Tricounty News

One-car crash in Rockville

Friday, July 4, 2014, the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office responded to a one vehicle traffic crash at 21273 Agate Beach Rd. in Rockville. Charles Lenzmeier, age 20, was operating a 1981 Chevrolet truck on Agate Beach Rd. when he lost control of the vehicle and hit a tree, head-on. Lenzmeier received a significant laceration to his head and other possible injuries. He was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital by Gold Cross Ambulance for treatment of those injuries. He was treated on scene by the Rockville Fire and Rescue squad who also responded to the crash. The crash remains under investigation by the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office.


ATV fire July 4

Friday, July 4, at 11:14 p.m., the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office and the Avon Fire Dept were dispatched to an ATV fire at 18651 CR 154, Avon Twp. Scott Gerard Michaletz, 58, of North Branch had seen his ATV on fire from inside the vacation home.

A 2006 Polaris Sportsman 500 and an attached Otter trailer were engulfed in flames. The fire was believed to have been started by spent illegal fireworks left in the trailer attached to the ATV. No injuries were reported from the fire. The ATV and trailer were a total loss. The incident remains under investigation.

Fight at bar leads to arrest

Friday, June 27, 2014 at 6:42 p.m., the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a fight occurring at Bud’s Bar at 125 Central Avenue North in Watkins, and a Meeker County Sheriff’s Deputy was dispatched to the scene. Upon the deputy’s arrival, it was observed that two people were attempting to restrain the suspect who was later identified as Jerico Beith, 33 years of age, of Kingston. The deputy, with the assistance of the two citizens were able to restrain Beith’s hands, however, Beith continued to resist the deputy’s verbal commands and in the struggle, bit one of the citizens in the thumb and the second citizen in the wrist. Beith continued to resist arrest and attempted to bite the deputy as well. Watkins ambulance responded to the scene and the two citizens were treated and released at the scene. Beith was taken to Meeker Memorial Hospital for lacerations and other injuries sustained during the fight.


Water rescue on Sauk River

Monday, June 30, the Stearns County Communications Center received the report of a man who had gone into the Sauk River from the canoe access by Heim’s Mill on County Road 1 in Lesauk Township. The caller indicated that the man had gone in after a dog, and that she could still see the dog, but had lost sight of the man. Stearns County Deputies responded and assistance was requested from the Sartell Police Dept. When officers arrived, they located the man on a small island east of the County Road 1 Bridge over the Sauk River. The dog was on the opposite shore but went into the Sauk River and swam to the man’s location. The Sartell Fire Dept. responded with their Zodiac and put it into the river. The man and dog were picked up and returned to the Heim’s Mill canoe access. The man was identified as Michael Lenarz, 61, of  St. Cloud. He was not complaining of any injuries and the dog appeared to be fine as well. Lenarz left the access on his own. Also assisting with this matter was the Benton County Sheriff’s Office and the Sauk Rapids Fire Department.


Fireworks, sparklers and bon fires…oh, my!

As we draw near to the Fourth of July, many of us celebrate with family and friends by enjoying bonfires and firework displays. While these activities encourage fun times and great memories, it is important to understand that they also pose serious threats and risks if they are not approached with caution. CentraCare Health reminds you to stay safe:

• Never allow children to operate fireworks; even sparklers can cause serious injuries if used incorrectly.

• Never leave children unattended around any type of fire.

• Never place any part of your body directly over fireworks when lighting a fuse.

• Light fireworks one at a time, and after doing so move away quickly.

• After fireworks are done burning, douse them with water before placing in the trash.

• Never use flammable liquids to light or keep a bonfire burning.

• Avoid starting fires when conditions are dry or windy.

• Make sure you and others know how to stop, drop and roll.

In case you need medical attention, the CentraCare Urgency Center is open noon to 8 p.m. on holidays and weekends. For more information or to view wait times, visit