Good thing nobody got hurt….I guess.

Man thwarts knifepoint robbery outside Depot
By Brady Slater on Aug 23, 2016 at 9:31 p.m.

A theater-goer thwarted an attempted robbery Friday after a 33-year-old Duluth man allegedly pulled a knife on a couple leaving the Depot after attending a play.

James Jeremiah Nelson, of Duluth, was jailed through the weekend and charged with felony first-degree attempted aggravated robbery Tuesday in State District Court in Duluth.

Nelson faces 10 years in prison and/or a $17,500 fine. He remained in St. Louis County Jail on Tuesday on $30,000 bail.

According to the criminal complaint and other court documents, a 22-year-old male and 24-year-old female were leaving the Depot shortly after 10 p.m. Friday after a performance of “Nine” at The Underground theater when Nelson allegedly approached them with a pocket knife exposed, demanding money he said he needed for food.

The woman told police she could see the knife, “became afraid and stood behind her boyfriend.”

When confronted verbally by the male, Nelson stowed the knife, the complaint said, and began to run up the concrete ramp toward Michigan Street.

The man chased Nelson, grabbed him and brought him to the ground, “where he placed his arm around (Nelson’s) neck” while demanding Nelson take the knife out of his pocket and throw it. Nelson complied and was held on the ground by the man until officers with the Duluth Police Department arrived. Police took Nelson into custody and recovered the knife near the scene.

Prior to confronting the couple, Nelson allegedly approached two women as they came out of the theater. They tried to ignore him until he “started chasing after them, screaming and using profanity,” the criminal complaint states. He yelled “about not having eaten and needing money.”

The women ducked into a wedding reception at the Depot. Almost immediately afterward, the complaint alleges, Nelson confronted the couple.

During an interview with police after the incident, Nelson told police, “I shouldn’t have done what I did. It was stupid.” He admitted to pulling the knife and asking for money to see what kind of reaction he could get, the complaint states.

Nelson has a series of misdemeanor assaults and other convictions dating back to 2001, according to court records.

It seems to me this is more like rioting than demonstrating and I don’t recall reading or hearing about such buffoonery at DFL functions by conservatives.

Protests outside Minneapolis Trump event spurs partisan spat
By Rachel Stassen-Berger, St. Paul Pioneer Press on Aug 22, 2016 at 6:01 p.m.

Donald Trump campaign signs taken from donors leaving an event Friday, Aug. 19, 2016, burn on the sidewalk in front of the Minneapolis Convention Center. (Pioneer Press: Jaime DeLage)

Donald Trump campaign signs taken from donors leaving an event Friday, Aug. 19, 2016, burn on the sidewalk in front of the Minneapolis Convention Center. (Pioneer Press: Jaime DeLage)

MINNEAPOLIS — Donors who attended Donald Trump’s Minneapolis fundraiser Friday night were heckled and blocked and at least one reported he was robbed upon leaving the high-dollar event.

“That was beyond protesting,” Cynthia Schanno of St. Paul told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “That was harassing people. That was absolutely harassing, terrorizing, bullying people.”

On Monday, the event and the protests devolved into a partisan spat, with Minnesota Republican Party chair Keith Downey suggesting the DFL may have influenced the police response and Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party chair Ken Martin accusing the Republican chair of transparent cynicism.
The two party chairs agree, however, that the loud, sometimes physical melee outside the Minneapolis Convention Center fundraiser was not acceptable.

“Democrats are free to protest, but physically accosting people is becoming all too common, and it needs to stop,” Downey said.

“We support the right of protesters to gather peacefully, but what happened on Friday night crossed the line. There is no excuse for violence in any form,” Martin said.

The protesters had a motley mix of agendas. Some were against Trump’s stance on immigration; others burned an American flag. Early on, a Democratic National Committee-sponsored be-costumed “Donald Duck” came and left, and some protesters clad in black masks added their voices.

Some attendees had security escorts to and from the convention center so they could leave unscathed. A 75-year-old man who attended the fundraiser reported he was robbed of his cellphone as he left, and punches were exchanged between at least one attendee and protesters.

On Monday, the Minneapolis Police Department said in a statement that it is investigating three incidents related to the fundraiser: “a ‘robbery of person’ where a cellphone was taken, an ‘assault’ where a person had souvenirs ripped out of their hand, and a ‘damage to property’ report after someone spray-painted graffiti on the convention center itself.”

The police department, which said it had dozens of officers working at or near the event, said the suggestion that it had been told to “stand down” was false.

“The majority of protests were peaceful throughout the evening and minor disruptions to traffic were handled without incident. Late in the evening, after the candidate left, Minneapolis Police Officers provided approximately 50 escorts for those who attended the event. However, we understand there were some attendees who left without escorts who were the subject of intimidation and abuse. The MPD is currently looking at video from some of these incidents,” the statement said.

She should have hired our lame ass county attorney and asked for the garbage nazi (AKA Wappes) defense,

Minnesota woman gets 42 months for stealing $1.7 million from employer, gambling most away
By Tom Cherveny, Forum News Service Today at 6:15 p.m.

MINNEAPOLIS — A Bird Island woman who has served as a caregiver to her two grandchildren and described as honest and giving to others will serve 42 months in federal prison for stealing $1.7 million from her former employer.

Diane Marie Eiler, 48, was sentenced to 42 months in prison and three years of supervised probation, and ordered to make $1,738,459 in restitution to AgQuest Financial Services of Morgan during a court appearance Friday in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis. The former director of accounting for AgQuest in Morgan had pleaded guilty April 15 to one count of wire fraud, according to information from the U.S. Attorney’s office in Minneapolis.

Eiler is accused of taking the money from 2007 through November 2015 by stealing company checks from the desks of her co-workers. She wrote the checks to herself and hid the theft by creating false entries, according to the prosecuting attorney, U.S. Assistant District Attorney Joseph H. Thompson.

She spent nearly all of the money on a gambling addiction, according to the court records.

Eiler lost more than $1.3 million at Minnesota casinos between 2006 and 2015, and gambled more than $1.6 million at Jackpot Junction in Morton in 2009 alone, according to court records.

Prosecuting attorney Thompson charged that Eiler “systematically abused the trust of her employer” to steal the funds.

Eiler was earning a $75,000 annual salary at AgQuest when her employer discovered a problem with a wire transfer. She disclosed that she had been stealing funds and voluntarily admitted her guilt, according to her attorney, Robert Lengeling of Minneapolis. He asked the court to sentence her to probation rather than prison.

“Eiler has a gambling addiction that overtook her life,” Lengeling stated in a motion to the court. He asked for probation to allow her to continue assisting in the care of her two young grandchildren. Her son has had drug addiction problems, and Eiler helped him while also assisting as a foster parent and stable influence in the lives of the two grandchildren.

Friends and family members also wrote District Judge Patrick J. Schiltz asking that she be spared a prison term so that she could continue to be present for the grandchildren. They described her as honest and said she fully realizes the severity of the crime she committed and her gambling addiction.

She has been participating in treatment for a gambling addiction, according to her attorney.

Federal sentencing guidelines call for a sentence of 41 months to 51 months in prison in this case. The severity of the sentence is reduced by her early admission to the crime and cooperation.

In asking that Eiler serve prison time for her offense, the prosecuting attorney told the court that her decision to steal the $1.7 million “was not a decision born of economic necessity. It was a decision she made in order to fund her own gambling habit,’’ stated Attorney Thompson.

AgQuest had filed a civil lawsuit in state courts seeking restitution of the funds, but it was dismissed without prejudice in June. Eiler’s attorney told the court she had offered to liquidate her retirement account to make partial restitution. He noted that her most recent employment paid $10 an hour and she faced a precarious financial future in returning to the workforce after a lengthy prison sentence and federal felony conviction.

A bit of misinformation by our court administrator, if you have a “Non nightcap” warrant, you can only be arrested between 0800 and 2200 hours and not on Sunday unless on a public street or highway. Don’t believe me, look it up yourself, MN Criminal procedure rule 3.03.

