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Squaw Lake Man Sentenced

An Deer River teen was sentenced Tuesday in Itasca County District Court for the felony crime of first degree manslaughter. 18 year old Walter Everett Charwood of Deer River previously entered the plea. Tuesday, Charwood was sentenced to a year in jail and 15 years supervised probation.
The charges stem from an incident on January 12th where Charwood picked up a rifle inside his home, took the safety off, pointed the gun a 17 year old Dallas James Graciano, and fired.
Graciano was found dead in Charwood’s bedroom.
Charwood told authorities that he usually loads the rifle outside and that he was trying to put the safety back on when the rifle fired. Charwood called 9-1-1.
The first degree manslaughter charge alleges that Charwood caused the death of another in committing or attempting to commit a misdemeanor (including reckless handling or use of a gun) or a gross misdemeanor offense with such force and violence that death or great bodily harm to any person was reasonably foreseeable, and murder in the first degree or second degree was not committed thereby.

By |May 5th, 2016|Blog, News|Comments Off on Squaw Lake Man Sentenced|

Northland Employee Faces Felony Charges

A thirty-year old employee of Northland Recovery has been charged in Itasca County District court with eight counts in connection with breaking a 15 your old out the Northland’s care and sexually assault.

30 year old Melanie Lynn Peterson of Grand Rapids worked at Northland Recovery and is charged with allegedly assisting the 15 year old male to run away from Northland, letting the juvinile stay at her apartment, having intercourse with him, and giving him a controlled substance. All the crimes allegedly occurred on April 26th.

Peterson made her court appearance on April 28th. She’s been charged with three counts of felony criminal sexual conduct in the 1st degree, one count felony 3rd degree controlled substance crime, one count felony 4th degree controlled substance, one count felony 4th degree possession of a controlled substance, one count felony deprivation of custodial or parental rights and one count gross misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

By |May 4th, 2016|Blog, News|Comments Off on Northland Employee Faces Felony Charges|

ISD 316 to rely on IASC

Independent School District 316 will have a new Superintendent.   Last night, during the regularly scheduled school board meeting, the board chose to use the services of IASC, the Itasca Area School Collaborative, until June 30th.
Matt Grosse, Superintendent of ISD 317 of Deer River and Chair of IASC, will facilitate Greenway’s Superintendent needs until June 30th.  Sue Hoeft, who had been handling Superintendent duties for the last two weeks, will return to her duties as Principal of Vandyke elementary School.
School Board Chair, Bob Schwartz said it was the least intrusive option.  The district is taking applications for the full-time Superintendent position until May 9th.
The board also heard a preliminary report on the Q-Comp proposal.  The union and the school board must sign off on the two year proposal.

By |April 28th, 2016|Blog, News|Comments Off on ISD 316 to rely on IASC|

Dealership “Keyer” Caught

Grand Rapids Police Department News Release

(GRAND RAPIDS, MN)  Grand Rapids Police announced late Monday that an arrest has been made in the vandalism to  numerous vehicles at Grand Rapids GM that occurred on April 16th.   The suspect, yet to be charged, scratched the paint on twelve new vehicles parked in the lot.  Damage is estimated at over $25,000.

According to Grand Rapids Police Investigator Brian Mattson, “We worked very hard to solve this case. The break came over the weekend after many people saw the video posted on social media. We received a number of tips as to who the individual is that was seen damaging these vehicles.”  Monday afternoon, investigators questioned a 62 year old Grand Rapids man in connection with the vandalism.

“After confronting him with portions of the video, the man confessed to this act of vandalism” said Investigator Kevin Ott. A search warrant was obtained and clothing he wore during the vandalism was found.

“We very much want to thank the public for all their assistance” said Grand Rapids Assistant Police Chief Steve Schaar. “Without the public’s help we probably wouldn’t have been able to identify the perpetrator.”

The man believed to be responsible for these crimes is now in the Itasca County Jail awaiting charging by County Attorney Jack Muhar.

