Brian Paul Crowder charged with three misdemeanor offenses

Brian Paul Klein Crowder, 50, of Little Falls, had been charged with three criminal charges stemming from a May 24 incident at the Oakland Cemetery.  In the complaint, Crowder is accused of confronting an 84-year-old man who was driving through the cemetery, frightening the man, jumping on his car and breaking the man’s sunglasses.  The criminal complaint was filed by the Morrison County Attorney’s Office and signed by District Court Judge Conrad Freeberg June 12.

County Attorney Brian Middendorf commented, “The decision whether or not to file criminal charges against a person is the most important and serious decision a prosecutor has to make. It is a duty that I never take lightly.  Accordingly, I took a hard look at all the evidence provided to me by the Little Falls Police Department regarding the altercation that occurred in the Oakland Cemetery on May 24.  Following that review, I am convinced that Brian Paul Klein Crowder committed several crimes against an innocent, elderly victim.”

Crowder is charged with three misdemeanors: Assault in the fifth degree, disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property in the fourth degree.  His first appearance in Morrison County District Court will be scheduled in the weeks ahead.

  • Anonymous
    • robin hensel

      Can you read, anonymous? The police report states clearly that Dodee Colombe struck Brian Crowder. Now do you get it?

  • tmac

    The mayor must not have had it out for him back then I guess.
    It sounds to me as if Crowder has some anger management issues to address.

    • robin hensel

      Take a drive by my place and exercise your eyes.

      • tmac

        I have driven past your place and now I do exercise my eyes by quickly looking the other way until I am past all your signs.
        Why are you choosing to ignore Crowder’s behavior or deeming it acceptable?

        • robin hensel

          Tmac….I don’t believe you look away from my signs. I have NO REASON TO DISBELIEVE BRIAN. It was Charlie Sprandel who fled the scene. Wonder why? WHY IN THE WORLD would someone do that? I believe I know why.

          • tmac

            Believe what you want, but I know the truth.

          • Erik Warner

            Why would an octogenarian flee the scene if he perceived a threat from an aggressor three decades his junior? I believe it is called the “fight or flight” response and would seem to be a very reasonable explanation.

          • robin hensel

            One obvious reason ANY PERSON OF ANY AGE who flees an hit and run or accident scene is lack of car insurance or valid driver license or having consumed alcohol. Research COMMON REASONS TO FLEE ACCIDENT SCENE on your computer search engine. This isn’t rocket science folks. It’s a crime to leave an accident scene.

          • central mn

            “Assault in the fifth degree, disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property in the fourth degree.” —-Also crimes Robin.

          • robin hensel

            Ha! You probably believe i committed disorderly conduct too…..just because i sat where the mayors hubby and mummy in law and a few extra special friends sat just four days prior ! ! Some people believe EVERYTHING ….especially what the Morrison County Record prints or what law enforcement or county attorney say.

          • Concerned Citizen

            Robin, Don’t you find it odd that not a single Comment you make/post in BRIAN’s Defense has a single positive vote as being a good comment….. When the Majority of other Comments or posts have at least 1…… Looks pretty clear cut, that you are 1 of a very select few that want to side with and defend Brian’s Despicable Behavior…. Maybe it’s time you start to open your eyes to a more rationale thoughts process…..

          • robin hensel

            concerned citizen….I am not in a popularity contest and I don’t care what anyone else thinks about my comments/actions/friendships/signs….you get the picture, right?

          • Rick Witte

            But Robin you are in a popularity contest of sorts if you do indeed plan on running for a Council or Mayours spot. You should care what people think of what you write, your actions, and so forth. Do you not think that they may in fact effect the minds of the voters?

            I guess another way of looking at it might be by not caring the loss may not be that important to you.

          • robin hensel

            Rick…..i speak the truth and live my life forthrightly. If other people dont like what i have to say…..i am not going to sugar coat anything. Now….based on that statement…what do you get from that pertaining to the election?

          • Rick Witte

            It’s not what I get from it Robin, but rather what the electorate, as a whole, takes from it. Certainly you have the right to fly your flags and signs on your vehicles, but that does not mean that the residents have to like or agree with what you do. You speak of a better community, but what does that mean to you and what does it mean to your fellow citizens whom you are counting on to advance you to a Council or the Mayoural seat. Perhaps some of them might want you to care what they thing in forming their decision on whom to cast their vote for.

            Truth is of course a many splendered thing which is viewed differently by individuals. Much of what you present is your opinion based on circumstantial facts. The truth is left to be told and your truth may well not fall in line with the truth of others. But they you dont care anyway so what.

