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The truth about synthetic drugs spreads faster than ever

Residents of Sherburne County may be aware of the fact that law enforcement and other groups have been working hard against drug related issues as of late. In particular, the synthetic drug problem that has popped up recently is now being addressed in much more thorough ways so as to help spread information and keep everyone informed.

One such method of informing the public is through a website that is designed to teach everyone about the dangers of synthetic drugs. This includes things like bath salts which, until recently, were available to the public through regular means of purchase. Synthetic drugs generally mimic the highs of other drugs like meth or cannabis, depending on what type is purchased. Some thought that they were safer because they were not illegal, but their dangers have become known in recent years.

Women arrested after meth found in heater

Though Sherburne is a mild place to live without a lot of big city issues, there are still some cases where alcohol or drugs may come into play. In the case of the latter, drug charges may be issued, which can have an even heavier impact than alcohol or DUI related charges and their accompanying consequences.

This may be the case for a pair of sisters who are facing drug charges currently. It was reported that they traveled to Grand Forks in order to complete a drug deal. They were arrested in the area. An electric heater that had been brought along with them to the hotel was searched by police, and hidden inside of it they found 15 baggies of meth which totaled to around 420 grams.

What to expect when you get a DUI

Some people who live in Sherburne may enjoy the occasional drink, be it at a weekend party or with some friends after a long day of work. However, it can become a little difficult to judge how inebriated a person is after drinking, which can lead to a DUI-related arrest if that person decides to get behind the wheel.

DUI related charges can result in hefty consequences even for first-time offenders. According to the Minnesota State Legislature, some of the things that may be expected from being charged with a DUI include:

DUI accident leaves passenger dead at scene

Many may have enjoyed the holiday weekend in Sherburne with barbeques, parties or indulging in a little social drinking. However, sometimes a person may end up drinking more than they think and could end up trying to drive despite being over the limit. This could end in DUI charges or even accidents.

One accident that occurred over the holiday weekend resulted in the death of one passenger despite the fact that the police were called to the scene quickly. This is because a nearby party camping at the central Minnesota lake ended up hearing someone calling for help and called 911 as soon as possible. However, the 29 year old passenger of the car in the wreck was declared dead at the scene after police arrived.

Chicken run: KFC robber foiled by stop sticks

The police of Sherburne County have likely seen their share of bizarre crimes. Some of the wilder ones may also end in the perpetrator facing traffic offenses due to the fact that some crimes end in attempted police evasion or even car chases.

This was the case with one robber, who showed up to a KFC while armed and demanded cash. Since a drawer of cash was found in his car after his arrest, it is suspected that this is what he came into the store for and what he left with. Reportedly, the man was spotted by police after leaving the scene of the crime and then led them on a chase. The chase came to an end when deployed stop sticks sent his car into a ditch.

Van full of Amish driven by man on meth

Those living in Sherburne County may be aware of the fact that being caught with drugs can invoke several severe consequences. Because of the danger of drugs to individuals and communities on a whole, drug charges almost always come with penalties that are difficult to overcome such as huge fines or time in jail.

One man could be facing either of those penalties soon. While it is unknown exactly what penalties he might be faced with if he is found guilty, he is currently facing a plethora of very serious charges. They include being in the possession of both drug paraphernalia and drugs, driving while under the influence of a restricted substance and driving without a license. He also has a history with four previous convictions on his record, meaning the penalties could be even more severe.

Stolen items and drugs found after 2 month investigation

The law enforcement of Sherburne work hard to make sure that the city is a safe place to live. Therefore, suspected drug crimes are treated swiftly and harshly in order to prevent drug related issues from becoming a problem in the area.

The vigilance of law enforcement can be seen clearly in one recent case. Three suspects have been arrested after an investigation that reportedly lasted two months. Though it is unknown what triggered the investigation in the first place, the police turned up connections to stolen goods as well as two different types of drugs: marijuana and methamphetamines.

More resources and protection may soon be given to sexual assault victims in army

Many residents of Sherburne may have family or friends who serve in the military. It may come as an unpleasant shock that sexual assault in the military has been on the rise in recent years, especially against the women working for the country.

In a move that Minnesota’s 8 House members and 2 Senators all agreed on, a new push has been made to force the Army to clarify its current rules in regard to sexual assault. They have argued that the rules as they currently are minimize the ability of the National Guard to provide support for sexual assault victims.

Passenger survives crash after being hit on highway

Many residents of Sherburne are likely aware of the fact that all mishaps on the road come with potential consequences. Even minor traffic offenses like coming to a rolling stop can have a penalty. However, larger offenses can lead to accidents. Accidents can come with fines, fees, raises in insurance rates and even potential court involvement. Dealing with lethal accidents can be even more difficult.

In one recent lethal accident, two people ended up in the hospital while one driver was killed. Though the other driver had only minor, non life-threatening injuries, the passenger of the second car had serious injuries and was taken to a hospital immediately for treatment. It is unknown whether or not the passenger is in stable condition.

Child porn offender blocked from internet access

Sherburne is a relatively quiet area, so large scale issues may be unsettling and surprising when people catch wind of it. For example, people are being accused of child pornography possession all over the country as IP address nets get better and better at spotting suspicious activity.

In a recent child pornography bust, one man has been sentenced to 5 years under supervised probation in addition to a stay of imposition, a 120 day jail stay, and two separate fees. The first is a $180 fine and the second is a fee of $750 for the sex offender treatment program that he has been forced to sign up for and complete. In addition to that, he has also had his access to the internet revoked and is being monitored to ensure that he doesn’t access any social networking sites. He will also be forced to register as a sex offender.

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