Crime

Minnesota’s enhanced DWI enforcement and education efforts have been factors in the continued reduction of alcohol related deaths, but impaired driving remains a serious threat, accounting for more than 100 deaths each year, thousands of people injured and 30,000 motorists arrested for DWI. One in seven Minnesota drivers has a DWI on record. Research shows [...]

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Nicholas Bassett, the man who briefly eluded police in North Branch by hiding in a cornfield July 17 before being arrested the following day, was sentenced in Isanti County District Court July 24 on warrant charges. Those charges were felony fifth-degree drug possession and misdemeanor fourth-degree property damage. Bassett was supposed to appear in court [...]

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Suspect currently in custody in Isanti County   Those who live near 400th Street and Golden Avenue in North Branch likely noticed an increased police presence in the area around 8:30 p.m. Thursday. According to information from the North Branch Police Department, authorities from North Branch, the Chisago County Sheriff’s Office and even a K-9 [...]

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Multiple authorities were needed to apprehend a man who reportedly pulled a gun and then a knife during a July 2 traffic stop near Wyoming that escalated into a high-speed chase on Interstate 35 southbound. In the aftermath, Thomas Edward Weller, 45, of Oakdale, Minnesota, was charged with four felonies — second-degree assault with a [...]

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A former Wyoming man with a criminal past has been charged in connection with an alleged kidnapping that happened nearly two decades ago in the city. Chisago County Attorney Janet Reiter said Cory Daniel Smith, 38, last known residence of Brainerd, was serving a 10-year prison sentence in North Dakota on another kidnapping charge and [...]

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