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And Justice for all…. (0)

Posted in Solving Crime December 9th, 2008 @ 11:21 am by Linda 

It may have taken three years to convict and sentence this criminal who killed two innocent people, but hopefully the families of these victims have received some type of justice.

Back in 2005, Sir Mario Owens killed Javad Marshal Field and his fiancée Vivian Wolfe who was in the car with Fields, because Field was to testify against Owens in a 2004 murder case. The victims’ families were devastated as well as the community.

Recently, Owens was sentenced to death by lethal injection according to Colorado law. The Judge in this case set a March 2009 date for the death penalty to be imposed but it is almost certain that it will take years for the death penalty to be carried out due to the appeals process. However, recent changes in Colorado state law have made the process a bit more efficient. Under the new streamlined procedures, the death penalty may take only years and not decades in appeal. The Judge also sentenced Owens to an additional 65 years in prison for conspiracy to commit murder and witness intimidation.

There is only one other inmate currently on Colorado’s death row, Nathan Dunlap who murdered four people at a Chuck E. Cheese restaurant in 1993.

Even though the families cannot get back their loved ones, perhaps this is finally justice for all.

State of Minnesota cracks down on DWI. (0)

Posted in Crime Prevention December 8th, 2008 @ 12:23 pm by Linda 

December is a month of holiday parties with businesses, family and friends. However, if you drink and drive in Minnesota you will probably face more DWI enforcements than ever before. According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) more than one-half million Minnesotans have a DWI on record. Unfortunately, DPS sees an increase for the month of December.

As a result, there will be more patrols during the holiday season with a concentration of the state’s deadliest counties. These counties are Anoka, Blue Earth, Crow Wing, Dakota, Hennepin, Itasca, Ramsey, Rice, St. Louis, Sherburne, Stearns, Washington and Wright.

In the last three Decembers – 2005 -2007 – 41 motorists were killed in alcohol related crashes and another 10,553 were arrested for DWI. During this entire three-year period, alcohol-related crashes accounted for 553 traffic deaths and 1,253 serious injuries. 117,764 motorists were arrested for DWI. There were 290 NightCAP enforcement efforts in 2008 resulting in more than 3,000 DWI arrests — one arrest per 17 traffic stops.

During this time officers will include seat belt enforcement. Each year, 70 percent of the impaired drivers and their passengers killed in alcohol-related crashes were not buckled up.

So enjoy your holiday parties but always have a designated driver so you can be here for 2009.

Marijuana bust in Mankato, MN (0)

Posted in Illegal Drugs December 4th, 2008 @ 11:28 am by Linda 

You can tell that times are tough when marijuana growers in California are traveling to other states to sell their drugs. Last week police arrested a father and son carrying five suitcases filled with pot in Mankato – one of the largest drug busts in the area.

The 28 pounds of marijuana with a street value of about $100,000 was grown in California and the father and son were transporting it to buyers here in Minnesota. Mankato Department of Public Safety officer John Judd, also a member of the Minnesota River Valley Drug Task Force, said California dealers are looking outside their state because of the medical marijuana law. The law allows people there to grow marijuana for personal medical use. As a result California is producing an abundance of marijuana and depressing the market in California for illegal sales. That is why they came to Minnesota because they were having so much trouble selling it there.

The marijuana was found in a car they were driving and was stored in freezer-sealed bags to

Don’t be a puffer – you may get your car stolen (0)

Posted in Crime Prevention December 3rd, 2008 @ 2:49 pm by Linda 

Now that we are in the winter months, most people don’t think twice about running their cars unattended in cold weather. Who wants to get into a cold car! However, for a few minutes of convenience may cost you tons of grief.

In Minneapolis, it isn’t against the law to warm up your car in your driveway at home, but it is against the law if your vehicle is on a public road. Known as “puffers,” your car can be an easy target for thieves.

However, in Colorado this is illegal anywhere you live and carries a fine of up to $105 if the police catch you. And believe me, police throughout the Colorado Front Range do patrol neighborhoods, convenience stores, coffee shops, apartment complexes and day care centers looking for puffers, especially in high theft hot spots.

For years the Minneapolis Police Department has been asking for the “puffer” law to be broader. Thieves tempted by a running engine don’t care if it is on private or public roads. Even if you lock your car while running the engine is only a modest deterrent. The fact that the auto was running makes it more difficult for prosecutors to deal with suspected thieves who have keys in their hands. St. Paul and other cities have ordinances similar to the one in Minneapolis.

So if you can’t stand a cold car, buy a remote starter for your car. This helps to prevent the car from being driven away. Let common sense dictate what you and don’t be a “puffer” – your car may get stolen.

‘Tis the season to be scammed! (0)

Posted in Crime Prevention December 2nd, 2008 @ 10:38 am by Linda 

You get a call from your auto insurance company and they say that they can’t process your payment and they need more information from you. Right away you are scared or nervous that you won’t have car insurance, so you give them your bank account number and other personal information they ask for.

DON’T DO IT! It’s a scam.

Victims in Ohio are getting phone calls just like this. Minnesotans beware and don’t fall prey to these criminals. With the economy as poor as it is today, don’t give out your hard earned money to some low life criminal trying to steal your identity.

If you receive a call like this and it is not from your insurance agent, insist on getting a name and telephone number to call them back. Then call your insurance agent to check to make sure this is not a bogus call.

Remember, never give your personal or financial information out over the phone.

Don’t get caught in lottery and sweepstakes scams (0)

Posted in Crime Prevention December 1st, 2008 @ 12:22 pm by Linda 

Has this happened to you? You get a phone call or an email saying that you have won a million dollars in a lottery or sweepstakes in some foreign country. All you need to do is to contact them in order to collect your winnings.

Who wouldn’t think this was legitimate? However, if you have been reading our blogs you know that this is nothing more than pure scams to steal your money. As a result, Minnesota has started its NO MORE MINNESOTA NICE: STATE ANTI-FRAUD EDUCATION CAMPAIGN.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Division (AGED) has partnered with the statewide lottery and sweepstakes fraud enforcement unit to provide an educational outreach program to make sure that you don’t fall victim to these scams.

In Minnesota, fraudulent lottery and sweepstakes scams account for at least $30 million in losses each year. Since September 2007, these types of scams have affected more than 30,000 people. Criminals use e-mail, phone calls and mailings to gain potential victims’ trust and steal their money. Such scams notify victims they have won money in a contest but that they must submit payment to receive winnings. Many of these scams target the elderly.

Here are some of the ways these criminals work to take your hard earn money away from you.
*Someone wants to send you a check for something and asks you to send part of it back to them.
*You receive a check via overnight delivery service.
*You have been informed that you were the winner of a foreign lottery — a lottery that you did not enter.
*You have been instructed to either “wire,” “send” or “ship” money as soon as possible to a large U.S. city or to another country.
*You have been asked to pay money to receive a deposit from another country such as Canada, England or Nigeria.
*You are receiving pay or commission for facilitating money transfers through your bank account.
*You receive an e-mail requesting that you confirm, update or provide your bank account information.

If you get any of these types of notices, you may be a potential fraud victim. Immediately, report this scam to AGED by calling toll-free 866-347-0911, submit information on www.MnScams.org and forward e-mails you receive to report@mnscams.org.

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