19 Bar Owner Says Alleged Shooter Devon Strouss's "Self -Defense" Claim Is BS

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Strouss (right) faces multiple felonies in connection with the incident.
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19 Bar owner Gary Hallberg categorically rejects any notion the shots Devon Strouss allegedly fired into his establishment last week came in self-defense.

"I wasn't there, but obviously that guy was so drunk he wasn't really there either," Hallberg says. "We have 20 cameras in there. Do you want to see the footage?" (We told Hallberg we're indeed interested to check it out.)

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Devon Strouss's Family Says 19 Bar Shooting Was Self-Defense


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Kimberly Dover Allegedly Stole Months of Government Benefits, Police Say

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She may not be on the level of the infamous Chisholms, but police still say that Kimberly Dover managed to steal thousands from the government.

According to police, the whole charade happened over the course of four months in Wabasha County, starting in November 2013. Dover was receiving benefits from the state of Illinois -- benefits she said were to expire at the beginning of November, police say. Those benefits were supposed to be replaced with food stamps and health insurance from Minnesota.

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Saturday Morning Was Very Violent Time Along Hennepin Avenue in Downtown Minneapolis

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Around 1 a.m. Saturday -- about the same time a woman was shot dead inside the Augie's strip club on Hennepin and Fourth Street in downtown Minneapolis -- another woman was nearly killed a block away by a driver who allegedly ran her over intentionally.

Vanessa Uzong, 24, has been charged with first-degree assault in connection with the incident, which left the victim, Miera Horton, in critical condition with a punctured lung, shattered pelvis, broken femur, and fractured ankle and ribs, authorities say.

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Devon Strouss's Family Says 19 Bar Shooting Was Self-Defense

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Strouss (right) was being beaten by a group of people when he opened fire, his family says.
:::: UPDATE :::: 19 Bar Owner Says Alleged Shooter Devon Strouss's "Self -Defense" Claim is BS

The criminal complaint charging Devon Strouss with three felonies in connection with last week's shooting at the legendary 19 Bar gay bar makes the case seem open and shut -- the official narrative says Strouss was drunk, belligerent, and opened fire outside the bar for no good reason after he was kicked out, injuring two.

But his family says there's more to the story, and for that reason, a Hennepin County judge decided to free Strouss Monday after he posted $2,500 bail.

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Augie's Murder Charges: Feud Ended with Jasmine Jones Shooting Lakisha Neal

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Late this morning, 29-year-old Jasmine Jones was charged with second-degree murder for allegedly gunning down 32-year-old Lakisha Neal inside Augie's strip club in downtown Minneapolis around 1 a.m. Saturday morning.

A witness who knows Jones told authorities that Jones and Neal had been feuding for some time. But the criminal complaint says things escalated murderously at Augie's after Jones approached Neal, a single mother of a teenage daughter, and called her a "bitch."

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Saturday Morning Was a Very Violent Time Along Hennepin Ave. in Downtown Minneapolis


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Riley Swearingen Charged with Assault for Giving Mankato Cop "Wet Willy"

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Sure, it's no fun to be on the receiving end of a "wet willy," but you wouldn't think one would constitute felony assault, right?

But that's one charge among a few 24-year-old Riley Swearingen faced for putting his saliva-dampened fingers in the ears of a Mankato cop during the course of drunken shenanigans just after bar close Saturday morning. (As this post was being finalized, we learned that after three days in jail, Swearingen agreed to a plea deal yesterday whereby he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disruptive intoxication in order to have the felony charge dropped.)

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19 Bar Shooting: Facebook Tip Leads to Arrest of Devon Strouss

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A former classmate of Devon Strouss's confirms this photo shows the same man who is accused of shooting two people outside a Loring Park-area gay bar.
:::: UPDATE :::: Devon Strouss's Family Says 19 Bar Shooting Was Self-Defense

After 9 p.m. Wednesday evening, a 19 Bar patron who had been denied service opened fire outside the the bar's entry, injuring the general manager, Barak Evertsen, and a bystander named JJ Jarvis. The gunman, who entered the bar with a dog on a leash, left the scene before authorities arrived.

Bar staff didn't know who the gunman was. But investigators were able to crack the case thanks to two tipsters, one of whom alerted police to the alleged gunman's Facebook page. That page contained photos of a Devon Strouss with a dog matching the description of the one that was in 19 Bar Wednesday night.

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David Paul Patterson Says He Was Arrested for Saving Lives With Marijuana

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David Patterson says he used cannabis oils to save lives

When David Paul Patterson arrives in Hubbard County District Court in Park Rapids, Minnesota, he dresses up. Not in a suit and tie, but in baggy shorts falling below his knees and a forest-green shirt with a giant marijuana leaf splayed across the front. His "court uniform," Patterson calls it.

It's a bold strategy, especially for a man facing trial for drug sale and possession. But the way Patterson sees it, there's nothing to hide. He openly admits to having pounds of marijuana in his remote house in the woods of Walker, Minnesota. But he says he's using it to save people's lives. That goes beyond the law.

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Social House Owner Faces 68 Felonies but Might Not Go to Jail at All

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Social House photo courtesy of the now-closed restaurant
Michael Whitelaw, owner of the Social House, an Uptown sushi bar that closed over the summer, faces 68 felonies, each of which carries a maximum sentence of five years in the slammer, for allegedly cheating the state out of about $100,000 in sales taxes from 2009 to 2011.

Those charges sound stiff. Real stiff. But Hennepin County Attorney's Office officials openly acknowledge Whitelaw almost certainly won't go to prison for more than 23 months, and could get off without serving time behind bars at all.

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Cut-Off Patron Reportedly Opens Fire at 19 Bar; Two Injured, Shooter Still On Loose [PHOTOS]

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:::: UPDATE :::: 19 Bar Shooting: Facebook Tip Leads to Arrest of Devin Strouss

After 9 p.m. last night, a 19 Bar patron who had been cut off reportedly returned to the bar and opened fire, leaving two injured.

Details about what happened were tweeted out by Critical Minneapolis, the same blog that recently published video of a Green Line train almost hitting a vehicle.

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