With any luck, the server will get a little special attention by the local PO-PO

Southside Flying Pizza Employee Leaves Profane Message For Police Officer Customer, Company Has Best Response

BY OFFICER BLUE ON FEBRUARY 26, 2017

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An Austin Police officer got an unexpected message in his Southside Flying Pizza receipt.

Southside Flying Pizza Sets Standard For Dealing With Employees Who Disrespect Police

Austin, Texas – A police officer stopped at Southside Flying Pizza for a bite to eat, and he was instead given a profane message attacking his profession. The company immediately responded with one of the best responses we’ve seen.

An Austin Police Officer posted to Facebook, “Was hoping to get a quick slice for the road. Instead, got a bad vibe from the cashier. What sealed the deal for me was seeing her taking a picture of the patrol car while flipping it off. Good times. The receipt is proof after the fact that it was money well spent to learn about this place. We did NOT eat the food.”

The officer included a picture of his receipt (see above) which included the message, “pig ass motherfucker.”
In the past, when employees have disrespected law enforcement, it can sometimes take days for companies to respond. The cowardly companies usually need to plan out how to respond to the incident while avoiding the politically unpopular appearance of supporting the police. Sometimes, such as the case with Walmart, they never really acknowledge wrongdoing or clarify how the incident was addressed. This is not the case with Southside Flying Pizza.

In what is possibly the best, most concise response from a company, “We are appalled and have fired the employee.” Those eight words said much more than pages of press releases from PR folk from other companies with problem employees.

Southside Flying Pizza didn’t stop there though. They went on to announce that they have donated $200 to the police officer’s memorial foundation.

I’ve been involved in covering a lot of stories about problem employees and companies waging their own war on police, but few of those other companies have so effectively communicated that they were dealing with a problem employee who was subsequently terminated for their actions.

Please share this, and spread the word, this is how companies should be handling their problem employees.

Do you wonder why cops work so hard only to constantly get pissed on? Here’s a turd that knocked around his wife and assaulted a Deputy, only to get released without bail.

Crosby man who grabbed deputy’s throat faces domestic charges

By BRAINERD DISPATCH on Feb 24, 2017 at 10:50 a.m.
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A 33-year-old Crosby man arrested for domestic assault faces several criminal charges after allegedly grabbing a Crow Wing County Sheriff’s deputy by the throat during his arrest.

Justin Lee Abbott made his first appearance Wednesday in Crow Wing County District Court in front of Judge Richard Zimmerman. He’s been charged with felony domestic assault by strangulation, two gross misdemeanors of fourth-degree assault of a peace officer and obstructing the legal process with a peace officer and misdemeanor domestic assault.

Abbott was released on his own recognizance later Wednesday from Crow Wing County Jail.

According to the statement of probable cause filed against Abbott, the Crosby Police Department was called at 11:05 p.m. Sunday to a disturbance in Crosby. Crow Wing County Dispatch advised officers the report was coming in from a third party who received a message, possibly from a child at the residence, stating to send the police quick. Due to past contacts at the residence and the nature of the call, the Crosby officer requested an additional officer also respond.

Upon arrival, the officer met with a female victim, who reported Abbott had physically assaulted her during an argument. While the officer was speaking with the victim, Abbott opened the back door of the residence to look outside, and when he observed the officer, he slammed the door closed and then locked it. Despite obtaining permission from the victim to enter the residence, the officer was unable to gain entry because Abbott had locked the doors. The officer observed Abbott from outside the residence while he waited for additional officers to arrive. The officer observed Abbott yelling at the children who were inside the residence and saw him using his cell phone. Abbott was described as agitated by the officer.

Additional law enforcement officers arrived and secured a perimeter around the residence. After multiple attempts to get Abbott to open the door, Abbott complied and opened the door to the residence. The officer immediately noticed a knife clipped to Abbott’s right pants pocket which he seized for officer safety. The officer then instructed Abbott to turn around so a pat search for weapons could be completed. Abbott complied. The officer then instructed Abbott to put his hands behind his back. Initially Abbott complied, but then began to pull his arms up, despite being given multiple loud commands, and he continued to pull his arms away from the officer and physically pull away, the complaint stated.

