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UPDATE: Shots reportedly fired in north end incident late Wednesday


This news story was published on June 7, 2012.
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Editorial by Matt Marquardt –

UPDATE FROM MCPD Thursday:

The Mason City Police Department responded to a report of shots being fired in the parking lot of Northside Liquor Wednesday evening at about 11 PM.  Upon arrival, several individuals had already fled the area.  Witnesses described  that someone had fired a gun at a vehicle in the parking lot.  A short time later, officers located a vehicle registered to Malaisha Brown of Forest City with a bullet hole in the hood area of her 2008 Pontiac.  Investigators a short time later arrested Kenneth Donjuan May, 20, of Mason City.

May was charged with one count of terrorism by intimidation with a dangerous weapon and one count of carrying a concealed weapon.

Terrorism is a class C felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.  Carrying a concealed weapon is an aggravated misdemeanor.

SUBJECT IS INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY

 

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MASON CITY – Reports started flowing into the NIT office about an incident on Mason City’s north end late Wednesday involving gunshots.  (The photos and news tips are always greatly appreciated, folks.  Keep them coming.)

Mason City police officers were gathering evidence in the parking lot at Northside Liquor, 1303 North Federal Avenue.  Officers confirmed they were looking for bullet casings.

Inside the store, employees were tight-lipped about the incident and would only say that “everyone is OK” and “no one was hurt.”  Officers were watching surveillance video on a TV screen in front of the cash register.  It appeared that two groups of African-American males were having words in the video before they asked me to stop watching.

Across the street, one man said an officer told him that Northside Liquor had been robbed but the MCPD was not confirming that just yet.  An officer told me that a press release would be forthcoming in the morning with more details.

UPDATE: More sources are saying that a car was shot at and it had at least one bullet hole in it.  Another person said that the altercation began inside the liquor store and spilled out into the parking lot.

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86 Responses to UPDATE: Shots reportedly fired in north end incident late Wednesday

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 30, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    I’d rather be Kosy at the Kozy than down south at the liker store.

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    Sam. Reply Report comment

    July 14, 2012 at 6:05 am

    to the person who said they should move North Side liquor to the South side. . they perpously put the liquor store on the north end. . . If you go to any city usually the liquor stores are on the “Bad side of town” . . . and moving it would just bring more crime to the “south” side of Mason City. . at least they have the crime mostly on one side of town . .

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    Wally Norton Reply Report comment

    June 14, 2012 at 8:05 am

    Hire the SOS, turn ’em loose on N. Federal. Problem solved.

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      Broke Reply Report comment

      June 14, 2012 at 8:15 am

      Can’t. Broke. Park Inn, Streetscape, Library, painted streets, moving things around in city hall tapped us out.

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    Joe Reply Report comment

    June 12, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    I can’t believe he wasn’t charged with a more serious crime, he could have killed someone (perhaps that was his intent). And he is out on bail… Inexcusable!!!

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 10, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    Maybe this is a bit of a stretch, however with all the crime that is happening here lately; maybe it’s time to declare Martial Law in Mason City.

    Have the governor send a small band of troops to help the overwhelmed police of Mason City. It’s fairly obvious that the police have lost total control of Mason City and are in over their heads. Until things are under control, I would have a mandatory curfew of midnight for all citizens unless there is a valid reason to be out.

    This might be extreme, but let’s face it, this city is spiraling out of control and people here do not feel safe anymore. Action needs to be and must be taken now!

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      June 13, 2012 at 1:52 am

      You just went full retard

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        June 13, 2012 at 4:11 am

        Well, you have to admit, something needs to be done. Besides, I didn’t see you come up with any suggestions!

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      My Voice Reply Report comment

      June 13, 2012 at 6:50 am

      I have to admit, that was one of the most retarded suggestions I have come across. Martial Law? Really?….Really?? Wow, stay in your home keep the bubble wrap and tin foil hat ready…you’ll be ok. I promise. lmao.

