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There are two new faces on the Cass County's Most Wanted list in March. Jennifer Jane Jenkins and Marc Joseph Clausen join Jessica Lynn Ahlgrim, Sheldon Thomas Brown, Bradley Michael Geyen, Lindsay Elaine Hedlund, Kevin Michael McGuinness, David Allen Newago, Shannel Marie Neilan and Sheila Samuel Williams to the list. As of Friday, there were 467 active arrest warrants which include 233 misdemeanors, 106 gross misdemeanors and 128 felonies in Cass County. If anyone recognizes or sees any of these people they are asked to call the Cass County Sheriff's Office at 218-547-1424.
Brainerd lakes area residents saw above normal temperatures this past weekend and on Sunday, Brainerd broke the record-high temperature set at 65 in 2012. Brainerd hit a high of 69 degrees around 4 p.m. Sunday, according to the reading at the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport. According to the National Weather Service (NWS) of Duluth the average temperature this time of year is 43.5. With the warmer than usual temperatures, the grasslands are drying up faster, meaning fire dangers are approaching the lakes area sooner than normal.
Finding drivers using their cellphone or smartphone to text or to search the Internet while operating their motor vehicle was not difficult Thursday. In fact, it was way too easy. It took Brainerd police officers Derek Pallansch and Justin Athman less than a minute or three blocks of travel before spotting a driver looking at a text message on their smartphone. Texting and driving: Most have probably done it and know it's not the smartest thing to do, besides the fact that it is against the law.
A Brainerd woman charged with arson in connection with a July house fire will undergo court ordered mental evaluations to determine if she is competent to proceed in her criminal case in Crow Wing County District Court. Tami Jo Pendegayosh, 32, Brainerd, is accused of burning down a house she rented on July 20 on the 1100 block of Norwood Street in Brainerd. Pendegayosh was charged Sept. 30, 2014, with two counts of first-degree arson of a dwelling in Crow Wing County District Court.
The FBI found no indicators of criminal activity relating to the fire that damaged three United Parcel Service (UPS) delivery trucks in the Brainerd UPS Customer Center in January. Kyle Loven, FBI chief division counselor in the Minneapolis office, reported the FBI's findings Thursday. The FBI, along with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Minnesota State Fire Marshal Office investigated the fire on Jan. 21 at the UPS Customer Center, 1009 Madison St., in the Brainerd Industrial Park. Loven said the investigation is complete.
Convicted murderer Byron Smith will not have to pay restitution for the headstones of the two teenagers he killed in his home in Little Falls on Thanksgiving Day in 2012. The ruling of the restitution was filed Friday in Minnesota Supreme Court. On Tuesday, Smith filed a motion to appeal the decision. Smith also appealed the court's decision relating to the Star Tribune. The state also responded to the Star Tribune's Rule 129 motion.
A Brainerd man lost his life Tuesday when the apartment he rented in downtown Brainerd was destroyed by fire. The fire also may have claimed his black poodle. The Brainerd Fire Department was called just after 3 a.m. to the fire at a building on 402 Front St. The building, located a block north from the historic Crow Wing County Courthouse, hosts a law office on the main floor and two apartments on the second floor.
The body of a Brainerd man was found by Brainerd firefighters around mid-morning Tuesday, hours after a fire broke out in the apartment he rented in downtown Brainerd. Brainerd Fire Chief Kevin Stunek said the body was transported to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's office for identification. The Brainerd Fire Department was called around 3 a.m. to the fire at a building on 402 Front St.
A fire broke out in early Tuesday morning in a downtown Brainerd building and Brainerd Fire Chief Kevin Stunek said he could not confirm if everyone made it out safely. The Brainerd Fire Department was called around 3 a.m. to the fire at a building on 402 Front St. When firefighters arrived, the building was fully engulfed in flames, Stunek said. The building, located a block north from the historic Crow Wing County Courthouse, hosts a law office on the main floor and two apartments on the second floor.
Crow Wing County's Most Wanted list is full of new faces in March. As of Friday, there were an estimated 943 total active warrants in the county, down from 982 last month. On the Most Wanted list are Kelli Lynn Headlee, Matthew Robert Braun, Joy Annette Hitchcock, Gregory Allen Huggett, Jamie Marie Kreiner, Erin Molly Adams, Candace Lynn Sam, Stacy Lynn Tuomi, Edward Ronald Wakefield Jr and Noah John Steffenhagen. The sheriff's office is searching for the individuals and asks the public if they recognize any of the faces to call the sheriff's office directly at 829-4749.