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Resources for preventing scam and fraud

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Minnesota Board on Aging (800) 333-2433 or www.minesotahelp.info

Thank you,

Special Agent Bill White, State Of MN, AGED-DPS

Meeker County Sheriff presents awards

Sheriff Jeff Norlin is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2012 employee recognition awards. A decoration is awarded annually in recognition of performance of duty, heroism, or high achievement W-DSC 3434or service. For 2012, Deputy Marc Berris is the recipient of the Sheriff’s Achievement Award. Rebecca Miller of the County’s IT (Information & Technology) assigned to the Sheriff’s Office is receiving an Exceptional Service Award. Two individuals, Deputy Bill Hudson and Litchfield Police Officer Aaron Nelson, are also being recognized for a life-saving event that occurred Feb. 17, 2013.

Meeker County Sheriff Jeff Norlin presented awards for outstanding service. Pictured Left to Right are Sheriff Jeff Norlin; Rebecca Miller, Meeker County IT; Deputy William Hudson; Deputy Marc Berris; Litchfield Officer Aaron Nelson; and Chief Deputy Brad Lindgren. Submitted photo.

 

 

Fatal accident Tuesday

This just in from the Minnesota State Patrol report:

Just before 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, two cars collided on Hwy. 24 at 330th Street in Meeker County. 

Gloria Nething, 72, of Litchfield, was driving westbound on 330th Street when she ran the stop sign and drove onto Highway 24. Jesse Albright, 34, of Royalton, was driving northbound on Highway 24 and his car broadsided Nething’s car. Nething died; Albright had no apparent injuries.

No further investigation is planned.

Maintenance Work on the Lake Wobegon Trail

Portions of the Lake Wobegon Trail will be closed sporadically throughout the remainder of the summer for pavement repairs. The trail is in need of some significant work, including crack and hole filling and the complete resurfacing of some segments.

The trail will be closed in the areas where work is being done. If users see construction, they should use another portion of the trail. Trail users are asked to stay off freshly repaired surfaces.

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Crime blotters, July 1-7

Wright County Sheriff’s Office

July 3, Dennis Duane Johnson, 62 of Annandale, was arrested in French Lake Township on the charge of third-degree DWI.

July 6, Johnathon Matthew
Stenberg, 23 of Watkins, was arrested in Annandale on the charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

July 6, Peter Bryan Lansing, 27 of Clearwater, was arrested in Clearwater on the charges of obstructing legal process with force and third-degree DWI refusal.

July 7, Trever Ray Linder, 21 of South Haven, was arrested in Annandale on the charge of disorderly conduct.

July 7, Nicholas David Nelson, 24 of Annandale, was arrested in Annandale on the charge of third-degree DWI refusal.

There were 24 property-damage accidents, 7 personal-injury accidents, 5 hit-and-run accidents, and 5 car-deer accidents.

There were 8 arrests for DWI, 16 underage-consumption arrests, and 53 tickets for miscellaneous traffic violations reported this week.

Meeker County Sheriff’s Office

Sunday, July 7

12:47 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office took a report of a civil dispute at a residence on 367th St., North Kingston Township.

Saturday, July 6

11:11 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office dispatched Watkins Ambulance for a medical at the St. Anthony Manor in Watkins. One individual was transported to St. Cloud Hospital.

11:12 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office took a report of a theft from a residence at 222nd Street, Litchfield Township. 

12:28 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office took a report of criminal damage to property at an address on 222nd Street, Litchfield Township.

3:03 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office responded to a complaint of a custody issue at a residence on 742nd Avenue, Kingston Township. The deputy made contact and advised of options.

4:37 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office dispatched Watkins Ambulance for a medical at St. Anthony Manor, Watkins. One individual was treated at the scene and no transport was needed.

Friday, July 5

2:01 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office dispatched Eden Valley Rescue Squad and Watkins Ambulance for a medical at the Brook View Apartments, Coleman Ave. E., City of Eden Valley. One individual was transported to the St. Cloud Hospital.

