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Press Release #1

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 02-26-13
Contact: Tom Burch, Sheriff
218-547-1424 or 1-800-450-2677 * Fax: 218-547-3394

Two Vehicle Head-on Crash

Walker, MN

Sheriff Tom Burch reports a two vehicle crash occurred by Agency Bay Resort on Onigum Road near Walker on Monday evening at approximately 9:25 PM. A female passenger in one of the vehicles was ejected from the vehicle and has been transported to a Fargo hospital. The driver of that vehicle was treated and released at the scene. The driver of the other vehicle, Jeremiah Hess, age 28, of Walker was taken into custody, pending formal charges.

Officers from the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, Walker Police Department and State Patrol responded to the scene. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Press Release #2

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 01-31-13
Contact: Tom Burch, Sheriff
218-547-1424 or 1-800-450-2677 * Fax: 218-547-3394


Risk Level 3 Sex Offender To Be Released
Community Notification Meeting Scheduled

Pine River, MN

Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch reports a Risk Level 3 Sex Offender is scheduled to be released from custody on February 4, 2013 and has disclosed he plans to reside on 24th Avenue Southwest in rural Pine River. A Community Notification Meeting has been scheduled for Monday, February 4, 2013 at 6:00 PM at the Pine River-Backus Media Center. Law Enforcement Personnel and Department of Corrections staff will attend the meeting to discuss the offender’s status and answer questions.

The offender has been identified as Robert Arthur Litzau, DOB/ 08-24-42.


Press Release #3

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 10-11-12
Contact: Tom Burch, Sheriff
218-547-1424 or 1-800-450-2677 * Fax: 218-547-3394

Altercation at Walker High School Leads to Detention of 4 Juveniles

Sheriff Tom Burch reports that on Wednesday, October 10, 2012, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office received a request for assistance from the Walker High School. Officers from the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, Walker Police Department, Leech Lake Tribal Police, Hubbard County Sheriff’s Office, MN State Patrol and MN DNR responded to the scene. Upon arrival, officers found students involved in disruptive behavior resulting from an altercation at the school.

Four juveniles were taken into custody and transported to the Northwest Juvenile Center, pending formal charges. One officer was assaulted during the incident. No staff or students were injured. This incident remains under investigation by the Cass County Sheriff’s Office. Law Enforcement is working with the school to ensure the safety of the students and faculty.

Press Release #4

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 09-26-12
Contact: Tom Burch, Sheriff
218-547-1424 or 1-800-450-2677 * Fax: 218-547-3394


Cass County Sheriff’s Office Chaplaincy Initiative Receives AMEM Volunteer of the Year Award

Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch announces that the Cass County Sheriff’s Office Chaplaincy Initiative was chosen to receive the Association of Minnesota Emergency Managers (AMEM) Volunteer of the Year Award. The following narrative was submitted by Kerry Swenson when nominating the Chaplaincy initiative for this award:

“I know that in most cases the Volunteer is a specific person, but I have to do something different. I would really like to nominate the Cass County Chaplaincy Group. The Cass County Chaplaincy was started in 2006. Since that time, the Chaplains have assisted in an average of 22 call outs per year. The group responded to 23 call outs in 2011. The Chaplains have responded to a wide range of incidents, including death notifications, train crash, drownings, missing persons, suicides and homicides.

The Chaplains’ presence has been a comfort to victims and families during numerous crisis situations. The law enforcement officers have also realized the value of having a chaplain present during any crisis situation. The chaplains not only provide comfort for the victims and families, they also allow officers, firefighters, EMS staff and Emergency Management staff to focus on what they need to do at the scene without neglecting the loved ones.

The Chaplains are available to offer assistance to staff in any crisis situation and can be contacted directly through Sheriff’s Office Dispatch. The Chaplains will assist all staff, even with personal issues they may be struggling with. They are totally volunteer and put in many hours for meetings, trainings and ride-alongs. They respond in a timely manner whenever they are called, day or night, not knowing if they will be needed for an hour or several. Because of the size of our county, we try to have the closet chaplain respond; however, they may still have to travel up to an hour or more to reach those in need, and they do so at their own expense. They often respond with limited knowledge of the situation or what they are walking into. The Chaplains also take time to follow up with the victim or family sometimes up to a year after the incident.

The Chaplains have become a valuable asset to the Sheriff’s Office and Emergency Management and the residents or visitors to our county in times of crisis. Once a deputy has a chaplain respond with them, they realize the value, comfort and assistance they can provide and they don’t hesitate to have them respond to any future incidents or to tell people how lucky we are to have them a s a resource in our county. We are very thankful for the very active Chaplains we have.”

