Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Money launderer and GOP donor Frank Vennes Jr. nets Ripple in Stillwater two more awards

Felon-on-the-run Frank Vennes Jr.
By Karl Bremer
 
Ripple in Stillwater collected two more Minnesota Society for Professional Journalists Page One Awards June 19, bringing to three the total number of MN-SPJ awards this blog has won in less than two years online.
 
In the online category, I won First Place for “Best News Portrait” for my photo of convicted money launderer and GOP donor Frank Vennes Jr. as he ran through the streets of St. Paul trying to flee from my lens following a federal court appearance in September 2011. After chasing him for two blocks, I was able to capture the fleet-footed felon on the run before he ducked into a bank building.
 
For the second year in a row, I won in the special “Best Use of Public Records” category, where media of all types and sizes compete against one another. This year, my three-part series “Lawyers, Guns & Money: An Inside Look at the Political Pardon of Frank Vennes Jr.”, won Third Place.

In addition to the two 2012 SPJ Page One Awards, I won a second place 2011 Page One Award for “Best Use of Public Records” for my series on recently-captured fraudster and GOP donor "Bobby Thompson." And this spring, City Pages voted Ripple in Stillwater “Best Local Blog” in its Best of the Twin Cities 2012 competition.

A tip o' the hat to fraudsters and Ponzimen everywhere! As long as you keep plying your slippery trades in these parts, Ripple in Stillwater will be there to cast a light upon you.

Photo Copyright ©2011 Karl Bremer


 
 

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    Register of Actions
    Case No. 82-T2-96-014119
    The State of Minnesota vs. Karin Locke Housley §
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    Case Type: Driving Intoxicated
    Date Filed: 08/07/1996
    Location: - Washington-Stillwater
    Party Information
    Lead Attorneys
    Defendant HOUSLEY, KARIN LOCKE
    DOB: 01/20/1964 RICHARD D CLOUGH
    Retained
    612-441-5728(W)
    Scottsdale, AZ 85262

    Jurisdiction State of Minnesota OAKDALE PROSECUTOR
    651-730-2826(W)
    Charge Information
    Charges: HOUSLEY, KARIN LOCKE Statute Level Date
    1. Careless Driving 169.13 Converted: Offense Level Not Available 07/11/1996
    Events & Orders of the Court
    DISPOSITIONS
    10/14/1996
    Disposition (Judicial Officer: Judge, Presiding)
    1. Careless Driving
    Guilty
    10/14/1996
    Plea (Judicial Officer: Judge, Presiding)
    1. Careless Driving
    Guilty
    10/14/1996
    Converted TCIS Criminal Sentence (Judicial Officer: Eggleston, Smith F.)
    1. Careless Driving
    07/11/1996 (CNVLEVEL) 169.13 (CNVOFFENSE)
    Converted Disposition:


    Fined: $500.00
    Surcharge: $75.00
    Costs: $5.00
    Alcohol Assess: $0.00; Date Waived: 10/14/1996


    OTHER EVENTS AND HEARINGS
    08/07/1996 FLD-Case Filed (Judicial Officer: Judge, Presiding )
    10/10/1996 Hearing (8:35 AM) (Judicial Officer Albertson,Howard R. ,)
    Result: Converted Activity Status Flag Occurred
    10/10/1996 CANCELED Pre-trial (1:00 PM) (Judicial Officer Albertson,Howard R. ,)
    Other
    10/14/1996 Sentencing (11:57 PM) (Judicial Officer Eggleston, Smith F.)
    Result: Converted Activity Status Flag Occurred
    10/15/1996 PTN-Petition (Judicial Officer: Judge, Presiding )
    11/14/1996 ARC-Archive (Judicial Officer: Judge, Presiding )
    02/01/2007 Converted Pending Activity (Judicial Officer: Judge, Presiding )
    Financial Information


    Defendant HOUSLEY, KARIN LOCKE
    Total Financial Assessment 580.00
    Total Payments and Credits 580.00
    Balance Due as of 07/26/2012 0.00

    10/14/1996 Transaction Assessment 580.00

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