Andrew Billingsley Jr. shot dead after sticking up for son on 19 bus in north Mpls, charges say

Rick Berg on the North Vent Facebook page
Officers gather at the site of Billingsley Jr.'s murder.
The man videotaped lying dead last Thursday on a north Minneapolis street was shot dead after confronting 16-year-old Joshua Ford on a Metro Transit Rout 19 bus near 26th and Penn Avenues N., authorities say.

Billingsley Jr., 38, "came to the front door of the bus and got into a verbal argument with [Ford] and his companions regarding their harassment of the [his] son," the second-degree murder charges against Ford say. "The bus driver saw the [Ford] draw a gun from his waistband and told the victim to get off the bus, which he did."

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Minnetonka Beach's David Meder was drunk when he accidentally ran over wife, charges say

David Meder
Minnetonka Beach resident David Meder has been hit with a criminal vehicular homicide charge for accidentally running over his wife, Diane Meder, as he pulled into their driveway sometime around 8:30 p.m. last Thursday, killing her.

David Meder, 57, had slurred speech and a strong odor of alcohol emanating from him when officers arrived at his residence, the charging document says. A breathalyzer pegged his blood alcohol level at .155, or nearly twice the legal limit. The results of a blood exam are still pending.

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Activist Al Flowers alleges Minneapolis cops beat him up during arrest

Al Flowers's mugshot
Just after midnight Saturday morning, Minneapolis cops showed up at longtime community activist Al Flowers's South Side residence. Officers said they had a warrant to arrest his teenage daughter.

Exactly what happened next remains the subject of controversy, but in any event, as the photo at the top of this post indicates, the ensuing altercation left Flowers, 55, bloody and behind bars.

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Story about shooter smuggling gun into Champions via fake leg is BS, attorney says

Just months before Champions Bar closed for good earlier this year under pressure from the city, an innocent bystander named Mark Stephenson was shot to death at the Lake Street dive.

But Ed Matthews, an attorney representing Champions, told us there was little the bar could do to prevent the violence.

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Uncovered body lies in street following latest north Mpls homicide [VIDEO]

Rick Berg on the North Vent Facebook page
Officers gather at the site of last night's murder.
:::: UPDATE :::: A juvenile has been arrested in connection with last night's homicide, the MPD says. The medical examiner still hasn't released the victim's identity. (Read an update including the victim's name and details about the charges against the murder suspect here.)

:::: UPDATE II :::: MPD spokesman John Elder got back to us with an explanation for why the victim's body is uncovered in the video on page two of this post.

"Due to forensics, we do not make a habit of covering bodies unless there is a different mitigating reason to do so," he says.

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Here are creepy emails Cook County Attorney Tim Scannell sent his 17-year-old love

Categories: Creepy, Crime, Law, Sex
Tim Scannell
Cook County Attorney Tim Scannell is currently on trial for two felony counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct in connection with a relationship he carried on with a 17-year-old girl a couple years ago. (July 28 update -- A jury convicted Scannell of both counts.)

During testimony this week, Scannell, who in late 2011 was nearly shot to death in the Cook County Courthouse by a 42-year-old man who he'd just tried and convicted of having sex with a 15-year-old girl, denied that the relationship ever progressed beyond kissing. The now 19-year-old girl, on the other hand, testified that Scannell, 48, touched her breasts and butt and pressured her to have oral sex with him at least once.

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Alleged Bemidji shooter Chad Pickering posted pics of himself toting gun on Facebook

Categories: Crime
At left, Pickering's mugshot. At right is one of his Facebook pictures.
Yesterday, 40-year-old Bemidji resident Chad Pickering was charged with first-degree attempted murder for allegedly shooting his 17-year-old neighbor for no good reason when she went outside to walk her dog about 10 p.m. Monday.

According to the charges, Pickering shot the girl four times, including twice in the chest. Thankfully, she's expected to live.

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Ron Powell gets 15 years for killing man with gun smuggled into Champions Bar via prosthetic leg

Ron Powell
A bizarre, tragic shooting last August 8 at Champions Bar resulted in a 15-year sentence for Ron Powell, who smuggled a gun into the now-closed bar via his prosthetic leg.

Powell, a 43-year-old Minneapolis resident, was hanging out at the former Lake Street dive when another man started punching him. He fired at his assailant, injuring him, but one of his shots hit innocent bystander Mark Stephenson, 51, who later died from his injuries.

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Delonte Thomas allegedly shot three women at North Side birthday party

Categories: Crime, Minneapolis
A police spokesman couldn't immediately confirm that Thomas (left) is one of the men in the "person of interest" photo released last week (right).
Minneapolis cops believe they've arrested the man responsible for the North Side triple shooting that capped off a violent week in north Minneapolis earlier this month.

Six days after the Minneapolis Police Department released a photo of two "persons of interest" in connection with the incident, Delonte Thomas, a 19-year-old North Side resident, was hit yesterday with three felony attempted murder charges and three felony assault charges for allegedly shooting three women at least eight times each at a July 9 birthday party at 3551 Fremont Ave. N.

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9-year-old pot snitch told police, "Doing drugs is bad"

Categories: Crime, Marijuana

The parents gave their marijuana plants names like "Justice" and "Lily," a police report says.
The 9-year-old Barnesville girl who snitched on her parents for growing pot entered the police station on June 6 "visibly upset" and, though tears, told officers she took her story to authorities because "doing drugs is bad." (Read the backstory here.)

"She didn't want to be around marijuana smoke anymore because it made her sick," an incident report sent to us by the Barnesville Police Department says. "She also indicated that she was concerned... because [redacted] blow marijuana smoke into [her] dog's mouth."

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