Formal criminal complaints filed in Rice County today
26 year old Eric W. Forcier of Farmington has been formally charged in Rice County District Court with 4 felonies in connection with Monday’s robbery of the America’s Best Value Inn in Northfield. His female driver, 23 year old Julie Ann Campana of Apple Valley has been charged with aiding and abetting, also a felony. The full complaints can be viewed on our website kymnradio.net.
Northfield woman suspect in multiple burglaries charged with possession and child neglect
A Northfield woman is under suspicion of multiple burglaries and charged with possession of narcotics. 23 year old Danielle Elizabeth Bergson was put under suspicion when, on October 10th, officers made a routine traffic stop of the car she was riding in and observed a bag of jewelry at her feet. After discussions with investigators, Bergson’s name turned up as someone who sold jewelry to a pawn store in Bloomington. On Monday, officers talked with Bergson who denied the allegations and refused to let them search her residence. Officers returned later that day with a warrant and found drug paraphernalia, heroin and diazepam. All within reach of her child. The jewelry sold in Bloomington was identified by the victims of 2 thefts, one in Faribault and the other in Northfield. Bergson’s 1 year old child was placed into protective custody while she faces more charges including neglect of a child. The jewelry in the bag at her feet has not been identified as stolen.
This week local law enforcement were called upon to use all their abilities. On Monday, Northfield was swarmed with nearly 100 officers including various SWAT teams, troopers and uniformed personnel, when a massive search was launched for an armed suspect 26 year old Eric Forcier, who had already shot at a police officer. Public Safety Director Mark Taylor reiterated the importance of the training they receive. Another important piece to their efforts was notification of affected businesses, residents and media. Taylor and Rice County Sheriff Troy Dunn worked together in the Command Center coordinating efforts and chose to utilize what’s called Everbridge. Taylor explains that you can sign up for alerts from the City to come to your mobile phone or other device. He said Monday’s incident was a prime example of why you might want to sign up. https://ww2.everbridge.net/citizen/EverbridgeGateway.action?body=home&gis_alias_id=1460781
EDA approves NAPA loan
The EDA is met this morning. On their agenda were several requests from Napa Auto Parts including a revolving loan in the amount of $75,000. NAPA is expanding their facility by almost 2300 square feet. Owner Dan Christenson says they are currently bursting at the seams. They requested a 15 year loan. Due to the length of loan and the current low interest rate, it was suggested that the Board amend the resolution. Michele Merxbauer amended the resolution to a 10 year loan with a clause to take a look at the interest rate in 5 years. After some discussion the Board unanimously approved the request. The entire meeting is archived online at kymnradio.net.
Captain Jack looking for Port in a storm
Minnesota’s Captain Jack Sparrow and his crew of pirates, plunderers and wenches will take over Buchanan Court in Northfield from 6 to 10 tonight for the last time. Northfield City Administrator Tim Madigan told the Northfield News that he and other staff received complaints from neighbors about traffic, noise and parking during the event which was also held on Saturday night. They hosted about 580 guests. Madigan told the paper that the neighbors were not hostile about it but just had concerns that things had grown beyond the capacity of the neighborhood cul-de-sac. The City is working with Josh Godfredson, Captain Jack, to look for another location next year. The event is kid friendly and free, although donations are appreciated.
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