Date Archives July 2016

Doug and Gina Dahlen want full immunity, testimony sealed

Attorneys for Douglas and Gina Dahlen, who each have been charged with two felony counts of deprivation of parental rights involving the disappearance of Samantha and Gianna Rucki, want their clients to be granted full immunity and also have the court seal their testimony before they will testify against the girls’ mother Sandra Grazzini-Rucki in her criminal trial next week.

In a motion filed by Travis Keil, who is the attorney for Douglas Dahlen, and in a similar motion filed by Kyle White, the attorney for Douglas’ wife Gina, both attorneys want their clients to be granted “transactional immunity” instead of the “use immunity” which is currently being offered by the Dakota County Attorney’s Office.

The attorneys also raised objection to proceeding with “use immunity” as they claim it is a violation of the Dahlens’ statutory privilege to prevent a spouse from testifying against their spouse, and also a violation of the “priest-penitent” privilege. The Dahlens claim they consulted with their pastor before allowing the sisters to stay at their ranch in Herman, Minnesota. Continue reading

David Rucki’s daughter tells police her father was not abusive to her or siblings

David Rucki’s daughter has told police that her father was not abusive to her, nor did David’s daughter witness her father be abusive to any of her siblings.

According to amended criminal complaint filed late yesterday in Dakota County, Samantha Rucki, who is identified as “SVR”, was interviewed by the Lakeville Police Department on June 30, 2016. From the amended criminal complaint filed yesterday:

During the interview, SVR reported the following facts. Rucki never physically assualted SVR and she never saw Rucki physically abuse any of her siblings. As to the events of April 19, 2013, it was her idea to run away and that she asked [Sandra Grazzini-Rucki] to come get her, SVR contacted her mom by phone using “burner”, phones” provided to SVR by [Michael Rhedin]. SVR and GJR were picked up by [Sandra Grazzini-Rucki]  and [Dale Nathan]. After dropping [Dale Nathan] off, [Sandra Grazzini-Rucki] drove SVR and GJR to [Deidre Evavold’s] residence in St. Cioud where the three stayed for a day or two. Thereafter, SVR and GJR were taken to the Dahlen resdence and left there by [Sandra Grazzini-Rucki]. [Sandra Grazzini-Rucki] stated that she would be back in a couple of days to pick up SVR and GJR. [Sandra Grazzini-Rucki] did not return to pick up the girls and she never called them during the time they stayed at the Dahlen residence.

On April 19, 2013, the sisters disappeared during a custody and divorce dispute involving their parents. Their mother, Sandra Grazzini-Rucki, has been charged with eight felonies related to their disappearance.

On November 18, 2015 – 944 days after they disappeared – the girls were found living on a ranch in northern Minnesota by law enforcement, headed by the Lakeville Police Department. Three additional people have been criminally charged with felonies related to the disappearance of the girls: Dede (Deirdre) Evavold, Douglas Dahlen and his wife, Gina Dahlen.

Rucki was awarded full custody of all five of his children in November 2013, while two of his daughters remained missing.

Grazzini-Rucki’s criminal trial is scheduled to begin next Monday at the Dakota County Judicial Center in Hastings.

Rucki was reunited with his daughters days after they were found and they live with him at the family’s home in Lakeville.

More criminal charges files against Grazzini-Rucki

The Dakota County Attorney’s Office has filed additional criminal charges against Sandra Grazzini-Rucki for her involvement in the disappearance of her two daughters, Samantha and Gianna Rucki.

Two additional felony charges of  deprivation of parental rights were filed against Grazzini-Rucki late yesterday.  Grazzini-Rucki has now been charged with eight felony counts of deprivation of parental rights.

Her criminal trial is scheduled to begin next Monday at the Dakota County Judicial Center in Hastings.

Samantha and Gianna Rucki disappeared on April 19, 2013, during a custody and divorce dispute involving their parents – Sandra Grazzini-Rucki and David Rucki.

On November 18, 2015 – 944 days after they disappeared – the girls were found living on a ranch in northern Minnesota by law enforcement, headed by the Lakeville Police Department.

Three additional people have been criminally charged with felonies related to the disappearance of the girls: Dede (Deirdre) Evavold, Douglas Dahlen and his wife, Gina Dahlen.

David Rucki, was awarded full custody of all five of his children in November 2013, while two of his daughters remained missing.

Rucki was reunited with his daughters days after they were found and they live with him at the family’s home in Lakeville.