The officer and a Crow Wing County Sheriff’s deputy attempted to subdue Abbott, but Abbott continued to physically resist, and while doing so, Abbott grabbed the deputy by the throat, the complaint stated. Officers were eventually able to get Abbott down toward the ground where he landed on the coffee table, and Abbott continued to physically fight officers, the complaint stated. The officer eventually drew his Taser and used the probes to stun into Abbott’s lower left side. The Taser did not initially have its desired effect as Abbott continued to physically fight officers. The officer had to move the body of the Taser before Abbott indicated he was done fighting and was willing to comply.

After Abbott was arrested and taken into custody, he apologized to the officers and requested that his apology be communicated to the deputy.

The officer then obtained information from the victim, who stated she and Abbott were arguing throughout the day. Later that night, she stated Abbott began arguing with her so she went to the basement. She stated that Abbott followed her and grabbed her by the throat and her breathing became constricted, but not completely cut off so she could still breath, the complaint stated.

Repeat offenders with ties to Chicago? Who’d ever have guessed?

Suspects in Duluth heroin bust had extensive drug records
By Tom Olsen Today at 12:19 a.m.

From left: Joanne Rose Smith, Courtney Victor Prude and Antonio Deandre Johnson Jr.

From left: Joanne Rose Smith, Courtney Victor Prude and Antonio Deandre Johnson Jr.

Since 1997, Courtney Victor Prude has been arrested 20 times for drug offenses, four times for gun charges and seven times for assault or battery. He’s served five prison stints and had at least six warrants for failing to appear in court.

Likewise, Antonio Deandre Johnson Jr. has been picked up nine times for drug offenses, once for assault and once for violating electronic monitoring conditions. He’s been to prison a half-dozen times and failed to show for court on at least nine occasions.

Both men, who have no apparent ties to the Northland, were arrested last month in a raid at a Central Hillside residence that Duluth police say has been the site of four heroin-related search warrants in a 15-month period.

Inside, Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crime Task Force investigators reportedly found nearly 100 grams of heroin — among the largest quantities seized in a single bust in the area over the past several years.

Prude, 37, and Johnson, 25, are each charged in State District Court in Duluth with aiding and abetting first-degree sale of heroin, with prosecutors indicating that the duo could be eligible for longer-than-guideline prison sentences under Minnesota’s “career offender” statute.

“People are overdosing due to the use of heroin in our community, to the point where law enforcement is regularly using Narcan to restore their ability to breathe,” Assistant St. Louis County Attorney Chris Pinkert wrote in court documents, referencing the drug used to reverse the symptoms of opioid overdoses. “The safety of people is put at risk by the drug activity (Prude and Johnson are) engaged in.”

An additional defendant, Joanne Rose Smith, 43, of Duluth, already has pleaded guilty to her role in the case. Authorities described her has a local addict who was “used to conduct heroin transactions” by Prude and Johnson, who have extensive ties to Chicago.

All three were arrested during the execution of a search warrant at 450 Mesaba Ave. on Jan. 25. Investigators conducting surveillance at the residence reported that Smith would leave the upper apartment for short periods of time, meeting and conducting transactions with people in vehicles before returning to the residence.

The house already was known to be a “base of operations,” for heroin dealers from Chicago, according to police.

During the raid, police said Johnson attempted to flee but was apprehended, with a “substantial quantity” of heroin being found in his flight path. More than $3,100 in cash was found on his person, according to a criminal complaint.

Prude was located inside a bedroom, where investigators said they seized approximately 12 grams of heroin, a scale and packaging materials. He was in possession of nearly $700, according to court documents.

Police said several known heroin users also were in the house and admitted that Johnson and Prude had been using the residence to sell drugs. Smith also admitted that she had been assisting in the sales in exchange for heroin for the duo, according to the criminal complaint.

Investigators said they seized a total of 98.5 grams of heroin from the residence.

Smith entered into an agreement with the St. Louis County Attorney’s Office on Feb. 15, pleading guilty to two counts of third-degree sale of a narcotic drug. She’s expected to receive probationary terms when sentenced on April 3.

Johnson is being held on $1 million bail, with his next court appearance set for March 8. Prude, whose bail is set at $500,000, is due back in court on March 24.

Another local dirtbag in training to be Billy Bad ass. Kudos to the LEO’S that ended this without injury to anyone. Nice catch.

