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A Minneapolis man has been sentenced in Becker County District Court on felony fifth degree assault charges after police say he punched a woman in the face. Anthony Jay Hanks, 29, was arrested after White Earth officers were called to a report of a domestic assault that occurred June 1 in rural Becker County. According to a complaint filed with Becker County District Court, the officer spoke with the victim, who says Hanks had punched her in the side of the left cheek, then threw her to the ground. The officer observed her swollen cheek and muddy clothes.
A Naytahwaush woman has been sentenced for felony drug possession after she was arrested at the Detroit Lakes Walmart. Patricia Lynn Barrett, 32, was sentenced to 12 months, one day in prison, stayed for five years. She was instead ordered to spend 35 days in jail, with credit given for all 35 days already served.
A Mahnomen woman has been sentenced for felony theft after she and a male she was with were caught stealing a cart full of merchandise from Walmart. Patricia Ann Bush, 29, was sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison, stayed for five years. She was instead ordered to spend 57 days in jail, receiving credit for all 57 days of time already served.
A Fergus Falls woman has been sentenced in Becker County District Court on drug charges. Jeneice Alisha Muchow, 38, was arrested Feb. 4 when a Frazee police officer responded to a request from Perham Police to located a white Ford Ranger occupied by three people heading to Frazee from Perham.
A Detroit Lakes man has been sentenced to 153 months, or nearly 13 years in prison, on a felony first-degree drug possession conviction. Shane Thomas Wood, 44, was arrested after agents working with the West Central Minnesota Drug & Violent Crime Task Force met with a confidential informant that told police Wood was getting ready to drive to the St. Cloud area to purchase a large amount of meth to bring back to Becker County.
BRAINERD, Minn.—In this week's Northland Outdoors TV episode, we feature northeast South Dakota veteran trapper John Almquist who for 50 years, regardless of the weather conditions, has walked his prairie trapline, not for the money, but to connect with the outdoors on a very personal basis. And join the crew as they travel to the southwestern Minnesota town of Hendricks to see how Bank Brewing Co., a successful private craft beer business, is working to preserve quality wildlife management areas and create new, premiere wildlife habitat by serving up beer.
A Grand Rapids man has made his first court appearance in Becker County District Court on three felony drug charges after police found him driving in reverse in the opposite lane of traffic. Roderick Lee Jerry, 52, was arrested Sept. 21 and charged with three felony counts of drug possession, gross misdemeanor DWI and misdemeanor driving after revocation.
Authorities are wondering what was spilled yesterday at a recycling center in Fergus Falls. Workers say a chemical leaked out of a recycling container, and what happened next forced them to evacuate. Officials told Forum News Service that when the material spilled on the ground, it began bubbling and smoking. They say the material was yellowish, gelatinous, and smelled like acid as it reacted on the ground. Folks in Fergus Falls were left with questions. "I was concerned, I thought what the heck?" said Carmen Trusty, Fergus Falls.
MINNEAPOLIS --It is a month before the presidential election and not all Minnesota Democrats are fully behind Hillary Clinton. Minnesotans embraced U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders when picking a presidential favorite last March, and on Tuesday, Oct. 4, he asked those supporters to back his former rival. But he did not win over everyone during Minneapolis and Duluth visits. Recent University of Minnesota Duluth graduate Josh Muhich, 23, captured what likely brought out most of the Duluth crowd Tuesday night.
James Fields' situation isn't unique. There are 113 people in Minnesota state prisons who were found guilty of first-degree murder who are eligible for parole in coming years because their convictions occurred before state laws changed to make a life sentence for first-degree murder truly life, without chance for parole.