Barron in custody [Update]
Within minutes of receiving a press release asking for the public’s help in apprehending a “very dangerous criminal”, Police Chief Monte Nelson said he was apprehended yesterday afternoon. Investigators found him and followed him into Farmington. He went into the ditch which made it easy to arrest him. On Monday Agents with the Cannon River Drug and Violent Offender Task Force assisted by Faribault Police and Rice County Sheriff’s Investigators, attempted to apprehend 32 year old Joshua Paul Barron of Northfield, for narcotics sales and suspected possession of a stolen vehicle. Agents had followed him to Burnsville and thought he was going to surrender, instead he smashed into police officers’ vehicles in a stolen pickup nearly striking a Northfield agent and hit several unoccupied vehicles allowing him to escape. Barron is also suspected of being involved in a chase last week that ended in Lakeville, involving another stolen vehicle pulling a stolen snowmobile trailer. Eventually police stopped that chase. Rice County Sheriff Troy Dunn said this morning, “we’re glad that Mr. Barron is in custody for the public’s safety and his own safety because he showed no respect and a blatant disregard for public safety in his actions the last few weeks since he bailed out of jail”. Barron has a violent history including multiple felony convictions. He has pending criminal files in Rice and Steele Counties involving Theft, Narcotics, and Possession of a Handgun. Barron is in custody in Dakota County right now looking at 4 more felonies. Barron had been out on $160,000 bail in Rice County.
Discussion on Orderly annexation agreement becomes disorderly
Waterford Township has sent an invoice to Northfield every year since 2010 for payments they feel due them on an Orderly annexation agreement from 1980. It’s up to $27,000 now. In 2009 legislation passed that made those types of agreements void after 6 years. City Attorney Chris Hood determined that, since the City had paid for 30 years, they didn’t have to any more. In an attempt to soothe relations, Councilors Ludescher and Zweifel were on a subcommittee to address the issue. Ludescher brought forward a wordy resolution. Mayor Graham explained that it says “we should just continue to pay so pay them the back money and continue to pay”. The debate was lengthy and at times contentious when Ludescher asked Hood a question… (Hood attempts to answer … )
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Councilor Zweifel brought forward a much simpler agreement that would make a one time payment to Waterford and agree to release the City from any further claims. Most council members seemed to want a hybrid of the two. Council approved Mayor Graham and a City staff person to negotiate with Waterford a one-time payment and a release of claims. Ludescher said, “I believe the agreement is valid and if they want to sue the City of Northfield, I will support them and testify on their behalf”. This will come back to full council.
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