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Previously Deported Alien, Brother Busted With 200 Pounds of Meth

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by BOB PRICE12 Mar 2017390

A joint law enforcement task force arrested a previously deported criminal alien and his brother for allegedly transporting nearly 200 pounds of methamphetamine.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents teamed up with deputies from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office to arrest two brothers who were allegedly smuggling a large volume of methamphetamine, according to information obtained by Breitbart Texas from ICE officials.

The task force attempted to arrested Jayor Haro-Lopez, 34, a Mexican national with a prior criminal history that includes prison time and at least two deportations, and his brother Hernan Haro-Lopez, 28, after observing them loading a suspicious box into one of their vehicles. Officials listed the younger brother as a Phoenix resident. The made no mention of his citizenship, nationality, or immigration status.

Officers surveilling the two brothers followed them to a storage facility where they removed a large box and placed it into Jayro’s SUV. After following the two vehicles for several miles, officers attempted to stop both vehicles. Hernan stopped his vehicle, but Jayro fled from the law enforcement officers in his SUV.

During the pursuit, Jayro allegedly caused two traffic collisions. After the second crash, Jayro abandoned his vehicle and fled on foot. Officers quickly caught up with the illegal alien and placed him in custody.

An inspection of his vehicle revealed a large box containing nearly 200 pounds of methamphetamine. Officers arrested the two men and seized the drugs and vehicles.

Court records obtained by Breitbart Texas reveal that immigration officials deported Jayro on at least two previous occasions. Border Patrol agents apprehended the Mexican national on at least three other occasions. A court sentenced him to prison after one of the incidents of illegally crossing the border and a second time for using a fraudulent document to cross the border illegally. The court sentenced him to two years in prison for that charge.

“It takes cooperation and coordination across agencies to keep our communities safe,” said Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone. “MCSO is committed to working with our partners in law enforcement to make it tough for drug gangs to operate and endanger our communities. We’re pleased with a very successful outcome.”

“This case is a direct result of the ongoing collaborative efforts by HSI with its federal and local partners,” acting special agent in charge for HSI Phoenix Louie Garcia said in a written statement. “Drug smuggling poses both a security and a public safety concern in our communities. We’re continuing to use all of the resources and tools at our disposal to address these threats.”

The two men each face prison sentences of between five and ten years if convicted on the state drug charges. Jayro also faces charges of resisting arrest and fleeing law enforcement.

Bob Price serves as associate editor and senior political news contributor for Breitbart Texas. He is a founding member of the Breitbart Texas team. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX and Facebook.

Another death caused by an illegal alien.

Francisco Portillo-Fuentes, Who Caused Deputy Eric Oliver’s Death, Gets Sentenced To Two Years in Prison

BY COWGIRL ON MARCH 11, 2017

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Francisco Portillo-Fuentes was sentenced for the incident where Deputy Eric Oliver died trying to apprehend him.

Francisco Portillo-Fuentes Sentenced In Deputy Eric Oliver’s Death

Nassau County, FL – Illegal immigrant, Francisco Portillo-Fuentes, was sentenced to two years in prison after running from police in an incident where Nassau County Deputy Eric Oliver was killed.

According to The Florida Times-Union, the incident occurred on November 22, 2016, when Portillo-Fuentes ran from a truck that a U.S. Border Patrol agent approached at a Gate station in Yulee. Two Nassau County Deputies, including Deputy Eric Oliver, began chasing him on foot. Deputy Oliver followed Portillo-Fuentes across Florida 200 through morning rush-hour traffic but was struck and killed before he made it across the road.

Portillo-Fuentes fled the scene and was apprehended after a manhunt. He entered the United States illegally in 2008, and had pleaded guilty in December 2016 to re-entering the United States after an earlier removal. Two years is the maximum sentence allowed for the charge.
His attorney argued that he had no intent to harm Deputy Oliver but U.S. District Judge Marcia Morales Howard said that he was still accountable for “actions that ultimately cost a life.” She said that Portillo-Fuentes’ behavior rose to the level of an aggravating factor, and that his actions in running across a busy highway might have resulted in traffic crashes and injuries to drivers and passengers.

