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HUDSON, Wis. - A 51-year-old man charged in November with felony possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and maintaining a drug trafficking place after authorities seized more than 280 pounds of pot from two Baldwin-area properties, pleaded not guilty to both charges last week. Pheng Lee posted $35,000 cash bond last week in St. Croix County Circuit Court, according to court records.
WINDOM, Minn. — A Stockton, Calif. woman will serve 180 days in jail or be placed on an electronic home monitoring system for possessing nearly 100 pounds of marijuana that a Minnesota state trooper discovered in her vehicle more than a year ago. On Tuesday, Jan. 29, in Cottonwood County District Court in Windom, Maily Her, 40, was convicted of felony second-degree drug possession. She was placed on supervised probation for a term of up to 10 years and ordered to pay a $1,500 fine or perform community service. A felony drug sale charge was dismissed as part of the plea agreement.
BEMIDJI — The story of Jeremy Jourdain, a Cass Lake teenager who went missing in 2016, will be featured Wednesday, Jan. 30, on an episode of the new television show “In Pursuit with John Walsh.” The show will air at 9 p.m. on the Investigation Discovery channel. During the show, Walsh tells viewers about unsolved cases that need to be closed.
HUDSON, Wis. - A White Bear Lake, Minn., man is accused of stealing almost $120,000 in goods and services from his Hudson employer over the course of a month, according to a criminal complaint filed in St. Croix County Circuit Court Jan. 22. Timothy Ryan Skrypek, 30, was charged with three counts of felony theft following allegations that he made 45 fraudulent phone activations totaling $63,899.39 in lost income, stole $42,773 worth of devices and store deposits that total $12,588.20 while employed by the AT&T Store at 2300 Badger Road in Hudson, the complaint states.
BLUE EARTH, Minn. - A 23-year-old St. Paul woman was killed and her passenger was injured in a one-car rollover Saturday, Jan. 26, on Interstate 90 near Blue Earth. Jenna E. Reeves was driving westbound shortly after 10:30 a.m. in Faribault County when she lost control and rolled her 2003 Chevrolet Tracker. She was pronounced dead at a hospital in Blue Earth. Morgan A. Bartholomew, 26, of Mankato, was transported to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening. The road conditions were icy and snowy at the time of the crash.
• January 1967: Chronic wasting disease first identified as a disease in captive mule deer at the Colorado Division of Wildlife Foothills Wildlife Research Facility in Fort Collins, Colo. • February 1978: CWD officially classified as a transmissible spongiform encephalopathy, like scrapie in sheep and goats, mad cow disease in cattle and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans. • September 1981: The Colorado Division of Wildlife identified CWD in a wild elk, marking the first documented case of CWD in a wild animal.
The Jamestown Police Department released the following information via its Facebook page at approximately 1 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 26: Jamestown PD Officers captured the dangerous pit bull Blaze, after it bit a fifth person in Jamestown Late Friday evening. The latest victim was able to detain the animal in a garage and turn it over to officers and animal control.
SUPERIOR, Wis.. -- The Douglas County District Attorney’s Office won’t be filing charges anytime soon against Jake Patterson. Patterson stands accused of abducting teenager Jayme Closs from her home in Barron, murdering her parents and hiding her in a cabin in Douglas County until she managed to escape earlier this month. Patterson, 21, of Gordon already faces two counts of first-degree homicide, armed burglary and kidnapping out of Barron County and is currently being held at the Polk County (Wis.) jail on $5 million bail.
FARGO - The organizers of Fargo-Moorhead’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade say this year’s parade won’t go on due to funding and manpower issues and safety and security concerns. The volunteer organizing committee made the announcement in a Facebook post Thursday evening, Jan. 24. The group says donations haven’t kept up with the growing crowds at the parades, making safety a big issue.
BISMARCK -- Two separate staff assault incidents at the North Dakota State Penitentiary has led to the compound being put on lockdown Friday, Jan. 25, according to a release by the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. The release says the two assaults led to seven employees being seen by a doctor and treated for injuries. The incidents are still under investigation. No in-person or video visitations will be allowed during the lockdown, which will be reassessed Monday, Jan. 28.