The Star Tribune is detailing that the clothing store Image, in Southdale mall, was shut down on Thursday after a drug raid by local police. Cocaine, Marijuana, and a large amount of cash were found after with the raid. The shop is owned by two brothers, one of whom is a prior drug offender.
Police did not give a comment detailing the exact nature of the situation within the store, and whether or not there was drug dealing going on there. Mall officials assured potential or returning customers that it is a safe place, and the Edina police are a presence in the mall.
The reporter may have been challenged by needing to get quotes of people who had noticed something about the store and the customers who shopped there in order to flesh out the story. In a case like this the police are not inclined to share a lot of information while the case is still s new and pending, so the quotes of people close to the situation shed more light on everything. Also, the reporter has to be careful in this story not to jump to conclusions. For instance, despite the fact that a bag of cash was found in the store, it can't be assumed within the story that there is, in fact, drug dealing going on there.
The lead in this article is a short & sweet hard news lead. It gives the event, the people, and the place in one succint sentence. It's a really good example of the leads that we have been practicing in the second week of class.
The article can be found here: http://www.startribune.com/467/story/963351.html