Relatives of fallen hero Deputy Oliver attended the hearing. His father, Douglas Oliver, told the Judge that Portillo-Fuentes’ actions ruined his family. He also said that “hopefully he’ll learn a lesson.” Judge Howard said that Portillo-Fuentes will be deported after he serves his time and that he will be monitored for a year including a requirement that he not re-enter the United States unless it’s legally. His defense attorney told Judge Howard that she did not believe he would return to this country.

Deputy Oliver was 32-years-old when he was killed, doing his job. And the person responsible gets two years? There should be some sort of justice for Deputy Oliver’s family, who will have to live with Portillo-Fuentes’ choices forever.

Its about time. Friday news dump, thankfully, MN prosecutor Andrew Luger is on the list

AG Sessions asks remaining 46 US attorneys to resign

Published March 10, 2017 FoxNews.com

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has asked the remaining 46 U.S. attorneys to resign, the Justice Department announced Friday.

The department said some attorneys, as in prior transitions, already had left the department. The statement said, “the Attorney General has now asked the remaining 46 presidentially appointed U.S. Attorneys to tender their resignations in order to ensure a uniform transition.”

“Until the new U.S. Attorneys are confirmed, the dedicated career prosecutors in our U.S. Attorney’s Offices will continue the great work of the Department in investigating, prosecuting, and deterring the most violent offenders,” the statement added.

It is not unprecedented for an incoming administration to replace most U.S. attorneys during the first year.

Sessions’ actions, though, are being closely scrutinized by Democrats after a rocky start to the AG’s time at the DOJ.

Weeks after his tight confirmation vote on Feb. 8, it emerged that Sessions had met twice with the Russian ambassador last year — despite testifying during his confirmatino hearing he had no communications with the Russians.

Sessions later clarified his testimony, while recusing himself from any investigation into Russian influence in the 2016 campaign.

The move Friday also comes amid Republican concerns that officials who served under the Obama administration may be working against the Trump administration. Those suspicions, though, largely have focused on intelligence agencies, the State Department and elsewhere.

Another local doper on a crime spree. At least it was in St. Louis County…maybe it won’t be pleaded to nothing.

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THE CITY OF DULUTH, MINNESOTA
City of Duluth
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
City of Duluth – Police Department

2030 North Arlington Avenue, Duluth, MN 55811
218-730-5400 | www.duluthmn.gov | Mike Tusken, Chief of Police

For more information contact Ron Tinsley, Public Information Officer 218-391-1510
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DATE: 3/10/2017
SUBJECT: 24 Year Old Female Formally Charged in St. Louis District Court on Drug Charges
BY: Duluth Police Department Public Information Officer Ron Tinsley

NATURE OF INCIDENT: Media/ Public Notification
CASE NO.: PD17048761
INCIDENT DATE: 3/7/2017
INCIDENT TIME: 2:25 p.m.
INCIDENT LOCATION: 200 block of West 3rd Street in Duluth

On Tuesday, March 7th, 2017, Investigators from the Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crime Task Force executed a search warrant on a motor vehicle and four occupants of the motor vehicle following a traffic stop in the City of Duluth. The stop was the result of an investigation into the sale of controlled substances, specifically methamphetamine, by a person in the vehicle. During the search investigators recovered approximately 179 grams of methamphetamine, 26 grams of marijuana, a loaded handgun, handgun ammunition, digital scales and U.S. currency.
Investigators arrested 24 year old Morningstar Webster, from Cloquet, Minnesota, on a probable cause charge of 1st Degree Sale of a Controlled Substance. Webster was also arrested on outstanding felony, gross misdemeanor and misdemeanor arrest warrants from St. Louis County. Yesterday, March 9th 2017, Webster was formally charged by the St. Louis County Attorney’s Office with Aggravated 1st Degree Sale of a Controlled Substance and 1st Degree Sale of a Controlled Substance. Webster’s bail was set at $75,000.
At the time of her arrest on March 7th, Webster was on probation in St. Louis County for Theft of a Motor Vehicle, in Hennepin County for two counts of Felony Theft and in Olmsted County for 5th Degree Assault and Disorderly Conduct.

