2013-03-07 / Top News

Sheriff’s Office handles burglaries, drug cases and vandalism in county

On Jan. 20, the Emmons County Sheriff’s Office took a report that Hager’s Bar in Braddock had been burglarized. Forced entry was gained through the bar’s front door.

The target appeared to be the pull tab machine, and cash was taken from the damaged machine.

The case is under investigation, and leads are being pursued.

Also that night, Braddock Implement was broken into through forced entry of the front door. Nothing was determined to be missing.

On Feb. 24, Braddock Implement’s front door was again pried open, but, again, nothing was found to be missing. There was another attempted burglary at Hager’s Bar, but entry was not gained.

On Feb. 2, the Sheriff’s Office took a report of a theft and vandalism of a fish house at Beaver Bay. Jason Jahner of Bismarck said the door of his fish house, which was on the east side of the Beaver Bay bridge, was smashed in. Taken were a propane heater valued at $250, fishing poles and a tackle box worth about $500 and a Jiffy Pro 10-inch ice auger valued at $500. Damage to the door was estimated at $60.

Drug cases

On Feb. 9, the Sheriff’s Office received a call concerning suspected drug activity occurring in the parking lot of the Time Out Tavern in Strasburg. Upon further investigation, the Sheriff’s Office seized a 2004 Chevy Suburban after a search warrant was obtained for the vehicle. Numerous firearms and several packages of marijuana were found inside the Suburban. State’s Attorney Donald Becker is reviewing the case, and charges are pending.

On Feb. 20, a Sheriff’s Deputy made a traffic stop in Linton for an equipment violation. During the stop, the Deputy could smell what he thought was burned marijuana. A marijuana pipe with residue in it was seized. Seth Waisanen, 36, of Linton was cited for a Class A Misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. His first appearance will be in South Central District Court in Linton on March 25.

Vandalism

On Feb. 22, the Sheriff’s Office received a complaint of vandalism in which someone had shot a hole in the State Line Water Cooperative water tower near Westfield. The hole was about 50 feet off the ground and appeared to be caused by a high-powered rifle. A damage estimate will be made after an inspection. Passersby saw water leaking out of the tank.

Vandalism to two outdoor pop vending machines at Linton Food Center was reported Feb. 20. Someone attempted to damage the lock systems by drilling into the locks with a screw in an apparent effort to get at the cash inside. The attempt failed, and nothing was taken from the machines.

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