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A Moose Lake woman pleaded not guilty Friday to charges that she failed to register her dogs as dangerous. Nicole Hlvaka was arraigned in Carlton County District Court on two misdemeanor citations for failing to register two alleged dangerous dogs. On April 27, neighbors called to complain about Hlvaka's two dogs chasing their dogs on the complainant's property.
When Dale Heaton started his job with the Minnesota State Patrol, all he had for equipment in his patrol car was emergency lighting, a radio and a "really big first aid kit." "It was pretty basic," he said.
The Texas resident who was running marijuana through Carlton County -- with a caricature of the fake saint of drug smugglers hanging from his rear view mirror -- received a suspended sentenced in April. Jorge Gutierrez-Salazar, 24, pleaded guilty to one count of felony third-degree possession of a controlled substance on April 21 as part of a plea agreement and was sentenced the same day. Salazar was given a 21-month prison sentence, all of which was suspended, and will spend three years on supervised probation. He also was sentenced to 107 days in jail and given credit for 107 days served.
Two dogs taken from a Moose Lake Township home after the latest complaint by neighbors has the owner waging a campaign to get them back. A flier has been circulated through e-mail recently with a subject line reading: "Urgent! Please help us save Conrad." Conrad is an 8-year-old red Australian cattle dog, and the one at the center of the dispute. Both Conrad and another dog owned by the woman are at Friends of Animals Humane Society of Carlton County in Cloquet.
A group of Cloquet teens is so determined to have a place to skate board, they held a meeting Tuesday at the former park in spite of a 43-degree temperature, 17 mile-an-hour wind and light rain. "I guess you could say we're committed," said Matt Anderson. Anderson is spear-heading the group of more than 20 people, ages 10-22, who propose building a new skate park near the bottom of the sledding hill at Pinehurst Park. "Part of the problem with the old park is that it wasn't visible and it was easy for people to use the area for crime," Anderson said.
A 39-year-old Carlton man charged last month with first-degree criminal sexual conduct had a second case brought against him last week. In the latest case, Scott Allen Thompson is accused of having sexual intercourse with a female relative several times just after she turned 18. He was charged last Friday with three counts of felony incest. According to the complaint, on April 23, a Carlton County investigator met with a young adult who said she moved to Thompson's house in 2005 when she was 17.
If Cloquet resident Kevin Palmer could speak to his grandfather beyond the grave, he would have a few questions for him. His grandfather, Harry Demars, was the mastermind behind holding a pea soup fundraiser in the early 1950s for a Cloquet Boy Scout troop, and the tradition has been passed down through the generations. "So, I grew up with pea soup," Palmer said. "But, I don't really know how it got started.
A Cloquet man is facing criminal charges after Cloquet Police detectives allegedly found a large amount of methamphetamine in his vehicle. Jonathan Henry Christian, 36, was charged last Friday in Carlton County District Court with one count of second-degree controlled substance crime for possession of meth and misdemeanor no proof of insurance by driver. According to the complaint: After Cloquet detectives received information that Christian had been making trips to southern Minnesota to purchase and bring back large quantities of the drug, they received a tip that he was going to make such
Two Esko residents who own the former Washington School building have filed suit in Carlton County District Court seeking more than $3 million in damages, saying Thomson Township officials caused "three years of intentional personal injury, willful and malicious conduct, and reckless indifference." The suit is filed against Thomson Township, Thomson Township Fire Department, John Gulland, Duane Grace and Jeffrey Juntunen regarding building codes and related issues at the Washington building, located at 1 N. Cloquet Rd.
A Carlton County corrections officer and former sheriff's deputy has pleaded guilty in an incident last fall involving a drunken one-vehicle rollover resulting in injuries. Michael John Laveau, 29, pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of misdemeanor fourth-degree driving while intoxicated - .08 or more within two hours, and had charges of gross misdemeanor criminal vehicular operation and fourth-degree driving while intoxicated dismissed as part of a plea agreement. According to the agreement, Laveau, who lives in Cloquet, will receive a 90-day suspended jail sentence, two years on informal