John T. Scanlon Field
I was at the Birdtown Half Marathon in Robbinsdale today cheering on friends and family at the race, when I noticed a plaque for a story I had forgotten about. John T. Scanlon was a Robbinsdale Police Officer who was killed in the line of duty on Valentine’s Day in 1985. The building in the photoset of the pictures I took, was the location of Officer Scanlon’s murder in 1985, and stands directly across the street of the park that bears his name today.
The baseball fields were dedicated to his honor in October of 1990.
Here is the tragic story of what happened…
On Thursday, February 14th, at 2:27 a.m., Officer John Scanlon and Officer Lowell Hughes were dispatched to a burglary at an office building at 3735 Lakeland Avenue North. An insurance company employee, Richard Ligda was working in the building, and reported that he heard a noise on the first floor and saw doors broken down. He then saw the suspect in the building and when he spoke with the suspect, the man threatened to take him hostage.
Officer Hughes was following a set of footprints on the northwest side of the building when he saw someone run east across Highway 81 away from the building; he ran after him. He radioed to Scanlon but he did not receive an answer. Officer Scanlon had gone out of the building and was sitting in his squad with the window rolled down calling dispatch to have Hennepin County Crime Lab come to the scene. At 2:55 am. When Officer Hughes came back around the front of the building, he found Scanlon shot twice, once in the left cheek and once in the left side under his armpit. Although he was wearing a vest, the bullet went through the arm hole. His gun was still in the holster. North Memorial ambulance was dispatched and arrived at 2:57 a.m. The ambulance arrived at the hospital at 3:04 a.m. and Officer Scanlon was pronounced dead at 3:26 am.
On Friday, February 15th, at 11:00 p.m., the suspect, Ronald Vernon Schneider, 43, of Robbinsdale, was arrested at his apartment, two blocks away from the shooting. Two of his friends had called the tip line stating that he matched the description on the sketch. He was described as having a high IQ, but had been unemployed for three years. He was a former member of the Robbinsdale Jaycees and the US Army Reserves. He was held at the Hennepin County Jail, charged with second-degree murder. He was convicted of first-degree murder and is currently serving his sentence at Stillwater State Prison with a release date of 2088.
Officer Scanlon was 35 years old. He was the first Robbinsdale officer to die in the line of duty. He was also the first homicide in the city since the 1930’s. He had been with the department since 1974. He was to be interviewed for a sergeant promotion on the day he was killed. He was survived by his wife of 7 years, Joan, and their newly adopted one-year-old son, Nicholas. His funeral was held on Saturday, February 16th, at Sacred Heart Lutheran Church. He was buried in Gethsemane Cemetery in New Hope.
This is my “Oh good, it’s snowing again and the temperature is dropping” Friday selfie.
If you haven’t heard, Monday & Tuesday will be brutally cold again, with a high on Monday of -12. Schools in Rochester, Minnesota have already announced they will be closed on Monday, so I imagine the metro schools will follow suit.
If it happens (which it probably will), enjoy your extra day off of school, you guys.
Lost Dog “Bonnie”, Robbinsdale/North Mpls
My friend’s dog Bonnie just got out the front door last night when someone was helping her move into her new place on the border of Robbinsdale/N Mpls. Please please keep and eye out and call immediately if you see her. 612 644 6789 her name is Bonnie and she is spayed. her owner has contacted every shelter and filed many missing dog reports and she is microchipped, but with this weather we have to use every method available to get her back asap!
UPDATE: Good news, Bonnie was found tonight!
Lost/Found Cat Flyers
Springtime in the cities, and people seem to be losing and finding cats left and right. These flyers were seen a couple of blocks apart from each other in Robbinsdale. (doesn’t appear to be a match though)
Keep an eye on your kitties, folks!
Depending on where you live in the Twin Cities, snow totals varied but stayed somewhat low, and because of the rain that was mixed in, most people saw a heavy, wet, sloppy mess this morning.
I don’t claim for this to be a great picture at all. But as a Minnesotan in this digital age, it is my God-given right to take crappy pictures after a snowfall, and post them on the internet.
This is what we do.
Sorry to hear that.
Just got home from work and I gotta shovel in the dark.
You think I’m scared Minnesota?
Let’s do this.
Pump N Munch - Robbinsdale
Two blocks from my house and it is the pride of the neighborhood. I even did you guys a solid and posted the user reviews from Yelp Minneapolis just to prove it.
This has to be the ghetto-est gas station around the immediate area. The service is friendly, and the guy who owns the place’s wife is a bit of eyecandy for your shopping convenience, haha. All in all it looks like a spiffed up bodega, but its one of the only places besides the neighboring Hometown Market that always has my Black n Mild Woodtips in stock at all times… Quite often though they are out of gasoline, which leaves me to ask…. How does a C-store run out of gas… hmm… All in all I’d give this place 2 stars but they are always in stock with black n milds and the name is just epic. Not to mention the lil generic mario guy they have on their store sign. Awesome.
Dirty, ghetto, frequently out of gas. Don’t go here unless you have to.
Hands down, the greatest gas station name EVER. I never even got gas here.
I always though you were supposed to Munch before you Pump?? I giggle every time I drive by.
Keep an eye out for Baily the Beagle folks. Last seen by Cub Foods near Hwy 100 and 36th Ave N in Crystal/Robbinsdale.