Strib: “My number one, number two and three obstacle to growing my business is the U.S. government.” Busted at MSP customs with $20,000 in undeclared cash.
PiPress: Skyway bike cops!
… and this years’ public service award can be awarded now, in February. Any other contenders might as well just throw in the towel. Congrats to the line crew at Crow Wing Power!
CBSMinnesota: “One night I woke up. I was looking for my mom and I didn’t know where she was. And then I went outside looking for her and I got too cold. And then I just died. And then the rest of it is history.” Frozen Boy will celebrate his 12th birthday this month. Bowling.
Strib: Not your average ice house. Bravo, gentlemen!
City Pages: Fletcher shows briefs. Still has pants on the ground.
PiPress: Lowertown regional ballpark plans revealed.
Recent crime blotters from around the state:
Winona Daily News: [via Bluestem Prairie] WSU English professor Chuck Ripley thinks that if Rep. Steve Drazkowski is serious about making English the official language of Minnesota, Draz’d better remember to remove all that Latin from state statutes, too. Bologna. Uff-da.
Caledonia Argus: Is that tornado photo ‘shopped? Hmmmm.
PiPress: I was worried but I feel better now, knowing that at least one high school student understands the concept of “original source material.” (Graded A-.)
Blooming Prairie Times: Kelly Lang is headed to the National Reined Cow Horse Association World Finals this April in Texas. And, now, you know what a cow horse is, too.
Blue Earth County Sheriff’s blotter 1/15/11: A couple of DWI checkpoints, ya think?
Remember what momma always said: Never trust a hooker to settle for $200 when she can have $3200 ‚Äî especially if she’s online.
According to the PiPress, “an Eagan man who responded to an Internet advertisement for a sexual tryst with an escort maintains that [Carissa Marie Guse, 23] and [Lovell Thomas, 39, of Blaine] tried to blackmail him for $3,000 by threatening to tell his wife and texting him his wife’s name and home address.”
The complaints state an Eagan man, whose name police did not release, contacted police July 8 and told them he’d met a woman who identified herself as Miranda through the adult services advertisements on www.Backpage.com, a classifieds listing service.
OK, wait a minute; are we not revealing this guy’s name to protect his innocence? Didn’t he just commit a crime? Last time I checked it was a crime to solicit sex. Or is it somehow OK if it’s just on Backpage.com? Are back pages (like the infamous City Pages back page) somehow outside of the law?
The two had met the night before at a Burnsville hotel along Minnesota 13 and Interstate 35W, where, he said, he paid her $200 for sex.
The next evening, according to charges, he began receiving text messages, pictures and phone calls from her phone number. Miranda wanted “3000 roses” ‚Äî- $3,000 ‚Äî or she would tell his wife.The charges describe the messages as lurid and demanding. The texts featured an image of the man’s car parked in front of the hotel, including a picture of his license plate. The texts also included his wife’s name and date of birth and their home address.
One of the texts read: “I want more roses for my time or I’m coming to your house and talk to your wife I will put this (expletive) on the net all over plus myspace facebook yahoo too your choice.”
Uh-oh. Not Facebook!!!
Apparently, it was a real family event. The two blackmailers were busted outside the Eagan home, with Thomas’s toddler in the back seat of the car. Thomas had texted his baby-momma, a Hennepin County correctional deputy, and asked her to run the man’s license plate in order to get his home address. “But it’s not clear from charges whether the deputy knew what the pair intended to do with the information,” says the report. Huh? Does it matter? Since when is it OK for a deputy to look up a random person’s info and reveal an address? Is this legit?
“The man fatally shot by St. Paul police Monday night had a history of ‘significant drug use’ and suicidal thoughts,” begins the PiPress report. Huh? Does this in any way justify the shooting? Seems a terrible lead (and headline) for a story about a fatal police shooting.
Officers had responded to a Super 8 motel after getting reports that John Charles Carr, 36, was suicidal, armed with knives and high on methamphetamine, said Sgt. Pete Crum, police spokesman.
Carr, whose driver’s license listed an Anoka address but was reportedly staying recently with a friend in Eagan, yelled through a door at the East Side motel that he would kill officers, Crum said.
“As the officers backed away from Carr’s room and set up to begin evacuating occupants of adjacent rooms, Carr came into the hallway armed with heavy-duty utility-style knives and confronted the officers at close range,” Crum wrote in a statement. “When Carr entered the hallway, he had an avenue of escape to a stairwell exit, but instead turned to confront the officers.”
Four officers fired their guns. Carr was pronounced dead at the scene at 1739 Old Hudson Road.
The report then continues to tell all of the man’s sordid history. Seems a touch disrespectful to the recently deceased (and perhaps even irrelevant).
Kare11 sticks to the facts of the actual event.
Let’s stretch the local factor just a touch today, because this is just too weird to pass up.
A 40-year-old man in Roberts, Wisconsin fired several shots in his mother’s home last week after apparently hallucinating an attack by clowns. Yes, that’s right clowns!
It also appeared that he fired a shot at his mother and visiting father as they fled from the home in a vehicle, said St. Croix County Sheriff Dennis Hillstead.
“Pellets probably hit their windshield,” Hillstead said.
Police arrived about 4 a.m. and surrounded the home. The man came to the door at one point and was “yelling at what he could see in the yard, but there was nothing there,” Hillstead said.
The man went back into the home and fired more rounds, Hillstead said. In total, about 22 shotgun rounds were fired into the walls and ceiling of the home.
The man then went to the porch with the shotgun in hand and a bag of ammunition around his neck. He did not respond to police commands, but after the man slipped and fell, deputies were able to take him into custody, Hillstead said.
While being taken to a hospital for examination, the man indicated he had taken a hallucinogenic drug. He said he believed that people dressed as clowns were attacking his mother’s home and that he had shot and killed a number of them, Hillstead said. He also said he had shot dogs that were attacking him and that his mother had been shot and killed.
“He was … not in touch with reality,” Hillstead said.
No one was injured in the incident.
The man, who was visiting from Arizona, is being held in a mental facility while he undergoes a psychological evaluation, Hillstead said Tuesday. He has not been charged with a crime, and police have not released his name.