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Public Works prepares for potential flooding; reminds people to report unsafe road conditions

Public Works prepares for potential flooding; reminds people to report unsafe road conditions

With all of St. Louis County under a flood watch due to melting snow and forecast rain, the Public Works Department is working to minimize the impact of flooded roads. At particularly high risk are areas near culverts that are filled with ice and snow. Water is unable to flow through the blocked culvert and instead fills the nearby ditch and spills over onto the road.
Tuesday, March 12, 2019/Number of views (0)
Assistant County Attorneys honored by the Duluth Police Department

Assistant County Attorneys honored by the Duluth Police Department

St. Louis County Attorney Mark Rubin is proud to announce that four prosecutors were honored by the Duluth Police Department at the annual Commendation Ceremony held on March 7, 2019. 
Assistant County Attorneys Vicky Wanta, Chris Pinkert, Jon Holets, and Rebekka Stumme each received the Police Partnership Award for the successful prosecution of some of the most serious offenses our community has faced this past year. 
Rebekka Stumme was praised for her efforts to bring justice to Ellis Tooles who was charged with a variety of crimes including distribution of drugs, child sexual assault, and the dissemination of child pornography. 
Vicky Wanta was honored for her role in prosecuting five co-defendants charged with Attempted First Degree Homicide involving facts that were fairly described as torture.
 Jon Holets was recognized for achieving justice in the prosecution and trial of two sex traffickers involved in the actual "selling" of young girls. 
Chris Pinkert partnered with law enforcement in targeting and dismantling a complex conspiracy of drug distribution that resulted in nearly twenty prosecutions and the decimation of a major pipeline of deadly drugs. 
Presenters highlighted the successful collaboration between the St. Louis County Attorney's Office and the U.S. Attorney's Office.  The St. Louis County Attorney's Office joins the Duluth Police Department in honoring the efforts of Laura Provinzino, Chief of Major Crimes, U.S. Attorney's Office, and her colleagues, who assured that many of these same defendants received justice in federal court.
Chief Tusken and his lieutenants served as award presenters and noted the diligence, cooperation, and dedication of each awardee before a standing room only audience.  “The St. Louis County Attorney's Office congratulates the numerous police officers, support staff, and civilians also receiving commendation for specific acts of bravery, leadership, and professionalism in achieving justice and maintaining safety for our community,” said County Attorney Rubin.
Friday, March 8, 2019/Number of views (0)
Structure Fire-Willow Valley Township near Orr

Structure Fire-Willow Valley Township near Orr

On March 7th, 2019 at approximately 2:10 A.M. St. Louis County Sheriff's deputies along with several fire departments responded to a house fire at 3231 Hwy 53 in Willow Valley Township after occupants of the residence called 911 reporting heavy smoke inside of the residence.  The house was fully engulfed in flames when First Responders arrived on scene, and as a result of the fire the house was completely destroyed.   The occupants were not injured.   The St. Louis County Sheriff's office is investigating the fire.

Friday, March 8, 2019/Number of views (0)
DMT - Dimethyltryptamine

DMT - Dimethyltryptamine

On February 21, 2019 Investigators with the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office and MN Bureau of Criminal Apprehension executed a search warrant at a residence in Rice Lake. A former resident of the home was believed to have manufactured a substance known as Dimethyltryptamine or “DMT”, which is a schedule I controlled substance. DMT is a consumed as a psychedelic drug, similar in some respects to LSD. Though it can be chemically synthesized, there are certain Amazonian plants that contain chemical compositions used to facilitate the process. This process can be readily found on the internet. Clandestine labs making DMT pose a flammability risk due to the solvents that are used in the process.
Wednesday, March 6, 2019/Number of views (0)
Derek Harbin Appointed New St. Louis County Mine Inspector

Derek Harbin Appointed New St. Louis County Mine Inspector

St. Louis County has a new Mine Inspector. The St. Louis County Board gave unanimous approval Tuesday to appoint Derek Harbin as County Mine Inspector. A swearing-in ceremony will be held on March 26 during the County Board meeting, which will be held at the Babbitt City Hall, 71 South Drive in Babbitt. 
Wednesday, March 6, 2019/Number of views (0)
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