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    wiener guy Reply Report comment

    June 8, 2012 at 10:19 am

    what we need to do since we don’t have enough law enforcement is police our selfs and Anything goes , now is not the time to piss off the good hard working people of MC!

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      wiener guy Reply Report comment

      June 8, 2012 at 10:36 am

      Hey that hair went out in the nighties dude!

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        wiener guy Reply Report comment

        June 8, 2012 at 10:46 am

        Seriously we need to clean up this place , our law enforce is trying but they need our help and support i mean come on don’t u guys think they get tired of arresting the same people over and over! One suggestion is if they are from another town or state they are deported back there and can never come back in and if they do they go to prison for 30 years without parole! and i am getting sick of supporting these losers!

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    Cape Fear Reply Report comment

    June 8, 2012 at 9:25 am

    I think it’s time to consider the possibility that the judges in this area are actually frightened of the people they sentence, so they hand them slaps on the wrist to keep the others in the shadows off them. Imagine living in a town this size and people know you sent their “cuz” up the river for 10-20 years? I think fear is what’s really going on. We need to hire judges who carry guns and have nerves of steel.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 7, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    I SEE ANOTHER ONE OF RIVER CITY’S FINEST HAS BEEN RELEASED. IT SEEMS OUR LATEST SHOOTER IS BACK ON THE STREETS

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      My Voice Reply Report comment

      June 7, 2012 at 10:42 pm

      So Coolio wanna be got out. Does that surprise you? Hopefully some gang bangin POS takes his ass out. I will not be upset if I read tomorrow there was another shooting and this dirt bag was the victim.

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    My Voice Reply Report comment

    June 7, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    Lol, dude’s hair is STILL killin me.

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      My Voice Reply Report comment

      June 7, 2012 at 10:45 pm

      He look like a Chia Pet with Mange. lol.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 7, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    DID IT EVER OCCURE TO YOU WHO IS LETTING THE DIRT BAGS OFF? NOT THE COPS BUT THE JUDGES. THE COPS GET TIRED OF HALING THEM IN ONLY TO HAVE THE JUDGES LET THEM GO. THEY ARE NOT PILLERS OF SOCIETY BUT DIRT BAGS WHO NEED TO BE PUT AWAY. I’VE ALWAYS SAID TO DIG A HUGE PIT THROW ALL THE DRUGGIES IN AND ALL THEIR DRUGS. WHEN THEY HAVE BURNED THEMSELVES UP COVER THE HOLE WITHE DIRT. END OF STORY

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    To Bad Reply Report comment

    June 7, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    It really is getting dangerous to live in Mason City. What we need is a police department full of officers that are willing to do the job that we are paying them for. The officers that Mason City has employeed now are “acting” like they are working by parking around town hoping to catch someone speeding or hanging out by Highland and warning golfers that they should not be riding their golf carts on the streets. The crime in Mason City is not the only problem that we have but it is the one that needs top priority!

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    MROU812 Reply Report comment

    June 7, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Wow this trads second shooting offense in mason city!! Courts do nothing, he has at least 2 kids with desperate 2 different/desparate white gals he does not support, has no job contributes nothing to society, typical so called Dboy, come here intimidate, steal, lie use and sell drugs, in reality, couldn’t make a pimple on the ass of a real gangbangeer from Detroit!! They have found a home here in river city, WHY? a market for the product, low self esteem women willing to shelter breed and support them, young little white wanna be gangsters here who worship them and wanna be like them,
    And no consequence for being arrested, plus a majority of mason cities residents don’t believe or care about what’s happening, complaining the police aren’t doing enough but yet you see these pukes jail photos on here everyday!! Why because the police are doing their job! So those of you who run your mouth, about nothing being done, criticize others, watch too many crime shows and have all the answers!! Do nothing about it other than complain about what OTHERS are not doing!! No solutions then no bitches!!! Especially the unemployed, those that have been arrested and friends of those mentioned above do most the blogging on here. Peace!!!

