Tricounty News

Local crime blotters May 16, 2013

ATV accident with serious injuries

Just past 3 p.m. Sunday May 12, the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call to an ATV accident at Thompson Lake County Park, west of Cosmos.
A Meeker County Sheriff’s Deputy, Cosmos Ambulance, and Cosmos Fire Department responded to the scene.

The caller stated that the adult male driver of the ATV was attempting to climb a steep embankment and the ATV rolled over backwards onto the driver and the 5-year-old female passenger.
The driver was later identified as Michael Vollmer, 30, of rural Darwin. The ATV was a 2001 Yamaha 600 4-wheeler belonging to an acquaintance of Michael Vollmer. The caller tried to help the child at the scene, but Michael Vollmer took the child from her and then left the scene on the ATV. Vollmer brought the child to her grandparents’ residence in Cosmos. Cosmos Ambulance went to the residence and transported the child to the Meeker Memorial Hospital for treatment. The child was then transported by Life Link Helicopter to the Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis with life-threatening injuries.


Guimond missing for more than 10 years

More than 10 years ago, Nov. 10, 2002, Joshua Cheney Guimond was reported missing from St. John’s University, Collegeville Township, Stearns County. All attempts to locate Joshua have been unsuccessful. An age enhanced photo has been created by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension at the request of the 

Stearns County Sheriff’s Office in hopes of bringing renewed awareness to Joshua’s case. Please call (320) 259-3702 for photos.


Tips for preventing grass fires

It doesn’t take much for a grass fire to develop into a wildfire, and unfortunately, no matter how many times we are educated about grass fire prevention, every summer season, too many seem to appear. While many grass fires are ignited by obvious, careless human efforts, like burning garbage or abandoning a smoldering camp fire, they can start surprisingly easily and often without our knowledge. These may be things like a lawnmower blade striking a rock, a vehicle’s exhaust pipe dragging across a grassy area on a dirt road, or an electric fence wire snapping against a metal post. And as we all know, it doesn’t take much of a breeze to fuel a grass-kindled flame that covers just a few yards to grow into an inferno spanning several acres. Time is crucial when trying to prevent a small, grass fire from turning into a destructive blaze, so we need to plan ahead as much as possible on situations that we can control.


Decker’s name added to memorial

This week is National Police Week, the time each year when names are added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial walls in Washington, D.C.w-Tom-Decker

Officer Tom Decker, whose murder Nov. 29, 2012, has not yet been solved, will become a part of the memorial to fallen police officers this week. His widow Alicia, his parents, and siblings and other family members are in D.C. to be a part of the ceremony.


National Peace Officers Memorial Day May 15

In 1962 President John F. Kennedy signed Public Law 87-726, designating May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and directing flags to be flown at half-staff on government buildings. Since the first recorded police death in 1791, there have been more than 19,000 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. There were 120 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in 2012, and on average 58,000 are assaulted each year resulting in more than 16,000 injures.

Sheriff Jeff Norlin is continuing the annual memorial service in front of the Law Enforcement Center, by the flag pole, on Wednesday, May 15, 2013. There will be a short gathering that officers and the public are invited to attend. It will start at 9:00 a.m. and be officiated by Meeker County Sheriff’s Office Chaplain Jeff Garland. Your presence is welcome and appreciated.