          • robin hensel

            Truth is truth…..straightup…..unfiltered and almost always backed up with audio or videorecorded or have pictures to show proof. In time city voters will know what all the candidates ideas are….if they share them…..mine will be SPECIFIC and MANY!♡!♡!♡ To start….no more filtered news from city newspaper.

          • josh

            Except when flying flags to close to the heli pad at the hospital. And delaying care to a patient who had to be transported by an ambulance which takes much longer. What would have happened if that person died because of your lack of caring?

          • robin hensel

            Dear concerned citizen (LeeAnn D.) What in the world would make you or anyone else think that i care what people think?

          • josh

            I don’t think campaign signs are a hazard as they are usually set off to the side. with all due respect Ms. Hensel the trailer you have to me is more of a hazard as it is right next to a lane of a fairly heavy use. There are so many messages on it that it is impossible to read more than a few words. It can be very easy to be distracted by that over signs in a yard or a campaign sign in a road ditch. I am not saying it is illegal what you are doing but pointing out that it is more of a traffic hazard than campaign signs.

          • robin hensel

            I want people to pull over and read it all so they know what is really going on.

          • robin hensel

            Concerned citizen….posters on disqus CAN be identified and SUBPOENAED?

          • Concerned Citizen

            Robin, I have no idea who the person below is that you are speaking about. Should you decide to have my identity Supoenaed, you will realize that. I am not the person you speak of, and truly am merely posting my comments strictly as they are labeled, as a Concerned Citizen for the safety and well being of all people in Litte Falls.

          • robin hensel

            Concerned citizen….it is not me that might have you subpoenaed.

          • josh

            Why would anyone have Concerned Citizen subpoenaed? He had been a long time writer on MC record. Ms. Hensel I used to think you once had some sense in what you are doing but after reading more and more of your comments and seeing your actions you have lost all credibility. I am sure I am not the only one in this community who thinks that.

          • robin hensel

            Concerned citizen…did you send me the letter that arrived at my house today?

          • Jody Scott Olson

            Allegation made by a man AFTER he learn that the other party filed a police report against him.

          • Concerned Citizen

            Judy, Don’t you find it odd that not a single Comment you make/post in BRIAN’s Defense has a single positive vote as being a good comment….. When the Majority of other Comments or posts have at least 1…… Looks pretty clear cut, that you are 1 of a very select few that want to side with and defend Brian’s Despicable Behavior…. Maybe it’s time you start to open your eyes to a more rationale thoughts process…..

          • Erik Warner

            Are you accusing Charlie Sprandel of hit and run? Unless you have some pretty strong evidence, and there are some charges filed against him, that sounds an awful lot like defamatory speech.

          • Jody Scott Olson

            Here are the statutes regarding hit and run and vehicle related accidents where bodily injury is reported to police….even if a pedestrian runs into your vehicle. So fault isn’t a factor: If Brian Crowder bicycled into the side of my vehicle and was knocked over, I’m not entitled to drive away and say oh well it wasn’t my fault! https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/?id=169.09

            What I think is most telling isn’t Charles Sprandel’s handling but the LFPD and the handling by the Morrison County attorney Brian Middendorf.

            Regardless of what you believe actually happened an area resident and known local politician reported being injured by a vehicle and police tell the injured person that the matter has to wait until the following business day when Middendorf is back in his office? They say this before they ever take a statement from Sprandel? They didn’t even give Sprandel a chance to first deny the allegations? Its my understanding that they had one report which included injuries and a vehicle…and LFPD decided to talk to Middendorf first…even though it would appear to be a pretty standard police matter?

            Funny that the whole issue materialized right after rumor swirled that Cathy VR planned to run against Crowder for the Alderman seat instead of Zylka.

  • David Van Risseghem

    According to http://www.formsofaddress.info/Councilman.html , we are to teach the children to address a member of the municipal governing body as “The Honorable Mr. …..” Seriously? Is there no sense of shame that would compel a malcontent to go away until he has his public comportment under better control?
    http://www.formsofaddress.info/Councilman.html_
    How to Address a Member of a
    City or County — Council or Board
    _
    Councilmen and councilwomen are roles filled by citizens on a a town, city or county council. The position can be either elected or appointed.
    Counselor, counsellor, councilor or councillor are spelling used in Great Britain, Canada, Australia, South Africa, and other parts of the Commonwealth, and sometimes in the United States. They have the advantage of being gender neutral.

