High-speed chase ends in Meeker County crash, arrest
Monday, May 27, at 12:08 p.m., the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office assisted the Minnesota State Patrol with pursuit of a motor vehicle coming into Meeker County eastbound on Hwy 55 from Paynesville. The State Patrol requested assistance for stops sticks (road spikes) to be put out on Hwy 55 near Eden Valley. The suspect, driving at speeds of 100-110 mph, was able to get through town before stop sticks could be deployed. The pursuit continued southbound on 642nd Avenue and then onto CSAH 34, southbound. A deployment of stop sticks was attempted by officers on CSAH 34, near MN Hwy. 24, unsuccessfully due to the suspect vehicle speed, and maneuvering. One of the officers in pursuit could be heard in the State Patrol recording as saying, “This is not his first day behind the wheel.”
Arrest for car theft in Watkins
On May 16, 2013 at 6:27 p.m., the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office located and recovered a stolen vehicle at 175 Meeker Avenue South in Watkins. A 2001 Chevrolet Malibu, white in color, registered to Kevin Hurrle, age 50, of South Haven was reported stolen on
April 7, in Stearns County. Upon further investigation, the deputies made contact with the person suspected of stealing the vehicle, Noah Hurrle, age 24, of South Haven, and arrested him for possession of stolen property and a Stearns County warrant for DWI.
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.
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.
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.