad in Spain during her senior year of high school in the fall of 2012.

Authorities were first notified of the relationship after Tara Scannell received an inadvertent phone call from her brother in June 2012. The New Hampshire woman testified Tuesday that she received a call from Scannell, who was unaware that her phone was connected, while he was having a conversation with the girl.

Tara Scannell contacted Cook County school counselor Bryan Hackbarth to report that she was concerned about a possible inappropriate relationship involving her brother and a student.

Hackbarth testified that he contacted Scannell with the allegations. Scannell denied the allegations, but asked to immediately meet with the girl’s mother, a teacher at the school.

The girl’s mother told jurors that Scannell admitted to her that he was in love with her daughter. She said he wanted her to go to college in the Twin Cities so she would be nearby, and they later wanted to move to Australia together.

The mother said Scannell admitted that he screwed up and promised to leave her alone. However, they soon discovered that he was again contacting her. After several failed attempts to get Scannell to stop contacting her, the couple went to court to get a harassment restraining order in December 2012.

The young woman acknowledged that she was initially uncooperative with investigators in the case. She said she has not even told her parents all of the details of their relationship, saying that it was embarrassing and she did not want to “make a big deal out of it.”

However, she said she now regrets the entire ordeal and feels victimized. She said the relationship has caused her problems in her family life and education, and she has dropped out of contact with several friends, including Scannell’s two sons.

“Did you value (Scannell’s) role in your life as a mentor and father figure?” Heffelfinger asked the woman.

“Yes,” she replied.

“Were you willing to lose that?” the prosecutor asked.

“No,” she said.

Because the age of consent in Minnesota is 16 for most purposes, the prosecution must show that Scannell was in a “position of authority” over the girl at the time of their physical relationship in order to prove that a crime was committed.

Tamburino told jurors in his opening statement that the evidence would show that their physical contact was mostly limited to kissing, and said Scannell was not actively serving as a father figure, mentor or coach at the time.

Scannell continues to serve as county attorney, but has been on medical leave since October. He has undergone numerous surgeries as he continues to recover from wounds he suffered after being shot by a man his office had prosecuted for sex crimes in December 2011.

You had to know this would happen. Your tax dollars hard at work..

JULY 22, 2014 4:00 AM

Welfare Cash for Weed in Colorado
Recipients are withdrawing thousands in cash at pot dispensaries, and Republicans want to stop it.

High Times (Dreamstime)

For the past six months, welfare beneficiaries in Colorado have repeatedly withdrawn their cash benefits at marijuana retailers and dispensaries, according to a new analysis by National Review Online. Such apparent abuses have caught the eye of Colorado’s executive and legislative powers alike, and the state has launched an effort to curb them.

At least 259 times in the first six months of legalized recreational marijuana in Colorado, beneficiaries used their electronic-benefit transfer (EBT) cards to access public assistance at weed retailers and dispensaries, withdrawing a total of $23,608.53 in Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) cash, NRO’s examination found.

In 2012, the latest fiscal year available, Colorado used $124 million in TANF money from the federal government, according to the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities. Withdrawals at marijuana establishments represented only a tiny fraction of the more than 500,000 total EBT transactions that have occurred since recreational weed became legal in Colorado on January 1. And it’s impossible to determine how much of that welfare money actually was used to buy pot, given that cash benefits are fungible and some of these establishments also sell groceries.

Nevertheless, welfare withdrawals at weed stores are coming under increasing scrutiny, and Colorado’s legislators and bureaucrats are beginning an effort to restrict abuses.

On July 11, the Colorado State Board of Human Services passed an emergency rule, effective immediately, restricting the use of TANF funds at marijuana shops, bars, liquor stores, gambling establishments, and other potentially inappropriate venues.

The Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS), which oversees the TANF program, has begun to convene a task force on apparent misuse of cash benefits, joining with other state agencies to work out the details of enforcement, including how to monitor transactions, what constitutes wrongful usage, and whether withdrawals at medical-marijuana dispensaries should be considered a potential abuse of welfare money.

Todd Jorgensen, deputy director of the CDHS Office of Economic Security, says: “For the first time in Colorado, the rule will allow us to deactivate an EBT card if we identify misuse. . . . The department takes the appropriate use of TANF funds very seriously.”

As the first state in the nation to allow recreational marijuana, Colorado is trailblazing such restrictions. Though federal law requires states to limit the use of cash benefits at liquor stores, gambling establishments, and adult-entertainment stores, it does not explicitly address marijuana retailers or dispensaries.

Last session, some Colorado legislators attempted to pass a bill banning TANF withdrawals at marijuana establishments, but Democrats blocked it. The state’s Republicans did succeed, however, in passing a budget amendment that would preclude such use. Because of a legislative technicality, however, the amendment “doesn’t have the power and teeth behind it that a statute does,” says Colorado Springs representative Dan Nordberg, one of the key proponents of the ban. Republican lawmakers plan to re-introduce stronger legislation next session.

— Jillian Kay Melchior is a Thomas L. Rhodes Fellow for the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity. She is also a Senior Fellow at the Independent Women’s Forum. Caroline Craddock and Ishianose Omofoma helped conduct statistical research for this story.


Why don’t the do gooders take care of the illegal aliens themselves? Wasn’t there a lesson to learn when all the Somalians and Ethiopians were brought in?

Ellison Urges Minn. to Aid Central American Minors

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
FOX 21 News, KQDS-DT
  • Ellison Urges Minn. to Aid Central American Minors
Ellison Urges Minn. to Aid Central American Minors

ST. PAUL, Minn. AP – A Minnesota congressman is leading efforts to bring more unaccompanied children fleeing Central America to the state.

But, immigration advocates and nonprofit groups that serve refugees are concerned Minnesota might not be able to handle a crush of children who need care and have complex legal issues.

Rep. Keith Ellison says Minnesota is as well equipped as any other state to handle the children. The Democratic congressman has been a leader in the national immigration reform issue.

The Star Tribune says that at a community meeting Monday in Minneapolis, Ellison said Minnesota has a capacity to help _ and should.

Tens of thousands of Central Americans, many unaccompanied minors, fleeing violence in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras have crossed the southern border in recent months. That’s left federal and state government scrambling to find shelter and resources for the children.