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Missing Grand Rapids Man

The Itasca County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance in locating Benjamin
John Panchyshyn of the Cohasset Area. Benjamin was last seen at approximately 7:00 pm on
Saturday, May 11th at Casey’s in Cohasset Minnesota. Benjamin was riding his Jamis Rough
Neck Mountain Bike. He’s described as 5 foot 9, 220 pounds, 42 years old with blond hair and hazel eyes. Panchyshyn was last seen wearing blue/grey sweatpants, t-shirt, and black UNW zip-up jacket.
Please contact the Itasca County Sheriff’s office if you have any information.

By |May 13th, 2019|Blog, News|Comments Off on Missing Grand Rapids Man|

Grand Rapids Man Charged with Meth Sale

During March of 2019, the Grand Rapids Police Department initiated a controlled substance investigation.
Four separate controlled buys of methamphetamine (Schedule II Controlled Substance) were made from the same suspect.

On May 6, the Grand Rapids Police Department executed a search warrant at 54 year old Bobby Joe Highland’s residence. Law enforcement recovered a plastic baggie later found to contain 48.2 grams of suspected methamphetamine (field-tested positive). Also located during the search was a clear glass vial with a red cap from a black pouch on a stand next to the recliner in the living room. The contents of the vial weighed 3.1 grams and field tested positive for methamphetamine. The total amount of methamphetamine seized from the residence on 5-7-19 was 51.3 grams. Highland admitted that the methamphetamine belonged to him.

On May 9th, Highland appeared in Itasca County District Court on charges including two counts of Felony First Degree Sale of Controlled Substances, one count of Felony First Degree Possession of Controlled Substances, and one count of Felony Fifth Degree Possession of Controlled Substances.

The Court ordered bail, as recommended by the State, at $200,000 without conditions and $100,000 with conditions. Highland’s next court appearance is set for May 13, 2019 at 9:00 a.m.

By |May 10th, 2019|Blog, News|Comments Off on Grand Rapids Man Charged with Meth Sale|

Miller Faces Attempted Second Degree Murder Charges

The man accused of firing a gun at Itasca County deputies is scheduled to appear in court on Monday. Roy Miller, 45, was arrested after opening fire on Itasca County Sheriff’s Deputies. Deputies responded to a 911 call February 10th of an armed, suicidal man who committed domestic assault.
According to a report from the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Miller fired multiple shots at deputies. Deputies fired back. Miller was allegedly was trying to flee officers in a vehicle when it drove into a nearby snowbank and stopped. Miller was taken by ambulance to Grand Itasca Hospital in Grand Rapids and then to Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center.
Miller is charged with five counts of attempted intentional second-degree murder, five counts of first-degree assault and two counts of misdemeanor domestic assault.
Miller appeared before Ninth Judicial District Judge Sarah McBroom in February where she set bail at $500,000 with conditions or $1 million without. She also granted a request for Miller to undergo a mental health evaluation to determine if he is competent to proceed in court.

By |May 3rd, 2019|Blog, News|Comments Off on Miller Faces Attempted Second Degree Murder Charges|

Hibbing Teacher Placed on Administrative Leave

A Hibbing teacher has been placed on administrative leave after an audio recording of the teacher belittling students was released.
Seventh grade science teacher Dan Goetz was recorded by one student berating and belittling another student. Goetz can be heard on a recording calling a student names, making fun of the students’ family, and leading to what education attorney Meg Kane calls a pattern of verbal and emotional abuse. Kane represents the families who have come forward. The district isn’t commenting.
The story with help from WCCO.

By |May 3rd, 2019|Blog, News|Comments Off on Hibbing Teacher Placed on Administrative Leave|

Police Net Suspect

Grand Rapids Police Officers cornered a fugitive across from City Hall on Thursday morning, May 2nd at 6:30 AM.

