Posts tagged Sandra Grazzini-Rucki

For sale: infamous ranch where missing Lakeville sisters were held

While they await sentencing for their role in the disappearance of two sisters from Lakeville, the owners of a rural ranch in northern Minnesota where the two missing sisters were held for over two years are selling the infamous property.

The White Horse Ranch, located in Herman, Minnesota is being sold by Doug and Gina Dahlen, who pleaded guilty in January for their involvement in the disappearance of Samantha and Gianna Rucki. The sisters were taken by their mother near their home on the night of April 19, 2013, during a custody and divorce dispute involving their parents – Sandra Grazzini-Rucki and David Rucki.

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Doug and Gina Dahlen leave court after pleading guilty for their role in the disappearance of two kids. Picture source: Missing in Minnesota

Both Doug and Gina Dahlen admitted in a court hearing on January 26, 2017 that Samantha and Gianna Rucki had been delivered to their residence at the White Horse Ranch in Herman, Minnesota on April 21, 2013. Continue reading

Grazzini-Rucki announces her next targets: children, spouses, and family members

UPDATE: This story has been updated with new statements from Grazzini-Rucki targeting children.

Sandra Grazzini-Rucki, who is currently on probation for her role in the disappearance of her children, announced that she and others will be targeting the family members of judges, attorneys, and county staff, including their children.

The alarming comments from Grazzini-Rucki were made during her podcast last week, which she hosted with a man convicted of threatening to shoot a judge.

In an enraged tirade, Grazzini-Rucki said on her podcast:

When we start exposing that, then we’ve made it personal. We are not gonna sit back and let you destroy our families because now, what you’ve done to us and our children and our families, we are now going to transpose it onto you.

We are going to start exposing your children, your spouses, your families, your parents. We are coming at you with exposing what’s truly going on in your own home.

Click here to listen to Grazzini-Rucki’s comments.

As previously documented, Grazzini-Rucki’s disdain for law enforcement and the court system has become more flagrant, her rhetoric more incendiary, and her behavior increasingly dangerous, since being released from jail last October.

But the recently discovered statements from Grazzini-Rucki in which she angrily declares “we are going to start exposing your children” are more troubling and concerning than any previous public comments made by Grazzini-Rucki.

Authorities in Dakota County have been notified about the latest comments from Grazzini-Rucki targeting children.  Continue reading

Grazzini-Rucki aligns herself with man convicted of threatening to shoot a judge

Sandra Grazzini-Rucki took her documented threats toward law enforcement, judges, and court staff in Minnesota to a dangerous level joining forces with a Connecticut man convicted of threatening to shoot a judge.

Grazzini-Rucki hosted a podcast with Edward Taupier, who was convicted in October 2015 of threatening to shoot Hartford Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Bozzuto.

Since being released from jail last October, Grazzini-Rucki’s disdain for law enforcement and the court system has become more flagrant, her rhetoric more incendiary, and her behavior increasingly dangerous.

But Grazzini-Rucki’s association with Taupier provides additional evidence that Grazzini-Rucki continues to escalate her threatening behavior toward law enforcement, judges, court staff, and now their family members. Continue reading

On This Date: Michelle MacDonald makes her first appearance in court for Sandra Grazzini-Rucki

Michelle MacDonald made her first appearance in family court on behalf of Sandra Grazzini-Rucki on February 26, 2013. MacDonald’s work on behalf of Grazzini-Rucki created controversy and turmoil in court, and MacDonald’s law license may be suspended for her conduct while serving as Grazzini-Rucki’s attorney.

Minutes into the court hearing, the judge said “this is not the way that I expected to start off this hearing.”

According to court documents from February 23, 2013, MacDonald requested the court take a roll call to determine the names of everyone in the courtroom, including members of the public. The court documents also show that MacDonald repeatedly interrupted the court proceedings, with MacDonald later apologizing for comments she made during the court hearing.

MacDonald later arrested during family court hearing  

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Michelle MacDonald. September 12, 2013. Picture source: Dakota County Sheriff’s Office

On September 12, 2013, MacDonald was arrested during a family court hearing while serving as Grazzini-Rucki’s attorney. The public booking from MacDonald’s arrest by the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office is pictured right.

MacDonald continues to serve as Grazzini-Rucki’s family court attorney. Grazzini-Rucki was convicted last July on six felony counts of depravation of parental rights for her role in the disappearance of her two daughters, Samantha and Gianna Rucki. Continue reading

Michelle MacDonald discloses law enforcement considered her a ‘suspect’

Michelle MacDonald has disclosed law enforcement considered her a “suspect” in the disappearance of the two sisters from Lakeville, according to a publication co-authored by MacDonald.

MacDonald serves as Sandra Grazzini-Rucki’s family court attorney.  Grazzini-Rucki was convicted last July on six felony counts of depravation of parental rights for her role in the disappearance of her two daughters, Samantha and Gianna Rucki.

In the publication, MacDonald provides details on a phone conversation she had with Lieutenant Jason Polinski of the Lakeville Police Department. According to MacDonald, Polinski said she was no longer considered a suspect:

“Finally, he said I was no longer a suspect unless someone came in with evidence I participated in the girls’ disappearance and I appeared on early on with eighteen others.”  

MacDonald also admits in her publication that she “suspected the only evidence they have is that I’ve been Sandra’s attorney throughout her ordeal.”  Continue reading

Sandra Grazzini-Rucki’s dangerous quest

Sandra Grazzini-Rucki walked out of jail last October looking to pick a fight after she finished the first portion of her jail sentence for her role in the disappearance of her daughters.

I doubt anyone believed Grazzini-Rucki was going to be reformed after serving just over 30 days in jail.

