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Knife incident in Cenex parking lot yields 2-for-1

By LeAnn R. Ralph

COLFAX — An incident in the Cedar Country Cooperative parking lot involving one man who threatened another man with a knife ended up yielding two arrests.

At about 2:35 p.m. on Sunday, June 9, a Colfax resident called in a complaint of someone in the Cedar Country parking lot threatening another man with a knife, said Colfax Police Chief Pete Gehring.

 The man who had the knife fled on foot and was later arrested at 511 Third Avenue and identified as 30-year-old Michael A.T. Smith.

Smith was charged with disorderly conduct, three counts of felony bail jumping and one count of misdemeanor bail jumping.

While officers were searching the Third Avenue residence for Smith, they ended up also arresting Joshua J. Gibson, 29, on an outstanding warrant from Chippewa County, Police Chief Gehring said.

According to online court records, Gibson has been charged in Chippewa County with operating a vehicle while intoxicated, third offense, operating with a restricted controlled substance, possession of narcotics and possession of an illegally obtained prescription.

Court records indicate that Gibson failed to show up for a court hearing in Chippewa County on June 4.

He also failed to appear for a court hearing in Chippewa on January 29.

After Gibson failed to show up in court June 4, Judge James Isaacson issued a bench warrant for Gibson’s arrest.

Smith, whose last known address was in Knapp, also was arrested during a drug raid in Colfax on April 5 and charged with one felony count of possessing methamphetamine and three misdemeanor counts of possessing drug paraphernalia and marijuana along with bail jumping.

Since the April 5 arrest, Smith has been arrested other times in Dunn County and faces additional drug charges as well as multiple counts of felony bail jumping.

Smith was scheduled for a hearing June 20 in Dunn County Circuit Court on the charges stemming from the June 9 incident.

The alleged victim who was threatened with a knife was Beau J. Golden, 30, of 808 University Avenue in Colfax.

Jami A. Golden, age 33, of 808 University Avenue, was arrested during the April 5 drug raid and is charged with maintaining a drug trafficking house, manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of prescription drugs without a prescription and possession of drug paraphernalia.

She is scheduled to appear in Dunn County Circuit Court June 28.

More drugs

The West Central Drug Task Force, the Dunn County Sheriff’s Department and the Colfax Police Department executed a search warrant at 510 Cedar Street in Colfax on June 11.

The occupant of the house, Thomas Peterson, 34, was arrested for felony possession of methamphetamine, felony possession of cocaine (second offense), felony possession of marijuana (second offense), felony possession of drug paraphernalia, and two misdemeanor counts of possessing drug paraphernalia, according to online court records.

The Dunn County Sheriff’s Department had stopped Peterson the night before on a traffic violation. A Dunn County judge issued a search warrant for the Cedar Street house based on the evidence of drugs that had been found in Peterson’s vehicle, Police Chief Gehring said.

Peterson was released from custody on a $500 signature bond June 12.

He is scheduled to appear in Dunn County Circuit Court on August 13.


Another man who was arrested April 5 in Colfax during a drug raid has again been arrested, this time for domestic battery and bail jumping.

Leo P. Herrera, 58, was arrested June 10 following an incident at his home at 408 Cedar Street.

Herrera was scheduled to appear in Dunn County Circuit Court June 20 for a hearing on the battery and bail jumping charges.

He is scheduled for another court appearance on the drug charges July 2.

Juvenile burglary

The Colfax Police Department made a juvenile referral on June 11 for an 11 year old girl who had burglarized the same house three different times, Police Chief Gehring said.

The girl entered the house without permission and stole property from the home, he said.

The Colfax Police Department has not had prior contact with the girl before the burglaries, Police Chief Gehring said.