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      My Voice Reply Report comment

      June 7, 2012 at 5:56 pm

      Now THAT’S a damn good post! Amen! This dude is a POS. is that a dirty mop on the top of his head?

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 7, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    HEY HEY WHAT ARE YOU ALL STIRED UP ABOUT A LITTLE GUNFIRE. YOUR POLICE DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN SCHOOLED BY BOOKMEYER AND THE REST. THEIR RESPONSE.”THIS IS AN ISOLATED INCIDENT” “YOU FOLKS HAVE NOTING TO WORRY ABOUT”?????? AHHH YOUR POLICE DEPARTMENT FOR WE DON’T HAVE AN ANSWER OR KNOW HOW TO DEAL WITH THIS SHIT!!!!!! HAVE YOU SMELLED VICOR TODAY??????

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      Shirley Reply Report comment

      June 7, 2012 at 5:47 pm

      I am suprised you spelled shit right ya arrogant prick

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        June 7, 2012 at 7:02 pm

        Ohhh SHIRLEY, YOU MUST BE ONE OF THEM GALS PETER WAS BRAGGING ABOUT IN HIS ARTICLE TODAY, OR YOUR MARRIED TO BOOKMEYER OR MARK. BITCH….

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        Alex Reply Report comment

        June 7, 2012 at 7:53 pm

        I would have to say shirley is right you are an arrogant prick! You must be a judge perhaps a lawyer? Our cops put them away and they walk within hours, deferred judgement and all is forgotten. Day after day i see the same criminals in and out of jail with a slap on the wrist and the only incoherant dribble you can manage is pulling names of people with absolutly no power to do a thing about into the matter so you can shit on their name, most likely with an alternate agenda. I do not know these men nor do i care to, but if you are going to comment on an issue especially one that matters to most mason city folk please pull your head out of your ass.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 7, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    WE THE PEOPLE OF MC GOTTA STAND UP, AND CLEAN THIS SHIT HOLE UP!!!!! LETS PUT A END TO THIS SHIT!!!

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    Watchdog Reply Report comment

    June 7, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    You know I just looked at the punks picture. Got that cowards look in the eye. When these knuckle-draggers go to jail they should be shaving their heads and beards off.

    Maybe we should tattoo “IDIOT” across their forhead!

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      LOL! Reply Report comment

      June 7, 2012 at 3:20 pm

      What is written on your FOREHEAD?

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        June 7, 2012 at 8:41 pm

        I bet is says, COOL. I would love to date this dude. He is one smart fellow.

        Sheri

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    matt Reply Report comment

    June 7, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    black, brown, white, yellow, pink, purple, orange, or red i do not give a damn what color your damn skin is all i care about is my child not growing up around this B.S. take the maximum punishment give to coolio up there and any other moron that fires a gun in mason city.

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    observer Reply Report comment

    June 7, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    I’m so sick of hearing bout people pulling the black card shit! Get over it! There is racism that still goes on…but its not just whites that are doing it…also blacks,Hispanic,Asian,and whoever else. But in realty most of the gun crap that goes on is mostly blacks
    In mason city…so u don’t want a bad name for yourself then don’t give reason to get one. I think northside liquor better move their establishment to southside…probably have better business and less bs

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      what?!?! Reply Report comment

      June 7, 2012 at 2:49 pm

      Blacks that are in realty are using guns?

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      June 7, 2012 at 6:40 pm

      It seems that the black people don’t like other being racist towards them, but I have to agree with some of these posts. And what’s sad is the BAD blacks from bigger cities and making the good ones look bad! That’s where your racism comes in. I tired of these thugs coming here, dealing their drugs, collecting their welfare, hanging out in obvious drug houses, and going around shooting their guns when their drug deals go bad.
      I don’t want it here anymore. And I think alot of people in Mason City feel the same way. But how do we get it stopped??? It’s out of control in this town and it makes me sick. I’ve lived here for over 50 years and it’s ridiculous how these drug people have degraded this town. Maybe as a community it’s time to stand up and just say we aren’t going to take it anymore! Hire more police, give the police more guns. They aren’t afraid of the police and that needs to change. And maybe some how they need to be afraid of their neighbors and good residents in this community…any suggestions?

