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Comment and Criticism, blog post by John Hoff
What We Do, And What Some Loyal Readers Have To Say
Family of victim believes shooter poses risk to public, click here for the highly-relevant KMSP story. The police want information. So does this blog.
To the commenters who come to this blog and ask daft rhetorical questions about the purpose and impact of airing specific ugly and un-whitewashed, un-sugarcoated facts in the wake of yet another murder of a child in North Minneapolis, I offer you the words of blog commenters who actually get it, as follows...
* On balance, it's better to show the facts the way you're doing, Johnny. Some parent might learn that spending 30 days in the hole could leave their kid on his own just when he needs the parent. Teenage kids seeing the photos of kids clowning about being gangsters is serious business. Twitter wars have erupted into deadly violence. Even clowning about thug culture works to glorify thug culture, and that works to foster thug culture.
* I would love to see JNS news on tv, just couldn't imagine getting real info from the television. Was using this story as an example the other day to prove to a friend how bad the news sugarcoats things in nomi. Keep it up Johnny! (Jake G)
* keep up the honest digging up of the facts ,John, the dwarf star and so called tribune are afraid of a lawsuit and you are correct when you talk about them losing advertiser's who love to suck the life out of the Black community.
But back to Nekisha Bowman, mother to a half-sibling of Nehemiah. She has a fairly extensive criminal rap sheet, as follows.
27-CR-02-060481 BOWMAN, NEKISHA QUANTA 05/16/1982 07/29/2002 Hennepin Criminal/Traffic/Petty Brookdale Crim/Traf Mandatory Closed THEFT
Pled guilty. Paid a fine.
62-K6-02-004087 BOWMAN, NEKISHA QUANTA 05/16/1980 11/05/2002 Ramsey Criminal/Traffic/Petty Downtown Felony Converted Closed ATT THEFT BY CHECK Attempt to Commit - GOC
Convicted. Conditions included working for Volunteers of America.
62-K5-02-004744 BOWMAN, NEKISHA QUANTA 05/16/1980 12/31/2002 Ramsey Criminal/Traffic/Petty Downtown Felony Closed Theft-by check
Guilty. The probation was complicated and violated. An arrest warrant was issued. She just had her voting rights restored in 2013.
27-CR-03-021115 BOWMAN, NEKISHA QUANTA 05/16/1982 03/26/2003 Hennepin Criminal/Traffic/Petty Brookdale Crim/Traf Mandatory Closed THEFT-$201-$500 Not applicable - GOC
Guilty. Probation conditions included "STAY OUT OF MARSHALL FIELDS IN BROOKLYN CENTER." (Capital letters in original MNCS notation)
02-K9-06-006957 BOWMAN, NEKISHA QUANTA 05/16/1980 07/03/2006 Anoka Felony Under Court Jurisdiction Assault-2nd Degree-Dangerous Weapon GM THEFT Aid/Abet - GOC
Guilty on the assault but the theft charge was dismissed. Got credit for 6 days served. There was a probation violation hearing at the end of April of this year, but the record says "probation violation dismissed." This victory was apparently celebrated some days later by sending an "NSF" check to cover court fines, which remain at $1,130 still due after the check bounced.
And then there's the traffic stuff. Whatever. For the record, Nekisha couldn't beat either one of these:
12-VB-07-883 TV01825 TV01825 BOWMAN, NEKISHA QUANTA 05/16/1980 08/08/2007 Chippewa Crim/Traf Non-Mand Closed Traffic - Speeding - Exceed Limit Traffic-Drivers License-Driving After Suspension 02-VB-08-2444 BOWMAN, NEKISHA QUANTA 05/16/1980 01/18/2008 Anoka Crim/Traf Non-Mand Closed-Physical File Destroyed Parking Ordinance Overtime Parking
A "Biblical Baby"
Though Nekisha Bowman is a bit of a factual foray, the "degrees of separation" between her and Nehemiah are few to none. Yet the mother of Nehemiah, Angela Steverson, called him her "biblical baby." She named him after the Old Testament prophet Nehemiah who rebuilt ruined cities of Israel because his presence helped to rebuild her life. (All this according to Star Tribune)
Based upon what was on that kid's Facebook, the mother's struggle to keep that kid off the streets was constant and overwhelming. The mother was losing. Who on earth was helping her? She had a fairly good plan given the resources and opportunities at hand (get the kid to Arkansas for the summer when all the gang activity and shootings in North Minneapolis heat up) but the siren call of the streets was too strong. The 17-year-old boy's life was claimed like a ship on the rocks.
