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Montrose couple charged with multiple tax crimes

ST. PAUL, MN – The Minnesota Department of Revenue announced Thursday that the Wright County Attorney’s Office recently charged Susan Luanne McDonough and Michael Eugene McDonough, both of Montrose, with six tax-related felonies each.

The McDonoughs are charged with three counts each of failing to file Minnesota income tax returns and three counts each of failing to pay Minnesota income taxes, according to the Minnesota Department of Revenue.

According to the criminal complaint, the McDonoughs willfully attempted to evade filing state income tax returns and paying state income taxes for tax years 2012, 2013, and 2014. The complaint states that the McDonoughs had taxable income for the years in question, and willfully failed to file and pay their state income taxes. Department investigators determined that the McDonoughs knew of their obligation to file and pay state income taxes due to Susan McDonough’s job duties including preparing her employer’s tax returns and her profession as a personal and business tax preparer, according to the complaint.

The McDonoughs also filed state income tax returns in previous years and filed federal income tax returns for tax years 2012 through 2014, the complaint states, further showing that they knew of their obligation to file and pay Minnesota income taxes.

Each tax-related felony charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison, a $10,000 fine, or both. Defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Although most taxpayers comply with tax laws voluntarily, the Minnesota Department of Revenue takes enforcement action against noncompliant taxpayers to ensure that tax laws are administered fairly.

Many of the department’s criminal case referrals come from citizen tips. The Minnesota Department of Revenue has a 24-hour tip line for anyone who suspects that a person or business is violating Minnesota tax laws. Local callers may dial (651) 297-5195 or call toll-free by dialing (800) 657-3500. Tips can also be submitted to the department by email at Tipsters may choose to remain anonymous.

Investigation into racist vandalism, burglary continues

DELANO, MN – It has been nearly a month since Latanza Douglas and her family returned to their Delano home to find it burglarized and vandalized with racist words and symbols.

No arrests have been made in the case.

“The investigation continues,” Chief Deputy Todd Hoffman said.

He acknowledged a number of rumors and theories regarding the case, but declined to address them.

“It would be nice to be able to address all the different rumors and theories,” Hoffman said. “Now comes the ‘however.’ We continue to weigh the public’s desire for information with the integrity of the investigation. At this time, we have nothing to release besides that the investigation is ongoing.”

Anyone with information regarding the case is encouraged to call the tip line at (763) 682-7733.

There is a $2,500 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

Community organization in response to the event continues, as well.

Delano High School welcomed the Rev. Billy Russell, of the Black Clergy Speakers Bureau, to speak to students during an April 4 event that was closed to the public.

Russell will return for a public event at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 2, at Light of Christ Lutheran Church. He will speak about growing up in Mississippi during segregation and lead a question-and-answer forum.

Contact the Rev. Matt Sipe at or (763) 972-3492 for more information about that event.

Prior to that event, a public meeting regarding a task force to address racial justice will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, at Delano City Hall.

For more information about that event, contact the Rev. Bruce Kuenkel at or (763) 972-2400 or the Rev. Aaron Sorenson at or (763) 230-6300.

350 units of suspected LSD recovered during search

DELANO, MN – A Delano man is facing three drug-related felony charges after law enforcement officers searched his home and discovered a variety of drugs, including 350 dosage units of suspected LSD.

Cole Daniels

Cole Daniels

According to a criminal complaint, the Wright County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at the home of Cole Andrew Daniels, 22, in the 400 block of Babcock Blvd. E., Delano, at 4:28 p.m. March 23.

Daniels was present at the time of the search.

According to the complaint, a search of Daniels’ bedroom resulted in the recovery of 12.82 grams of a crystal substance that field tested positive for MDMA, 1.31 grams of a white powder substance that field tested positive for cocaine, 118.5 grams of green plant material that field tested positive for marijuana, and 17.8 grams of a wax substance that field tested positive for marijuana, in addition to the suspected LSD.

“It appears the suspected LSD was possessed with intent to sell,” the complainant wrote.

Because at least 200 dosage units were recovered, Daniels is facing a charge of first-degree sale of drugs, a charge that carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison, a $1 million fine, or both.

Because more than 10 grams of MDMA was recovered, Daniels is facing a charge of third-degree possession of drugs, a charge that carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both.

Daniels is also facing a charge of fifth-degree possession of drugs, a charge that carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison, a $10,000 fine, or both.

Delano United vigil photos online

DELANO, MN – Hundreds of people attended the Delano United Candlelight Vigil in Support of the Douglas Family Sunday evening.

See photos from the event here.

UPDATE: Burglary reported in Delano

DELANO, MN – The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that vandalism that occurred in conjunction with a burglary at a residence in the 200 block of Second Street Southwest in Delano Sunday, March 12, contained racial slurs and symbols.

The burglary is believed to have occurred between the hours of 6 and 8 p.m.

In addition to the vandalism, several electronic gaming systems were taken.

The WCSO and the homeowner are requesting that the media and citizens respect the homeowner’s request for privacy.

This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information pertaining to the burglary and vandalism should contact the Sheriff’s Office tip line at 763-682-7733.

Anyone wishing to support the family can visit the gofundme page set up for them.


Check out Matt Kane’s photos from Delano’s first state tournament game Wednesday against Monticello/AML

Delano played in its first state tournament game in the program’s history Wednesday at the Xcel Energy Center against Monticello/Annandale/Maple Lake.

The Tigers fell to the Moose 3-2.

Delano Herald Journal Sports Editor Matt Kane was at the X with his camera. Here is what he saw.

Also, check out Matt Kane’s photo’s from Delano’s Section 2A championship win over Breck here.