by John Hoff
Ashley Elizabeth Osterloh, who was named by prosecutors in a criminal complaint that described a bizarre kidnapping over a drug debt, (click here for previous story) today is sitting in the Anoka County jail over an alleged probation violation.
A reader drew this matter to my attention and generally...
...this blogger tries to march to the merry martial tune of reader interest.
Osterloh pled guilty in December, 2013 to terroristic threats, presumably in connection with the same incident. But even according to the allegations made by prosecutors, Osterloh was more of a "best supporting actress" in the bizarre, darkly comic kidnapping drama which involved a guy named Ricky Allen Green. My favorite part of the story was when Green was released from jail "conditionally" despite the serious charges against him. Apparently, an alleged kidnapping is not such a big deal if it happens (allegedly) within the down-and-out North Minneapolis druggie crowd.
But Osterloh does have her own impressive rap sheet. She has been charged and convicted repeatedly of theft. All her various charges have been in Anoka County with the exception of the last one, which was in Hennepin.
Osterloh's probation violation hearing is scheduled for October 10. Checking in my routine way to see what kind of unpaid fines she owes the court system, I found this amazing tally:
Terroristic threat charge: Owes $78.
Receiving stolen property: Owes $4,470 (!!!)
Driving after revocation: Owes $285
Driving after suspension: Owes $485
Seat belt required: Owes $110
JNS blog continues to be amazed by the way people bounce in and out of jail, the whole time owing a backlog of substantial fines, and the fines just don't get paid. There are numerous instances documented by this blog of people dying of acute murder while owing fines.
In my opinion Hennepin County should find a legal way to seize the money in wallets and purses when suspects arrive at the jail owing a ridiculous backlog of delinquent court fines, and that money should be applied it to the unpaid court fines.
Think of it as the Judge Roy Bean model.