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Little Falls Radio News
Friday, February 16th 2018
NEWS --St. Cloud police are looking for two suspects after three people say they were robbed at gunpoint. The incident happened just before midnight Wednesday near the intersection of 8th Avenue and 6th Street South. Two men ages 21 and 20 and a 19-year old woman all from St. Cloud were approached by two male suspects. One of the suspects pulled out a handgun and robbed them. During the incident, the suspect with the gun fired two rounds but did not hit anyone. However, the 21-year old victim did suffer minor injuries from being assaulted. Officers used a police dog and a drone to try to find the suspects but were not successful. Anyone with any information about the incident is urged to contact the St. Cloud police department at 320-251-1200, or Tri-County Crime Stoppers at 255-1301.
--Rice authorities are warning you of several gas thefts in the area. Over the past several months the Rice police department has received a number of calls of gas being stolen out of residents vehicles. In each report, someone has drilled a hole into the gas tank underneath the vehicle. Police say a majority of these thefts occurred while the vehicles have been parked at area businesses along Main Street. If anyone has any information about the thefts they are asked to contact the Rice Police Department at 320-393-3280.
--Baxter Police officers were called about 2:00pm Wednesday to Bill’s Gun Shop and Range off Excelsior Road in Baxter for a report of a shooting inside the business. Responders declared an individual deceased at the scene from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The victim's name has not yet been released pending notification of relatives. Police indicated there is not threat to the public.
--A 51-year old Brainerd man faces criminal charges for allegedly threatening to kill a woman and cutting her "limb from limb." Jeffry Wayne Johnson was charged Tuesday in Crow Wing County District Court in Brainerd with five felonies—second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, two counts of stalking, making terroristic threats and domestic assault. His next court appearance is scheduled at 1:30pm on March 5th. According to the probable cause court document filed in court, Brainerd police were called at 1:56 am Saturday to a physical domestic dispute at an apartment in Brainerd. The reporting party stated Johnson, who was known to her, had threatened her with a knife. The woman told police Johnson held a knife to her throat, told her he was going to kill her, going to "cut her limb from limb" and threatened to have a biker gang come and kill her, the complaint stated. Police found Johnson hiding in a laundry area of the apartment building and he was arrested.
--Two were hurt in a crash in Munson Township near Richmond Wednesday night. The Minnesota State Patrol says the incident happened at 5:45pm at the intersection of Highway 23 and County Road 43. A vehicle driven by 58-year old Linda Liter of St. Martin was heading north on County Road 43, waiting at the stop sign for Highway 23. At the same time, a van driven by 52-year old Leon Fletcher of Braham was heading east on Highway 23. According to the state patrol report, Liter pulled out in front of Fletcher, who hit Liter, causing her vehicle to roll over in the ditch. Both Liter and Fletcher had non-life threatening injuries. Liter was not hospitalized while Fletcher was taken to Paynesville Hospital.
--Check out weekend events including breakfast in Buckman Sunday, bingos Sunday in Upsala and at OLOL in Little Falls, get full details on events at fallsradio.com on the community calendar.
--The Royalton Police Department is requesting the public's help in identifying two people in connection with thefts in the Royalton area. Photos from the Royalton Police Department are shared on the Little Falls Radio facebook page. If you have any information on their identity you are asked to contact the Royalton Police Department.
--The Pierz School District has a building bond referendum of just under ten million dollars to be voted on Tuesday, April 10th. Last May voters rejected an $18.75 million dollar referendum. Since then the Pierz School District held a community survey and refined their new proposal to reflect the survey results. Early voting/ absentee ballots are available at the Pierz School District office beginning next Friday, February 23rd. More information about the referendum is posted on the Pierz School District website of pierz.k12.mn.us.
--The man who died from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound Wednesday at Bill's Gun Shop and Range in Baxter has been identified as 77-year old Henry Plummer Thomas of Brainerd. Thomas used a firearm he rented from the business in the shooting. The manner of death will not be known until the final autopsy comes in, which could take up to six weeks. However, no foul play is suspected in the death. Because of the ongoing investigation status many details are not being released. Police did say there was no altercation in the building before the shooting incident. No one else was hurt in the incident.
--Former State Representative and Crosby native Joe Radinovich announced Thursday his candidacy for the 8th District Congressional Seat currently held by Congressman Rick Nolan. Radinovich served in the state house 2012-2014, he served as Nolan's campaign manager in 2016 and currently worked as Minneapolis Mayor's Jacob Frey's chief of staff. Radinovich after hearing the Rick Nolan will not seek reelection wants to carry on the mantle of his former boss in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington D.C. Nolan announced last week he will retire from Congress after his term is completed.
BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT --Craig and Sarah Roerick of Swanville, boy on February 13th
DEATH NOTICES --Geraldine “Gerry” E. Reaser, age 92 of Little Falls. --Thomas S. Zetah, age 78 of Motley.
WEATHER TODAY= sunny skies, breezy, high 22. TONIGHT= increasing clouds, light snow after midnight, low 12. SATURDAY= decreasing clouds, breezy, high 30, snow late, low 20. SUNDAY= snow, freezing rain, sleet possible, high 24, 1-3 inches. SUN NITE= snow likely, up to 1 inch, blowing snow, low 10. PRESIDENT'S DAY= snow likely 2-3 inches, breezy, high 17.
SPORTS HS GHK= Brainerd/Little Falls vs. Roseau at Crookston tonight where the winner heads to the state tournament next week in girls hockey. Hear the action live at 7pm on Q92 WYRQ and fallsradio.com. HS GBB= Pierz at Foley tonight 7:15pm on FM94 KFML. WRE= Section wrestling on Saturday for Little Falls and Pierz, hear the Little Falls matches starting just after noon on Q92 WYRQ and same time for Pierz matches live on FM94 KFML and fallsradio.com. COL HK= Gophers vs. Ohio State 3:30 Saturday on AM960 KLTF.