For dangerous driving conditions today and tomorrow
Record low temperatures and snow today, and into tomorrow, have made driving conditions dangerous for residents. The nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) offers the following seven winter car safety tips to keep families safe while driving in winter conditions:
• Prepare a special emergency kit for your car and keep it there throughout the season. Your winter weather car-kit should include:
A distress flag
Extra food and water
Flashlights and batteries
• Check your tires for air and wear. Be sure to keep tow and tire chains in your trunk as well.
Eden Valley Police blotter
There were a total of 58 calls in Eden Valley during December. These included 15 calls to assist the public, 12 misc. calls, 6 verbal warnings, 5 citations, 5 calls to assist other departments, 4 motorist assists,
3 alarms, 2 calls to assist Rescue,
2 domestic calls, 2 accidents, 1 burglary, and 1 arrest.
In 2013 there were 716 calls in total, with 20 arrests, 30 thefts, 12 accidents, 12 cases of vandalism, 16 domestic calls, and 5 burglaries.
Watkins police blotter (Meeker Co. Sheriff’s Office)
There were a total of 23 calls in Watkins during December 2013. These include 4 medical calls,
2 911 hangups, 2 animal complaints,
2 public assists, 2 domestic calls,
2 ordinance violations, 2 thefts, 2 traffic stops (with warnings), and 1 each of the following: 911 call transfer, alarm, welfare check, parking violation, warrant.
Of the two thefts, one was a theft of clothing and the other was an accidental gas drive-off where the driver returned and paid. There was one snow parking ticket issued that was not on the report.
Wright County Sheriff’s Office
Dec. 31, Joshua Daniel Kable, 30 of Cokato was arrested in Cokato Township, on Wright County warrants for violation of a domestic abuse no-contact order and domestic assault.
Dec. 31, Amanda Marie Reinke, 25 of Maple Lake, was arrested in Southside Township on a Wright County warrant for failure to register as a predatory offender.
Dec. 31, Eric Robert Eggersgluss, 19 of Maple Lake, was arrested in Maple Lake on a Wright County warrant for minor consumption.
Kids in the St. Cloud area who have witnessed violence or another traumatic event will now get immediate help because of a new child advocate position associated with the Stearns County Domestic Violence Partnership. Private funding has been obtained for a full-time Trauma Informed Advocate to work with St. Cloud metro police departments. Applications are now being accepted – those interested in the position should contact Rhonda Domagala, Human Resources Manager, Central Minnesota Mental Health Center at (763) 271-5320 (phone), (763) 295-5086 (fax).
Car seat clinic offers free checks
Using the correct restraints reduces infants’ fatalities by 71 percent and toddlers’ fatal injuries by 54 percent in passenger cars. Install your car seat for infants and young children and then have our certified technicians check the safety and fit of the seat in your car. The next car seat checks will be from 3-6 p.m. Jan. 15, Feb. 19, March 19 or April 16 at the Gold Cross Ambulance Garage, 2800 7th Street North, St. Cloud. This is a free service.
The goal of this car seat check is to:
Teach you how to install your car seat properly every time;
Make sure you feel comfortable with the installation of the seat;