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Former Crosby mayor wins again: Possessing firearm charge dismissal follows 2 other acquittals

James Hunter

Former Crosby Mayor James Hunter, who was acquitted earlier this year on two felony charges, has had a third felony charge against him dismissed.

According to Crow Wing County District Court records, a felony charge of receiving stolen property—a firearm—was dismissed Monday, Nov. 19. A hearing was scheduled, but canceled when the prosecutor agreed to dismiss the charge.

Hunter was arrested and charged March 2017 with four felonies—second-degree assault, theft by swindle, receiving stolen property and unlawful gambling. He also was charged with a gross misdemeanor for selling vehicle financing without a license. The charges of unlawful gambling and selling vehicle financing without a license are still pending in district court.

When Hunter was arrested, he was serving as the mayor of Crosby. He was elected in November 2016 for a two-year term as Crosby mayor. After his arrest, he continued serving as the mayor until he resigned in August 2017. Hunter filed for mayor this year, but lost in the Nov. 6 election.

The arrests occurred after Thomas McCartan came into the Crosby Police Department on July 26, 2016, and disclosed a number of alleged illegal actions taken by Hunter. In two separate Crow Wing County jury trials, Hunter was found not guilty of felony second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon and not guilty of felony theft by swindle.

The dismissed receiving stolen property charge stems from search warrants executed to search Hunter's home, business, bank and vehicle. A pistol was located inside the console of a vehicle and another semi-automatic pistol was found in the store, which had been reported stolen.

McCartan claimed Hunter took $90,000 from him via a lien placed on his home, the complaint stated. He stated sometime during the last week of June 2016, his wife and Hunter approached him about buying one of Hunter's businesses—Buy Sell Trade in Crosby. Hunter explained to him purchasing and owning the store would be a good source of income for him and his wife, and it would help them repair credit problems that the two of them had. McCartan's wife worked for Hunter and did not dispute the information he told police, the complaint stated.

Hunter was acquitted on this charge.

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