Monday, September 15, 2014

Criminal Complaint Reveals Details Of Murder Of Jaylin "Skooby Straightdrop" Davis Allegedly By Trevante "Trap Moe" Williams...

Facebook image of Jaylin Davis used under First Amendment Fair Comment
and Criticism, blog post by John Hoff

Click here for a copy of the criminal complaint. Click here for yesterday's exclusive blog story on this murder. 

Pictured above, murder victim Jaylin Davis, a/k/a "Skooby Straightdrop."  

See below for reasons why I am using a photo of the victim instead of the alleged murderer, Trevante Williams. But in regard to the criminal complaint linked above...

It is the belief of this blogger that media should provide source documentation with their stories, so the public can decide and review facts for themselves. Plus those with a particular need for the original documents can... 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

JNS BLOG EXCLUSIVE: Trevante Williams Got A Stay Of Sentence BEFORE Alleged Murder Of Jaylin "Skooby" Davis, Then A Furlough For A Funeral AFTER Alleged Murder, Now Williams Is Nowhere To Be Found But JNS Blog Suggests Looking In Rockville, Illinois, Where Williams Was Previously Arrested With The Victim During A Narcotics Raid...

Facebook picture used under First Amendment Fair Comment and Criticism, blog
post by John Hoff

Wanted In The Killing Of A Man Called "Skooby" 

Pictured above, murder victim Jaylin Davis, a/k/a "Skooby Straightdrop." JNS blog does not yet have an image of accused killer Trevante Williams to illustrate this blog post or I would certainly be using such an image.  

Mass media such as Star Tribune and KSTP are now reporting on murder charges against Trevante Williams in the June shooting death of Jaylin Davis. 

Though Davis was a resident of Brooklyn Center, he was killed at a house party in North Minneapolis. Likewise, Williams is not a resident of North Minneapolis either, but is also from Brooklyn Center. Despite the fact Williams is from Brooklyn Center, the Star Tribune ran a headline about a "Minneapolis man" being charged in the crime...

Years Of Court Battles For Mahmood Khan, Owner Of A North Minneapolis Rental Property Empire In Tatters...

Photo by Jeff Skrenes, a/k/a the Hawthorne Hawkman, used previously on a guest
author article here on JNS blog, blog post by John Hoff

Click here for Minnesota Appeals Court document. 

Click here for another appeals court document. 

And click here for yet another. 

And here is one more.  

Click here for the one that started it all in the Court of Appeals. 

Mahmood Khan Is All The Buzz On Facebook 

A little more than a week ago, Fifth Ward City Councilman Blong Yang--our neighborhood's "law and order" representative in Minneapolis city government--published the following on his Facebook page, and his comments were immediately shared on North Vent, the premiere Facebook forum on North Minneapolis neighborhood issues...

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Former "NoMi Blog Wars" Combatants Find Common Ground As Don Allen Of IBNN Republishes JNS Blog Article About Badly Paid AmeriCorps Tutors Who Should Be Filling Slots In North Minneapolis School System..

Creative stock photo by John Hoff, Soviet medal for sale in
Afghanistan, blog post by John Hoff

"Two voices can speak more loudly than one," I said to Don Allen, my former blogging foe who is now participating with me in a "NoMi blog wars cease fire." 

Don Allen is, like me, a devoted father and has concerns about quality school systems for our children. After I wrote an article about badly paid AmeriCorps tutors who are supposed to be filling slots in the North Minneapolis school system, I thought to myself that Don Allen might agree with the article and, furthermore...

Friday, September 12, 2014

E & L Food Mart Has Been Reborn And The Result Does NOT Appear To Be A Neighborhood "Inconvenience Store"

Photo, blog post by John Hoff

When E & L Food Mart burned down, some of my neighbors and regular readers took a hard line which could be summarized as follows: 

Good riddance and I hope it never comes back. 

Well, E & L is back, now known as E & L Supermarket and Deli, and after a spontaneous late night visit to the business I am both surprised and pleased to report...

What Alleged Acts Are Required For A Million Dollars Bail In Hennepin County? Not That Much, As It Turns Out, You Can Pull It Off With TWO ROCKS!!! (Allegedly!)

MN DOC Mugshot, therefore public domain, blog post by John Hoff

Click here for a PDF of the criminal complaint.

Winning Or Is It Losing The Bail Lottery? 

When I saw a MILLION DOLLARS BAIL for Jamar Maurice Clavon on the Hennepin County Jail roster some months back, I wondered what sort of wild and colorful crimes he might be accused of committing and, truthfully, given the high amount of bail I pictured something involving hand grenades. 

Turns out he was armed with...TWO ROCKS. Allegedly.  

And the mere verbal threat of a... 

Thank You, Saint Anthony, For Locating Lost Keys Grabbed And Hidden By A Baby And Much More...