Chaplains Mark Widman and Tristan Borland attended the AMEM Conference at Breezy Point on September 18, 2012 to accept the award on behalf of the Chaplaincy Initiative. We appreciate AMEM’s recognition of our chaplains for their many efforts. We are proud of our chaplains and they are well-deserving of this award!

Press Release #5

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 09-21-12
Contact: Tom Burch, Sheriff
218-547-1424 or 1-800-450-2677 * Fax: 218-547-3394

CASS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE TAKING BACK UNWANTED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS SEPTEMBER 29 AT OUTING, HACKENSACK AND LEADER

Cass County, MN – On September 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Cass County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to the following sites:
Hackensack Senior Center, 213 1st Street, Hackensack
Crooked Lake Town Hall, 6300 Woods Bay Drive, Outing
Leader Community Hall, 7430 State 64 SW, Motley

The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last April, Americans turned in 552,161 pounds—276 tons—of prescription drugs at over 5,600 sites operated by the DEA and nearly 4,300 state and local law enforcement partners. In its four previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in over 1.5 million pounds—nearly 775 tons—of pills.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.
Four days after the first event, Congress passed the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them. The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances. DEA is drafting regulations to implement the Act. Until new regulations are in place, local law enforcement agencies like Cass County Sheriff’s Office and the DEA will continue to hold prescription drug take-back events every few months.


Press Release #6

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 09-15-12
Contact: Sheriff Tom Burch
218-547-1424 or 1-800-450-2677 * Fax: 218-547-3394


Motorcycle Fatality Claims the Life of Lake Shore Man

East Gull Lake MN
Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch reports that on 9-14-2012 at approximately 7:32 PM, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a motorcycle crash on County 70 near East Gull Lake, MN. Officers arrived and found a single motorcycle and driver had crashed in the roadway. Lifesaving efforts were attempted, but the driver, a male, age 42, from Lake Shore MN was pronounced deceased on scene. An autopsy is schedule with Ramsey County Medical Examiners Office.
The Cass County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Minnesota State Patrol, Lake Shore Police Dept, North Memorial Ambulance and AirCare, and Brainerd Fire. The victim’s name is being withheld pending notification of family members.
The investigation continues.

Update 09-17-12
The victim has been identified as Clayton Houff, age 42, of Lake Shore.

Press Release #7

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 09-05-12
Contact: Tom Burch, Sheriff
218-547-1424 or 1-800-450-2677 * Fax: 218-547-3394


Traffic Stop Yields Arrests, Drugs

Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch reports that on 09-02-2012 a traffic stop was initiated on a vehicle travelling northbound on State 64 in Southern Cass County. After a short pursuit, the vehicle was stopped near County Rd 20 in Ansel Township. The driver, Kevin McGuinness, age 30, of Minneapolis and the passenger, Crystal Hill, age 31, of St Paul were arrested on outstanding warrants. An inventory search of the vehicle was preformed and drug paraphernalia was located. The vehicle was seized and a search warrant was obtained for the vehicle. Execution of the search warrant found approximately 20 grams of meth, a small amount of suspected heroin and prescription medications. A large amount of cash was located in the possession of the suspect.
The investigation is continuing and formal charges are pending.


Press Release #8

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 09-04-12
Contact: Tom Burch, Sheriff
218-547-1424 or 1-800-450-2677 * Fax: 218-547-3394

National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month is here again. The month of September being National Preparedness Month was founded after 9/11. The original idea was that Americans would remember the significance of that day and use this time to think about being a little more prepared in our homes, for those that we may care for and also in our communities for an unexpected emergency.

The idea was great, but is it working? I don’t know the answer to that, but I do know that it is something we, as individuals, need to take seriously. Being prepared is a shared responsibility; it takes the entire community. This means that it is a responsibility that belongs to each and every one of us. This year during National Preparedness Month we are asking everyone to “Pledge to Prepare.” As individuals, businesses and as civic and community organizations, we are asking that you commit to doing at least one of the following simple tasks:

1. Learn about emergencies or hazards in your community and their proper response.
2. Build an Emergency Kit.
3. Make a communications plan.
4. Get involved in preparedness in your community.

If we all take one simple step each month, we can all be better prepared for any emergency or disaster that may occur.

The things we can all do to better prepare ourselves and our community are almost endless, but simple. There are organizations in every community that are always looking for members just like you. The Lions Club, Salvation Army and Red Cross are National Organizations that are ready to help us all in time of need. The local community also has many organizations, including neighborhood watch programs and our local Fire, EMS and First Responder Groups, that are always looking for good volunteers. Talk with them and maybe that would be your way of helping your community to be prepared.

