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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.

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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|

Quinn Gives Notice

Itasca County Veteran’s Service Officer Hugh Quinn submitted his resignation Tuesday during the Itasca County board meeting.

Quinn presented the board with his quarterly report then submitted his resignation. Prior to his presentation, the county board accepted the final report of a classification compensation study completed by Fox Lawson and Associates. The report, last completed 25 years ago, analyzed the county’s evaluation system to determine the comparable work value by employees.

The board accepted May 31st as his final day and moved any discussion to the next county work session next Tuesday.

By |March 24th, 2016|Blog, News|Comments Off on Quinn Gives Notice|

Adams on Paid Administrative Leave

Mark Adams, Superintendent of Independent School district 316, is on paid administrative leave after a second driving while intoxicated charge in two years. The school board of ISD 316 held an emergency meeting Tuesday. The board will meet again next Tuesday in another closed session to determine, according to a press release by the board, the best course of action.
The follow-up meeting will be Tuesday March 29th at at 6pm in the school’s staff development room.

By |March 24th, 2016|Blog, News|Comments Off on Adams on Paid Administrative Leave|

Kennedy Leaves City for PUC

The city of Grand Rapids is looking for a new city engineer. Monday, the Grand Rapids city council approved the resignation of Julie Kennedy. Kennedy was offered the position of General Manager of the Grand Rapids Public Utilities Commission. In her resignation letter, Kennedy said “the opportunity was too exciting for me to pass up”.
Also during Monday’s meeting, the council approved the purchase of two new vehicles for the police department, a new vehicle for public works, and authorized summer employment.

By |March 15th, 2016|Blog, News|Comments Off on Kennedy Leaves City for PUC|