Tricounty News

Local crime blotters March 7, 2013

Snowmobile crash in Oak T’ship

Saturday, March 2, at 
3:13 p.m., the Stearns county Sheriff’s Office, Freeport Rescue, and Melrose Ambulance were dispatched to Lake Maria in Oak Township, southwest of Freeport, for a snowmobile accident. Glenn Lawrence Hinnenkamp, age 50, of Melrose, was riding a 1999 Yamaha snowmobile when he hit a snow bank and was thrown from the sled. He suffered a lower left leg injury and was treated at the scene by Freeport Rescue. He was taken to the Melrose Hospital by Melrose Ambulance.

Barn fire in rural Darwin

Sunday, March 3, at 5:18 p.m.,
the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Litchfield and Dassel Fire Departments responded to a barn fire at the Charles and Mary Nething residence at 63724 260th Street in Darwin Township. An apparent cause of the fire may have been an electrical short in the wiring of the barns that began in the livestock barn on the property. The owners were able to remove two horses during the time of the fire and one pig.

The barn, an approximately 30 foot by 80 foot structure, however was a total loss. The remaining livestock consisting of 11 pigs and a cow were lost because of the fire. There were two other barns on the property and neither were damaged as a result of this fire. The total dollar amount of loss is not known at this time. This fire is currently under investigation by the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office and the Litchfield Fire Department.

Thefts in Meeker County

Tuesday, Feb. 19, the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a stolen 2005 Polaris 550 snowmobile from the address on 645th Avenue, just north of Forest City. Also on the 19th, the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a stolen 2008 Acura car from Kingston Auto Sales in Dassel, which was recovered by the Wright County Sheriff’s Office just south of Annandale the same day.

Wednesday, Feb. 20, the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office took a report for a stolen 1999 white Ford Econoline Van that had “Larry’s Plumbing” on the side. The van was full of plumbing equipment and tools and was taken from an address on 648th Avenue in Forest City. The address where the van was taken from was approximately one mile from the report of the stolen snowmobile.

Friday, Feb. 22, Meeker County Sheriff’s Investigators working with the Wright County Sheriff’s Office were able to issue a probable cause arrest order on Jeremy David Munson, 29 years old, of Annandale, for the possession of the stolen 2008 Acura.

Also, that same day, the 1999 Ford Econoline Van that was reported to Meeker County as stolen, was recovered in the city of St. Cloud and was towed and secured at their facility for evidence processing.

Saturday, Feb. 23, Jeremy Munson was believed to be involved in a pursuit on the snowmobile that was reported stolen from Meeker County, just south of Clearwater in Wright County. Munson was subsequently arrested on the probable cause arrest order, and other charges stemming from the Wright County incident.

Monday, Feb. 25, Meeker County and Wright County investigators interviewed Munson in the Wright County Jail, where he confessed to the theft of the 2005 Polaris snowmobile and of the 2008 Acura car. These investigations are still ongoing. Sheriff Norlin is asking the public for anyone with information on any of the incidents to call the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office directly at (320) 693-5400, or you can remain anonymous by calling the tip line at (800) 222-TIPS (8744), or you can text a tip in at  “TIP674 plus your message” to CRIMES (274637).

Wright County Sheriff’s Office

Feb. 25, Kelly Marie Bartel, 31 of Maple Lake, was arrested in Buffalo on a Wright County warrant for methamphetamine paraphernalia accessible to children.

Feb. 25 Jennifer Lynn Melchert, 20 of Cokato, was charged with felony theft.

Feb. 26, Nathan James Good, 20 of Cokato,was arrested in Rice County on a Wright County warrant for theft.

March 3, Yvette Fabrae Schwartz, 42 of Annandale, was arrested in French Lake Township on a Stearns County warrant for second-degree DWI test refusal.

There were 22 property-damage accidents, 2 personal-injury accidents, 3 hit-and-run accidents, and 7 car-deer accidents.

There were 7 arrests for DWI,
1 underage-consumption arrests, and 93 tickets for miscellaneous traffic violations reported this week.