During National Preparedness month, I would like all of us to ask ourselves what we could do to better prepare ourselves and our family for disasters and also how we could help our community prepare for disasters. We can also ask ourselves how we could help your neighbors, including the elderly, children and those with disabilities, to better prepare.

If you need more ideas or information, a great website to check out is Ready.gov. If you have questions, please call the Cass County Emergency Management office at 547-7437. Let us all “pledge to prepare” during this month of September and all year long.

Press Release #9

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 08-29-12
Contact: Tom Burch, Sheriff
218-547-1424 or 1-800-450-2677 * Fax: 218-547-3394

MN Sheriffs’ Scholarship Program

Sheriff Tom Burch of Cass County announced today the commencement of the Law Enforcement Scholarship Program for 2012. Sheriff Burch proudly announced that the MSA Board of Directors has established a scholarship fund for the awarding of up to 15- $600 scholarships for this year. These scholarships are due to the coordinated efforts of the 87 Sheriffs of the State of Minnesota.

The Members of MSA gives special recognition to the financial needs of students attending the peace officer skills course, or one of the two or four year law enforcement degree colleges. “The Board of Directors feel peace officers in our democratic society have complex duties to perform” said Sheriff Burch. MSA recognizes the importance of pre-entry training for people considering law enforcement as their career choice. MSA recognizes some students need outside help in meeting the costs of such training, even though they excel academically.

The Scholarship Committee, in making its selection of awards, intends on achieving representation from all geographical areas of the state. Scholarship awards will be announced by December 31st of the same year.

Application forms and a statement of procedures are available at the Cass County Sheriff’s Office starting September 10, 2012. Completed applications need to be returned to the Sheriff’s Office by October 15, 2012. Scholarships are only available to students currently enrolled in one of the following three categories:

1. Mandated POST Skills Program
2. In their second year of a two year law enforcement program.
3. In their third or fourth year of a four year college criminal justice program.

In order to qualify, students must have completed at least one year of the two year program or two years of a four year program. Students meeting these criteria are invited to obtain a scholarship application form from their local sheriff’s office or online at www.mnsheriffs.org.

Press Release #10

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 08-22-12
Contact: Tom Burch, Sheriff
218-547-1424 or 1-800-450-2677 * Fax: 218-547-3394

Logging Accident Claims Life of Benedict Man

Sheriff Tom Burch reports that on 8-21-2012 at approximately 2:51 PM, the Cass County Sheriffs Office received a report of a logging accident in Pike Bay Township, south of the Nary Road. Officers and emergency personnel responded to the scene and found a male victim that had been struck by a large tree that had fallen from a logging boom. The victim, a 50 year old Benedict man, was transported by ambulance to Cass Lake Indian Health Services, where he was pronounced deceased. The victim was taken to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy. The name is being withheld pending notification of family members. The Cass County Sheriffs Office was assisted by the Pike Bay Police Department, Leech Lake Tribal Police and the Leech Lake Ambulance service.


Press Release #11

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 08-21-12
Contact: Tom Burch, Sheriff
218-547-1424 or 1-800-450-2677 * Fax: 218-547-3394

One Arrested for Felony Possession of Controlled Substance

Sheriff Tom Burch reports that one male suspect was arrested on August 18, 2012 and charged with 3rd Degree Drug Possession, as a result of an ongoing investigation of a marijuana grow, which was located on county property in Beulah Township near Outing. Deputies seized 120 marijuana plants with an estimated street value up to $120,000.

The arrest was the result of an investigation being conducted by the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, the MN Department of Natural Resources and the MN Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

The suspect has been released on bail and his name is being withheld pending formal charges.

Press Release #12

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 07-26-12
Contact: Tom Burch, Sheriff
218-547-1424 or 1-800-450-2677 * Fax: 218-547-3394

Missing Pine River Man Located

Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch reports the remains of Mark Andrew Huesman, age 27, of Pine River MN were found in a shallow grave near the Pine River area yesterday. Huesman had been reported missing earlier in the week. Foul play is suspected. The ...victim was taken to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.
One female suspect is currently being held in the Cass County Jail in conjunction with the death. The suspect’s name is being withheld pending formal charges. The incident remains under investigation by the Cass County Sheriff’s Office and the MN Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

Update 07-26-12

Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch reports that the female suspect taken into custody involving the death of Mark Andrew Huesman has been released pending further investigation. The female remains a person of interest in connection with the case. Cass County authorities have identified a male suspect, who is currently in custody in another facility on unrelated charges. Investigation continues.