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Captain Obvious wonders if she never heard of the IRS targeting or the fast and furious scandals. We’ve only got the best and brightest in Government, right? This is quite laughable.

Sen. Feinstein Worries ‘The Justice Department Could Become Politicized’

By Susan Jones | March 7, 2017 | 11:26 AM EST

(CNSNews.com) – President Trump’s nominees for Deputy Attorney general and Associate Attorney general appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday for their confirmation hearing, which took on added importance, given Attorney General Sessions’ decision to recuse himself from any investigation dealing with the Trump campaign and Russian meddling in the U.S. election.

Even before Rod Rosenstein and Rachel Brand testified, the committee’s ranking Democrat Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) called for a special prosecutor to investigate the alleged Russia-Trump collusion — for which there is still no evidence.

Feinstein also said that being “nice” and having “impressive credentials” are not enough to qualify Rosenstein and Brand for their proposed jobs:

“We need independent, fair-minded public servants who will adhere to the rule of law and look out for everyone in this country, not just the powerful or well-connected. We need steel spines, not weak knees when it comes to political independence in the Department of Justice,” Feinstein said.
“And there is a real danger, I believe, that the Justice Department could become politicized.”

Later, Feinstein asked Rosenstein if — given Sessions’ recusal from all matters involving the Trump campaign — he would support the appointment of an independent special counsel to look into Russian meddling and possible Russian connections with Trump associates.

Rosenstein noted that if there were a need for a special counsel, Acting Attorney General Dana Boente, appointed by President Obama, “currently has full authority to appoint one.”

He said he would not be in a position to overrule current DOJ officials without having access to the facts that informed their decisions.

Asked to clarify, Rosenstein said, “I think the answer is, I’m simply not in a position to answer that question because I don’t know the information that they know.” But he added that when he is in that position, he would overrule his predecessors’ decisions if he believes they are mistaken.

Rosenstein told the committee he’s “willing to appoint a special counsel whenever I determine that it’s appropriate, based upon the policies and procedures of the Justice Department.”

Why are criminal charges not filed?

Former U.S. Bank Stadium chair waived $55,300 in rent for club spaces without oversight

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Michele Kelm-Helgen waived fees for event spaces for some groups.
By Rochelle Olson Star Tribune MARCH 10, 2017 — 6:26AM

ELIZABETH FLORES, STAR TRIBUNE

Michele Kelm-Helgen waived more than $55,300 in rent for U.S. Bank Stadium club spaces without consulting the agency’s staff, executive director or fellow board members.
While heading the agency overseeing U.S. Bank Stadium, Michele Kelm-Helgen waived more than $55,300 in rent for event spaces without consulting the agency’s staff, executive director or fellow board members.

Among the 14 groups that got free use of the luxury spaces at the state-owned stadium were the Twin Cities Dunkers, a local sports booster club, and the PGA of America, the hosts of last year’s Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club.

Meanwhile, some 350 other groups paid thousands in rent to use space in the building for events from weddings to fundraisers. Former state Supreme Court Justice Alan Page’s Foundation paid as did the Xcel Energy Foundation, Boston Scientific, Twin Cities Orthopedics and numerous law firms.

Kelm-Helgen, who resigned last month as chairwoman of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA), said she used her discretion to waive rent to further the goal of marketing the building.

Interim MSFA Chairwoman Kathleen Blatz said a “public purpose” was stated for each free event and that presentations and tours were made at most events. But she said she hopes to “realign” the MSFA chair’s responsibilities so that stadium operator SMG handles club rental decisions.

State Rep. Sarah Anderson, R-Plymouth, head of the House State Government Finance Committee, called the waivers “really disappointing.” Anderson is the lead sponsor of a proposal to reconfigure the MSFA, limit the role of its chairperson and eliminate the six-figure salary.

