Tricounty News

Car thief in custody; Meeker Co. drug turn-in program; local crime blotters



Car thefts; thief in custody

On Saturday April 14, in the early morning hours,Êthe Meeker County Sheriff's Office took multiple reportsÊof thefts from vehicles in theÊcities of Darwin and Dassel. ÊIt is believed thatÊthese crimes were committedÊbetween the hours of 1 to 6 a.m. All of theÊvehicles involved were unlocked at the time.Ê Thefts from the vehicles includedÊitems such as CD's, CD players, fishing rods, tackle boxes, loose change, miscellaneous tools, and keys from vehicles. Just more than one dozen of these thefts or reports of vehicles being gone throughÊhave been reported.

Meeker County investigators recovered some of the reported stolen property from pawn shops in the St. Cloud area.Ê Working with the Wright County Sheriff's Office that had similar thefts during the same time, suspect information was gained. Cody Todd Welte, age 19 of Cokato, was arrested and is currently in the Wright County Jail. On May 3,ÊWelte admitted to involvement with the Dassel and Darwin thefts, and is pending formal charges through the Meeker County Attorney's Office in connection with these incidents. Additional stolen property is still being discovered and the status of this investigation is currently active and ongoing.

Sheriff Norlin reminds everyone to remember to always lock your vehicles and homesÊat night and when not in use, and to call the Sheriff's Office when and if you see something suspicious.

TheÊSheriff's main number isÊ(320) 693-5400, or you can remain anonymous and call theÊCONFIDENTIAL TIP line at (320) 693-5411. You may also report online at www.co.meeker.mn.us.

Meeker County takes back old medications

Sheriff Jeff Norlin announces that Saturday, April 28, the Meeker County Sheriff's Office worked with the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) in the local portion of a national campaign effort of taking back old and unused prescription medication. During this four-hour take back period, the Meeker County Sheriff's Office working with a DEA agent on site collected 17.87 pounds of unused medication. These drugs will be incinerated at an approved facility in Alexandria. In the last national drive with the DEA, over 188 tons of unused medications were collected across the United States.

Saturday, May 19 from 8 a.m. to noon, the Meeker County Sheriff's Office will be working in the cities of Litchfield, Dassel, Watkins, and Grove City on the "Take it to the Box" prescription and over the counter medication disposal program. This will coincide with the spring cleanup dates of Dassel, Grove City and Litchfield.

"The sheer volume of medications collected in these four hour take back programs is only one of the reasons the Sheriff's Office has participated in our local 24/7 "Take it to The Box" medication disposal program," Sheriff Norlin said. This is an excellent way to get rid of medications so they do not get into the wrong hands or become stolen or abused. Proper disposal also ensures the medications or the compounds thereof do not end up in our water systems, and environment.

The Meeker County Sheriff's Office, Meeker County Public Health, and LAARP, sponsor the "Take it to the Box" local program, with the deposit box located at the entrance of the Sheriff's Office at the Law Enforcement Center in Litchfield. The collection box is available seven days a week, and

24 hours a day. In the first few weeks of this program over 40 pounds of medication has been turned in. Please note that medication will be accepted in its original container, or otherwise removed and bagged for deposit. "Please also remove your name or other personal identifying information," Sheriff Norlin said. Liquid products such as cough syrup should remain in its original container and no illicit, sharps, needles, syringes, IV solutions or other such items will be accepted.

Wright County Sheriff's Office

May 2, Tony Richard Gates, 42 of Annandale, was charged with gross misdemeanor third degree driving while intoxicated.

May 4, Joseph Daniel Zeidler,

23 of Annandale, was arrested in Buffalo on the charge of false information to police and Wright County warrants for 5th degree controlled substance violation.

May 4, Lisa Marie Whiting, 45 of Annandale, was arrested in Annandale on a Wright County warrant for dishonored check.

There were 9 property-damage accidents, 2 personal-injury accidents, and 5 hit-and-run accidents.

There were 7 arrests for DWI,

11 underage-consumption arrests, and 86 tickets for miscellaneous traffic violations issued this week.

Meeker County Sheriff's Office

Monday, May 7

12:30 a.m. the Sheriff's Office responded to assist the Stearns County Sheriff Office with a report of a domestic disturbance at a residence on Stearns Ave. E., Eden Valley.