    On an Letter Address Block or Envelope:
    Technically anyone elected to office in the U.S. in a general election is entitled to be addressed as The Honorable. In practice however, while some members of local councils are addressed as The Honorable, many (perhaps most) are not.

    • Jody Scott Olson

      This is germane to what?

      I’ll refer to CVR as “honorable” when her actions reflect that of such a title. In the interim I’ll be relegated to refer to her as Derpy.

      • Mitch Rapp

        Well that’s not a very nice thing to say Jody…

  • tmac

    Do you really not understand what really happened first or are you just PRETENDING?

  • Concerned Citizen

    Robin, to fully understand the Slap, you must include everything that led up to it….The Part where she was trying to leave the residence, but Your Knight in shining Armour, BRIAN, Pursued her to her Car, only to prevent her from being able to get into it and leave, at which point he continued to Verbally abuse & threaten her until she feared enough for her personal safety, that Slapped him in self defense….. Let’s see here, and elderly Lady against a Grown man in his prime….. No Brainer there, as an elderly woman, all BRIAN had to do was start losing his temper, and she immediatley feared for her safety & well being….. What kind of grown man, gets off over preying on & Verbally abusing the Eldery…. Your answer, Brian Crowder. Does that sum it up enough for you Robin?

    • robin hensel

      Slapping anyone is an act of AGGRESSION.

      • Concerned Citizen

        Really Robin…. That’s the best defense you can come up with…. How would you feel about your Knight in Shining Armour, if Dodee were your Mother, or perhaps your Grandmother, or even Great Grandmother??? Would you still be so quick to protect him by defending his despicable actions…. Clearly your train of thought must be just as warped and out of touch with REALITY as BRIAN’s, to even begin to defend his assault against Dodee, and or this 84 year old man….

        • Jody Scott Olson

          I’m pretty sure the police report showed that the slap happy woman
          had previously been told that her presence on the property would be viewed as trespassing…So she had no right to be there. Second, if I was to understand the various reports, Ms. Slap Happy had in her possession property she had taken…photos I think, that Brian objected to her leaving with …which according to my recollection of the documents is why he
          followed after her. Personal family property was involved that Brian wanted back and they were arguing.

          And according to police reports she slapped him. I’m pretty sure that by legal definition slapping or any unwanted touching is assault and
          battery.

          Someone earlier tried to say that slapping was a reaction to fear which is just silly. Interview any number of people who were afraid and they didn’t respond by slapping. In contrast take a group of people who were on the receiving end of being slapped and see how many had the instinctive reaction to push the assaulter away from them…

          Physical altercations are unfortunate but if someone came into my house and took family photos after they were warned off my property…we would most certainly have WORDS and I would pursue after them to get my stuff back. If that individual then hauled off and slapped me I could not say that pushing back would not be an instinctive reaction.

      • Rick Witte

        Robin, let us not forget that slapping is not only an “act of “AGGRESSION”, but also is an act of DEFENSE!

        • robin hensel

          Rick….your rationale just doesn’t cut it.

          • Rick Witte

            “rationale” Robin? Interesting retort considering the fact that I provided no such rationale. What I merely responded with was the fact that a slap may be considered as an act of defense rather than just an act of aggression as you purported. Depending on the circumstaces surrounding an action either definition could be seen as appropriate.

            Since you seem to be interested in providing definitions of words posters use today I thought I would help you out.

        • Jody Scott Olson

          Except according to police reports she admitted to delivering the first blow…so I think its equally fair to say that PUSHING someone after they’ve delivered a blow to your face is also an act of DEFENSE…and often times an instinctive one.

          • Rick Witte

            That would certainly be true if one were to chose to ignore what preceded the slap upon Mr. Crowder. If one were to ignore the fact that the woman was in the process of leaving and that Mr. Crowder followed her to her car, pining her, and continuing the argument, then of course one could construe Mr. Crowders shoving her as defensive. Why did Mr. Crowder chose to pursue the elderly lady and not merely let her go upon her way?

      • josh

        Not always Robin. If it was done in self defense at a direct or perceived threat it is self defense. Is it an act of aggression if shoot an armed robber breaking into my house? I think not.

    • Jody Scott Olson

      I’m pretty sure the police report showed that the slap happy woman had previously been told that her presence on the property would be viewed as trespassing…So she had no right to be there. Second, if I was to understand the various reports, Ms. Slap Happy had in her possession property…photos I think, that Brian objected to her taking…which according to my recollection of the documents is why he was following after her. Personal property was involved and they were arguing.