Aug. 16 Good Day Minneapolis meeting Buffalo Wild Wings Club $1,700

Aug. 24 Meeting Professionals International Fall Kickoff Delta Sky360 Club $7,400

Aug. 31 Workforce Roundtable sponsored by the MSFA Cabins 1 & 2 $1,800

Sept. 7 Twin CitiesDunkers meeting Delta Sky360 Club $3,300

Sept. 15 East Downtown Council forum FMP Club $1,900

Sept. 20 Minneapolis Workforce Council Meeting Buffalo Wild Wings Club $1,700

Sept. 21 Sports Business Journal lunch and tours Medtronic Club $2,600

Sept. 29 PGA of America board dinner Hyundai Club $8,500

Sept. 29 International Live Events Association meeting Buffalo Wild Wings Club $1,700

Oct. 6 Stadium Equity oversight awards Hyundai Club $8,500

Oct. 10 National Football League Familiarization trip Medtronic Club $2,600

Oct. 19 Meet Minneapolis board meeting Buffalo Wild Wings Club $1,700

Oct. 27 Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic Development all-staff meeting FMP Club $1,900

Nov. 25 Prep Bowl Record Holders Reception Mystic Lake Club Purple $5,000

Nov. 26 Prep Bowl Championship Coaches Reception Mystic Lake Club Purple $5,000

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Anderson said she learned of the waivers from a tipster and sent a letter in early January to the MSFA, which responded with a letter detailing the waivers. Some of the events were required to get free use of the building as part of the stadium’s public purpose. Those include the Minnesota State High School League soccer and football playoffs and the monthly MSFA board meetings.

“This is an asset and we need to have policies in place to make sure nothing is abused,” Anderson said.

Kelm-Helgen and Executive Director Ted Mondale resigned last month under criticism from GOP leaders about their use of two taxpayer-owned luxury suites to entertain friends and family during Minnesota Vikings games, concerts and soccer matches. Other MSFA commissioners also used the suites.

The Star Tribune reported this past week that Kelm-Helgen had also used her position to help friends and family members jump to the front of the seniority line to secure the best 50-yard-line seats in the luxury Medtronic Club for Minnesota Vikings games.

Measures already are advancing at the Legislature to reshape the MSFA and provide more oversight.

The club spaces rent from $900 for a two-hour weekday slot in a cabin, a smaller meeting space on the upper level of the stadium, to $15,000-plus for the field-level Turf Club.

Some of the events had obvious marketing benefits, including the Meeting Professionals International gathering on Aug. 24 in the Delta Sky360 Club. At $7,400, that event had one of the larger rent waivers, according to MSFA spokeswoman Jenn Hathaway, who added that the gathering gave an overview of the building for hundreds of professional planners.

Other uses weren’t clear-cut. For example, the Minneapolis Workforce Council, part of the city’s Community Development Agency, met in the Buffalo Wild Wings Club on Sept. 20 and received a $1,700 waiver.

Deb Bahr-Helgen oversees the council as director of Minneapolis Employment and Training. She is a distant relative of Kelm-Helgen’s husband, Henry Helgen, according to the MSFA. The Twin Cities Dunkers also got free access to the Delta Sky360 Club for a waiver of $3,300. “The breakfast they held at the stadium had a very clear marketing purpose,” Kelm-Helgen said in a statement. “We did a presentation on the stadium and the club spaces we have available to rent.”

Kelm-Helgen is a member of Twin Cities Dunkers; the MSFA pays her $500 annual membership fee.

One of the two largest rental fee waivers, $8,500, went to the PGA of America board dinner in the Hyundai Club on Sept. 29. The stated reason, according to provided documents: “participation in regional and statewide economic development efforts.” The other, in the same space for the same amount, was for an awards event to honor partners who helped the MSFA meet their equity hiring goals.

Neither Kelm-Helgen nor Hathaway was able to provide the name of any bookings that resulted from events in the free space.

SMG, a global stadium marketer, was hired by the MSFA to run U.S. Bank Stadium. SMG’s profits from the operation are based on revenue from bookings. “Waiving rent is not something that works in our favor ever,” SMG spokeswoman Lisa Niess said. “But the best form of marketing is to get somebody in the building.”

