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Mario Dupree Hutchinson, 22, of Alexandria was sentenced and convicted in Douglas County Court almost one year after stabbing a local woman. Hutchinson and Yasmine Angelique Chumley, 21, of Alexandria were involved in an incident on June 27, 2012 in which they allegedly stabbed and beat a woman near a residence on 6th Avenue and Jefferson Street in Alexandria, according to court documents. The woman suffered four stab wounds; one which punctured her lung and kidney.
A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Elijah Zachariah Moore in Douglas County. Moore, 24, of Atlanta, Georgia, was involved in a fraudulent check cashing scam that spread through at least four states last year. Similar instances had been reported in Georgia, Louisiana, Wisconsin and in the Minneapolis/St.
Think your teenagers aren't listening when you have "the talk?" Declining teen pregnancies in Minnesota indicate some kids are paying attention. Teenwise Minnesota reported the number of teen mothers fell 14 percent between 2010 and 2011. Education and human services are credited as major reasons for the drop. A 16.5 percent decrease was reported for the 18 to 19-year-old group alone, who are actually adults. There were 25 pregnancies in teens younger than age 19 reported in Douglas County in 2010 and 20 births.
Douglas County commissioners recently met with court administration to discuss options for a $2.2 million pending court remodel project set to resume this fall. Presently, a shelled out space in the Douglas County Courthouse awaits finishing. Hindering progress is the approach to who, what, when and where.
Murky water became a point of contention between members of the Ida Lake Association and Douglas County officials during the county board meeting on June 11. County Drainage and Ag Inspector Tom Anderson explained a tile repair is needed in County Ditch 23 off County Road 82 to south of Blue Jay Way in Garfield.
Signs, signs, everywhere there's signs - as long as they're not too close to property lines. Douglas County commissioners approved a zoning ordinance revision that affects sign placement throughout the county at the June 11 county board meeting. Land and Resource Management Director Dave Rush said his office has been working on a revision to the performance standards section of the zoning ordinance as it pertains to signs.
Voyager Industries, formerly Voyager Aluminum , plans to double manufacturing and office space in Brandon. Meanwhile, the school district is polling residents on the potential of combining Brandon and Evansville schools completely. Both changes would be effective July 2013. At Tuesday's county board meeting, Douglas County Auditor/Treasurer Char Rosenow informed commissioners of a proposed tax increment financing (TIF) district in the city of Brandon.
A 20-day work plan began on May 24 to move the Kensington Runestone Park entrance. An entirely new road has been cut through the wooded land. Factoring in rainy weather in early June, the project is expected to be wrapped up by the end of the month. "It will be like walking back into 1898." Al Lieffort, Douglas County Parks Superintendent The current entrance near the Olaf Ohman homestead on County Road 103 is being moved south approximately 1,000 feet.
Kody Lee Klimek, 25, of Alexandria, attended his initial court appearance in Douglas County Court on Monday, June 10. Klimek is facing three counts of murder in the stabbing death on June 1 of Phillip Joel Altstadt, 28, also of Alexandria. The Douglas County Attorney's office reported that Klimek deferred entry of a plea and requested an omnibus hearing within 28 days. His next court appearance is scheduled for July 5. Klimek's bail remains at $1 million without conditions or a $200,000 bail with conditions or a $950,000 bond with conditions.
An Alexandria man was charged with murder in Douglas County District Court in Alexandria on Tuesday. Kody Lee Klimek, 25, of Alexandria is accused of fatally stabbing Phillip Joel Altstadt on Saturday, June 1. Altstadt, 28, of Alexandria died on the lawn outside Lincoln Estates apartments in Alexandria. Klimek is being held in Douglas County Jail on a $1 million bond.