8:35 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office took a report of a hit and run that occurred at a residence on 582nd Avenue, Litchfield Township. (See separate story on this incident.)

8:59 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office took a report of tampering with a vehicle at an address on 586th Avenue, Litchfield Township.

9:57 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office took a report of criminal damage to property at an address on 582nd Avenue, Litchfield Township.

10:21 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office took a report of criminal damage to property at an address on 582nd Avenue, Litchfield Township.  

11:03 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office took a report of criminal damage to property at an address on 222nd Street, Litchfield Township.

11:18 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office responded to a complaint of a civil issue at a residence in the Watkins Trailer Park. The deputy made contact and advised of options.  

Thursday, July 4

2:37 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office responded to and dispatched Eden Valley Rescue and Watkins Ambulance to a medical at a residence on County State Aid Highway 34, Forest Prairie Township.  One individual was transported to Meeker Memorial Hospital.

11:55 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office responded to a complaint of harassment at an address on 677th Avenue, Forest Prairie Township. Upon arrival the deputy advised of options.

2:26 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office assisted Eden Valley Police Department with transporting a female party who was arrested at an address on State Street North, Eden Valley on a McLeod County warrant.

5:53 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office took a report of harassment at an address on 367th Street, North Kingston Township.

6:45 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office took a report of a domestic disturbance at a residence on Central Avenue North, City of Watkins. Also assisting was the Eden Valley Police Department.

7:25 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office dispatched Eden Valley Rescue Squad and Watkins Ambulance for a medical at Brook View Apartments, Coleman Avenue East, City of Eden Valley. One individual was transported to the St. Cloud Hospital.

9:22 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office took a report of a domestic disturbance at a residence in the Watkins Trailer Park, City of Watkins.

11:11 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office observed an unoccupied stalled vehicle in the area of MN Highway 55 and 657th Avenue, Forest Prairie Township. The deputy made contact with the owner who will make arrangements to have the vehicle, which is not a road hazard, removed.

11:30 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office took a report of a domestic disturbance at a residence in the Watkins Trailer Park, City of Watkins.

Wednesday, July 3

 3:38 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office dispatched Eden Valley Rescue and Watkins Ambulance to a medical at a residence on County Road 34, Eden Lake Township in Stearns County.  One individual was transported to Meeker Memorial Hospital.

12:57 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office dispatched Watkins Ambulance and Kimball Rescue to a medical at a residence on 737th Avenue, North Kingston Township. One individual was transported to the St. Cloud Hospital.

3:27 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a suspicious person near a residence on 330th Street, Kingston Township.  The deputy found all to be okay on arrival; the individual was working for a company contracted through Xcel Energy.

4:34 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office took a report of theft from a residence on 367th Street, North Kingston Township.

8:33 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office dispatched Watkins Ambulance to a medical at a residence on 170th Street, Luxemburg Township, Stearns County.  One individual was transported to the St. Cloud Hospital.

Tuesday, July 2

4:14 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office dispatched Watkins Ambulance and Eden Valley Rescue to a medical at a residence on County State Aid Highway 34, Forest Prairie Township. One individual was transported to Meeker Memorial Hospital.

10:12 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office took a report of juvenile trouble at a residence on Friedman Street, Eden Valley.

3:34 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a civil issue at an address on 367th Street, North Kingston Township. The deputy made contact with all parties involved and advised of options.

6:07 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office arrested Erik Michael Fauskee, age 50, of Eden Valley, on a Meeker County Warrant for a probation violation.

Monday, July 1

3:45 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office dispatched Watkins Ambulance, per the request of the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, for a medical at a residence on Calumet Road, Fairhaven Township. One individual was transported to Buffalo Hospital.

4:15 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office dispatched Eden Valley Rescue and Watkins Ambulance to a medical at a residence on Douglas Drive, Eden Valley.  One individual was transported to Meeker Memorial Hospital.