A 911 call from Milaca set off a series of events that resulted in the investigation of a party at the residence of Mille Lacs County Attorney Jan Jude and Mille Lacs Tribal Police Investigator Russ Jude.

Commander Paul Sommer of the Anoka County Sheriff's Office told the Messenger at 3:40 p.m. today, Friday, June 14, that the investigation into a party at the residence of Mille Lacs County Attorney Jan Jude and Mille Lacs Tribal Police Investigator Russ Jude is not complete.

He declined to release data regarding the Mille Lacs County ICR 13004942 because he said it is protected under Minnesota Statute 13.82 subdivision 17 clause d, which restricts information regarding juvenile victims or witnesses of a crime.

The ICR originated from a 911 call from the parents of Bailey Hamilton, who was suffering from alcohol poisoning after drinking on the Judes' property. According to Bailey Hamilton and his parents, Kim and Chad, the doctor told them Bailey almost died.

"This goes well beyond the drinking and the Judes," Sommer said. "There's a whole list of witnesses he's been interviewing, and he's not concluded with that."

"It's going to be a lot larger … There's going to be a lot more statements in there," he continued.

"I'm not sure how long it's going to take to reach these people and get their statements done. That takes some time. We want to be as thorough as we can given the nature of the allegations and the principals involved."

Sommer told the Messenger on Tuesday, June 11, that he expected the investigation to be complete within a couple of days.

Check this site and the June 19 Messenger for updates.

(2) comments

Jay P

Things seem to be going as they should, no small thanks due to you folks at the Messenger. It would seem that your purpose now is to keep folks informed as to the disposition. Whether or not those culpable and responsible are held accountable is up to the machine.

Whether or not it all falls through the cracks as time goes on -- as so many of cases of officialdom behaving badly do nowadays -- isn't your purview. But keeping folks noses on the course of events, is.

At any rate, take pride in the fact that "you done good and right". Kudos!

J. P.


Like I told my kids, alcohol only contributes to kids being delinquent and getting into trouble.

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