Tricounty News

Drive-by shooting

In St. Joseph Township, Wednesday, Oct. 3, at about

2:25 p.m., a homeowner on County Road 160, reported that a pink car had just passed his home westbound on C.R. 160. He reported that shots were being fired from the car as it passed by his home, and he feared that the shots were being fired at him or his home. Stearns County Deputies responded to the area and found a pink Ford Probe eastbound on County Road 160 in the vicinity of the incident. Deputies conducted a high-risk traffic stop and removed three adults and an infant from the car. They found a.25 calibre semi-automatic pistol and 2.5 grams of methamphetamine in the car.

Jeremy Ross Sterzinger, age 25 of St. Joseph, Casandra Rae Trimble, age 24 of Little Canada, Nicole Marie Johnson, age 24 of Blaine were in the vehicle as well as 7-month old Infant Johnson of Blaine.

Sterzinger was arrested and is being held in the Stearns County Jail on charges of terroristic threats, drive-by shooting and possession of controlled substance. Trimble, the owner of the car, was booked and released on charges of terroristic threats. Nicole Johnson, the driver of the car and mother of the baby, was released at the scene. The infant remained in the custody of the mother.

The case will be forwarded to the Stearns County Attorney's Office for formal charges. The reports will also be sent to Stearns County Human Services for child endangerment issues.

The complainant did not know any of the people in the car. Upon investigation, it was determined that the hole found in the complainant's house was unrelated to this incident.

Deputies were assisted by officers from the Cold Spring Police Department.