Barron bail set at $1.5 million
Joshua Paul Barron of Northfield was out on bail when he led several law enforcement agencies on at least 2 high speed pursuits. Rice County has 3 open files on him. Rice County attorney John Fossum said one of those files is 1st degree controlled substance. Barron was found in a stolen truck with 65 grams of methamphetamine. Fossum, “that’s a lot”. Twenty grams is a 1st degree felony. He also had a gun. Fossum’s office asked for $200,000 bail. The judge set bail it at $100,000 or $50,000 with conditions but Barron was able to post $160,000 bail for charges in Rice and Steele counties on 3 or 4 open files when he was involved in these pursuits. Barron is currently in the Dakota County jail having been arrested in Farmington after he went into the ditch. His bail has been set at $1.5 million or $750,000 with conditions. An omnibus hearing is scheduled for February 24th and a jury trial for June 27th. Barron will be prosecuted in several counties. When Rice County gets him for the 1st degree drug charges, Fossum said, “because of his criminal history score, he’s looking at a guideline sentence of something like 160 months plus an extra 5 years for the gun so we’re really looking at close to 20 years on our file”. He’s eligible for the the “Career Offender” penalty which is up to 40 years in prison, “and so we’ll be looking for a way to get him close to that 40 years in prison because, clearly, he’s not a person we can have in the community”. Barron shot a Northfield man in 2010 when the man tried to leave his residence after a domestic incident. Barron was caught and convicted of 2rd degree assault and spent about 18 months in prison.
Heroin toxicity ruled cause of death for woman
Autopsy results revealed that Tiffany Louise Smith died of heroin toxicity. The 31 year old woman was found on the grounds of Parrish House on the Carleton campus on January 3rd. Smith had been reported missing on the afternoon of January 1st. A resident discovered her body as they were preparing to return to classes after the holidays. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s office noted that hypothermia could have contributed. In a press release the “Manner of Death” is listed as “undetermined”. Police Chief Monte Nelson, “that means that with the information we had from the autopsy and the whole investigation, that would be like our police investigation, anything the coroner did, anything the medical examiner did, that the coroner was not comfortable determining a manner of death”. That could mean intentional or accidental overdose.
TIF 4 dollars and Rules of Business on Council’s agenda
The Northfield City council will talk TIF. The City has excess TIF 4 dollars from the redevelopment district that expired in 2013. They need to spend down what’s left. Determining which projects will get dollars is the aim. They’ll also revisit their lengthy discussion on Rules of Business. The meetings are streamed live on the City’s website. Mayor Graham will be in tomorrow morning at 7:20 with a recap.
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