In the last few days, Steven Rae Lund, 12/5/68, was in jail briefly before being released. One of the charges listed, and possibly even dropped, was "Failure To Register As A Predatory Offender." Lund's address on the jail roster was listed as 810 30th Ave. N.
...The property is owned by a "Damascus Way Inc" according to online city property records.
Searching for this name turns up nothing except an old newsletter from 1979, in PDF form online, click here. Searching the Minnesota Secretary of State's website, however, turns up an organization called Damascus Way Re-Entry Center, which is the only entity called "Damascus Way" ANYTHING that has a filing with the Secretary of State, therefore (duh) it's probably the same one.
Notably, this organization's first filing was in 1979, the same date as the old newsletter. But it's not EXACTLY the same name as can be found on city records for the owner of 810 30th Ave. N.
And I must say...I don't like that. The city records should say who, precisely, owns the building and not a name that is merely CLOSE, particularly when we're talking about an organization that helps PRISONERS.
Isn't NOT USING AN ALIAS one aspect of being a good citizen?
The organization called Damascus Way Re-Entry Center has a website, click here. The website mentions "two main facilities" in Golden Valley and Rochester. Right away I'm trying to figure out, "Are they being open about using this house as a halfway house? Or are they trying to fly under the radar of the watchful eyes of the neighborhood?" (Keeping in mind the possibility deviant sex crime committer Steven Rae Lund is LYING, and he doesn't ACTUALLY live at that address)
I searched "810 30th Ave. N." and "Damscus" on Google. This turns up a single hit, a report called "An In-Depth Look At Damascus Way Reentry Center." The report says that in 1988 a duplex at 810 30th Ave. N. was donated for staff housing.
Lund's background includes convictions for burglary and sex crimes. I find it hard to believe this guy could be a member of this organization's STAFF and living at that address. Then again, that's the address on the jail roster so Lund is, at a minimum, opening up his mouth and saying "this is my address" or there's a piece of ID in his possession at the time of incarceration, and the jail personnel are pulling the address off THAT.
However, at least on paper, Lund has cleaned up his act in the last few years. His First Degree burglary conviction was back in 1998. His convictions for 3rd, 4th and 5th degree criminal sexual conduct were in 2002 and resulted in a sentence of 74 months. So roughly five years, if he did all that time. I think he DID do all that time, because nothing happens on his record until a speeding ticket in December of 2007.
Following his release from prison and to the present day, there are ten separate instances of being charged over traffic infractions, including charges of driving after a suspension.
(Convicted. What is WRONG with you silly felons? TAKE THE BUS!!!!)
But except for a chronic inability to drive how and when he's supposed to, or sensibly refrain from driving at all, Lund is not being charged with serious crimes in the last few years. Except he's supposed to register as a predatory offender and, well, apparently he hadn't.
The most galling part of this information off the jail roster is that SOMETHING is happening at 810 30th Ave. N. and it's not clear what. Supposedly, based on what I can find online, it's a "staff residence." However, a sexual predator reports this as his own address. Also, I'd love to know one thing...
Is "Damascus Way Reentry Center" one of these organizations helping to relocate Level Three sex offenders into my neighborhood in overwhelming and unreasonable numbers?
I really don't like ANYTHING I'm seeing or suspecting about 830 30th Ave. N. If this place is operating as a halfway house for offenders, instead of "staff housing," or if "staff housing" is a euphemism for "offenders who have a minor jobby job" with our organization, I'd like to know that, and then I'd like to start griping, loud and long, to my city officials.