Sunday, May 6

12:41 a.m. the Sheriff's Office responded to a report of juvenile trouble at a residence on Western Ave. S., Watkins. The deputy, with the assistance of the Eden Valley Police Department, mediated the situation.

6:36 p.m. the Sheriff's Office responded to a stray dog complaint near a residence on County State Aid Highway 30, Manannah Township. The deputy transported a male adult brown/white springer spaniel to the pound.

Saturday, May 5

3:59 a.m. the Sheriff's Office responded to assist the Stearns County Sheriff Office with a report of a possible domestic at a residence on 163rd Avenue, Luxemburg Township.

7:02 a.m. the Sheriff's Office took a report regarding a stray German Shepard in the area of County State Aid Highway 30, Manannah Township.

8:53 a.m. the Meeker County Sheriff's Office, Kimball Fire and Rescue, and Gold Cross ambulance, responded to CSAH 19 at 325th Street, for a single vehicle personal injury accident. Richard Dinsmore, age 60, from Kimball, MN, driving a 1995 Dodge Minivan, drove off the roadway and into the ditch. A small fire ensued underneath the vehicle. He was pulled from the vehicle by a passerby. Mr. Dinsmore was transported by Gold Cross ambulance to St. Cloud hospital for evaluation. This crash is currently under investigation by the Meeker County Sheriff's Office.

11:17 a.m. the Sheriff's Office assisted the public at a residence on County State Aid Highway 3, Manannah Township.

11:24 a.m. the Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a cow in the roadway on MN Highway 15, North Kingston Township. A deputy searched the area and was not able to locate the animal.

12:25 p.m. the Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a car vs. deer accident on County State Aid Highway 21, Kingston Township. The deputy issued the driver a deer possession tag.

6:00 p.m. the Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a stray bull near the intersection of MN Highway 15 and MN Highway 24, Kingston Township. Deputies, with the assistance of the MN State Patrol, were able to corral the bull back into the owner's fence.

6:55 p.m. the Sheriff's Office assisted an individual at a residence on Church Street, Watkins.

Friday, May 4

10:00 a.m. the Sheriff's Office responded to a property damage accident at a residence on 280th Street, Kingston Township. The deputy spoke to the individual, advising them that it was a civil issue.

10:47 a.m. the Sheriff's Office dispatched Eden Valley Rescue and Watkins Ambulance to a medical at a residence on Coleman Avenue East, Eden Valley. Watkins Ambulance was canceled a short time later. There was no transport.

3:35 p.m. the Sheriff's Office took a report of a theft from a mailbox at a residence on 315th Street, Forest City Township.

4:13 the Sheriff's Office assisted the public on a complaint for road construction on County State Aid Highway 27, Kingston Township. Deputy advised party of options and referred them to the Meeker County Highway Department.

10:10 p.m. the Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a possible burglary in progress at a residence on 340th Street, Forest City Township. Deputies arrived and after investigation, arrested Jimmy Thomas Laabs, age 19, of New Hope; and Wyatt Evert Yeager, age 20, of Wanamingo, for theft with other possible pending charges.

Thursday, May 3

11:57 a.m. the Sheriff's Office dispatched Watkins Ambulance to a medical at a residence on County State Aid Highway 19, Kingston Township. Kimball Rescue also assisted at the scene. One individual was transported to the St. Cloud Hospital.

2:04 p.m. the Sheriff's Office responded to assist the Eden Valley Police with an assault at a residence on Meeker Avenue East, Grove City. The deputy was canceled a short time later.

Wednesday, May 2

9:49 a.m. the Sheriff's Office received a report of an Order for Protection Violation that happened on County State Aid Highway 19, North Kingston Township.

Tuesday, May 1

2:54 p.m. the Sheriff's Office took a report of a dog complaint a residence on 677th Avenue, Forest Prairie, Township.

4:32 p.m. the Sheriff's Office took a report of graffiti on Church Street, Watkins.

Monday, April 30

2:10 p.m. the Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a scam attempt at a residence on Church Street, Watkins. Upon arrival of the deputy the individual was advised of his options.

9:12 p.m. the Sheriff's Office received a cellular 9-1-1 call from a residence on 724th Avenue, Kingston. A deputy responded and found all to be okay.