Press Release #13

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 07-26-12
Contact: Tom Burch, Sheriff
218-547-1424 or 1-800-450-2677 * Fax: 218-547-3394

Missing Pine River Man Located

Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch reports the remains of Mark Andrew Huesman, age 27, of Pine River MN were found in a shallow grave near the Pine River area yesterday. Huesman had been reported missing earlier in the week. Foul play is suspected. The ...victim was taken to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.
One female suspect is currently being held in the Cass County Jail in conjunction with the death. The suspect’s name is being withheld pending formal charges. The incident remains under investigation by the Cass County Sheriff’s Office and the MN Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

Press Release #14

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 07-25-12
Contact: Tom Burch, Sheriff
218-547-1424 or 1-800-450-2677 * Fax: 218-547-3394

Third Anniversary of the Disappearance of Peter Achermann

Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch reports it has been three years since the disappearance of Peter Achermann, of Staples, MN. The investigation continues and the reward for information has been extended.
On July 24, 2009 Peter...Achermann left his residence to run errands and was last seen on Warner Rd, by the Crow Wing River bridge between 12:00-1:00 PM. His vehicle, described as a light blue 1995 Chevrolet Caprice Wagon, was located off County Rd. 32, at the end of a minimum maintenance road on July 25th. Despite extensive searches of the area, no trace of Peter has been found.
Sheriff Burch reports that the Sheriff’s Office is working closely with the MN BCA and is committed to solving this case. While several leads have been followed up on, there hasn’t been anything substantial to help solve the circumstances surrounding Peter’s disappearance.
Anyone with information, tips or leads on Peter Achermann’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Cass County Sheriff’s Office at (800) 450-2677 or (218) 547-1424 or to call 911. Sheriff Burch announces that the reward of up to $20,000.00 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the disappearance, if the disappearance is the result of foul play, has been extended.

Press Release #15

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 07-23-12
Contact: Tom Burch, Sheriff
218-547-1424 or 1-800-450-2677 * Fax: 218-547-3394

Missing Man

Cass County authorities are seeking help from the public in reference to Mark Andrew Huesmann. He is a 27 year old male, 6’3”, 220-230 lbs. Huesmann was last seen in the Pine River area approximately a week ago. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information to call 1-800-450-2677.

Press Release #16

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 06-06-12
Contact: Tom Burch, Sheriff
218-547-1424 or 1-800-450-2677 * Fax: 218-547-3394

Drowning Victim Found on Long Lake

Walker MN

On June 5, 2012 at approximately 9:00 PM, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office received a call of an overdue male party who had gone snorkeling on Long Lake. After a brief search by Cass County Deputies, the victim, a 55-year-old Walker man, was located on Long Lake and pronounced dead at the scene. Identity of the victim is being withheld pending notification of family members.

The case remains under investigation with an autopsy pending.

Press Release #17

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 05-22-12
Contact: Tom Burch, Sheriff
218-547-1424 or 1-800-450-2677 * Fax: 218-547-3394

EMS WEEK May 20th – 26th 2012

National EMS Week is May 20th through the 26th. I have the pleasure of dealing with our EMS workers in Cass County on many levels, and I have to tell you all that any good result starts with the men and women in our First Responder organizations. The people involved in these organizations take risks every day to help others in their communities.

National EMS week is an effort to bring together local communities and medical personnel to bring attention to the safety, honor and dedication of those who provide day-to-day lifesaving services as a medical First Responders. The EMS providers we all place our trust in are our paramedics, EMTs, firefighters, police and all of our local first responders. The majority of these dedicated people provide these services on a strictly volunteer basis.

The job of our local first responders is ever changing and has become more and more complex and crucially important in caring for patients with many levels of medical conditions. The field has evolved from just picking up and going to the hospital. In many cases, EMS staff can diagnose a heart attack on the scene by performing several diagnostic procedures and, in many cases, administering life saving treatment prior to hospital arrival. This condition can range from chest pain to stroke to aneurysm and the ability to advise hospital staff of symptoms can allow the ER staff to be better prepared for a patient’s arrival.

The advancement in our first responders training levels and experience allows information to be relayed to hospital staff so that the necessary equipment and doctors are available once we as patients arrive at the hospital. The EMS world has become a large family of collaboration so that patients are getting the treatment they need as quickly as possible.
As residents of our local communities, if we are suffering from a heart attack, stroke, or been a vehicle crash our first responders help in our time of need, day or night, everyday of the year - they do not get to take the day off for holidays. They are just a 911 call away. I think we all can think of a time when we were so relieved to see these men and women arrive and often put themselves in harm’s way to help us with whatever emergency we have. I know I personally am a living example of the wonderful pre-hospital care available to us. The dedication of these organizations and people is an inspiration.

