So, why should she get a closed hearing for being a scumbag predator?

Woman accused of theft after fatal crash denied closed court proceedings
Published 11:37am Tuesday, September 1, 2015
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A Dalton firefighter accused of stealing money from victims in a June crash that killed two teenage brothers from Moorhead was denied her closed-courtroom request by an Otter Tail County judge.

Tara Kimberly Lindquist told the judge at her arraignment Monday in Otter Tail County District Court on theft charges that she and her family have been threatened both in person and on social media in the wake of the criminal case.

Lindquist, 42, asked Judge Waldemar Senyk to close from public view all future court proceedings in the misdemeanor theft case.

Senyk denied her request, saying criminal cases in the United States are public matters.

Lindquist allegedly admitted to investigators that she took $120 from a wallet she found lying in the road when she arrived first at the scene of the June 23 crash that killed Zach Kvalvog, 18, and his 14-year-old brother, Connor. Both attended Moorhead’s Park Christian School

Two other boys who were with the brothers in the truck on their way to basketball camp were also injured in the crash on Interstate 94 near Dalton.

The Kvalvogs’ father, Ray Kvalvog, said each boy was given $100 in cash for the trip, but their wallets were empty when they were returned to their parents.

Court documents state that Lindquist told investigators she used the $120 to pay her electric bill.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is handling the investigation into the theft from the crash due to a conflict with the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Department.

Otter Tail County Sheriff Brian Schlueter previously said that his department is waiting to see if other people lodge complaints about missing property from crashes where Lindquist responded.

Lindquist has been a Dalton Fire Department volunteer since her 20s.

She was the subject of a public fundraiser in 2013 to help her defray medical costs after she contracted flesh-eating bacteria after a tick bite.

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