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Montana bride who pushed husband off cliff appeals 30-year sentence

Brainerd Dispatch News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 2:46pm

(Reuters) - A Montana bride who pleaded guilty to pushing her husband off a cliff to his death at Glacier National Park is appealing her prison sentence, arguing the judge improperly denied her request to withdraw her plea after a deal with prosecutors unraveled.

Jordan Graham, 22, was sentenced last month to 30 years in prison by a federal judge after he rejected her move to rescind a guilty plea to second-degree murder that she took to avoid a mandatory life sentence if convicted of first-degree murder.

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Pediatrician gets prison for 'waterboarding' stepdaughter

Brainerd Dispatch News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 2:43pm

GEORGETOWN, Delaware (Reuters) - A prominent Delaware pediatrician and best-selling author who punished his 11-year-old stepdaughter using a form of waterboarding was sentenced to three years in prison on Friday.

A jury found Dr. Melvin Morse, who has written about near-death experiences and appeared on "Oprah" and "Good Morning America," guilty of child endangerment charges dating back to July 2012.

Prosecutors in Sussex County Superior Court accused Morse of preventing the girl from bathing, suffocating her with water and denying her access to a bathroom.

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Prosecution asks if accused Boston bomber's lawyers will claim mental illness

Brainerd Dispatch Crime - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 2:38pm

BOSTON (Reuters) - The U.S. team prosecuting accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Friday asked defense attorneys to notify them by next month if they plan to make the 20-year-old defendant's mental abilities an issue at trial.

In a filing in U.S. District Court in Boston, prosecutors asked a judge to require the defense to notify them by May 7 if they plan "to introduce expert evidence relating to a mental disease or defect or any other mental condition of the defendant which bears on either the issue of guilt or the issue of punishment."

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Prosecution asks if accused Boston bomber's lawyers will claim mental illness

Brainerd Dispatch News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 2:38pm

BOSTON (Reuters) - The U.S. team prosecuting accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Friday asked defense attorneys to notify them by next month if they plan to make the 20-year-old defendant's mental abilities an issue at trial.

In a filing in U.S. District Court in Boston, prosecutors asked a judge to require the defense to notify them by May 7 if they plan "to introduce expert evidence relating to a mental disease or defect or any other mental condition of the defendant which bears on either the issue of guilt or the issue of punishment."

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Students among 10 killed after truck slams bus in California

Brainerd Dispatch News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 2:33pm

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Ten people were killed, half of them high school students, when a truck slammed into a tour bus full of college hopefuls heading for a campus tour in northern California on Thursday, police said.

Five students, three chaperones and the drivers of the bus and FedEx truck were killed, according to the California Highway Patrol and Humboldt State University, which was to host the students' visit.

"All of a sudden I heard people screaming," Jonathan Gutierrez, 17, told NBC's "Today" show. He had been asleep before the impact, he said.

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Police Blotter - April 13

Brainerd Dispatch Crime - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 2:18pm

Crow Wing sheriff

BURGLARY — A report at 11:47 a.m. Thursday of a cabin on the 21000 block of Sunrise Drive, Hillman, where a break-in reportedly took place..

THEFT — A report at 9:44 a.m. Thursday of a theft of an all-terrain vehicle on the 16000 block of Carlson Lake Road, Brainerd.

Brainerd police

THEFT — A report Thursday of items missing on the 1100 block of Pine Street.

A report at Thursday of a theft of a cross and flowers placed near the railroad tracks by Highway 25 and 28th Street.

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Total lunar eclipse coming tax day eve

Brainerd Dispatch News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 2:18pm

AccuWeather Global Weather Center - AccuWeather.com reports the first total eclipse of the moon since December 2011 will be visible in North America, just in time to greet last-minute tax filers in the United States.

However, many Americans may not be in a good place to see the eclipse because of cloudy and rainy conditions.

The total lunar eclipse, resulting from the Earth's position between the moon and sun, will occur mostly early Tuesday morning, CDT.

The eclipse will begin at 11:53 a.m. CDT Monday. It will reach totality at 2:06 a.m. CDT and end at 3:24 a.m. CDT.

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Recognition program set Monday

Brainerd Dispatch News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 2:15pm

Recognition program set Monday

The Brainerd High School Fine Arts Recognition program will be held Monday in the Brainerd High School cafeteria.

The reception and art show will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the program begins at 7:15 p.m.

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Genealogy Conference scheduled

Brainerd Dispatch News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 2:14pm

Genealogy Conference scheduled

BAXTER — The Brainerd Public Library’s third annual Genealogy Conference will be conducted from 1-4:30 p.m. April 26 at the Forestview Middle School in Baxter.

The free conference will include information on Minnesota Historical Society Resources, Minnesota Reflections’ digital collections and beyond online resources. To register for this Minnesota Legacy funded conference call the library at 829-5574.

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Two men sentenced in different crimes in Crow Wing

Brainerd Dispatch News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 2:14pm

Two men sentenced in different crimes in Crow Wing

A 33-year-old Emily man was sentenced Wednesday in Crow Wing District Court to serve 50 months in prison for several burglary charges.

