Just after 6 o’clock Sunday evening, the Faribault Police Department took a report from a juvenile female of an attempted assault in the area of 14th St NE at the bike trail crossing. The victim said two African American males, armed with handguns, came out of a wooded area and grabbed a hold of her. She struggled with the men, who then fled the area on foot. The victim ran to a relative’s residence nearby and contacted law enforcement. Officers responded immediately and searched the area, but didn’t find the suspects. Suspect one was described as 5’7” tall, slender build, wearing a red sweater and black
pants, and had braided hair. Suspect two was described as 5’4” tall, curly hair, wearing a blue shirt, white pants, and black and white shoes. The victim said a man driving eastbound on 14th Street NE in a newer red SUV stopped, which caused the suspects to flee. Detectives would also like to speak with this witness. The investigation is ongoing and at this time and is still in initial phases. If you have any information in regards to this report please contact the Faribault Police Department at 507-334-4305. Assault April8
Appeals Court reverses Gibson’s sentence – sides with Prosecutor
In June of 2018, then 42 year old, Chad Michael Gibson was sentenced in a 2016 crash on I-35 at Hwy 60 that killed one man and left his wife severely injured. For his conviction of criminal vehicular homicide and criminal vehicular operation, he was given 105 months in St. Cloud State Prison but the sentence was stayed for 10 years, meaning no prison time. District Judge Jeffrey Johnson believed Gibson was amenable to probation and that the act wasn’t egregious because he wasn’t impaired by alcohol or drugs. Rice County Attorney John Fossum appealed the sentence and yesterday, the Court of Appeals agreed with Fossum and reversed Gibson’s sentence. Fossum said, “this is what we were looking for all along that this is a presumptive commit to prison and, because it’s presumptive, we thought Mr. Gibson belonged in prison”. In Gibson’s statement to Judge Johnson and the victim’s family, Gibson focused on how much HE lost. In August of 2016, Gibson never even slowed down when he slammed into Scott and Edda Connell, killing Mr. Connell. His cruise control was set at 78 mph as he drove into a construction zone with multiple warning signs for 5 miles. He was reaching for a pop when he crashed into them with his SUV. Gibson was on felony probation at the time of the offense. He’s been previously convicted of multiple driving offenses, burglary, criminal sexual conduct and not registering as a predatory offender. According to the Court of Appeals, the district court “was clearly erroneous”. Fossum said Gibson now has a period of time to appeal the Appeals Court decision to the MN Supreme Court. When that time period expires, Fossum said, there will be another sentencing hearing in front of Judge Johnson. Fossum will be in studio Thursday morning at 7:20.
ADU’s, Snow Removal and Street reclamation
The Northfield Council will hold a work session tonight. On the agenda is the City’s Snow Removal policy, ADU’s and assessments for the 2019 street reclamation project. Staff has put together a powerpoint on ADU’s. The ADU powerpoint and more information on street assessments is provided on the supplement below: