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Meet Keno and Karma. The two are K9 Belgian Malinois police dogs that will help fight crime in the Brainerd lakes area starting today (Oct. 9). Keno will make its home with Brainerd Police Officer Tony Runde and Karma will make its home with Mille Lacs Tribal Police Officer Tim Kintop. Keno, Karma and their handlers completed their four-week training with Can Am Tactical K9 and graduated Wednesday from the program. The Brainerd Police Department has not had a K9 team since officer Ron Myers' K9, Buddy, retired in January of this year.
Two men who allegedly held a 20-year-old Brainerd man against his will Friday, punching him repeatedly and striking him with a hammer multiple times, were charged for the crime Monday in Crow Wing District Court. Cody Allen Benedict, 24, Brainerd, was charged with three felony counts of kidnapping to commit great bodily harm/terrorize, two counts of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon and terroristic threats with reckless disregard risk. Elliot Joseph Mongan, 23, Pequot Lakes, was charged with three felony counts of aiding and abetting Benedict on the kidnapping, assault and terror
Heavy smoke billowed with wind gusts of up to 38 mph Friday as Brainerd firefighters fought a house fire on South Long Lake, just southeast of Brainerd. About 13 firefighters were on scene for about four hours and used about 6,000 gallons of water to extinguish the fire. The homeowner, Steven Arrell, was not home at the time of the fire and there were no injuries. Neighbor Arvid Tougas called in the fire at 9:35 a.m. "I went out to mail some letter and I saw smoke," said Tougas as he watched the firefighters work to extinguish the fire.
Questions on whether they could walk the trails alone or bike the neighborhood streets, as they have in the past, were among the concerns raised by residents Tuesday during a Level 3 community notification meeting held at the Crow Wing County Land Services Building in Brainerd. Residents also said that they were not happy to receive late notice that the offender, Cory Daniel Smith, 38, was living in the vicinity of Sweet Road and Erin Road, south of Brainerd. The Minnesota Department of Corrections (DOC) notified the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office on Sept.
Diane Hoglin, who has written a weekly food column "Diane's Delights" for the Brainerd Dispatch since 1987, is saying good-bye to all her fans. Hoglin's last food column was published today, Oct. 2, on the food page in the Dispatch. After careful consideration for the past six months, Hoglin decided to retire. "It's been really fun," Hoglin said at her home in Baxter of writing the weekly food columns. Of course, she was in the kitchen. "This column has taken me to where I never dreamed of. It started out as a hobby ...
CAMP RIPLEY - The training scene was set in "Urban City." An adult female named Casey - a schizophrenic who attempted to kill herself months earlier - had taken her boyfriend's baby and was holding it hostage at his home. She had a knife and she hated the mother of her boyfriend's baby. She had lost her job, she was upset and delusional. The lives of the woman and the infant were at stake. The mock 911 call came in at 6:11 p.m.
A 38-year-old man, who was serving a 10-year prison sentence in North Dakota on a kidnapping charge, has done his time and Wednesday moved into a residence in the vicinity of Sweet Road and Erin Road in rural Brainerd. The Minnesota Department of Corrections (DOC) notified the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office Wednesday that Cory Daniel Smith, a Level 3 predatory offender, was moving into the county. The sheriff's office will host a community notification meeting at 6 p.m.
An 85-year-old Brainerd man peacefully surrendered to law enforcement officers Wednesday afternoon following a report of a suicidal male possibly with a gun, Brainerd Police Deputy Chief Mike Bestul said. Brainerd Police responded to the call at 2:55 p.m. on the 900 block of Mill Avenue in northeast Brainerd. Bestul said when officers arrived they made contact with the adult male and communication was made. The man agreed to surrender without incident. He was taken into custody at 3:31 p.m. and was transported by North Memorial Ambulance to Essentia Health-St.
There are three new mugs on the Aitkin County Sheriff's Office's Top 10 Most Wanted in September. Paul Arthur Heimark, Derek Anthony Karlstad and Taft Lee Johnson join Chris David Kujawa, Kevin Robert Lawrence, David Leroy Morseth, Terry Thomas Olson, Gary George Powers, Kenneth Walker Jr. and Adam Levert Williams, - some who have been wanted by authorities for more than a year and others dating back as far at 1998. If you have seen any of the suspects, the sheriff's office asks you to call them at 218-927-7435.
Domestic violence cases are making headlines across the nation, and Brainerd has not been immune to the issue. The Brainerd Police Department investigated 164 incidents relating to domestic assault of some kind this year, averaging to about 18 per month. In the last 30 days Brainerd police have responded to 28 such cases, four of which initially led to criminal charges of domestic assault involving strangulation, a felony.