Ramone Smaller faces 10 felonies from shootouts connected to St. Paul gang feud

Categories: Crime, Gangs
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Ramone Smaller's mugshot
:::: UPDATE :::: Cop Ruby Diaz had relationship with gangster, allegedly funneled him money in prison

Around 3:22 a.m. last October 24, a St. Paul home on the 800 block of Carroll Avenue lived in by two sisters, one 72 and the other 69, was sprayed by at least 18 bullets. The sisters said they had no idea why they were targeted, though neighbors later told them it was because the shooters wanted to kill one of the women's grandsons who wasn't living there but visited occasionally.

Then, just after midnight on October 29, a shootout involving two vehicles on West Lake Street in Minneapolis was reported, authorities say in court documents filed today. A witness said one was a Chevy Tahoe. That vehicle was later spotted driving down Interstate 94 and was pulled over near Huron Boulevard. A .40 caliber handgun was found inside the Tahoe, and the grandson who was reportedly the target of the Carroll Avenue shooting was one of its passengers.

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Ray Widstrand, St. Paul gang beating victim, undergoes emergency brain surgery

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Widstrand endured at least two brain surgeries in the days after he was beaten by a group of as many as 40 teens. Today, he underwent another.
More than four months after he was beaten to the brink of death by a mob of teenagers near the intersection of Payne and Minnehaha avenues in east St. Paul, 27-year-old Ray Widstrand was rushed to Regions Hospital for emergency brain surgery.

THE BACKSTORY: Ray Widstrand, St. Paul gang beating victim, is recovering... slowly

Widstrand's recovery was seemingly progressing surely, albeit slowly, but his family is again asking for prayers after pressure he was feeling in his head resulted in Widstrand undergoing a craniotomy this morning.

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Ray Widstrand, St. Paul gang beating victim, is recovering... slowly

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Widstrand's life is no longer in danger, but how much he'll be able to recover remains an open question.
Nearly a month after he was left clinging to life after being brutally beaten by a group of 30 to 40 teens near the intersection of Payne and Minnehaha avenues on St. Paul's East Side, Ray Widstrand continues to make gradual progress.

THE BACKSTORY: Teen who allegedly stomped Widstrand's face during mob beating ID'd thanks to bloody shoes

"Ray has made numerous improvements this week in his physical therapy sessions," one of Ray's family members wrote yesterday on his CaringBridge page. "We are grateful and couldn't be more proud of him."

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Teen who allegedly stomped Widstrand's face during mob beating ID'd thanks to bloody shoes

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Widstrand was beaten near the intersection of Payne and Minnehaha avenues.
Three teenagers were charged yesterday in connection with the brutal August 4 East Side mob beating of St. Paul resident Ray Widstrand.

THE BACKSTORY: Ray Widstrand, St. Paul gang beating victim, still hospitalized, unconscious

Cindarion Butler, 16, and two 15-year-olds who haven't been identified because of their age have been charged with first-degree assault, first-degree aggravated robbery, and committing a crime for the benefit of a gang. Charges against the trio come days after 19-year-old Isaac Maiden was charged with the same set of crimes in connection with the incident.

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Ray Widstrand, St. Paul gang beating victim, still hospitalized, unconscious

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Isaac Maiden (right) and three juveniles have been arrested in connection with Widstrand's (left) beating.
:::: UPDATE :::: Teen who allegedly stomped Widstrand's face during mob beating ID'd thanks to bloody shoes

More than a week after he was brutally beaten by a mob of teenagers in St. Paul's East Side, 26-year-old Ray Widstrand still isn't out of the woods.

SEE ALSO: Loud Pack gang members allegedly burglarize U.S. flag-flying Mpls homes in search of guns

Around 11:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 4, Widstrand was taking a walk near his apartment when he came across a group of 30 to 40 teens brawling near the intersection of Payne and Minnehaha avenues. Some of the teens redirected their aggression from each other to Widstrand. A witness said he was knocked to the ground after being hit by a can in a sock, then stomped. At one point his pants were removed and the attackers rummaged through his pockets. Widstrand was ultimately found lying on the ground, bleeding from his mouth and nose.

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Loud Pack gang members allegedly burglarize U.S. flag-flying Mpls homes in search of guns

Categories: Crime, Gangs, Guns
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Can you really argue with their logic?
If you're on the hunt to heist guns, how would you figure out which homes to target?

SEE ALSO: Alleged Young 'n Thuggin' clique leader gets seven years on drug charge

According to the logic allegedly employed by the Loud Pack north Minneapolis street gang, the answer is to look for the ones with American flags in their front yards.

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'War on Native Mob:' Duluth buildings tagged with Gangster Disciple signs

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Photo: Courtesy Rev. John Wurst.
The Gangster Disciples are a rival gang to Native Mob.
In what reads like a declaration of war against the Native Mob, several Duluth buildings -- including a church shed -- were tagged with gang signs this weekend, most prominently the symbol of the Gangster Disciples.

Among the tags: "War on Native Mob," "Shoot 2 Kill," and "Gangster Diciple [sic] Here to Stay."

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Native Mob killed fellow gang member to shut him up, according to indictment

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From the left: Wakinyon Wakan McArthur, Jesus Thomas Ali, Christopher Lee Wouri.

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    Jeremee Kraskey was going to talk to the feds. He had already given them information.

    That, at least, was the belief of his fellow Native Mob gang members on February 26, 2011 -- the day Kraskey was shut up for good, according to new charges leveled in the federal case against the Native American gang.

    In addition to his six original charges, Shawn Michael Martinez, a.k.a. "Tinez," now faces four more in relation to the death of Kraskey, who the feds say never actually gave anything to law enforcement. Martinez is one of the few alleged gang members named in the indictment who hasn't taken a plea deal in recent months.

    After Martinez shot and killed Kraskey, several of the gang members held an "emergency meeting" to discuss his death, according to the superseding indictment, filed last week. Other than Martinez, Wakinyon McArthur and Christopher Lee Wuori were also present.


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  • Native Mob federal case: Eight more plead to lesser charges

    Categories: Crime, Gangs

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    Six of the original 24 remain.
    Eight more alleged Native Mob gang members named in a federal indictment have pleaded guilty to considerably lesser charges, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

    The feds unsealed the indictment in January, the product of a federally orchestrated, statewide crackdown on the violent Native American gang. The indictment included 24 defendants, with charges ranging from drug dealing to attempted murder.

    As of today, 17 have taken plea deals, all but one admitting to a single count of RICO conspiracy, a charge that allows for extended penalties for acts performed as part of an ongoing criminal organization.

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    Anoka-Henn bans student from wearing rosary to support cancer-striken g'ma; say it's "gang sign"

    Categories: Education, Gangs
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    Balthazor, wearing the "controversial" rosary around his neck.
    Fifteen-year-old Jake Balthazor's grandmother has breast cancer. She goes in for surgery today.

    In the days leading up to his grandmother's operation, Jake has taken to wearing a rosary she gave him as a necklace. He's Lutheran, yet wears the Catholic badge "to support her."

    But recently, school officials at Coon Rapids High School summoned Balthazor to the principal's office. They asked him not to wear the rosary again. "They think it's a gang sign," Jake told WCCO.

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