Tricounty News

Local crime blotters Sept. 26, 2013

Fire in Clearwater home

Wednesday, Sept. 18, Stearns 
County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call in reference to a house fully engulfed in flames at 232 Englewood Road, Lynden Township, in Clearwater. No one was home at the time of the fire, and there were no injuries. 
The home is owned by Robert and Janet Moeller.

Fire departments from Clear-water, Clear Lake, and St. Augusta extinguished the fire.

The Clearwater Fire Department will investigate the cause of the fire, which may have been a wood-burning appliance. 

Car-horse accident Sept. 20

Friday, Sept. 20, at 5:25 a.m. the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office dispatched the Eden Valley Fire Department, Eden Valley Rescue, Watkins Ambulance, and responded to a two- vehicle personal injury accident on CSAH 34, just south of 365th Street. Upon the deputy’s arrival, it was found that 51-year old James Doll of rural Watkins, was driving north on CSAH 34, with his wife, Linda Doll, 54 years old, and their 16-year old son, in a blue 2005 Dodge Mini Van when he struck a horse that had run up onto the road near the intersection of 365th Street. The horse was thrown into the front end of a parked 2013 blue Chevy Avalanche occupied by 54-year old Sonja Harms of Litchfield. Linda Doll was taken to Meeker Memorial Hospital by Watkins Ambulance for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. The Doll’s vehicle was totaled from the accident and Sonja Harms’ vehicle had light damage to its front end. Deputies found that there were several horses loose at the time of the accident. The loose horses and the one that was killed from the accident are owned by 61-year old Robert Kelly of rural Watkins. Mr. Kelly removed the dead horse from the roadway and was rounding up the rest of the loose horses. This incident is still under investigation by the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office.

Wright County Sheriff’s Office

Sept. 16, Dale John LaFave, 44 of Maple Lake, was charged with felony possession of a weapon/explosive device.

Sept. 16, Malisa Marie Loeschke, 25 of Maple Lake, was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance.   

Sept. 18, Brandon Edward Barthel, 21 of Maple Lake, was arrested in Maple Lake on the charges of domestic assault and fifth-degree assault.

Sept. 18, Andrew Graham Scott, 21 of Annandale, was arrested in
Stearns County on Wright County warrants for third-degree burglary, 5th degree criminal sexual conduct and issuance of worthless check.

Sept. 18, Kristina Ann Leon, 43 of Litchfield, was arrested in Corinna Township on the charge of theft.

Sept. 19, Thomas Allen Lovitt, 29 of Clearwater, was arrested in Clearwater on the charge of violation of a domestic abuse no-contact order.

Sept. 20, Todd Alan Roy, 45 of Annandale, was arrested in Annandale on the charge of third-degree DWI.

Sept. 22, Michael James Steinhofer, 32 of Clearwater, was arrested in Clearwater Township on the charges of domestic assault by strangulation and domestic assault.

There were 21 property-damage accidents, 4 personal-injury accidents, 1 hit-and-run accidents, and
8 car-deer accidents.

There were 6 arrests for DWI,
2 underage-consumption arrests, and 37 tickets for miscellaneous traffic violations reported this week.

Meeker County Sheriff’s Office

Sunday, Sept. 22

2:04 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office dispatched Eden Valley Rescue Squad for a medical at a residence on Meadowlark Lane, City of Eden Valley. One individual was assisted at the residence.

 Saturday, Sept. 21

4:13 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of suspicious activity near a residence on Western Avenue South, City of Watkins. The deputy checked the area and found that the individuals had left prior to his arrival.

3:16 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office dispatched Eden Valley Rescue and
Watkins Ambulance to a medical at a residence on Raymond Avenue, Eden Lake Township, Stearns County.  One individual was transported to the
St. Cloud Hospital.

5:05 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office received a call in regards to a vehicle in the ditch on MN Highway 15, Kingston Township. There were no injuries reported and the caller was transferred to the MN State Patrol.

5:39 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office responded to a dog complaint at a residence on Central Avenue South, Watkins. The deputy transported two dogs to the dog pound and the owner later picked them up.

Friday, Sept. 20

5:19 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of horses on the road on CSAH 34 and 365th Street, Forest Prairie Township. 

6:52 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a horse loose near the intersection of County State Aid Highway 11 and 655th Avenue, Darwin Township. The owner was able to locate the horse and return it to its pen.

