Knife incident results in stayed sentence
A Sawyer man received a stayed sentence of 15 months in prison for his role in a knife assault outside a Cloquet bar last December.
Scott Alexander Blacketter, 38, appeared before Judge Robert Macaulay in Carlton County Court April 30, where he was convicted of one felony count of terroristic threats/reckless disregard of risk. Charges of second-degree assault, obstructing the legal process and fleeing on foot were dismissed.
Macaulay ordered Blacketter to undergo three years of unsupervised probation, serve two days of local confinement (with credit for two days already served), and pay $660 in fines and fees and $4,905.31 in restitution for medical bills.
The criminal complaint filed in the incident stated that on Dec. 22, 2013, at approximately 2 a.m., a Cloquet police officer was on routine patrol and observed an altercation in front of the Lumberjack Lounge on Cloquet Avenue. The police officer stated he observed one person on the ground and another, later identified as Blacketter, holding a knife in his hand.
The officer told Blacketter to stop but Blacketter started walking away from him. After the officer managed to catch him, Blacketter resisted by pulling his arms away and then broke free and ran away. The knife was located next to a dumpster.
The officer then interviewed several witnesses, who said a fight had broken out inside the bar and Blacketter had pulled out a knife and stabbed an individual identified as Randy Dale Fagre, 28, several times. Blacketter also reportedly swung the knife at an individual identified as Jeremiah Adamscheck, 37, cutting his shirt but missing his skin.
A Carlton County Sheriff’s deputy later located Blacketter and took him into custody. Fagre suffered two non-life-threatening puncture wounds, one in his chest and one in his arm.
According to assistant Carlton County Attorney Michael Boese, who prosecuted the state’s case against Blacketter, much discussion went on in the county attorney’s office regarding how this case should be charged.
“One of the victims actually struck Blacketter first in the bar, then they took it outside,” said Boese. “The two victims were each much larger than Blacketter. Bottom line, however, we would have had a very tough time overcoming the victims being the aggressors.”
He also pointed out that the reverse Spriegl evidentiary issue came into play (where a trial judge can decide to admit evidence of a defendant’s prior bad acts), which would have allowed for the victims to be shown to have committed the same aggressive behavior on a prior case, with similar results.
“One of them took cuts from a knife this time, one was shot to the hip last time,” said Boese.
The prior case he referred to occurred on July 9, 2010, at the River Inn in Scanlon, resulting in first-degree assault charges against a Cloquet man and fifth-degree assault charges against a Duluth man after the two got in a bar scuffle with Adamscheck and Fagre.
According to the criminal complaint in that incident, witnesses said Adamscheck and Fagre had come in to the bar shortly before closing time. Fagre then reportedly began arguing with the two men, and at one point, witnesses reported observing the Cloquet man go out to his vehicle and retrieve something from the back seat of his car.
Adamscheck then told the man with the gun to “relax,” reports stated. In doing so, he patted the smaller man on the head and asked him to “settle down,” to which the man allegedly responded by saying “I’m going to ---- kill you for that!”
The bartender then insisted that all four men leave the establishment. Adamscheck and Fagre left the parking lot on foot, while the other two men began to drive out in their car. When they reached the other two men along the frontage road to Highway 61, however, they pulled the vehicle over and got out.
At that time, the Duluth man reportedly approached Fagre and the two got into an altercation, and the Cloquet man and Adamscheck began to argue as well. Reports state that the Cloquet man then pulled a 9mm Glock on Adamscheck and fired one shot at him. Adamscheck immediately collapsed, though he retained consciousness and called for help, indicating he had been shot. He later recovered from his injuries.
The shooter's attorney, David Keegan, pointed out in court that his only previous offense prior to that time was a misdemeanor DWI in 2008, and the man claimed he was acting in self defense when the shooting incident occurred.