Newsletter: Monday, June 7th 2021

Newsletter: Monday, June 7th 2021

NEWS
--The St. Cloud police department has released more information about the suspicious death investigation in north St. Cloud that began at about 9:30am Wednesday. The Midwest Medical Examiners office conducted an autopsy and determined the victim died from a gunshot wound and that it was a homicide. The family of the victim has identified her as 28-year-old Janesa Harris of St. Cloud. Harris was living at the apartment where she was found. Keisa Marie Lange, 25, of Litchfield, was found dead Thursday along the 4300 block of Cooper Avenue South. A preliminary autopsy report by the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office determined Lange's death was also homicide by gunshot wound. The police department's statements said investigators don't know if Harris's death and Lange's death are linked but the police do not believe the homicides are random. Police are asking that if anyone noticed any suspicious around the Cooper Avenue South area Thursday should contact the police department.

--Prosecutors have charged the man accused of shooting another man in the neck in LeSauk Township last week. 34-year-old Trenell Rogers is charged with 1st-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, 2nd-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, an d a weapons charge. The shooting happened in the 32000 block of Oaks Lane on May 25th. Police arrived to find 57-year-old Alex Mallet lying in a pool of blood in the driveway. He had suffered a gunshot wound to the neck. Mallet underwent surgery to save his life and required a ventilator to help him breathe. Rogers was arrested after a search warrant was used at a rural Morrison County home Thursday.

--Carlos Vondale Weems, 31, Little Falls, was sentenced in Morrison County District Court to 78 months of confinement in the St. Cloud Correctional Facility for a felony conviction of dangerous weapons - drive-by shooting toward a person, occupied motor vehicle or occupied building. On April 30, 2020 at 9:44pm the Little Falls Police Department received a report of shots fired from a vehicle located in the 700 block of Third Street Northeast. Multiple officers responded to the scene, where witnesses told them that a male subject, later identified as Weems, fired multiple shots at another vehicle while they were both parked. During a search of the area, officers found numerous nine-millimeter shell casings on the street. They later located two bullet holes in a shed belonging to a neighboring residence. An officer met with the victim at the hospital, where he was being treated for a possible gunshot wound. The victim stated that, while the two children were getting into his vehicle, he was arguing with Weems and a passenger in Weems’ vehicle. He told the two men he didn’t want to talk to them and turned his head toward the interior of his own vehicle when he heard gunshots. He was shot in his lower left side, and estimated there were eight shots fired. The officer believed if the shots had been fired from further inside the vehicle, it would be unlikely that the shells would have ended up outside of the vehicle. Weems was later arrested in Benton County. A handgun was found in his vehicle when he was pulled over for a felony stop. A felony charge of attempted murder was dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

--The Morrison County Commissioners meet Tuesday at 9am at the government center boardroom. They will receive reports from the Little Falls Airport, Social Services report, public health report, land services report, auditor and the county board warrants.

--Little Falls City Council meets tonight 7:30pm at council chambers.

--After being forced to shut down in two of the last three years, the Legionville School Safety Patrol Camp in Brainerd is set to return in 2021. The camp was shut down in 2018 by a large, floating blog and the 2020 camp was cancelled due to the pandemic. The Legionville School Safety Patrol Camp is run by the American Legion Department of Minnesota and teaches school intersection and bus safety. The program dates back to 1921, while the camp in Brainerd was founded in 1948. Over time, the camp has evolved to also include internet and phone safety. Children aged 10-13 are welcome to attend the camp. In addition, over $65,000 was raised over the past year by American Legion Commander Mark Dvorak to give the camp a new dock for the swimming area. The camp is broken into seven sessions between June 13th and August 6th, with each session lasting six days from Sunday through Friday. So far, 335 campers have signed up to attend. The camp, located on North Long Lake, boasts 1,000 feet of shoreline among its 600 acres of land. Registration inquiries can be sent to rhill@mnlegion.org.

--A Sartell home sustained heavy fire damage Friday afternoon. Fire crews were called just before 5:00 p.m. to home in the 400 block of 2 1/2 Street North. Sartell Fire arrived on scene to find all residents got out safely. Crews were able to contain the blaze to the home and extinguished. Two nearby homes also sustained some damage. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

--Auditions for the Little Falls summer musicial/play Darling based on the history and book of the 1905 murder in Darling Township will be held today and Tuesday 6-8:30pm at the Charles D. Martin Auditorium at the Little Falls High School. For more information go the lfsummermusical website and also they are planning a singing contest this year to be done at the Markets and Music events on the Mississippi River in either July or August details also at their website.

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT
--Cody Pappenfus and Ashley Gross of Foreston, a girl on June 3rd.

WEATHER
FIRE WEATHER WATCH IN EFFECT TODAY AND TUESDAY.
TODAY= sunny and hot, high 93, partly cloudy night, low 68.
TUESDAY= sunny and hot, high 94, isolated PM storm late day
TUES NIGHT= isolated PM storm, muggy night, low 72.
WEDNESDAY= sunny and hot, high 93, PM storms again late.

SPORTS
HS BAB= Pierz shuts out Foley 2-0 handing the Falcons their first loss of the season. Pierz is in the winners bracket tonight at 7pm against Albany, winner moves on to Thursday where the loser of that game would play on Tuesday. Hear the action tonight on 94ROCKS.
HS SB= Pierz comes from behind to beat Holdingford 8-7 on Friday and advance to take on Annandale Tuesday at 5pm on 94ROCKS.
HS SB= Little Falls at Bemidj Tuesday at 2pm on AM960 KLTF.
HS= back on Friday Royalton baseball eliminated as was Holdingford softball. USA Patriots in elimination game Tuesday in baseball. High School track and golf continue with sections as many local athletes continue to try and reach the state tournament in the days ahead.
TWINS= KC routs the Twins scoring 13 in the first 2 innings and then hold on to a 14-5 win. Miguel Sano's homer helped the Twins win 5-4 on Saturday to end the losing streak. Twins win again on Sunday 2-1 to split the series with KC. Twins have today off.