Charles Alvin Weber plead guilty to two counts of second-degree burglary, two counts of third-degree burglary and one count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle as part of a plea agreement that resolved several cases involving burglaries in Emily, reported the Crow Wing County Attorney’s Office.

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Bemidji man's prison sentence stayed in fatal hit-and-run

Brainerd Dispatch News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 10:44am

BEMIDJI - The driver in a hit-and-run accident that killed a Bemidji man last summer received a stayed prison sentence this week in Beltrami County District Court.

Martin Erwin Ubert, 58, of Bemidji, was sentenced Monday to 13 months in the Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud for felony criminal vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident. His prison time was stayed for four years.

Ubert was ordered to serve 213 days in the Beltrami County Jail and has been credited for 213 days served. He is on four years of supervised probation.

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Ex-treasurer charged with stealing $23,290 from Disabled American Veterans

Brainerd Dispatch Crime - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 10:25am

MONTEVIDEO - A former treasurer of the Disabled American Veterans chapter in Montevideo is charged with writing $23,290 in checks for his personal use during a six-year span when he did not issue any checks to veterans or others the organization is intended to benefit.

The Chippewa County Attorney’s Office has filed four felony counts of theft and one misdemeanor count against Barry Lynn Galbreath, 58, of Lake Benton.

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Ex-treasurer charged with stealing $23,290 from Disabled American Veterans

Brainerd Dispatch News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 10:25am

MONTEVIDEO - A former treasurer of the Disabled American Veterans chapter in Montevideo is charged with writing $23,290 in checks for his personal use during a six-year span when he did not issue any checks to veterans or others the organization is intended to benefit.

The Chippewa County Attorney’s Office has filed four felony counts of theft and one misdemeanor count against Barry Lynn Galbreath, 58, of Lake Benton.

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Minnesota revenue falls

Brainerd Dispatch News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 10:23am

ST. PAUL - Revenues flowing into Minnesota state coffers slowed in February.

While individual income tax revenues exceeded earlier expectations, other revenues fell from what was predicted in February.

Minnesota Management and Budget reports that some of the change comes from lower taxes paid on tobacco product sales. Various other smaller revenue sources also fell.

Overall, total February revenues were $2.6 billion, down $67 million from expectations.
Income taxes were up $28 million.

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Moorhead man held on suspicion of attempted murder

Brainerd Dispatch Crime - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 10:21am

MOORHEAD – A Moorhead man was in jail Thursday afternoon on suspicion of attempted murder.

Clay County Sheriff Bill Bergquist said Moorhead police were called to a report of assaults at about 10:30 a.m. Thursday at an address north of Moorhead.

Bergquist would not release further details about the adult female victim or about the arrest, other than to say Michael John Karau, 34, was not taken into custody at the scene.

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Moorhead man held on suspicion of attempted murder

Brainerd Dispatch News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 10:21am

MOORHEAD – A Moorhead man was in jail Thursday afternoon on suspicion of attempted murder.

Clay County Sheriff Bill Bergquist said Moorhead police were called to a report of assaults at about 10:30 a.m. Thursday at an address north of Moorhead.

Bergquist would not release further details about the adult female victim or about the arrest, other than to say Michael John Karau, 34, was not taken into custody at the scene.

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Former Babbitt fire chief gets five years for arson

Brainerd Dispatch Crime - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 10:20am

DULUTH - A former Babbitt fire chief will serve five years in federal prison for setting a series of fires in the Superior National Forest.

Ryan Scharber was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Duluth. Scharber, who likely will serve his time at the federal prison camp in Duluth, was ordered to turn himself in to authorities June 2.

Scharber, 30, pleaded guilty in November to setting nine forest fires and trying to set fire to a resort, over a period of 13 months in 2010 and 2011.

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Former Babbitt fire chief gets five years for arson

Brainerd Dispatch News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 10:20am

DULUTH - A former Babbitt fire chief will serve five years in federal prison for setting a series of fires in the Superior National Forest.

Ryan Scharber was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Duluth. Scharber, who likely will serve his time at the federal prison camp in Duluth, was ordered to turn himself in to authorities June 2.

Scharber, 30, pleaded guilty in November to setting nine forest fires and trying to set fire to a resort, over a period of 13 months in 2010 and 2011.

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Third Nisswa City Council member resignation in eight months

Brainerd Dispatch News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 10:05am

A third Nisswa City Council member on Thursday resigned, marking the third council resignation in eight months.

Council member Tina Foster handed in her resignation letter Thursday. In Foster’s letter she stated the reason for her stepping down was to focus on family and business.

Foster is the fourth to resign since October of 2011, when Harold Kraus, longtime mayor and council member, resigned. Kraus resigned, stating the city’s current direction was not the best for the future of Nisswa. Kraus was the sole council member to oppose a street plan and bonds.

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High water threat leads to evacuation of family pets

Brainerd Dispatch News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 8:45pm

Jersey and Buddy, Kay Rudolph’s two dogs, were escorted from their rural Motley home Thursday when water spilled over the banks of the Crow Wing River onto Rudolph’s driveway. Jersey, a boxer who doesn’t like water much, apparently didn’t think the evacuation was necessary.

“The Lab walked,” Rudolph said. “The boxer had to be pulled across.”

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