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    Old school Reply Report comment

    June 7, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    Time to put on big boy and girl pants. Stop acting like fools and holding everyone else but themselves accountable for thier situation. Dont try to intimidate just because your an ass. If these people of any ethnicity dont learn to cohabitate then they should leave voluntarily or so be it by force. Think of all the children that are affected in one way or another. Its always some hooey about someone holding them back. Grow up get some manners or get out.

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    Watchdog Reply Report comment

    June 7, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    The problem is not with law enforcement. The problem is “we the people” have let our compassion get out of control.

    Here is the way it works: After a knuckle-dragger is arrested and run through the system, the system feels so sorry for the bad guy that they want to “REHABILITATE” him or her. Then they get a slap on the hand and are right back out doing the crap they do.

    The only way to REHABILITATE someone is to make them want to quit the crap they do. The way you make someone change their behaviour is

    MISERY, MISERY, MISERY.

    Putting someone in jail where they mark time, get dope, have sex, work out, and wait till they can get back to doing what they do is not punishment.

    Hard Labor and Chain Gangs with absolutely no rights are where we have be.

    No special food, no special cells, no rights for sleep, nothing. Hard Labor and more hard labor.

    Sheriff Joe from Arizona has the right approach. Then add more misery to his approach and we will stop most of them. The ones that are hard core anti-social personality types you lock up and throw the key away.

    If that don’t work, then make organ donors out of them!

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      Well said! Reply Report comment

      June 7, 2012 at 12:44 pm

      Capital punishment for first time offenders is the only way to turn this thing around!

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    shanena Reply Report comment

    June 7, 2012 at 11:45 am

    The 60’s are over. Ya’ll can’t just run us black folk outta town.

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      Shutta Reply Report comment

      June 7, 2012 at 11:49 am

      No one is talking about all black folk, just the few that cause problems. I have many friends who are African American & work/raise their families & don’t live off the system & do illegal activities. There are some who need to get up off their butt & be adults instead of gang bangers.

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      Cudda Reply Report comment

      June 7, 2012 at 12:02 pm

      Red-necks will even run us white folk outta town. Many with guns will now even shoot us white folk too.

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        My Voice Reply Report comment

        June 7, 2012 at 1:16 pm

        Mr. County prosecutor, you think you may have the balls to make sure this dude doesn’t get a deferred sentence? He’s been in and out of Cerro County Jail numerous times. Show us you actually have a set for once…please.

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      Me Reply Report comment

      June 7, 2012 at 1:15 pm

      Ya sure bout that? Pretty sure it depends on whose gun is bigger…

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      OK Reply Report comment

      June 7, 2012 at 1:29 pm

      Why are black folks so racist, they the most racist of all. Notice all the movies they make, they cutting down on white people and others. If the 60s are over then give it up, act American. Stop trying to be the first ” BLACK ” person to do this and to do that, if you label yourselfs they dont hate if someone else does. People want the hard crimes and drugs out of this town, and if it is black people or whoever then yes I am all for running that type of crime out of town.

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        Dunno Reply Report comment

        June 7, 2012 at 1:37 pm

        Evidently a history of slavery will make a person a tad sensitive?

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        Jimi Reply Report comment

        June 7, 2012 at 2:04 pm

        I would much rather run the North Iowa Fair Board and some of the City Council out of town for their heinous crimes against humanity. The kid with a gun comes in all colors, read the newspapers.

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        hahahaha Reply Report comment

        June 7, 2012 at 2:41 pm

        “Crimes against humanity”? Overly dramatic much?

