THIS is why cops can’t hesitate…..

THIS is why cops can’t hesitate; guy sucker-punches cops, shoots him during ‘routine’ stop

December 19, 2015 |  BIZPAC REVIEW

One of the drum beats of the anti-police movement in America is how cops “over-react” during “routine” traffic stops when a subject doesn’t obey commands.

The next time someone makes that argument they ought to be shown this video.

Florida’s Indian River County Sheriff’s Office released dashcam video on Friday of one so-called routine traffic stop that nearly turned deadly.

Sheriff’s Deputy Christopher Lester stopped 52-year-old Andrew Coffee for driving his scooter without a tag, according to the sheriff’s office.

“Don’t go reaching for anything,” Lester shouted while telling Coffee to place his hands on the vehicle.

Coffee hauled off and punched Lester in the face then grabbed a revolver out of his waistband and began shooting at Lester.

“As he knocked the deputy down and sucker punched him, he continued to stand over him and attempted to end his life,” Sheriff Deryl Loar told WPTV.

“It reminds us of the dangers that are faced everyday in law enforcement. It is a war on the streets and I’m sick of it,” he added.

Coffee is a convicted violent felon who was released from prison last year after being convicted for attempted murder in 1993 and was arrested again on drug charges Dec. 3 yet somehow he was able to get a gun, according to WPTV.

It’s almost as if a career criminal like Coffee won’t obey “common sense” gun laws.

WPTV reported a list of Coffee’s criminal history that reads as follows.

1987 – Convicted of Aggravated Assault
1988 – Convicted of Possession of Cocaine
1990 – Convicted of Battery
1992 – Convicted to Sale of Cocaine
1993 – Convicted of Attempted First Degree Murder with Firearm
11 total felony arrests
4 felony convictions
5 misdemeanor arrests
3 misdemeanor convictions

Lester was hit in the leg and is expected to make a full recovery, according to a statement from the sheriff’s office. He was released from the hospital.

Coffee, meanwhile, is undergoing surgery, the statement said.

Watch the encounter below.


And… when can we expect a criminal complaint be filed?

Minnesota Lottery Director Resigns after Expense Questioned

Raeanna Marnati, Web Producer,

The Minnesota State Lottery Director resigned following questions surrounding his expenses.

His abrupt exit follows a Star Tribune report showing Van Petten was reimbursed for more than $7,000 after he and his staff stayed at his personal timeshare units during conferences in three cities.

Van Petten says the arrangement saved the public money, but admitted that it may have violated state policies governing employee expenses.

He says he offered to resign to save Gov. Mark Dayton’s administration the potential embarrassment.

Governor Mark Dayton accepted the resignation.

Dayton said Van Petten’s resignation was warranted given questions about his expenses.

He says he would asked Van Petten to leave had he not offered to resign.

Dayton defended the agency’s overall performance, but said he would welcome a larger probe into state lottery expenditures.

The state will search for a replacement immediately.

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And yet, another sweet plea agreement. You’d think Pertler gets paid by how many plea agreements he writes, wouldn’t you?

Barnum man convicted of killing family pets by throwing them outside on frigid night
By Jamie Lund on Dec 18, 2015 at 4:31 p.m.

A Barnum man was sentenced last month after being convicted of three felonies stemming from an incident in February in which he terrorized his family and killed several family pets.

Tyrone Edward Demenge, 47, faces six months in jail and five years of intensive supervised probation after pleading guilty in October to one count of felony terroristic threats and two counts of of torture or cruelty to a pet or companion animal resulting in death or great bodily harm. As part of a plea agreement, a felony charge of endangering safety by intentional discharge of a firearm was dismissed, as was a misdemeanor charge of domestic assault.

Demenge was sentenced Nov. 25. He also was ordered to enter and successfully complete the Domestic Abuse Intervention Program, undergo counseling, have no alcohol or drug use, and submit to random drug alcohol testing. He is not allowed to use or possess firearms.