It was such a good plan, though. So good others might consider it. Are there grandparents? Extended family? Living someplace where you hear crickets at night instead of gunshots? Or someplace affluent? Heck, wasn't this plan the entire plot of the hit television series Fresh Prince of Bel-Air with Will Smith?
I got in one little fight/
And my mom got scared/
She said you're going to live with your aunt and uncle/
On television, it worked out very well.
But We Were Talking About Randy Donnerson And, Well, Who Is This Dude Named "Jumoke?"
As for the father, Randy Donnerson, there are a few more minor court cases to mention in closing. There was an eviction action by the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority. (27-CV-HC-07-4456) There was yet another eviction action by an entity called VO Management LLC. So that's twice the father of Nehemiah was kicked out of the roof over his head.
Also, he was sued by Illinois Farmers Insurance (27-CO-00-0421084) in conciliation court, along with a co-defendant named Junoke Abayomi Owens.
THAT IS HOW THE FIRST NAME IS SPELLED ON MNCIS with that little insurance case, "Junoke." And I don't turn up much of anything looking for a "Junoke Abayomi Owens." And, yes, his precise connection to Donnerson is not clear, though they were close enough to be defendants in a court case together.
But Google keeps suggesting a spelling of "JUMOKE," with an "M." Well, THAT turns up all kinds of interesting stuff on MNCIS, including this rap sheet; not all entries may represent actual convictions:
27-CR-92-059099 OWENS, JUMOKE ABAYONI 09/14/1972 07/31/1992 Hennepin Criminal/Traffic/Petty Downtown Crim/Traf Mandatory Closed 1ST DEG ASSAULT Not applicable - GOC 2ND DEG ASSAULT Not applicable - GOC
27-CR-96-006590 OWENS, JUMOKE ABAYONI 09/14/1972 01/25/1996 Hennepin Criminal/Traffic/Petty Downtown Crim/Traf Mandatory Closed 3RD DEGREE CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE CRIME Not applicable - GOC
27-CR-96-044258 OWENS, JUMOKE ABAYONI 09/14/1972 05/30/1996 Hennepin Criminal/Traffic/Petty Downtown Crim/Traf Mandatory Closed HIT AND RUN-FAIL TO STOP CARELESS DRIVING-NO ACCIDENT DRIVING W/O INSURANCE
27-CR-00-062145 OWENS, JUMOKE ABAYONI 09/14/1972 06/23/2000 Hennepin Criminal/Traffic/Petty Downtown Crim/Traf Mandatory Closed DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE FAILURE TO PROVIDE PROOF OF INSURANCE POSSESS'N OF MARIJUANA IN MOTOR VEH SPEEDING IN EXCESS OF 30 MPH
27-CR-00-113674 OWENS, JUMOKE ABAYONI 09/14/1972 12/01/2000 Hennepin Criminal/Traffic/Petty Downtown Crim/Traf Mandatory Closed DRIVING AFTER REVOCATION DRIVING W/O INSURANCE POSSESS'N OF MARIJUANA IN MOTOR VEH
19-T1-01-085275 B5OR129244 B5OR129245 OWENS, JUMOKE ABAYOMI 09/14/1972 12/07/2001 - Dakota-Apple Valley Domestic Assault - TRF Converted Closed 5TH DEG DOMESTIC ASSAULT CRIM DAMAGE TO PROPERTY
27-CR-02-044218 OWENS, JUMOKE ABAYONI 09/14/1972 06/05/2002 Hennepin Criminal/Traffic/Petty Downtown Crim/Traf Mandatory Closed CONTROLLED SUB CRIME 3RD DEG-POSSESSI Not applicable - GOC
27-CR-02-063012 1021266414 OWENS, JUMOKE ABAYONI 09/14/1972 08/06/2002 Hennepin Criminal/Traffic/Petty Downtown Crim/Traf Mandatory Closed DRIVING AFTER REVOCATION
Because Readers Demand It, Even More Jumoke!
If this were a sitcom, Jumoke would be the main male character's colorful, hard-living friend; a friend the long suffering wife or girlfriend hates to have around her man. Even on the civil side of MNCIS, which misspells Jumoke's name in that Illinois Farmers Insurance case, stuff turns up when his name is spelled correctly.
Here's Jumoke in a case where he appears to be suing for cash seized by the authorities.
JUMOKE ABAYOMI OWENS VS. $4,448.00 U.S. CURRENCY [DORN]
Case No. 62-C9-05-005670 (Ramsey County)
And there was a child support case, but then the whole case got dropped. (27-FA-06-6710)
That's just the stuff for Jumoke which turns up in MNCIS. In the bigger part of the internet, his mugshot turns up in Cook County, Illinois where he was charged with something that required a $50,000 bond. He was also the subject of a Fourth Precinct Task Force Report online, click here, where a report was received that Jumoke's parole was expired but (I guess police wanted to know where he was) Jumoke was reportedly living on Bircher Street in St. Paul with two dangerous pit bulls. This mugshot was included as part of the report:
And then the foray, the tangent, the FROLIC of this blog in the attenuated direction of Jumoke (who is only known to be connected to Donnerson through that ONE court case) reaches the ridiculously sublime...
Click on the mugshot above and look at the face closely, and compare it to the face on this YouTube video embedded below, particularly the shape of the nows, distance the eyebrows are apart, the small scar on the right cheek (viewer's left) and the skin tone. If this guy WHO IS ACTUALLY NAMED "Jumoke Owens" on YouTube isn't the same guy, well, he's some kind of evil twin.
The poem or rap is called "What you really deserve."
(Shrugging, chagrinned smile)
I guess I just go where the fact trail leads, even if sometimes it's a rabbit hole. I won't know if a rabbit or a monster in need of exposure lives in that hole if I don't check out the hole.
Often readers are able to contribute more leads once I throw some factual chum on the waters. The social connections, the back story, the "cast of characters," all of it keeps getting fleshed out by me, by sources, even by angry commenters.
But at the end of the day...Nehemiah, the "biblical baby," is dead. That's bad enough. That's awful and terrible.
Seriously, How Are We Going To Save These Kids If We Can't Even Tell The Truth Aloud About Their Lives?
But it just keeps happening. And we collectively wail over each dead, fallen youth and swear to the heavens things have to change or their death will mean nothing, but things never actually change.
And the mainstream media is afraid to speak out what everybody knows. Many of the lives in this neighborhood are a vile mockery of good citizenship, a heavily-government-subsidized parody of productivity, a tragic bedlam. But god help the blogger who "shines a light into dark corners" (certain community leaders keep characterizing my blogging this way) because the politically correct crowd will scream and wail as though whatever creepy crawly I find in that dark corner was somehow created by me.
Why do I keep doing it?
Well, I don't live upon advertising revenue. I guess that means the mass media is something of a chained up dog, who can't really bark or roam around even if it would like to, trading its freedom for regular food in a dish and a warm place to sleep. And this blog, while it may live hard and it may live upon scraps of almost nothing at times...
I am free. Free to chase down and bark the truth. And the truth is children are dying in the streets of North Minneapolis, have been for decades, and the mass media is afraid to give offense by airing the ugly, sordid facts of their lives and the lives of those around them.
In other words...the abject failure of the society in which these children live, including in many cases (definitely not all cases) a notable failure by one or both parents to act like parents.
It was a good plan.
At the end of the day, God bless that woman.
She tried, but she was just one woman. If it takes a village to RAISE a child, does it take an entire metropolis to RESCUE a child surrounded on all sides by forces that present a danger to his life?