Hathaway said Kelm-Helgen consulted with SMG on the two meeting planner events, but in the other cases, told SMG they would be free.

Staff and commissioners weren’t informed of the decisions. Mondale said he didn’t learn of the waivers until Anderson asked.

Commissioner Barbara Butts Williams and Tony Sertich said they learned in January as well. “Her role was marketing, as was SMG,” Butts Williams said. “We entrusted them to make good decisions.”

As to whether the groups merited the waivers, she said, “I would have to dig deeper into the rationale. I don’t have enough information.”

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Who would have guessed Merrill and Wausau WI would be such hubs for Meth?

19 plead guilty in large Minnesota-Wisconsin meth ring

STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS |

March 10, 2017 at 8:14 am

MADISON, Wis. — Nineteen people have pleaded guilty in a drug ring that authorities say trafficked 127 pounds of methamphetamine from the Minneapolis-St. Paul area to central Wisconsin communities over a three-year span.

U.S. Attorney John Vaudreuil in Wisconsin says 14 of the suspects have been sentenced, and the remaining five will be sentenced this spring.

Authorities say the conspiracy operated from June 2013 to May 2016. The meth that was trafficked had a total estimated street value of $5.7 million.

The drug was distributed by an organized network of dealers who intended to flood communities in the area with inexpensive and pure meth in an effort to create more addicts, the Department of Justice said in press release. Demand for the drug “exploded” in late 2015 and early 2016, according to the DOJ.

 

The defendants in the case are:

Andy Nelson, 32, Merrill, sentenced December 7, 2016 to 4.5 years
Karen Zais, 49, Merrill, sentenced November 29, 2016 to 6 years
Anthony Rogers, 24, Athens, sentenced March 7, 2017 to 13.5 years
Joe Kujawa, 37, Oakdale, Minn., sentenced March 3, 2017 to 18 years
Kyle Quintana, 24, Wausau, sentenced March 6, 2017 to 13 years
Jacob Loose, 25, Wausau, sentenced January 9, 2017 to 15 years
Pat Keenan, 30, Wausau, sentenced March 8, 2017 to 15 years
Jamie Pankow, 33, Wausau, sentenced February 10, 2017 to 7 years
Paul Rasmussen, 35, Osseo, sentenced January 10, 2017 to 15 years
Chris Schmeltzer, 46, Merrill, sentenced February 9, 2017 to 6 years
David Brandenburg, 26, sentenced February 24, 2017 to 9 years
Matt Drake, 26, Merrill, sentenced February 8, 2017 to 12 years
Ryan Thomas, 24, Wausau, sentenced February 9, 2017 to 12.5 years
Jonas Ellwart, 24, Wausau, scheduled to be sentenced April 12
Danny Graap, 50, Merrill, scheduled to be sentenced April 24
Josh Graap, 32, Merrill, scheduled to be sentenced April 12
Christina Abbott, 34, Merrill, scheduled to be sentenced May 10
David Vance-Bryan, 30, St. Paul, Minn., sentenced February 16, 2017 to 11.5 years
Mike Kjonaas, 41, St. Paul, scheduled to be sentenced April 27

Yes, this will be the new norm. What did you expect?

Restaurants are adding labor surcharges to help offset minimum wage increases

Published March 10, 2017 The Wall Street Journal

Restaurant diners are footing the bill for rising minimum wages.

In lieu of steep menu price increases, many independent and regional chain restaurants in states including Arizona, California, Colorado and New York are adding surcharges of 3% to 4% to help offset rising labor costs. Industry analysts expect the practice to become widespread as more cities and states increase minimum wages.
“It’s the emerging new norm,” said Sharokina Shams, spokeswoman for the California Restaurant Association. She said California restaurants are adding surcharges as the state lifts the minimum wage every year until it reaches $15 an hour by 2023. It is currently at $10.50 an hour for employers with 26 or more workers.

The federal government hasn’t raised the minimum wage of $7.25 an hour since 2009, putting pressure on cities and states to boost wages locally to keep up with rising living costs. The effective minimum wage has increased in 27 states and Washington, D.C., since January 2014.