According to the criminal complaint:

Carlton County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a residence on County Road 104 at about 10 p.m. Feb. 21 for a possible domestic assault. When the deputies were driving to the residence they came across the wife of the individual they were going to see.

The wife told deputies she had been in the home with her husband, Tyrone Demenge, and their children that evening when he became very intoxicated. Demenge became argumentative with his wife and eventually retrieved a firearm out of a gun safe, scaring his wife.

After Demenge threatened to kill his wife and children, she took the children and hid in a basement bedroom.

When they heard a gunshot upstairs, they went to investigate and found Demenge had killed a pet snake, and the bullet had gone through the floor of the house into the basement.

In fear for their lives, the wife took the children and fled from the house, which is when the deputies found them.

Later it was discovered Demenge threw the family’s other pets — a lizard, a turtle and a tarantula — outside, where they froze to death in the 10-below-zero cold.

The February incident wasn’t Demenge’s first encounter with law enforcement as a result of threats made while under the influence. In 2011, Demenge was sentenced to one year in prison — with the time stayed — and two years’ probation on a gross misdemeanor charge of obstructing the legal process by interfering with a police officer.

The charges arose from a 2010 incident in which the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office was called to a domestic disturbance after Demenge became intoxicated and confrontational with his wife. In that case, he retrieved a rifle and discharged a round from the rifle while walking through the yard. When law enforcement arrived, they located Demenge hiding in an outbuilding on the property. He refused to communicate or come out. Other law enforcement agencies were called in to help.

While authorities were trying to come up with a plan to take Demenge into custody, he fired two shots, which hit trees near some officers.

Soon after, Demenge left the shack without the weapon but resisted being taken into custody. His blood-alcohol level later was found to be four times the legal limit.

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Is it greed? Is he sick of the liberal politics of Duluth? Will we ever know? How long will it be before Donnie Ness and his beard move to Wichita?

Duluth Police Chief Gordon Ramsay leaving to take job in Kansas
By News Tribune Today at 11:03 a.m.

Duluth Police Chief Gordon Ramsay has been named the next police chief of Wichita, Kansas, the city of Wichita announced this morning.ramsay_gordon2_0
“We needed the right leader for the future, and I believe we have achieved that with Gordon,” City Manager Robert Layton said in a news release, noting Ramsay’s commitment to community policing and his experience in implementing body cameras in Duluth.

Ramsay will begin work in Wichita on Jan. 28 and earn $170,000 a year, the city announced.

“I am humbled and beyond excited to have been chosen for this position and can’t wait to begin working with department and community members as their police chief,” Ramsay said in a news release. “The potential to make a difference seems limitless.”

Ramsay has been chief of the Duluth Police Department since 2006 and was one of two finalists for the Wichita job, which had been open since September 2014.

The Duluth Police Department has scheduled a news conference for 12:30 p.m. today regarding the future of the city’s police chief position.

Ramsay, 43, said earlier this month that “the thought of leaving here is bittersweet. I grew up in Duluth, have deep, deep roots here and look forward to coming to work at DPD every day. I am very proud of where Duluth PD is today. …

“A lot of the policing issues facing Wichita match my skill set and passions that we have been successful in addressing. Wichita is a friendly, welcoming community that has captivated my interest and offers new challenges.”

In Duluth, Ramsay has led a department with about 180 employees and a $20 million budget for 2015.

Wichita is a city of more than 382,000 residents about 800 miles southwest of Duluth; its police department, the largest in Kansas, has a budget of about $82 million and more than 830 employees.

Ramsay is a 22-year police officer, and past president of the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association, among a host of other leadership roles he’s held throughout his career.

A Duluth East graduate, Ramsay holds law enforcement and management degrees from the University of Minnesota Duluth and College of St. Scholastica, respectively.

Check back for updates.

Another sweet plea deal. Cartoon county sure doesn’t spend much money on jury trials.

