Tricounty News

Crime: possible murder, standoff, 'stabbing', arrest

Investigation into 'suspicious death' in Annandale

At 3:42 p.m. Sunday, March 27, Annandale Police and Fire Departments were called to a structure fire at 74 Honeysuckle Lane in Annandale. There they found the owner of the home deceased, 63-year-old DeVan Hawkinson. He was the only occupant of the house.

As of Tuesday, March 29, the case is being investigated as a "suspicious death." Investigating offices include Annandale Police, Wright County Sheriff, Wright County Medical Examiner, and the State Fire Marshal.

Anyone with any information that could help solve this case should call the Wright County Sheriff's Office investigation line at (763) 682-7637.

Armed standoff

On Saturday, March 26, at about 3:25 p.m., Meeker County Sheriff's deputies attempted to serve divorce papers at a residence on 647th Avenue in rural Watkins.

Upon the deputies' arrival, they met with the wife who said that just prior to the arrival of the deputies, she had informed her husband that she wanted a divorce. She explained that her husband responded to the news by retrieving a loaded shotgun from the home and retreated to the area of some outside storage structures located on the property about 100 yards behind the home. The deputies observed the husband outside in this area.

Litchfield and Eden Valley Police Departments, the Stearns and McLeod County Sheriff's offices, Cosmos Police, and the Minnesota State Patrol provided assistance. The Watkins Fire Department and Ambulance Service were dispatched to stand by during this time. Roads leading to and from the property were also secured.

At about 5:20 p.m., after some brief dialogue with the subject, he surrendered to law enforcement without further incident. The loaded shotgun was also secured from the scene. There were no threats or other criminal actions by the male party who was transported by Sheriff's deputies to Woodland Crisis Center in Willmar for evaluation.

Early-morning fight

At about 3:30 a.m. Sunday, March 27, the Meeker County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of an assault with a knife at an address on 710th Avenue in Kimball. Kimball Rescue and Gold Cross Ambulance were dispatched. Upon the deputy's arrival, it was determined that there was no knife used in the assault. Matthew James Richards, age 20, of Spooner, Wisc., was arrested for assaulting a 21-year-old male from Kimball. Gold Cross Ambulance treated both parties at the scene for superficial injuries. Twenty-year-old Erik Edward Rust,of South Haven, and 19-year-old Heather Leigh Carlson of Annandale were cited for minor consumption of alcohol. Matthew Richards was booked into the Meeker County Jail on charges of fifth-degree assault and underage consumption of alcohol.

The incident is still under investigation by the Meeker County Sheriff's Office.

Kimball man sentenced

Jesse Blaylock, 23, of Kimball was sentenced by Judge Anderson March 16 to 90 days in jail for probation violations after a third-degree assault conviction.

Pursuit, felony warrant and arrest

Wednesday, March 23, just before noon, investigators of the Central Minnesota Drug and Gang Task Force tried to arrest Terrance Lafine Jones, age 30 of St. Cloud, for an active felony warrant for first-degree assault for a stabbing in Clay County in 2007.

Jones is a confirmed gang member of the Gangster Disciples. Investigators received information about Jones being in the St. Cloud area, and located him driving a vehicle in the area of McKinley Place and

8th Street South. Jones was parking in front of a residence when investigators approached and activated their emergency lights. Jones sped away, trying to flee, but was hampered by the snow-covered roads. Investigators pursued Jones for four blocks with Jones circling the neighborhood block and stopping again in front of the same residence. Jones abandoned the vehicle and tried to flee on foot into the house.

Jones was apprehended in the front yard and taken to the Stearns County Jail with new charges for fleeing police in a motor vehicle and driving after suspension. A detainer from Clay County was also placed on Jones.

Meeker County Sheriff's Office

Sunday, March 27

4:15 a.m. the Sheriff's Office received a report of an alarm at a business on Park Avenue East, Eden Valley. Stearns County Sheriff's Office also was contacted for assistance. The deputies checked the property and found all to be okay.

6:48 a.m. the Sheriff's Office responded to an alarm at a business on Park Avenue, Eden Valley. Everything was found to be okay.

