CenterPoint Energy offers safety tips for the heating season
Snow or ice formations on or near the natural gas meter can cause potentially dangerous conditions. Accumulation of snow and ice can affect proper operation or ventilation of the regulator, which could cause over-pressurization. Natural gas regulators are designed to maintain a constant pressure, ensure safe delivery of natural gas and vent natural gas safely to the atmosphere. If blocked, pressure may build up creating a dangerous situation and cause appliances to fail. CenterPoint Energy would like to remind the public of important winter natural gas safety tips:
• Keep the meter area and a path to the meter clear of snow and debris.
• Do not use a snow blower or shovel near the meter or attempt to remove ice from the meter yourself. You can use a broom to keep the snow cleared around and on top of the meter and piping.
National Groundwater Awareness Week March 10-16 is good time to test Private well owners: Do you know what’s in your water?
More than 1 million people in Minnesota rely on private wells as their source of drinking water, but too many of them are not tested on a regular basis for things that can make people sick, such as bacteria, arsenic, or nitrate. While wells can provide high quality drinking water, state health officials estimate that at any given time as many as 25 percent of private wells in Minnesota have detectable levels of total coliform bacteria, an indication that surface contamination has entered the well or water system.
Level 3 sex offender NOT moving to Eden Lake Township
Michael Shawn Klappenbach, a Level 3 Predatory Offender, was scheduled to be released from custody March 13, and move into a residence in the 19000 block of Pirz Lake Rd. in Eden Lake Township.
As of March 13, at 1:30 p.m., the
Stearns County Sheriff’s Office was notified that Klappenbach would not be moving to or living at that address. He is currently being housed in the Stearns County Jail until he can make other living arrangements.
Fatal car accident near Kingston
At around 5:30 p.m. Saturday,
March 16, emergency crews were called to a single-car personal-injury accident at the intersection of CSAH 27 and 733rd Street, just east of Kingston. Timothy Keskey of Cokato was driving a 1998 Mercury Sable on CSAH 27; he overcorrectedafter driving onto the shoulder causing the vehicle to crash and roll over in the ditch.
The 52-year-old driver, Timothy Keskey, was pronounced dead on the scene. His paggenger, 86-year-old Melvin Keskey who is Timothy’s father, was airlifted by Life Link to St. Cloud Hospital in critical condition.
The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office, Dassel fire and Rescue, Kimball Rescue, Gold Cross Ambulance, the Minnesota State Patrol, and Life Link Helicopter responded to the scene. The crash is currently under investigation by Meeker County Sheriff’s Office.
Domestic assault, stabbing in Paynesville
Saturday, March 16, at
3:30 a.m., the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call concerning an assault involving a knife. The caller said she had been stabbed, and that the suspect had left the residence on foot. Responding deputies found the man, Raymond Scott Hanson, age 39 of Paynesville, walking along the road near the area of the crime. Hanson had a knife wound to the abdomen, and he was taken to the Paynesville Hospital where he was treated and released.
Deputies met with the 32-year old female victim and found that she had a knife wound to her back. She also reported that the man, with whom she has a domestic relationship, had stomped on her neck and further assaulted her. The female was taken to the Paynesville Hospital where she was admitted for her injuries.
Hanson was arrested for second-degree assault, domestic assault by strangulation, and deputies are investigating further for possible attempted murder charges. Hanson is currently in the Stearns County Jail awaiting arraignment for these charges.
Two charged with attempted murder in St. Cloud
Criminal complaints were filed Monday, March 18, in Stearns County District Court alleging two counts of Attempted Murder in the First Degree and one count of Felon in Possession of a Firearm against Andre Shyron Kidd, DOB: 09/05/90, and Benjamin Jonathan Lenoir, DOB: 09/24/89.
