Crime

On Jan. 20 at 7:34 p.m., Chisago County deputies responded to Tim’s Country Cupboard in Stacy on a report of an armed robbery that had just occurred. As deputies arrived in the area, a search began for the suspect, who was described as wearing a tan jacket, a red ski mask, dark snowmobile pants and [...]

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The Chisago County Attorney’s Office has reviewed a number of cases stemming from investigative work last fall by the East Central Drug and Violent Offender Task Force. Seven individuals have been charged with narcotics violations as a result of the Task Force investigation. Two of them, Roger Allen Blahowski, 56, and Catherine Ann Nahl, 51, [...]

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A North Branch police officer sprained an ankle and experienced frostbite while in pursuit of a man who allegedly assaulted and attempted to flee the officer on foot. James Lonsdale Artig III, 29, of North Branch, was charged by complaint with felony fourth-degree assault, gross misdemeanor providing false information to police and fleeing a police [...]

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A Chisago County Grand Jury recently indicted Aaron Jude Schnagl, 29, on third-degree murder (unintentional murder) in the death of Danielle Mary Jelinek. If convicted of this charge, Schnagl faces a maximum penalty of up to 25 years in prison. Jelinek was 27 years old when she was reported missing by her family Dec. 9, [...]

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The Chisago County Sheriff’s Office is reminding motorists to slow down this winter driving season, especially near squad cars that are conducting traffic stops. Recently, a deputy’s squad was struck after he finished conducting a traffic stop near Olinda Trail and 270th Street in Chisago County. He had just finished the stop and had gotten [...]

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Rush City and North Branch schools initiated a “modified lockdown” Monday as a precautionary response to an individual of concern who may have been in the Rush City area. Neither the school districts nor authorities are releasing any specifics at this time about the individual at issue, other than “it was a person who was [...]

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