Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Bureau Of Criminal Apprehension "Cold Warriors" Solve Another Cold Case, Allegedly, Deon Sinkfield Accused Of Rapes From 1990s...

Creative stock photo, soldiers make a snowman
in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan, blog post by
John Hoff

It seems like lately the State Crime Lab has been getting to the bottom of a big pile of cold cases and identifying suspects. It was only back in March when I wrote a story about Leroy Gilliam being linked to a rape from 1996. Now, prosecutors have charged Deon (Mama Didn't Give Him A Middle Name, Apparently) Sinkfield with two rapes from the 1990s...

Monday, April 29, 2013

Slumlord Mahmood Khan's Building At 2008 21st Ave. N. Cited For "Lack Of Maintenance," And So The Khan Empire Crumbles Bit By Bit, Day By Day...

Creative stock photo, blog post by John Hoff

Pictured above, a venomous snake with its head chopped off.  I personally ate this snake with a delicious garlic flavored batter and then tanned his gnarly hide to make a wallet or hatband or something.

This image bears no relation to the story below.


In the course of trying to determine the address of a house fire described in a mainstream media story, I searched the 2000 block of 21st Ave. N. by driving around in the frigging dark and then I did an online search of Minneapolis property records for any clues to the precise address.

I didn't manage to turn up the address.

Allow me to point out it's very annoying when the mainstream media reports on tragic house fires but then describes the address as "the blah blah hundred block of whatever avenue north."

Like, WHAT?! Is the information...

Artsy, Organic Bazaar Proposed For Mereen Johnson Property At 4401 Lyndale Ave. N. As Latest Scheme To Dump Poverty In North Minneapolis FAILS...

Contributed image, blog post by John Hoff

In mid-March, there was a brief but intense controversy when the Salvation Army proposed building a "live and work" facility in North Minneapolis. Residents of our neighborhood responded with a predictable lack of enthusiasm over this latest "concentrate all the poverty in North Minneapolis and call that development" development scheme.

The scheme, thankfully, appears dead.

However, out of the controversy and discussion came idea about an alternative plan to develop the Mereen Johnson property at 4401 Lyndale Avenue North...

JNS BLOG EDITORIAL: Why Is Mainstream Media Ignoring Recent Murder Charge In "After Hours Club" Double Homicide?

Image of Demetrius Harper from his Facebook page, used
under First Amendment Fair Comment and Criticism, blog
post by John Hoff

When a double murder happened at an illegal "after hours" nightclub in North Minneapolis, the mainstream media was all over the story. There were stories about the shooting itself, stories that identified the two dead men, stories about relatives of victims mourning the dead, even a story about the owner of the nightclub (Maurice Harrison) and his history of problems with the city.

So you would think that when prosecutors release a criminal complaint naming both of the alleged shooters and detailing the circumstances, media sources BESIDES The Adventures of Johnny Northside would report these details?

(Click here for this blog's coverage naming the two suspects)

Yeah, I'm kind of stumped on this phenomenon of media silence, as well...

Monday, April 22, 2013

Duane Cedric Allen Tried To Force His Way Inside A House, Failed, Came Back Later, Said Some Stupid Crap, And Now He's Facing Six Charges...

Creative stock photo, Afghanistan, blog post by John Hoff

Duane Cedric Allen, I don't even know what to write about you. I figured there was a good story being hinted at by the jail roster when I saw six serious charges listed and bail of $30,000. But when I obtained the criminal complaint, what did I see?

The headline says it all. Instead of a colorful crime spree, all we have is a drunken dumbass who managed to meet the bare minimum criteria for a number of crimes, repeatedly, just by starring in his own one-man version of Dumb and Dumber.

DUMB was at 3:30 in the morning, when Allen showed up the first time drunk and yelling and shoving. DUMBER was when he came back at 9 a.m. the same day.

Allen's address on the criminal complaint is 2405 5th St. NE Lower Unit, Minneapolis, MN 55413 but on the jail roster his address is 801 Sheridan Ave. N., a rental owned by H & H Real Estate, LLC.

I don't know how to feel about this, Mr. Allen.

Disappointed, mostly. 

DNA Links Nitelen Jackson To Glock Pistol Recovered At 4017 Lyndale Ave. N., Allegedly, But Tests On The AK-47 Assault Rifle Were Inconclusive...

Photo from Facebook profile of Nitelen Jackson,
used under First Amendment Fair Comment and
Criticism, blog post by John Hoff

Nitelen Jackson, whose arrest record is so long that one of my readers claims it broke the bottom of his computer monitor, is sitting in jail tonight after police managed to link his DNA and a latent print to a couple of weapons recovered at 4017 Lyndale Ave. N.

Click here for the criminal complaint. 

In an utterance preserved in the criminal complaint allegations, Jackson claims he's never so much as touched a weapon after becoming a felon. According to the Hennepin County Prosecutor's Office, a link between Nitelen Jackson and the two guns started after police were called to 4017 Lyndale Ave. N. on a report of unusual and disturbing circumstances...

JNS BLOG RED HOT SUPER EXCLUSIVE: Cory J. Bryant Charged With Murder Of Erick Felton In "After Hours Club" Double Homicide, Alleged Co-Conspirator Named In Criminal Complaint...

Photo from RIP Erick Felton Facebook tribute page,
used under First Amendment Fair Comment and 
Criticism, blog post by John Hoff

Click here for the criminal complaint with incredible details and allegations about the "after hours club double murder" which claimed the lives of Erick Felton (pictured above) and Demetrius Harper. The complaint accuses Cory J. Bryant of killing Felton and some guy named Dominique Deshon Sinkfield of killing Demetrius Harper.

As revealed late last night, Bryant is being held on a million dollars bail over the murder charge. I do not have any information right now on Sinkfield but will be digging into that.

More commentary to follow in a subsequent blog post. You read it first on Johnny Northside Dot Com. 

Some Interesting Back Story On Good Ol' Thomas Wayne Evenstad, The Chat Line Rapist...

DOC mug shot, therefore public domain, blog
post by John Hoff

Somebody (I won't say who, exactly) has been kicking juicy info my way about Thomas Wayne Evenstad, the convicted "chat line rapist" who now roams our streets, free as a bird. Notorious legal loon Jill Eleanor Clark was his attorney and helped to free him before she lost her mind, her law license, and the appeal in Moore v. Hoff; the Blogosphere Trial of the Century. Later, during the "True JACC" civil case, Evenstad worked for Clark as a paralegal.

Anyway, I was told that Evenstad's recent habit of clogging the courts with pointless legal actions is not a new development; but rather his habit of being grit in the gears of the judicial system goes back quite a ways. As evidence of that, check out...

In January Of This Year, There Were THIRTY-ONE (31) Level Three Sex Offenders In The 55411 Zip Code, Guess How Many There Are NOW?!

MNDOC mug shot, therefore public domain, blog
post by John Hoff

The correct answer is THIRTY-FOUR.

The Minnesota Department of Corrections has apparently settled on a policy of allowing as many sex offenders as possible to concentrate in the 55411 zip code until a lawsuit is filed to stop them.

Johnny Northside blog is keeping track and keeping score. In January I wrote how the number had reached 31, which was the highest I'd ever seen the number. 

Well, now the number is...bigger.

The googly-eyed letch pictured above is, by the way...

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Jailhouse Roster Info Hints At Possible Murder Charges For Cory Jarrell Bryant, Suspect In After Hours Club Double Murder...

Creative photo, blog post by John Hoff

Cory J. Bryant, which this blog revealed EXCLUSIVELY as a suspect in a recent North Minneapolis double murder, has been sitting in jail over a weapons possession charge based upon a Facebook photo but may have FINALLY racked up a murder charge, as well.

