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GREENBUSH, Minn. -- A school janitor was charged after police say he planned to have sex with a 15-year-old girl on school grounds, according to a press release from the Pine to Prairie Drug Task Force. Anthony Harry Brazier, 34, could face up to three years in prison for each of the two felony charges. He worked at Greenbush Middle River School, which lies about 40 miles north of Thief River Falls.
CROOKSTON, Minn. — Authorities arrested two men in Crookston Tuesday night, Nov. 27, after surrounding a home for nearly two hours. Joshua Carl Hendrickson, 40, was released from prison last year after serving an 18-year sentence for stabbing a man to death and injuring a second man at a Karlstad, Minn., house party. He failed to follow his release conditions and hid from police for about a week, Crookston Police Chief Paul Biermaier said.
CROOKSTON, Minn. — A Crookston day care was shut down Thursday, Nov. 22, after the owner was convicted of malicious punishment of a child. Kristin Ann Altepeter, 44, was was sentenced Nov. 20 to 10 days on house arrest. The maximum penalty was a year in jail and a $3,000 fine. Court documents allege Altepeter grabbed a child at her day care hard enough to bruise both his arms on June 15.
ROOSEVELT, Minn. — Three city council members in the northern Minnesota community of Roosevelt were replaced during Tuesday's election following a meeting in which incumbent council members allegedly refused to answer questions and voted to pay unopened bills. The council has been under fire since last month, when the former city clerk swore at a reporter and a council member towered over and berated her for asking questions during a meeting.
ST. PAUL — Julie Blaha led Pam Myhra for Minnesota State Auditor with 25 percent of precincts reporting Tuesday, Nov. 6. Minnesota is one of 24 states that elect an auditor. The position focuses on oversight of about $20 billion spent by local governments yearly and involves auditing, reviewing, investigating, reporting and educating, according to the state website. The auditor is paid $108,485.
ROOSEVELT, Minn.—A Roosevelt City Council member who allegedly threatened a reporter during a public meeting was charged with disorderly conduct Monday, Oct. 22, said Roseau County Sheriff Steve Gust. Arlyn Stewart allegedly stood over reporter Doris Knutson, from Baudette's weekly Northern Light Region newspaper, and berated her during an Oct. 1 meeting after she questioned the council for holding a meeting without public notification. He then immediately adjourned the meeting.
GRAND FORKS — A Grand Forks woman will go to trial on accusations that she beat a woman with a hammer as she sexually assaulted her. Rebecca Dakota Grant, 31, could spend life in prison if convicted. Grand Forks District Court Judge Lolita Hartl-Romanick refused to reduce her bond Thursday, Oct. 18, when the trial was rescheduled. Court documents allege Grant hit a woman she knew in the face, threw her to the ground and ripped off her pants in the kitchen of the woman's apartment just before 1 p.m. on May 22.
ROOSEVELT, Minn.—Half a month after a small-town City Council member in northern Minnesota allegedly threatened a reporter during a public meeting, the investigation is still open and council members have dodged phone calls and an open records request. At the Oct. 1 Roosevelt City Council meeting, reporter Doris Knutson from Baudette's weekly Northern Light Region was sworn at by the city clerk and said she felt threatened by a council member who towered over her and yelled.
GRAND FORKS—A Grand Forks man who allegedly told police he tried to stab a woman to death because "she was a witch and he had to slay her" pleaded not guilty Wednesday, Oct. 10. Akmal Rashidovich Azizov, 20, could spend up to 20 years in prison if convicted on the Class A felony attempted murder charge. He's being held without bond because he told police he would try to kill the victim again if released, Assistant State's Attorney Haley Wamstad said.
ROOSEVELT, Minn.—A small-town city clerk who swore at a reporter last week during a public meeting said she has resigned. Reporter Doris Knutson from Baudette's weekly Northern Light Region questioned the Roosevelt City Council during its Oct. 1 meeting when she discovered they'd met without proper public notification. Knutson reported that clerk Alyce Siats shouted "My (expletive) dad died!" at her when she pressed the legality of the meeting.