Tricounty News

Boy injured Monday morning

Monday, March 17, at about 07:30 a.m. when roads were covered with ice, the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office responded to the address of 21998 Co. Rd. 7 in St. Augusta for a car versus pedestrian personal injury crash. A Hendrick’s school bus, operated by Linda Rose, age 62 of South Haven, was traveling southbound on Co. Rd. 7 for a scheduled stop to pick up three children at this address. Six-year-old Kyle Voigt of South Haven began to cross Co. Rd. 7 and was struck by a car traveling northbound. That car was a 2004 Pontiac Bonneville being driven by Margaret Hartneck, 60, of St. Augusta. The St. Augusta Fire and Rescue department assisted at the scene with medical care for the boy. Gold Cross Ambulance service also responded and took over care. The boy was taken by Gold Cross ambulance to the St. Cloud Hospital for treatment of his injuries. This incident remains under investigation by the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office.

The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office would like to speak to the driver of a red car that witnesses indicate was traveling behind Hartneck’s Pontiac. That driver may be able to provide information helpful to completing the investigation into this matter. The Sheriff’s Office is asking that the driver contact the Sheriff’s Office at (320) 251-4240.

Local crime blotters March 13, 2014

Wright County Sheriff’s Office

March 4, Patrick Michael Cronin, 39 of Kimball, was arrested in Southside Township on the charge of third-degree DWI.

March 7, Amanda Marie Reinke, 25 of Maple Lake, was arrested in Benton County on Wright County warrants for third-degree controlled substance violation and fifth-degree controlled substance violation.

There were 57 property-damage
accidents, 6 personal-injury accidents, 1 hit-and-run accidents, and 4 car-deer accidents.

There were 3 arrests for DWI, and 58 tickets for miscellaneous traffic violations reported this week.


One-car rollover with injuries

Sunday, March 9, at 3:51 a.m., the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to CR 43 and 185th Street in Eden Lake Township, for a one-car rollover with three people ejected. a 2013 Kia Optima owned by Kimberly Donnay of Paynesville was traveling northbound on CR 43 when the driver lost control, entered the west ditch and rolled several times. The occupants were Kimberly Donnay, Kyle Gabrelcik, and Phillip Krumwiede. Two of the occupants were taken to the CentraCare Hospital in Paynesville for treatment, while the third had minor injuries and refused medical transport. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Eden Valley Police Dept., Eden Valley Rescue Squad, and Paynesville Ambulance. The accident remains under investigation.


Local crime blotters March 6, 2014

Accidental death of a child in Watkins

At 5:44 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reporting an unresponsive 4-year-old child at an address on Meeker Ave. So., Watkins. Anca Altenburg, the mother, reported that she found her daughter, Brianna Altenburg, wedged feet-first between her bed and the wall. Brianna had gone to her upstairs bedroom to play and, when Anca went to check on Brianna, about 20 minutes later, she found her unresponsive.

The bed was a manufactured bed that was raised approximately 45” high (loft-style bed) with cubicles and drawers beneath the mattress. There were no known recalls or product defects of the bed.

Brianna was taken to Meeker Memorial Hospital where hospital personnel attempted to revive her but couldn’t.

According to Sheriff Jeff Norlin, the coroner’s report confirms this was an accidental death. Norlin added that there is always a safety risk with elevated beds and young children, even when everything works as manufactured. He believes this to be a tragic accident as well.

Sheriff’s deputies, Watkins Ambu-lance, and the Eden Valley Police Department responded to this incident. 

Brianna’s funeral was held Tuesday, March 4. 


Snowmobile safely

Be aware of power lines and transformers

Great River Energy reminds snowmobile enthusiasts of all ages to be cautious while snowmobiling. Heavy snow and drifting can bury electrical equipment, causing dangerous situations for snowmobilers. Please remember to be safe:

• Watch out for power poles, guy wires and electrical equipment that can be hidden in the snow. Heavy snowfalls can often bury transformer boxes and cabinets.

• Slow down, know the area where you are snowmobiling and stay on the trails.