Cambridge man sentenced in ‘road rage’ incident violates probation
by Rachel Kytonen
Isanti County News
A 74-year-old Cambridge man sentenced to one year in jail and 20 years supervised probation in June 2014 for a road rage incident has been found guilty of violating his probation.
Joseph Duane Kadlec was found guilty in March 2014 of felony first-degree assault, causing great bodily harm; felony second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, causing substantial bodily harm; and felony discharge of a dangerous weapon in a municipality relating to a September 2012 road rage incident that escalated into a shooting in the Isanti Police Department parking lot.
According to the criminal complaint for the assault, witnesses saw Kyle William Ronning, of Columbia Heights, and another motorcyclist trying to pass Kadlec heading southbound on Highway 65 between Cambridge and Isanti. When the motorcyclists tried to pass, witnesses said Kadlec swerved his vehicle toward them.
Kadlec then turned onto County Road 5 and headed west toward the Isanti Police Department with the two motorcyclists following. An incident ensued, and as officers walked out of the police department, they heard a gunshot and saw Ronning holding his mouth. The officers observed a 9 mm handgun lying on the driver’s seat of Kadlec’s car and took possession of it.
When officers looked closer at Ronning, they observed a large quantity of blood, shattered teeth, a lot of damaged tissue and determined he had been shot in the face. It appeared there was a bullet protruding from the lower portion of the right ear, which appeared to be where the bullet was lodged.
At his sentencing in June 2014, Kadlec was ordered by Judge James Dehn to not use or possess alcohol, drugs or controlled substances.
On March 18, 2015 a probation violation hearing was held before Dehn and the probation violation was denied by Kadlec regarding the consumption of a beer.
On April 24, 2015, a revocation hearing was held before Dehn, and after hearing from two witnesses on behalf of the state, and one witness from the defense, Dehn found Kadlec guilty of violating his probation by consuming alcohol.
Dehn sentenced Kadlec to 90 days house arrest that will be served following the completion of his original one-year sentence. Dehn said Kadlec can be furloughed for medical appointments and procedures as arranged with his probation agent.
Body found near Scandia
By Ryan Howard
Forest Lake Times
On May 4, shortly after 6 p.m., the Washington County Sheriff’s Office recovered the body of an adult male from the St. Croix River, north of Scandia’s Log House Landing. The man was identified as Troy Michael Henry, 41, of Scandia. The cause of death is still being determined by Ramsey County medical examiners, but law enforcement does not suspect foul play at this time.
No other information has been provided about the death.
Motorcyclist on meth tries to leave arrest scene
by Jeff Hage
Nearly 9 grams of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were found on a motorcyclist April 30 who was pulled over for expired tabs on his motorcycle’s license plates.
Now instead of a small fine for expired registration, Shane Anthony Werlein, 28, of St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin, faces felony drug charges and a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison.
Werlein told arresting troopers with the Minnesota State Patrol that he uses methamphetamine almost constantly and had used it twice prior to being pulled over on April 30, according to a criminal complaint filed in Mille Lacs County District Court.
Werlein was pulled over on Rum River Drive in Princeton for expired registration. Upon stopping his motorcycle, he quickly dismounted and began walking away, the complaint states. Werlein was told by the trooper to sit on the curb, but he refused, and again tried to walk away.
As the trooper spoke with him, he observed Werlein’s eyes to be glassy and bloodshot. The trooper believed him to be under the influence of a controlled substance, the report states.
An inventory was taken of the motorcycle, which allegedly uncovered a digital scale, a plastic bag containing several smaller plastic bags, and two small bags inside a flashlight that contained 8.7 grams of what was described as a crystalline substance. Werlein alleged told troopers that the substance was meth and it belonged to him. That’s also when he told troopers of his alleged recent drug use. He was arrested and booked into the Mille Lacs County Jail and later charged with felony second-degree possession of a controlled substance, gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI, operating without proof of insurance and driving after revocation.
Werlein has a DWI from March 2006 and was convicted of fourth-degree controlled substance possession in Isanti County in September 2006 and a conviction for fifth-degree controlled substance possession pending in Isanti County for which he failed to appear for sentencing.
At the time of his April 30 arrest in Mille Lacs County, Werlein had two outstanding warrants for his arrest.