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Two Vehicle Crash in Lake Edward Twp. Results in Death

Crow Wing County Sheriff Scott Goddard reports that on November 21, 2021, at approximately 9:26 AM, the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office responded two-vehicle crash with injuries at the intersection of Co Rd 3 and Co Rd 127, Lake Edward Township. Upon arrival, deputies found that a 2007 Ford Explorer, driven by Arlene Thompson, age 74 of Brainerd, was traveling eastbound on County Road 127. A 2004 Lexus 330, driven by Emily Dallman, age 22 of Baxter, was traveling northbound on Co Rd 3. The two vehicles collided at the intersection of Co Rd 3 and Co Rd 127. Dallman was pronounced deceased at the scene, Thompson sustained minor injuries.

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Drug Investigation Results in Arrest - Drugs Seized

Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch reports that on November 20th 2021, pursuant to an ongoing investigation into the sales and use of controlled substances, Investigators with the Cass County Sheriff’s Office conducted a search warrant at a residence in the City of Backus MN. Several items of drug activity, paraphernalia and drug sales were located and seized from inside the residence, including approximately 26.5 grams of suspected methamphetamine.

Located and arrested at the residence was Scott Orth, age 61 of Backus MN. Formal charges relating to 1st Degree Controlled Substance Sales and Possession are pending.

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Passenger Dies in ATV Crash

On November 25, 2021 at approximately 3:43 PM, the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Department was notified of an ATV crash with injuries located in a large field west of the Brainerd Airport. Crow Wing County Deputies, Brainerd Police Officers, area First Responders and North Ambulance Service were dispatched to the scene. It was discovered that two riders of an ATV were traveling in a northeast direction on the field. The ATV had approached a valley/drainage in the field, went air born, landed at the bottom of the valley/drainage, and rolled multiple times before coming to rest near the top of the north side of valley/drainage.

The driver of the ATV, 18 year old Tashaud Nelson, of Apple Valley, MN was transported by North Aircare to North Memorial Hospital. The passenger on the ATV, 16 year old Isabella Brandt, of Apple Valley, MN was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Inmate Dies in Crow Wing County Jail

Crow Wing County Sheriff Scott Goddard reports that a 53-year-old inmate, Christopher Jerome Endicott, died in the Crow Wing County Jail on November 20, 2021. Life-saving measures were not successful after Endicott was found unresponsive.

Endicott was being held in jail on a Department of Corrections warrant.

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“Bites for Lights” Christmas Light Recycling Program

The Crow Wing County Land Services Department, in cooperation with Sunrise Sertoma of Brainerd and Crow Wing Recycling, is collecting unneeded Christmas lights and extension cords at select locations throughout Crow Wing County. The copper found in the old extension cords and Christmas lights is recycled through Crow Wing Recycling, keeping these materials out of the county landfill. Proceeds from the recycled materials are donated to local charities.

“We have collected 32 tons since 2006, when the program started” stated Jeff Hilborn of Sunrise Sertoma. Over $10,000.00 has been raised since the program began to help purchase meals at soup kitchens and local food shelves in the Brainerd Lakes Area. County Environmental Services Supervisor, Ryan Simonson commented, “We are pleased to partner with Sunrise Sertoma and Crow Wing Recycling to help those in need while promoting recycling.”

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