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Kentucky fugitive arrested in Marenisco


May 15, 2019


Bessemer — A man wanted in Kentucky was arrested in Gogebic County last week.

Kermit Knutson, 66, was arrested in Marenisco Township May 8 after the Gogebic County Sheriff’s Department received information regarding his location.

Knutson was wanted for failing to appear in court on a first-degree rape charge, according to a post on the Louisville Police Department’s Facebook page, after he allegedly cut off his ankle bracelet.

Officer Lamont Washington, a spokesman for the Louisville Police Department, said Knutson was facing the rape charge and a first-degree sexual abuse charge. The Facebook post said Knutson was also facing two counts of intimidating a participant in the legal process, second-degree escape, theft by failure to make required disposition of property over $500 and tampering with a prisoner monitoring device. Washington said these other charges came from a separate agencies, the Louisville Department of Corrections, rather than the police department.

Gogebic County Sheriff’s Department deputies arrested Knutson last week when the department received an anonymous tip he was living in the Lake Gogebic area, jail administrator Sgt. Jay Kangas told the Daily Globe.

WDRB in Louisville reported Knutson was supposed to be on house arrest prior to his failure to appear at his court hearing.

Knutson is still being held in the Gogebic County Jail, according to Kangas, but he is expected to be returned to Kentucky in the coming days.

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