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Up until now, if you wanted to know what kinds of crime occurred in your Carlton County neighborhood, you had to check with a law enforcement agency, the court report or rely on neighbors for information. Not anymore. Thanks to federal grant dollars, you can now find it on the Internet. Crimemapping.com, a Web site used in Duluth for over a year, is now accessible to much of Northeastern Minnesota. Nearly 40 law enforcement agencies that belong to the Northeast Law Enforcement Administrator's Council (NLEAC) subscribe to the service, including Cloquet, Fond du Lac and Moose Lake police dep
With the message this week from Gov. Tim Pawlenty that a huge chunk of state funding to cities is on the chopping block, Cloquet City Administrator Brian Fritsinger expressed dismay - and not only about the cuts. "We need to get the word out to the public and engage them in a way we haven't before about our dire situation," he said Tuesday. Budget cuts and city/county services are not words that inspire most people. Let's face it - most of us don't want to think about that kind of thing.
Local law enforcement officers from Cloquet and the Minnesota State Patrol arrested approximately a dozen people over the weekend for drug crimes, Cloquet Detective Darrin Berg said Tuesday. "It's part of an ongoing drug investigation we've been working on for a couple weeks," he said. "Ultimately, we made a lot of arrests over the weekend." Officers also seized more than $5,500 in cash and four vehicles, mostly from people from the Cloquet area, Cloquet police said. "This is part of our effort to implement intelligence-based policing," said Cloquet Police Chief Wade Lamirande.
A 46-year-old Cromwell man was charged in January for allegedly engaging in criminal sexual conduct with a minor. Joseph Forest New, 46, faces one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of second-degree attempted criminal sexual conduct. According to the complaint, a girl under the age of 13 told a friend that while at her home in Cromwell, New had come into her room while she was sleeping. He allegedly kissed her and put his hands under her clothing.
The Governor's proposal to cut an additional $405,000 from the city of Cloquet's 2010 budget had city council members sounding off Tuesday during their working session. In fact, "vent" was on the to-do list for the meeting. "We knew this stuff was coming, said Cloquet City Administrator Brian Fritsinger. "But we weren't looking at a cut of this size right off the bat." Gov.
A Kettle River man accused of assault in a November incident in which he found his wife with another man has accepted a plea deal. On Feb.
Cloquet resident Josh Whitebird didn't set out to become a children's book author and illustrator. In fact, he sort of went out of his way to avoid it. But his first book, "Manoomin, a Wild Rice Adventure," is now for sale - and he already has two other books in the works. "I figure I've got nothing to lose," he said. The book is a colorful, illustrated tale of a girl named Miika (meaning beautiful in Ojibwe) and a boy named Mino (meaning good), who with "Papa" set out to harvest wild rice.
Carlton County Commissioners received a joint powers proposal from Twin Lakes Township and the city of Carlton just prior to the board's Tuesday morning meeting this week. Chairman Marv Bodie explained that the agreement addresses the role each of the three governmental entities would play in financing the engineering design of a water line extension leading from Carlton along the Highway 210 business corridor.
Often, when a crime is committed against another person, neither victims nor criminals feel satisfied when a case is resolved, according to Paul Mickelson, a Cloquet resident who has worked in state prisons since 1990. "Maybe once convicted, offenders have to spend some time in jail, but they often take no responsibility for their actions," he told volunteers Tuesday at the first meeting of the Carlton County Community Restorative Justice Program.
Just two days after he was sentenced in Duluth for felony assault, Davarquez Chavez Wheeler was arrested last week for attempting to rob a Cloquet detective. Wheeler, 21, was charged on Feb. 5 in Carlton County Court with felony first-degree attempted aggravated robbery and felony possession of a firearm. According to the complaint: Cloquet detectives had been advised that Wheeler was involved in numerous armed robberies during drug transactions in the Duluth area.