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FORMER PROBATION OFFICER FACING MORE ISSUES IN PRISON
January 24, 2020, 8:13 am

A former Hennepin County probation officer charged with luring a Minneapolis real estate agent to her death on New Year’s Eve is being hit with a lot of questions about the case from fellow inmates according to her attorney, who has now asked a judge to relocate 28 year old Elsa Segura of Fridley, to a separate area in the county jail where she is being held, because of the unusual amount of interest she has attracted. Fridley is implicated in the kidnapping and killing of 28 year old Monique Baugh. Prosecutors say she called Baugh and requested a showing of a home, from which two male accomplices kidnapped her in a U-Haul rental truck.



RED LAKE MAN SENT TO PRISON FOR ASSAULT
January 24, 2020, 8:13 am

A Red Lake man was sentenced to 52 months in prison for assaulting three people with a firearm and violating his supervised release conditions. 21 year old DILLON TAYLOR pleaded guilty in October. The case against him came about as a result of an investigation conducted by the Red Lake Tribal Police Department and the FBI Headwaters Safe Trails Task Force. Taylor will have to serve another three years of supervised release following his time behind bars.



BELTRAMI BOARD MEETING MORE SUBDUED
January 23, 2020, 10:13 am

The Beltrami County Board meeting Tuesday was held under somewhat calmer conditions than it was two weeks ago when the subject of refugees came up, but it was no less passionate. BAck on January 7th, County Commissioners voted to opt out of the United States Refugee Resettlement Program. That decision set off a firestorm of events, that gathered national media attention from both sides of the issue.



SUIT SAYS BEMIDJI ADMINISTRATORS FAILED TO PROTECT STUDENTS
January 21, 2020, 9:39 am

According to a federal lawsuit filed last week, Bemidji school administrators failed to protect students from an assistant principal who abused his position to solicit sexually explicit photos from underage students. 37 year old Brandon Bjerknes is serving a 25-year prison sentence for his part in a scheme that targeted more than 50 young people. Two victims and their parents… whose names have not been released in court documents… say Bemidji Area Schools should also be held accountable. They claim the school could have done more to stop him.



CHECK THE PLOW CAMS FOR THE LATEST ROAD INFO
January 20, 2020, 10:44 am

The Minnesota Department of Transportation was advising motorists to be prepared for difficult travel conditions throughout the weekend. The National Weather Service issued a Blizzard Warning for the western edge of Minnesota for extremely difficult travel conditions, after wind gusts of 50 miles per hour in some areas were forecast, with fears that the wind and snow could lead to dangerous conditions. Motorists are alway encouraged to plan ahead and be wary of blizzard like conditions. Remember, you can always check winter road conditions from plow cameras available through the 511mn.org website. Just visit www.511mn.org and click on plow cameras on the left menu.



STATE OFFICIALS LOSING TRACK OF POT
January 17, 2020, 8:20 am

Minnesota health officials… according to a watchdog report released this week… have kept sloppy records of medical cannabis operations and need to step up oversight of the growing program. Internal controls from the Department of Health were “generally not adequate” in a slew of areas, from enrolling patients and processing fees to testing and tracking the drugs… that according to the Office of the Legislative Auditor, afer an audit was conducted from July 2016 through December 2018.



SUIT FILED AGAINST FORMER EDUCATOR
January 16, 2020, 10:48 am

The families of two victims who were preyed on by former Bemidji Middle School Principal, 37 year old Brandon Bjerknes are suing the school district. They are now asking for a judgement of no less than $75,000… claiming Bjerknes preyed on students in the school district using a fake social media account, known as Brett Larson, until he was arrested in March 2017.



SOME CALLING FOR BELTRAMIN BOYCOTT AFTER REFUGEE POSITION
January 15, 2020, 10:26 am

Predictably, it didn’t take long after the 3-2 vote was cast last week, which established Beltrami County as the first in Minnesota — and the second in the nation — to refuse refugee resettlement, a social media firestorm erupted. It included many calls to boycott the area. Comments from people across the country poured in on Twitter and Facebook with many expressing that they would no longer vacation or spend money in Beltrami County because of their disapproval of the vote. There were also as many, if not more, praises for the decision too.



BELTRAMI INVESTIGATORS LOOKING INTO FRAUD
January 15, 2020, 10:25 am

The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office is investigating incidents of fraud by people claiming to represent Publishers Clearing House. In one, a local person wire transferred money to the fraudsters. Publisher’s Clearing House WILL NOT CALL YOU prior to you be awarded ANY type of prize from them. If you get a call claiming they represent Publisher’s Clearing House it is a SCAM. As always, remember… if it sounds too good to be true… it probably is! If you feel that you have been victimized by a scam or fraud, report it to your local law enforcement agency immediately.



MINNESOTA AIMS TO CAP PROBATION
January 15, 2020, 10:25 am

Minnesota is on track to start capping probation sentences for most felony convictions at five years. It’s a move that advocates say is long overdue. Homicides and sexual assaults would be excluded. Unless the Legislature intervenes, the changes will go into effect in August. University of Minnesota law professor Richard Frase says there’s plenty of research that questions the effectiveness of lengthy probation sentences…

Tag: Frase says for those who don’t fail their probation but still have it hanging over their heads, it can be harder to get a job or a home.



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