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Paynesville Press - May 29, 2002

Sheriff searches for couple from Eden Lake

By Michael Jacobson

The Stearns County Sheriff's Department is currently attempting to locate two individuals from Eden Lake Township in connection with a kidnapping and assault.

Currently sought are John Novicky, 52, and Mary Still, 20, who both reside on Deep Lake Road in Eden Lake Township, between Eden Valley, Paynesville, and Richmond.

The two individuals were last seen in Richmond on Sunday, May 19, at 7:30 p.m., driving a tan 1995 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme four-door sedan. The license plate number is CDA 176.

The Stearns County Sheriff's Department is investigating an incident wherein Novicky and Still allegedly lured a real estate agent to their home under false pretenses and then attempted to kidnap her at gunpoint. The female real estate agent was able to escape and to flee the scene. She was able to notify a nearby neighbor, who called the sheriff's department.

Novicky is a white male, 6' 2, and 190 pounds. Still is 5' 8, 200 pounds, and has brown eyes.

Novicky has previous convictions for kidnapping, making terroristic threats, escaping custody, and for theft and forgery.

They should be considered armed and dangerous, according to the sheriff's department. If seen, contact local law enforcement immediately.

A FBI task force is helping with the search, according to the sheriff's department.

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