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‘Buy one, get one free’ shouldn’t apply to crime

By Jana Peterson on Sep 12, 2014 at 4:48 p.m.
Concurrent versus consecutive.

Regarding prison sentences, the first word refers to separate sentences being served at the same time — three 12-month sentences served concurrently add up to one year of prison time (minus time off for good behavior). Three 12-month sentences served consecutively, however, add up to three years in prison (minus time off for good behavior).

Reading this week’s story about Cloquet resident Stephen James Smith, it feels like Smith got a “buy one, get two free” sentence for his crimes.

Judge Robert Macaulay sentenced Stephen James Smith, 21, to 33 months on one felony count of third-degree possession of heroin for his role in an incident that occurred on March 4. He also sentenced Smith to 39 months on one felony count of second-degree possession of 6 grams of heroin for an incident on March 19. In addition, Smith was also sentenced to 39 months on one felony count of third-degree possession of heroin for his role in a third incident that took place on July 19, to be served at the same time as the other two sentences.

It’s frustrating for the law-abiding. Smith committed the first crime, got out on a miniscule bail ($150 cash), then committed the second crime just over two weeks later. Again he posted bail ($4,000 this time) and failed to show up for later court appearances, at which point the court issued warrants for his arrest. When he was picked up the third time months later, it happened only after a high speed chase through rural residential Cloquet. Luckily no one was hit or injured in that chase.

Smith will serve a maximum of 39 months, or just over three years, for his crime spree this year, rather than the nine-plus years he could have served if the sentences were to run consecutively.

Smith’s case is not unique. It happens all the time. Offenders get multiple sentences for multiple crimes … to be served concurrently.

Except for Vanessa Brigan, who basically had no criminal record but did have a problem with drugs that ultimately led to the deaths of two hard-working, wonderful Carlton County residents and employees, when she drove (badly) while high on methadone. Brigan is serving her sentences consecutively.

Smith, who has racked up a considerable record in his 21 years of life and no doubt intended to commit the crimes he pleaded guilty to, is serving his sentences concurrently.

We aren’t arguing that Brigan’s sentence was wrong, rather that it feels like the court needs to look harder at criminal history and criminal intent when determining whether sentences will be served concurrently or consecutively.

Right now the system seems to communicate to hard-core offenders that they might as well commit more crimes while they’re out on bail, because odds are good they won’t serve any additional time, even if they do get caught.

“Buy one, get one free” is not OK for crime.

Jana Peterson

 

Al Franken is a joke.

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Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) is pictured inside a "Senators Only" elevator as he departs the Senate floor after a vote on Capitol Hill in Washington, Dec. 15, 2010. (REUTERS/Hyungwon Kang)

PAC Mocks Al Franken’s SNL Past [VIDEO]

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Franken leads Republican challenger Mike McFadden by less than ten points in his re-election bid with two months to go until an Election Day on which Republicans are expected to make sizable congressional gains.

Franken’s signature character on the show, a recovering alcoholic named Stuart Smalley who tries to boost his self-esteem by complimenting himself in the mirror, spawned a poorly received 1995 movie called “Stuart Saves His Family.”

Watch:

Franken has staunchly avoided conversations about his comedy career since he’s been in the Senate, and routinely rebuffs national reporters based on his personal policy of only speaking to Minnesota press.

“I have been advised by many insiders that he has a glass jaw when it comes to references to his SNL past,” Rescue the Senate spokesman Mark Meckler told The Daily Caller.

Franken, a reportedly heavy drug user during his SNL days, later starred on the failed sitcom LateLine, hosted a show on the failed left-wing Air America radio network, and wrote books attacking Rush Limbaugh and Bill O’Reilly, among others.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2014/09/12/pac-mocks-al-frankens-snl-past-video/#ixzz3DJAVAXF0

More dopers. There’s gotta be a solution..

Duluth Police arrest 16 people in methamphetamine busts

By News Tribune staff Today at 7:16 p.m.

Sixteen people were arrested on methamphetamine-related charges after an operation conducted over the past three days, Duluth police said.
  1. The arrests stemmed from several narcotics investigations during the past year, police said. Officers seized 47 grams of methamphetamine, $2,418 in cash, and five firearms during the arrests.

