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A drug bust last year where seven people were arrested on methamphetamine and/or firearm charges has resulted in five convictions, dismissals for two and one failing to appear in court who has a warrant out for his arrest. The Lakes Area Drug Investigative Division executed a search warrant March 27, 2014, at a residence located on the 1500 block of Eighth Avenue Northeast in Brainerd. The search warrant was in connection with an ongoing investigation into the sale and distribution of meth in the Crow Wing County area.
A 25-year-old Randall man is accused of beating a man several times with a bat, shooting him in the left arm and pointing a handgun to the victim's temple stating if he called for help, his head would be blown off. Kyle Daniel St. Martin-Smith was charged Friday by Judge Conrad Freeberg in Morrison County District Court for first-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault to cause great bodily harm and second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon for an incident occurring in a Randall mobile home park. St.
Finalists vying for the Brainerd Fire Chief post were interviewed Wednesday, bringing the process for a new fire chief one step closer. Finalists were interviewed by a panel created by the Brainerd Police and Fire Civil Service Commission. The interviews were closed to the public. Kris Schubert, Brainerd's human resource coordinator, said in an email Thursday six of the eight finalists were interviewed. John Schuldt of Crystal Lake, Ill., fire chief emergency manager for the Village of Carpentersville, Ill., had withdrawn his application for consideration of the position with Brainerd.
Boston guitarist Gary Pihl said Lakes Jam will be the band's first trip to Brainerd and fans will hear their favorite songs, ones they haven't heard for awhile and tracks from their new CD. With more than 31 million albums sold, Boston generated hits such as "More Than a Feeling," "Peace of Mind," "Smokin'" and "Amanda" and the American rock band continues to make music by releasing their latest album titled, "Life, Love and Hope." Boston will perform at 10 p.m.
A $36.65 million building bond referendum for the Little Falls School District was voted down Tuesday. Vote results were 1,471 yes and 2,197 no. Before the election, there were 9,751 registered voters in the school district. "It's evident that the plan didn't resonate with enough of the voters," Little Falls Superintendent Stephen Jones said.
Eight finalists - four from the Brainerd lakes area - will be interviewed for the full-time Brainerd Fire Chief position. The Brainerd Police and Fire Civil Service Commission met Monday to go over the final stages of the hiring process for the full-time fire chief position and agreed interview eight candidates for the position, starting May 27.
After an extremely dry spring, Mother Nature decided to get most of the state wet this past weekend. Rain was off and on Saturday in the Brainerd lakes area, with the heaviest rain starting Saturday night and ending before noon Sunday. A report of 2.9 inches of rain was tracked one mile north of Brainerd in a 24-hour period, ending at 11:26 a.m. Sunday, said Kevin Kraujalis, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service of Duluth. The NWS also reported from 7 p.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday, Brainerd had 1.54 inches.
The 10 faces on the Aitkin County Sheriff's Office's 10 Most Wanted list for April have not been captured and continue to be wanted by authorities. The Most Wanted list for May includes Curtis Richard Hanson, Steven James Iverson, Taft Lee Johnson, Chris David Kujawa, Kevin Robert Lawrence, Gene Russell Lindman, Terry Thomas Olson, Gary George Powers, Kenneth Walker Jr. and Adam Levert Williams. Some people on the list in Aitkin County have been wanted by authorities for more than a year and others date back as far at 1998.
Want to have coffee with a Brainerd police officer? Now is your chance. Brainerd Police officer Paul Rosier, a night patrolman for the city the past two years, is kicking off a program called Coffee with Cops. The first event will be at 6:30 a.m. Monday at The Barn in Brainerd. Rosier, joined by Sgt. Joy Larson, will have coffee, maybe even breakfast and will be available for anyone to join them.
Brainerd police officers were thanked for their service Friday, as National Police Week came to an end. Liz Gerads, a wife of a Wright County deputy, has been busy in the past weeks distributing thank-you notes and cards to law enforcement officers throughout Minnesota.