      I’m 5 feet tall and until I was 40ish I weighed under 100 lbs. Never in my life have I slapped someone as a reaction to my fear for safety. EVER. You can pull up a billion police reports of folks who reported fearing for their safety and none of them will say they slapped because they were afraid. That’s absurd.

      Pretty sure that by legal definition slapping or any unwanted touching is assault and battery. Perhaps the reason Ms. Slap Happy filed no charges.

  • Ryan

    What a shame the town I grew up in is such a mess. The couple of times a year I make it back there to visit family and friends I can’t explain the relief I feel when I’m leaving. The things you people waste your time arguing over are absolutely astonishing. For example the alleged events in this particular situation. Were any of you there? Does it really affect any of you personally? I doubt it. Then why waste so much time and effort bickering like petulant little children?

    Speaking of childish behavior, I’d like to take a second to address the one and only all-knowing Robin Hensel. The first sentence in one of your comments below “I don’t believe you look away from my signs
    .” I feel is very indicative of the person you really are. You seem to feel like you’re really important, and really making a difference. Well you’re not. If you really think all the garbage, and regurgitated opinions scattered all over your yard, and all over these stupid articles is making a difference it’s not. Outside of that godforsaken hole of a town, nobody knows who you are, and nobody cares about your opinion. Stop wasting your time and effort on all of the selfish behavior, and get off your lazy tail and go do something that really matters. At least people get a good chuckle as they come and go from LF when they get an eyeful of your mess of a home, so at least you make people laugh I guess. Way to make a difference Robin, you go girl.

    • robin hensel

      Guest…..it is interesting that you refer to this quaint little river town as a godforsaken hole of a town. Why do you feel that way?

    • Jody Scott Olson

      Ronald Reagan’s deputy Attorney General for the United States knows Robin because he represents her…The policies that are being peddled by the League of Minnesota Cities regarding signs are designed to undermine constitutional rights. So what may seems like a little dim-witted issue in a very small “godforsaken hole of a town” to you, actually has enormous implications impacting the present and future constitutional rights of property owners in about 7 states.

      So, you keep laughing at Robin and her signs because I’m pretty sure those you’re forfeiting YOUR constitutional rights too, will surely be laughing at you and your simplistic, marginalized view of the issue.

  • central mn

    It does speak volumes, if I were being assaulted I would also do what I could to get out of there too. The charges are correct it’s time to take off the rose colored glasses Robin.

    • Jody Scott Olson

      Or you could ask why after he left the scene he didn’t contact police then either…

  • Erik Warner

    Are you saying Charlie Sprandel is guilty of hit and run?

    • robin hensel

      Erik Warner….Brian’s attorney will get to the bottom of that.

      • Erik Warner

        I’m not interested in what Mr. Crowder’s attorney will or will not do. In fact, I’m not all that interested in what Mr. Crowder or Mr. Sprandel said or did before, during, or after this alleged incident.

        My question was directly to you asking that you clarify your statements. Please, say what you mean and mean what you say. It is as simple as that.

        • robin hensel

          Erik…are you drinking?

  • Rick Witte

    Jody how could the County Attorney go forward with charges without the woman, or other witnesses. Without eye witness testimony there would be no case to prosecute.

    Mr. Crowder could have pressed charges but would have to explain why he pursued the woman to the car after she stated she was leaving and then pinning her against her car. Certainly an act of aggression, and it can certainly be taken as a defensive reaction to M.r Crowders aggression.

    As to being barred from the property does Mr. Crowder then determine who his Mother may have as guests in a home she lives in? Does Mr. Crowder have that power over her?

  • Rick Witte

    Jody, please make up my mind! First you tell me that Mr. Crowder forbid the woman from being present on the property, and then you tell me that she was permitted. Cant be both so which is it?

    Of course there was eyewitness testimony available but as the statement from the County Attorney stated who wanted to pit a Mother against her Son or Sister. Although the Sister wanted charges pressed against Mr. Crowder the County Attorney chose not to. If it is political now why was also then?

    Seems there is really nothing to indicate who actually owned the property in question or even if it was in the woman’s possession at the time of the incident. Certainly they were arguing about it, but nothing to show true ownership.

    • Jody Scott Olson

      Its my understanding that she was supposed to reproduce the photos Brian gave her then return the originals. Instead she kept them.

      Middendorf didn’t have a case against Brian because the woman who said she wanted charges pressed delivered the first blow. Or are we being sexist and giving her latitudes the law doesn’t?

