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It was a typical Sunday night for Jesse Covington and Devin Lasher at their residence in southeast Brainerd. They were hanging out with friends, minding their own business when three to four males in dark clothing wearing masks entered their residence on the 1100 block of Pine Street brandishing handguns and a police-style baton. The victims shared their story Tuesday with the Dispatch. They said when the suspects charged into the residence, Covington was upstairs with his girlfriend and Lasher was downstairs with a friend.
As the sun shined and the wind blew Monday around the Buffalo Hills Trail in Brainerd, questions of what might lie among the woods would soon be answered. About a dozen Central Lakes College (CLC) criminal justice students, along with their instructor Gae Davis, looked high and low, under leaves and around trees wrapping around the trail in Brainerd looking for Marc Welzant. Welzant was last seen about 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 26, 2014, by staff at the group home where he lived on the 1100 block of Beech Street in Brainerd.
A grass fire, aided by windy and dry conditions, quickly spread Saturday, destroying a house and an outbuilding along Highway 210 in Bartlett Township in Todd County, the Todd County Sheriff's Office reported. Battling the grass fire reported at 6:06 p.m. with the Staples Fire Department were the fire departments in Wadena, Hewitt, Verndale and Sebeka and the DNR fought the fire with their aircrafts and grass units.
For the second month in a row, Crow Wing County's Most Wanted list is full of new faces. As of Friday, there were an estimated 937 total active warrants in the county, down from 943 last month. On the Most Wanted list are Tiffany Marie Hill, Carlos Diaz Lopez, Peter Edward Vanalst, Toni Laroy Peterson, Shaun Peoples Sr., Michael John Bjorklund, Chad Eldon Kilgore, Rebecca Lynn Havens, Joseph Lee Pearson and Chelsea Renee Tow. 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.
The Minnesota Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld an appellate court's denial of a petition filed by Jason Donald Matakis to withdraw a guilty plea to criminal sexual conduct. Matakis was charged in Crow Wing County District Court for six counts of criminal sexual conduct for sexually abusing a family member from age 9 to 11 from July of 2007 to January of 2008. He entered an Alford guilty plea to one count of criminal sexual conduct in March of 2011 and was sentenced to 144 months in prison.
Does Morrison County need a social host ordinance? County officials are about to find out. The Morrison County Board of Commissioners will host a public hearing at 7 p.m. Monday regarding a social host ordinance in the County Board Room at the Morrison County Government Center in Little Falls; and continue the hearing April 21 during the board's regular county board meeting that begins at 9 a.m.
As the city of Brainerd starts the process to find retiring Fire Chief Kevin Stunek's successor, it was learned Friday that Brainerd's full-time equipment operators' (FEO) union had plans to file a vote of no confidence in the fire chief. Capt.
Nathan David Becker, the 26-year-old Brainerd man who was indicted in February in connection with the Jan. 4 shootings of two people at an apartment on the 800 block of Juniper Street in Brainerd, appeared Wednesday before Judge David Ten Eyck in Crow Wing County District Court. Becker, represented by Tracy Eichhorn-Hicks, an attorney from St. Louis Park, appeared briefly for an omnibus hearing in courtroom No. 4. Eichhorn-Hicks asked that the hearing be continued to 1:30 p.m., June 3, as he needed more time to go over Becker's case.
One of two Little Falls men accused of setting a rental house on fire Saturday in Little Falls said he didn't like his living arrangements and thought if he set the house on fire the American Red Cross would set him up somewhere and feed him, according to court documents filed Tuesday. The suspects, Jon Paul Weidenbach, 27, and Jeffery Allen Wilson, 28, were charged with first-degree arson in Morrison County District Court in connection with the fire at a residence on the block of 800 block of Highland Avenue in Little Falls.
The mother of Level 3 predatory offender Joshua Paul Rinde's daughter wants the community to know he is a kind man and they have "nothing to worry about." Rinde, 30, who moved from Brainerd to Baxter in October of 2013, is expected to move Wednesday to the 900 block of South Seventh Street in Brainerd. The Brainerd Police Department and the Minnesota Department of Corrections (DOC) Tuesday hosted a community notification meeting about Rinde at the police department. Two people showed up, the mother of Rinde's daughter and another woman who lives near the Level 3 offender's address.