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Local news briefs- Nov. 24

Next omnibus hearing set for Erickson

Another omnibus hearing was set for Thomas Richard Erickson, accused of sexually abusing young boys over the past several decades at his Nisswa home, during a court hearing Wednesday.

Erickson’s next court appearance will be 1:30 p.m. Jan. 18 in Crow Wing County District Court. Erickson was charged Aug. 26 with one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and three counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct.

The ages of the victims at the time of the assault ranged from 6-14 years old.

In the criminal complaint, investigators interviewed several victims stating they were sexually abused by Erickson several times while they stayed overnight at his home.

Annual Wild and Free wine tasting and silent auction

The annual Wild and Free wine tasting and silent auction will be from 3-5 p.m. Saturday at Northland Arboretum. Cost: $20. Sponsored by Cashwise Liquor of Brainerd. Proceeds to benefit Wild and Free Wildlife Rehabiliation.

Blood donations accepted

GARRISON — The American Red Cross will be accepting blood donations at Light of the Cross Church, 27170 Monroe St., Garrison, from noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 1 sponsored by the VFW Post 1816 of Garrison.

Walk-ins are welcomed after 4:30 p.m. To make an appointment call Maggie Kostecka at (320) 692-4304 or Jan Leach at (320) 692-5754. Bring your ID.

Fire call and helpful tip

The Brainerd Fire Department responded to a call at 12:08 p.m. Wednesday to Stearns Manufacturing in Riverton to s sprinkler system failure.

Fire Chief Kevin Stunek said there also was a call at 221 S.W. Fourth St. Wednesday to an apartment unit that had a stove fire a couple days prior. Stunek said the renter was able to extinguish the fire with a powered fire extinguisher.

Stunek encourages residents to report any kitchen fire, even if they extinguish the fire, as kitchen fires are the number cause of residential fires.