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A Fergus Falls woman was arraigned Thursday on five charges in connection with a high speed chase Tuesday, in which a Park Rapids police officer was dragged for nearly two blocks and injured by the fleeing suspect. Marchelle Kim Ceryes (pronounced Sears) faces charges of Fourth Degree Assault on a Peace Officer, Fleeing, two counts of Criminal Vehicular Operation and Theft. Three of the charges are felonies. Judge Robert Tiffany set bail at $75,000 unconditional and $50,000 with the conditions that Ceryes must remain law abiding, cannot drive or drink and must keep in contact with a prob
A Laporte man has been found guilty of two felony sex crimes involving a minor child. Boyd Dean Beck, 59, was convicted Wednesday evening of two counts of Second Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct by a Hubbard County jury. Even though Judge Paul Rasmussen would not allow videotaped testimony by the child victim to be played in court, the jury found that Beck engaged in sexual contact with the girl between November 2009March 2010. Prosecutor Erika Randall had asked Rasmussen to remand Beck into immediate custody but the judge denied the request. Beck's sentencing is set for Aug. 15.
A Park Rapids police officer was injured trying to detain a shoplifting suspect Tuesday afternoon, who then led police on a high speed chase through Park Rapids.
On a perfect summer Saturday, sunnies, sunburns and smiles filled Lake Garfield. Laporte's first ever "Take a Kid Fishing" outing coincided with a state promotion of the same name. Fifteen young anglers, both boys and girls decked out in lime green T-shirts, went out in boats accompanied by guides that did their best to find the hot spots on the lake. Some succeeded better than others. "C'mon," guide Jan Jones urged husband Gordy when they stopped to take a break.
As work resumes on clearing right-of-way for a high voltage power line in Hubbard County, the Public Utilities Commission will conduct a hearing June 23 to see if buffers around the intersection of County Roads 4 and 18 should be widened to accommodate the lines. "We needed to ask that the route width be expanded to allow us to connect the new switch to the 34.5 kV transmission line," said Great River Energy spokesperson Lori Buffington. "When we were in the design phase we identified the need.
Park Rapids police officer Carrie Parks returned to work at 6 a.m. Wednesday, one day after being dragged two blocks by a fleeing shoplifting suspect. "She's got some road rash," husband Scott Parks said. Parks, chief deputy for the Hubbard County Sheriff's Department, said his wife reached into the open door of a car after a shoplifting suspect was uncooperative in the Walmart parking lot while officers were trying to interview her. Parks was trying to pull the keys from the ignition.
Motorists can expect a five to ten minute delay on Highway 34 east of Park Rapids starting today. Crews from Central Specialties, Inc., have begun milling off the asphalt pavement and grinding it during traffic. Traffic Monday was inching along as flaggers and a pace car were used to keep it moving. Crews are hoping to get caught up on work delayed last week when telecommunications companies did not get their lines and cables moved before the milling work was to begin last week. Stay tuned to the Enterprise for the latest developments on the $7 million project.
One week into the Highway 34 reconstruction project from Park Rapids to Akeley, work is already one week behind. That was the assessment of general contractor Central Specialties, Inc., Thursday. The reason is that two telecommunications companies missed the deadline to complete their work. "It's causing extensive delays," said CSI superintendent Allan Minnerath.
"We aren't 100 percent sure at this point but it's probably going to be a combination of red pine and white pine" to replace the forest lost, said Mark Carlstrom, DNR Forestry supervisor. "You look at this block and anything with big trees on it is ours. We have 13 acres." But Carlstrom said storm damage isn't unusual any summer. "We have enough land, I've always got to deal with this. For us, it just happened close to our office.
If the imbroglio at Tuesday's Planning Commission plays out to its final act, stay tuned for COLA versus Hubbard County, version 2.0, coming soon to a courtroom near you. Coalition of Lake Association members, already embroiled with the county over a Planned Unit Development on 5th Crow Wing Lake, are outraged over the Planning Commission's approval of a similar common interest community on Little Sand Lake and about the way they were treated at the public hearing, The Enterprise did not attend the meeting.