Tricounty News

Car crash, ice danger, more car-deer accidents



St. Martin car crash with injuries

Sunday, Nov. 27, at 3:13 a.m. Stearns County Deputies responded to a motor vehicle crash with injuries on County Road 12 near the intersection of County Road 195 in St. Martin. When deputies arrived, they located a 2006 Chevrolet HHR which had struck a power pole and a tree. The driver, mark Mathias Thelen, age 36 of St. Martin was taken to Paynesville Hospital for non life-threatening injuries received in the crash. Lucy Jo Thelen, age 33 a passenger was also taken to Paynesville Hospital for non life-threatening injuries. Alcohol was suspected to be the cause of the crash. Stearns Deputies are investigating the crash, charges are possible. Paynesville Ambulance and St. Martin Rescue assisted at the scene.

DNR warns parents of ice danger

In the light of a near tragedy in Anoka County this weekend, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is reminding parents to caution their children to stay off ponds, streams and other water bodies that now have a thin coating of ice.

Sunday afternoon, an eight-year-old Oak Grove boy fell through a thin coating of ice on a small neighborhood pond. He was rescued after about 15 minutes in the icy water and treated at the hospital.

"Kids are attracted to ice like a magnet," said Tim Smalley, DNR boat and water safety specialist. "They just don't know how much ice it takes to support a person, nor what is or isn't safe."

As of Nov. 21, no ice in Minnesota has been reported by DNR conservation officers as consistently four inches thick, the recommended minimum thickness for walking and small group activities. Ice safety guidelines also recommend a minimum of five inches of new, clear ice for snowmobiles and ATVs, and eight to 12 inches for automobiles.

Wright County Sheriff's Office

Nov. 22, Christopher Aaron Erickson, 30 of Cokato, was arrested in Buffalo on a Wright County warrant for third-degree DWI.

Nov. 23, David John Kleist, 28 of Buffalo, was arrested in Buffalo for contempt of court.

Nov. 23, Benjamin Francis Everett, 20, was arrested in Southside Township on the charge of trespass.

Nov. 24, Christopher Michael Bland, 21 of Maple Lake, was arrested in Monticello for violation of a no contact order.

Nov. 26, Darren James Jones, 26 of Cokato, was arrested in Cokato on the charge of domestic assault.

There were 18 property-damage accidents, 2 personal-injury accidents, 3 hit-and-run accidents, and 6 car-deer accidents.

There were 4 arrests for DWI,

12 underage-consumption arrests, and 18 tickets for miscellaneous traffic violations issued this week.

Meeker County Sheriff's Office

Sunday, Nov. 27

11:50 a.m. the Sheriff's Office took a report on a theft that occurred on US Highway 12, Grove City.

5:37 p.m. the Sheriff's Office received information on a car/deer accident on MN Highway 55, Paynesville. The caller was transferred to the MN State Patrol.

5:47 p.m. the Sheriff's Office took a report of harassment at a residence in the Watkins Trailer Park, Watkins.

Saturday, Nov. 26

6:35 a.m. the Sheriff's Office responded to a car/deer accident on County State Aid Highway 3, Eden Valley. A deer tag was issued for the deer.

1:25 p.m. the Sheriff's Office received information regarding a possible game violation on MN Highway 55, Watkins. The information was relayed to the MN DNR.

8:08 p.m. the Sheriff's Office observed suspicious activity in the area of MN Highway 55, Watkins. The deputy made contact with the driver and found all to be okay.

Friday, Nov. 25

5:33 a.m. the Sheriff's Office dispatched Watkins Ambulance for a medical at an address on Luella Street, Watkins. One individual was transported to St Cloud Hospital.

8:42 a.m. the Sheriff's Office dispatched Watkins Ambulance to a medical on Magnus Johnson Street, Stearns County. One individual was transported to St. Cloud Hospital.

2:26 p.m. the Sheriff's Office received a 9-1-1 cellular call reporting a property damage accident on MN Hwy 15, south of Dassel. There were no injuries and the call was transferred to the MN State Patrol.

5:08 p.m. the Sheriff's Office took a report of a theft at a residence on MN Highway 55, Paynesville.

5:36 p.m. the Sheriff's Office responded to an animal complaint in the area of County State Aid Highway 15 and 200th Street, Dassel. Upon arrival of the deputy, the injured deer was put down.

5:43 p.m. the Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a car/deer accident on County State Aid Highway 14, Darwin. Upon the deputy's arrival the driver had a private tow at the scene to assist.

9:36 p.m. the Sheriff's Office responded to a car/deer accident in the area of County State Aid Hwy. 1 and 250th Street, Litchfield. The deputy assisted by issuing the driver a deer possession tag.

Thursday, Nov. 24

4:38 p.m. the Sheriff's Office received a report of a driving complaint on MN Hwy 15 and then east on Highway 12, Dassel. The information was passed on to the Wright County Sheriff's Office.

Wednesday, Nov. 23

7:08 a.m. the Sheriff's Office dispatched Eden Valley Rescue and Watkins Ambulance to a motor vehicle accident on County Road 9 and Vails Lake Road, Stearns County. No transport was needed.

11:32 a.m. the Sheriff's Office dispatched Watkins Ambulance to a medical in Stearns County on Magnus Johnson Street, Kimball. One individual was treated on scene; no transport was needed.

7:43 p.m. the Sheriff's Office dispatched Watkins Ambulance for a medical at an address on MN Highway 24, Watkins. One individual was transported to St. Cloud Hospital.

Tuesday, Nov. 22

10:03 a.m. the Sheriff's Office dispatched Kimball Rescue and Watkins Ambulance to a medical at a residence on 350th Street, Kimball. One individual was transported to the

St. Cloud Hospital.

6:31 p.m. the Sheriff's Office received information regarding a suspicious vehicle on 675th Avenue, Watkins.

Monday, Nov. 21

4:51 p.m. the Sheriff's Office assisted an individual on a civil matter at a business on MN Highway 55, Watkins.

6:03 p.m. the Sheriff's Office took a report of a two-vehicle accident in the area of County State Aid Highway 30 and 574th Avenue, Eden Valley. There were no injuries reported.

7:22 p.m. the Sheriff's Office dispatched Cosmos Ambulance, Cosmos Fire, Hutchinson Ambulance, Hutchinson Fire and Lifelink Helicopter to a motor vehicle accident with injuries on County State Aid Highway 12 near 590th Avenue, Hutchinson, in Renville County. The Meeker County Sheriff's Office and the Cosmos Police Department assisted at the scene. The Renville County Sheriff's Office and MN State Patrol are investigating this crash.