Tricounty News

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

Stearns County has placed ‘No Wake’ signs

Stearns County area lakes are currently experiencing unusually high water levels. In particular, the Chain of Lakes and Sauk River area around Cold Spring and Richmond, as well as Two Rivers Lake in the St. Anna area are especially high. The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office is in the process of placing “No Wake” signs in these areas. In these lakes and rivers and in all Stearns County waters the Sheriff’s Office is asking boaters to exercise restraint, good judgment and common sense. Boat operators should reduce their speed to create no wake or waves from their boat. Water patrol officers will be out on area lakes over the weekend, weather permitting, reminding boaters to follow these recommendations. The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office thanks all boaters for their cooperation in this matter.


Local crime blotters June 26, 2014

Wright County Sheriff’s Office

June 16, Antwan Jamar Jamison, 29 of Annandale, was arrested in Annandale on a Department of Corrections warrant for parole violations.

June 18, David Allen Heinrich, 57 of Annandale, was arrested in Stearns County on Wright County warrants for second-degree assault and terroristic threats.

June 19, Adam Michael Myers, 37 of Annandale, was arrested in Annandale on the charges of first-degree burglary and possession of stolen property.

June 21, Jeremy Joseph Kramer, 25 of Maple Lake, was arrested in Maple Lake Township on first-degree burglary, theft, and domestic assault charges.

There were 35 property-damage accidents, 5 personal-injury accidents, 5 hit-and-run accidents, and
4 car-deer accidents.

There were 8 arrests for DWI, and 84 tickets for miscellaneous traffic violations reported this week.


Local crime blotters June 19, 2014

Wright County Sheriff’s Office

There were 28 property-damage accidents, 7 personal-injury accidents, 2 hit-and-run accidents, and
6 car-deer accidents.

There were 4 arrests for DWI, and 62 tickets for miscellaneous traffic violations reported this week.

Meeker County Sheriff’s Office

Sunday, June 15, 2014

12:07 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of suspicious activity near a residence on School Avenue South, City of Watkins. The deputy checked the area and found all to be okay.

1:58 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a domestic disturbance at a residence on 675th Avenue, Forest Prairie Township. The deputies made contact with the homeowners and the situation was mediated and there were no further issues.


Thefts from vehicle

Wednesday, June 11, the Stearns County Sheriff’s office took the report of a theft from a motor vehicle in the 41800 block of Co. Rd. 1 in Brockway Twp. Taken was money and paperwork for a bank account. Friday, June 13, the Sheriff’s Office took the report of three thefts from a motor vehicle in the area of 5th Ave. NE in the City of St. Stephen. Taken in these thefts were two Ipods, several power tools, cash and two handguns. The handguns were described as a Ruger Mark 1 .22 caliber pistol and a Ruger model 03313 9mm pistol. Several other vehicles were also gone through with nothing reported to be missing. The vehicles were all unlocked at the time of the thefts. The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind citizens that vehicles left outside overnight should have valuables removed or hidden and the doors locked. Anyone with information on these thefts is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at (320) 251-4240. One additional break in was reported late Friday morning, June 13, in the same area, at Marie Crt., in St. Stephen. Money was taken in that theft.

The only suspect description available is a male wearing blue jeans and a gray hooded sweatshirt.