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The Regional Report: Hung jury scuttles Little Falls murder case

GARRISON Just as a number of other systems, the Garrison, Katho, West Mille Lacs Lake Sanitary District is facing difficulties with wipes clogging the sewer pipes, the Mille Lacs Messenger reported. Officials are asking residents to flush only to...

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GARRISON

Just as a number of other systems, the Garrison, Katho, West Mille Lacs Lake Sanitary District is facing difficulties with wipes clogging the sewer pipes, the Mille Lacs Messenger reported. Officials are asking residents to flush only toilet paper-even if wipes are labeled as "flushable." Despite the trouble, taxpayers within the district will not see an increase in the levy for 2018.

LITTLE FALLS

A jury could not reach a verdict in the murder trial of Jason Lee White, 36, of Minneapolis, the Morrison County Record reported. White faced the third-degree murder charge stemming from the heroin overdose death of Travis Scherping of Little Falls. Scherping died in June 2016, and White and two others-Jerad Michael Whitford, 23, Little Falls, and Callie Mains Statema, 21, Little Falls-were charged in January 2017.

According to the Record, witnesses in the case offered conflicting testimony concerning the interaction with White, the alleged drug dealer. The only description given of "Jay," apparently White, was he was African-American with dreadlocks. No mention was made of any distinguishing features, such as a prominent birthmark on White's face. Statema also apparently told police all black men look alike to her.

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MORRISON COUNTY

A candidate for Morrison County Board threw his hat in the ring, the Morrison County Record reported. Ken Primus, a lifelong county resident, will run for the District 5 commissioner seat left open following the death of Commissioner Duane Johnson. Primus is a Marine Corps veteran and has lived in Swan River Township for almost 40 years, farming land there.

TODD COUNTY

Compared to an average year, Todd County took in 20 times the amount of prepaid property taxes prior to 2018, the Staples World reported. Nearly $1 million was collected before the end of 2017, when normally the county collects $50,000-$60,000, according to Auditor/Treasurer Denise Gaida. The reason for this massive increase? The tax reform bill passed by the U.S. Congress and signed by President Donald Trump, Gaida said. The bill limits the value of the property tax deduction.

 

-- Compiled by Chelsey Perkins, community editor. Perkins may be reached at 218-855-5874 or chelsey.perkins@brainerddispatch.com . Follow her on Twitter @DispatchChelsey or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dispatchchelsey .

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