Former Crosby Police Officer Jesse Smith, twice fired from his job but reinstated both times through arbitration before voluntarily resigning from the Crosby Police Department, has filed a civil lawsuit against the city and the police department's top two ranking officers. Smith filed the lawsuit April 23 in Crow Wing County District Court in Brainerd against the city of Crosby, Crosby Police Chief Kim Coughlin and Lt. Kevin Randolph, who resigned April 2 from the police department.
Adviser nomination: "Ellie is a gifted horn player in Wind Symphony whose steady musical and personal leadership have been critical to the success of the ensemble this year. "In choir, Ellie is a leader among her peers with a high standard and great work ethic. She just finished singing in the Central Lakes Conference Honors choir because of her dedication and growth as a singer. Her quiet focus has helped others around her 'lock in' as well. Her leadership has been a great impact on the success of A Cappella Choir this year."
Adviser nomination: "Sydney is a talented writer whose attention to description and detail brings the characters and settings of her stories to life. She is exceptional at describing the emotions of characters and their interactions with one another. In addition to working on her own pieces, she willingly assists other writers with their work." Memorable fine arts achievement: Winning a vocal scholarship through St. Ben's and being nominated for the (Central Lakes Conference) Honor's Choir. The festival was April 5 at St. Cloud Apollo High School
Adviser nomination: "Jacob plays one of the brothers in the musical 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,' which opens in May. This is his first musical at BHS. He does a phenomenal job portraying his character. Jacob's facial expressions stand out among all of the other actors onstage. He is also a leader, and has helped many of the male actors with dance steps to a difficult dance number. Jacob also recently auditioned for a solo in the song 'Benjamin Calypso,' and he got it.
The 38-year-old Cambridge man—charged in the 2018 stabbing death of his sister at her Crosby workplace—pleaded not guilty Friday, March 8, by reason of mental illness and said he didn't know what he was doing at the time of the crime.
Residents in the Brainerd lakes area have seen an almost snowfall-free week, but it appears that is about to change. And why not? A trace of snow fell Tuesday, March 5, to add to the total of 2.3 inches of snow so far this month, which in turn adds to the 55.5 inches of snow received so far this winter season. So go big or go home this winter—and that's exactly what Mother Nature intends to do.
The $1 million unconditional bail set for a 20-year-old Staples man facing second-degree unintentional murder in the death of a 3-month-old child was reduced. Presley Arron Sleyster appeared Wednesday, March 6, in front of Judge Chuck D. Halverson in Cass County District Court in Walker for a court hearing to discuss his bond/bail. Sleyster is accused of unintentionally causing the death of an infant he was caring for on Dec. 5, 2018. His bail/bond was set Dec. 31 at $1 million without conditions, or $500,000 with conditions.
The 20-year-old Brainerd man accused of attacking a Brainerd High School staff member inside the girls' locker room appeared in court Monday, March 4, on the felony charges he faces in the case. Jared Allen-Tristen McCormack, wearing a Crow Wing County Jail-issued navy blue jumpsuit and with his hands shackled at his waist, sat with his Public Defender Emmett G. Wells in front of Judge Patricia A. Aanes in Crow Wing County District Court in Brainerd.