The operation was led by Duluth police and the Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force, aided by several other agencies, a police news release said.

Arrested were:

  • Dennis Patrick Cronin, 52, of Duluth — delivery of methamphetamine.
  • Richard Allen Earnshaw, 28, of Duluth — controlled substance crime, sale of a controlled substance.
  • Sadiki Elfundi, 38, of Duluth — sale of a controlled substance, receiving stolen property.
  • Danial William Erkkila, 42, of Duluth — controlled substance crime, sale of a controlled substance.
  • Kelly James Michael Jones, 23, of Duluth — abetting controlled substance crime.
  • Rhonda Renee Jones, 48, of Duluth — controlled substance crime, sale of a controlled substance.
  • Wade Emory Kassing, 43, of Duluth — controlled substance crime, sale of a controlled substance.
  • Cheryl Catherine Mae Lawson, 29, of Duluth — aiding and abetting controlled substance crime.
  • Samantha Ann Mitchell, 27, Duluth — controlled substance crime, sale of a controlled substance.
  • Mechelle Ann Nelson, 43, of Duluth — sales, possession of meth.
  • Michael John Roux, 39, of Duluth — controlled substance crime.
  • Brandi Jo Shaw, 30, of  Duluth — sale of a controlled substance, sale of a controlled substance in a school, park or public housing zone.
  • Tony Lee Tharaldson, 55, of Duluth — sale of a controlled substance.
  • Reginald Franchot Triplett, 42, of Duluth — sale of a controlled substance, stolen property.
  • Benjamin Harry Kall Jr. 25, of Superior — arrested in Superior on warrants.
  • Marlon Anthony Bowen, 41, of Detroit — sale of methamphetamine.

Separately, Duluth police said Matthew Jerome Lakosky, 46, of Duluth, was arrested and faces a charge of possession of methamphetamine. He was arrested just before the operation began.

 

Find the guilty folks, handcuff them to barstools at a VFW on Veterans day, and be done with it.

Vandal smashes windows at Twin Ports VA Clinic

By News Tribune Today at 3:58 p.m.

A vandal smashed six windows that the Twin Ports VA Clinic in Superior earlier this week, police reported.
The double-paned windows made of safety glass that line the clinic’s storefront were damaged Wednesday, according to a Superior Police Department report. The Minneapolis VA Health Care System sent two of its own police officers to the center Thursday to help with the investigation and provide a security presence in the clinic, said VA Public Affairs Officer Ralph Heussner.“The staff arrived (Thursday), saw the broken glass and police tape and they were concerned about health and safety,” Heussner said. “We’re there to calm nerves, and encourage staff to continue taking care of veterans.”

No patient appointments were interrupted. Temporary replacement windows are in place while permanent replacements are being ordered, Heussner said.

Heussner said it’s the first vandalism of its kind that he’s seen in seven-plus years with the Minneapolis system.

The incident happened sometime before 10:30 p.m. Wednesday. The night custodian heard the impacts, but did not see the vandalism take place, the police report said.

The clinic, on the 3500 block of Tower Avenue in Superior, was closed at the time. Clinic staff members were going to survey video camera footage to see if the act or a possible suspect was caught on tape, the police report said. Heussner said he did not yet know the outcome of that review.

The damage is estimated at $6,000, with each window having at least one impact mark.

The Twin Ports VA Clinic is the largest outstate outpatient clinic in the 13-clinic Minneapolis system that serves all of Minnesota and parts of Northwestern Wisconsin.

“It’s an important part of our system,” Heussner said. “We have a lot of veterans in the Duluth-Superior area.”

Sanctuary cities, illegal immigrants, and violent crime. Can you imagine such a scenario?

September 12, 2014

Unprovoked machete attack by illegal aliens caught on camera in Chicago

By Thomas Lifson

A horrific machete attack by an illegal alien gang on two innocent young men waiting on a platform for a Chicago El train has been caught on surveillance camera, and is making big news in Chicago. Chicago is, of course, a sanctuary city for illegal aliens under the policies of Democratic Mayor Rahm Emanuel.Here is the ABC/channel 7 news report on the incident, which pauses the video to spare viewers the full horror:

 

WGN television also avoids broadcasting the worst of the attack and provides this account:

Around 12:30 a.m. Monday, a 26-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy were waiting for the Brown Line train at the Kedzie stop.

