Crime

After a traffic stop in Motley Township, a Morrison County deputy arrested a man from Minneapolis and one from St. Paul, for weapon and controlled substance charges. The deputy stopped the vehicle 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 22, for an equipment violation. The deputy allegedly smelled burnt marijuana in the vehicle and found the driver didn’t [...]

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Kimberly Dee Schmidt, 46, Little Falls, was charged July 18 with one felony count of fifth degree possession of a controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of assault. On July 17, Little Falls police officers responded to a domestic dispute. The victim told the officers she had been slapped by Schmidt during an argument. The [...]

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The Morrison County Sheriff’s Department responded to the report of a homeowner in Hillman Township that, upon arriving home about 3 p.m. Monday, July 21, the resident found a woman walking out of the home. The woman drove away from the residence, but was later identified as Hannah Kloss, 32, of Pierz. Deputies located Kloss [...]

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Sean Timothy Kelly, 44, and Valerie Leigh Kelly, 34, both of Burtrum, were each charged July 22 in Morrison County District Court with two counts of receiving stolen property. On May 16, a search warrant was executed at the Kelly residence by Morrison County Sheriff’s deputies. Located was aluminum scaffolding which appeared to be drywall [...]

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William Kenneth Saarela, 34, Pierz, was charged July 18 with one felony count of theft. On June 15, a Little Falls police officer responded to a complaint from Walmart that two men and four juveniles had stolen $1,860.20 worth of merchandise from the store. The missing items included a Murray lawn mower, six Huffy bicycles, [...]

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Michael Robert Arndt, 34, Cushing, was charged July 16 in Morrison County District Court with one felony count of check forgery. The Morrison County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint that someone entered the victim’s vehicle while parked at his place of employment and a checkbook and other items were missing. The victim said several of [...]

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Justin Edward Minnerath, 31, Little Falls, was charged July 14 in Morrison County District Court with one felony count of fifth degree possession of a controlled substance. A Morrison County deputy responded to a report of a car parked on Haven Road with the driver passed out behind the wheel. The deputy woke the driver, [...]

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Corey Raymond Gorton, 25, Little Falls, was charged July 16 with one felony count of receiving stolen property. On May 28, the Benton County Sheriff’s Office received a report of the theft of a $1,800 John Deere lawn mower. On May 30, a Little Falls police officer responded to the Lik-Nu Gun and Pawn Shop [...]

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A Little Falls man was sentenced July 8 to nine years in the Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud. James Cloutier, 70, was arrested in April in Anoka County and charged with first and second-degree criminal sexual conduct for having sexual contact with a child under the age of 13. He pleaded guilty to the [...]

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