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5 adults, 1 juvenile accused of terrorizing BWCAW campers

Associated Press

TWO HARBORS, Minn. — Five Ely adults and a juvenile have been charged with terrorizing campers in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

The 79 counts filed Friday in Lake County District Court stem from a series of events last month. The six people are accused of harassing and terrorizing campers on Basswood Lake by shouting threats and obscenities while shooting off firearms and fireworks Aug. 7.

They include a range of felonies, gross misdemeanors and misdemeanors — including terroristic threats, aggravated harassment, reckless discharge of firearms, theft, criminal damage to property, unlawful use of fireworks, and more.

Some of the campers called law enforcement officials, and sheriff’s deputies and federal agents met the suspects’ boats when they returned to the Fall Lake Landing.

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The adults charged are: Barney James Lakner, 37; Jay Andrew Olson, 19; Casey James Fenske, 19; Zachary Ross Barton, 19; and Travis John Erzar, 20. Their first court appearances were set for Oct. 1.

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