Crime

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 provided methamphetamine to Peterson, [...]

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A Bemidji man was convicted Oct. 3 of possession of a controlled substance. Anthony Allan Zimmerman, 56, was stopped Dec. 30, 2013, by a member of the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office for an obscured license plate. While speaking with Zimmerman, the deputy noted marijuana on the floor in the back of the vehicle. When the [...]

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The Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force conducted a search warrant Oct. 6, 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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Ba’cari Airion Meadows, 19, Coon Rapids, was charged Oct. 6 in Morrison County District Court of felony theft and a warrant has been issued for his arrest. On Aug. 18, the victim of the theft called the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office to report the theft of his lock box. The box, he said, contained $35,000 [...]

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Derrick Joel Hulsey, 31, Little Falls, was convicted by the Morrison County District Court Oct. 8 of felony second degree assault with a dangerous weapon. On Aug. 24, 2013, Little Falls officers responded to a report of an assault with a chain saw. The suspect, Hulsey, was quickly located and placed in handcuffs. In the [...]

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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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