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Risky Business owner appears in court Tuesday

The owner of Risky Business Tuesday appeared in Crow Wing County District Court on two counts of selling synthetic cannabinoids out of his Brainerd store; 26 counts of failure to pay his state taxes that dates back to April of 2006; and one count of fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Ronald William Beattie Jr. of Baxter appeared before Judge David Ten Eyck, who set Beattie’s next omnibus hearing for May 2 on the two counts of selling synthetic cannabinoids out of his Brainerd store.

Brainerd police arrested Beattie Dec. 8 after officers conducted a controlled buy of the suspected illegal synthetic cannabinoids at the lingerie, novelty and video store located at 326 Washington St. Police seized about 430 individual packages of variety of suspected synthetic cannabinoids labeled under names of “Down 2 Earth,” Mystic” and “Kush Max.” The products have an estimated sale value of more than $15,000.

The December incident was the second one involving Risky Business. The first incident began when a new law went into effect July 1 in Minnesota that prohibits the possession and sale of synthetic cannabinoids. Brainerd police then advised Risky Business to stop selling the synthetic marijuana. On July 27, Beattie also was arrested for selling the illegal products. Police then seized an amount with an estimated value of more than $12,000.

Judge Ten Eyck took the incidents of the tax charges and the criminal sexual conduct under advisement. The judge has until April 9 to make a decision on the two charges.

On the tax charges, the Minnesota Department of Revenue were investigating Risky Business for non-payment of state sales tax and executed search warrants at the business and Beattie’s home.

JENNIFER STOCKINGER may be reached at or 855-5851. Follow me on Twitter at