Here is the data from the jail roster. Take it for what it is worth...

Nitelen Jackson Faces Gun Charges, Possibly Involving The Facebook Photo Below...

Photo obtained from Facebook and used under First
Amendment Fair Comment and Criticism, blog post
by John Hoff

Remember Nitelen Jackson, who starred in The Nine Days Of Nitelen right here on Johnny Northside Dot Com?

Well, it turns out Nitelen couldn't keep himself out of trouble and also he couldn't stop himself from posting information all over social media, even though he must have KNOWN police were watching and taking notes. Recently, an anonymous commenter tipped me off to the fact Jackson had posted a photo of himself on Facebook posing with a gun. When I located the photo and mentioned this little factoid to a high ranking police contact I was told...

Level Three Sex Offender Lavelle Rossell Bible Failed To Register As A Predatory Offender, Allegedly, His Address On The Jail Roster Is 922 Vincent Ave. N.

MNDOC mug shot, therefore public domain, blog post
by John Hoff

According to information posted on the Hennepin County Jail Roster on or about April 11, a man named Lavelle Rossell Bible was arrested and formally charged with failing to register as a predatory offender. The arrest happened April 11 and he was released April 17 on $1,000 bail.

Turns out Bible isn't just your run-of-the-mill predatory offender, but a Level Three Sex Offender who molested a female family member when she was 14 years old. Normally it's difficult to find the reported home address of a "Level Three" but every time they forget to register, their address hits the jail roster and (sometimes) this happens right when Johnny Northside is looking.

In this case...

Minnesota Department Of Corrections Says "IN YOUR FACE!" To Minneapolis City Council, Allows A Level Three Sex Offender To Move Four Blocks Away From City Councilman Don Samuels And His Family...

Department of Corrections mug shot, therefore public domain,
blog post by John Hoff

On March 20, the Minneapolis City Council passed a resolution about Level Three Sex Offender concentration in the City of Minneapolis. The resolution was spearheaded by City Council Member and  mayoral candidate Don Samuels. It would be fair to say the resolution was a stinging rebuke of the Minnesota Department of Corrections and its wanton dumping of sex offenders in Hennepin County, generally, and North Minneapolis in particular.

One week later, around March 27, the Minnesota Department of Corrections (MNDOC) gave what appeared to be an answer of defiance to the resolution, by sending out an email notification that Roderick Lamoryne Hamilton (pictured above) would be moving to the 2000 block of Hillside Ave. N., which is a mere four blocks from Samuel's house.

Coincidence? I don't think so...

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Eric Christopher Simmons Dropped A Baby On Its Head, Allegedly, And Other Ugly Details Of The "Baby Mama Drama" Hostage Incident At 3507 Newton Ave. N.

Creative stock photo, blog post by John Hoff

Charges have been filed against Eric Christopher Simmons, who was involved in a hostage incident at 3507 Newton Ave. N. the day before yesterday, allegedly. I've obtained a copy of the criminal complaint and it is seven layers of ugly, truly one of the worst cases of "baby mama drama" the Northside has witnessed in a long time.

Click here to read that document.

The incident began, incredibly, with police pulling over a vehicle with a broken tail light...

Monday, April 15, 2013

Eric Christopher Simmons, Held Without Bail On Weapons, Assault And False Imprisonment Charges...

Stock photo, blog post by John Hoff

Mainstream media have reported a hostage incident yesterday on the 3500 block of Newton Ave. N., peacefully resolved by MPD without harm to the hostages; GOD BLESS MPD. At least one mainstream media outlet has identified the (alleged) hostage taker as Eric Christopher Simmons.

A perusal of the Hennepin County jail roster focused upon just the names of individuals arrested yesterday reveals...

Defamation Lawsuit By Obstructionist Dunderhead Holler Family (Who Killed The Dreams Of A Neighborhood) Is Dismissed...

