By Staff reports
Moose Lake Star Gazette 

Local men jailed


A Rutledge man has been charged with illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition, a felony. On September 27, according to the complaint, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) received a report from a bear hunter who employed Scottie Boone Taylor, 45, as a bear hunting guide in and around Pine County. The hunter detailed multiple DNR and criminal violations he observed during the hunt.

The complaint also stated Taylor has a felony 2014 conviction from the state of Nevada for possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of sale, which qualifies as a crime of violence and makes Taylor ineligible to possess firearms.

The next day, the DNR and assisting agencies executed a search warrant on Taylor’s home, locating two rifles, a shotgun and a muzzle loading rifle just inside the entry door near a firearm safe. In addition, the complaint stated, seven other firearms and ammunition were located in the safe.

In a red truck on the property, officers located rifle ammunition, a glass pipe commonly used for consuming methamphetamine, a pipe with marijuana in the bowl, two containers of green, leafy material and logs for the guide business, called Hangin Out on a Limb Outfitters.

Willow River man arrested

A Willow River man faces three felony counts, two of receiving stolen property and one of fifth degree drug possession. According to the complaint, officers from the Pine County Sheriff’s Office and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) met with property owner Bryan Lee Youngberg, 60, Friday afternoon, September 30, to investigate a possible wetlands violation.

Youngberg led the officers toward the wetland behind the garage, where officers noted a large grappler that had been reported stolen. The officer asked about a 2003 Honda Rancher all-terrain vehicle (ATV) on the property, and with Youngberg’s permission, noted the vehicle identification (VIN) number. The complaint noted the ATV was stolen from Isanti.

The Pine County officer obtained a search warrant, according to the complaint, with the search resulting in an eyeglass case being found to hold two baggies of a crystalline substance. The substance was tested with an NIK test kit and found to be positive for methamphetamine, with a field weight of 5.5 grams. Also found were two glass pipes of a type commonly used to smoke methamphetamine, a grinder with marijuana inside it and $60 in cash.


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