Man sentenced to 8 years in Cloquet stabbing
By Tom Olsen on Dec 17, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.

A Cloquet man has been sentenced to more than 8½ years in prison after admitting that he attacked a sleeping man with a knife.

Daniel David Schafter, 29, pleaded guilty last month in State District Court in Carlton to a first-degree assault charge in the Aug. 1 attack on 26-year-old Justin Moreno.
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Sixth Judicial District Judge Robert Macaulay on Wednesday sentenced Schafter to 103 months in prison, accepting the recommendations of a plea agreement.

Schafter initially faced an attempted premeditated first-degree murder charge, which was downgraded in the agreement.

According to the criminal complaint:

Cloquet and Fond du Lac police officers were dispatched to a residence on the 300 block of Ridge Road about 12:35 a.m. on Aug. 1 on a report of a 26-year-old man who had been stabbed and was bleeding badly.

When police arrived, they saw the victim — identified as Justin Moreno — sitting in the entry area of the residence, covered in blood. He was “bleeding profusely but still conscious at the time.” Moreno allegedly identified his assailant as Schafter and provided some other basic details of the attack.

A woman who lived at the home also was there and told officers she and Moreno were sleeping downstairs when she heard someone come in. She said Schafter became irate and went into a “fit of rage,” attacking Moreno, who was still sleeping.

The female witness said Moreno then got out of bed and chased Schafter out of the house before realizing he was critically injured and collapsing to the floor in the entryway of the residence.

Moreno was stabbed multiple times in the leg, abdomen, arm and chest, suffering a punctured lung. His condition initially was considered life-threatening.

Schafter was arrested hours later when authorities said his estranged wife called police to report that he arrived at her residence on the 300 block of 10th Street in Cloquet. Authorities said he admitted to stabbing Moreno.

When did it become a “right” to stick taxpayers with the bill for your sex change? You just can’t make this up.

St. Paul man sues state for medical aid in gender change surgery
By Chao Xiong Star Tribune DECEMBER 17, 2015 — 9:29PM

It took St. Paul resident Evan Thomas decades to realize that his birth gender was incongruous with the gender he identified with.

So two years ago, he began counseling and, last year, hormone therapy, to transition into a man. Thomas even legally changed his name, but then he hit a roadblock — a Minnesota law forbids state medical assistance programs from paying for the double mastectomy surgery he feels will complete his transition.
“It just feels like having a door slammed in my face,” Thomas said Thursday.

Now, the 63-year-old is suing Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) Commissioner Emily Johnson Piper for his right — and the right of all transgender Minnesotans — to gender reassignment surgeries under Minnesota’s Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare programs, the state’s public insurance programs for low-income residents.

The suit, filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Minnesota on behalf of Thomas and the advocacy group OutFront Minnesota, is asking a judge to stop DHS from enforcing the law.
“Transgender people all across the country have been making strides,” said Teresa Nelson, legal director for the ACLU of Minnesota. “Minnesota needs to … bring its laws into the 21st century.”

“We have received the lawsuit, which challenges current state law,” said a statement issued by DHS. “We are now reviewing the complaint.”

The medical assistance programs won’t pay for surgeries such as hysterectomies, mastectomies, vaginoplasty and phalloplasty, among others, if they’re related to gender reassignment. But they will cover the same surgeries for other medical needs.

Gender dysphoria, a “serious medical condition” of feeling incongruence between birth gender and gender identity, the suit said, is as legitimate a medical reason as any other.

“If left untreated, gender dysphoria can lead to serious medical problems, including clinically significant psychological distress, dysfunction, debilitating depression and, for some people without access to appropriate medical care and treatment, suicidality and death,” the suit said.

The suit alleges that the law discriminates against people who are transgender, infringes on a transgender person’s right to privacy and violates Minnesota’s Constitution.

Nelson said Thomas’ suit is the first one to challenge the state law, which has existed in some form since 1995. The programs used to cover transition-related surgeries, Nelson said, but changes to the law in 1998 began limiting coverage, and in 2005, stopped coverage of such operations altogether.

