Tricounty News

Local crime blotters Oct. 24, 2013

Fire destroys combine

Friday, Oct. 18, at 4:07 p.m. the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office and Watkins Fire Department responded to a combine on fire in a cornfield near the address of 67010 380th Street, Forest Prairie Township.

Ervin Hennen, 77 years old, of Watkins was working in the field before the fire started. Ervin had returned from unloading a truckload of corn and found the 1991 New Holland combine on fire. The field and combine are owned by Norbert Hennen, 80 years of age, also of Watkins. The combine was a total loss. The estimated value of the combine was $25,000. Nobody was injured as a result of the fire.

The cause of the fire is unknown.

Two arrested for St. Augusta shooting

Wednesday, Oct. 16, two men, identified as Erik Magnuson and Jerod Jakel, drove to the residence at 23692 69th Ave. in St. Augusta to collect money owed to them. Jakel entered the home armed with a handgun and wearing a bandana over his face, while Magnuson waited in the vehicle. While in the residence Jakel encountered the victim and a struggle ensued over the handgun. The gun discharged striking the victim in the abdomen. Jakel admitted to taking two bags containing methamphetamine before leaving the residence. Witnesses in the home called 911 and gave a description of the vehicle and its occupants to the 911 operator. Deputies and emergency medical personnel responded to that residence to administer aid. The victim was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Upon hearing the call, a Stearns County Deputy Sheriff began to search for the suspects using a route that he believed would be a logical escape route. Approximately 15 minutes later the deputy encountered a vehicle in St. Joseph Twp. that matched the description of the suspect vehicle. The deputy followed the vehicle until other officers arrived and then stopped the vehicle on College Ave. S. in St. Joseph.

Both Jakel and Magnuson admitted to their involvement to investigators. Evidence linking them to the crime was found in the car, which included an empty holster, a sawed-off shotgun, suspected methamphetamine and a bandana. They admitted throwing the weapon used in the assault out of the vehicle window and showed deputies the area where the gun was discarded.

Jakel and Magnuson were booked into the Stearns County Jail on First-Degree Assault charges. Deputies searched the area where the gun was discarded and did find a loaded revolver submerged in water in a roadside ditch in St. Joseph Twp.

A search warrant was executed at the victim’s residence and evidence was gathered in relation to this incident. Other evidence was also gathered and deputies are continuing the investigation which could result in additional criminal charges.

Wright County Sheriff’s Office

Oct. 14, Cody Lee Holder, 19 of Annandale, was charged with felony criminal sexual conduct.

Oct. 15, Timothy Carl Weber, 39 of Annandale, was arrested in Annandale on an apprehension and detention order from the MN Department of Corrections.

Oct. 17, Douglas Wayne Gravelle, 34 of Sartell, was arrested in
Stearns County on probable cause first-degree armed robbery. Gravelle was wanted in connection with a series of armed robberies along the I-94 corridor.

Oct. 18, Jeremy Cromwell Phyle, 32 of Kimball, was arrested in Monticello Township on Wright County warrants for fifth-degree controlled substance violation and domestic assault.

There were 23 property-damage accidents, 2 personal-injury accidents, 1 hit-and-run accident, and
7 car-deer accidents.

There were 8 arrests for DWI,
45 tickets for miscellaneous traffic violations reported this week.

Meeker County Sheriff’s Office

Sunday, October 20, 2013

6:13 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office received a report of car/deer accident on County State Aid Highway 19, Kingston Township.

11:28 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office received a driving complaint northbound on MN Highway 15, Kingston Township.  The call was transferred to the MN State Patrol.

Saturday, October 19

11:57 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office responded to a stray dog complaint at a residence on Meeker Avenue North, City of Watkins. The deputy made contact with the owner who was in the process of locating the dog.

4:07 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office took a report of graffiti at approximately five different residences on 742nd Avenue, Dassel Township.

4:21 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office took a report of suspicious activity at a residence on Church Street, City of Watkins.

7:29 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office took a report of an unwanted individual at Shorty’s Laborer’s Lounge, Central Avenue North, City of Watkins.

8:02 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office responded to assist the Kimball Police Department with a report of a domestic disturbance at a residence on Magnus Johnson Street, City of Kimball.

9:16 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office took a report of criminal damage to property at a residence on Central Avenue South, City of Watkins.

11:15 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office observed an unoccupied stalled vehicle in the area of MN Highway 15, Kingston Township. The deputies checked the vehicle, which appeared to have broken down and found no one in the area; the vehicle was parked off the roadway and not a hazard.

Friday, October 18

7:57 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office took a report of welfare fraud at a residence on Church Street South, Eden Valley.

10:22 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office responded to a dog complaint at St. Anthony Manor, Watkins. Upon arrival of the deputy a female Chihuahua mix was transported to the dog pound.

7:21 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office responded to a car/deer accident near a residence on 642nd Avenue, Forest Prairie Township. The deputy made contact with the driver who had a tow en route as well as assisting another party by issuing a deer possession tag for the dead deer.

9:10 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office took a report for a request to check the welfare of an individual at a residence on 350th Street, North Kingston Township.

Thursday, October 17

7:57 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office dispatched Watkins Ambulance to a medical on Magnus Johnson Street, Kimball, Stearns County. One individual was transported to the
St. Cloud Hospital.

9:14 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office responded to a dog complaint at a residence on 724th Avenue, Kingston. The deputy transported a male Australian Shepherd to the dog pound.

9:37 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office responded to a 9-1-1 hang up call from a residence on 725th Avenue, Kingston Township. The deputy found everything was okay at the residence.

10:14 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office took a report of mailbox damage at a residence on 730th Avenue, Dassel Township.

10:52 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office took a report of theft by check from King Crow Company, County State Aid Highway 19, Kingston.

Wednesday, October 16

12:16 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office took a report of a burglary at a residence on State Street North, Eden Valley.

2:42 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office assisted the Renville County Sheriff’s Office by checking the area of County State Aid Highway 36 and 587th Avenue, Manannah Township, for a stolen vehicle.

Tuesday, October 15

8:51 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office responded to an unresponsive individual at a residence on 330th Street, Forest City Township. The Meeker County Medical Examiner was dispatched to the scene.

8:56 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office took a report of unsafe conditions in the area of MN Highway 22 and 380th Street, Manannah Township. The information was transferred to the MN State Patrol.

10:50 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office arrested Billy Curtis Harrison, age 22, of Annandale, on a Renville County Warrant for Motor Vehicle Theft.

12:16 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office took a report of theft from a residence on 1st Street North, Dassel.

6:43 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office dispatched Eden Valley Rescue to a medical at a residence on MN Highway 22, Eden Lake Township, Stearns County.  One individual was transported to the Paynesville Hospital by Paynesville Ambulance.

Monday, October 14

12:56 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office dispatched Eden Valley Rescue to a medical at a residence on Country Road 34, Eden Lake Township, Stearns County.

7:51 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office responded to assist the Eden Valley Police Department in attempting to make contact with an individual at the Eden Valley Motel, Meeker Avenue East, Eden Valley.  No contact was made.