By |April 25th, 2016|Blog, News|Comments Off on Dealership “Keyer” Caught|

Police Officer Helps Homeless Man

Last Thursday, a 34 year old Nashwauk man left his bicycle and backpack outside M&H Convenience store and went inside. After 10 minutes, he came out to find his backpack stolen. Officer Ashley Moran responded to the theft complaint. The man was homeless. The stolen pack contained everything he owned- his birth certificate, social security card, tent, butane lighters, and $200 cash. Officer Moran purchased food, drinks, and a phone charger for the man and gave him $20.00 from her pocket.
Employees of M&H are looking to see whether the theft was caught on camera. The incident is under investigation.

By |April 18th, 2016|Blog, News|Comments Off on Police Officer Helps Homeless Man|

Koski to Return

The Itasca County Board of Commissioners approved the hiring of an interim County Administrator on Tuesday during the regularly scheduled board meeting. Board Chair Rusty Eichorn said the board reached out to former County Coordinator Irene Koski. Koski retired from the position five years ago. Eichron said contract negotiations are underway.
The board also approve the county’s five year highway plan, heard a presentation from Bill Brink on the Firewise Chipper Days program, and approved the purchase of the Trout Lake RV Park and Campground public access.

By |April 13th, 2016|Blog, News|Comments Off on Koski to Return|

Commissioners Statement on Terminated Administrator

The Itasca County Board of Commissioners has released a statement regarding the termination of Itasca County Administrator Trish Harren.

The county board terminated the employment agreement of the County Administrator, Trish Harren, effective, April 15, 2016. April 15 was selected as the date because the County Administrator has statutory rights to demand written charges and a public hearing on the charges prior to the date when final removal takes effect. Any public hearing would be before the County Board. The County Administrator must request the written charges and a public hearing by April 8, 2016. The County Administrator will be on a paid suspension during the period up to April 15, 2016. Any questions can be directed to County Board Chair Rusty Eichorn.

By |April 1st, 2016|Blog, News|Comments Off on Commissioners Statement on Terminated Administrator|

Three Car Accident Injures Four

A three vehicle accident injured four people and stalled traffic on the west side of Grand Rapids last night. According to the State Patrol, a vehicle driven by 69 year old Michael Bowman of Grand Rapids was traveling east-bound on Highway 2 near 17th street northwest. Bowman crossed the line and struck a vehicle driven by 60 year old Beverly Jones of Grand Rapids. Jones vehicle was rear-ended by a vehicle driven by 26 year old Kylie Jones of Bigfork. A passenger in the Beverly Jones vehicle, identified as James Jones of Grand Rapids was also injured.
According to the state patrol, Michael Bowman and James Jones were both seriously injured. Beverly Jones and Kylie Jones were also injured. All were treated at the hospital for injuries.
Traffic was diverted to 5th street for over half an hour while law enforcement and paramedics were on the scene.

By |April 1st, 2016|Blog, News|Comments Off on Three Car Accident Injures Four|

Smith Charged in Vehicle Death

A Bemidji man has been charged with two counts of Felony Criminal Vehicular Homicide and two counts of Misdemeanor Fourth Degree Driving While Impaired in the car accident and death of a Bovey resident. 29 year old Christopher Glenn Smith of Bemidji was driving a vehicle on Highway 65 last Friday night when his vehicle left the roadway and rolled. 56 year old Mark Wirtjes was killed in the accident.
Wednesday, smith appeared in Itasca county District court. Bail was set at $50,000 without conditions, $35,000 with conditions, or $25,000 with conditions including the electronic home monitor. Smith’s next appearance is scheduled for April 18th at 10am.

By |March 25th, 2016|Blog, News|Comments Off on Smith Charged in Vehicle Death|

Two Suspected in Meth Sale Appear in Court

Two men appeared in Itasca County court Tuesday, charged with the sale of meth. 29 year old Bryan Lloyd King and 28 year old Keith Lee Scovel, both of Grand Rapids, were charged with aiding and abetting first degree sale of a controlled substance. The charges arise from an ongoing controlled substance investigation conducted by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
At their first appearance, Scovel’s bail was set at $200,000 without conditions and King’s bailwas set at $100,000 without conditions. Scovel and Kings are scheduled to make their next court appearance March 28th at 9;30am.

By |March 24th, 2016|Blog, News|Comments Off on Two Suspected in Meth Sale Appear in Court|