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There are eight new faces on the Crow Wing County’s Most Wanted list for May. As of Friday, there were an estimated 994 total active warrants in the county. The sheriff’s office is searching for the individuals and asks the public if they recognize any of the faces to call the sheriff’s office directly at 829-4749. People do not have to identify themselves to authorities when turning in a Most Wanted person.
A 13-year-old boy, who was home alone at the time, knew exactly what to do Saturday, Jan. 18, when he heard the smoke detectors go off at the residence located on the 4000 block of 12th Avenue Southwest in Jenkins. Pequot Lakes Fire Chief Tom Nelson said the boy heard the detectors go off so he left the single-wide mobile home and called 911. No one else was in the home, owned by Thomas Jungle, at the time of the fire. Firefighters received the call at 10:30 a.m.
Fire and smoke filled the Wurdeman Cabinet Company in Crosslake on Monday, Oct. 28, eventually destroying the one-story building. Pequot Lakes Fire Capt. Mike Schwankl said when firefighters arrived, half of the roof had already collapsed. Schwankl said no one was inside the building at the time of the fire. “The cause of the fire is under investigation,” Schwankl said. “At this time we can’t tell where the fire started. We’re still working on it. The state fire marshal has been called in to investigate.” Schwankl does not believe any foul play is involved in the fire.
Level three predatory offender Robert Arthur Litzau is moving back to Pine River. Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch said Litzau, 71, is scheduled to be released from custody on Thursday and has disclosed his plans to live on the 24th Avenue Southwest in rural Pine River. Burch reports that there will not be a community meeting as the offender’s information and appearance has not changed since Litzau’s last release in January.
For decades Americans have been singing the lyrics of REO Speedwagon’s hit songs, including “Can’t Fight This Feeling,” “Take It on the Run,” “Time For Me to Fly” and “In My Dreams” whether they’re at a wedding reception or listening to the radio while driving down the road. Brainerd lakes area residents will get the chance to sing along live with REO Speedwagon, an American rock band from Champaign, Ill., when they perform at 10 p.m. June 29 in the Lakes Jam at Brainerd International Raceway and Resort.