Suspect charged after high-speed pursuit on I-35
By News Tribune Today at 5:11 p.m.

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A 19-year-old Cloquet man is scheduled to appear in court today on charges stemming from his alleged involvement in a high-speed police pursuit on Interstate 35 between Proctor and Cloquet on Tuesday night.

Austin Blake Gross faces a felony count of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle, and misdemeanor counts of fleeing on foot and driving without a valid driver’s license.

According to the criminal complaint:

At about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, authorities were notified that a Chevrolet Impala had been stolen from a gas station on 27th Avenue West in Duluth, and was southbound on Interstate 35.

A Minnesota state trooper positioned his squad on the Cody Street on-ramp to I-35, and about a minute later spotted a car matching the suspect vehicle’s description, “visibly speeding” south on the interstate. The trooper confirmed it was the vehicle that was reported stolen, and began following it.

The Impala’s speed increased to about 80 mph south of the Boundary Avenue exit, the trooper reported. When the trooper activated his emergency lights about a half-mile south of Boundary Avenue, the Impala’s speed increased to between 90 and 104 mph and stayed near 100 mph for several minutes.

Carlton County sheriff’s deputies joined the pursuit at the Esko exit and deployed stop sticks near the Scanlon exit. The Impala hit the stop sticks, rupturing its front driver’s side tire, but continued on to exit the freeway onto northbound State Highway 33 into Cloquet. A News Tribune employee who witnessed the pursuit reported that the car was trailing sparks as it traveled on Highway 33 and then turned west on Big Lake Road.

The vehicle entered a residential area on the Fond du Lac Reservation and stopped before the driver — identified as Gross — fled on foot.

Officers chased the suspect on foot for about 150 meters before he was taken into custody.

Gross was being held at the St. Louis County Jail on Thursday, pending his first appearance in State District Court today. He faces up to three years in jail and a $5,000 fine if convicted on the most serious charge.

Court records indicate that Gross was convicted last year of fleeing a police officer, and currently is facing a separate charge of motor vehicle theft in Carlton County.

Why can’t they just let the police do their jobs?

First, with data privacy laws, I have to wonder what type of information this phony bunch of do-gooders get.  Since it is still an active investigation, the only information that should be made public has already been disseminated.  Does this board think they will contribute anything to an ongoing investigation?  

 

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Duluth Citizen Review Board addresses fatal shooting

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By Jessie Slater
Posted: Feb 22, 2017 10:43 PM CST
Updated: Feb 23, 2017 12:43 AM CST
The Duluth Police Department is working around the clock investigating the recent fatal shooting in the East Hillside neighborhood. The Duluth Citizens Review Board addressed what police are calling a homicide investigation.
At this point the police still aren’t saying much in the murder investigation of 22 year old, UMD student, William Grahek.

The Citizen Review Board asked Duluth Police Chief, Mike Tusken to address the six shootings that happened in a 24 day span this year.
In five of the cases, he says that the victim and the shooter knew each other and the shootings weren’t random, posing no threat to public’s safety. When asked if he could say the same for Grahek’s shooting, Tusken said she could not confirm that at this time. They currently have people of interest and leads in the investigation but no one in custody.
Police say Grahek was in his home when he was fatally shot.
Tusken says the police force has been actively investigating the shooting. “The sixth shooting is a homicide, we’ve been doing a substantial about of investigative work on that. Around the clock, through the weekend, for the last week some of our investigators have been working 16-17 hours a day.”

“The police force strength comes from the community and they highly encourage if you see suspicious activity in your area to say something to the police to help secure the safety of your neighborhood,” he added.

The Police Chief had also said he reached out a resident in the East Hillside neighborhood who was feeling rattled because she has a son around the same age as Will Grahek and felt unsafe. He assured her that the Duluth police have increased their patrol force and are doing all they can to keep communities safe.

Police believe they have identified a possible motive in the case of Grahek. The investigation is highly active at time so they can’t say what that motive is.

What part of not renewing a contract is so difficult to understand?

Proctor City Council removes police chief
By Lisa Kaczke on Feb 22, 2017 at 4:51 p.m.

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Proctor police chief Walter Wobig stands by a rail crossing as he talks about Proctor’s emergency readiness in May 2015. (file / News Tribune)
The Proctor City Council voted Tuesday to remove Proctor Police Chief Walter Wobig from his position.

