Tricounty News

Local crime blotters July 18, 2013

Eden Valley Police blotter

There were a total of 63 calls during May 2013 for the Eden Valley Police Department. There were 17 miscellaneous calls, 11 verbal warnings, 8 agency assists, 6 reports of theft, 4 citations, 4 dog complaints, 4 public assists, 3 rescue assists, 2 domestic calls, and one each of the following: motorist assist, vandalism, burglary, and 1 arrest.

Watkins police blotter (by Meeker County Sheriff’s Office)

There were a total of 49 calls during June 2013 for Watkins which is served by the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office.

Among the calls were 8 animal complaints, mostly about the same stray dog in the Watkins Trailer Park; the dog has not yet been caught.

There were 11 traffic stops that resulted in 6 warnings and 5 citations, 6 reports of suspicious persons or vehicles, 3 alarm calls, 2 public assists, 2 reports of child abuse or maltreatment, 2 harassment/stalking complaints, 2 reports of theft, and 2 welfare fraud complaints. There were one each of the following: agency assist, welfare check, domestic, driving complaint, medical call, minor possession/consumption, theft by check, threats, unwanted individual, and vehicle unlock.

Deputy Josh Case is off for two weeks after the birth of his baby. Sgt. Joel Engler and others will continue to patrol Watkins in his absence.


Resources for preventing scam and fraud

If you or someone you know has incurred a financial loss due to a scam or fraud, please contact your local law enforcement agency. If you would like to report a scam, but have not suffered a financial loss, please contact the Federal Trade Commission at 877-382-4357 or, or visit the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at

If you have questions or would like more information about scams, fraud or other suspicious correspondence, please contact: Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota at 800-646-6222 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

AARP at 1-888-our-AARP or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Minnesota Board on Aging (800) 333-2433 or

Thank you,

Special Agent Bill White, State Of MN, AGED-DPS

Meeker County Sheriff presents awards

Sheriff Jeff Norlin is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2012 employee recognition awards. A decoration is awarded annually in recognition of performance of duty, heroism, or high achievement W-DSC 3434or service. For 2012, Deputy Marc Berris is the recipient of the Sheriff’s Achievement Award. Rebecca Miller of the County’s IT (Information & Technology) assigned to the Sheriff’s Office is receiving an Exceptional Service Award. Two individuals, Deputy Bill Hudson and Litchfield Police Officer Aaron Nelson, are also being recognized for a life-saving event that occurred Feb. 17, 2013.

Meeker County Sheriff Jeff Norlin presented awards for outstanding service. Pictured Left to Right are Sheriff Jeff Norlin; Rebecca Miller, Meeker County IT; Deputy William Hudson; Deputy Marc Berris; Litchfield Officer Aaron Nelson; and Chief Deputy Brad Lindgren. Submitted photo.



Fatal accident Tuesday

This just in from the Minnesota State Patrol report:

Just before 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, two cars collided on Hwy. 24 at 330th Street in Meeker County. 

Gloria Nething, 72, of Litchfield, was driving westbound on 330th Street when she ran the stop sign and drove onto Highway 24. Jesse Albright, 34, of Royalton, was driving northbound on Highway 24 and his car broadsided Nething’s car. Nething died; Albright had no apparent injuries.

No further investigation is planned.

Maintenance Work on the Lake Wobegon Trail

Portions of the Lake Wobegon Trail will be closed sporadically throughout the remainder of the summer for pavement repairs. The trail is in need of some significant work, including crack and hole filling and the complete resurfacing of some segments.

The trail will be closed in the areas where work is being done. If users see construction, they should use another portion of the trail. Trail users are asked to stay off freshly repaired surfaces.