But even I was surprised, when hours after being released from jail, I found Grazzini-Rucki standing by my car as I left the Dakota County Northern Service Center in West St. Paul. Grazzini-Rucki momentarily blocked my exit, as she stood behind my car as I attempted to back out of my parking spot. I stepped out of my car and asked her, “can I help you with something?” Grazzini-Rucki said no and she walked back to a waiting vehicle.

Since October, Grazzini-Rucki’s disdain for law enforcement and the court system has become more flagrant, her rhetoric more incendiary, and her behavior increasingly dangerous.

Grazzini-Rucki has started down a very dangerous road. She thrives off of chaos and the attention it brings. Not satisfied with the damage and pain she has already inflicted, Grazzini-Rucki is working to create more lawlessness in society. Continue reading

Dede Evavold to appeal conviction for role in hiding children

Dede Evavold, who was found guilty for her role in the disappearance of two sisters from Lakeville, is appealing her conviction, according to documents filed yesterday afternoon with the Minnesota Court of Appeals.

Evavold was charged in December 2015 related to her involvement in the disappearance of Samantha and Gianna Rucki. The sisters were taken by their mother near their home on the night of April 19, 2013, during a custody and divorce dispute involving their parents – Sandra Grazzini-Rucki and David Rucki.

She was convicted in September on six felony counts of deprivation of parental rights related to the disappearance the girls.

Evavold will serve as her own attorney

Evavold is not an attorney, but is an activist, who also ran a blog focused on exposing what Evavold and her supporters believe are injustices and corruption in the judicial system.

She served as her own attorney during her criminal trial and she will serve as her own attorney for the appeal. During her criminal trial, Evavold did not offer any evidence on her behalf, nor did she cross-examine any witness or give an opening or closing statement during her trial.

Evavold is a strong opponent of family courts and attended numerous court hearings in Dakota County involving the Rucki family, providing assistance to Grazzini-Rucki and MacDonald.

The court document for Evavold’s appeal were served and delivered to the court by Tim Kinley, the former host of a cable-access show which focused on alleged “corruption” in the court system.

Evavold paid the $550 fee to file the appeal, and publicly available court records show Evavold made a $250 payment toward the over $12,000 in restitution, fines, and fees assessed by Dakota County related to her conviction.

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After caught lying on “20/20”, Grazzini-Rucki tries to stop rebroadcast

Sandra Grazzini-Rucki is trying to stop the rebroadcast of an episode of  ABC’s “20/20” which found no documentation to verify Grazzini-Rucki’s claim that she was abused by David Rucki.

Last April, ABC’s “20/20” broadcast an entire episode focused on the disappearance of Samantha and Gianna Rucki. The sisters were taken by their mother near their home on the night of April 19, 2013, during a custody and divorce dispute involving their parents – Sandra Grazzini-Rucki and David Rucki.

In July, Grazzini-Rucki was found guilty on six counts of deprivation of parental rights for her role in the disappearance of her daughters.

The episode of “20/20” which aired last April is currently being rebroadcast on numerous cable channels, including Investigation Discovery and the Oprah Winfrey Network. Both channels are owned by Discovery Communications.

Grazzini-Rucki has taken to Facebook, calling the show “rank propaganda” and encouraging people to register complaints with Discovery Communications. Continue reading

Dede Evavold delinquent on paying restitution, fines, and fees

Dede Evavold has yet to pay any of the restitution, fines, and fees assessed by Dakota County after she was convicted last year for her role in the disappearance of two sisters from Lakeville.

Evavold was charged in December 2015 related to her involvement in the disappearance of the Samantha and Gianna Rucki. The sisters were taken by their mother near their home on the night of April 19, 2013, during a custody and divorce dispute involving their parents – Sandra Grazzini-Rucki and David Rucki.

She was convicted in September on six felony counts of deprivation of parental rights related to the disappearance of the girls.

Evavold owes $12,317 for restitution, fines, and fees

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Dede Evavold. Picture source: Dakota County Sheriff’s Office

A “NOTICE OF DELINQUENT ACCOUNT” was filed with Dakota County and mailed to Evavold. According to the notice, Evavold is past due for making a payment of $12,317.

Judge Karen Asphaug ordered Evavold to $10,000 to the Minnesota Crime Victims Reparations Board. Continue reading

Dede Evavold bizarre post likely probation violation

Dede Evavold, who was released from jail last week after being found guilty for her role in the disappearance of Samantha and Gianna Rucki from Lakeville, has mentioned the Rucki family on social media, a likely violation of her probation.

Evavold was charged in December 2015 related to her involvement in the disappearance of the Rucki sisters, who were taken by their mother near their home on the night of April 19, 2013, during a custody and divorce dispute involving their parents – Sandra Grazzini-Rucki and David Rucki.

She was convicted in September on six felony counts of deprivation of parental rights related to the disappearance of the girls.

Court instructed Evavold not to mention Rucki family on social media

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Judge Karen Asphaug speaks to Dede Evavold at her sentencing hearing on November 10, 2016

Evavold is not an attorney, but is an activist, who also ran a blog focused on exposing what Evavold and her supporters believe are injustices and corruption in the judicial system. She represented herself during her criminal trial.

At her sentencing hearing, Judge Karen Asphaug instructed Evavold that she was forbidden from making references to the Rucki family on social media for the length of her probabtion – eight years.

“You will make no reference to any member of the Rucki family, and that includes the children, Mr. Rucki, Ms. Love, any member of the Rucki family. You will make no reference to them in your use of social media,” said Judge Asphaug during Evavold’s sentencing hearing on November 10, 2016. Continue reading