V.J. Smith

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2013

    Father of 9-year-old stowaway breaks down, pleads for someone to help his son

    "Somebody please help me, please," said the father of the nine-year-old boy who sneaked a plane to Las Vegas last week and made national headlines. SEE ALSO: Boy bypasses Minneapolis Airport Security, boards plane to Las VegasShielded by a black hoodie and a baseball cap, the father tearfully explai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2013

    North Minneapolis "after hours club" shooting leaves two dead, one wounded [UPDATE]

    -- Updates at bottom of post -- Around 3 a.m. this morning, two people were killed and a third was wounded in a shooting that took place at a north Minneapolis "after hours club," to use the words of MPD Sergeant Stephen McCarthy.SEE ALSO: Ashanti Watson and boyfriend allegedly shot at while walking ... More >>

  • News

    April 12, 2006

    Number 26

    Fifteen-year-old Gary Parker was the 26th of Minneapolis's 49 homicides last year—and one of the 54 percent of black male victims whose killings went unsolved.

  • News

    May 8, 2002

    On The Corner

    Overwhelmed activists, embattled police, and perplexed politicians brace for a long, hot summer in South Minneapolis

  • News

    November 10, 1999

    Where Others Fear To Tread

    V.J. Smith traded his gun for a Bible a decade ago. Now he runs the night watch on Central's troubled streets. The payoff? Amazing grace and a good night's sleep.