A Grand Rapids man has been sentenced to five and a half years in prison for the murder of his wife. Forty-nine year old Terry Wayne Richards pleaded guilty Monday in Itasca county district court to the amended charge of Manslaughter in the second degree. He was originally charged with Murder in the third degree and controlled substance crime in the third degree. The charges are based on allegations that Richards bought Fentanyl, a schedule 2 drug, sold some of it and provided it to his wife. She died as a result of an overdose. The court committed Richards to the Commissioner of Corrections and imposed an executed sentence of 68 months in prison.
A Bemidji man is expected to be sentenced to one year in county jail and ten years supervised probation for an assault at the Grand Rapids group home. Eighteen year old Dakota Geoffrey Smith pleaded guilty Monday to one count of assault in the first degree. He was originally charged with four counts of assault. The charges stem from allegations that Smith and three juveniles assaulted a staff member at a Grand Rapids group home with multiple weapons in December. The staff member has to be taken to the hospital for his injuries. It is expected that Smith will be sentenced to a stayed 206 months of prison term. Sentencing is scheduled for April 20th
The City of Grand Rapids has no major road projects scheduled for the year 2015. The Crystal Lake Boulevard Project was substantially completed last year, and will be finished by June of this year. The project also received honorable mention for the City Engineers Association of Minnesota’s project of the year.
Also at last night’s Grand Rapids City Council meeting, the resignation of Adam Kortekaas as the Fire Prevention and Education Officer position was approved and the Grand Rapids Police Department accepted a donation from Hawkinson Construction to be used towards a K-9 behavior shaping device. The next Grand Rapids City Council meeting is February 9th at 5 o’clock.
Facilities are still an issue for Independent School District 318. At last night’s School Board meeting, the board focused on Murphy Elementary School and the problems they are facing with space. Over the next few months, the School Board address each school’s concerns. The board will hold two special work sessions in the month of February.
Also at last night’s ISD 318 School Board meeting, the board recapped their recent winter conference with the Minnesota School Board Association. The next ISD 318 School Board meeting is February 17th at 7 o’clock in Bigfork with the telepresence set up in the Administrative Services Building Board Room.
A 32 year old Chisholm man was injured when he drove into the back of a semi Monday evening. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, 32 year old John Thompson of Chisholm was driving north on Highway 169 is St. Louis County when a semi, driven by 52 year old Craig Larson of Brainard pulled off the shoulder and into traffic. Thompson’s vehicle rolled onto its side after the collision. Thompson’s injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
A 25 year old Marble woman was killed in a three vehicle accident on Saturday. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a vehicle driven by 25 year old Kassandra Keske was traveling south on Highway 169 when she lost control on icy roads. Her vehicle was struck by a vehicle driven by 25 year old Nathan Hoffman of Baldwin Missourri and a vehicle driven by a 16 year old from Bovey. Keske was pronounced dead at the scene. The teen was not injured. Hoffman was injured, but his injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.
A juvenile, charged with both attempted murder in the second degree and assault in the second degree, pleaded guilty to the assault charge Thursday in Itasca County District Court. The charges stem from an assault by four residents of a group home in Grand Rapids on December 13th. An 18 year old Bemidji man and three juveniles attacked a staff member, who had to be treated at a hospital. The court set a sentencing hearing for January 26th at 2pm. The juvenile will be held at the Itaskin Juvenile center or Mesabi Academy pending court order.
An 18 year old Bemidji man has been charged with three counts of assault in Itasca county district court. Dacota Geoffrey Smith of Bemidji made his first appearance in Itasca county district court on Monday. Smith and three juveniles assaulted a staff member with multiple weapons at a group home on December 13th. Smith was charged with one count assault in the first degree, two counts of assault in the second degree, and one count of assault in the third degree. The staff member was taken by ambulance to the Grand Itasca Clinic and Hospital for treatment.
Bail was set at $100,000 without conditions and $50,000 with conditions. His next court appearance is December 22nd at 9am.
Also Monday, three juveniles appeared in Itasca County District court. They were charged with four felony offences. They were ordered held without bail at the Itaskin Juvenile center. Their next appearance is set for December 17th.
Last night, Independent School District 318 approved a $10 million dollar levy for fiscal year 2015. According to Superintendent Doctor Bruce Thomas, the levy is consistent with this past year’s numbers.
The school board also thanked Maryann Olson for her 20 years of service. Olson did not run for a school board seat in November and last night was her last meeting.
The entire Grand Rapids Police Civil Service Commission has submitted letters of resignation. Members of the commission, Wanda Bunes, Michael Marsh, and Jim Martinetto has submitted letters of resignation to the city council. The issue is on the agenda for Monday’s city council meeting.
According to Martinetto’s letter, his resignation follows the December 8th vote by the council to reinstate Brent Bradley to a Patrol Sergeant, effective the effective November 8th.
Among reasons Bradley was demoted, according to the council agreement published last month, not adequately investigate cases involving alleged domestic assaults and failed to meet the performance and conduct standards expected of City law enforcement officers as described in the above-discipline.
Last month, the city council agreed to remove a written Reprimand, 15-day Suspension without Pay, 5-day Suspension without Pay, Demotion from his personnel file.