Two juveniles are in custody after a high speed chase last night that exceeded speeds of 125 miles an hour Sunday night. According to the Grand Rapids police department, the two suspects ran away from Northland Recovery Center, stole a vehicle from the River Road Market, and led police on a high speed chase between Grand Rapids and Deer River. Stop sticks were deployed in Deer River. The occupants pulled over by Fred’s Bait and fled on foot. They were arrested and charged with fleeing on foot and motor vehicle, motor vehicle theft. Both are in custody.
Another fraud complaint was reported from a Grand Rapids resident Tuesday. According to the complaint, a Grand Rapids resident received a letter from a financial institution claiming she was one of the second prize winners for a consumer sweepstakes. She received a check for almost four thousand dollars. She was instructed to call her claim agent at a 1-877 or 1-760 number. The resident brought both the check and the letter to her bank and found out the check was a scam.
Investigators believe the scam came from outside the country.
According to the National Fraud Information Center at fraud dot org,
A) If someone gives you a check or money order and asks you to send money somewhere in return, it’s a scam. Real sweepstakes don’t ask you to send money back. And, if you haven’t registered for a sweepstakes drawing- you can’t win.
B) A familiar name doesn’t guarantee that it’s legitimate. Crooks often pretend to be from well-known companies to gain people’s trust.
C) The check or money order may be fake even if your bank or credit union lets you have the cash. Verifying a real check may take weeks.
D) When the check or money order bounces, you will have to pay the money back to your bank or credit union.
E) The old story of a family member stuck in Canada/Mexico or the Bahamas who needs money and pleads with you not to call family members and check out the story- is a thief.
Grand Rapids hosting a Cross Country Invitational on Tuesday and coming out on top in the Girls team competition.
Place # 1 – 46 POINTS – Grand Rapids
Place # 2 – 75 POINTS – Ely
Place # 3 – 91 POINTS – Greenway/NK
Grand Rapids girls team captains Cari Janssen, Jay Lynn Lauer, and Shannon Hart talking about the race and the season.
Elyssa Peterson in 1st place for GNK and talked about the race.
On the boys side in was GNK in 1st place.
Place # 1 – 53 POINTS – Greenway/NK
Place # 2 – 73 POINTS – Grand Rapids
Place # 3 – 75 POINTS – Moose Lk/WR/Barnum
Top individual finishers for GNK – Geno Uhrbom and Dylan Carlson in 2nd and 3rd.
Top finishers for Grand Rapids – Caleb Bissionette and Eddie Cease.
Full results can be found at Steve’s Timing.
Tuesday, the Itasca County Board of Commissioners approved a preliminary 2016 levy increase of 7.99%. County Auditor/Treasurer Jeff Walker said the $2.7 Million dollar increase is due in part to rare occurrences.
“Every 12 years, there is a 26th payroll for the county. That’s $1.2 million dollars. That’s one payroll.”
Another $415,000 of the increase is because the county is not using reserves to pay down its debt. County employees are also assumed to receive a 2% raise next year. County employees, who haven’t seen an increase in the health care premiums in several years, will see an 8% increase next year.
Overall, according to Walker, because of the increased tax capacity of the county, a home valued at $100,000 will see an increase of $17.00.
Independent School District 318 has set the 2016-2017 school year tax levy at 0.98%. At last night’s ISD 318 School Board meeting, the tax levy max rate was set at less than one percent, even though the school board could have set it as high as 10.3% without a vote by the public. The levy rate of 0.98% cannot be exceeded by the district, but may still be lowered before it is fully voted on in December. Superintendent Dr. Bruce Thomas (audio).
Also at last night’s ISD 318 School Board meeting, a show of support was voted on for the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board’s collaborative STEM Educational Program. STEM partners ISD 318 with the Greenway School District and Itasca Community College to better prepare students for the workforce.
The board also approved contracts with the Teaching and Service staff within the district.
The next ISD 318 School Board meeting is October 6th at 7PM in Bigfork, with telepresence available in the administration board room.
Minnesota’s unemployment rate held steady in August at 4.0 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis. The labor force participation rate fell for the third consecutive month to 69.9 percent. The national unemployment rate fell two-tenths of a percentage point to 5.1 percent in August. Locally, Grand Rapids is at 7.1% unemployment, Itasca County is at 6.2% unemployment, and Hibbing is at 9.3% unemployment.
An envelope with cocaine was mistakenly delivered to Southwest Elementary School Tuesday by the US Postal Service.
According to the Grand Rapids Police Department, employees opened school mail and found one envelope had four baggies containing a white powdery substance. School was not in session at the time. Staff did not touch the baggies, isolated the area, and contacted authorities.
The Grand Rapids Fire Department’s Hazardous Materials Unit responded. The unit determined it was cocaine.
Grand Rapids Assistant Police Chief Stve Schaar said the department is now conducting a criminal investigation. He also praised school authorities for taking appropriate action.
The lease between Showboat Inc. and the City of Grand Rapids has been terminated. At last night’s Grand Rapids City Council meeting, four community members spoke against the termination of the lease. The city council reminded the public that many more steps still need to happen before the proposed land swap with UPM Blandin takes place. The city council said they understand the concerns of the citizens and are utilizing the Grand Rapids Arts and Culture Commission to help find a new venue for the showboat, but they said they can’t alter the city’s comprehensive plan. Mayor Dale Adams (audio).
Also at last night’s Grand Rapids city council meeting, Jaqueline Heinrich was transferred from the Community Assistance Officer to the position of Administrative Assistant for the police department. The Mayor also reported that ongoing budget talks suggest the cities tax percentage will not be going up this next year, and the high end numbers will be set at the next meeting on September 28th at 5 o’clock.
A two vehicle accident was reported Saturday afternoon at the intersection of Highway 169 and 2. A vehicle driven by Alexander Bourgeois and a vehicle driven by Kathleen Loucks collided in the intersection.
According to witnesses at the scene, Loucks had a green light and was heading east on Highway 2 when Bourgeois turned in front of her. Loucks vehicle struck the passenger side of the Bourgeois vehicle. Loucks was transported to Grand Itasca Medical Center. A passenger in the Bourgeois vehicle, identified as Savannah Block was also injured in the accident when the airbag deployed.
Tuesday, 29 year old Derrick Lee Cloud of Deer River was charged with two counts of Criminal Vehicular Homicide in the death of Cory Jones of Cass Lake and Jaclyn Howard of Deer River.
Cloud was also charged with controlled substance crime in the third degree, violation of an order of protection, driving while impaired, and driving after suspension.
The charges stem from allegations that Cloud was driving a Trailblazer of Highway 46 when he collided with a vehicle driven by Jones. Both Jones and Howards were killed in the accident.
Bail was set at $200,000 without conditions or $100,000 with conditions. Cloud’s next appearance is scheduled for September 14th.