Saint Anthony image obtained from website about St. Anthony, click here
for link, permission to share assumed, blog post by John Hoff

Now for the third time, (click here and here) this blogger acknowledges the miraculous intervention of Saint Anthony in finding a lost object. 

Some days ago I was visiting a relative in rural Minnesota and I set my keys down on the kitchen table. 

Yes, I know better than to set those keys down where the baby can grab them, because the baby loves to grab the keys and toddle off with them...

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

JNS Blog Acknowledges That Don Allen Of IBNN Is Trying To Get To The Bottom Of The Death Of Major Topps...

Social media image of Don Allen, used under First Amendment Fair Comment and
Criticism, blog post by John Hoff

For a couple of years, this blog has more or less razzed IBNN blogger Don Allen about not getting to the bottom of the story about the mysterious death of Major Topps, as Allen had publicly promised. 

Now with "ceasefire breaking out all over" in the North Minneapolis blog wars, this blogger wishes to acknowledge that Allen recently...

Monday, September 1, 2014

JNS BLOG GLOBAL EXCLUSIVE: Douglas McArthur McCain, Who Died In Syria Fighting For ISIS, Left A Detailed Trail Of Minnesota Online Court Data...

Image obviously taken from social media, used without attribution on International Business
Times, click here for article, here re-used on Johnny Northside blog for First Amendment Fair
Comment and Criticism, blog post by John Hoff

From The Twin Cities To Syria 

The Washington Post, as well as pretty much all the mainstream media in the world, are reporting on the death of Douglas McArthur American who died fighting for ISIS in Syria.

Click here for Washington Post Article.  

McCain spent a good part of his life in the Twin Cities metro area and as soon as I read in the Washington Post how McCain had a minor criminal record in Minnesota I thought, geez, I could totally look up his record on MNCIS...

Sunday, August 31, 2014

US Army Lieutenant Peter Teachout, Who Helped Take Back The Hawthorne EcoVillage From Drug Crime And Urban Decay, Is Already "Boots On The Ground" In Afghanistan...

Facebook photo of Lieutenant Teachout graduating from OCS, blog post
by John Hoff

When this blog announced in early July that Lieutenant Peter Teachout was headed to Afghanistan, I figured there would be a "train up" period of a few months before Teachout was actually "boots on the ground" in that distant, troubled land. 

However, it turns out Teachout is already in Afghanistan and participants in one North Minneapolis Facebook forum are already putting together a care package the size of a small fridge...

Saturday, August 30, 2014

What Has Become Of Good Sports Bar And Grill? "Temporary Bar Closing" And "See You Soon" Was Five Months Ago...

Photos, blog post by John Hoff

Good Sports Bar and Grill has been a place close to my batter-dipped, chicken-fried heart since it opened. I wrote in July of 2012 how my journey to Afghanistan began and ended at Good Sports Bar and Grill, with a basket of their amazing wings. Many a key community event, from Jim Wentzell Day to victory parties and strategy meetings has taken place at Good Sports, which long ago was the old Johnny A's. 

OK, so what happened? A sign on the door says the place closed April 14 of this year, which coincides with the account of a North Minneapolis citizen who posted something on...

Saint Anthony Comes Through For Me Once Again, Which Is Particularly Miraculous Since I'm A Protestant...

Internet image of St. Anthony, no copyright assumed, blog post by John Hoff

Click here for a previous acknowledgment of the miraculous helpfulness of St. Anthony. 

Rather than getting into my long and complex lifelong spiritual journey, I will just summarize a relevant portion: 

I am a Protestant, but in the tender years of my youth I was either exposed to Catholicism or, arguably, even raised "somewhat Catholic" while being raised "somewhat Lutheran" at the very same time. An epic battle took place over how I and my sister Mary would be raised. Protestantism won the war, but Catholicism settled in for a long, determined insurgency. 

So even though I am Protestant through and through, there are what might be called "Catholic bones in my body" which cause me, from time to time, to say a Hail Mary or seek the assistance of Saint Anthony in finding a lost object.

It was not the teachings of my youth, however, that brought Saint Anthony into my life but an adjunct college professor of strong Roman Catholic faith who I used to work for at the University of Minnesota...

Minnesota Investment Property Blog Goes Away, Leaving Only "Is This Your Domain Name?" Notice To Mark Its Passage...

Stock photo, blog post by John Hoff

This is the third of three blog posts making historical note of the demise of blogs that once occupied my blog roll, for two previous posts click here and here. 

The Minnesota Investment Property Blog (www.minnesota has occupied a place on my blog roll since about 2010, but unlike other blogs I've highlighted it was NOT a site with a mission I supported even in the broadest sense. 

In fact, "MIPB" was promoting tours through my neighborhood to highlight...