The State has temporarily suspended the license of a Thief River Falls Day Care as the provider was charged today with Malicious Punishment of a Child.
State Officials have suspended the license of 40 year old Heidi Sue Senum, who has been summoned to appear June 3rd in Pennington County District Court after she admitted spanking and striking a child in her care. The charge is a gross-misdemeanor, with a maximum penalty of a year in jail and a three thousand dollar fine. She has not made a first appearance, and has not yet had a chance to enter a plea in the case.
According to the complaint filed by Pennington County Attorney, Alan Rogalla, Thief River Falls Police were first contacted by the parents of the child early Tuesday afternoon, saying the mother had picked up the 4 year old boy from Day Care, at 311 North Knight, to take him to the emergency room at Sanford Medical Center in Thief River Falls.
In the Emergency Room, staff found the 4 year old had suffered bruising near his left eye and his buttocks, red marks across the face and a scratch or cut above his lip. The Preschooler told Nursing Staff and Child Protection Workers at the hospital that Senum had hit him.
At the same time, Heidi Senum contacted the Child Care Licensing Division of Pennington County Human Services, asking workers to come to her Day Care admitting she had lost control and struck a child in her care after he began to cry over lunch, “throwing a fit” and refusing to eat, calling the food, “yucky.” In conversation at her home, Senum told the County Human Services worker she “spanked” the 4 year old approximately 6 times and struck him once across the face with an open hand.
Investigators say the mother told officers she left work and went to the Day Care, after a call from Senum, who said the child was refusing to eat, advising the mother to come pick him up immediately before Senum lost her temper and “hit” him. The mother arrived at the Day Care and allegedly found the child sitting on the floor, crying, with blood coming from his nose. Investigators say when the mother asked what had happened, she was told by another family member in the home that Senum had struck the child. When confronted, an emotional Heidi Senum admitted hitting the Pre-Schooler.
County Attorney, Alan Rogalla, says suspension of Senum’s Day Care License means she is not allowed to care for any child, other than a relative, until the suspension is lifted or the license is revoke. Rogalla says other families using the Senum Day Care have been contacted and he said today the County is very concerned and takes monitoring and licensing of Day Care very seriously.by ndmuscle
Accident, driving after revocation and no insurance
On May 9 at 7:23 p.m., police received a report of an all-terrain vehicle accident in the 600 block of Brooks Ave. S. Upon arriving at the scene, police found Kirk Allen Walton lying near the 2003 Arctic Cat 400. Walton was taken to Sanford Medical Center with a broken rib, according to the police report. A Sanford nursing supervisor said Walton was later transferred to Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, N.D. An Altru nursing supervisor said Walton was listed in serious condition Monday afternoon. According to the report, it appeared Walton was northbound on Brooks Avenue South, when he lost control of the ATV. The ATV then went into a ditch and rolled. It was unknown if Walton was wearing a helmet. The ATV sustained an unknown dollar amount in damage. Walton, 41, Thief River Falls, has been cited for driving after revocation and no insurance.
Felony domestic assault
On May 12 at 1 p.m., the sheriff’s office received a 911 call regarding a domestic assault in the 400 block of Fourth St. W. in St. Hilaire. James Edson Hillyer, 55, St. Hilaire, has charges pending for felony domestic assault. He was arrested. Hillyer allegedly assaulted a woman. The report doesn’t indicate whether the woman sought medical attention.
Felony vehicle theft, gross misdemeanor check forgery and gross misdemeanor theft
On May 2 at 1:14 p.m., police received a report of a vehicle theft. The 2005 Ford Escape was found later that day in Challenger Mobile Home Park. Jessica Ann Lafriniere, 29, Thief River Falls, has charges pending for felony motor vehicle theft, gross misdemeanor check forgery and gros s m isdemeanor theft. The latter pending charge stems from the alleged theft of check blanks and other items, which were inside the vehicle.
On May 6 at 7:18 a.m., the sheriff’s office received a report of vandalism at the Thief River Golf Club. Staff reported that someone drove a vehicle across the driving range, causing extensive damage. The #2 tee box was also damaged. The 1995 Chevy Suburban was found stuck in a ditch in the field south of the golf course. Damage was estimated to be $1,000. The incident remains under investigation.