6:53 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office dispatched Eden Valley Fire Department to a transformer fire near a residence on 228th Avenue, Eden Lake Township, Stearns County.

11:00 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office took a report of a scam attempt at a residence on MN Highway 24, North Kingston Township.

11:54 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office took a report of theft from King Crow Company, County State Aid Highway 19, Kingston.

12:30 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office arrested Lance Leland Provencher, age 67, of rural Litchfield, on a Meeker County Apprehension and Detention Order while at the Meeker County Probation Office, North Sibley Avenue, Litchfield.

2:04 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office took a report of a possible vulnerable adult situation at a residence on Church Street, Watkins.

8:35 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office responded to assist the Eden Valley Police Department with a traffic stop in the area of MN Highway 55, Manannah Township.

9:23 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of unsafe conditions in the area of MN Highway 55 and County State Aid Highway 2, City of Watkins. The deputy made contact with the walking individual who was okay and already had arranged for a ride.

9:31 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office responded to a westbound driving complaint in the area of MN Highway 55 and County State Aid Highway 17, Forest Prairie Township. The deputy checked the area and found that the vehicle had left prior to arrival.

Thursday, Sept. 19

2:24 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of suspicious activity at the Hilltop Health Care Center on Luella Street in Watkins. A deputy found everything to be fine.

8:50 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office responded to an alarm at the Millner Heritage Winery on MN Highway 15, Kingston Township.

9:21 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office received notification that Meeker County was placed in a severe thunderstorm warning by the National Weather Service. No spotters were needed.

10:57 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a dog complaint at Kingston Auto on US Highway 12, Dassel Township. Prior to the deputies arrival the dog was picked up by its owner who was warned for having an animal at large.

8:06 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office took a report of a burglary at a residence on County State Aid Highway 19, Kingston.

8:24 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office responded to and dispatched
Watkins Ambulance to a medical at a residence on central Avenue South, Watkins. No transport was needed.

10:43 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office took a report of harassment at St. Anthony Manor on Church Street, Watkins.

Wednesday, Sept. 18

7:19 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office received a report of a cow in the road on 735th Avenue, Kingston Township.  The owner of the cow was contacted and he was able to get the cow back in the fenced area.

1:27 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office received a report of child maltreatment at a residence on Maple Street South, Eden Valley.  The information was forwarded on to the Eden Valley Police Department for follow up.

6:02 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office assisted the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, with locating a person at a residence on 574th Avenue, Manannah Township.

7:42 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office spoke to an individual about a civil matter at a residence on 367th Street, North Kingston Township.

7:54 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office received a report of a violation of harassment order at a residence on 367th Street, North Kingston. The deputy spoke to the individual and there was no violation.

Tuesday, Sept. 17

9:07 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office received a report of child maltreatment at a residence on 320th Street, Kingston Township.  The information was referred to Meeker County Social Services.

1:38 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of suspicious activity at a residence on Meeker Avenue North, Watkins. Everything was found to be okay.

2:51 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office responded to a request to unlock a vehicle at a residence on 707th Avenue, North Kingston Township.

5:18 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office took a report of a property damage accident near a residence on Central Avenue North, Watkins. There were no injuries reported.

7:01 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office dispatched Watkins Ambulance to a medical at a residence in Fairhaven Township, Stearns County. One individual was transported to the Buffalo Hospital.

Monday, Sept. 16

2:19 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office dispatched Eden Valley Rescue Squad for a medical at a residence on Elk Avenue, City of Eden Valley. One individual was assisted at the scene with a lift assist only.

5:20 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle near the intersection of MN Highway 15 and County State Aid Highway 27, Kingston Township. Upon arrival the deputy determined the vehicle was well off the road and not a hazard.

9:25 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office took a report of a check forgery at Faber Buildings on Central Avenue South, Watkins.

10:02 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office dispatched Watkins Ambulance for a medical at the Hilltop Health Care Center in Watkins. One individual was transported to the St. Cloud Hospital.

6:03 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office dispatched Watkins Ambulance to a medical at a residence on Church Street, Watkins. There was no transport. Watkins Ambulance assisted at the scene.

7:36 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office took a report of a criminal damage to property at a residence on 362nd Street, Forest Prairie Township.

10:21 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office took a report of a property damage accident at a residence on 650th Avenue, Forest Prairie Township. There were no injuries reported.