A group of seven, 6 males and one female, surrounded them on the platform and someone in the group told them to flash their gang signs and they refused, telling the group they weren’t in a gang.

That’s when police say Mario Elvira pulled out a machete and started swinging. He struck the 26-year-old according to police leaving deep cuts to his neck and head. He continued to violently swing the weapon until the next train showed up on the platform and perhaps forced the group to run.

Police later caught up with the 4 adults and 3 juveniles charged with the incident 18-year-old Elvira, 19-year-old Kevin Ramirez, 20-year-old Kevar Preston and 23-year-old Jean Salvatierra. They are all charged with robbery, aggravated battery and trespassing on the CTA. The three minors, two males and one female, also face charges.

4 adult suspects

Top Right News adds:

…one of the members of the group asked the two to flash their gang signs, but they refused, telling the group of thugs that they weren’t in a gang. Police said that 18-year-old Mario Elvira then pulled out a machete and struck the older male in the head with it, continuing to violently take swings at him until a train approached and ran the group off.

ABC7 reports that the older victim remains hospitalized in stable condition. The attack caused a gash 6 inches long and 1 ½ inches deep that required over 30 stitches to close. (snip)

WGN reports that the Border Patrol had been called in to investigate the immigration status of the assailants – finding that nearly all of them were here illegally — and probably all “Dreamers” eligible for amnesty under Barack Obama’s DACA executive order.

3 of the illegal aliens are suspected of belonging to the brutal MS-13 gang, well-known for using machetes against rivals.

How’s that sanctuary city status working out for ya’, Rahm?

Hat tip: iOwnTheWorld.com

A horrific machete attack by an illegal alien gang on two innocent young men waiting on a platform for a Chicago El train has been caught on surveillance camera, and is making big news in Chicago. Chicago is, of course, a sanctuary city for illegal aliens under the policies of Democratic Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Here is the ABC/channel 7 news report on the incident, which pauses the video to spare viewers the full horror:

WGN television also avoids broadcasting the worst of the attack and provides this account:

Around 12:30 a.m. Monday, a 26-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy were waiting for the Brown Line train at the Kedzie stop.

A group of seven, 6 males and one female, surrounded them on the platform and someone in the group told them to flash their gang signs and they refused, telling the group they weren’t in a gang.

That’s when police say Mario Elvira pulled out a machete and started swinging. He struck the 26-year-old according to police leaving deep cuts to his neck and head. He continued to violently swing the weapon until the next train showed up on the platform and perhaps forced the group to run.

Police later caught up with the 4 adults and 3 juveniles charged with the incident 18-year-old Elvira, 19-year-old Kevin Ramirez, 20-year-old Kevar Preston and 23-year-old Jean Salvatierra. They are all charged with robbery, aggravated battery and trespassing on the CTA. The three minors, two males and one female, also face charges.

4 adult suspects

Top Right News adds:

…one of the members of the group asked the two to flash their gang signs, but they refused, telling the group of thugs that they weren’t in a gang. Police said that 18-year-old Mario Elvira then pulled out a machete and struck the older male in the head with it, continuing to violently take swings at him until a train approached and ran the group off.

ABC7 reports that the older victim remains hospitalized in stable condition. The attack caused a gash 6 inches long and 1 ½ inches deep that required over 30 stitches to close. (snip)

WGN reports that the Border Patrol had been called in to investigate the immigration status of the assailants – finding that nearly all of them were here illegally — and probably all “Dreamers” eligible for amnesty under Barack Obama’s DACA executive order.

3 of the illegal aliens are suspected of belonging to the brutal MS-13 gang, well-known for using machetes against rivals.

How’s that sanctuary city status working out for ya’, Rahm?

Hat tip: iOwnTheWorld.com

Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2014/09/unprovoked_machete_attack_by_illegal_aliens_caught_on_camera_in_chicago.html#ixzz3D7xxGd22
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More of the same..more plea agreements. At least Pertler didn’t cave and give drug court instead of prison.

Cloquet man sentenced for three drug crimes

By Wendy Johnson Today at 5:50 a.m.

 A Cloquet man received three concurrent prison sentences last week for three drug crimes committed in both March and July in Carlton County.

