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Wednesday, February 27, 2013


I was at the Capitol today testifying for the need to improve our State synthetic drug law. While this is gruesome, it needs to be told. In recent weeks Duluth police and fire have responded to several mutilation incidents involving peopl...e high on synthetics (this is on top of the many other synthetic drug related calls): 1. Male dug his eye ball out of his head with a fork 2. Male pulled out his teeth 3. Male chewed on his arm. Here is a disturbing incident of a synthetic drug/bath salt user...It is disturbing, but we need parents to talk with their kids about the dangers of these drugs.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Last Place Update

I need to update you on our efforts to deal with the Last Place on Earth.  Our two pronged approach involved a civil suit seeking a remedy to the problems associated with the business and its impact on the neighborhood.  For now, the business is required to pay for two police officers to be present in the area and address the crime and disorder issues one hour prior to the business opening until one hour after closing at a cost of over $30,000 a month. 

On another front the U.S. Attorney’s Office has filed 54 criminal charges against the owner of the business and several employees.  Myself, impacted area businesses and families of those who lives who have been ruined by the drugs sold in this business are hoping for long prison sentences at the conclusion of the trial.   The trial is scheduled for later this year.