Do you suppose prosecutors and judges would jump on these plea deals if the dopers were ruining lives of their loved ones?

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Cloquet woman sentenced to five years for meth

By Jamie Lund at 8:36 a.m.

Dawn Marie Seaman, 45, was sentenced April 22 to the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Shakopee for 58 months for second-degree possession of methamphetamine.

According to the criminal complaint, on Oct. 3, 2014, a Cloquet Police Department detective received a call from a confidential reliable informant (CRI) who advised him that he could purchase methamphetamine from an individual identified as Dawn Marie Seaman.

Two Cloquet detectives made arrangements with the CRI to purchase methamphetamine from Seaman with marked money before arresting her and taking her into custody Oct. 7, 2014.

Seaman had seven grams of methamphetamine for sale for $700 for the CRI when she was arrested along with Shane Orrin Johnson, who was riding with her to provide security and make sure the sale went down as planned.

Seaman was charged with a controlled substance in the first degree and controlled substance crime in the second degree on Oct. 10, 2014. Under the terms of the plea agreement, the first-degree charge was dismissed and she amended her plea to guilty of possession of methamphetamine in the second degree April 6.

Seaman was sentenced on April 22 with credit for time served of 88 days.

Seaman was previously convicted of possession of drug paraphernalia in 2008 in St. Louis County as well as third-degree sale of narcotics in 2010 in Carlton County.


Stop importing muslim terrorists? Not under this derelict in chief.

Minnesota Somali Muslim Who Joined Islamic State Vowed to “Spit on America” at Border

“In another recorded conversation, Farah told the informant he would kill FBI agents ‘if our backs are against the wall,’ prosecutors said.” More of the poison fruit of Obama’s disastrous immigration policies. He is bringing Muslims into this country without making any effort to determine if they have jihadist ties or sympathies. And he is bringing them here in large numbers.

Maybe it’s time we stopped importing huge numbers of Somalis into this country. We seem to have enough people on welfare and terrorists without them. And this is what we get in return from them.

One Minnesota man accused of trying to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group told an informant he’d kill FBI agents if they tried to stop him, while another told friends he’d “spit on America” at the U.S.-Mexico border, according to a document filed Thursday by prosecutors.

The document reveals new details about Mohamed Abdihamid Farah and Abdirahman Yasin Daud, both 21. They are among six Minnesota men arrested last month for conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.

Daud also allegedly said at least once that his family knew he was going to Syria and they “won’t say a word.” He also spoke of getting an assault rifle in Syria and said he, Farah and the informant would become martyrs.

Which means the family should also be charged, and then preferably denaturalized and deported. All this is going on with the knowledge of Somali Muslim communities. The Little Mogadishus they embedded in America are also Little ISIS states.

He’s been spitting on America all this time anyway.

In another recorded conversation, Farah told the informant he would kill FBI agents “if our backs are against the wall,” prosecutors said.

It seems to be our backs that are against the wall. We’re importing ISIS into America. Maybe it’s time we stopped doing that.



We wonder what the plea agreement will look like.

Chicago man allegedly busted with $60,000 of heroin on rez fighting evidence

By Ramona Marozas - Biography

May 21, 2015Updated May 21, 2015 at 9:11 PM CDTCloquet, MN ( — A Chicago man, busted for possessing $60,000 worth of heroin, is trying to keep some evidence out of his criminal case.

Antonio Holmes, 26, faces three felony charges stemming from a traffic stop on the Fond du Lac Reservation in February.

The defense is arguing that certain evidence was obtained illegally.

Holmes was charged with the following charges on Monday:

-Possession of 25 Grams or More Cocaine/Heroin/Methamphetamine in the first degree
-Controlled substance crime in the first degree
-Introduce contraband (weapon) into a jail, lockup or prison facility
-Giving a false name to a peace officer

The statutory maximum sentence for the most serious crime he faces is 30 years for a first violation, as well as a $1 million fine.

He’ll be back in court next month.

More local dopers caught. Good friggin riddance, go to a state with chain gangs and work for a change.

Four Duluth men facing drug charges in South Dakota

By Forum News Service at 4:00 p.m.