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      June 7, 2012 at 6:07 pm

      That is a f-n stupid comment. No one wants to run blacks out of town. I like everyone else want to run dirt bag pieces of shit like this dude out of town. If they are black, so be it. I could f-n care less what color skin. Im sick of some blacks playin the damn race card. Pisses me off especially when they are more racist than most people. Grow up. Slavery ended over 100 years ago. Stop cryin about it.

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        amen Reply Report comment

        June 7, 2012 at 7:36 pm

        Amen, hit the needle on the head!

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        My Voice Reply Report comment

        June 7, 2012 at 8:28 pm

        Thank you “Amen”, i stand by what i said. I am so sick of them. I was so irritated i forgot to use “My Voice”. I have several friends that are black. They feel the same way. As a matter of fact, they are pretty sick of that race card too. Model citizens they are. Blacker than the ace of spades their skin is. Who f-n cares. I only see good people, i don’t even see color. Maturity allows you to be color blind. Ignorance allows and even promotes more stupidity.

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        Matt Reply Report comment

        June 7, 2012 at 8:51 pm

        Love it!!! Respect it!!!! Totally agree!!!!! Excellent job with your post!

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      wiener guy Reply Report comment

      June 8, 2012 at 10:10 am

      well run ya out if your part of the problem and it don’t matter what color you are !

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    concerned Reply Report comment

    June 7, 2012 at 11:36 am

    Time for the chief and sheriff to step up to the plate and put an end to this shit. People are starting to take notes, and if they dont start living up to being the head of law enforcement around here they better look into a new career.

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      Shutta Reply Report comment

      June 7, 2012 at 11:37 am

      Nail on the head right there!

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      Watching Reply Report comment

      June 7, 2012 at 3:30 pm

      I get real tired of hearing the police say “Isolated incident”. They are all isolated incidents until you put them all together you have a problem and a large one at that. Quit trying to make people feel good, do you think we are that stupid, and start doing some thing about it. Pals you can be voted out and with the right and enough pressure on the city the chief can go just as fast.

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    My Voice Reply Report comment

    June 7, 2012 at 8:11 am

    “sigh”….This is only the begining folks. It gets worse every year. There’s a lot of people in this city that think it’s ridiculous to carry a gun in this city. Their belief is things like this don’t happen here…this is not detroit, or chicago. I got news for you…it isn’t, but there ARE dangers in this city that you never hear about because they don’t get reported by the media. Mason City isn’t detroit or chicago, but it’s not Mayberry either. Most of these “thugs” come here from detroit and chicago as this is viewed as their “proving grounds”. Drugs and wellfare bring them here. It’s up to ALL of us to take our city back! I have had my CCW for several years now. I carry a G30 with me everywhere. I hope I never have to use it.

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      jimmy john Reply Report comment

      June 7, 2012 at 8:17 am

      You might think its not Detroit or Chicago but just wait, it’ll get there soon enough.

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        Old Timer Reply Report comment

        June 7, 2012 at 4:58 pm

        It will only if these police pay more attention to traffic violations an messing with teenagers, back in the day here in Mason city a group of Mexican teenagers used to hang out at what was then Washington school, they was labeled gang members and a neighborhood meeting was set up at Washington school, the police an all the concerned neighbors were welcome to attend. They decided to take back their neighborhood. So the police would stop an question them every time they seen them together, eventually they couldn’t hang out there without police pressure. Giving the fact they was just teenagers I’m sure the police had no problem patrolling them. Police now need to step up an do it again. What they afraid of ? Time to do it before its too late. Do some research this story is true.

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    wiener guy Reply Report comment

    June 7, 2012 at 8:02 am

    Shoot ’em all and or Hang them ! enough is enough

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      XDM owner and operator Reply Report comment

      June 7, 2012 at 3:20 pm

      We could all pitch in and get the D-bags…I mean D-boys some shootin time at the range so they could accually hit what they are shooting at instead of holding their pistol sideways “like the bangers on the movies”, soon there would only be one left.

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        Watching Reply Report comment

        June 7, 2012 at 3:41 pm

        Totally agree. Nothing worse than a hot casing in your face gang banger style. My Ruger P-95 and the wife’s Taurus are with us all the time. 90% of the people of this town have no idea about how many legally carried weapons are around them at any given time. But I know when some thing happens and we need to use our weapons they will be thanking us for saving them.

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        Be Careful Reply Report comment

        June 7, 2012 at 4:01 pm

        Don’t snag your gun on your cape when you are drawing it to save us all.

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    Afro American Reply Report comment

    June 7, 2012 at 7:55 am

    It wouldn’t matter if the trail had not even started, they dont know what day it even is, they would be shooting no matter what its all they know how to do. How do you run these shit bags out of town, like getting filthy rats out you either poison them (which is illegal) or make them really uncomfortable raise the rent on the hole they live in or by having police presence constantly (not enough man power on police farce) so they stay and make the rest of us working citizens pay for them to wake up at 2-3 in the afternoon go balling down at the 12th st park around 6-7pm then hang out at Kum and Go and Northside Liquor smoke the chronic, drink 40’s, and scream at big whitey till the wee hours of the morn.

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      American Reply Report comment

      June 7, 2012 at 9:17 am

      shut down the slum lords shut down the slums, clean up the trash, raise the rent (more then whatever a monthly gov. check is) problem solved….If they cant afford to live here they will move on, here they are a big fish in a small pond send them back to the big pond (Detroit, Chicago)where they are a small fish and see how they do…Nice that the liquor store owners wont talk about it, wouldn’t want to take their best customers away.

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        Thanks Mitt! Reply Report comment

        June 7, 2012 at 9:35 am

        These people would never spend illegally obtained money on things like rent! BRILLIANT!

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        XDM owner and operator Reply Report comment

        June 7, 2012 at 10:03 am

        when did Government checks become illegal Mitt? Yes we all know they spend their hard earned drug money on bibles and basketballs not rent and rubbers.BRILLIANT!

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        Jasmine Reply Report comment

        June 7, 2012 at 12:28 pm

        My slum lord, pimp and pusher lives in Clear Lake where there is a high percentage of sex offenders for it’s size. Raising the rent will bring higher end trash and drugs to the area.

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    Tired Of This Reply Report comment

    June 7, 2012 at 7:52 am

    WATCH OUT YOU DRUG DEALING HOODLUM TRASH IM COMING TO GET YOU!!

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    where's Peter Reply Report comment

    June 7, 2012 at 7:41 am

    Drug prohibition is a major cause of this violence. Gangsters have guns to protect their illegitimate business, similar to the explosion of violence seen during the days of alcohol prohibition. Look at those opposed to legalization; Their opinion shouldn’t matter because they have a vested interested($) in keeping drugs illegal. Let’s end this ridiculous prohibition 2.0 and make our streets safer.

    William Reid
    Mason City

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      Muncher Reply Report comment

      June 7, 2012 at 7:59 am

      Yes, I want the freedom to use bath salts when I want to. I get hungry for an open face sandwich when I’m strung on bath salts.

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      Observer Reply Report comment

      June 7, 2012 at 8:31 am

      William, as I have told Peter L. many many times, it is a minority who hold the desire to make drugs legal. It is the majority who demand that certain drugs remain controlled. Including pot. Minorities in this case do not rule the roost. Sorry.

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        where's peter Reply Report comment

        June 7, 2012 at 9:44 am

        http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/22/legalize-marijuana-56-percent-rasmussen-poll_n_1537706.html

        Latest Rasmussen poll shows a majority 56% are in favor of legalizing/regulating marijuana.

        Our country has wasted over $1 trillion dollars on this war. It is not getting better, and our country is broke. Our neighborhoods are turning into war zones. The only solution is to take the drug trade away from the gangs by decriminalizing, regulating and taxing drugs.

