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Baudette woman charged with taking funds from GoFundMe account of missing boaters hospitalized

Baudette, MN (WDAZ TV) – The Lake of the Woods County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that 28-year-old Retina LaValla of Baudette who is charged with two counts of felony theft has been hospitalized.

Officials say LaValla was detained at the Lake of the Woods County Law Enforcement Center Tuesday night, but was later transferred to LakeWood Health Center by ambulance and then flown by helicopter to a Bemidji hospital. The Sheriff’s Office is not releasing any further at this time.

LaValla was charged Tuesday with two counts of theft after the Lake of the Woods Sheriff’s Department said she used some of the donated money to pay for various bills and groceries.

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