      I don’t think Middendorf has any better of a case this time, I just think its an election year and Brian Crowder hasnt voted with the crony capitalists.

  • Mitch Rapp

    Defamatory?

    • Jody Scott Olson

      According to the Urban Dictionary, “derpy means awkward or embarrassing, especially pertaining to a person.”

      Which makes it a fact. Have you been to a council meeting? I never witnessed so many unprofessional elected officials in my life. The Mayor sets the tone and level of professionalism for council. She is behaves like a defiant child when it comes to having to adhere to rules including the city’s own policies and charter. Klinker is derpy too, he gets red-faced and throws tantrums during council meetings…also embarrassing. Or better stated; childish.

      • josh

        Please don’t take the urban dictionary seriously.

        • http://mcblowback.com/ Jody Scott Olson

          Ha! I translate my offspring’s language using the Urban Dictionary, if I didn’t I’d be confuzzled by half of what they say. I love the Urban Dictionary.

          • josh

            I realize that the urban dictionary is very comical, but it isn’t fitting for a serious discussion.

  • robin hensel

    Josh…..just exactly what is “THE CAUSE”? The SIGN ORDINANCE applies to everyone….not just me. If other homeowners don’t wish to abide by the LAW that’s tough. I suspect you and PLENTY OTHERS are upset because the sign ordinance is RESTRICTIVE !! Even though our Constitution sets precedent for FREE SPEECH…..it is COMMERCIAL SPEECH that reigns in our quaint little river town. 10 times more than free speech!!! The RESTRICTIVE AND UNCONSTITUTIONAL sign ordinance will continue to be a PROBLEM FOR ALL until the city abandons it!!! Smartest thing this city could have done would have been to allow free speech for all…rather than restrict it. Like city attorney stated at council mtg. 7-7-14….city is still in litigation. There is no SIGNED SETTLEMENT and there are MANY reasons for that.

    • josh

      I can understand being mad if its restricting free speech. We live in a world where the presidents administration sees Christians, conservatives, those against abortions, those against obamacare, those against homosexual marriages, war veterans, military personnel returning from overseas as potential terrorists. There are plenty of things wrong with this country. But driving around other people homes and taking photos of there property is not your job. I would be very suspicious if I saw people whom I didn’t know randomly taking photos of my children, my house, my yard. I honestly don’t care if you are or joe schmo has signs in their yards, and I wouldn’t want them removed if it was unconstitutional to do so. The city does need to enforce its law equally.

      • robin hensel

        Josh…I think you and everybody else that is paying attention in this town, knows full well what I am taking pictures of. And it is not kids. Anyone has a legal right to photo another person’s home, activities, or anything else they like. You are kidding yourself if you think people don’t drive by my house daily and take photos/videos, squeal their tires, shout obscenities (which is a misdemeanor by the way….disorderly conduct charge to be specific and I do videorecord those incidents also), read my signs, cause property damage and many have threatened me for almost three years now. If there are properties that are out of compliance(residential or commercial) with the sign ordinance, they better get it rectified or it will be just as much of a problem for them as it has been for me. You don’t get to decide what is my job or not. Neither does anyone else. And you better believe the city shouldn’t have required me to take my signs down, when they had illegally erected, paid for and maintained the “We Support Our Troops” banner downtown for more than a DECADE. Then the City changed the downtown zoning from Historic Preservation District to all B2, so they could skirt the law again, and re-erected the banner. The city is still active in changing the laws to suit a chosen few, who have utilized the city attorney’s service free of charge. City will bend over backwards to accommodate some but not others. That is called discrimination and illegal in this country.

      • robin hensel

        Josh….i currently have 0 signs in my yard for quite awhile now. Loads on my vehicles and they are all very direct and easy to understand.

      • robin hensel

        Josh….i appreciate that you believe in my free speech as well as others. Why would the mn legislature approve of UNLIMITED IN SIZE AND NUMBER campaign signs for months close to half a year, if they were a traffic hazard or devalued property? Everyone….think about this. REALLY? You honestly believe my signs are more of a hazard from 2011-present…..than the prolific signs during campaign season that always surrounded my property without complaint or accident? Why arent homes all over mn devalued during campaign season? And why aren’t there reported pileups all over little falls with hundreds of sheriff signs (some with spotlights) huge and regular size?

  • tmac

    Two questions.
    Did the mayor order the police chief to attend this meeting, or did she suggest he attend this meeting.
    Is the police chief an hourly paid position, or a salaried position?
    My bet is that the cost of that meeting would be on no ones nickel.

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