Nearly 100 law enforcement officers searched for nearly 8 hours and got their man
Yesterday’s armed robbery at America’s Best Value Inn, set in motion a manhunt that lasted nearly 8 hours and involved upwards of 100 officers from numerous agencies as well as canine and air support. During the attempted stop of the suspect vehicle shots were fired. Rice County Sheriff Troy Dunn says, “that’s not the call you want to get…”. They had officers from all over the state respond. From Steele county to Anoka county and special SWAT teams in between. Dunn says whenever deadly force is used, law enforcement takes it very seriously. Safety Director Mark Taylor said that an individual who is willing to shoot at an officer is a “desperate” individual. Taylor says these sorts of things don’t happen often but this is what they train for and it paid off. Dunn said the effort was phenomenal. 26 year old Eric W. Forcier was captured at 10:45 yesterday morning. His female driver, Julie Ann Campana, was arrested when the vehicle was pulled over and the shots were fired by Forcier as he rolled out of the car. Forcier was found hiding in a pickup truck at Perkins Transport. Officers recovered the gun later in the afternoon near the original traffic stop where the shooting occurred. Dunn said the motel clerk did exactly what officers tell people in those situations, just hand over the money. It was less than $200.
Northfield man charged with felony burglary
A Northfield man is facing felony burglary charges after police say he and several friends broke into a home in Viking Terrace last week. 18 year old Ociel Rosas Marcial was charged with one felony count of second degree burglary and two counts of receiving stolen property. According to the criminal complaint, Northfield Police received a call from a man who said his home in Viking Terrace had been broken into sometime between Wednesday afternoon and midnight Thursday last week. The alleged burglar broke a window in the bathroom leaving footprints behind. Later that day police received another call from the victim to say he’d found a red metal box that was taken in the robbery in a recycle bin at another address in Viking Terrace. Police obtained a search warrant for that residence, Marcial, who lives there, told officers he’d give them the items stolen so they did not need to search the property. Part of the stash included a bottle of tequila, a coin jar, watches and cash. More watches were found inside the coin jar, as well as another wallet from another burglary. According to the complaint, three other individuals, all juveniles, admitted involvement in the robbery. If convicted of the most serious charge, Marcial faces a maximum 10 years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine. The investigation continues.
Doran-Norton lists roads, ag and environment as top issues
Rice County Commissioner District 1 candidate Kathleen Doran-Norton was in studio yesterday morning. She has been a Bridgewater township supervisor since 2006 and served on several boards. The change is districting affected her decision to run for the seat. She says roads are a concern as well as agriculture and the environment. She has been part of a group, the Rice creek Concerned Citizens that is working to preserve the only brook trout stream and implement a plan to move forward reasonably. Her entire interview is online at kymnradio.net. All the candidate interviews are archived on our website. Mayoral candidate Rhonda Pownell and Ward 2 candidate David DeLong were interviewed this morning.
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