 MITCHELL, S.D. — Four Duluth men are facing drug charges after a traffic stop in South Dakota earlier this month.

 Authorities said Nathan Drift, 30, was pulled over by a South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper near Mitchell for following another vehicle too closely. Drift was pulling a camper. The trooper suspected illegal drug use and possession when he smelled marijuana and found large amounts of cash in the vehicle.Upon search of the vehicle Drift was driving and the camper, the trooper found about 3 ounces of marijuana, marijuana wax, two guns and a few thousand dollars. One of the guns was stolen, according to court documents.

Drift told law enforcement he and his passenger — Draven Weston, 19 — were traveling with another vehicle. Local law enforcement found the other vehicle at a truck stop in Mitchell. The driver, Richard Staples, 19, said he was carrying about $3,000 but said he didn’t have any drugs in his vehicle.

While Staples and his passenger, Vidal Page, 19, were taken outside the vehicle, the trooper’s drug dog indicated drugs in the vehicle and the trooper found marijuana wax.

The trooper also found a pair of pruning shears in the vehicle Drift was driving, according to court documents. Drift allegedly admitted to being an out-of-work roofer who had gone to work tending marijuana plants in California.

Drift is charged with possession of a controlled substance (marijuana wax), which carries a maximum penalty upon conviction of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine; possession of more than 2 ounces but less than a half-pound of marijuana; and possession with an intent to distribute more than 1 ounce but less than a half-pound of marijuana, each of which carries a maximum penalty upon conviction of two years in prison and a $4,000 fine.

Staples is charged with possession of a controlled substance (marijuana wax), which carries a maximum penalty upon conviction of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. He was also charged with possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana.

The two passengers — Page and Weston — each were charged with possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, each of which is a misdemeanor charge.

Awesome. Do you reckon Hillahag will use this in her campaign?

Anti-Stephanopoulos Artwork Posted Near ABC News Headquarters in Manhattan

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Some interesting artwork has popped up on the streets surrounding ABC News’ Good Morning America studios in New York City.

First noticed by Twitchy and the Weekly Standard’s Mark Hemingway, the posters feature Hillary Clinton with a smiling George Stephanopoulos, the ABC News anchor under fire for failing to disclose $75,000 in donations to the Clinton Foundation, along with the words “Pay Pal” and “Donate.” They were posted near ABC News studios on “Peter Jennings Way” in Manhattan.

The Free Beacon has obtained a number of photos capturing the artwork.

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Sheriff Clarke uses facts instead of rhetoric. How refreshing.

Wisconsin Sheriff: ‘It Is a Myth That Police Kill Black Males in Greater Numbers Than Anyone Else’

By Melanie Hunter | May 19, 2015 | 7:29 PM EDT

Milwaukee County, Wis., Sheriff David Clarke (AP Photo)

( – Milwaukee County, Wis., Sheriff David Clarke on Tuesday addressed what he called a “myth” that police kill more black males than any other race in testimony at the House Judiciary Committee’s hearing titled, “Policing Strategies for the 21st Century.”

“It is a myth that police kill black males in greater numbers than anyone else,” Clarke said, citing statistics provided by the University of Toledo, which contrasts, what he called “the false narrative propagated by cop haters and the liberal mainstream media.”

Clarke referenced “the police use of force data,” compiled by Richard Johnson, PhD and titled, “Examining the Prevalence of Deaths from Police Use of Force,” which shows that between 2009 and 2012, the majority of those who died at the hands of police were white males.

Specifically, 61 percent or 915 of 1,491 people who died from police use of force were white males, while 32 percent or 481 were black males, Clarke noted.

The same report cited FBI data showing that “of the 56,259 homicides from 2009 to 2012, 19,000 (33.8%) were killings of black males.” In comparison, “481 (2.5%) were the result of police use of force.”

“Private citizens killed a quarter more black males in justifiable homicides than did police use of force,” the report said.

“Black-on-black crime is the elephant in the room that few want to talk about. We can talk about police use of force but it doesn’t start with transforming the police profession,” said Clarke. “It starts by asking why we need so much assertive policing in the American ghetto.

