2 Investigations Result in Criminal Charges

Big Lake Police Dept.
Chief Joel D. Scharf

Burglary Charges:  On 09/05/2013 a report was made to Big Lake Police of a burglary having taken place at a residence in the City.  The report indicated that the victim had recently evicted a suspect who was residing at his residence, due to narcotics use.  The suspect remained in possession of a key to the residence, and did return and enter the property without permission committing a theft of 2 electric guitars valued at $1,300.  The guitars were found to have been pawned in St. Cloud, after a check of statewide pawn records by a Big Lake Police Investigator.  The guitars were recovered.  Scott Baker Age 33 – St. Cloud was charged by complaint with; 2nd Degree Felony Burglary of a Dwelling.


Fail to Register as a Predatory Offender:  As a part of compliance with the State of Minnesota Predatory Registration Program, all person(s) required to register by statute must submit changes of address and other information to local law enforcement, this program is administered by Investigators of the Big Lake Police Department.  10/05/2013 an Investigator became aware that a suspect required to register was utilizing an address in the City of Big Lake, but was in fact residing in another location outside the area.  After an investigation into his registration status, Jason McLaughlin - Age 24 was charged with Felony Failure to Register as a Predatory Offender.   McLaughlin is not in the Big Lake area at this time.  Those required to register under the program must provide a change of status within 5 days of moving, or changes in other required information.      


OFFICER JOSH PESTA is the newest member of Big Lake’s police department. He hails from Long Prairie and started on the job last week. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards).

TOM GEROLD of Alive! Lutheran Church of Monticello met with the Big Lake Twp. Board Wednesday to outline plans for moving their church to a Co. Rd. 11 site, just west of the former River Inn. Looking over the plans were Supervisors Bruce Aubol, Norm Leslie, Larry Alfords and Steve Pfleghaar. (Photo by Gary W. Meyer)

DIRECTOR OF EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES Gordy Vosberg is excited about the expanding role of paramedics in keeping people at home in the community through the Healthy At Home follow-up care program and offering the best emergency services to those in need. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards).

Construction of the Oak Savannah Learning Center started March 25, 2015. The new learning center is located up the hill from the Old School House site, south of Co. Rd. 9. (Submitted Photo)

WH served 2,295 meals at its 78th Annual Meeting.