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The Cass County Sheriff's Office has some new and old faces on its Top 10 Most Wanted list for October. On the Most Wanted list are Anita Rose Beaulieu, Robbie James Cournoyer, Christopher Michael Ellsworth, Amelia Mary Rose Frazer, Shanielle Kay Jackson, Terri Lynn Krumm, Teena Charlene Lapointe, Daniel Paez Orozco, David Taylor Puckett and Timothy Dayle Tiessen. As of Friday, there were 458 total active warrants, which included 210 misdemeanors, 112 gross misdemeanors and 136 felonies.
MERRIFIELD—When lakeshore owners along the eastern portion of North Long Lake's Merrifield Bay woke up on Friday the 13th they couldn't believe their eyes. To some the sight was perfect for the day known to be unlucky, to others it was pure amazement. But what all parties agreed upon was it was the biggest floating bog they'd ever seen in their lives.
Twenty-one vigil candles—each one representing a victim killed in a domestic violence incident in 2016 in Minnesota—were lit Tuesday night and released into the Mississippi River at Kiwanis Park in Brainerd. Of the 21 victims killed, 18 were women, two were children and one was a man. Victims were as young as 10-year-old Nahily Ronquillo to as old as 85-year-old Beverly Miller.
Anna Vreeland Grade: Senior. Age: 17. Art focus: Brainerd High School Fifth Street Journal. Adviser nomination: "Anna Vreeland is this year's editor-in-chief of the Fifth Street Journal. Anna has successfully taken the journalism team under her wing. Her willingness to teach the staff how to layout a newspaper, as well as share writing tips, is a blessing to all." Memorable fine arts achievement: Being named editor-in-chief this year. Other fine arts activities: Speech and graphic design.
Christopher Strandlie—who spent years prosecuting criminal cases as the Cass County attorney—will now dress in a black robe and sit on the bench to face the prosecution and defense lawyers. Strandlie was sworn in Friday by Judge Earl Maus in Crow Wing County District Court in Brainerd as the 24th judge to serve the Ninth Judicial District. Gov. Mark Dayton appointed Strandlie to fill the position for a retiring Judge Richard A. Zimmerman. That judgeship will be chambered in Brainerd in Crow Wing County.
The Aitkin County Sheriff's Office released its Top 10 Most Wanted list for the month of October. On the list are Samuel David Berg, Carla Maxine Cain, Nicholas Franklin Edwards, Paul Arthur Heimark, Steven James Iverson, Chris David Kujawa, Edlon Brady Martin, Terry Thomas Olson, Gary George Powers and Kenneth Walker Jr. Several of these faces have been on the Most Wanted list for months; which includes Kujawa and Powers, who have been wanted by Aitkin County since 1998.
Elizabeth Archer Grade: Junior. Age: 16. Art focus: Brainerd High School drawing. Adviser nomination: "Elizabeth 'EB' Archer has put countless hours above class time to progress to a level of drawing skill not common place among her peers. She has a very quiet demeanor and will probably be uncomfortable having a fuss and a spotlight put on her beautiful artwork, but she so deserves the recognition. 'EB' can find an inventive, meticulously developed solution for any creative problem put before her."
The Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office released its Top 10 Most Wanted list for the month of October. As of Friday, there were an estimated 950 total active warrants in the county. On the Most Wanted list this month are: Damien Daniel Boyd, Raymond Thomas Flategraff, Terra Jo Forshier, Brian Wesley Grandy, Eric Christopher Jensen, Amy Lynn Mitchell, Athena Mae Sagataw, Noah John Steffenhagen, Holly Ann Usherwood and Melissa Miriah Wagner.
The Cass County Sheriff's Office continues to pursue tips in an attempt to locate the suspect involved in the Sept. 16 home invasion case in which a homeowner shot at the intruder who fled the scene in rural Backus. The sheriff's office, along with Backus firefighters, conducted a search Thursday after receiving a tip, but they turned up nothing, Sheriff Tom Burch said. Burch said the sheriff's office will continue to follow up on all leads into the home invasion case and anyone with information is encouraged to call the sheriff's office at 218-547-1424 or 800-450-2677.
A Crow Wing County District Court judge didn't give any sympathy to a 41-year-old Merrifield man who said he didn't fulfill his community services hours due to medical issues. "You think you have pain ... think of them," Judge Dale A. Wolf said to Vaughn Charles Gentry during a probation violation hearing Friday afternoon in Courtroom 3.