Officers didn’t have far to respond after receiving the call. They stepped out the door of the police station and found the desperado lingering across the street, eyeing the officers. Grand Rapids Police Officer Matt O’Rourke, with catch pole in hand, fearlessly approached him. Witnessing officers report that the desperado charged at Matt, who quickly did the splits as the beaver ran between his legs…right into a cage that had been set up by other officers behind Matt. The door was closed and the beaver was soon on his way to its new home in the Mississippi River.

“All in a day’s work for officers of GRPD” commented Assistant Grand Rapids Police Chief Steve Schaar.

By |May 2nd, 2019|Blog, News|Comments Off on Police Net Suspect|

Man Points Gun at Police Officer

A suicidal man pointed a gun at a Grand Rapids Police Officer Monday night. According to details from the Grand Rapids Police Department, a resident called police to say that a 27 year old man with a gun was at home and upset. When officers arrives at the home on Crystal Lake Boulevard, the man was outside. As officers approached, he pointed a gun at them. The man repeatedly pointed the gun at his own head and pulled the trigger. The gun misfired. After an hour of talking, the man put down the gun and surrendered. He was placed on a 72 hour hold and transferred to Hibbing. His blood alcohol content was reported at .202.

By |April 30th, 2019|Blog, News|Comments Off on Man Points Gun at Police Officer|

Esser Global Returns

Tuesday, Itasca County Commissioner drafted a letter to Minnesota Governor Tim Walz asking for direction for the future of the former Essar plant. The plant construction sits idle while ownership, controlling interests, and permits are worked out. Mesabi Metallics, Inc currently holds the permits for the project.
In a letter, the county board asked the governor to consider one of two options; either work with a company that acquires Mesabi Metallics or allow Mesabi Metallics to work with Global Essar (who has reemerged as a stakeholder in the project).
The letter will be circulated to other local government and school districts for possible additional signatures.

By |April 24th, 2019|Blog, News|Comments Off on Esser Global Returns|

Itasca County Assists Nashwauk

On a slim 3-2 margin, the Itasca County Board of Commissioners voted to accept the criminal prosecution services for the city of Nashwauk. The county already prosecutes Nashwauk’s felony cases. County Attorney Matti Adam told the board that the city of Nashwauk has already approved the use of the county’s services.
Commissioner Terry Snyder told the board that he had concerns about taking a job away from the private sector.
On a 3-2 vote, Commissioners Snyder and Ives the dissenting votes. Adam estimated about 10 cases a month and said her department could handle the extra work without adding staff. The agreement only runs through the end of the year.

By |April 24th, 2019|Blog, News|Comments Off on Itasca County Assists Nashwauk|

Cohasset Approves $3.5 Million Community Center and Daycare

The city of Cohasset last night, during its regularly scheduled city council meeting, approved the $3.5 million dollar community center and daycare center.
City Administrator Max Peters said the city received $250,000 from the Blandin Foundation. $250,000 was also received from the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board. The city has already budgeted $350,000 a year over a 20 year span. Peters said it would be paid for well before the 20 year lifespan.
Cohasset Mayor Greg Hagy told the board that child care is one of the biggest topics at the mayor’s convention.

By |April 24th, 2019|Blog, News|Comments Off on Cohasset Approves $3.5 Million Community Center and Daycare|

Stabbing Victim Identified

The Grand Rapids Police Department has identified the stabbing victim from Tuesday night at 20 year old Chere Morgan of Grand Rapids. Morgan was stabbed on property owned by Independent School District 318 in North East Grand Rapids. The 15 year old male suspect has not been charged.
According to the press release, officers found a 15-year-old Grand Rapids teenager standing in the playground holding a knife. On the ground next to him was Morgan. Morgan sustained a stab wound to her abdomen. The 15 year old was taken into custody and is currently in a secure detention facility. Paramedics transported Morgan to Grand Itasca Hospital where she died of her injuries.

By |April 17th, 2019|Blog, News|Comments Off on Stabbing Victim Identified|