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St. Olaf peeper has history; Man admits to selling meth; Council oks hiring “temporary” Project Mgr; Snowflake ornament finder loves the hunt!

December 6, 2018

On Monday, Northfield Police Officers responded to St. Olaf College after on-campus security apprehended a male suspect who had been attempting to gain unauthorized access to several college buildings. Responding Officers recognized 22 year old Elijah Jermaine Gomez, of St. Paul, from video surveillance photos as the suspect in recent on-campus break-ins and “peeping” incidents.  He’s charged with 3 counts of 3rd degree burglary and 3 counts of peeping. According to the criminal complaint, a man had peeped in on 3 female students while they took showers in resident buildings. One student, LK, reported that her Ole card, a key card, had been stolen on November 24th, she (more…)

The Snowflake Ornament has been found!

December 6, 2018
The ornament was just found by Tresa Lenzen hanging on an evergreen tree at the Old Memorial Park Outdoor Pool.
Clue Master Tim Freeland shares his thought process on creating the clues!!
Clue 1 (Monday, Dec 3rd 2018)
You’ll want to come early to get a good seat.
Every year there’s hot cocoa and pies there to eat.
Leather gloves and wool coats will keep out the cold.
…and if you are lucky, you’ll find someone’s hand to hold.
Explanation of 1.
This is 100% about going to high school football games at the old Memorial Field. For decades the Raiders played on the field where the pool is. They typically served hot cocoa and pizza-pies by the slice.  The kids wear their leather and wool letter-jackets and of course there’s the teen flirting and nervous hand holding with your weekly crush.


Snowflake Ornament hunt Clues – clue 4

December 6, 2018
Clue 4 (Thursday, Dec 6th 2018)
If you feel you’re treading water remember this parks past.
Put on your helmet, grab your board, your memory coming back.
So gather round, o Christmas tree, thy lovely branches bent.
The ornament of wintertime adorned in merriment.


Update on missing Northfield man

December 5, 2018

The Northfield Police Department continues to search for Joseph Camplin.

On 11/16/2018, Joseph Camplin was reported missing to the Northfield Police Department.  He was last seen wearing a tan Carhart style jacket, blue jeans, and hiking boots. Joseph Camplin is described as 5’ 04”, 215 lbs, white male.  Areas of the Carleton Arb were searched with nothing of significance located. Camplin is known to frequent that area or possibly Nerstrand Big Woods State Park.

If you have information about the whereabouts of Mr. Camplin,
please call 911 or the Northfield Police Department at 507-645-4475.

Updated Missing Person – Joseph Camplin 120518

Man arrested after peeping on St. Olaf campus

December 5, 2018

He’s in custody, but Northfield Police Sgt. PT Haider is asking the public if they recall seeing him…

On Monday, December 3, 2018, Northfield Police Officers responded to St. Olaf College after on-campus security had apprehended a male suspect who had been attempting to gain unauthorized access to several college buildings. Responding Officers recognized the male from photos taken from video surveillance as the suspect associated with recent on-campus break-ins and “peeping” incidents.
The suspect, 22 year old Elijah Jermaine Gomez, was arrested and several criminal charges have been filed by the Rice County Attorney’s Office.  If you have questions related to this investigation, please call or email the Northfield Police
Department.   Call Northfield Police at 507-645-4477. Contact Northfield Police via their website

Expect more on the story coming up on the 5pm news.