from public sources and not copyrighted, blog post by John Hoff
Another Dead Baby In North Minneapolis
Mainstream media such as Fox 9 are reporting troubling information about the death of 4-month-old Egypt Bell, whose mother is identified by family members as "Shalynda Raino."
Name Is The Same
A person named Shalynda Raino is pictured above in a mugshot from Fulton County, Georgia, and it's an extraordinarily uncommon name, AND there is troubling overlap in criminal charges faced by a "Shalynda Raino" locally in North Minneapolis ("domestic violence") and the person with that name who faced "family violence" and "cruelty to children" charges in Fulton County, Georgia.
Click here for a link to that Georgia info.
Where Mainstream Media Falls Short, Google Fills The Gap
A reader emailed me, and like so often happens with this blog it simply becomes my role to...
...take the info dug up by a reader using nothing more than Google, compile it, polish it up, toss in some expressive sentences and voila--! A perfectly good blog story. But is there any real digging? Any leap of journalistic skill or intuition?
No. I am an aggregator of info. Plus I'm the guy who is willing to publish it and take the heat; no small service, THAT. For this service I make a fortune. Paid in the currency of karma.
It should be pointed out anybody can do this: Punch a name into Google and another phrase like "mug shot" to turn up what might be a fresh lead on a mainstream media story which broke in the last few hours.
And then go a step further! Just compare the information in the mainstream media story to court system info from MNCIS. I will be getting to that...
Well, let's get to it right now.
Unpaid Debts To Criminal Justice System
In 2006, Shalyna Raino of North Minneapolis (55411) was charged with "theft, theft, receiving stolen property" and given a pretrial diversion in 2006, but the diversion didn't work out so well. Ultimately, she pled guilty to receiving stolen property and the two theft charges were dropped. All these years later, Raino still owes the court system fifty bucks on this case.
In 2009, she pleaded guilty to domestic assault. Her sentence of 1 year was stayed and she received credit for 6 days. There were repeated probation violation hearings. She still owes the court system $333 on this old charge.
In March of this year she pled guilty to a theft charge. And, per the usual pattern, she still owes money on this charge: $128.
Charge Of "Cruelty To Children"
Now examining the person with the same exact name whose mugshot appears on the site from Georgia, the site says Shalynda Raino was booked June 9, 2012 and released June 14, 2012. The site says she was booked on warrants of "family violence" and "cruelty to children," but bond was only $1,500 and $500, respectively.
It appears that "cruelty to children" is a real bargain in Georgia, in terms of bail.
The date of the "Georgia matter," which was the summer of 2012, fits easily between the 2009 and 2014 criminal matters for the "Minneapolis Shalynda."
So are the "Georgia Shalynda" and the "North Minneapolis Shalynda" one and the same person? Or an incredible coincidence? It's the role of a blogger to ask that question. Something as simple as a BIRTHDAY on the Georgia site could nail this down 100 percent, but I don't have that. It is my longstanding practice in cases like these to put relevant, interesting info in front of readers and state my lack of 100 percent certainty. It should be noted the woman pictured in the Fox 9 video looks JUST LIKE the woman in the mugshot, which gets us to about 98.6 percent certainty.
This much is certain: If mainstream media won't run down leads from compelling information easily turned up on Google, then readers who feel a need to dig beneath the surface of stories (like readers who live in the same troubled neighborhood, within earshot of the never ending parade of dead North Minneapolis children) will find that info on Google, and bloggers will blog it.