Tricounty News

Local crime blotters Nov. 21, 2013

Car crash with injuries

Friday, Nov. 15, at about
12:51 p.m., the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, Gold Cross Ambulance, North Care Air, and South Haven Rescue were dispatched to an accident with injuries at CR 7 and CR 146 in Fairhaven Township. A 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix driven by Caroline Connolly, age 21 of
St. Joseph, was driving northbound on CR 7. A 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Joseph Estevez, age 59 of St. Joseph, was traveling west on Cr 146. Estevez failed to stop for the stop sign and crashed into the side of Connolley’s car.

Connolly’s passenger Brittany LaFave, age 21 of Monticello, was air lifted to the St. Cloud Hospital. Estevez and Connolly were taken to St. Cloud Hospital by Gold Cross Ambulance. The accident remains under investigation.


DNR reminder – ice is not safe right now

The Department of Natural Resources said the thin layers of ice that are forming on Minnesota waters right now are not safe. This reminder comes after a DNR conservation officer helped rescue a man Friday, Nov. 15, who was fishing and fell through the ice on Little Rock Lake in Benton County.

“The bottom line is it’s crucial that people do not let their guard down,” said Kara Owens, DNR boat and water safety specialist, “because ice is never 100-percent safe. A few days of cold temperatures don’t create ice strong enough to hold a person.”

According to Owens, six people died last winter after falling through the ice.


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.

This seminar is being offered at no charge to interested persons. Space is limited, and reservations are first-come, first-served. For more information and/or to make reservations, please call Kathy Wingen, Program Coordinator, at (320) 253-0138. 


Local crime blotters Nov. 14, 2013

Single-car accident with injury

Sunday, Nov. 3, at around 6:45 p.m., Brett Anderson of South Haven was northbound on Highway 22 south of Richmond when he lost control of his Chevy Silverado around a curve. The pickup went off the road and hit a tree. Anderson, 43, was taken to St. Cloud Hospital where he was listed in serious condition.

Car crash with injuries

Friday, Nov. 8, the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, St. Joseph Police Department, St. Joseph Fire and Rescue, and Gold Cross Ambulance responded to a motor vehicle accident on CR 75 west of CR 3 in St. Joseph Township. Douglas Donald Rausch, age 43 of Richmond, was driving his 2008 silver Pontiac Grand Prix eastbound on CR 75 when he crossed over into the oncoming lanes of traffic and into the ditch on the other side. The Grand Prix struck two trees and rolled over twice before coming to rest on its roof. Rausch was treated at the scene by St. Joseph Rescue and taken to the St. Cloud Hospital by Gold Cross Ambulance. The accident is under investigation by the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office.


Cold water is a danger to late-season boaters

As Minnesotans enjoy their last bit of time on water before the ice, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is warning boaters, paddlers and waterfowl hunters not to let their guard down.

Right now, water temperatures on Lake Minnetonka and the
St. Croix River are hovering around 40 degrees.

“Forty degrees is cold,” said Kara Owens, DNR boat and water safety specialist. “Cold water can prove dangerous, or even deadly, especially if people don’t consider the consequences of falling into frigid water this time of year.”