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Suspect Arrested for Methamphetamine Possession

By Big Lake Police Department | August 28, 2018

On August 18th at 1:00 am, Officer Guy Chaffee observed a vehicle traveling above the posted speed limit on Eagle Lake Road. The speed of the vehicle was confirmed by radar and Officer Chaffee undertook a traffic stop with this vehicle. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Kerri Anderson (Age 43 – Princeton).

While speaking with Anderson, Officer Chaffee observed a yellow glass pipe commonly used to smoke marijuana on the center console. During a search of Anderson’s vehicle, Officer Chaffee located a green case in a makeup bag, on the passenger seat. Inside the case, 2 orange straws with white powder residue, and a pink locket containing a white crystal substance were found. The white crystal substance field tested positive for methamphetamine.

Anderson was arrested and booked into the Sherburne County Jail. During an interview, Anderson admitted the makeup bag and methamphetamine was hers.

Anderson was charged by criminal complaint with; (Felony) 5th Degree Controlled Substance Crime (Methamphetamine).


Suspect Charged with Assault on 7-Week-Old Infant

By Big Lake Police Department | August 15, 2018

On June 24, 2018, a report was made to Big Lake Police by a medical provider, that a 7-weekold child was being treated for a fractured femur. Investigator Rich Berg was assigned to investigate the circumstances surrounding this injury. During the course of Investigator Berg’s investigation, the following was determined.

The injured child had been left in the care of Nathaniel M. Gutherie (Age 18 – Howe Ok), prior to the injury being discovered. In an interview with Investigator Berg, Guthrie initially denied knowing how the child could have been harmed. As the interview progressed, Guthrie disclosed that the following had taken place. Gutherie had become overstressed and aggressive as he was caring for children, losing his temper. Gutherie was manipulating the child’s legs, when he became frustrated and angry with crying taking place. As Gutherie pushed on one leg, he heard it pop, saw it become red, and noticed the child was no longer moving it. Gutherie did not seek medical attention or tell anyone this had occurred. A family member noticed the leg was deformed and sought medical attention.

A medical professional determined the femur was recently broken, and the result of extreme bending and force. It was determined to be child abuse.

Gutherie was charged by criminal complaint with; Malicious Punishment of a Child -Substancial Injury (felony), and 3rd Degree Assault – Substantial Injury (felony). A warrant has been issued for his arrest.


Big Lake Police Introduce Safe Exchange Zone

By Big Lake Police Department | January 13, 2016 (Sticky Post)

With the rise of sales and trading through sites such as Craigslist and Facebook, the need for a location for these transaction to take place comes about for those involved. There is often anxiety associated with meeting a stranger to exchange goods for cash. In some instances these transactions have given rise to crimes occurring. The Big Lake Police Department wants to provide our residents a safe environment for these transactions to take place. This gave rise to the concept of creating an E-Commerce Safe Exchange Zone.

The Big Lake Police Department is located at: 790 Minnesota Avenue. The main parking lot on the west side of the building is covered by a video surveillance and recording system. This is also the location all of our Officers come and go from the building on a frequent basis, so there is a strong law enforcement presence in the area.

This parking lot is available to use for meeting and arranging exchanges and trades for these types of transactions. There are signs posted at each entrance designating this as an E-Commerce Exchange Location. As a suggestion when undertaking these types of transactions;

  • Insist on a public meeting place.
  • Do not meet in a secluded place, or invite strangers into your home.
  • Be especially careful buying/selling high value items.
  • Consider making exchanges at the Big Lake Police Department.
  • Tell a friend or family member where you're going.
  • Take your cell phone along if you have one.
  • Consider having a friend accompany you.
  • Trust your instincts.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Big Lake Police Department at 763-263- 2500, or in an emergency 911.


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