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        Observer Reply Report comment

        June 10, 2012 at 8:36 am

        where’s Peter; In theory, you might be correct that legalization of pot would stop drug wars. Problem is, those gangs, and all the mayhem that goes along with it, is not over just one drug. Meth, crack, Heroin, prescription drugs, Ecstasy, and others will still be there. Or didn’t you think about that? The aim you take is just like Peter’s, legalized your drughead habits, and everthing will be peachy keen.

        News flash, society does not work like that. What’s next? Legalize prostitution? Legitimatize human trafficing? Heroin? Yet, that is the exact direction you are heading towards. Today pot, tomorrow, crack. “It don’t hurt no one.” Must be using too much of the product as it is now.

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      Observer Reply Report comment

      June 10, 2012 at 8:22 am

      Peter, if the Netherlands appeals to you so much, move there, ask them for free land, and build your space alien houses to your hearts content.

      We are not talking about the Netherlands, but the U.S. The laws we have here dealing with controlled substances are very clear, and with proper intention towards it’s effect on society.

      And as far as I am concerned, there is no basis what so ever for using the term Nazi towards people like myself. Is that how you win an argument, name call? That usually is an indication you have nothing else of substance to offer. I am not intimidated.

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    David M Reply Report comment

    June 7, 2012 at 7:36 am

    Yesterday, shortly after reading the KIMT report of the verdict, there were sirens flooding the area around Casey’s on North Federal again. I saw a cop car in Casey’s parking lot and an ambulance on 9th. I thought for sure that someone had become enraged about the verdict and had retaliated. Upon further investigation, it turns out it was just a small fender bender at the corner of Federal & 9th.

    I don’t have any clue if last night’s incident has anything to do with the verdict or not, but I am concerned that there will be more violence because of it. I hope I’m wrong and people will just let it go and move on.

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    sjsvtx1300 Reply Report comment

    June 7, 2012 at 6:49 am

    Time to run the trash from out of other cities that have come here tobe low life trouble we know who they are.They are easy to spot.

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      Observer Reply Report comment

      June 7, 2012 at 8:35 am

      “We” should make an appointment with Chief Lashbrook, and take him to all those ” low life trouble we know who they are”.

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    gofigure Reply Report comment

    June 7, 2012 at 6:05 am

    Jamaal Leslie was convicted of 1st degree murder yesterday… coincidence or should the citizens of mason city have concern this ISNT the last we going to see or hear as aftermath of verdict…

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    Sick Of This! Reply Report comment

    June 7, 2012 at 5:57 am

    This is out of control! The constant fighting and the use of weapons is tearing Mason City apart. Isn’t there other ways to deal with your issues? A change needs to be made and it needs to be done quickly. Too many tradgedies have already hit Mason City, when is something going to happen to an innocent person just driving their child home, or coming into town that way. Its rather scary. I hope something is done quickly.

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    concerned Reply Report comment

    June 7, 2012 at 5:51 am

    Well it seems im gonna have to start carrying my weapon with me again just to go anywhere in this town. How pathetic is that, we live in north iowa and people feel they need to carry weapons to protect themselves because there is that much crime. Makes you wonder about the next few years.

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      happyguy Reply Report comment

      June 7, 2012 at 8:17 pm

      I’ve lived in Mason City for the better part of 60 years. I am not now nor have I ever been afraid to go anywhere at any time in Mason City. I have never owned nor will I ever own a gun. MC isn’t as bad as some try to make it sound.

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        concerned Reply Report comment

        June 7, 2012 at 8:50 pm

        Well i have lived here the entire 26 years of my life and up till recently i never really carried a weapon, but if thats what its going to take to keep my 2 year old daughter safe, then thats what i am going to do. I try to preserve life at any costs.

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        My Voice Reply Report comment

        June 8, 2012 at 10:59 am

        Good for you and i’m glad you feel that way. Doesn’t make you right but you HAVE the right to think that way. Just as i have the RIGHT to carry a gun. Mason City isn’t as safe as some try to make it sound.

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    concerned Reply Report comment

    June 7, 2012 at 1:31 am

    Is it bad to NOT be surprised about ppl involved or the incident itself???:-/