by John Hoff
Don't tease me, FOX 9.
When your station does a story about how the 55411 zip code is a "virtual dumping ground" for Level Three Sex Offenders, you know that's my pet issue. (Heaven knows it's nobody else's pet issue, since local politicians have seemingly walked away from the "dumping ground" conundrum after expressing so much interest in the summer of 2013 and as late as January of this year)
When you, Fox 9, talk about the "dumping ground" in a story about the recent abduction (and release) of a little girl in my neighborhood, and the ongoing search for a white suspect in his 20s, you know how interested people in my neighborhood are in that story. This blogger has been looking for some kind of fresh angle ever since the story broke, but it's my policy that I only publish new facts rather than just adding another layer of yacking commentary.
Well, thank you, FOX 9, for your teasing and blurred out little story which allows me to dig up new facts, even if it's just new facts underlying the assertions in your story...
Commenting on the search for the abduction suspect, FOX 9 reporter Tom Lyden says that two and a half miles away from the 55411 zip code, there's a suspect whose description and MO perfectly match the guy who snatched the little girl on the 3100 block of James Ave. North. FOX 9 then proceeds to show a picture of that sex offender, but they blur out the picture.
Geez, FOX 9, I thought it was the job of reporters to dig up information and the government to hide it, not the other way around. The picture you are blurring out is available on the MNDOC Level Three Sex Offender website, along with all the particulars about his MO. When I saw the blurred out image, I told myself "I've seen that picture somewhere before." In fact, if I paused the video I could even read the name of the probation officer, Bobby Chevalier-Jones.
More on HER in a moment.
Yup, the blurred out image shown by FOX 9 is Bernard Clement Schug, whose image was featured on this blog in January of this year in a commentary about the "dumping ground" issue and high level statements about a "zip code moratorium" on more dumping. It should be noted that "moratorium" is a word used by JNS blog. No politician in our neighborhood wants to be pinned down to a definite promise like that, even while making vague promises (link to musical tribute) to fight on this issue.
Now Bernard Schug (and his ever-so-blurred-out-image) are in the news because he lives within striking distance of where the abduction happened, fits the MO of the suspect, and he's the right age and race. Experts say sex offenders strike "near but not too near" their homes.
However, to my knowledge, Schug hasn't been charged with anything. Schug may be innocent with an airtight alibi and it's all a horrible coincidence, including that horribly coincidental profile of his with that (horribly coincidental) slight mustache.
I'll make it easy for readers to compare and contrast and draw their own conclusions by putting Schug's photo (the real one, not blurred out like FOX 9 does things) near images captured by a vigilant neighbor's security camera of the abduction suspect.
So where was Bernard Schug when the abduction happened? Inquiring minds would like to know in NoMi.
If Schug's probation conditions include using the internet, he is free to send this blogger an email and I will publish what he has to say, within reason.
As for that "matching MO," here's what the MNDOC website says about Mr. Schug:
Offender has a history of sexual conduct and contact with female minor victims (age 5-11). Conduct included exposure. Contact included fondling. Offender gained access to victims by approaching them in public. Offender was not known to victims.
Schug's full address is not known to this blogger, however he is currently listed on the 4600 block of Lyndale Ave. N. in the 55412 zip code. If anybody knows the address and the landlord, whisper it in the blogger's virtual ear. Thanks.
Now about Schug's supervising agent, Bobby Chevalier Jones...
The issue of sex offenders has been hot in my neighborhood for a couple of years, and in the course of many discussions it has been learned there are two factions within that portion of the Minnesota Department of Corrections involving probation officers who keep track of Level Three Sex Offenders, no easy task.
One faction is made up of naive bleeding hearts who extend trust and kindness, and a while ago (among my tight group of friends) this blogger dubbed that group the Free To Frolic Faction.
Bobby Chevalier-Jones represents embodies the mindset of that faction.
Also, "F" is the sixth letter of the alphabet. I just wanted to take the time to point that out.
The other extreme (and I say "extreme" in a completely supportive way) is represented by Will McDonald. That faction wisely considers Level Three Sex Offenders to be vicious animals who SHOULD be locked up indefinitely, but society has made a horrible mistake and let them loose (primarily in poor minority neighborhoods like the 55411 zip code dumping ground) and now folks like Will McDonald need to lessen the damage as much as possible.
That faction I have dubbed "The Zoo Keepers."
This blogger is also willing to assume there is a middle of the road faction, which I hereby dub "The Chickens" or "The Road Kill" or "The Road Killed Chickens."
I haven't quite decided. The proper nickname needs time to jell.
So there you have it. FOX 9 teases, but Johnny Northside exposes.
No hard feelings, FOX 9. Maybe you should look into the issue of a Level Three Sex Offender who has been wanted on an outstanding warrant by the State of Oklahoma since 1990.
I'll give you a hint. His photo was blurred out in that story you just did.