Your Thursday News Brief: April 12

By: News Director Larissa Donovan

NAYTAHWAUSH– A man wanted for a Minneapolis murder was captured in Naytahwaush Wednesday. Several law enforcement agencies teamed up for the arrest, including the White Earth Tribal Police, the U.S. Marshal Service, FBI Headwaters Safe Trails Task Force, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, among many others. The man, 18-year-old Juan Vasquez, was wanted for the murder of a Chanhassen man last month in the Little Earth of United Tribes area of Minneapolis.


ECKLES TOWNSHIP– Authorities are investigating after a stabbing, a high speed pursuit and a fatal crash. According to a release from the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office, their deputies responded to the Elpine Village Trailer Park around 10 Tuesday night after a report of a male stabbed in a domestic situation.

The victim, a 25-year-old Red Lake man, identified the assailant as 24-year-old Traci Cloud of Cass Lake. Upon deputies arrival, Cloud fled the scene at a high rate of speed through neighboring yards and ultimately headed north on Highway 89.

During the pursuit,  Cloud left the roadway, overcorrected and lost control of the vehicle before it overturned. Cloud, according to a previous release from the state patrol, was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle.

Cloud was the only occupant of the vehicle, and was pronounced dead at the scene. Further investigation is pending with the Beltrami County Coroner’s Office, Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office and the Minnesota State Patrol.


LITTLE FALLS– The FBI is now part of the investigation into the death of a Little Falls man who was shot and killed while hunting on his parent’s property. Forty-one-year-old Terrence Brisk was killed nearly a year-and-a-half ago.

Morrison County Sheriff Shawn Larsen says a rifle found in November belonged to Brisk and was also used to kill him. The sheriff says the FBI will give them another set of eyes to look at the case. He says they showed the FBI agents an all day overview of the case in chronological order from beginning to end.

A reward of up to $30,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the person who killed Brisk.


ALEXANDRIA– One of three men accused of kidnapping and assaulting an Alexandria teen last summer is pleading not guilty.  Thomas Barker is charged with two counts of kidnapping, two counts of criminal sexual conduct, assault and false imprisonment.  Joshua Holby and Steven Powers were also charged in the case.  The teen victim was taken from her home August 8th and was held captive for 28 days before she escaped.


BEMIDJI– The Irvine Avenue bridge in downtown Bemidji will be closed April 18 and the 19 for bridge rescue training. Only one lane will be open on the bridge at a time, but MNDOT says the lane closure can be avoided by detouring onto Park Avenue Southwest. Emergency responders will perform High Angle Rescue training by repelling off the bridge and out of a MNDOT snooper basket.


BEMIDJI– Over 70-percent of Deerwood Bank employees participated in the 2017 workforce campaign for the United Way. According to a release, Deerwood Bank was recognized as the 2017 Gold Level Workplace Campaign Director’s Reward. Riverwood Bank won the Director’s Award at the silver level, and First National Bank Bemidji won at the Bronze level.

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