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Monday, January 20, 2014
Notorious Slumlord Steven Meldahl Is Going Through Very Complex Chapter 11 Bankruptcy...(Guest Blog Post By Anonymous Neighborhood Revitalizer)
JNS Blog says: The following information, in its entirety, was turned over to me by a member of the North Minneapolis neighborhood revitalization movement, credible and known to me but here anonymous. My role in its publication consists primarily of copying and pasting. And, OK, also I changed some single quote marks to proper double quote marks. It makes me crazy when people use single quote marks where double quote marks belong. (End of remarks by JNS blog) ---------------------------------------------
As a little "where are they now?" this will go to show that slumlords tend to keep properties within the family.
Notorious landlord Steven Meldahl is going through a very complex Chapter 11 bankruptcy right now, and the judge made a joke at...
...the end of one of the hearings about how the bankruptcy situation sounded like Allan Butler, another North Minneapolis landlord.
Allan and Donna Butler currently own 21 properties in North Minneapolis, along with their companies AB Properties and DVB Properties:
2615 36TH AVE N
Daquan Davonte Phelps lived here, convictions for domestic abuse/violating an order for protection (2012), the same again (2012), fleeing police (2012), and again, violating an order for protection (2013).
3427 IRVING AVE N
Denzel Christopher Meeks lived here. He was convicted of felony assault with a dangerous weapon and later a prohibited person in possession of a firearm in 2011. He was shot in the leg during some shootings downtown
Derrick Courtez Jerome Fuel lived here, convictions for trespassing (2008), disorderly conduct (2009), domestic assault (2010), felony sale of narcotics (2011), felony possession of narcotics (2011), and disorderly conduct (2011).
3223 THOMAS AVE N
Antoinette Crystal Adams AKA Latriece Antoinette Rozelle lived here, convictions for theft (2009), false name to officer. (2009), theft (2010), theft (2011), theft again (2011), theft AGAIN (2011), false name to officer (2012), and false name to officer again (2013). One of the criminal proceedings actually had to list out the defendant as: Rozelle, Latriece Antoinette Also Known As ADAMS, ANTIONETTE CRYSTAL Also Known As ADAMS, ANTOINETTE CRYSTAL Also Known As ADAMS, ANTOINETTE LANEICE Also Known As ROZELL, LATRIECE ANTOINETE Also Known As ROZELLE, LONDON YVONNE Also Known As SHINE, CHALICE NICOLE. Yikes.
Andre Lamont Wilson lived here. He has convictions for motor vehicle theft (2003), receiving stolen property and prohibited person in posession of a firearm (2004), assault on a school official (2004), first degree burglary and endangering a child (2005), domestic assault (2010), trespassing (2010), felony assault (2011), and felony narcotics possession (2013). When he was arrested in May 2013, he reported his address as being 3555 James Ave N, but records show a foster family was licensed at the house as of July 2013. let's hope Andre's not living there still.
Jeremiah Jermaine Thomas lived here. This, uh, gentleman has convictions for receiving/possessing stolen property (2009), driving without a valid license (2009), felony theft (2011), felony burglarly of an OCCUPIED DWELLING (2011) where he apparently picked up the aliases "Huff Melvontae" and "Wylie Dion Frank", assault (2011), and felony aggrivated 1st degree robbery (2012).
4011 COLFAX AVE N
Bobby Frank Brookins lived here in 2012; convictions for traffic violations (2007), DWI (2008), obstructing legal process and domestic assault (2009), and disorderly conduct (2013).
4136 GIRARD AVE N
Tasha Marie Nelson lived here, and she went from driving after revocation (2000), right on up to THREE narcotics convictions (2007), and then she was arrested for theft in November 2013.
4355 LOGAN AVE N
Reginald Charles Wright, Correll Juoquin Wright, and Stacey Bruce Evans, all lived here at one point. Reginald's criminal history has 21 items, including trespassing, theft, assault, narcotics, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, falsely using another's name, more assault, burglary, a bunch of driving after cancellation charges, counterfeit checks, forgery, more theft, motor vehicle theft, and burglary. What a winner. Correll's history includes disorderly conduct, illegal gambling, trespassing, prohibited person in possession of a firearm, brawling, disorderly conduct, some DWIs. ANd, Stacey's history is impressive, too: theft, cocaine, assault, disorderly conduct, violating an OFP, more assault, and issuance of a worthless check.
2951 KNOX AVE N
3212 IRVING AVE N
3228 THOMAS AVE N
3746 RUSSELL AVE N
3237 SHERIDAN AVE N
3543 PENN AVE N
3545 RUSSELL AVE N
4018 SHERIDAN AVE N
4519 COLFAX AVE N
4639 DUPONT AVE N
Those are the properties they own now. However, in their bankruptcy proceedings, they had a lot more properties. These are the new owners of some of these properties, which you'll recognize as being other notoriously suspect property owners:
3431 Emerson Ave N - Equitron Holdings LLC
3531 4th St N - Equitron Holdings LLC / EMC Investments LLC
So back to Steven Meldahl, why exactly does his situation look so familiar to this judge? Well, as stated in the bankruptcy proceeding, he owns 85 rental properties in Hennepin County, the "lion's share" being in North Minneapolis as one attorney put it. He also has four properties in Florida, one being a vacation home and the rest being rentals.