Many restaurant owners say they have added surcharges because jacking up menu prices can turn off customers who are sensitive to how much a sandwich or bowl of soup should cost. When prices do rise, “consumers often trade down in the types of menu items they order, choosing a sandwich instead of an entree, or they leave off beverages or dessert,” said Bonnie Riggs, restaurant analyst for NPD Group Inc.

As it was, the average customer check at casual-dining restaurants, which doesn’t include surcharges, rose to $14.70 last year, up nearly 11% from 2012, according to NPD.

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Today’s “feel good” story.

Illegal border crossings decrease by 40 percent in Trump’s first month, report says

Published March 09, 2017 FoxNews.com

The number of people illegally crossing the U.S. southern border has dropped 40 percent in President Trump’s first full month in office, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Wednesday.

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U.S. Customs and Border Patrol reported that the number of illegal border crossings dropped from 31,578 to 18,762 persons. Kelly said border agents usually see a 10 to 20 percent increase in illegal immigrant apprehensions from January to February.

“The drop in apprehensions shows a marked change in trends,” Kelly said. “Since the administration’s implementation of executive orders to enforce immigration laws, apprehensions and inadmissible activity is trending toward the lowest monthly total in at least the last five years.”

The new numbers are welcoming news for Trump who campaigned on illegal immigration crackdown.

Trump signed an executive order increasing border security and authorizing the construction of his promised border wall along the southern border in the first few days of his presidency. Trump also seeks to hire about 5,000 additional border patrol officials and 10,000 ICE agents and seeks to fast-track deportations.

“We will remain vigilant to respond to any changes in these trends, as numbers of illegal crossings typically increase between March and May,” Kelly said. “However, the early results show that enforcement matters, deterrence matters, and that comprehensive immigration enforcement can make an impact.”

Foolishness.

Minneapolis cop faces charges of criminal sexual conduct
He is expected in court Thursday afternoon.
By Tim Harlow Star Tribune MARCH 9, 2017 — 11:08AM

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Thomas Robert Tichich Credit: Hennepin county sheriffs office

A Minneapolis police officer is due in court Thursday to face two felony charges of criminal sexual conduct with a victim who was mentally impaired or helpless.

A warrant was issued Wednesday for the arrest of Thomas Robert Tichich, the same day charges of third- and fourth-degree criminal sexual were filed in Hennepin County District Court.
Tichich, 47, was booked into the Hennepin County jail about 1 a.m. Thursday ahead of a court appearance scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Thursday, jail records show.

Bail was set at $50,000.

Tichich is accused of sexually assaulting a woman on the morning of Dec. 15 after they has been out the drinking the night before, according the criminal complaint.

Tichich and the victim were with another woman who invited them to spend the night at her home in northeast Minneapolis to avoid driving drunk.

At the woman’s home, the victim passed out on a large living room couch. The woman went to sleep in an upstairs bedroom and told Tichich to sleep on a smaller living room couch. The woman woke up later to find Tichich in her bed touching her arm. The woman told Tichich to leave the room.

A while later, the woman, unable to sleep, went downstairs to find Tichich naked and standing over the victim sleeping on the large couch and attempting a sex act. She took photographs using her cellphone, then kicked Tichich out of her house and called police, the criminal complaint states.

When officers arrived, they used a “pressure point technique” to awaken the still-unconscious victim. The victim said she was confused and had not consented to anything sexual with Tichich, the complaint said.

The victim, who underwent a sexual assault examination, said she had not had any prior romantic or sexual history with Tichich and that a sexual encounter had not been discussed anytime that night or on any other occasion.

The next day, Tichich e-mailed the woman, apologizing for his drunkenness and asking if he had left his cellphone behind.

If convicted of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, Tichich faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine. The charges of fourth-degree carries a possible sentence of 10 years in jail and/or a fine of $20,000.

Tichich’s lawyer, Peter Wold, was not available for comment.

harlow@startribune.com 612-673-7768