A New Prague couple were sentenced yesterday in Dakota County court for bilking thousands of dollars from the woman’s father’s estate. Attorney James Backstrom reports that 41 year old Shannon Marie Thompson and 37 year old Theodore Thompson moved in with Shannon’s parents in Lakeville after her father was diagnosed with cancer. He died in February of 2014. From then through December of 2014, Thompson and her husband stole almost $60,000. They were sentenced to five days in jail, 30 days of
electronic home monitoring and 10 years of probation by Judge Michael Baxter. Both pled guilty to one count of felony Theft, they were charged with 4 counts. The Thompson’s will pay over $47,000 in restitution. Shannon Thompson’s mother told police that she had not authorized her daughter to make any changes to her checking account or take money. The mother also told police she thought the couple had been keeping current on her bills, which was not the case. I have the full complaint on kymnradio.net later today. Thompson’s complaints
Helmueller back to court in April
36 year old Shaun Michael Helmueller was in Pierce County Court yesterday afternoon for a pre-trial conference. He’s the River Falls, Wisconsin man accused of having sex with a 16 year old Northfield girl. She was reported missing December 30th. Northfield police were able to track her down through her cellphone at Helmueller’s apartment. She was taken to the hospital and he was arrested. Helmueller told police she said she was 18. The girl is also reported to have “special needs”. Helmueller pled not guilty in late January. He’ll be back in court April 24th for a status conference and plea. Helmueller’s charged with 3 Class A Misdemeanor counts of sexual intercourse with a child. Each count comes with a maximum 9 month prison term and/or a $10,000 fine.
Northfield Y adds Board members
The Northfield YMCA’s success has primarily been because of strong community leadership. CEO Virginia Kaczmarek said board members play a pivotal role in the direction, vision and future impact of the brand new facility. She’s very proud to announce their three newest board members. Jon Whitney, Mark Abbott and Pat O’Neill. Pictures left to right: Virginia Kaczmarek (CEO), Gretchen Ehresmann (Board Chair), Jon Whitney, Chris Kennelly (Vice Chair), Mark Abbott and Pat O’Neill.
Northfield Reads focus on Mental Illness
Northfield Reads is a program designed to offer an opportunity for residents to learn more about different groups in our community. Started a few years ago by the Human Rights Commission and the Public Library, the focus this year is on mental illness. The book is “Unholy Ghost:Writers on Depression” edited by Nell Casey. It’s a compilation of essays on depression. There are events scheduled throughout the month of March. The first one is tomorrow evening from 7 to 8 o’clock. It’s a presentation by NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness)– at Cannon Valley Friends Meeting House, 512 Washington st.
KYMN IS AIRING THE TWINS VS PIRATES GAME AT 12:05 LIVE – AND RAIDER BOYS HOCKEY AT 7PM [THAT GAME WILL ALSO BE STREAMED]