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Two people on the Cass County's Most Wanted list have been picked up since August and there are two new faces on the list for September. David E. Jones and Jonathan Sharpnack were picked up by authorities and Jamaal Reuben Baird and Rozelle Marie Wilson have joined the list of the Most Wanted. Remaining on the list are Jessica Lynn Ahlgrim, Renee Evelyn Defoe, Patrick Anthony Dunn, Bradley Michael Geyen, Joseph Anthony Kangas, Michael Edward Larose, Nia Joyce May and Sage Lee Seelye. There are 464 active arrest warrants in Cass County.
Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday in Crow Wing County District Court against one of the defendants in the Jan. 4 double shooting of two people - one fatally - at a north Brainerd residence. A jury will be selected for Nathan David Becker, who plead not guilty in June for his role in the Jan. 4 shootings at an apartment on the 800 block of Juniper Street in Brainerd. He was indicted by a grand jury Feb. 13 on first-degree aiding and abetting Tyler Allan Cronquist, 23, who was indicted on first-degree murder with premeditation and attempted first-degree murder with premeditation.
A 22-year-old Hopkins man has been sentenced for his role in a home invasion robbery in April in which three to four males entered a residence in Brainerd armed with handguns. Dionte Dominique Reese was given a stayed sentence in Crow Wing County District Court, meaning he will not do any prison time, unless he violates the conditions of his probation. He was sentenced Aug. 11 by Judge David Ten Eyck to 57 months in the Minnesota Correctional Facility in St.
A 63-year-old Brainerd man, who allegedly brandished a loaded shotgun with law enforcement, was escorted out of the courtroom Wednesday after swearing at the judge. Larry Walter Prahm made his first appearance before Judge David Ten Eyck in Crow Wing County District Court. The judge set unconditional bond at $1 million for Prahm who is the defendant in a criminal case that began with a dog killing chickens and ended in a short stand-off between the suspect and authorities. In court, Prahm objected to the time of a court hearing as he needed more time to consult with his attorney.
Jennifer Carnahan - a Brainerd lakes area girl at heart - spent her childhood weekends at her family's cabin on Round Lake north of Brainerd. Carnahan attended the traditional turtle races and other popular Nisswa events, ate at Rafferty's Pizza and, as she got older, she shopped at the specialty gift shops to buy presents for her family and friends. Today, Carnahan is a proud owner of a gift shop in Nisswa. She opened Primrose Park on June 12. It is her second boutique - her first shop opened in October of 2014 in Minneapolis.
MERRIFIELD - Upon entering The Woods on Crow Wing County Road 3 between Brainerd and Merrifield, a person may feel like they're entering a forest. The Woods - the former Chaparral Bar and Restaurant and Timbermist consisting of a bar, restaurant, hotel and event center - was not remodeled to look like the average lodging business. The Woods has walls in the seating area made to look like a wood pile and it is in fact a wood pile nailed and glued together.
Rainfall was plentiful this Labor Day weekend for those in the Brainerd lakes area, dumping from 3 to 4.5 inches of precipitation in some areas. Scattered storms began Friday night, then took a break during the day Saturday and then a heavy thunderstorm hit hard Saturday night. Another storm was expected to hit Brainerd Sunday night. The National Weather Service in Duluth Sunday issued a hazardous weather outlook for the Brainerd area, including the counties of Cass, Crow Wing and Aitkin.
BAXTER - The name of the business is 3-2-1 Bounce and that's what children do when they walk through the doors. They count down from three and start bouncing. 3-2-1 Bounce is filled with inflatable bounce houses for children and adults, but it's geared mainly for children age 12 and under.
NISSWA - Authorities said the cause of a house fire early Tuesday morning at a rambler log-style home located just east of Nisswa appears to be suspicious. Mark Germain with the Minnesota State Fire Marshal Office is investigating the cause of the fire and was on site Tuesday and again Wednesday, when another fire ignited in the home, located on Middle Cullen Road off Crow Wing County Road 18, two miles east of Nisswa. No one was in the home at the time of the fire. Nisswa Fire Chief Richard Geike said both fires appear to be suspicious.
Two suspects face five felony criminal charges after allegedly assaulting two men for six hours Saturday at a Brainerd apartment, court documents said. Brandon Scott Powell, 30, Brainerd and Darcy Jo Watson, 29, Crosby were charged Tuesday in Crow Wing County District Court in front of Judge Kristine DeMay with first-degree burglary, two counts of first-degree aggravated robbery and two counts of kidnapping to facilitate a felony or flight. DeMay set bail at $200,000 without conditions or $100,000 with conditions.