“Are police officers perfect? Not by any stretch of the imagination. Are police agencies perfect? Not… even… close. But we are the best our communities have to offer,” he added.

Later in the hearing, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) said the percentage of whites who kill whites is 83 percent. “Now is white-on-white violence a problem in America that we should also have a robust discussion about?” Jeffries asked Clarke.

“Violence in America in general is problematic, but if you look at the rates, that’s where it starts coming a little more into balance in terms of the data I’ve seen, and I’ve looked at a lot of it. The white-on-white crime does happen – 80 percent figure you put out there – but when you look at the rates of it, these two are not even close,” Clarke said.

“Right, the rates are roughly equivalent in terms of the context of people who live next to each other and because of housing segregation patterns or just where people tend to live in America, ethnic violence tends to occur – racial violence – within the same group, and so elevating it beyond that fact, I think, is irresponsible,” said Jeffries.

“We all want to deal with the black-on-black violence problem. Now it was mentioned that there’s a cooperation issue in the black-on-black violence context. I don’t think I’ve heard the phrase mentioned: blue wall of silence,” he added.

“So if we’re gonna have a conversation about cooperation, when someone crosses the line, it seems to me to make sense that we also have to deal with what may be another elephant in the room – to use your term, Sheriff Clark – the blue wall of silence, that the overwhelming majority of officers are good officers, but what often occurs is that when an officer crosses the line, the ethic is not to cooperate or participate or speak on what a bad apple officer has done,” Jeffries said.

Jeffries asked Clarke whether the reaction to the Eric Garner case was “a false narrative that people in the city of New York and the country are reacting to.”

“Now was the reaction to the Eric Garner case, who was choked to death using a procedure that had been banned by the NYPD for more than 20 years, wasn’t resisting arrest, said ‘I can’t breathe,’ 11 times on 11 different occasions. There was no response by all of the police officers who were there. Was that a false narrative that people in the city of New York and the country are reacting to, sir?” Jeffries asked.

“Mr. Chair, Congressman, first of all, he wasn’t choked to death, not from the report that I had seen out of the grand jury testimony and even from the medical examiner’s report. He wasn’t choked to death,” said Clarke.

“Medical examiner ruled the death a homicide by asphyxiation. In the ghetto, that’s called being choked to death, sir,” said Jeffries.

“Well we could have this conversation later on then about the facts, because we could be here for awhile. My understanding is he died of a heart attack, okay? So, but anyway, you said that he wasn’t resisting arrest,” Clarke replied.

“He was resisting arrest. He was told that he was under arrest and put his … hands behind his back, and he wouldn’t do so, and that’s why I put in my remarks here the reference from Thomas Sowell about, when law enforcement officers tell someone they’re under arrest, and they can’t use force to execute that arrest, we don’t have the rule of law when it’s merely a suggestion for them that they’re going to jail or to put their hands behind their back,” he said.

“Those are behaviors, like in the incidence of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, where some different choices by the individual could have helped the situation. In other words, Mike Brown was just simply told to get out of the street,” Clarke added.

“Sir, my time has expired, but for you to come here and testify essentially that Eric Garner’s responsible for his own death when he was targeted by police officers for allegedly selling loose cigarettes, which was an administrative violation for which he got the death penalty for is outrageous, and if we are going to have a responsible conversation, we’ve got to be able to at least agree on a common set of reasonable facts that all Americans can interpret, particularly in this incidence because they caught the whole thing on videotape,” concluded Jeffries.

Should he be held to the same standards off duty as on duty?

Minneapolis police officer indicted on nine criminal counts, including perjury

Michael Griffin, the target of lawsuits, now faces nine criminal counts over bar fights.
By  Star Tribune
MAY 21, 2015 — 12:08AM

JEFF WHEELER  Minneapolis police officer Michael Griffin, shown when he graduated from the department’s academy. He has cost the city $410,000 in two brutality cases.

Patrol officer Michael Griffin, 40, has been the subject of 22 complaints, only one of which has been sustained by the Minneapolis Police Department.

Griffin is charged in the indictment with depriving the men of their civil rights, falsifying reports and committing perjury in testimony in two lawsuits filed against him.

The suits resulted in $410,000 in payouts by the city to the litigants and their attorneys.

