UnionHerald crime briefs for week of May 19

Car accident leads to discovery of counterfeit checks


A 34-year-old Eagan man was arraigned in Anoka County District Court April 25 on a counterfeit check possession charge.

Police responded to Coon Rapids Dam Park April 23 on a report of a car crash.

A park ranger called the police when upon closing the park gate, he saw a car drove down Egret Boulevard and crash into the gate post, he told police, according to the criminal complaint.

Police spoke with Richard Robert Radoush, the driver of the vehicle, who couldn’t provide a driver’s license or proof of insurance, according to the complaint. Radoush’s license had been revoked, police found after running a search on him.

Before the car was towed, police searched the vehicle, which Radousch said he was borrowing, according to the complaint.

Police found numerous checks with private citizen and company names on them. Amounts varied, but some were written out for more than $2,000. Some were blank, the complaint states.

Police found a variety of personal information, all belonging to different people and organizations, including one or more of each of the following: bank statements, check stubs, credit cards, credit card applications, debit cards, insurance bills and notices, health care insurance cards, pay stubs and vehicle purchase agreements.

After conferring with one of the private citizens listed on the checks, it was determined that some of the checks were forgeries, as they did not match the individual’s account, the complaint states.

Radousch faces up to five years in prison and $10,000 fines if convicted of the felony.

~ Olivia Koester


Man threatens to take own life after sexual abuse allegations

Eric Thomas Butterfield, 42, of Oak Grove, is accused of second-degree criminal sexual conduct after allegedly touching a child’s breasts and vaginal area May 6.

The alleged incident occured when the child was lying in bed with Butterfield watching the Wild hockey game, according to the criminal complaint.

He allegedly started rubbing her stomach, then moved his hands under her pajamas and underwear.

After she reported the abuse, law enforcement called Butterfield to tell him the girl was with them May 7.

Butterfield allegedly said he thought he knew why and that he had a shotgun and was going to kill himself. He said he made a mistake, the complaint states.

Law enforcement was able to get to Butterfield and get him to put down the gun, according to the criminal complaint.

In a statement, Butterfield said he touched the child’s pubic hair and her breasts, the complaint alleges.

A hearing is scheduled for June 11.

~ Olivia Koester


Car chase leads to rollover, four felony charges

An East Bethel woman faces four felony charges after she allegedly attempted to outrun police in a stolen vehicle while intoxicated.

A deputy with the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office was on routine patrol March 30, 2014, around 2:30 a.m., when a vehicle swerving on southbound Highway 65 in Ham Lake caught his attention.

He turned on his emergency lights in an attempt to pull the vehicle over, but it did not slow down, the criminal complaint states.

Near 109th Avenue in Blaine, law enforcement deployed stop sticks, which gave the vehicle two flat tires, but still didn’t slow it down, according to the complaint.

Employing a precision immobilization technique was law enforcement’s next step, and the maneuver caused the vehicle to spin out and roll into the ditch on the passenger side, the complaint states.

Law enforcement approached the driver, Jeri Lynn Wagner, 44, who allegedly said she had way too much to drink and smelled of alcohol. She had bloodshot, watery-eyes, according to the complaint.

Wagner allegedly refused to submit to any sort of test at the scene and at the hospital where she was transported after the rollover.

In a post-Miranda statement, Wagner said she took the car she was driving from her boyfriend without permission, the complaint states.

The boyfriend confirmed that the vehicle was his work truck and Wagner did not have permission to be driving it, according to the complaint.

Wagner was charged with a first-degree DWI, refusal to submit to chemical tests, fleeing law enforcement and theft of a motor vehicle.

A warrant was issued for her arrest April 22, and she was taken into jail May 13. Her initial appearance is scheduled for May 27.

Wagner was convicted of two previous felony DWI charges.

~ Olivia Koester

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