Northfield man gets prison for multiple burglaries
A Northfield man well known to law enforcement with a string of burglaries was sentenced last Friday on several charges in several incidents. 25 year old Benjamin Jacob Hunt pled guilty to 2nd and 3rd degree burglary for robbing the Woodley Car Wash twice last year. He was sentenced to 27 months for the August theft and 24 months for the September break-in. He was also given 19 months in prison for fleeing a police officer in a vehicle, 90 days in jail for his part in the robbery of Dawn’s Corner Bar in Dundas and is still facing felony gun charges in Waseca County. He has been sent to St. Cloud State prison and will serve the terms concurrently.
Many attend school board mtg to show support for student in possible expulsion
About 70 people showed up last night at the Northfield School Board meeting in support of a student who is facing expulsion. During a random K-9 sweep of the high school parking lot it was discovered that a student reportedly had an unloaded bb gun inside his locked vehicle. A hearing is scheduled to take place today. Superintendent Dr. Chris Richardson could not comment on the student specifically due to data privacy laws but added that during the hearing the school district will be able to present it’s case, call witnesses who can be cross examined and the student and parents will also be able to present their case. (attorneys for both sides) It’s in the style of a courtroom but without the legal piece. At the end will be closing arguments. Once completed, the Hearing Officer creates findings of fact by reviewing all the testimony and then makes a recommendation to the Board as to what he believes should happen based on the school district policies and state and federal policies. A special closed Board meeting will take place Thursday evening at 7 o’clock to review all the results and make a final determination at which time they’ll open the meeting. State and Federal law and district law policy says that the possession of a weapon [in this case, under Minnesota law, a bb gun is a firearm] on school grounds is grounds for expulsion. That could mean a semester up to to a year out of school. Most students who’ve been expelled attend another school district or learn online. The School Board could choose to uphold the recommendation of the Hearing Officer or choose another avenue. A source told KYMN that the student in question is an honor student heavily engaged in youth organizations. Additional information: 18 year old Noah Bamonte-Grebis is the student in question. He was given citations for possession of a weapon on school grounds (a misdemeanor), possession of alcohol by someone under 21 (a misdemeanor) and possession of drug paraphernalia (a petty misdemeanor).
Council work session includes liquor store sites and construction updates
The Northfield City Council meets for a work session tonight. It begins with a discussion on possible Liquor Store sites, an update on development of 303/305 Water St. and an update on the Library construction project among other items. Mayor Pro Tem David Ludescher will be sitting in for Mayor Graham tomorrow morning at 7:20.
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