During its Tuesday meeting, the city council approved the non-renewal of Wobig’s contract in a 3-2 split vote, with Councilors Jake Benson and Jim Schwarzbauer opposing the motion. Mayor Phil Larson told the News Tribune on Wednesday that the decision was “just to not renew his contract” and the council wasn’t terminating Wobig.
“There were several circumstances that led to the decision,” Larson told the News Tribune. Wobig couldn’t be reached for comment on Wednesday.

Proctor police Sgt. Kent Gaidas has been named the police department’s interim chief.

Wobig, 56, has held the position of Proctor police chief since 2002. A native of Duluth, he had worked for nearly two decades in law enforcement in Florida before returning to the Twin Ports in 2002 to work for the Proctor Police Department.

Wobig’s contract expired on Dec. 31, 2016, and his removal was effective immediately following the council’s decision. Wobig’s contract was among the contracts continued by the council until “negotiations or contracts are agreed upon and ratified by both parties or an impasse,” according to meeting minutes.

In a brief discussion prior to the council’s vote on Tuesday, Benson said he didn’t understand why Wobig’s contract wasn’t being renewed. Benson pointed out the council hadn’t participated in a contract negotiation meeting with Wobig, “so what we’re saying is, we’re not bargaining in good faith.”

Its fraud and incompetence, plain and simple.

Feds Paid $1 Billion in Social Security Benefits to Individuals Without a SSN
Errors occurred because the agency did not keep paper applications supporting an individual’s case to receive benefits

BY: Elizabeth Harrington
February 22, 2017 5:00 am

The Social Security Administration paid $1 billion in benefits to individuals who did not have a Social Security Number (SSN), according to a new audit.

The agency’s inspector general found errors in the government’s documentation for representative payees, otherwise known as individuals who receive retirement or disability payments on behalf of another person who is incapable of managing the benefits themselves.

The audit released Friday found thousands of cases where there was no SSN on file.

Over the last decade, the agency paid $1 billion to 22,426 representative payees who “did not have an SSN, and SSA had not followed its policy to retain the paper application.”

“Furthermore, unless it takes corrective action, we estimate SSA will pay about $182.5 million in benefits, annually, to representative payees who do not have an SSN or paper application supporting their selection,” the inspector general said.

The inspector general also found the agency paid $853.1 million in benefits since 2004 to individuals who had been terminated as representative payees by the agency.

The inspector general said the errors occurred because the agency did not keep paper applications supporting an individual’s case to receive benefits on behalf of another and did not update its system if their status was terminated.

Only six percent of representative payees had SSNs that were properly recorded, based on the audit’s sample of 100 beneficiaries.

Government benefits are also going to illegal aliens through the representative payee system. 17 percent of representative payees in the sample did not have an SSN recorded because they were undocumented noncitizens, the inspector general said.

Illegal aliens without SSNs are allowed to receive benefits from the government when acting as representatives for their minor children.

In response to the audit, the SSA said it switched to a new Electronic Representative Payee System last year, and transferring representative payee information “may have resulted in applications showing as terminated or not selected.”

The government defended the issuance of benefits to noncitizens and persons without an SSN.

“Representative payees play a significant role in many beneficiaries’ lives,” the SSA said. “We have approximately 5.7 million representative payees managing annual benefits for approximately 8 million beneficiaries. When appointing representative payees, we adhere to guidance in the Social Security Act (the Act).”

“Specific to this audit, the Act permits us to appoint, in certain circumstances, an undocumented alien, or applicant who resides outside the United States without a Social Security number (SSN) to serve as payee,” the agency said. “Specifically, the Act states we should verify a person’s SSN (or employer identification number) in our investigation of the payee applicant. However, the Act does not state that the applicant must have an SSN to serve as a payee.”

The “absence of an SSN is not a criterion preventing an individual from serving as payee,” the agency added.

Sadly, either way the taxpayers are on the hook for these morons….the cleanup, the LEO presence, and the aggravation.

Stenehjem: ‘Very likely’ North Dakota will sue feds for cleanup costs
By John Hageman Today at 9:58 a.m.
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BISMARCK—North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said it’s “very likely” the state will sue the federal government to recoup cleanup costs associated with the Dakota Access Pipeline protest camp on federal land.

