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Fights send three to hospitals; two arrested; more planned

Jacob Ryan Joy-Donald Eugene Libby

Violent incidents over the past week in Hubbard County have resulted in three people sent to area hospitals.

Interim Sheriff Frank Homer said the incidents, outside the Nevis Municipal Liquor Store in the early morning hours of April 21, and one in Laporte late Sunday night, were not related.

"It's just the ups and downs of law enforcement," he said of the apparent trend in violence.

A 38-year-old man was assaulted in the Nevis incident and hospitalized briefly at St. Joseph's Area Health Services in Park Rapids. Authorities said Daniel Peter Frisch of Nevis received head and back injuries.

Two people were taken to North Country Hospital in Bemidji following an incident in Laporte involving a group of teenagers Sunday night.

A 17-year-old boy was stabbed and another person was assaulted in that incident, authorities indicated in a news release. Their names and conditions are not known. Two arrests have been made in that case.

The suspects were apprehended after fleeing the scene, investigator Jerry Tatro said. The suspects, who are jailed in Hubbard County pending formal charges, have been identified as Jacob Ryan Joy, 18, of Bemidji, and Donald Eugene Libby Jr., 18, of Duluth.

Hubbard County was assisted initially by Laporte First Responders and North Memorial Ambulance. The Walker Police Department and Cass County Sheriff's Department assisted in the apprehensions of the suspects.

"This was not alcohol-related," Homer said of the Laporte incident. "It was just a minor issue that escalated into a major one."

The Nevis incident remains under investigation and is believed to have been alcohol-related. Charges are pending against other individuals involved in that fight.

Hubbard County Attorney Don Dearstyne said it could be a few days before complaints are filed against any of the suspects in either case.

His office is working short-handed after a third attorney retired this week. The county has a hiring freeze in place. Earlier this month commissioners refused to allow him to fill her position.