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April 21, 2015: 21-Year-Old Brookston Woman Pleads Guilty to Murder
Two Brookston men charged for conspiring to sell synthetic drugs
On Thursday, March 19, 2015, two men from Brookston appeared in federal court to face conspiracy charges of manufacturing and distributing synthetic marijuana (cannabinoids) through several smoke shops in Minnesota. The Brookston men, Steven Jay Lyke, 25, and Daniel Lee Lyke, 26, allegedly participated in the conspiracy to sell illegal cannabinoids under the “Smokes 4 Less” brand in several smoke shops.
Prosecutors say the conspiracy was led by the chain’s owner, 33-year-old Omar Ziad Wazwaz of New Brighton, Minnesota. The U.S. Attorney’s Office also charged Vladimir Vladimirovic Brik, 25, of Duluth, and Taleb Jamal Awad, address unknown.
The U.S. Attorney’s O ffice said the controlled substances were imported from China and manufactured into a liquid solution that was sprayed onto leafy material and sold through the smoke shops under the brand name “Kryptonite.”
A news release says that sales of the store brand and similar products netted millions of dollars in profits.
Steven Lyke faces three charges and Daniel Lyke two for the distribution of controlled substance analogues, drug misbranding and money laundering.
St. Louis County Court: Matter of Record -- 2/19/15: Wayne W. Hietala, 45, Brookston, criminal damage to property, dismissed.
Elizabeth Rovinsky duck painting a first place winner at Minnesota Duck Stamp Contest: The 2014 Minnesota Junior Duck Stamp Contest was open to students in grades K-12 in all 50 States. One “Best of Show” from each state would compete on the National Level. Students participated by submitting original artwork depicting a duck; from these submissions, winning entries would be selected.
There were more than 900 entries in the Minnesota contest. Students competed in four divisions: Division I: K-3rd grades; Division II: 4th-6th grades; Division III: 7th-9th grades; and Division IV: 10th-12th grades. Winning entries were awarded first, second, or third place recognition, and it was possible to have more than one winner in each level, from each Division. Elizabeth Rovinsky (Brookston) was one of three first place winners in Division IV.