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Ben Aho to run for Sheriff

Litchfield Police Officer, Benjamin Aho, announces his intent to run for Meeker County Sheriff in the 2014 election.W-Ben-Aho-1008

My wife Tonja and I, along with our six children, currently live in Watkins. I have worked in law enforcement for the past
13 years with the city of Watkins, Meeker County Sheriffs Office (including a 2-year assignment to the CEE-VI Drug and Gang Task Force) and the city of Litchfield. Working so closely with these different departments has given me a definite advantage of seeing and understanding a wide variety of different leadership styles. My intent as Sheriff would be to utilize these different styles to benefit the citizens of Meeker County and to bring them a Sheriff that they can proudly call their own.

Over the past seven years, I have had the privilege to serve the citizens of Litchfield as both an investigator and a patrol officer. I have also served as a trainer for firearms instructing, use of force, and assisting with proper procedures on case investigations. Currently I am working with other members of the police department and with the Litchfield School District, collaborating to provide the safest schools in the event of a critical incident.


Local crime blotters March 20, 2014

Eden Valley Police blotter

There were 50 calls in February for the Eden Valley Police Department. Among them were 9 miscellaneous calls, 8 verbal warnings, 6 alarms, 5 public assists, 3 motorist assists, 3 assisting other department, 3 assisting Rescue, 3 thefts,  2 domestic calls, 2 accidents, 2 dog complaints, 2 ordinance violations, 1 citation, and 1 case of vandalism.

Kimball Police blotter

There were a total of 122 calls for Kimball and 27 calls for Fair Haven during February 2014 for the Kimball Police Department.

In Kimball, there were 22 extra patrols, 17 business checks, 17 equipment warnings, 8 speeding warnings and 7 citations, 6 bar checks, 5 licence plat warnings and 2 citations, 5 parking violations, 4 motorist assists, 3 agency assists, 3 citizen contacts, 2 alarms, 2 driver licence violation warnings, 2 insurance violation warnings, 2 no-pay complaints, 2 passing on right warnings, 2 suspicious vehicle/person complaints; there were one each of the following: Driving after suspension/revocation, funeral escort, fraud, harassment, hit-and-run, neighbor dispute, personal assist, stalled vehicle, stop sign warning, theft, and welfare check.


Icy roads cause numerous accidents locally

Boy injured on way to school bus

Monday morning, March 17, just before 7:30 a.m., Kyle Voigt was on his way to school at Kimball Elementary. The 6-year-old waited on the side of the road with two other children, but crossed before the driver gave the signal, reportedly at the urging of his sister. The school bus, driven by Linda Rose of Hendricks Bus Service, was stopped, facing south, with the lights flashing. A car heading north on County Road 7 struck Kyle. The driver of that car, a 2004 Pontiac Bonneville, was Margaret Hartneck, 60 of St. Augusta. Kyle’s injuries were not serious, primarily bruised ribs.

The St. Augusta Fire and Rescue responded to the scene and Gold Cross Ambulance transported Kyle to the St. Cloud Hospital for treatment of his injuries.


Accident with injuries in Greenleaf Twp.

Monday, March 17, at 9:08 a.m., the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office, Litchfield Fire Department, Litchfield Rescue Squad and Gold Cross Ambulance responded to a one vehicle accident on County State Aid Highway 22, in Greenleaf Township.

Jan Lockwood, 53, of Cosmos was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer on County State Aid Highway 22, when she lost control of the vehicle because of the slippery road conditions, entered the ditch and rolled. Lockwood was taken by Gold Cross Ambulance to the Meeker Memorial Hospital. The Trailblazer sustained severe damage and was towed from the scene.

There were no other injuries involved in this crash.

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.