Tricounty News

Nov. 19: Seminar on identity theft

The Volunteer Attorney Program of Central Minnesota Legal Services (CMLS) in St. Cloud has scheduled a seminar on identity theft for 10-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, at the Great River Regional Library, 1300 W. St. Germain St. in St. Cloud.

George Meinz of Gray Plant Mooty, will be the presenter of this event. During his presentation, Mr. Meinz will discuss:

• Definition of identity theft

• How one’s identity gets stolen

• How to determine if identity theft has occurred

• Protecting one’s identity

• Ways to reduce the risk of identity theft

Mr. Meinz will also be available to answer any questions.

This seminar is being offered at no charge to interested persons. Because space is limited, reservations will be taken on a first come, first serve basis. For more information and/or to make reservations, please call Kathy Wingen, Program Coordinator, at (320) 253-0138. 


Local crime blotters Oct. 31, 2013

Wright County Sheriff’s Office

Oct. 21, William Mathew Nutt, 35 of Annandale, was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance.

Oct. 22, Linda Sue Gipson, 52 of Annandale, was arrested in Yellow Medicine County on a Wright County warrant for probation violation.

Oct. 23, Joseph Daniel Zeidler, 25 of Annandale, was arrested in Annandale on a Wright County warrant for second-degree controlled substance violation and the charges of fifth-degree controlled substance violation and flee police on foot.

Oct. 25, Debra Lynne Schroeder, 56 of Annandale, was arrested in Southside Township on the charge of domestic assault.

Oct. 25, Jamie Yvette Walter, 43 of Maple Lake, was arrested in Stearns County on Wright County warrants for domestic assault, fifth-degree assault and disorderly conduct.


Minnesota Winter Hazard Awareness Week Nov. 4-8

Winter already? Getting ready for winter doesn’t have to take a lot of work. Sometimes it’s just a few little things that can make the difference between safety and suffering: having a survival kit in the car, changing the batteries in the carbon monoxide detector, staying well-hydrated during outdoor fun.

Nov. 4-8, is Winter Hazard Awareness Week in Minnesota. Stearns County Emergency Management would like to remind everyone that although winter can be one of the most beautiful seasons, it can also be dangerous. People can take some simple precautions to have a warm, safe and enjoyable winter. The Emergency Management website offers a few winter safety tips to help people be prepared for this coming Minnesota winter:

Local crime blotters Oct. 24, 2013

Fire destroys combine

Friday, Oct. 18, at 4:07 p.m. the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office and Watkins Fire Department responded to a combine on fire in a cornfield near the address of 67010 380th Street, Forest Prairie Township.

Ervin Hennen, 77 years old, of Watkins was working in the field before the fire started. Ervin had returned from unloading a truckload of corn and found the 1991 New Holland combine on fire. The field and combine are owned by Norbert Hennen, 80 years of age, also of Watkins. The combine was a total loss. The estimated value of the combine was $25,000. Nobody was injured as a result of the fire.

The cause of the fire is unknown.


National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is Oct. 26

Sheriff Jeff Norlin would like to announce that the Meeker Sheriff’s Office will be participating in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, on October 26, 2013, from 10:00 a.m-2:00 p.m. The Take-Back boxes will be located at the Meeker County Law Enforcement Center 326 N. Ramsey Ave., Litchfield, MN 55355 and the Dassel City Hall 460 3rd St., Dassel, MN 55325. The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposal, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of these medications.

According to the 2011 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), more than six million Americans abuse prescription drugs. That same study revealed that more than 70 percent of people abusing prescription pain relievers got them through friends or relatives, a statistic that includes raiding the family medicine cabinet.