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Local crime blotters Aug. 21, 2014


Kimball Police blotter

There were 193 police calls in the City of Kimball during July 2014. These included: 32 extra patrols,  25 business checks, 17 speeding tickets (and 11 warnings), 16 seat belt tickets (and 3 warnings), 9 equipment warnings, 9 suspicious vehicle/person, 6 agency assist, 6 citizen contacts, 5 animal complaints (and 1 animal bite complaint), 5 stop sign citations (and 1 warning), 4 alarms, 4 medical calls, 3 door checks, 3 insurance violation warnings (and 1 ticket), 3 motorist assists, 3 no-pay complaints, 2 bar checks, 2 license plate/tab warnings, 2 parking violation warnings, 2 passing on right warnings (and 1 citation), 2 theft complaints, and one each of the following: accident, arrest for driving after revocation/suspension, driver license violation ticket (and 1 warning), drug violation arrest, burning complaint, matter of information, noise complaint (and 1 warning), obstructing legal process, personal assist, citation for texting while driving, vandalism complaint, and welfare check.


National Night Out celebrated in Kimball

The Kimball Fire Department hosted National Night Out at the Fire Hall Aug. 5 as well, with free food and more, and kids w-140805-NatNtOut-K-09got to climb on the fire trucks. 



National Night Out celebrated in Watkins

The Meeker County Mounted Posse visited the Watkins Fire Hall for National Night Out Tuesday evening, Aug. 5. Therew-140805-NatNtOut-W-21was also an police dog demonstration.


Local crime blotters Aug. 14

One-car accident on Hwy. 15

Sunday, Aug. 10, at 3:38 p.m. the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office, Watkins Ambulance, and Minnesota State Patrol responded to a one-vehicle roll over at 35572 MN Hwy 15. Aaron Hoffman, 18 years old from Detroit Lakes MN was traveling South on MN Hwy 15 when his vehicle caught the edge of the road. Aaron then over-corrected causing him to lose control of the vehicle and rolling into the East ditch. Hoffman was treated on scene for non-life threatening injuries and was taken to Hutchinson Hospital.

The accident is under investigation by the Minnesota State Patrol.


Phase One of jail remodel complete


The first phase of the Stearns County jail remodeling project is finished. Phase one involvedCell-RGB reconstructing the first floor of the Law Enforcement Center (LEC) to accommodate the female housing unit and work release inmates, both of which were previously on the second floor.

Moving the female inmates to the first floor allowed for the addition of another 11 beds, going from 9 to 20 in the female unit. This is a growing jail population and will reduce the need to pay for transporting women to jails in other counties.