Friday, March 15, at approximately 10:44 a.m., St. Cloud Police Officers and members of the Central Minnesota Violent Offenders Task Force were dispatched to the 400 block of 17th Avenue North in St. Cloud, in response to a gunshot complaint. Upon arrival, officers found P.C.W. with a gunshot wound to his head. P.C.W. informed officers that he and his girlfriend had just entered his apartment when three masked individuals carrying handguns kicked in his locked front door and held him at gunpoint. P.C.W. immediately recognized one of the individuals as Kidd. Kidd appeared to be the ringleader as he was giving instructions to the other two men, and was the individual who took P.C.W.’s wallet. Another individual struck P.C.W. on his head twice with a handgun, and P.C.W. was then ordered to kneel on the floor while Kidd stood behind him. Another man stood next to P.C.W. and pointed a handgun at his head. P.C.W. heard Kidd tell this man “do him, do him,” and P.C.W. flinched away from the handgun as it was fired. The three men then fled the apartment.
Kidd and Lenoir were found in a nearby residence, and inside that residence, some of P.C.W.’s belongings were found along with a loaded .380 handgun.
Both Kidd and Lenoir made their first appearances in Stearns County District Court Monday, and bail was set by the Hon. Conrad Freeberg at $1,000,000, without conditions of release and $500,000 with conditions of release. The next court appearances for Kidd and Lenoir are set for Monday, March 25, at 1:30 p.m.
Stearns County convictions
Todd Allen Eich, 19 of South Haven, was convicted of receiving stolen property Nov. 21, 2011. Imposition of his sentence was stayed; he was given 5 years probation, 9 days in jail. He must pay a $500 fine plus surcharges or complete community service work in lieu of the fine; and he must pay restitution as determined by the agent. He must complete an alcohol problem assessment and follow recommendations, and abstain from alcohol and non-prescribed mood-altering substances; he must submit to random urinalysis testing. He must remain law-abiding (with no same or similar violations), and provide a DNA sample. Eich was sentenced by Judge Scherer Nov. 30, 2012.
Ryan Anthony Jarnot, 34 of Kimball, was convicted of terroristic threats for an Aug. 13, 2011, offense. His 18-month prison sentence was stayed; he was given five years probation, 26 days in jail, a $50 fine plus surcharges. He must complete a psychological evaluation and anger management evaluation, and follow recommendations. He will participate in the Enhanced Supervision program, and must provide a DNA sample, and remain law-abiding (including no same or similar violations during probation). He was sentenced by Judge Knapp Dec. 14, 2012.
Ryan Anthony Jarnot, 34 of Kimball, was convicted of issuance of dishonored check(s) on Aug. 16, 2011. He received a 15-month prison sentence, stayed; 5 years probation; 26 days in jail; a $50 fine plus surcharges. He was ordered to pay $618.85 in restitution to the victim, and another $1,103.85 in restitution. He must remain law-abiding, including no same or similar violations during probation), and he must provide a DNA sample. He was sentenced by Judge Knapp Dec. 14, 2012.
Carla Rae Ecklund, 45 of Annandale, was convicted of issuance of dishonored check(s) for offenses dated Oct. 30 through Dec. 3, 2009. The Kimball Police Department was the arresting agency. She was sentenced to
12 months and 1 day in prison, stayed; 5 years probation; 198 days in jail. She must pay $50 fine plus surcharges, and must pay restitution as determined by the agent. She must complete a chemical dependency evaluation and psychological evaluation, and follow recommendations. She must complete a cognitive skills program, abstain from alcohol and non-prescribed mood-altering substances, provide a DNA sample, and submit to random urinalysis testing. Ecklund was sentenced Dec. 31, 2012, by Judge Landwehr.
Wright County Sheriff’s Office
March 12, Jeffrey Elton Schmiege, 43 of Maple Lake, was arrested in Corinna Township on a MN Department of Corrections warrant for probation violation.
March 13, Vincent Arthur Bauer, 46 of Maple Lake, was arrested in Maple Lake on a Isanti County warrant for contempt of court.
March 16, Timothy Carl Weber, 38 of Annandale, was arrested in Maple Lake on an apprehension and detention order from Wright County.
March 17, Jeffrey Elton Schmiege, 43 of Maple Lake, was arrested in Maple Lake on a MN Department of Corrections warrant for fifth-degree controlled substance violation.
There were 9 property-damage accidents, 2 personal-injury accidents, 3 hit-and-run accidents, and 4 car-deer accidents.
There were 6 arrests for DWI,
5 underage-consumption arrests,
3 school bus stop-arm violations, and 95 tickets for miscellaneous traffic violations reported this week.