Stenehjem’s comments on Wednesday, Feb. 22, came hours before an evacuation order issued by North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum takes effect for people occupying Army Corps of Engineers land adjacent to the Cannonball River in southern Morton County. State officials have said a cleanup is needed to prevent debris from washing into the river during spring flooding.

Stenehjem said the state’s consideration of legal action is partly based on prior experience with the state’s “constant plea” for federal law enforcement support during the months-long protests.

“The federal government is very good at making all kinds of promises they never follow through with,” he said from his office. “The state of North Dakota is not going to spend a nickel on cleaning this up.”

Stenehjem said there will likely be “environmental issues” in the months or years after the initial cleanup.

“Bringing that land back to original condition is going to be an additional expense,” he said. “They are going to have to bear that cost too.”

As for the law enforcement costs the state has taken on, Stenehjem said it’s possible those would also be included in any legal action. He said those costs were brought on by the Corps’ decision to allow protesters on its land without a permit.

“Our ability to recoup that is a little less certain than the requirement that they clean it up at their expense,” he said. “But if there’s a way that we can do that, we certainly will.”

The estimated state and local costs for the law enforcement response to the protests have totaled almost $33 million since August, the North Dakota Joint Information Center reported earlier this month. Stenehjem indicated the cleanup costs are yet to be determined.

The North Dakota National Guard has incurred nearly $9 million in costs — including personnel, equipment, meals and lodging — for protest response since Aug. 10.

Public schools? Good enough for thee, not for me. More hypocrisy of the left with Al Franken leading the pack.

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These Senators Opposed Vouchers Backer Betsy DeVos But Send Their Kids To Fancypants Private Schools

ERIC OWENS
Education Editor
9:12 AM 02/21/2017

At least seven of the 46 Senate Democrats who voted against Betsy DeVos, President Donald Trump’s newly-minted education secretary, currently send or once sent their own children or grandchildren to expensive private schools.

DeVos, a long-time school choice advocate from Michigan, was the architect of Detroit’s school charter system and formerly led the Alliance for School Choice advocacy group. She headed the American Federation for Children — which backs school choice for poor and underprivileged families — when Trump nominated her.

As The Daily Caller noted when DeVos was nominated, Trump has called school choice “the civil rights issue of our time,” especially for African-American children, who are unequally stuck in some of America’s worst public schools.

The National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers unsuccessfully vowed to defeat DeVos and pressured Democratic senators to vote against her. The two powerful teachers unions have donated lavishly to Democratic campaign war chests.
Here are seven Democratic senators who voted against DeVos yet send — or sent — their own progeny to fancypants private schools:

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Sen. Al Franken, a Democrat representing Minnesota who was once an unfunny comedian with bit parts on “Saturday Night Live,” has two children who attend The Dalton School in New York City — 1,018 miles from Minneapolis and 226 miles from Washington, D.C.

The cost of a single year of tuition for students in kindergarten through 12th grade at Dalton is $44,640. This amount, which represents slightly more than the average household income in the state of Alabama, is “among the lowest of our peer schools,” the posh Upper East Side school trumpets. On Friday, lunch at Dalton scrumptiously featured sustainable green tea salmon, anasazi bean salad, fresh organic papaya yogurt and a pasta bar with both marinara sauce and puttanesca sauce.

Dalton is most famous because its administration called off this year’s ice-skating party after a large group of parents refused to send their children to the Trump Wollman Rink in Central Park for political reasons.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat representing Massachusetts, has a granddaughter who rubs shoulders with the children of movie stars at the trendy Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles, California. Tuition at Harvard-Westlake costs $35,900 each year. There’s also a $2,000 fee for new students.

Harvard-Westlake offers a bevy of amazing opportunities for students including study-abroad programs in Spain, France, China, Italy and India. There’s also the Mountain School, “an independent semester program that provides high school juniors the opportunity to live and work on an organic farm in rural Vermont.”
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, a Democrat representing Rhode Island and himself a private boarding school product, has two children. His daughter attended the Wheeler School, a coed day school in Providence where a single year of tuition for sixth grade through 12th grade currently costs $35,215.