Warrant Workout Event in Carlton County

Criminal justice community is sponsoring the event at the Carlton Co. Courthouse

Melissa Lentz, Web Content & Social Media Producer,
POSTED: 11:54 AM CDT Aug 22, 2016


CARLTON, Minn. –
On Thursday, August 25, the Carlton County criminal justice community is sponsoring a “warrant workout” event at the Carlton County Courthouse in Carlton.

The event will offer anyone with an outstanding arrest warrant in Carlton County, an opportunity to meet with justice system officials and take steps to resolve their case.

The event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Visitors will be able to speak with public defenders and prosecuting attorneys, as well as to arrange to pay any outstanding fines.

“Having an outstanding arrest warrant can lead to a lot of headaches,” Carlton County Court Administrator, Amy Turnquist, said in a statement Monday, “Anyone with an active warrant can be arrested at anytime, and will often face at least a night in jail if arrested. By coming to this event, individuals with an outstanding warrant can meet directly with a judge and other officials, figure out how to begin resolving their case, and hopefully avoid facing arrest or other negative consequences down the road.”

Those interested in the event can call the Carlton County Court Administration at 218-384-9578 to verify their warrant status and to learn more about the event.

The Carlton County Courthouse is located at 301 Walnut Avenue in Carlton.

Copyright © 2016, KQDS. All rights reserved.

There’s just got to be a special place in hell for folks that do this kind of thing…

Woman financially exploited vulnerable adults, county finds
By Chelsey Perkins on Aug 20, 2016 at 11:02 p.m.

The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office executed two search warrants in July at the home and office of Susan Lynne Gerber, 39, to seize financial records and computers believed to be used in the perpetration of crimes. Gerber is the owner of Honorable Guardian Services, located at 31055 Front St., Pequot Lakes.

A criminal investigation is underway into whether a Breezy Point woman financially exploited vulnerable adults through her guardianship business.

The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office executed two search warrants in July at the home and office of Susan Lynne Gerber, 39, to seize financial records and computers believed to be used in the perpetration of crimes. Gerber is the owner of Honorable Guardian Services, located at 31055 Front St., Pequot Lakes.

Among the accusations against Gerber are the mismanagement of client funds, failure to file required documentation with the court and unavailability to medical personnel and families in times of crisis for those she was the legal guardian of. Documentation used to acquire the search warrants, which were issued by Judge Richard A. Zimmerman, showed three area police departments were investigating financial exploitation and fraud allegations against Gerber.

Gerber was recently removed as guardian or conservator in the cases of 16 wards after an investigation by Crow Wing County Community Services and the Minnesota Department of Human Services declared Gerber a “perpetrator of maltreatment of a vulnerable adult.”

The investigation was initiated after several complaints were lodged with the adult protection division in Crow Wing County. It found “significant irregularities in accounting, lack of accounting and lack of required account files,” according to the document notifying Gerber of the declaration. The process of declaring someone a perpetrator of maltreatment of a vulnerable adult allows for an appeal, although Gerber did not pursue one.

Judge David Ten Eyck issued an order for Gerber to appear in court July 18 to explain why she should not be found in contempt of court for failing to file required inventory and final accounting documents. When Gerber failed to appear in court, Ten Eyck issued a bench warrant for her arrest. Gerber was arrested on the warrant, and after admitting her failure to appear, was sentenced to 180 days in Crow Wing County Jail, with 170 days of her time stayed.

The alleged financial mismanagement perpetrated by Gerber spans the cases of numerous clients. In a June letter to Ten Eyck, community services program coordinator Nathan Bertram implored the court to remove Gerber as guardian in light of her “gross neglect” in one particular case, alongside several other instances.

“Even if social services has not been involved, we feel that it would be inappropriate for Susan Gerber to remain a guardian on any case,” Bertram wrote. “The well-being of wards of Susan Gerber are at risk.”

The case Bertram highlighted in his letter was that of Mary Axt. In May, Axt’s family requested a co-guardian be assigned to her, stating they had difficulty contacting Gerber. The request also noted Gerber was not caring for Axt’s Baxter home while Axt received care in a facility for her dementia. Over the winter, the request stated, snow and newspapers piled up outside Axt’s home. It was also learned that Axt’s home, auto and health insurance were in “cancel mode.”

In the search warrant documents, findings of the co-guardian assigned to Axt revealed further concerns. Guardian Cynthia Dallaire reported Gerber failed to inform the bank when Paul Axt, Mary’s husband, died in January. Gerber, who was also Paul Axt’s guardian, apparently continued to write checks from his account after his death.

A review of Gerber’s records in comparison to actual payments showed inconsistencies and inadequate recordkeeping. Dallaire found a payment of $34,696.57 to Honorable Guardian Services for services provided between January and July 2016—an amount Dallaire characterized as “extremely high.” During that same time period, just one deposit was made into Mary Axt’s account in the amount of $3,543. Mary Axt “should have monthly income—either her own earnings or as a widow,” Dallaire wrote, noting she intended to contact the U.S. Social Security Administration on the matter.

The case of another of Gerber’s wards, Jean Baardson, was the basis for the county and DHS maltreatment investigation. In a June 13 letter notifying Gerber of the investigation and its results, Crow Wing County detailed a list of concerns that it said substantiated claims of financial exploitation and caregiver neglect. Gerber was apparently not paying Baardson’s bills, resulting in Baardson receiving phone calls from collections agencies. Other impacts included the cancellation of her newspaper, the shut off of her utilities, her trash piling up and a $488 overdue phone bill. Gerber was writing checks from Baardson’s account, causing it to overdraft.

“Vital services needed for Jean Baardson’s safety and well-being are being disconnected or threatened to be disconnected due to you not performing your duties,” the letter to Gerber stated. “You will not answer any phone calls when Jean’s family calls you.”

In the search warrant documentation, an examination of Baardson’s financial records found Gerber billed Baardson in excess of $4,000 for services outside the scope of her duties.

Lavern Nystrom was another of Gerber’s clients facing financial troubles. In a document from Crow Wing County Community Services requesting Nystrom be assigned a new guardian, several outstanding debts were described.

A check for Nystrom’s housing was returned from the bank for non-sufficient funds in December 2015, and Nystrom’s care costs for December 2015 and January and February of this year were not paid. An outstanding balance of more than $10,000 was leading to eviction consideration, the document stated. Nystrom’s bank closed his account because of numerous overdrafts.

More than $3,500 was owed to a pharmacy, which would no longer fill Nystrom’s prescriptions. Pharmacy staff told Crow Wing County they’d made several attempts to contact Gerber but were unable to do so.

Crow Wing County was unable to make contact with Gerber on the case, either. An application for Medical Assistance for Nystrom could not be processed, the letter stated, because needed verifications from Gerber could not be obtained.

Crow Wing County Attorney Don Ryan said both Crow Wing County Community Services and law enforcement are continuing the investigation into Gerber’s business. Criminal charges could result from the findings.

Brainerd Dispatch staff writer Jennifer Stockinger contributed to this report.

Certainly not fit to be a father. Tell me again why we don’t utilize the death penalty?

Charges: Brooklyn Park man beat infant to death after discovering he wasn’t her biological father
It’s the second time this week Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman has filed murder charges in a case involving the violent domestic assault of a baby.
By Liz Sawyer Star Tribune AUGUST 19, 2016 — 11:23PM

A Brooklyn Park man faces murder charges for allegedly beating a 7-month-old to death, days after he found out he wasn’t the baby girl’s biological father.

Chris Marquis McMorris, 24, allegedly inflicted 11 rib fractures and a lacerated liver on the child when she was left in his care last March, according to second-degree murder charges filed Friday in Hennepin County District Court.

It’s the second time this week that Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman has filed murder charges in a case involving the violent domestic assault of a baby. On Tuesday, 21-year-old Cory Morris was charged with second-degree murder after police say he beat his 4-month-old daughter to death because she wouldn’t be quiet. He was watching the child while the mother was at work.