Judge Robert Macaulay sentenced Stephen James Smith, 21, to 33 months on one felony count of third-degree possession of heroin for his role in an incident that occurred on March 4. A gross misdemeanor charge of introducing drugs into a jail facility was dismissed as part of a plea agreement. He also sentenced Smith to 39 months on one felony count of second-degree possession of 6 grams of heroin for an incident on March 19.

In addition, Smith was also sentenced to 39 months on one felony count of third-degree possession of heroin for his role in a third incident that took place on July 19, to be served at the same time as the other two sentences. Charges of fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance, fleeing police in a motor vehicle, first-degree criminal damage to property, introducing drugs into a jail facility, fourth-degree assault on a police officer, fleeing on foot and reckless driving were dismissed through the plea agreement.

According to Carlton County Attorney Thom Pertler, Smith’s attorney, Sonia Sturdevant, had recommended that Smith go to drug court in lieu of a prison sentence but he was not accepted.

According to court documents, in the first incident Smith was apprehended after two Cloquet police officers observed a vehicle pass them at a high rate of speed as they were traveling southbound on I-35. After performing a traffic stop, they found that Smith, who was driving the vehicle, had had his driver’s license revoked and that he had a warrant out for his arrest in St. Louis County.

Smith was taken into custody and transported to the Carlton County Law Enforcement Center. During the booking process, jail staff discovered that Smith had controlled substances on him, packaged in aluminum foil containing smaller bindles of heroin. Smith was formally charged with one felony count of third-degree possession of heroin and one count of introducing drugs into a jail facility. Judge Dale Wolf set bail at $1,500 bond or $150 cash.

Smith posted bail, and two weeks later, on March 19, he was apprehended for shoplifting at the Cloquet Wal-Mart store with a 21-year-old Duluth woman. When officers searched Smith, they located various items on his person, including a black Zippo box that contained six packets of heroin and three packets of methamphetamine, with a combined gross field weight of 7.3 grams. He was transported back to the Carlton County Law Enforcement Center and later charged with one felony count of second-degree possession of a controlled substance. This time bail was set at $40,000 bond or $4,000 cash. He posted bail on April 28.

Then, on July 20, a Fond du Lac Tribal Police Department officer was in the parking lot at the McDonald’s restaurant in Cloquet at approximately 6:48 a.m. when he observed a vehicle entering the drive-through driven by a man he recognized as Smith. In performing a records check, the officer found there were several outstanding warrants against Smith, so he began to follow Smith’s vehicle while awaiting backup. A traffic stop was made shortly thereafter and Smith was placed under arrest and brought toward the officer’s squad car. However, Smith managed to get away from the officer, run back to his car and jump into the driver’s seat. A second officer who had arrived on the scene drew his Taser and administered it after Smith refused to get out of the car. The Taser apparently had little effect on Smith and he placed his vehicle into gear and drove away.

Officers pursued the vehicle at speeds in excess of 80 miles per hour, ending up on Red Pine Trail, where officers managed to block Smith’s vehicle on the dead end road. Smith then drove his vehicle into the officers’ squad car twice and attempted to flee before driving into a ditch. He then jumped out of the car and ran into the woods. With the help of Cloquet police officers who had arrived on the scene, Smith was eventually caught and taken into custody. In a subsequent search, officers located 2.1 grams of heroin in Smith’s pocket. Later, at the jail, an additional 3.1 grams of heroin were located in Smith’s rectal area.

Smith has been no stranger to authorities in recent years. In August 2012, he was shot in the foot by alleged Native Mob member Michael William Siewert of Duluth, who was later found guilty in the death of Floodwood woman Cristyna Watson. According to the criminal complaint filed in that case, Smith was also suspected of being a Native Mob gang member and was purportedly shot in the foot as punishment “for certain gang-related activity.”

Smith has also had numerous charges filed against him, dating back to 2011, including liquor consumption by a minor, carrying a pistol without a permit, theft, fifth-degree assault, fleeing a peace officer and several traffic charges.

How right he was. Its a shame there is such little wisdom in the Peoples house today.

Wouldn’t it be nice if the liar in chief took up the Donald?

