Looking through the Hennepin County jail roster, as I so often do, what first catches my interest is a zip code in the 55411 or the 55412. Then I look at the address and the criminal charges. If it's juicy, it's something I might write about.
Usually, fleeing police in a motor vehicle (allegedly) is juicy. Naturally, something I want to know is "does this person's address correspond to one of my favorite slumlords?" So I'm going to check the online property records.
Hmmmm, I thought, looking at the address for Melvin Lee Anderson, (DOB 9/12/83) I've never heard of a "Long Avenue North" in North Minneapolis...
Well, I can say with confidence there isn't a "Long Avenue North" in my neighborhood, let alone a residence at 315 Long Avenue North where Melvin Lee Anderson supposedly lives. But that's his address listed on the jail roster.
Here's a little snapshot, in case it gets corrected after I gripe about in online.
|2012022832||ANDERSON, JOHN.VICTOR||4/29/1985||8200 JAMES AVE SOUTH, BLOOMINGTON, MN 55423||8/16/2012.12:47|
|2012022688||ANDERSON, MELVIN.LEE||9/12/1983||315 LONG AVE N, MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55411||8/15/2012.11:48|
|2012022842||ANDREW, GLENN.OWEN||10/8/1965||4041 JORDAN AVE N, NEW HOPE, MN 55427||8/16/2012.14:31|
If you believe the Hennepin County jail roster (and CAN you?) then Melvin Lee Anderson is free on $20,000 bail after being charged by the Robbinsdale police with fleeing a police officer (that's one charge) and fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle (that's the second charge).
So where did he go after being released? Did he go to 315 Long Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN in the 55411 zip code?
I don't think so.
Melvin is quite a character. His online court record on MNCIS shows a guilty verdict for, it appears, driving around a school bus when he wasn't supposed to, click here for statute, and a three drug convictions after that. Then two trespassing convictions.
I can understand that accused criminals lie about their addresses. They may even possess forms of identification listing former addresses. And the people running the system may think it's not worth the effort to check into that information to make sure it's accurate when it's just a minor charge.
But how on earth does the system document A STREET THAT DOES NOT EVEN EXIST as the address of a guy who flees police in a motor vehicle? I mean, given this guy's record it's a safe bet at some point authorities will be looking for him again.
This problem just keeps happening, kind of like the notoriously incomplete and out-of-date Minneapolis city property records online just keep happening. So is it worth griping about it in public or is it time to just give up and say, "You know what? There are people at the county jail who appear to simply not give a damn, and that's not going to change."
I think I'm going to go with "keep griping about it until something changes."