Photo sent to me a while ago by some dude on Facebook, blog post
by John Hoff

It was about a year ago I wrote the story of how Kevin M. and Valerie Holler sank a North Minneapolis library project by refusing to sell their crap bag rental property, pictured above. Here's another blog post on the same topic, click here.

Well it turns out the Hollers are not only obstructionist dunderheads but lawsuit happy as well. Somehow I didn't catch wind of this rank odor wafting on the air, but it turns out the Hollers sued two Hennepin County Commissioners (Opat and Stenglein) plus Hennepin County itself for defamation, which is (as we all saw with the Jerry Moore v. Johnny Northside case) the last legal resort of bad actors and bit player dirtbags who are stung by the deep, probing, hurtful truth.

Here's a link to the order that resolved the Holler lawsuit at the district court level. Also, it just so happens that an email sent by the Hennepin County Attorney's Office bounced around in the email-o-sphere and found its way to me...

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Though It Sounds Like A Horrible Cliche, Homicide Victim Tommy Bardney Really WAS Just Starting To Get His Life Together...

Photo from Facebook page of "Tommy Boy Bardney," used under
First Amendment Fair Comment And Criticism, blog post by
John Hoff

Tommy Bardney, the latest victim of "thug on thug" North Minneapolis homicide, had some rough edges but like they say about so many of the criminally-inclined homicide victims in this neighborhood, "He was just starting to get his life together."

The sad thing is it's not a cliche in this case...

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Rosie Bardney, Wife Of Criminally-Inclined Shooting Victim Tommy Bardney, Is No Angel Herself...

Image from Facebook profile of Tommy Boy Bardney, used under
First Amendment Fair Comment and Criticism, blog post by John

Tommy Bardney, a violence victim whose death appeared to be plotted and planned, not random, left behind seven children by his wife Rosie Bardney. I'd like to see proof she's actually his wife, but we'll get to that in a moment.

Rosie Bardney doesn't have a criminal record.

However, Rosie Bardeny wasn't always (or isn't always) Rosey Bardney.

She has also gone by the name...

Tommy Bardney, North Minneapolis Shooting Victim, Had Extensive Criminal Record (Mostly Bad Domestic Stuff Like, Oh Gee, DOMESTIC ASSAULT BY STRANGULATION)

Stock photo, blog post by John Hoff

Tommy Bardney (yes, that appears to be his legal name, "Tommy") died in a burst of gunfire on the 1000 block of Humboldt Ave. N. His family and loved ones say he was "assassinated," and though I may have scoffed a little bit when I first read that headline in the Star Tribune, subsequent reading of the facts does justify that description. (Here's another Strib story in case the first link doesn't work, it's hitting about 50/50 right now on a 404 error message)

Bardney was seated in a van talking to his wife. Based on his record of domestic violence, I'm guessing he wasn't invited inside the house...

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Don Allen Makes A Play To Become Minnesota State GOP Chairman, Room Erupts In Laughter At His Salary Expectations...

Creative stock photo, blog post by John Hoff

"Shakedown blogger" Don Allen, who is leading the forlorn "black Republican" charge all by himself most of the time, recently made a bid to become chair of the Minnesota Republican Party.

I am told Allen garnered 28 votes and to some it was a surprise Don Allen got any support whatsoever. But the most notable part of the competition for GOP Chair was what Don Allen expected for a salary...

Friday, April 5, 2013

Black Pages Business Directory From The Year 2000 Is A Blast From The Past, Starring Convicted Mortgage Fraudster Larry "Maximum" Maxwell...

Photo, blog post by John Hoff

A friend on the Northside was cleaning out his desk and found a copy of the Minnesota "Black Pages" business directory from the year 2000. On the entire back page was an advertisement from Larry Maxwell, and inside the directory was a write-up of Larry Maxwell labeled a "Profile of Excellence."

