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After a lengthy hearing in which Judge Robert Tiffany denied a litany of defense motions to dismiss two convictions against a Lake George man in a 2009 domestic assault case, Tiffany then postponed Monday's sentencing to hear additional arguments. John Wesley Defatte, 70, was found guilty by a Hubbard County jury in late 2010 in the domestic beating of his ex-wife Diana. He was convicted of First Degree Burglary, for breaking into her rural Lake George home and Third Degree Assault, for hitting her repeatedly with an ax handle. Defatte's attorney Jake Erickson filed numerous motions to o
Sentencing is set for Jan. 31 in the case of a Guthrie man who pled guilty last week to a single count of growing marijuana. Drug agents raided two properties belonging to Perry Raymond Eddy, 51, on Sept. 14 and found more than 200 growing marijuana plants at both locations, along with baggies of processed marijuana, according to the criminal complaint. Eddy entered the plea Jan. 5 to the Fifth Degree Possession charge. He was accused of having more than 42.5 grams of pot when his residence was raided. Eddy remains free on $5,000 bond.
Nearly two years after the door quietly closed, the Emmaville Store's brand spanking new front door reopened. Many times over. Mike and Melinda Spry were stocked with food, beer and essentials late last week. All but gas. The gas tanks may arrive this week. "We just decided to open the door" since a steady stream of traffic, including snowmobiles, stopped this past weekend. "Oh yeah, they've been coming in," Mike Spry said Saturday.
Opponents of a high voltage power line were denied a rehearing into the matter last week and some say their fight to prevent the 115 kV line from being placed along a stretch of Hubbard County 18 is likely over. On Jan. 6, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission met to consider a petition filed by Sandra Stugelmeyer, whose parents reside on the affected stretch of roadway. Stugelmeyer was seeking reconsideration of the PUC's Nov. 17, 2010 decision granting the power line route from a new substation to be built on U.S.
COLA members are sounding the clarion call to environmentalists to fill up a Hubbard County courtroom tomorrow when a district judge will conduct a hearing on its lawsuit against Hubbard County. The county, which is being sued over a variance issued last winter, filed a motion to end the case in its favor because, essentially, the Board of Adjustment acted within its purview when it granted a variance for extra docks to Eagle's Nest Landing, which is converting to a Planned Unit Development on 5th Crow Wing Lake. Attorneys for the Coalition of Lake Associations filed briefs last week in op
A newly sworn Hubbard County Board of Commissioners welcomed its first female member in years Tuesday and she immediately set the tone for a business model approach to running the county. Kathy Grell joins a distinct minority of female commissioners, an estimated 12 percent, according to the Minnesota Legislature's Office on the Economic Status of Women. Grell, who represents Dist.
A former Hubbard First Responder will spend 90 days in jail for embezzling public funds meant for the emergency squad. Valerie Kimball, 45, Park Rapids, was given a year and a day in jail for the crime, but the sentence will be stayed for 10 years while she is on probation. She must write a letter of apology to the public and make restitution of more than $32,000. A lengthy investigation found that Kimball, the group's former bookkeeper, misappropriated the funds over a two-year period.
A foot plus of new snow has jump-started businesses in the Great White North, a.k.a.
Tears flowed Wednesday as a Park Rapids man pled guilty to punching his friend in the nose during an altercation last summer, causing his death. Luis Candelaria, 48, will be sentenced on two of three charges filed by a Hubbard County grand jury in the July 3 death of Richard Allen Hoskins, 43. A charge of Second Degree Murder will be dismissed at Candelaria's sentencing Feb. 28.
The investigation into the cause of the Whitetail Tavern fire that partially destroyed the neighboring Velvet Antler restaurant last month began with a platoon of fire marshals, insurance adjusters and firefighters Thursday. And one item of evidence may prove invaluable - the establishment's security video. "I just got done watching the fire," said Nevis firefighter Ron Leyba.