First Amendment Fair Comment and Criticism, blog
post by John Hoff
A story in the Star Tribune about the latest North Minneapolis baby shooting, in which a 2-month-old baby was shot in the neck while in the arms of an adult reported to be the baby's father, includes the photo, above. Clearly, the Star Tribune wants to make this blogger's day and by publishing the photo they are saying, in effect, Go Johnny Go.
We all know, by now, the shooting took place on the 2400 block of Emerson Ave. N. The questions lingering at this point are who was involved and where, precisely, did the shooting take place? Based on the photo above, it took place at 2413 Emerson Ave. N.
After digging into online information, I'd have to say there is something very odd about this address...
For starters, no owner is listed. I've looked at hundreds, no, THOUSANDS of online entries for North Minneapolis addresses. I've never seen one with no owner listed.
The taxpayer for the address is Xenia Grushetskv, listed at the same address. The property is not a rental, or at least not a LICENSED rental.
In March of 2011, the property was sold by JJ & M Property Investment LLC to Minnesota Builders, Inc. for a mere $45,000. Incredibly, back in 2005 the house sold for $250,000 when it passed from Shoua Vang to Cha Yang.
No old rental licenses are listed for the property. No Truth in Housing evaluation reports are listed for the property, either. No structure information. No inspection permits. This property is a BLACK HOLE of information, except for the name Xenia Grushetskv.
THAT also turns up nothing. However, Google (in its wisdom) asks me if I am ACTUALLY looking for Xenia Grushetsky, with a "y" on the end, GRUSHETSKY.
THAT turns up something...
On Twitter, Xenia describes herself as an "editor, communicator, cartoonist, translator, Russian-born traveler, Simpsons fan (well, when they were good) and aspiring writer living in Minneapolis, MN. She has a highly developed "Linked In" profile which says she's involved in corporate communications. All in all, this appears to be a young professional with an interesting background. She lists herself as the "managing editor" of East View Information Services.
SO HOW THE HELL does this name end up on the ownership record of a house in North Minneapolis where a baby shooting takes place, and the house isn't even a rental? Is it a different Xenia Grushetsky? Is the typo really a typo or should I be looking for a Xenia Grushetskv (with a "v") even though that name has NO TRAIL OF EXISTENCE ON THE INTERNET.
Is this a case of...identity theft?
What the hell is going on, here?
At such an early stage in a Northside shooting, this is usually the question I end up asking.
But I am digging. Oh, yes.