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5/23/2013 1:57:00 PM
Law Enforcement

A small fire resulted from a tree falling during the weather event Sunday, May 19. The power line was knocked down at Redwing Avenue in Shafer Township. Miscellaneous thefts from vehicles reported.

One burglary of a home on 370th in North Branch reported.

May 14
Michael Allen Villagomez, 33, North Branch. Booked by county. Released.

May 15
Kailee Rose Knafla, 22, North Branch. Booked on warrant by county. Held.
Shawn Emerson Madsen, 42, Balsam Lake, Wisc. Booked by county on warrant. Released.
Robert Joe White, 57, Lindstrom. Booked by county, held under sentence.

May 16
Richard Robert Wemyess, 43, Stanchfield. Booked by county on hold for Dept of Corrections.
William George Dircz, 38, Fridley. Booked by Anoka County. Held.

May 17
Cory Jason Miller, 29, Stacy. Booked by county. Held.
Andre Dewayne Young, 46, Mpls. Booked by warrant. Released.
Shawn R. Thompson, 22, Forest Lake. Booked by warrant. Held.

May 18
Stephen Robert Gibbs, 33, Rush City. Booked by county. Held.
Dylan Ronald Plessel, 20, North Branch. Booked by county. Held.
RoAnn Lynn Henly, 56, New Richmond, Wisc. Booked by county, held under sentence.
Benjamin Lee Anderson, 37, Center City. Booked by county. Held.
Timothy Kenneth Gray, 33, Forest Lake. Booked by county. Held.
David Michael Walsh, 40, Wyoming. Booked by county. Held.

Felony charges filed after burn victim 9-1-1 call
Authorities were on the scene for 10 hours, Saturday, May 18 working to secure what is alleged to have been an illegal fireworks manufacturing operation in a private residence, at 7002 Lake Blvd. (Highway 8) near Greenway Ave. Chief of Police and Wyoming Public Safety Director Paul Hoppe said there was a serious threat to the public, considering the quantities of explosive materials that authorities seized on-site.

According to the criminal complaint, provided by the Chisago County Attorney, some of the products located (in a total of three small buildings) included flash powder, potassium nitrate, oxidizer, boric acid, iron oxide, and smaller quantities of “finished explosive product” labeled May 18, 2013.” Officials ruled out that the products were meant to be bomb components or used for terrorist activity, Hoppe added. A man identified as David Gustafson, no home address or date of birth available, reportedly suffered burns in a small explosion shortly before noon May 18. He was walking and had stripped off clothing revealing lower arms that were burned, and he had facial burns, according to observations by a Wyoming officer who was first to arrive. Gustafson’s condition has not been updated. Another man was wetting down a smoke-filled shed with a garden hose.

When questioned by the officer, a total of three others on the scene at first claimed to not know what had happened to cause an explosion or even know what was in the shed. A third man was determined to be inconsequential to the alleged illegal activity, and has not been charged. Chief Hoppe said regional HazMat, firefighters and St. Paul Bomb Squad and ATF specialists assisted, along with local law enforcement and fire personnel. A Scandia area resident, 33, and the 40-year-old living at that location have been charged with felony level aiding and abetting development/possession of explosive and incendiary devices. David Michael Walsh, 40 and Timothy Kenneth Gray, 33, will make their next court apperances in June. Authorities will destroy the materials once they get the all-clear from prosecutors. The home and sheds on the property have been cleared of hazardous materials, Chief Hoppe said.


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