Meeker County Sheriff’s Office
Sunday, March 17
8:30 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office responded to and dispatched Watkins Ambulance to a medical at a residence on Central Avenue North, Watkins. The Meeker County Medical Examiner was called the scene and a report was taken.
6:19 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office dispatched Watkins Ambulance, per the request of the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, for a medical at the Powder Ridge Ski Hill, 93rd Avenue, Maine Prairie Township. The Watkins Ambulance was canceled upon arrival and the individual was transported to a hospital by a privately owned vehicle.
8:50 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office responded to and dispatched Watkins Ambulance for a report of a possible suicide threat at a residence on Meeker Avenue North, City of Watkins. The Watkins Ambulance was canceled prior to arrival and deputies filed a report.
Saturday, March 16
1:22 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office responded to a southbound driving complaint in the area of MN Highway 15 and 353rd Street, North Kingston Township. Deputies located the vehicle, made contact with the driver who was advised of the complaint and found all to be okay.
3:37 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office responded to assist the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office with a report of a stabbing at a residence on Old Lake Road, Paynesville Township. The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office canceled the deputy prior to arrival, as they had located and arrested the suspect and no longer needed assistance.
7:38 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office dispatched Watkins Ambulance to a medical in Stearns County at a residence on 135th Street, Maine Prairie Township. One individual was transported to
St. Cloud Hospital.
11:49 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office dispatched Watkins Ambulance and Kimball Rescue to a medical at a residence on 707th Avenue, North Kingston Township. One individual transported to Meeker Memorial Hospital.
Friday, March 15
10:20 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office received a report of a scam attempt at a residence on Central Avenue North, Watkins. The deputy spoke to the individual and advised of options.
3:57 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office took a report of suspicious activity at Mies Outland on MN Highway 55, Watkins.
Thursday, March 14
5:58 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office dispatched the Eden Valley Rescue Squad and Watkins Ambulance to a personal injury accident on County Road 9 near 155th Street, Stearns County. One individual was transported to the Paynesville Hospital.
9:08 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office dispatched Watkins Ambulance to a medical at a residence on County Road 150, Stearns County. One individual was transported to the St. Cloud Hospital.
1:41 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office arrested Johnathon Matthew Stenberg, age 23, Watkins, during a traffic stop on Western Avenue, Watkins on a Meeker County warrant for a probation violation.
Wednesday, March 13
5:34 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of check the welfare at a residence in the Watkins Trailer Park, Watkins. All was found to be okay with the individual and a report will be filed.
Tuesday, March 12
7:07 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office responded to a request to assist the public at a location on MN Highway 55, Watkins. Upon arrival of the deputy the individual was advised it was a civil matter.
5:47 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office dispatched Watkins Ambulance for a medical at an address on Luella Street, Watkins. One individual was transported to Meeker Memorial Hospital.
7:48 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office responded to and dispatched Watkins Ambulance for a medical at an address on Luella Street, Watkins. One individual was treated at the scene and no transport was needed.
Monday, March 11
3:03 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office responded to assist the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office in checking the area in and around Watkins for a possible roll-over vehicle. The deputy was canceled a short time later as the vehicle was located in Stearns County by the Sheriff’s Office and assistance was no longer needed.
2:40 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office took information on a possible harassment issue at a residence on Church Street, Watkins.
Maine Prairie car crash with injuries
Monday morning, March 11, at about 3:04 a.m., the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office learned of a possible car crash with injuries that may have occurred in Stearns County. Deputies were able to locate the crash scene on County Road 149 just north of 145th Street in Main Prairie Township. A 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix driven by Dillon Hansen, age 20, of Watkins was driving south on County Road 149. The car slid off the roadway and rolled several times. The driver was ejected during the crash. He was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital by family. Alcohol is believed to be a factor. The crash remains under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office. The St. Cloud Police Department assisted.
March 7 Eden Valley firemen investigated the new fire truck which arrived earlier that day.Their last new fire truck was purchased in 1991, and a lot has changed since then. For example, on top of the truck is a remote-controlled nozzle that can shoot 1,000 gallons a minute before anyone even gets out of the truck. (See the full story in next week’s paper.) Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua.