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Minnesota man guilty in federal child porn case; thousands of images found on his computers
An Ironton, Minn., man was found guilty Thursday of six counts related to child pornography. Roger Erik Splettstoeszer, 53, was charged on June 22, 2017, with four counts of distribution of child pornography, and one count each of receiving and possessing child pornography. He was found guilty by a
Mille Lacs County Sheriff's Report April 19 edition
The following incidents were reported to the Mille Lacs County Sheriff's Department April 9-16. The times listed are when a call was received, not necessarily when an incident occurred. Monday, April 9 8:57 a.m. Animal call on 160th Avenue in Foreston; horses had accessible food, water and shelter.
Man arrested for stalking, claims victim used DEA satellites to 'mess with him'
Subscribed, but don't have a login? ST. CLOUD - A Waite Park man is back in jail after repeatedly stalking a man he was legally prohibited from contacting, police say. According to the criminal complaint, officers from the St. Cloud Police Department were dispatched to a home in the 1000 block of C
Man dies after being run over by payloader
Joey Van Ginkel, age 17, of Rock Valley was backing a Volvo payloader on the property. Bradley Peetsch, age 52, of Baxter, was walking behind the payloader when the payloader drove over Peetsch.
Ironton, Minn., man found guilty on child pronography charges
MINNEAPOLIS-A 53-year-old Ironton, Minn., man has been found guilty of distributing, receiving and possessing video and image files containing child pornography. Roger Erik Splettstoeszer, 53, was charged with four counts of distribution of child pornography, one count of receipt of child pornograph
App designed to help people with special needs receive emergency care
This app is a tool for first responders and will improve interaction with those living with intellectual, behavioral or developmental conditions. The technology provides users with special needs with greater independence, protection and safer communities by giving up-to-date information to police an
Former MN school superintendent facing more indecent exposure charges
COLD SPRING, Minn. (AP The former superintendent of the Rocori School District is facing additional charges of indecent exposure. Eight more counts have been added to 10 previous charges of indecent exposure filed in Stearns County against Scott Staska. The additional charges are connected to incide
Paula Sexton didn't used to pay attention to what people threw away until she started working at the Stearns County Household Hazardous Waste Facility as an office specialist.
Four years later, she's interested in garbage. And if she notices an aluminum can or plastic cup at the top of the trash, she'll move it to the recycling.
Police Blotter - April 19
DISTURBANCE—Report Sunday of a disturbance in the lobby at the Days Inn, 14466 Dellwood Drive. Staff said there was no criminal activity and didn't want the people removed, as they returned to their room. Staff would call police if problems arrived.
Herberger's to close in Brainerd
Soon that will no longer be an option for Brutger. Over a half-a-million people visit Bon-Ton stores and websites every day, Herberger's parent company reported, and on Wednesday it reported it is closing its stores after a liquidator had the winning bid in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. "We expect the liqu
Former Albany Man Convicted on Gun Charges
WHEATON -- A former Albany man who was convicted on several domestic assault charges back in 2011 and served time in prison, has now been convicted on gun possession charges. The violations were discovered after a domestic assault call in Wheaton last October. A Traverse County jury has found 42-yea
3 arrested in Sauk Rapids after traffic stop yields 30 grams of meth
Three people were arrested after authorities discovered roughly 30 grams of suspected methamphetamine during a routine traffic stop in Sauk Rapids Monday, the Benton County Sheriff's Office said. Joseph Elwin Depa, 48, Sauk Rapids, was arrested on suspicion of fifth-degree controlled substance and
Major drug bust in northwest Minn. nets 30 for meth, opioid sales
PARK RAPIDS, Minn.-Drug investigations have culminated in the arrest of nearly 30 individuals, several in their 50s and even 60s, for meth and opioid sales in Hubbard County in northwest Minnesota. Sixteen suspects were arrested in one day alone, according to Hubbard County Sheriff Cory Aukes. He is
Firefighters respond to residential fire
Firefighters respond to a fire Wednesday, April 4, in a two-story building near Hudrlik Carpets in Crosby on the 100 block of First Street Southwest. Jim Stafford / Brainerd Dispatch1 / 4 Firefighters from Crosby and Brainerd respond to a fire at a two-story apartment building Wednesday on the 100 b
Driver Convicted In Crash That Killed Big Lake Man
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) - A 37-year-old man was convicted of criminal vehicular homicide Tuesday in a February crash that left a 33-year-old Big Lake man dead. Juan Carlos Garcia-Morales had been charged with criminal vehicular homicide and reckless driving in the Feb. 22 crash. According to court docume
Train strikes car near Rice
A train struck a car near Rice Tuesday evening after the car went off the road, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. The driver was not in the vehicle when the train hit it. Cheuset Taruel, 18, was traveling south on U.S. Highway 10 near 115th Street when he drove off the road, rolled several t
Charges pending against Cushing teen for alleged theft of alcohol
Charges are pending against a Cushing teenager for his alleged involvement in a burglary at Anglers Corner, in Cushing Township. Larsen said about 7:01 p.m. Monday, April 2, the owner of Anglers Corner called his office to report the business had been broken into, but it appeared nothing was missing
Drug division snags 4 during probation check
A probation check led to the arrest of four people on various charges Wednesday north of Baxter. The Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office reported the arrests occurred at a home on the 4600 block of Cinosam Road. Investigators from the Lakes Area Drug Investigative Division were at the home to assist C
Off-duty police officer who stopped mall stabbing lauded as a hero
Subscribed, but don't have a login? Off-duty Avon police officer Jason Falconer was shopping for vitamins and a gift for his son at Crossroads Center mall when he heard commotion caused by a man on a stabbing spree. Falconer stopped the mall assailant on Sept. 17, 2016, and he's been branded a hero
Meth the 'drug of choice' in county
In 2017, the office received 12,057 calls for service (CFS), with 3,647 generating an Incident Complaint Report (ICR). While the calls for service were up from 2016, ICRs were down. "The expectation of what law enforcement provides is greater than what it was in the '80s," Turner stated. "There have