Meeker County Sheriff’s Office

Sunday, March 3

7:04 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office responded to a dog complaint at an address on 1st Street, Watkins. The deputy made contact with the owner and advised of the complaint.

Saturday, March 2

5:29 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office dispatched Watkins Ambulance to a medical at St. Anthony Manor on Church Street, Watkins. One individual was transported to Meeker Memorial Hospital.

6:53 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office dispatched the Watkins ambulance for a medical at a residence in Kimball. One party was taken to St. Cloud Hospital.

9:02 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office took a report of a possible suicidal threat at a residence on 362nd Street, Forest Prairie Township.

Friday, March 1

5:39 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office responded to a dog complaint at a residence on Glen Road North, Watkins.  One male beagle wearing a black collar with fake diamonds on it and no tags was transported to the pound and was later picked up by its owner.

11:28 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office received a report of a possible juvenile party in the area of 350th Street and 650th Avenue, Forest Prairie Township. The deputy checked the area and all appeared to be okay.

Thursday, February 28

10:15 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office took into custody Lance Kelly Smallwood, age 24, of Watkins, at the Meeker County Jail on a warrant out of Stearns County.

6:20 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office responded to a dog complaint in the Watkins Trailer Park, Watkins.  Upon arrival of the deputy everything was found to be fine.

Wednesday, February 27

8:08 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office responded to a complaint of trespassing at an address on 365th Street, Kimball. Upon arrival the deputy determined it was a civil issue and parties were advised of options.

8:25 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office took a report of theft of gas from Jack’s of Watkins.

9:32 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office dispatched Watkins Ambulance for a medical at an address on Central Avenue North, Watkins. One individual was transported to St. Cloud Hospital.

10:40 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a civil issue at an address on Church Street, Watkins. Upon arrival the deputy advised of options.

11:52 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office took a report of a theft of gas that occurred on the 24th from Jack’s of Watkins.

12:44 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office assisted with the escort of the ACGC Wrestling Team out of Grove City on its way to the MN State Wrestling Meet.

1:17 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office responded to, dispatched Watkins Fire/Rescue and Ambulance for a one vehicle rollover on the Meeker Stearns Street near 647th Avenue, Forest Prairie Township. Upon arrival it was determined there were no injuries, no transport was needed and the crash had occurred in Stearns County. The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office wrote the accident report.

4:24 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office responded to a cellular 9-1-1 hang up call from an area near the intersection of Glen Road North and Galen Lane North, Watkins. A second call came from the same location requesting an ambulance for a medical on Cedar Avenue North, Watkins.

4:26 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office dispatched Watkins Ambulance for a medical at an address on Cedar Avenue North, Watkins. Prior to arrival the ambulance was cancelled as party was being transported to the hospital in a private vehicle.  

9:00 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office received a report of a vehicle in the ditch on Meeker Stearns Street, Stearns County.  The information was passed on to the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office and they were responding to the call.

Tuesday, February 26

2:52 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office responded to deliver an emergency message at an address on 365th Street, Watkins, for the Lafayette Indiana Police Department. 

3:28 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of trespassing at an address on 365th Street, Kimball. The deputy advised it was a civil issue.

6:16 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office responded to and dispatched Watkins Ambulance to a medical at a residence on Central Avenue North, Watkins. One individual was transported to Paynesville Hospital.

7:59 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office responded to a dog complaint on Cedar Avenue North and 4th Street North, Watkins. The deputy assisted in getting the dog back to the owners.

Monday, February 25

10:38 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office assisted the St. Cloud Police Department in attempting to make contact with an individual at a residence on County State Aid Highway 27, Kingston. 

5:16 p.m. a Sheriff’s Deputy came across a stalled vehicle near the intersection of MN Highway 55 and County State Aid Highway 2, Watkins.  The vehicle had overheated and was not a road hazard.

 8:06 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office received a report of unsafe conditions in the area of 4th Street North, Watkins. The deputy checked the area and all appeared to be okay.