Tricounty News

Local crime blotters July 31, 2014

Union Grove house fire

At 6:51 a.m. Wednesday, July 23, the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office and Paynesville Fire Department were dispatched to 36935 532nd Avenue, Union Grove Township, for a report of a house fire that had started in the laundry room. When the Meeker County Sheriff’s Deputy and Paynesville Fire Department arrived on scene, the single story house was fully engulfed in flames.

The home was owned by Shalom Farms and was being rented by Richard Hubert, 59, and Karen Hubert, 59 of Grove City. Karen Hubert and an 11-year-old granddaughter were home at the time of the fire and they were alerted by a smoke alarm. Both were able to get out of the house safely and notified the Sheriff’s Office.

The value of the house and property inside are unknown at this time but were a total loss.

Eden Valley Fire Department was paged to assist the Paynesville Fire Department with extinguishing the fire.

The State Fire Marshal was contacted about the house fire.


Local crime blotters July 24, 2014


French Lake Twp. fatal accident

Wright County Sheriff Hagerty reports that Saturday, July 19, at about 3:40 p.m. Wright County Communications received a 911 call of an accident involving a motorcycle and a golf cart at
17205 46th St. NW in French Lake Township.

Wright County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the scene and found that a motorcycle had collided with a golf cart on 46th Street NW. The driver and lone occupant of the motorcycle, Eric Lefebvre, M.D., age 51, of Buffalo, was pronounced dead at the scene. Lefebvre was wearing a helmet. The driver and lone occupant of the golf cart, Korie Schiel, age 39, of Chaska, was treated and released at the scene for minor injuries. Deputies were assisted at the scene by South Haven Rescue and Allina Ambulance Service.

The accident remains under investigation by the Wright County Sheriff’s Office.


National Night Out Aug. 5

Kimball Fire and Rescue is planning an open house at the Kimball Area Fire Hall from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5. Everyone is welcome. Fire and Rescue  will serve hot dogs, beans, chips, and root beer floats for a free-will donation. Proceeds go to Kimball Senior Dining.

This evening will feature Life Link demonstrations, depending on weather, also a fire-prevention demonstration. Don’t miss this important community event.

Local crime blotters July 17, 2014

Car v. horse collision

Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at 10 p.m. the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office, Minnesota State Patrol, and Litchfield Fire Department responded to a vehicle vs horse accident near the intersection of Minnesota Highway 22 and County State Aid Highway 18, Greenleaf Township.

Edward Dziuk, 48, of Litchfield, was driving a 2012 Honda Civic north on Minnesota Highway 22 when he collided with a horse. Dziuk was not injured and the horse was killed. The 2012 Honda Civic was totaled.

The crash is currently under investigation by the Minnesota State Patrol.

Kimball Police blotter

There were a total of 237 calls for Kimball Police in Kimball during May 2014. There were 43 extra patrols, 25 seat belt citations (and 7 warnings), 22 equipment warnings, 18 speed warnings (and 14 citations), 11 assists to other agencies, 11 business checks, 5 bar checks, 5 DAR/DAS/DAC arrests, 5 stop sign citations (and 2 warnings), 4 alarms, 4 checking welfare of an individual, 3 citizen contacts, 3 insurance violation citations (and 2 warnings), 3 suspicious vehicle/person complaints, 3 texting while driving citations, 2 animal complaints, 2 assault complaints, 2 civil complaints, 2 domestic warnings, 2 drug/narcotics citations (and 1 complaint), 2 juvenile problem complaints, 2 license plate/tabs warnings, 2 minor consumption citations, 2 motorist assists, 2 parking violation warnings, 2 passing on right citations, 2 theft complaints, 2 tresspassing complaints, 2 warrant service attempts, and one each of the following: accident, disorderly conduct, driving complaint, driver license violation citation, fire/burning complaint warning, found property, fraud complaint, intoxicated person complaint, medical call, no-pay complaint, paper service, personal assist, property damage complaint, and vandalism complaint.


Firearms Safety Classes begin Aug. 11, in Eden Valley


The EV Sportsmen Club and Meeker Pheasants Forever are co-sponsoring the DNR firearms safety class in Eden Valley beginning Monday, Aug. 11, at 6 p.m. in the EV Library at 306 State St. N.
Students must be at least 12 (or turning 12 during this calendar year) before taking the course. The FAS Certificate becomes valid at age 12. The class is open to the first 35 students to enroll on the first night.

Persons 18 or older may take the course work on line, but must take the written test and perform the field test Aug. 21, to obtain their certificate. Talk to Gary if you are interested in that option.