According to the criminal complaint against McMorris:

McMorris called 911 around 9:15 a.m. on March 24 to report that a child in his care was not breathing. Authorities arrived within minutes and began performing CPR on the unresponsive baby, who had deep bruising on her face. She was taken to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, where she died within 90 minutes.

An autopsy by the Hennepin County medical examiner found that the infant died from blunt-force injuries to her abdomen.

Just three days earlier, McMorris’ girlfriend — the baby’s mother — had received the results of a paternity test confirming that McMorris was not the biological father. That’s when signs of abuse began to appear.

When the mother dropped her baby off at day care that morning, staff members noticed two burst blood vessels in the child’s eye. The next day, day care workers noted fresh bruising and scratches on her cheek. They found more on the baby’s back while changing her clothes March 23.

Each wound was documented, and workers reported their findings to Hennepin County Child Protection. The mother could not provide an explanation for the injuries, telling investigators that the baby had suffered from a cold but was otherwise healthy, according to court records.

On March 24, the mother left the baby alone with McMorris instead of bringing her to day care. She didn’t notice anything abnormal about her behavior the previous evening or before she left for work, she later told authorities.

When responders arrived, the infant was lying on the ground. McMorris said she had stopped breathing and began vomiting, but he provided no explanation for what caused the distress. He gave inconsistent accounts of when the baby became unresponsive and what she was wearing, police said.

McMorris has a warrant out for his arrest.

Hell no, he cannot be bothered while golfing and vacationing…


Wouldn’t it be nice to see some sentencing like this in the liberal utopia known as Minnesota? I’d still endorse the death penalty for repeatedly convicted perverts but we know that will never happen.

Texas Jury Hands Down Unforgiving Sentence to Man Convicted of Sexually Assaulting a Child
Aug. 19, 2016 9:42am Jon Street

Editor’s Note:
Story by the Associated Press; curated by Jon Street.

MIDLAND, Texas (AP) — A jury that convicted a Texas man of repeatedly sexually assaulting a child has decided he should serve nearly 700 years in prison.

Jurors on Thursday gave Kelley Alexander Lewis 99 years in prison for each of seven counts of sexual assault of a child.

Prosecutors say the attacks on a family member under the age of 14 took place over a nearly four-month period in 2014.

The range of punishment on each count was five to 99 years in prison. Midland County prosecutors say jurors decided Lewis, of Midland, deserved the maximum punishment, totaling 693 years.

They also fined him $10,000 for each count.

I don’t mind the DNT using my research for updating their articles, but the least they could do is give me a H/T occasionally.

Alleged ‘substantial supplier’ of heroin to Twin Ports arrested, charged
By News Tribune Today at 1:23 p.m.

A man described by authorities as a “substantial supplier of heroin to the Twin Ports area” faces up to 30 years in prison after being arrested on drug charges last week in Duluth.

Torrance Elion, 45, who authorities said has an address listed in Detroit but also a residence in Duluth, was charged Tuesday in State District Court in Duluth with one count of felony first degree sale of 10 or more grams of heroin. If convicted, in addition to prison time, Elion faces up to $1 million in fines.

Elion appeared in court on Tuesday, where Judge Sally Tarnowski set bail at $300,000; prosecutors, citing Elion’s alleged role as a “substantial supplier of heroin” and his “substantial out-of-state ties,” had sought bail of no less than $150,000.

Elion remained in the St. Louis County Jail on Wednesday.

According to police and the criminal complaint:

Elion, who court records indicate goes by the nicknames “Old School” and “Wax,” was arrested shortly after 3 p.m. last Friday, following the execution of a search warrant at his apartment on the 10 block of East Fifth Street by officers from the Duluth Police Department and the Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crime Task Force.

The criminal complaint states that prior to the search warrant, Elion “had been identified as a substantial supplier of heroin to the Twin Ports area over the course of several months of ongoing investigation.”

The search warrant turned up 15.2 grams of heroin on top of a kitchen cupboard.

Elion, who was seen leaving the apartment just before the search warrant was executed, was later arrested and, the complaint states, “confessed to selling significant amounts of heroin in the Duluth area.

“(Elion) explained that he has fronted so much heroin to others for sale in the Duluth area that he believes he is owed approximately $60,000,” the complaint states.

Elion has a felony criminal history in Minnesota dating back to 1994 across multiple metro and southeastern Minnesota counties, including weapons possession and controlled substance-related convictions.

He is due back in court in Duluth on Aug. 31.

Just about the time you didn’t think you could be surprised about how your tax dollars are squandered. Taxation with representation is a thing of the past…..Think the chick in the picture is a farmer??

Feds Holding Summits for Lesbian Farmers
USDA wants to change image of farmers from ‘white, rich male’

BY: Elizabeth Harrington
August 16, 2016 12:10 pm

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is holding summits to promote the role of lesbian farmers as a part of its “Rural Pride” campaign.

The agency is working with singer and LGBT activist Cyndi Lauper for a “day of conversation” about the struggles of gay and transgender individuals in rural America. The agency says its wants to change the perception of what it means to be a farmer in America away from the “white, rich male.”

The latest summit, first reported by the College Fix, will be held on August 18 at Drake University in Iowa.

“The Office of the Assistant Secretary of Civil Rights, in collaboration with the National Center for Lesbian Rights and The True Colors Fund, will engage with LGBT rural communities across the country to host the LGBT Rural Summit Series,” the USDA said. “Each series will offer a unique opportunity for USDA and other federal agencies to share information relating to policies, programs, and services that exist to protect, promote and strengthen LGBT rural communities.”

The all-day summit will teach lesbian and transgender hillbillies how to get subsidies from the government like rural housing loans and “community facility grants.” Bullying will also be discussed.

The summit will talk about “what life is like for LGBT people in southern and rural American communities” and provide information on programs and services that “exist to strengthen our lives and the lives of our loved ones.”

For those unaware of what “rural pride” means, the agency is happy to explain.

“Contrary to widely held myths that the LGBT community is largely living in affluent metropolitan areas, studies show a very different and more realistic picture of the LGBT community,” the USDA said. “For a number of reasons, many people in the LGBT community choose to live, work, and raise their families in the rural communities that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is proud to serve.”

The agency said nearly 10 percent of all same-sex couples in the United States live in rural areas and are “actually more likely to be families of color and raising children.”

“The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force also issued a report finding that these couples are more likely to be low-income and are almost twice as likely to receive public assistance,” the agency said. “The transgender community is particularly vulnerable.”

The government said the LGBT community in rural America has “a number of particular needs and vulnerabilities that USDA is excited to target and address.”

The purpose of summit is to “elevate the voices of the LGBT community living in rural America.”

“#RuralPride is all about increasing visibility of rural LGBT people and families across the country,” the USDA said.

The USDA has held at least 13 rural LGBT summits, and has teamed up with the True Colors Fund, a group co-founded by Lauper that works to end homelessness for LGBT teens.

“We applaud the USDA for celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people living in rural communities across the country with this important series of summits,” Lauper said. “LGBT youth comprise up to 40 percent of our nation’s homeless youth population. Those in rural communities face incredibly unique challenges and are such an important and often overlooked part of this conversation.”

During a summit in Jackson, Mississippi last year, the head of the USDA’s rural pride summit Ashlee Davis said the agency is working very hard to change how people think about rural America, away from the “white, rich male.”

Davis also said “gender identity” and “gender expression” are part of the USDA’s anti-discrimination policies, the Jackson Free Press reported.

“We are trying very hard to change people’s mindsets,” Davis said. “When [people] hear ‘rural America,’ I don’t want them to think that means one type of person: a white, rich male.”

Another summit last month in Central Valley California featured the Cultivating Change Foundation, whose co-founder stressed the importance of celebrating gay farmers.

“You do have gay farmers who are growing your food,” said Marcus Hollan. “You have lesbian agricultural teachers in your high schools and your colleges teaching youth. It’s time we start recognizing them but also celebrating them.”

Hollan said the summit is about sending young people the message of “I don’t have to leave the farm, I can still be a farmer and be my authentic self.”