Saturday, March 26

11:47 a.m. the Sheriff's Office responded to a 9-1-1 hang up at a residence on 362nd Street, Watkins. Later a female party was transported to Woodland Crisis, Willmar.

Friday, March 25

2:32 p.m. the Sheriff's Office dispatched Eden Valley Rescue and Watkins Ambulance to a medical on State St. So, Eden Valley. One individual was transported to Paynesville Hospital.

Thursday, March 24

6:59 a.m. the Sheriff's Office dispatched Watkins Ambulance, Rescue, and Fire to a motor vehicle accident on MN Highway 55 near 647th Avenue, Watkins. The parties were treated on the scene.

10:58 a.m. the Sheriff's Office responded to a request to assist the public at a residence on 365th Street, Watkins. The party was advised of their options.

11:56 a.m. the Sheriff's Office received a report of suspicious activity at a residence on Church Street, Watkins. Upon arrival of the officer everything was found to be fine.

5:05 p.m. the Sheriff's Office responded to a report of juvenile trouble at a residence on 365th Street, Watkins. A report will be filed.

5:24 p.m. the Sheriff's Office received a 9-1-1 call to assist the public in Kimball. The party was given the non-emergency number for the Stearns County Sheriff's Office.

Wednesday, March 23

3:37 a.m. the Sheriff's Office responded to an alarm at a business on MN Highway 55, Watkins. The deputy found everything to be okay.

6:44 a.m. the Sheriff's Office received a report of a property damage accident that occurred in the parking lot on Church Street, Watkins. The deputy spoke to the individual and they had exchanged information. No injuries were reported.

11:42 a.m. the Sheriff's Office dispatched Watkins Ambulance to a medical in Stearns County on 185th Street, Kimball. One individual was transported to St. Cloud Hospital.

2:20 p.m. the Sheriff's Office dispatched Watkins Ambulance to a medical in on Magnus Johnson Street, Kimball. One individual was transported to Buffalo Hospital.

8:32 p.m. the Sheriff's Office responded to a domestic situation occurring on 375th Street, Watkins. Upon arrival, the deputies arrested Dominic Ronald Donnay, age 19, of Watkins, for fifth-degree domestic assault and minor consumption.

Tuesday, March 22

9:07 a.m. the Sheriff's Office took a report of a theft from a residence on 375th Street, Eden Valley.

9:37 a.m. the Sheriff's Office dispatched Watkins Ambulance to a medical at a residence on Glen Lane North, Watkins. One individual was transported to the St. Cloud Hospital.

4:33 p.m. the Sheriff's Office received a report of a possible stolen vehicle from a residence on 657th Avenue, Watkins. The owner later learned the vehicle was not stolen.

4:36 p.m. the Sheriff's Office received a cellular 9-1-1 hang up call. A short time later the party called back reporting unsafe conditions on County State Aid Highway 2, Watkins. A deputy checked the area and found all to be okay.

8:20 p.m. the Sheriff's Office received a request for assistance at a residence on Meeker Avenue North, Watkins. The deputy advised the party of their options.

9:32 p.m. the Sheriff's Office took a report of suspicious activity at a residence on MN Highway 22, Eden Valley.

Monday, March 21

1:02 a.m. the Sheriff's Office assisted the Stearns County Sheriff's Office in locating an individual at a residence on 362nd Street, Watkins. The deputy made contact with the individual who was advised to contact the Stearns County Sheriff's Office.

11:53 a.m. the Sheriff's Office received a report of an Order For Protection Violation at a residence on Meeker Avenue North, Watkins. Joseph Alban Meyer, 44 years old, of Watkins was arrested for violating the order.

2:24 p.m. the Sheriff's Office received a report of unsafe conditions on MN Highway 15, Kimball. Minnesota State Patrol was notified.

2:39 p.m. the Sheriff's Office received a request to check the welfare of an individual who left a residence on State Street North, Eden Valley. The party was located and found to be okay.

6:02 p.m. the Sheriff's Office took a report of a motor vehicle accident on MN Highway 24, Kimball. The information was transferred to the MN State Patrol. There were no injuries reported.