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Park Rapids women charged in April rural house fire

By Sarah Smithssmith@parkrapidsenterprise.com The criminal complaints against two Park Rapids women read like a poor adaptation of the film "Thelma and Louise." The complaints say Rosemarie Mertice Flannigan, 51, and Jessica Ann Jordan, 32, consp...

House fire
The home on North Henrietta Avenue burned to the ground. (Enterprise file photo)

By Sarah Smithssmith@parkrapidsenterprise.com The criminal complaints against two Park Rapids women read like a poor adaptation of the film “Thelma and Louise.” The complaints say Rosemarie Mertice Flannigan, 51, and Jessica Ann Jordan, 32, conspired in April 2014 to burn down Flannigan’s rural farmhouse, use the insurance proceeds to pay off Flannigan’s son’s drug debts and flee to Mexico.
[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"1465595","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"360","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"480"}}]] Both women are charged with arson in Hubbard County District Court. Both have posted bond and are considered innocent until proven guilty. Zackary Flannigan, the son, is in prison for a drug conviction. Hubbard County Sheriff Cory Aukes declined to comment specifically on the case, but said investigator Chad Olson, and to a lesser extent Colter Diekmann, spent months methodically piecing the case together to bring to trial. Jordan made her initial appearance Monday in Hubbard County District Court. Flannigan had a contested omnibus hearing Jan. 5 and a ruling is anticipated soon. The home, at 770 Henrietta Avenue North, is a burnt patch of snow-covered rubble. The defendants both face a charge of First Degree Arson and First Degree Arson – Liability for the Crimes of Another – Intentional. Each charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine upon conviction. Neither could be reached for comment for this story. A message left Wednesday at Flannigan’s employer went unanswered. The company indicated they had not seen her for weeks. To read the rest of this story, pick up a copy of the Enterprise on newsstands today.By Sarah Smithssmith@parkrapidsenterprise.com The criminal complaints against two Park Rapids women read like a poor adaptation of the film “Thelma and Louise.” The complaints say Rosemarie Mertice Flannigan, 51, and Jessica Ann Jordan, 32, conspired in April 2014 to burn down Flannigan’s rural farmhouse, use the insurance proceeds to pay off Flannigan’s son’s drug debts and flee to Mexico. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"1465594","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"360","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"480"}}]]
Both women are charged with arson in Hubbard County District Court. Both have posted bond and are considered innocent until proven guilty. Zackary Flannigan, the son, is in prison for a drug conviction. Hubbard County Sheriff Cory Aukes declined to comment specifically on the case, but said investigator Chad Olson, and to a lesser extent Colter Diekmann, spent months methodically piecing the case together to bring to trial. Jordan made her initial appearance Monday in Hubbard County District Court. Flannigan had a contested omnibus hearing Jan. 5 and a ruling is anticipated soon. The home, at 770 Henrietta Avenue North, is a burnt patch of snow-covered rubble. The defendants both face a charge of First Degree Arson and First Degree Arson – Liability for the Crimes of Another – Intentional. Each charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine upon conviction. Neither could be reached for comment for this story. A message left Wednesday at Flannigan’s employer went unanswered. The company indicated they had not seen her for weeks. To read the rest of this story, pick up a copy of the Enterprise on newsstands today.By Sarah Smithssmith@parkrapidsenterprise.comThe criminal complaints against two Park Rapids women read like a poor adaptation of the film “Thelma and Louise.”The complaints say Rosemarie Mertice Flannigan, 51, and Jessica Ann Jordan, 32, conspired in April 2014 to burn down Flannigan’s rural farmhouse, use the insurance proceeds to pay off Flannigan’s son’s drug debts and flee to Mexico.
[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"1465595","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"360","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"480"}}]] Both women are charged with arson in Hubbard County District Court. Both have posted bond and are considered innocent until proven guilty. Zackary Flannigan, the son, is in prison for a drug conviction.Hubbard County Sheriff Cory Aukes declined to comment specifically on the case, but said investigator Chad Olson, and to a lesser extent Colter Diekmann, spent months methodically piecing the case together to bring to trial.Jordan made her initial appearance Monday in Hubbard County District Court. Flannigan had a contested omnibus hearing Jan. 5 and a ruling is anticipated soon.The home, at 770 Henrietta Avenue North, is a burnt patch of snow-covered rubble.The defendants both face a charge of First Degree Arson and First Degree Arson – Liability for the Crimes of Another – Intentional. Each charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine upon conviction. Neither could be reached for comment for this story. A message left Wednesday at Flannigan’s employer went unanswered. The company indicated they had not seen her for weeks.To read the rest of this story, pick up a copy of the Enterprise on newsstands today.By Sarah Smithssmith@parkrapidsenterprise.comThe criminal complaints against two Park Rapids women read like a poor adaptation of the film “Thelma and Louise.”The complaints say Rosemarie Mertice Flannigan, 51, and Jessica Ann Jordan, 32, conspired in April 2014 to burn down Flannigan’s rural farmhouse, use the insurance proceeds to pay off Flannigan’s son’s drug debts and flee to Mexico.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"1465594","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"360","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"480"}}]]
Both women are charged with arson in Hubbard County District Court. Both have posted bond and are considered innocent until proven guilty. Zackary Flannigan, the son, is in prison for a drug conviction.Hubbard County Sheriff Cory Aukes declined to comment specifically on the case, but said investigator Chad Olson, and to a lesser extent Colter Diekmann, spent months methodically piecing the case together to bring to trial.Jordan made her initial appearance Monday in Hubbard County District Court. Flannigan had a contested omnibus hearing Jan. 5 and a ruling is anticipated soon.The home, at 770 Henrietta Avenue North, is a burnt patch of snow-covered rubble.The defendants both face a charge of First Degree Arson and First Degree Arson – Liability for the Crimes of Another – Intentional. Each charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine upon conviction. Neither could be reached for comment for this story. A message left Wednesday at Flannigan’s employer went unanswered. The company indicated they had not seen her for weeks.To read the rest of this story, pick up a copy of the Enterprise on newsstands today.

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