‘Something I needed to do’

It’s unclear how many Minnesotans are unable to pursue transition-related surgeries because of the law, but Phil Duran, legal director of OutFront Minnesota, said his organization has heard from “dozens” of people in the past several years.

However, Duran noted, striking the law from the books would have minimal impact on the state’s bottom line.

“The existence of the statute sends … a message that’s devastating to people,” he said.

Despite gains in transgender rights and increasing cultural acceptance, Minnesota’s stance on gender reassignment surgeries isn’t unusual. Dorsey Whitney attorney Kristina Carlson, who is also working on Thomas’ case, said that her research shows that only 10 states and the District of Columbia have state Medicaid programs that cover such surgeries.

But the momentum in the transgender rights movement made it the right time to challenge Minnesota’s law, said Thomas and his legal team.

“It was a very difficult decision,” Thomas said. “But it seemed important enough, not only for me, but for other people in Minnesota, that it just seemed like something I needed to do.” 612-673-4391

Wait, What? Between stories of molested horses and deer in Wisconsin, I guess this shouldn’t surprise anyone, right?

Kindergarten Girl Leads Classroom Closet SEX RING, Says Wisconsin Public School Report

Education Editor

8:26 AM 12/17/2015

Six kindergartners at a public school in Racine, Wis. have been suspended for a month for allegedly simulating sex with each other inside a classroom coat closet during school hours.

Details are scant, reports Milwaukee Fox affiliate WITI-TV, but a kindergarten girl at the unnamed elementary school appears to have been the ringleader of the group.

A local grandmother told the station that a district-issued report accuses the girl of pressuring her 5-year-old grandson into the closet sex acts, which included touching in inappropriate bodily places.

The unidentified grandmother said a report issued by the Racine Unified School District showed a longstanding pattern of in-the-closet sex incidents by the children.
“I couldn’t believe some of the things in that report,” the grandmother told WITI-TV. “It was shocking.”

“According to the report, this has been going on since 4-K. He’s now in kindergarten,” she also said.

The classroom teacher was unaware of the sexual activity among the kindergarten students — at least for quite a while.

It’s not clear how adults found out about it.
A student told school officials that the sexual activity occurred on a daily basis.

The kindergartners who were not involved would stand around and watch, according to the school district report, the Fox affiliate reports.

The students would “pretend that they are putting their Legos away, and sneak to engage in the activity,” the report also explains.

A school district spokeswoman confirmed that the administration has been aware of the kindergarten class activities. The spokeswoman said the district’s ongoing investigation includes the unnamed teacher.

Racine is a city of about 78,000 just north of the Illinois border in the southeast corner of Wisconsin. It is home to 21 elementary schools and two early learning centers.

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What do these scumbags find so alluring in Cartoon County? Thankfully, only the bad guy was hurt.

Man charged in wrong-way, high-speed chase through Cloquet
By Tom Olsen Today at 12:45 a.m.

A Minneapolis man was arraigned Tuesday after allegedly stealing a car and crashing it during a “lengthy and dangerous” high-speed pursuit through Carlton County.lumbar c.PDF

Authorities said Charles Michael Lumbar attempted to elude marked squad cars, driving the wrong way on Minnesota Highway 33 through Cloquet, before crashing and rolling the Toyota Scion along Big Lake Road in Cloquet Sunday morning.

Lumbar, 29, was arraigned Tuesday in State District Court in Carlton on charges of theft of a motor vehicle, fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and misdemeanor theft.

Police said Lumbar also appeared to have been involved in another pursuit along Interstate 35 through Duluth earlier Sunday, ramming a squad car during the process.

A trooper began following the car after recognizing it as a stolen vehicle at about 7 a.m. Sunday in Carlton County, according to a criminal complaint. The chase proceeded along Highway 33 and several city streets, with additional troopers joining the pursuit and unsuccessfully attempting to stop the vehicle before the crash.

