Tricounty News

Fatal crash July 16

Tuesday, July 16, at 2:31 p.m. the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a personal injury accident at the intersection of State Highway 24 and 330th Street, Kingston Township. Meeker County Deputies, Minnesota State Patrol, Gold Cross Ambulance, Kimball Fire Department and Rescue were dispatched to the scene.

Jesse Albright, 34, of Royalton, was driving a 2009 Peterbilt Semi northbound on Highway 24, and Gloria Nething, 72, of rural Litchfield, was driving a 1999 Plymouth Voyager westbound on 330th Street. Gloria Nething failed to yield to Jesse Albright and the vehicles collided. The semi that Jesse Albright was driving was pulling a grain trailer full of corn. After the vehicles collided they both went into the ditch. The semi tipped over causing all of the corn to spill out of the trailer. The semi and trailer were owned by RJ Lanners Incorporated of Royalton.

Gloria Nething was pronounced dead at the scene. Jesse Albright refused medical treatment at the scene.

The crash is currently under investigation by the Minnesota State Patrol and the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office, assisted by the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office.

Tractor accident with injury

Monday, July 22, the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office and Watkins Ambulance responded to 33479 675 Avenue, Watkins, for a one-vehicle (tractor) personal injury accident. David Kuechle, 64 years old, from rural Watkins, was driving a Kubota L2550 4-wheel drive tractor with a front-end loader and a brush mower on the back.
Kuechle was mowing the ditches near his residence when he got too far on the incline of the ditch causing the loader to roll two times. One of the times the loader rolled, Kuechle was struck by the rear tire. David Kuechle was taken by Watkins Ambulance to the St. Cloud Hospital. This crash is being investigated by the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office.


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.