Date Archives January 2018

Criminal trial scheduled for Dede Evavold’s harassment of Rucki family

Dede Evavold’s criminal trial for her continued violations of an Harassment Restraining Order granted by a court in Dakota County to protect David Rucki and his family from her harassment has been scheduled for April 23, 2018.

The criminal trial was scheduled at a pre-trial hearing held on Tuesday at the Dakota County Western Service Center in Apple Valley, Minnesota.

Evavold was charged in September 2017 with three criminal counts of violating an Harassment Restraining Order (HRO) granted by a court in Dakota County in July 2017.

According to public court documents, Evavold has also been “ordered to appear at a Dakota County Book and Release Center, to be booked, fingerprinted, and photographed.”

Evavold was convicted in September 2016 of six felonies for her role in the disappearance of Samantha Rucki and her sister Gianna, who were abducted near their home on Lakeville by their mother Sandra Grazzini-Rucki, during a custody and divorce proceeding. Continue reading

Dede Evavold ordered by court to remove threatening post targeting Rucki family

Dede Evavold has been ordered by a court in Dakota County to remove a threatening blog post which contained the private address of the Rucki family.

The order requiring Evavold to remove her threatening blog post was included in court documents signed by Judge Philip Kanning and filed today in Dakota County District Court.

Judge Kanning granted the request filed by Lisa Elliott on behalf of the Rucki family at a court hearing last month on the Harassment Restraining Order (HRO) granted by a court in Dakota County last year.


At the hearing on December 13, 2017, Elliott said that Evavold’s post published the private address of the Rucki family on a platform with a “dangerous” audience. Evavold did not respond to Elliott’s claims in court, but Judge Kanning said he would grant the motion filed by Elliott.

The order from Judge Kanning also keeps the HRO filed against Evavold in full effect.

Court granted restraining order against Evavold

As previously reported by Missing in Minnesota, Evavold has repeatedly violated the explicit terms of her probation and the HRO by continuing to reference the Rucki family in her use of social media.

In July 2017, a court in Dakota County has found that “an immediate and present danger of harassment” by Dede Evavold exists to warrant the granting of an HRO requested by David Rucki and his daughter, Samantha Rucki, against Evavold.

The court further found that there are “reasonable grounds to believe that [Evavold] has harassed [David Rucki and Samantha Rucki] (or minor children included in the petition)…”

Specifically, the court found that Evavold “made threats” to David Rucki and Samantha Rucki, and that “the harassment has had or is intended to have a substantial adverse effect on [David Rucki and Samantha Rucki’s] safety, security, or privacy.”

Evavold is prohibited from having any “direct or indirect contact” with David Rucki, Samantha and Gianna Rucki, and two other minor Rucki children. Evavold is also prohibited from naming “any member of the Rucki family in any blog posting, social media posting, or internet posting.”

Below is the full order from Judge Kanning.

Allison Mann contributed to this story.

Michelle MacDonald helped Dede Evavold in masking the extent of her role in the disappearance of Rucki sisters

Michelle MacDonald, who serves as Sandra Grazzini-Rucki’s family court attorney, helped Dede Evavold during a media interview in masking the extent of her full role in the disappearance of Samantha and Gianna Rucki based on a video published by Evavold.

In the video published by Evavold last week, MacDonald instructs Evavold on how to correctly answer a question from the producer with ABC’s “20/20” after Evavold mistakenly admitted a key element of her criminal involvement in the disappearance of the Rucki sisters in an interview.

This video was recorded before Evavold was charged with four additional felonies, and before she was convicted of a total of six felonies for her involvement in the disappearance of Samantha and Gianna Rucki.

Evavold served as MacDonald’s campaign chair and manager during MacDonald’s unsuccessful bid for the Minnesota Supreme Court in 2014.

MacDonald’s client, Sandra Grazzini-Rucki, was also convicted of six felonies for her role in the disappearance of her daughters.

The video provides further evidence of MacDonald’s direct involvement in the propaganda machinery of Grazzini-Rucki and Evavold. Continue reading

Dede Evavold caught lying again in court documents days before hearing

Dede Evavold provided false information to the court in an attempt to delay a hearing next week on criminal charges filed against her for a violating an Harassment Restraining Order.

Evavold was charged in September 2017 with three criminal counts of violating an Harassment Restraining Order (HRO) granted by a court in Dakota County to protect David Rucki and his family from Evavold’s continued harassment.

Evavold is scheduled to appear at the Dakota County Western Service Center in Apple Valley on January 9, 2018, at 1:30 PM, for a pre-trial hearing.

On December 31, 2017, Evavold filed a letter requesting a continuance of the pre-trial hearing.

In her letter, Evavold states that Judge Philip Kanning issued an order in civil court requesting that the criminal matter be delayed until the civil case is resolved.

Evavold fails to mention that at a court hearing on December 13, 2017, Judge Kanning specifically told Evavold that the HRO has been and will continue to be in effect since July, and any violations thereof should be prosecuted prior to any determinations made in civil court.

The court has yet to rule on Evavold’s request for a continuance.

Evavold was sentenced on November 10, 2016 after being found guilty of six felony charges related to her involvement in the disappearance of Samantha and Gianna Rucki, who were abducted by their mother near their home in Lakeville, Minnesota on April 19, 2013 during a custody and divorce dispute involving their parents – Sandra Grazzini-Rucki and David Rucki.

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