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An Akeley man has been charged in an arson fire that occurred in Cass County early Sunday morning. According to Sheriff Tom Burch, Cass County authorities responded to the report of a house fire in the Chickamaw Beach area. Although the dwelling was occupied at the time, no one was injured in the fire. Several departments responded, including Cass County, Pine River police, the Pine River Fire Department and Pequot Lakes Fire Department. A subsequent investigation led to the arrest of Brandon Todd Sannan, 22, of Akeley for his involvement in the occupied dwelling fire.
Three men have been arrested in another meth bust in Park Rapids, They appeared in Hubbard County District Court Monday morning. Hubbard County Attorney Don Dearstyne. "I can tell you there were three arrested" over the weekend, Dearstyne said Monday night. "Robert Fuller, Mike Fuller and Jerry Drewes were charged with possession of meth." No other information was immediately available.
Two quick-thinking officers may have interrupted a burglary spree in progress on New Year's Eve. Three men appeared in Hubbard County District Court Tuesday on a litany of charges connected to a series of break-ins that began Dec. 22 and continued over the New Year. All three remain in jail. They are Daniel Owen Garbow, 24, of Park Rapids, Donald James Hardy, 34, and David Edwards, 29, both of Ponsford. According to the criminal complaint, at 4:30 a.m. on Dec. 31, Hubbard County Dep. Adam Williams responded to a garage door alarm on 219th Avenue.
Proceeds from the Park Rapids Community Christmas Dinner were donated to the Salvation Army. "This holiday we raised $20,000," said Salvation Army volunteer Lori Longworth. The funds came from kettle and charitable donations, plus the holiday meal, which is funded with freewill donations. Longworth said the $20,000 is down slightly from years past but still a remarkable achievement in a small community suffering in the economy. "We'd like to thank all our bell ringers and volunteers," Longworth said.
Fifteen Hubbard County personnel will begin classes at M State Jan.
Thursday's high was actually 51 degrees, according to National Weather Service meteorologist John Hoppes. "For Park Rapids we only have records for about the last five or ten years so it wouldn't take much to break a record," he said. "The high was 51 degrees at 3:06 in the afternoon. A lot of those (bank temperature gauges) put their sensors by the concrete so when the sun hits it they get a little high," Hoppes said. And yes, we will pay for the balmy temperatures.
Two quick-thinking officers may have interrupted a burglary spree in progress on New Year's Eve. Three men appeared in Hubbard County District Court Tuesday on a litany of charges connected to a series of break-ins that began Dec. 22 and continued over the New Year. All remain in jail. They are Daniel Owen Garbow, 24, of Park Rapids, Donald James Hardy Jr., 34, and David Edwards, 29, both of Ponsford. According to the criminal complaint, Hubbard County Dep. Adam Williams responded to a garage door alarm on 219th Avenue around 4:30 a.m. Dec. 31.
Two officers were injured in a melee Tuesday night in Park Rapids when they responded to a suicide call. Park Rapids police officer Justin Frette and Hubbard County K-9 officer Dan Kruchowski were treated for their injuries at St. Joseph's Area Health Services.
A forfeiture case argued in Hubbard County District Court Thursday illustrates the heartbreak families suffer trying to get troubled children on a path to success. Wayne and Jodi Lynn Hill appeared before Judge Robert Tiffany to argue for the return of the family's motor home, which was seized in an administrative forfeiture action following their son's DWI arrest in September.
Hubbard County's K-9 officer suffered a broken hand trying to apprehend a suspect Tuesday night, but his dog made the collar on his own. Park Rapids police officer Justin Frette was bitten during he scuffle and required medical attention to clean the bite wound. Officers were called to a Park Rapids location for a suicidal male. Hubbard County K-9 Dep.