Larry Maxwell later achieved fame and infamy in a wide-ranging mortgage fraud scandal. He was sentenced under racketeering and corrupt organization laws and is now sitting in prison. This blog provided the most comprehensive coverage of the trial of any media entity because Maxwell's crimes involved Northside properties and Northside personalities, including disgraced former JACC Executive Director Jerry Moore.

 Along the way, this blog nicknamed him Larry "Maximum" Maxwell and the name sort of stuck.

So, naturally, I was pleased and excited to receive this old artifact. Reading the "Profile of Excellence" I realized I have to make this document (currently trapped in the form of "dead tree media") available to the wider wired world...

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Cory J. Bryant, Uncharged Suspect In The Killing Of Demetrius Harper And Erick Felton, Faces Criminal Charges Over A Facebook Photo...

Creative stock photo, Camp Shelby, MS, blog post by John Hoff

Cory J. Bryant, revealed EXCLUSIVELY by this blog to be a suspect in the murders of Demetrius Harper and Erick Felton at an illegal "after hours" drinking club, is facing charges for Aggravated First Degree Criminal Stupidity, as follows:

Though not legally allowed to be in possession of a firearm, he posted a photo on Facebook that showed him in possession of a gun.

Bryant has not been charged with murder in the killings of Harper and Felton, though he was detained for "Probable Cause Murder" on March 13 and then released. Bryant is innocent until and unless proven guilty though the suspicions of the police are interesting and blogworthy.

According to the criminal complaint, click here, on March 8 (the day of the Harper/Felton shooting) police were called to "a known location" in Minneapolis...

Hennepin County Jailhouse Roster, January 22, 2013 To April 3, 2013...

Creative stock photo, blog post by John Hoff

Pictured above, a soldier shaking hands with a robot in Afghanistan.

If man and robot can peacefully coexist, why can't man coexist with HIMSELF?

On that note...

Here is the Hennepin County jail roster, which I haven't done for a while, but there's no time like the present...

JNS Blog Reader Digs Up The Name "Cory Jarrell Bryant" As Suspect In Death Of Demetrius Harper, Erick Felton In "After Hours Club" Shooting...

Photo, blog post by John Hoff

In a blog post yesterday, I discussed how my attempt to find information about a suspect in the "after hours club" murders of Demetrius Harper and Erick Felton led me to scour the jail roster, looking for somebody who had been arrested on March 13 for Probable Cause Murder, trying to turn up a name based upon a sparkly little clue dropped in a story written by a mainstream journalist.

I wasn't able to find the information I was seeking but in the course of my quest I actually turned up a fairly interesting Southside shooting that nobody else had written with the bloody, messy detail it deserved.

Now a reader/source using a different search method ("Dogpile?" What the heck is THAT?) has apparently turned up data online about an arrest for "PC Murder" on March 13...

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Patrick Carl Timberlake And Anthony Jenkins Enter Guilty Pleas In Drive-By Shootings...

Creative stock photo, blog post by John Hoff

In early January, this blog wrote about a criminal complaint against Patrick Timberlake, age 16, which revealed incredible details in the North Minneapolis gang war. Timberlake is now 17 (happy birthday, Patrick Timberlake!) and for a birthday present will be getting a getting a prison sentence. So will Anthony Jenkins, age 20.

Timberlake's sentence will be something between 96 and 114 months. The sentence for Jenkins is already known; 84 months.

The Hennepin County Prosecutor released a statement today. I'm not sure if other media have published it, yet, but here it is word-for-word including (conveniently) the suggested headline...

JNS BLOG EXCLUSIVE: Unable To Pin Attempted Murder On Charles Ortley, Hennepin County Prosecutors Got A Burglary Conviction...

Stock photo, blog post by John Hoff

A confession, here: I'm only writing about Charles Ortley by accident.

There was an article in MPR News which made mention of somebody ("John Doe") who had been arrested on March 13 who may be a suspect in the Demetrius Harper and Erick Felton murder at a Northside "after hours" club. This little scrap of info (an arrest on March 13) sent me running to the Hennepin County Jail roster to see if I could scavenge the name of the suspect, and BLOW THAT INFO UP.