Donald Trump Offers Obama Free Golf for Life If President Resigns

Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 11:03 AM

By Nick Sanchez

Donald Trump has offered President Barack Obama free golf for life if he resigns, zinging the president just hours after it was reported that the leader’s last-minute request for a tee time over Labor Day weekend was rejected by several courses, including Trump National Golf Club.

Truth Revolt reported that the real estate mogul took to Twitter to make his offer public. His post garnered more than 13,000 retweets from his nearly 3 million followers in less than a day.

According to a Wednesday report from NBC New York, Obama was in Westchester County, New York, for Friday night fundraisers on August 29, as well as the Saturday night wedding of MSNBC host Alex Wagner and White House chef Sam Kass.

Elite golf courses including Trump National Golf Club, the Winged Foot, and Willow Ridge were reported to have denied the president’s request for a Saturday morning tee time, opting to honor the reservations of their high-paying members instead. Other last-minute requests from high-profile individuals, such as the king of Morocco, were also declined the same weekend, reporters learned.

The president’s golf habit has come under fire for its frequency, which many see as inappropriate amidst a growing list of pressing issues both domestic and international. Those criticisms surfaced after Obama announced the beheading of journalist James Foley by Islamic militants, then bee-lined to the golf course.

Trump also congratulated golf legend Arnold Palmer on Wednesday, who was celebrating his 85th birthday.

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Low information voters do exist.

Six Out of Eight N.J. Women Don’t Recognize Hillary; One Wonders If ‘Ben Ghazi’ Is Running

By Tom Blumer | September 10, 2014 | 8:45 PM EDT

That they are disheartening doesn’t mean they aren’t sometimes entertaining. Fox News’s Jesse Watters had one such segment on Monday. He interviewed eight women, several of them attractively endowed by their Creator, at the beach in Seaside Heights, New Jersey. Their intellectual prowess, however, was a bit lacking in certain instances, occasionally hilariously so, as Watters launched into questions about “powerful women”:

From the related story at Fox (HT to a frequent tipster; bolds are mine):

Watters .. held up pictures of powerful women in America and asked a total of eight women what they thought of the female leaders.

The first picture was that of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California.

Not one of the eight beachgoers were able to correctly identify the Democratic Congresswoman.

… Watters offered a hint to another respondent: “Nancy…”

“Reagan?” the woman answered.

… former First Lady and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Only a few respondents were able to correctly identify her from a photograph. (Back in studion, Watters indicated that only two recognized Hillary. — Ed.)

… “Are you worried about Ben Ghazi (sic)?” Watters asked, inflecting the second syllable as to make the Libyan city sound like a man’s name.

“Isn’t he going to be running against her?” another woman said.

… Though one of the women was able to correctly identify Justice (Ruth Bader) Ginsburg as a judge, none were able to name her.

You can’t make this stuff up.

The humor wears thin once one tries to absorb the idea that these folks, products of a media environment far too focused on celebrity at the expense of substance — it appears that all of them recognized Beyonce Knowles and Ellen DeGeneres — often vote.

Cross-posted at BizzyBlog.com.

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I guess catch and release and plea bargaining aren’t just in Cartoon County.

Superior man sentenced for possession of 17 pounds of marijuana

By Superior Telegram Today at 3:05 p.m.

 A Superior man found to have more than 17 pounds of marijuana in his home will spend 30 days in jail and two years on probation.

Danilo V. Polonia, 62, pleaded no contest last week in Douglas County Circuit Court to two amended misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana and one felony count of possession with intent to deliver marijuana.In addition to his sentence, he was ordered to undergo a chemical dependency evaluation, maintain absolute sobriety and submit to random urinalysis.

A deferred judgment of conviction agreement was reached for the felony charge. If Polonia abides by the terms of his probation for two years, the charge will be reduced to a misdemeanor charge with no further penalties.

A series of monitored drug buys in Superior in August 2013 led to the execution of a search warrant at Polonia’s home on the 1000 block of North 18th Street, a block from the University of Wisconsin-Superior campus. Superior police found more than 17 pounds of marijuana, digital scales and $1,035 in cash, according to the criminal complaint.

The man who sold the marijuana during the drug buys, Marko John Garramone, 27, was sentenced in April to nine months in jail and three years of probation.