Crime

Jason Mounette Harris, 26, Little Falls, was convicted Oct. 8 of felony domestic assault in Morrison County District Court. In March, the Little Falls Police were dispatched to a residence where they met with the victim who said she was fearful of Harris with whom she had a relationship. The victim told the officers Harris [...]

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On Oct. 7, a Morrison County District Court jury deliberated 40 minutes to find Edward John Lapenotiere Jr. guilty of two counts of selling narcotics in a Little Falls school zone.  Lapenotiere, 21, Little Falls, was found guilty of second degree controlled substance crime (heroin) and third degree controlled substance crime (Vicodin). Both are felonies. [...]

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On Oct. 3, Michael Leigh Nipp, 52, Bemidji, was charged in Morrison County District Court with one felony count of fifth degree possession of a controlled substance. On Oct. 1, a Morrison County deputy stopped a vehicle on Highway 10 in Scandia Valley Township for an equipment violation. Just before the stop, the officer had [...]

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On Oct. 1, Joshua Roger Maleski, 25, Little Falls, was convicted in District Court of fifth degree felony possession of a controlled substance. The conviction stems from charges brought against Maleski when, on May 22, he was stopped for driving without a driver’s license and having expired plates. While speaking with Maleski, the Little Falls [...]

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By Tina Snell, Staff Writer On Wednesday, Warren John Okerman, 46, Pierz, was in court for his plea hearing. At that time his defense lawyer, Scott Wonderlich, entered a plea of not guilty of third degree murder. On June 1, 2012, Okerman and Leslie Ellyn Peterson were together when she died. The complaint alleged that Okerman [...]

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On Oct. 6, the Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force conducted a search warrant at the address of 11000 Hwy. 10 North, lot #76, in Benton County. The search warrant was based on information received through citizen tips and officers observations. The residence is owned by Dennis Geise, 44, of Rice. Geise was located at the [...]

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Sept. 17 — A resident on Ninth Street Northeast reported a burglary. Sept. 17 — A business on LeMieur Street reported receiving a counterfeit $20 bill. Sept. 17 — A resident on Lindbergh Drive Southwest lodged a damage-to-property complaint. Sept. 18 — A resident on Seventh Street Northeast reported someone had gone through their car, [...]

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Morrison County Attorney Brian Middendorf and his staff have filed gross misdemeanor complaints against the following people: •Tino Barrios, 51, Little Falls  — In connection with an Sept. 20 incident, Barrios has been charged with one count of driving after cancellation. •Joseph Adam Bednar, 31, Little Falls — In connection with a Sept. 23 incident, [...]

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The following people, charged with a gross misdemeanor or misdemeanor level crime in Morrison County District Court, have recently been sentenced: Gross Misdemeanors •Brent Edward Gerads, 39, Pierz; (offense: 9/6/14) DWI, fined $1,015, sentenced to 30 days in jail and supervised probation for four years. Dismissed against Gerads was one gross misdemeanor count of DWI. [...]

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