The allegations are among the most serious federal charges brought against Minneapolis police officers in recent years.

“Police officers cannot use their shield as a weapon against innocent civilians,” U.S. Attorney Andy Luger said in a statement.

Ryan Kaess, Griffin’s St. Paul attorney, said Wednesday that Griffin had not broken the law. “My client steadfastly maintains his innocence of all charges,” Kaess said. “He intends to vigorously defend himself against these false accusations and is confident that when all the facts are presented to a jury he will be found not guilty.”

Griffin is expected to make a first public appearance at 10 a.m. Thursday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Janie Mayeron in the U.S. Courthouse in Minneapolis.

The Minneapolis Police Department has been the target of a large number of brutality lawsuits. Griffin is black, and his alleged victims are white and black.

“I do hope that we are not looking at a double standard by federal authorities because there have been a number of cases involving white officers over the last five years where federal authorities appeared to show no interest,” said civil rights activist Ron Edwards, a former president of the Minneapolis Urban League, who sits on a police oversight committee appointed by Police Chief Janeé Harteau.

Luger: Race not a factor

This is the first police misconduct case that the U.S. attorney’s office has investigated since Luger became U.S. attorney in February 2014. “The race of an officer or victim is not and never will be a factor in my office’s charging decisions,” Luger said Wednesday.

Griffin works out of the Police Department’s Fourth Precinct; his status in light of the indictment is unknown.

Harteau was not immediately available for comment. She posted a statement on the department’s Facebook page that said in part: “I collaborate and work with the U.S. attorney’s office … and will continue to cooperate with their office on any requests related to today’s indictment.”

Lt. Bob Kroll, newly elected head of the Minneapolis Police Officers Federation, said the union was confident that Griffin would prevail. The two cases at the heart of the indictment never led to discipline, Kroll noted, making it surprising that the federal investigation found cause to pursue charges.

“Everybody’s shocked that the indictment came,” he said.

The union is not representing him in the federal case.

Scuffles at downtown bars

The indictment identifies the people Griffin is accused of assaulting only by their initials, although their names are known because of suits filed against him and the city.

The indictment describes a May 29, 2010, incident when Griffin was with a friend outside of the Aqua Nightclub and Lounge on 1st Avenue N. in downtown Minneapolis. He was off-duty and in plain clothes.

Griffin began arguing with Ibrahim Regai, showing his badge, the indictment says, and then followed Regai to the Envy bar, where Griffin “struck him in the face with his fist several times, rendering him unconscious.”

The indictment said Griffin wrote a police report that falsely claimed Regai was the aggressor.

In the second incident detailed in the indictment, Griffin was off-duty when he confronted four men — Jeremy Axel, Matthew Mitchell, Keyon Cooley and a fourth person identified as “MM” at the Loop bar in Minneapolis on Nov. 5, 2011.

The indictment said Griffin grabbed Cooley outside the bar, “flipped him to the ground … kicked MM in the chest and punched [Axel] in the head from behind, rendering [him] unconscious.”

More cops arrived, and Griffin gave “false, incomplete and misleading information, resulting in MM being arrested for obstructing a police officer with force,” the indictment said.

In depositions in both civil suits, Griffin embellished his accounts with more falsehoods, the indictment said.

“The FBI will vigorously investigate allegations of corruption of public servants,” Richard Thornton, special agent in charge of the Minneapolis FBI division, said in a statement. “No quarter will be given to those who would violate the public trust.”

Edwards, the civil rights activist, expressed regret at the turn of events for Griffin, who became an officer in 2007.

“It is so hard and difficult to get a person of color, African-Americans, into law enforcement in this state,” he said. “This was a young man who came into the department with high expectations. Something went wrong. He lost his vision of what he wanted to do.”

Two other Minneapolis police officers have been indicted by federal grand juries in recent years. Mike Roberts pleaded guilty to corruption charges in 2009 and went to prison. Jason Andersen, a member of the now-defunct Metro Gang Strike Force, was acquitted in 2010 of violating a black teen’s civil rights by allegedly kicking him in the head.


Staff writer Matt McKinney contributed to this report.

Another scourge on society. Wanna bet you’ll be paying for their defense?

Three charged in Itasca County meth case

By Lisa Kaczke at 4:08 p.m.

 Three people have been charged in Itasca County District Court for allegedly selling and possessing methamphetamine.


Eric John Cooper, 34, of Calumet was charged with two counts of first-degree sale of methamphetamine, one count of second-degree possession of methamphetamine and one count of third-degree test refusal. Jesse James Ogorman, 31, of Grand Rapids was charged with one count of aiding and abetting first-degree sale of methamphetamine and one count of aiding and abetting second-degree possession of methamphetamine. Jill Marie Kelly, 32, of Grand Rapids was charged with one count of aiding and abetting first-degree sale of methamphetamine and one count of aiding and abetting second-degree possession of methamphetamine.

According to a statement from Itasca County Attorney John Muhar, Cooper allegedly delivered half an ounce of methamphetamine to Ogorman and Kelly to sell with the plan of paying Cooper back $1,000 on May 17. During the search warrant execution, 16.5 grams of methamphetamine were recovered from the residence of Ogorman and Kelly, according to the statement. Ogorman and Kelly indicated to law enforcement that Cooper provided them with the methamphetamine, according to the statement.

Law enforcement arrested Cooper during a traffic stop and about 14 grams of methamphetamine were found during the search of the vehicle, the statement said. Cooper was on conditions of release on a previous fifth-degree controlled substance charge.

Bail for Cooper and Ogorman was set at $100,000 without conditions or $50,000 with conditions, and Kelly’s bail was set at $50,000, according to the statement. Their next court appearance is scheduled for June 15.

Hopefully it will give her family some sense of peace. Sad, sad story.


Remains found at Gooseberry Falls State Park identified as Minneapolis woman missing 30 years

By News Tribune at 2:40 p.m.

Human remains found in a remote section of Gooseberry Falls State Park last year have been identified as those of a Minneapolis woman missing for nearly 30 years.

Lake County Sheriff Carey Johnson and officials from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension on Wednesday announced that the death of 19-year-old Cassandra Rhines is being treated as a homicide.

“Cassandra Rhines was last heard from in June 1985, when she called a friend to confirm her attendance at her goddaughter’s birthday party in Minneapolis the next day,” Johnson said in a news release. “She never showed, and was never heard from again.”

The remains were found in May 2014 by an off-duty employee of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. Johnson said at a news conference that the employee was training his dogs in a remote area of Gooseberry Falls State Park – an area not frequented by visitors – when he found a skull. Later searches at the park northeast of Two Harbors turned up additional bones.

The St. Louis County Medical Examiner’s Office and a forensic anthropologist determined that Rhines had been the victim of homicide. Investigators said they believe Rhines was killed near the time of her disappearance. They also said Wednesday that they believe Rhines was killed elsewhere, and then her body was left in the park.

DNA extracted from the remains was matched to a family member of Rhines last August; that relative had provided a sample in late 2013. Additional testing conducted since that time confirmed the identity of the remains.

Now investigators are seeking help in learning more about Rhines, and people who may have been involved in her death.

“Investigators need the public’s help to better understand who Cassandra Rhines knew and who may have sought to harm her,” BCA Assistant Superintendent Drew Evans said in a news release. “The clearer picture we have of the time when she disappeared, the better chance we have of finding out who killed her.”

Check back for updates.


And yes, they vote.

Driver wanted to race Minnesota state trooper; he lost

By  Star Tribune

MAY 20, 2015 — 9:16AM

The driver was heading north on I-35 near Askov, Minn. when a trooper heading to training in Duluth tried to pull him over around 6:45 a.m. The driver failed to stop and a pursuit began. It went on for 10 miles at speeds between 90 and 100 miles per hour, said Lt. Tiffani Nielson of the State Patrol.

Officers from Moose Lake joined the pursuit and deployed stop sticks on the freeway. The driver hit the sticks, which punctured the left front tire of the speeding Ford Ranger. When it came to rest, the driver, 42, was arrested and he told police “he was trying to race” the trooper, Nielson said.

The driver was taken to the Carlton County jail and will face felony charges of fleeing police, Nielson said.