On May 7 at 12:21 p.m., police received a report that a dog had been locked in a vehicle with no food or water in the 100 block of Belleville Ct. Ashley Nicole Qualls, 18, Thief River Falls, has been cited for an unattended dog. A passerby reported the dog had been seen in the vehicle twice during a time period of at least four hours. Police and the Pennington County Humane Society removed the dog from the vehicle. The dog was distressed but OK.
On April 20 at 12:36 p.m., police received a report of vandalism outside of Foxtail Townhomes, 1003 Longren Ave. A man reported that his vehicle had been egged. The vehicle sustained an unknown dollar amount in damage.
On May 3 at 8:06 a.m., police received a report of a theft outside of 619 State Ave. N. A man reported that someone stole the fog lights off of his truck. The theft loss was less than $500.
On May 3 at 9:45 p.m., police received a report of a theft at Northland Village, 1510 Hwy. 1 E. A 16-year-old male and a 15-year old male, both from Thief River Falls, have charges pending for theft. They allegedly stole less than $250 from their grandmother’s purse.
On May 4 at 3 p.m., police received a report of a disturbance at 1554 U.S. Hwy. 59 S. Chad Alan Johnson, 42, Viking, has been cited for disorderly conduct. He allegedly banged on doors, screamed and tried to pick a fight.
Issuance of dishonored checks
The following people have been cited for the issuance of dishonored checks: Shane Ray Vareberg, 27, Thief River Falls; John Joseph Dennis Jr., 46, Warroad; and Mark Allen Sundquist, 46, Gonvick. Each individual’s checks totalled less than $250.
On May 5 at 2:54 p.m., police received a report of vandalism outside of Foxtail Townhomes, 1004 Longren Ave. A man reported that someone had slashed a tire on his vehicle. Damage was estimated to be less than $500.
On May 7 at 6:39 p.m., police received a report of a scam. A Thief River Falls woman reported that she was planning to rent a house in Tennessee through Craigslist. She sent a deposit of less than $500 and later learned that it was a scam possibly run by someone in Wyoming.
On May 8 at 10:56 a.m., police received a report of a disturbance at Dee’s Kitchen. Brandon Lee Bergeron, 44, Thief River Falls, has been cited for disorderly conduct. He allegedly fell off of a stool, swore at employees and engaged in disruptive behavior.
On May 10 at 8:58 p.m., the sheriff’s office received a report of a theft at Seven Clans Casino, Hotel and Water Park. A Middle River woman reported that someone had stolen a Samsung Proclaim cell phone. The theft loss was less than $500.
Third degree criminal damage to property
On May 11 at 8:14 a.m., police received a report that a couple of people were allegedly slashing a tire on a vehicle parked in the 600 block of State Ave. N. David Carrera, 28, St. Hilaire, has charges pending for criminal damage to property. He was arrested.
Dog at large
On May 12 at 1:39 p.m., police received a report that a pit bull was carrying a cat in its mouth in the 700 block of Conley Ave. S. Anthony David Rhode, 25, Thief River Falls, has been cited for dog running at large. The cat died.
On May 12 at 5:40 p.m., police received a report of a theft at 416 Main Ave. N. A woman reported that her checkbook and debit/credit cards were missing.
These reports include names of individuals charged, arrested or cited with various crimes and offenses by police, the sheriff’s department or other law enforcement officials. Depending upon the circumstances of a case, charges can be, and sometimes are, changed or dropped by law enforcement officials or attorneys even before the case reaches court. Readers should also realize that under the American system of jurisprudence, individuals charged with crimes are innocent until proven guilty of those crimes in a court of law.
The federal government has charged a convicted con artist with escape for walking away from a minimum-security prison camp in Duluth.
Sixty-seven-year-old Gerald Greenfield was charged Tuesday with one count of escape from custody.
Greenfield was apprehended after six days on the run with another convicted con artist who left the camp, 64-year-old Michael Krzyzaniak (KRAWZ’-nee-ak) of Minneapolis.
The two were discovered missing from the prison camp on March 30. The pair was arrested April 5 at a Burnsville motel after investigators got a tip.
Krzyzaniak recently was indicted on one count of escape from custody.
If convicted, Greenfield faces a potential maximum penalty of five years in prison, which could be added to his sentence.
Greenfield’s attorney, Fred Bruno, says he’s negotiating to resolve the charge against his client.