Man arrested in bathroom for meth

A 43-year-old man, with no permanent address, was arrested after allegedly being caught with drugs in a Coon Rapids business he was banned from.

Jeremy Alan During faces one felony count of third-degree burglary, one felony count of fifth-degree controlled substance crime and one misdemeanor charge of obstructing the legal process.

During was trespassed from a Coon Rapids Planet Fitness on Coon Rapids Boulevard June 7, according to the criminal complaint.

On June 23, During was allegedly found hiding in a bathroom stall and refused to leave.

After During was reportedly removed from the stall, where a meth pipe was allegedly found, he was searched.

During allegedly refused to follow officer’s orders and had his hand in his pocket. The officer and During struggled until the officer deployed a stun gun, according to the complaint.

During allegedly had what tested positive for 9.1 grams of methamphetamine.

~ Connor Cummiskey

Ramsey couple charged with fraudulently receiving benefits

A Ramsey couple is charged with defrauding Anoka County out of almost $30,000.

Samantha Suzanne Cater, 28, and Zachariah Patrick Cater, 28, are both charged with one felony count of wrongfully obtaining assistance valued over $5,000.

The Caters had received public assistance from Anoka County Financial Services from 2013 to 2018, according to the criminal complaint.

In 2015 Zachariah allegedly made a horizontal shift in his employer’s company, becoming an independent contractor and reporting his own income to ACFS.

That year he reported his income was just over $1,400 a month, according to the complaint. In 2016 Zachariah allegedly reported an income of $1,900 a month and later reported his income was $1,500 a month in 2017.

On June 14, 2018, a fraud referral was made because Zachariah’s reported income did not cover reported mortgage payments, according to the complaint.

An investigation revealed Zachariah’s income was allegedly over $3,000 per month between 2015 and 2018.

The Financial Services Department alleged the Caters had received $21,138 in food support and about $7,500 in medical assistance that they were not entitled to.

Earlier reporting online about the couple alleges the two are “influencers” with significant social media presences.

As of July Samantha’s Facebook and Instagram pages where she reportedly advertised her photography studio were not available.

An archived Instagram page from the Wayback Machine, the internet archiving website, from June 26 indicates Samantha had 13,000 followers and was fairly active.

~ Connor Cummiskey

Man caught with meth after allegedly searching car

A 24-year-old St. Francis man faces drug charges after reportedly rummaging through a car.

Nicholas Thomas Miller faces two felony counts of second-degree controlled substance crime.

On June 25 Coon Rapids Police were dispatched to near the intersection of Quince Street and Northdale Boulevard on reports of vehicle tampering, according to the criminal complaint.

The caller told police a man had been rummaging through her car. Police allegedly located Miller in the area who matched the description from the caller.

Miller allegedly acted nervous and kept touching his front shirt pocket, which had a gun-shaped bulge.

Officers patted Miller down and found a gun-shaped lighter and a substance that field tested positive as 26 grams of methamphetamine.

Miller allegedly admitted to touching the car he was accused of rummaging through and owning the lighter and drugs.

~ Connor Cummiskey

Saxophone thief caught trying to sell it

A 34-year-old Bloomington man is charged with attempting to sell a stolen instrument.

Christopher Lloyd Clausen faces one felony count of receiving stolen goods valued between $1,000 and $5,000.

In early June a victim reported her saxophone stolen from St. Olaf College in Northfield and told police she had found it for sale on Craigslist, according to the criminal complaint.

At the direction of police the victim reportedly agreed to meet the seller, later identified as Clausen, on June 24 to purchase the instrument.

Clausen reportedly told the victim he would show up at the appointed location driving a white Chevrolet Malibu. He allegedly arrived in that vehicle with the saxophone and was arrested.

The original receipt indicated the saxophone was allegedly purchased in 2014 for over $2,000.

~ Connor Cummiskey

Woman allegedly burglarizes St. Francis home

A 29-year-old St. Francis woman is charged with breaking into her estranged husband’s home.

Alexandra Rose Schiefelbein faces one felony count of third-degree burglary.

On May 6 Schiefelbein allegedly entered the man’s home in the 2900 block of 23rd Lane NW, according to the criminal complaint.

The man reported the incident to police after cash he left on his table went missing. Surveillance footage allegedly shows Schiefelbein entering the home.

Schiefelbein initially denied being at the home, but later called investigators back to admit she had broken in but hadn’t stolen anything.

~ Connor Cummiskey

Coon Rapids man wanted after threatening to ‘spray’ group

A 27-year-old Coon Rapids man with multiple warrants is charged with threatening to kill a group of people.

Otis Lee Smith faces one felony count of threats of violence, one misdemeanor count of domestic assault and two misdemeanor counts of fifth-degree assault.

On March 29 officers were dispatched to a residence on Martin Street NW in Coon Rapids due to a 911 call that contained screaming before it was disconnected, according to the criminal complaint.

Upon arrival, police made contact with two vehicles that were leaving that contained four victims.

The victims told police that one woman was at Smith’s house and had called the others saying she needed help.

When they arrived, the woman was allegedly standing at the bottom of the stairs with her infant in her arms and Smith jumped on her.

Smith allegedly fought the others, throwing one to the ground and choking another while allegedly threatening to “spray” them, which one victim interpreted as a drive-by shooting.

Smith had three active warrants and appears to not have been located by police as of July 1.

~ Connor Cummiskey

Assault charges against Coon Rapids man

A 61-year-old Coon Rapids man is charged with bludgeoning a man with a brandy bottle.

Randy Scott Burgoon faces one felony count of third-degree assault and one misdemeanor count of domestic assault.

On June 27 Coon Rapids police responded to a residence on 114th Lane NW on an assault report, according to the criminal complaint.

Upon arrival the caller told police her neighbor had shown up at her house covered in blood. Officers found the victim in the front yard, soaked in blood and bleeding from a gash in his head, according to the complaint.

The victim told police he had gotten into an altercation with Burgoon who hit him in the head with a brandy bottle.

The victim told the police Burgoon had told him to take $20 from his wallet, and a second $20 bill stuck to the first, causing Burgoon to allegedly accuse the victim of trying to steal it.

Burgoon then allegedly struck to victim with the bottle and got on top of him and began wrestling.

Burgoon denied hitting the victim with the bottle and said the victim had come up behind him and put him in a choke hold. The two then wrestled on the floor and the victim cut his head when he fell, according to Burgoon.

~ Connor Cummiskey


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