If you know someone involved in First Response, whether it is in law enforcement, fire or EMS, please take a moment to thank them during this week. They are a very important part of care for the sick or injured. The tasks these people are sometime s asked to do, many could not….so let’s be sure and thank those that do.

Kerry Swenson, Cass County Emergency Management

Press Release #18

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 04-30-12
Contact: Tom Burch, Sheriff
218-547-1424 or 1-800-450-2677 * Fax: 218-547-3394


Cass County Participates in DEA Nationwide Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Sheriff Tom Burch reports that Cass County participated in another DEA sponsored Nationwide Prescription Drug Take-Back Event on Saturday, April 28, 2012 from 10 AM to 2 PM. Cass County had 3 sites available for residents to drop off their prescription drugs – Cass Lake City Hall, Remer City Hall and Sylvan Town Hall in Pillager.

A total of almost 40 pounds of prescriptions drugs were collected at these 3 sites. Cass County, along with the DEA, appreciated the public’s initiative in taking advantage of this valuable opportunity to safely dispose of unused, unneeded or expired prescription drugs. Preventing these readily available and potentially deadly drugs from being diverted and misused is something each and every one of us can do to help reduce the epidemic of prescription drug abuse that is harming so many Americans.

Cass County currently has a permanent box available at the Cass County Sheriff’s Office in Walker and the Lake Shore City Hall/Police Department. Permanent boxes will soon be available in at the Cass Lake City Hall/Sheriff’s Office Substation and at the Pine River City Hall/Police Department. All boxes are available to the public during normal business hours and other hours, by appointment.

The Cass County Take It To The Box program is a collaborative effort between the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, Environmental Services and Public Health and the Working Together Coalition.

Press Release #19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 03-22-12
Contact: Tom Burch, Sheriff
218-547-1424 or 1-800-450-2677 * Fax: 218-547-3394

Stabbing Results in Death of Walker Man

Walker MN

Sheriff Tom Burch reports that on 03-21-12 at approximately 10:15 PM, Cass County authorities responded to a report of a stabbing in the Onigum area. Upon their arrival, deputies found a victim who had been stabbed. The victim, a 22 year old Walker man, died of apparent stab wounds to the chest while enroute to the hospital. The suspect, Sheldon James Smith, age 20, has been taken into custody in connection with the stabbing by Cass County authorities and is being held in the Cass County Jail pending formal charges. Sheriff Tom Burch reports the incident remains under investigation with an autopsy pending. The identity of the victim is being withheld pending notification of family members.

Press Release #20

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 01-03-12
Contact: Tom Burch, Sheriff
218-547-1424 or 1-800-450-2677 * Fax: 218-547-3394

Cass County Sheriff’s Office Chaplaincy Initiative
Sponsors 6th Annual Chaplaincy Training

The 6th Annual Chaplaincy Training will be held at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Longville on Thursday, January 26, 2012 from 9 AM to 3 PM. Sheriff Tom Burch encourages interested Clergy Members and Law Enforcement Personnel to attend this annual training that is hosted by the Cass County Sheriff’s Office Chaplaincy Initiative.

There will be death notification training from Sharon Gehrman-Driscoll and Nancy Johnson from Minnesotans for Safe Driving in the morning. In the afternoon, Shannon Pfeiffer from Cass County Victim Services and Chris Swenson from Family Safety Network will address the subject of domestic abuse and the services available.

There is no charge for this training; however, a free-will donation will be accepted the day of the event. To find out more about this training or to sign up, you can contact Pauline Fahey at 218-547-7308 or Pauline.fahey@co.cass.mn.us.

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office Chaplaincy Initiative began in 2006 with a core group of dedicated clergy members and law enforcement personnel from all areas of Cass County. The purpose of the Chaplaincy Initiative is to provide networking and collaboration between law enforcement and clergy members in identifying needs and providing advocacy, support and assistance to members of the community and staff, as needed. The chaplains are here to serve community members in times of crisis situations. They are not intended, nor do they wish, to replace an individual’s clergyperson. All chaplains serve at the discretion of the Cass County Sheriff’s Office and are fortunate to have the support and encouragement of Sheriff Tom Burch in providing guidance, counseling and comfort in times of crisis to the people of Cass County.

Over the years, we have had new chaplains join and treasured Chaplains move out of Cass County; however, one constant remains – dedicated chaplains with a calling to provide assistance in crisis situations. If you want to learn more about our Chaplaincy Initiative and find out if this program is for you, please consider attending this training and taking advantage of the opportunity to learn more and meet Chaplains and law enforcement involved with this program.

 






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