Lumbar initially declined medical treatment, but was later transported to a local hospital after complaining of arm and back pain, according to police scanner traffic posted to the MN Police Clips website. He was subsequently booked into the Carlton County Jail.

Authorities said information was obtained linking Lumbar to the theft of a vehicle from West Duluth earlier in the day. Lumbar was allegedly found in possession of cash stolen from a purse that was left in the car, according to the complaint.

A State Patrol spokesman did not respond to a request for additional information Tuesday.

At the time of his arrest, Lumbar had an active warrant out for his arrest in another vehicle theft case. He’s accused of stealing a vehicle in Cloquet on Oct. 30, according to those charges.

Sixth Judicial District Judge Robert Macaulay on Tuesday set Lumbar’s bail at $20,000 with conditions or $2,000 without. The amount is consecutive to the $10,000/$1,000 amount set in his earlier vehicle theft case.

He’s due back in court on Monday.

Same story. Dope, scumbags, and cops at risk. When will you have enough? How will our vodka soaked elected hero screw up this case?

Two charged after suspect grabs for officer’s gun near Cloquet
By Tom Olsen Today at 4:52 p.m.


A Moose Lake man’s failed attempt to disarm a police officer — captured on video and widely circulated online this week — underscores just how quickly a routine traffic stop can escalate into a life-threatening situation, police said Tuesday.

While the Friday evening situation near Cloquet was resolved without major incident, officer Sheri Dupuis of the Fond du Lac Police Department noted that deadly force is an option when a suspect attempts to disarm an officer.

“It can escalate very quickly,” Dupuis said. “You never know what you’re going to encounter.”

Thomas Clifford Needham, 36, was formally charged Tuesday in State District Court in Carlton with disarming a peace officer and obstructing the legal process with force.

Disarming a peace officer is a felony, punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

The police department on Monday released squad car dashcam footage of the incident, which occurred shortly after 7 p.m. Friday on the 2500 block of Big Lake Road.

A Fond du Lac police officer initiated the traffic stop after observing the car driving without headlights, according to a criminal complaint. Dupuis said the officer “had a feeling something wasn’t going to be right” and called for backup.

The video shows the driver, 19-year-old Kordell Joseph Defoe, partially exiting the car through the window before becoming involved in a struggle with police. During the scuffle, Needham, a passenger in the back seat, appears to reach through the window and briefly grasp an officer’s firearm.

The weapon remained holstered, and the three officers were able to subdue the two men. No injuries to the suspects were reported, but authorities said one officer did suffer a knee injury when he fell to the ground during the scuffle.

Dupuis said the department posted the video on social media to show how quickly a routine incident can intensify. Still, she said officers were surprised how much interest it generated, with more than 75,000 views on Facebook after 24 hours and numerous stories written in local and regional media.

While the video depicts a situation that was resolved without deadly force, Dupuis stressed that is not always the case when a suspect reaches for an officer’s gun. She said situations where officers are engaged in hands-on altercations are becoming more common.

“The officer didn’t use (deadly force) because he had other indicators which led him to believe the guy didn’t have a firearm in the car and wasn’t going to attempt to get his firearm again,” she said. “That’s why he took the route that he took.”

Police suspect that substance abuse was a factor in the incident. Defoe was found in possession of gabapentin, a prescription drug often used to treat epilepsy, according to the complaint.

Authorities said Defoe was also in possession of a knife, and a BB gun and pepper spray were recovered from the vehicle. A female passenger was not arrested.

Defoe, of Cloquet, was arraigned Tuesday on charges of fourth-degree assault of a peace officer, obstructing the legal process with force, driving after revocation and possession of a legend drug.

Sixth Judicial District Judge Robert Macaulay set Needham’s bail at $5,000 with conditions or $50,000 without. Defoe’s bail was set at $500/$5,000.

Both men are due back in court next week.