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The Asian Connection: Bank robbery vs mob slobbery

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For anyone who reads my bad movie review series, it is probably easy to figure out that most of the movies I have collected for my bad movie stack are fairly older films; some older than myself. It’s not a matter of preference, as I’ll take any bad movie I can get my hands on. The most common are horror and sci-fi movies with a four digit budget, but I have irregularly found more recent movies in my dives of pawn shop movie racks.  A decent amount of them are the kind you hate yourself for watching, like Tooth Fairy 2. Last week, I found The Asian Connection, and thankfully I don’t feel terrible for watching it. The Asian Connection (2016) stars a name you can’t help but love for mediocrity. Steven Seagal stars as Gan Sirankiri, a drug lord who is learning that a lieutenants of his is untrustworthy.…

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Police: 2 men arrested after burglary, 1 with a handgun

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St. Cloud Police officers responded to a burglary in progress around 2 a.m. Saturday night. In the 800 block of 8 street south, a 24-year-old woman told police that she saw a man entering her room, according to authorities. When he saw her, he ran out of the house. She thought she heard another person in the house, police said, and a purse and laptop were missing from the house. Authorities said they got into the house by pushing in the screen of an unlocked window, the report said. Nobody was injured during the burglary. Two men were standing in a nearby yard when officers responded to the call. The men fit the victim’s description, and when the officers approached them, the two men fled, police reported. One man fled on a bike, the other on foot. Officers stopped the man on the bike, using a taser, the report said. After securing…

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St. Cloud man threatens victim with knife, police say

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A St. Cloud man is being held at Stearns County Jail after threatening a man with a knife Monday evening. A 42-year-old man saw Justin Anthony Johnson, 27, walking on the roof of a church. Johnson threatened the man with a knife as he saw that the man had noticed him on the church’s rooftop, according to police. After the confrontation, the victim followed Johnson and saw him enter a person’s garage on Timberdoodle Dr. in St. Cloud, according to the report. Soon after police arrived on the scene, a short foot chase entailed, but Johnson was soon apprehended about a block away from the residency where the incident was reported, police said, and he was taken into custody. Johnson faces charges of 1st degree burglary, 2nd degree assault and fleeing police by foot, police said.

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St. Cloud man holds butcher knife in attempted robbery, police say

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A St. Cloud man is in being held in Stearns County Jail after breaking into a home Friday night, armed with a knife and attempting to rob two homeowners, the St. Cloud Police Department reported. Michael Joseph Gothier, 47, broke into a St. Cloud home on 17 St. south. When the 55-year-old man and woman arrived home they encountered Gothier holding a butcher knife and demanding money, the report said. Gothier was arrested at 8:13 p.m. Friday as officers arrived on the scene, responding to a report of a burglary in progress. He was taken into custody at Coborn’s on Cooper Avenue south. Gothier faces charges of aggravated robbery, as well as simple robbery concerning an earlier incident that same day near the St. Cloud Library, according to police. No injuries were reported.

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St. Cloud Police Chief gives safety tips

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Safety has always been the number one priority for law enforcement, and with a new academic year upon us, law enforcement agencies across the nation have been preaching just that. With this academic year already underway, the topic of safety is of top priority to campus officials, as well as local law enforcement agencies as more and more students start to go out and explore off campus activities throughout the year. “We try to do the same things that we’ve always done that we know work,” said St. Cloud Chief of Police William Blair Anderson. “We use good data-driven policing strategies, and we deploy our resources based on what our statistics tell us are areas that need our presence.” The statistics that the police department obtains help the officers better protect the community. By having good, organized data, police can now specify what policing strategy to use in different areas…

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Extended orientation decreases move-in weekend offenses

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The St. Cloud Police Department reported that 137 people were cited during the extended move-in weekend, which is down from 223 people cited in 2014. Thirty-nine percent of the people cited this fall were SCSU students, the police department reported. As move-in weekend was going on, the police department, SCSU, the city of St. Cloud and community members went on the traditional neighborhood prevention walk, making contact with 3,239 people, according to the police department. The police department put out a final summary of offenses for the weekend that included: Small amount marijuana – 2 Urinating in public – 6 Underage consumption – 70 Possession of alcohol – 4 Open container street/sidewalk – 45 Failure to stop at stop sign – 1 Disruptive intoxication – 3 Flee on foot – 5 Driving after revocation – 3 Unreasonable acceleration – 1 Possess drug paraphernalia – 1 False information to police –…

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St. Cloud police arrest man in domestic assault case

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St. Cloud Police arrested Darnell Albert Lewis, 22, in St. Cloud Friday, according to a press release. Lewis was arrested in the 900 block of Eighth Street South, the release said. Police reported that Lewis was wanted for another situation earlier in August, and had other warrants for his arrest. Officers responded to a domestic assault in the 1,000 block of Ninth Avenue North on Aug. 13, and after investigating, police found that Lewis threatened a 17-year-old woman, grabbing her by the throat, according to police. The woman did not need medical treatment, but had minor injuries, police said. Lewis faces charges of felony domestic assault by strangulation, terroristic threats and domestic assault, the report said. He is held at the Stearns County Jail.

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Department efforts help combat crime

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Partnerships between campus departments and programs come together to provide a safe environment for students and to break down the already decreasing crime on campus. The annual security and fire report put out by Public Safety shows that crime on campus has gone down in recent years. Though crime statistics sometimes follow enrollment trends, numerous departments and programs have narrowed their efforts to deter campus crime. Starting in August 2013, SCSU teamed with the St. Cloud Police Department to bring the Campus Area Police Services (CAPS) initiative to campus. Continuing on through its first academic year, Assist Director of Public Safety, Jennifer Furan Super, said that the CAPS program has been successful so far. “As a criminal, you don’t want to live in the CAPS area, because these three officers are focusing in on that, and they’re having a lot of successes on that,” she said. From 2009 to 2013,…

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