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A Park Rapids man will spend 180 days in jail on six charges of child pornography possession. Gregory Hubert Dirkes, 46, was sentenced last week in Becker County District Court. Dirkes was the subject of a lengthy online search of IP addresses dealing in child pornography. Authorities seized hundreds of images from his home computer in 2010. He will be on supervised probation for five years. Read more on the story in Wednesday's Enterprise.
An Akeley man has been arraigned on numerous attempted murder charges stemming from a failed romance and reconciliation. Brian Todd Sannan, 22, is charged with deliberately setting fire to the home on Chickamaw Beach he used to occupy with a former girlfriend and her child during the early morning hours of Jan.
A Park Rapids pawnshop was searched Friday as officers arrested the proprietors for possession of methamphetamines. Fuller's Pawn Shop is not implicated as a business, said Hubbard County Attorney Don Dearstyne, but both Michael Steven Fuller, 52, and Robert Joseph Fuller, 48, appeared in District Court Monday, each charged with Fifth Degree Controlled Substance crimes. The men are local residents. A third Park Rapids man, Jerald Dean Drewes, 58, faces a Second Degree Controlled Substance Crime for the alleged sale of meth to an undercover informant sometime between Dec. 10, 2011, to Jan.
A public hearing has been set for Feb. 1 to determine if mini trucks should be allowed on Hubbard County roadways. It has touched off a debate as to what types of vehicles should be allowed on public roadways.
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.
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.
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.