November 30, 2008

Local 11/30/08

A man in Brooklyn Park was shot by police Tuesday night according to the Star Tribune and the MN Sun.

The police were called by the man’s girlfriend, who said that the man, Eric Kirk Kolski was threatening her with a gun. The woman locked herself in the bathroom. After the police forced entry the man allegedly confronted the police officers and two officers shot him an unknown number of times. He was declared dead at the scene.

The officers both without another officer-involved shooting on their record, were put on paid administrative leave, according to the Sun.

The Star Tribune article is slightly longer though not much more detailed. The articles are pretty similar in the information they provide and how they provide. It talked about the man’s record of three prior arrests for domestic assault. However, so did the Sun.

November 16, 2008

Local 11/16/08

A 13 year-old-girl allegedly stabbed another student at a St. Paul middle school Wednesday according to the Star Tribune and the Pioneer Press.
The girl, according to the Pioneer Press attacked a boy who was her ex during passing time at 12:35pm. The boy was not seriously injured and needed only stitches for a wound in his chest and another in his arm. Another student who tried to intervene suffered a minor cut on the finger.
The Star Tribune had a very short article. It basically said that the girl stabbed the boy was still in custody and that the boy suffered only minor injuries. It then said that a county spokesman said no further details were being released because of the suspects age.
The Pioneer Press article, despite being published a day earlier, is much more detailed. It delves into the fact that the boy and girl used to date and the school was dealing with verbal conflicts between the two prior to the stabbing.
It also talked about the school’s reaction to the stabbing, saying that the girl was suspended and there is a mandatory referral for expulsion. It also mentioned a letter sent home to parents by the principal and a previously recorded phone message.

November 9, 2008

11/09/2008 Local


The recount of the ballots to determine the winner between Coleman and Franken will happen according to the Star Tribune and

MinnPost has a medium length article that talks in detail about the process of the recount. Stating that each of the 3 million ballots have to be looked over for marking errors that would cause them to not be counted by the machines. Then representatives from both sides get to look at the ballots and are aloud to challenge individual ballots. The challenged ballots then go up for review and are decided upon by officials. The article makes clear that a decision won’t be made until well into 2009.

The Star Tribune has a short article talking about all the statewide elections that will require a recount. Four in all. It then quickly discusses the process of decided that a recount will occur, having to do with having a less than a half a percentage point of discrepancy.

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October 19, 2008

10/19/08 Local

A 24-year-old mentally handicapped man was abducted twice and repeatedly beaten and tortured in Lakeville by a group of four men and a 16-year-old girl over the weekend according to the Star Tribune and the Pioneer Press.

The Star Tribune goes into much greater detail than the Pioneer Press. The Pioneer Press article states in the bottom of the article the reason for the attack. That the 16-year-old girl told the men the victim, Justin Hamilton, attacked her. It was in the headline of the Star Tribune article.

The Star Tribune also goes into much greater detail about the backgrounds of the suspects. It talks about how two of them were in the military, while the Pioneer Press mentions only the basic facts, not giving much background.

Both articles mention that the victim suffered broken ribs, many bruises, and burns from a cigarette and a heated credit card.

October 5, 2008

10/05/08 Local

An 18-year-old man accused of rape told a police sergeant that in a recording in 2006 that he did not have sex with the developmentally disabled 17-year-old girl according to the Pioneer Press and the Star Tribune.

The girl he allegedly attacked suffers from Schimmelpenning syndrome, a disorder which causes physical and mental disabilities. She has an IQ of about 58, her mother testified according to the Pioneer Press.

Both articles state that the man is also accused of raping and beating a 57-year-old woman on Jan. 1, 2007.

The St. Paul man, Joshua L. Smith, was 16 at the time of the alleged attack, which occurred on Sept. 8, 2006. He was certified to stand trial as an adult. Smith is currently on trial in Ramsey County District Court on two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct according to the Star Tribune.

The Star Tribune article cites verbatim the testimony he gave to St. Paul Police Sgt. Jennifer O’Donnell. It then goes on to cover the collection of evidence from the 57-year-old victim. And while the article talks about DNA being collected from semen from both victim, it states that there was no testimony as to whose semen it was as of Friday.

The Pioneer Press article also uses the testimony recorded in 2006. The article also includes the information that the 17-year-old victim could accurately describe Smith’s basement, despite Smith claiming she had never been to his house. The article then goes on to state that DNA was recovered from semen on the 17-year-old’s underwear which tested a positive match to Smith.

September 28, 2008

9/28/2008 Local

A Rogers man is accused of raping a mentally disabled women according to articles from the Star Tribune and the Pioneer Press.

Vladimir A. Yulchinchuk, a medical transport driver is accused of picking up a women suffering from “mental disorders, including paranoia, mild retardation, an IQ of 80 and a brain injury? according to a police affidavit used in the article from the Pioneer Press.

The Pioneer Press placed emphasis on the alleged part of the circumstances. It told the story more from the defendant’s point of view although it stayed pretty neutral about the status of Yulchinchuk’s guilt. It talked about the judge reducing bail from $100,000 to $50,000 and Yulchinchuk’s attorney’s argument that Yulchinchuk denied the allegations and claimed he did not know the woman.

The article also cited Andrew Dmitruk, the transport company’s manager who said that Yulchinchuk was a hard-working man who had never posed any problems.

The Star Tribune article was less focused on the defendant’s story and more on the charges and the victim’s side of things. It started out with a strong phrase “A man driving a medical transport van in Minneapolis picked up a woman, stripped her and raped her, knowing she was mentally impaired, according to a criminal complaint.?

It used equally strong language throughout the article, although still mentioning that it was all according to complaint.

The article then went on to cite the transport company’s owner Natalie Vmitruk who said Yulchinchuk was fired “within a few minutes? after police informed her of the allegations.

September 21, 2008


According to the Star Tribune an Anoka motorcyclist's death on Friday may not have been an accident. Apparently the victim's father, Jeff Waalen, was told by an Anoka County Medical EXaminer that the Natasha Waalen's injuries were not consistent with a motorcycle crash alone.

The Pioneer Press goes further to call it a murder, and to name her live-in boyfriend as the prime suspect. The articles states that Ryan Boland, Natasha Waalen's 33-year-old boyfriend, was arrested Friday night on suspicion of killing her.

Both sources stated that Waalen, 28, was found along the 16800 block of Tulip Street Northwest in Andover and that Waalen and Boland had a 4-year-old daughter.

The Pioneer Press however went into more detail about the accident scene, and added more background info about the victim while the Star Tribune released very little information about the victim, stating that "Anoka County authorities have not identified the woman and have not released additional information about her death."