Jelinski charged with stalking, threatening and making harassing phone calls

Jeffrey John Jelinski, 43, Little Falls, was charged Jan. 31 with one felony count each of stalking and making terroristic threats and one misdemeanor count of making obscene or harassing phone calls.

In January, the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office received a report of threatening and strange text messages being sent to a mental health worker. The worker suspected Jelinski was sending the messages.

The deputy learned about another case where individuals were receiving threatening calls from the same phone number. The phone records for that number were subpoenaed and the deputy called the numbers dialed by that phone over the period in question.

What he discovered was that the people called by the suspect phone were all known by Jelinski. For some of the calls, he hung up. For others, he left vague threats. For other calls, he left insensible messages.

On Jan. 29, law enforcement conducted a search of Jelinski’s residence and placed him under arrest. The officers located three cellphones and will request search warrants for them.

If convicted, Jelinski faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine.