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White Bear Lake girl charged with first-degree assault

A 16-year-old White Bear Lake girl has been charged as an adult with first-degree assault for the beating of her friend with a crowbar. According to a criminal complaint filed with Ramsey County District Court, Katherine Marie Berger was smoking marijuana with her 24-year-old friend at Bellaire Beach on White Bear Lake when the assault took place early on Oct. 21. The friend, who remained unnamed in the report, said that Berger lost a marijuana pipe and after they couldn’t find it attacked her from behind with a crowbar.

The victim drover herself to St. John’s Hospital in Maplewood where she was treated for multiple cuts on the head and arm as well a her jaw, which was fractured in two places. Police found Berger hiding in a closet at home. They also found the 24-year-old’s bloody cell phone and the bloody crowbar their. Berger claimed she was bipolar and did not remember the incident taking place.