I'm a blogger. This is what I do, at least sometimes. Bigger media fish leave scraps of info laying around (names and addresses and dates, mostly) and, opportunistically, I see if I can follow the trail of bread crumbs to an interesting story. In this case, when I looked at the jail roster I found only one person arrested on March 13 with anything resembling a murder charge.

The more I looked at the info, the more I thought "This doesn't look EXACTLY like the Harper/Felton murder." But, then again, I also couldn't rule out a connection because it was the only March 13 arrest with any mention of a murder, after all.

Finally, I decided to just go with what I had and make sure I only wrote the facts I could confirm and NOT mention the Harper/Felton murder. (Click here for previous story) I figured even if it turned out to be the wrong murder, it was still a MURDER or an ATTEMPTED murder. (The jail roster has an annoying tendency to muddle the distinction between the two in favor of an understandable economy of words)

But now I've obtained copies of criminal complaints and (oh, my goodness) an actual statement issued for this blog by the Hennepin County Prosecuting Attorney's office.

Turns out Charles Ortley is NOT IN ANY WAY INVOLVED in the Harper/Felton shooting. (Well, good thing I never said he was!) In retrospect, data about the suspect arrested on March 13 must have been purged from the system before I went looking for it. Damn. I'm trying to obtain the name by other means.

But back to Charles Ortley.

There are fascinating allegations (not proven, and in fact the case was dismissed) about Ortley's supposed involvement in another murder in South Minneapolis on New Year's Day...

JNS Blog Digs Deeply Into Recent "Loud Pack" Arrests And Charges, PART TWO OF TWO...

Creative stock photo, blog post by John Hoff

In Part One, this blog published nine criminal complaints connected to a group calling itself the "Loud Pack." This gang had its 15 minutes of fame about a month ago when the Hennepin County prosecutor sent out a press release about a raft of charges against Loud Pack, with the criminal complaints attached. Apparently JNS blog was the only media entity which published all the complaints online but, hey, we're thorough like that.

Then I proceeded to dig up info about the addresses associated with the complaints, looking for patterns and the names of property owners.

What is left to dig up after that?

Well, there are a number of different names mentioned in the complaints who have their own set of criminal issues. These names appear to be a "criminal support network" for the members of the infamous Loud Pack...

Monday, April 1, 2013

Charles Thomas Ortley Was Arrested On Two Attempted Murder Charges, But These Charges Were Recently Dismissed, Hmmmm...

Creative stock photo, blog post by John Hoff

This is what I know from looking at the jail roster, and I'm not going to say more than what I know, and here we go...

Final "Turd Burglar" Guilty Plea Entered, Turns Out We Don't Need No Stinking Trials...

Contributed photo, blog post by John Hoff

According to a reliable source in a position to know, Navarr Jodiah Ross recently entered a guilty plea for his misdeeds in the Thanksgiving Day "turd burglary" incident on the 1500 block of Hillside Avenue North. (Unknown which of the burglars is pictured above) Ross pled guilty to trespass in the incident on Hillside Ave. N. but guilty to a felony in another case.

This is the final plea in the arrest of seven turd burglars and/or fecal trespassers and means none of the neighbors who assisted in the dramatic chase and capture will be forced to attend a trial, and neither will the victim of the burglary.

The name of the youngest turd burglar, a mere 12 years old, never appeared in court paperwork. The other names made their way to this blogger.

The incident took place on the block where City Councilman Don Samuels lives. Samuels, who is now running for mayor, was asked by neighbors to speak to the boys during their arrest. The councilman lectured the boys on the responsibilities of manhood, which generally mean protecting women and children instead of robbing and victimizing them. It was a speech that I would like to see amplified from the bully pulpit of Mayor of Minneapolis and directed at the crime and mayhem in North Minneapolis.