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Five charged after death of Cokato teen in Bemidji

BEMIDJI, COKATO, MN – Five young men have been charged with providing alcohol to a person under the age of 21, after a Cokato teen fell to his death on the Bemidji State University campus earlier this fall.

Isaac Jon Morris, a 2018 graduate of Dassel-Cokato High School, passed away Sept. 30 after falling out of a seventh-story residence hall window. He was not a student at Bemidji State, but had been visiting friends over the weekend.

Early investigation by the Bemidji Police Department revealed that Morris was drinking alcohol at a large party at 2517 Calihan Ave. NE, near the college campus. At that time, detectives identified several witnesses who saw Morris at the party and confirmed that he had been consuming alcohol there, according to a press release.

This week, the Beltrami County Attorney’s Office released a press release stating that five men were charged in connection with this incident. Bryce Peter Mattson, 18; Jack William Mathison, 18; Aaron Elliot Trebelhorn, 19; Zachary Charles Morse, 21; and Jordan Trowbridge Swan, 21, were each charged with two counts of gross misdemeanor for furnishing alcohol to people under the legal drinking age. Each count carries a maximum penalty of a year in jail and a $3000 fine.

The criminal complaint alleges that Mattson, Mathison, and Trebelhorn pooled funds to obtain kegs of beer for the party and sold cups for access to the beer. The criminal complaint also alleges that Morse and Swan purchased the kegs for the party and provided the location to hold the party.

Video footage showed that Morse had purchased a keg from Noel’s Bottle Shop in Bemidji at 7:35 p.m. Sept. 30, according to the complaint. Later that evening, Swan (who also lived at the residence where the party occurred) purchased a second keg, the complaint noted. Mathison told police he had helped collect money for the keg. Trebelhorn and Mattson contributed money toward the purchase.

Morse told police that he did not know how many people under age 21 were at the party, but he assumed underage people were there. He estimated that a total of about 45 to 50 people were at the party.

Man arrested for assault in Meeker Co.

MEEKER COUNTY, MN – The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call at 1:49 a.m. Nov. 25 in reference to an assault that occurred in the 400 block of Meeker Avenue North in Watkins. The initial investigation revealed Michael Downham, 26, of Watkins, pointed a loaded shotgun at the victim as a result of an argument, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office.

During the investigation, a search warrant was executed at the residence. The gun used in the assault was seized, along with drug-related items.

Downham was arrested for second-degree assault and obstruction of justice. According to the sheriff’s office, at least one other person is expected to be charged in the assault, as well.

The Litchfield and Eden Valley police departments assisted with this call.

Son allegedly points gun at father in Meeker County

MEEKER COUNTY, MN –  The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call in reference to an assault with a gun at a residence in the 34300 block of 617th Avenue, Eden Valley, at 12:20 p.m. Oct. 24.

According to a press release from the sheriff’s office, the victim said his adult son took a gun away from him, then threw him to the ground. The victim said his son then put the gun to his neck and pulled the trigger. The gun jammed and did not fire, according to the press release.

When deputies arrived at the scene, the son was identified as Timothy Scholtes, 55, of Eden Valley. Scholtes fled the scene prior to the arrival of deputies and was later arrested in Eden Valley, without incident, for the assault. He is being held in the Meeker County Jail pending a court appearance.

The victim received minor injuries during the altercation that did not require medical attention, the sheriff’s office noted.

Meeker Co. Sheriff’s Office reports assault and aggravated robbery

MEEKER COUNTY, MN – The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an assault and aggravated robbery in rural Harvey Township at 2:55 a.m. Sept. 29.

According to a press release from the sheriff’s office, the victim told deputies a suspect had pointed a gun at his head and pulled the trigger, but the gun did not fire at that time. Suspects reportedly demanded personal items from the victim.

Detectives with the sheriff’s office executed multiple search warrants throughout the weekend. A search warrant executed at a residence in the 32900 block of 580th Avenue in Harvey Township revealed personal items from the victim. Drug-related items and a stolen vehicle were also located in this search.

Carmin Hedtke-Kaffar, 49, of rural Grove City, and Scott Mooney, 47, of rural Grove City, were arrested on drug-related charges. Dawn Karnik, 30, of Eden Valley, was arrested for drug-related charges including storage of methamphetamine paraphernalia in the presence of a child. Tyler Kretsch, 29, homeless, was arrested on an outstanding Stearns County warrant for drug-related charges.

Tre Ertl, 20, of Litchfield, was arrested for aggravated robbery and assault. While in jail, Ertl allegedly reached out to have an accomplice dispose of the firearm used in the assault. As the investigation continued in search of the weapon used, Michelle Patzold, 33, of Litchfield, was arrested for aiding an offender of aggravated robbery.

The firearm was located in a rural Meeker County lake with the assistance of the Litchfield Rescue Squad dive team. Ertl, Hedtke-Kaffar, Mooney, Karnik, and Patzold all made their first appearance in Meeker County District court Oct. 2.

The investigation continues and additional arrests are expected. Litchfield Police Department also assisted with the investigation.

PHOTO GALLERY: Cokato Corn Carnival 2018

COKATO: Click here to view photos from the 2018 Cokato Corn Carnival Look for photos in the Aug. 17 edition of the Enterprise Dispatch, or click here to subscribe


Children waited with their candy bags for the parade to begin, which was the kickoff for Cokato’s Corn Carnival.

Inline skater hit by car

COKATO, MN – A female pedestrian, age 12, was struck by an oncoming vehicle as she was inline skating in Cokato July 23, according to the incident report.

The event occurred around 8:17 p.m. at the intersection of US Highway 12 and Sunset Ave NW. The vehicle, a 2018 Kia Sportage, was traveling westbound and was driven by Dassel resident Anne Kivisto, 45. Kivisto’s 14-year-old was with her at the time of the accident.

The pedestrian was transported to the Hutchinson Health Clinic for non-life threatening injuries. Neither Kivisto was injured in the incident.