Sixth graders at Wheeler spend a segment of the school year romping around at a 120-acre farm owned by the school. The “unique, place-based experience” includes “vigorous scientific leaf studies” and “examinations of poetry, art, and mathematical models deepened through the context of” the school-owned farm.

Whitehouse, who has owned stock in a for-profit charter school company, also sent his son to a St. George’s School, a private boarding school in a gorgeous hamlet on the seaside.

Annual tuition at St. George’s is currently $39,900. Boarding students pay $58,000.

St. George’s offers a special program which allows students to sail around the world for several week on a 69-foot sailboat “traveling in a grand loop from Rhode Island across to the Azores and Spain, through the Mediterranean to Italy and Greece, back to the Canary Islands and Puerto Rico.”
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democrat representing New York and herself an alumna of the tony Emma Willard School, sends her two school-age children to Capitol Hill Day School, according to The Washington Post. Tuition at the private, progressive bastion currently runs $30,300.00 per year for sixth through eighth grades, $28,700.00 per year for first through fifth grades and $28,000.00 per year for preschoolers.

Instruction in French and Spanish begins in preschool at Capitol Hill Day School. Also, performing arts is a big deal. There are “operas based on children’s books,” for example, and the sixth graders put on a musical theater production.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat representing Connecticut, sent one of his four children to Brunswick School, a private, all-boys day school in Greenwich, according to the Connecticut Post. A year of high school tuition at Brunswick currently costs $40,450. Tuition for preschoolers costs $30,930 per year.

On Tuesday, grade school kids at Brunswick will enjoy a delicious lunch of barbecue antibiotic-free chicken sandwiches on Texas rolls.

Blumenthal sent another one of his kids to Greenwich Academy, an all-girls day school where high school tuition currently runs $41,890. A single year of prekindergarten at the private institution costs $37,470.

Tuesday’s lunch at Greenwich Academy includes potato leek soup, baked macaroni and cheese and braised red cabbage.
Sen. Maggie Hassan, a Democrat representing New Hampshire, has two children. Her daughter attended Phillips Exeter Academy, one of the most notable fancypants private schools in the United States. Hassan’s husband, Thomas, was the principal of Phillips Exeter at the time. The cost for a year of tuition and fees at Phillips Exeter is currently $37,875. Boarding students pay $48,550.

The lunch menu at Phillips Exeter features “authentic recipes from around the world” and “more than 5,000 recipes in regular rotation.” Dinner selections for boarders include “grilled steak tips, fettuccine alfredo, palak paneer or quinoa with nuts.” Also, all dining staffers — “from chefs to dishwashers” receive “training in food allergens.”
Sen. Bob Casey, a Democrat representing Pennsylvania, sent his daughters to Scranton Preparatory School, a private Jesuit school where a year of tuition costs $13,400. Casey is also an alumnus of Scranton Prep.

Every classroom at Scranton Prep offers cutting-edge technology and contains “the very latest in interactive instructional technology.” There’s also a very impressive 34,000-square-foot building dedicated to the arts and sciences which features “state-of-the-art science classrooms and laboratories as well as a magnificent theater that seats 875 people.”

Very special thanks to Allison Thibault for providing in-depth research.

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A news flash for those that have been living in a cave. Between the welfare giveaways, the passivity of the citizens, and market for their poison, why wouldn’t dope dealers flock to Duluth?

Homicide rates increasing in cities associated with Twin Port drug dealers

By Barbara Reyelts
Posted: Feb 21, 2017 12:56 PM CST
Updated: Feb 21, 2017 12:56 PM CST
DULUTH, MN –
As Duluth continues to battle a recent increase in shootings, and drug-related crime, a Wall Street Journal analysis shows two of the cities, that authorities say send a significant number of drug dealers to the Twin Ports, made the list of the nation’s fastest growing rates of murder.

The newspaper found Chicago and Milwaukee, along with Baltimore and Memphis, have seen homicide rates approaching, or exceeding, the records set 25 years ago during a plague of gangs and crack.

Murders in Chicago last year reached their highest level since 1996 with 27.8 murders for every 100,000 residents.

So far this year Chicago has seen 330 shootings with 17 victims killed.

There were 145 murders in Milwaukee last year.

So far this year, Milwaukee has seen 17 homicides compared with nine at this point last year.

As in Duluth, experts in these communities say its likely the drug market is the most significant catalyst for this escalation in violence.