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Railroad safety: Respect the power, mind the rules

Canadian Pacific Railroad links our communities with much of North America. While rail transport is safe and economical, accidents happen when people ignore safety rules and trespassing laws. Last summer, Nicholas Phillipp lost his life in a game of “chicken” with the train. All hope that there never is another needless tragedy. Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua.

 

Canadian Pacific Railroad links our communities with much of North America. While rail transport is safe and economical, accidents happen when people ignore safety rules and trespassing laws. Last summer, Nicholas Phillipp lost his life in a game of “chicken” with the train. All hope that there never is another needless tragedy. Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua.

 

About every three hours, a person or vehicle is hit by a train. That statistic became a reality last summer when 21-year-old Nicholas Phillipp lost his life on the railroad
W-IMG 5611tracks in Eden Valley Aug. 11, 2012.

Phillipp and three others were playing “chicken” on the tracks, laying down and then suddenly getting up and running. The three others ran to safety. So did Phillipp, until he decided to run to the other side of the tracks. 

He nearly made it to join his friends on the other side. But, with trains, “nearly” can be fatal.

Phillippi was struck and killed by a Canadian Pacific train heading westbound. It was about 3:30 a.m.

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Climbing accident at Quarry Park

Thursday, June 13, at about 2:29 p.m., Sara Jane Dusbabek of Ramsey was at Quarry Park in Waite Park doing rock climbing. Dusbabek, age 40, was ascending a rock wall and fell about 15 feet to the bottom of the quarry. She had to be lifted out of the quarry by St. Cloud and Waite Park Fire Department. She was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital by Gold Cross Ambulance. Dusbabek has had previous climbing experience and was climbing with her daughter at the time.

 

Car crash in Rockville Township June 17

Monday, June 17, at 8:14 a.m., the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a crash involving a mini van and a farm RoGator on County Road 2 east 133rd Avenue in Rockville Township. The 2002 Dodge Caravan driven by Lucille Gertken, age 73 of Richmond, was trying to pass the RoGator farm implement driven by Clinton Rausch, 36 of Watkins, both traveling northeast on County Road 2. Gertken did not realize that the RoGator was making a left turn onto a driveway before she proceeded to pass. As Gertken was making this pass, she collided with the RoGator 2011 model 994. Both drivers were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the accident. Rausch was not injured in the accident, and Gertken was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital by Gold Cross Ambulance.

The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Cold Spring Police Department, Rockville Fire and Rescue and Gold Cross Ambulance.. 

Local crime blotters June 20, 2013

Watkins crime blotter (Meeker County Sheriff’s Office)

There were 44 calls in May 2013 in Watkins. These included 6 public assists, 5 suspicious persons/vehicles, 4 thefts, 3 animal complaints, 3 vehicle unlocks, 2 reports of child abuse/maltreatment; 2 civil complaints, 2 warrants, and one each of the following: alarms, agency assists, 1 domestic call, 1 fireworks complaint, 1 hit-and-run, 1 medical call, 1 missing person, 1 property-damage accident, 1 scam report, 1 sex crime offense, 1 stolen vehicle, 1 unwanted individual, and 1 report of a vulnerable adult.

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.

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Local crime blotters June 13, 2013

Wright County Sheriff’s Office

June 6, Adam Michael Myers, 36 of Annandale, was arrested in Buffalo on a Department of Corrections warrant for a probation violation.

June 6, Kevin Joseph Brambrink, 54 of Annandale, was arrested in Corinna Township on a Minnesota State Patrol warrant for driving after cancellation/inimical to public safety.

There were 31 property-damage accidents, 1 personal-injury accident, 2 hit-and-run accidents, and 5 car-deer accidents.

There were 12 arrests for DWI, 9 underage-consumption arrests, and 44 tickets for miscellaneous traffic violations reported this week.

Meeker County Sheriff’s Office

Sunday, June 9

10:45 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office responded to a dog complaint in the area of Shorty’s Bar on Central Avenue North in Watkins. The deputy checked the area and was unable to locate the stray dog.12:59 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office dispatched Watkins Ambulance to a residence on Linden Avenue East, in the city of Kimball in Stearns County, for a medical. One patient was transported to the St. Cloud Hospital.

6:42 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office took a report of harassment at a residence on 617th Avenue, Manannah Township.

6:50 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office responded to a northbound driving complaint on MN Highway 15 in Kingston Township. The deputy checked the area and found that the vehicle had left prior to arrival.

Saturday, June 8

5:19 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office observed suspicious activity on Western Avenue South, City of Watkins. The deputy moved the construction signs out of the roadway and back onto the sidewalk.

10:07 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office responded to an alarm at the Millner Heritage Winery on MN Highway 15 in Kingston Township. As the deputy arrived on scene, the alarm company called to cancel.

12:33 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office came across an unattended campfire at the culvert on the north side of Big Swan Lake in Kingston Township. The deputy put out the fire.

7:21 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of unwanted individuals at a residence on 1st Street, City of Watkins. One individual was transported to Woodlands Crisis Center, City of Willmar, and a report was filed.

Friday, June 7

5:20 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office responded to a dog complaint at a residence in the Watkins Trailer Park in Watkins. The deputy checked and the dog was no longer in the area.

10:24 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a dog complaint at a residence in the Watkins Trailer Park, Watkins. Upon arrival of the deputy the dog was gone.

12:22 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office assisted in a social services check at a residence on 742nd Avenue, Kingston Township.

2:49 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office dispatched Watkins Ambulance to a medical at a residence on County Road 149, Stearns County.  One individual was transported to the St. Cloud Hospital.

6:01 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office responded to a dog complaint at a residence on County State Aid Highway 34, Forest City Township. The deputy made contact with the homeowner and the missing dog was located inside the residence and all was okay.

8:58 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office took a report of theft of a bike at a residence on Meeker Avenue South, City of Watkins.  The bike was later found and returned to the owner.

Thursday, June 6

6:07 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of an animal complaint in the Watkins Trailer Park, Watkins. The dog was gone when the deputy arrived.

7:28 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office received a report of suspicious activity at a residence on Meeker Avenue North, Watkins. The deputy spoke to the reporting party about the complaint.

9:45 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of suspicious activity at the Watkins Pool, Watkins. A bicycle was removed from the pool and there was no damage reported.

10:28 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of suspicious activity at a residence on Western Avenue North, Watkins. The deputy assisted the reporting party with some statues that were tipped over. The statues were not damaged.

12:10 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office took a report of a theft at a residence on 574th Avenue, Manannah.

2:46 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of suspicious activity at a residence on 4th Street North, Watkins. The deputy advised the reporting party of options. 

Wednesday, June 5

8:14 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office took a report of welfare fraud at a residence on 1st Street, Watkins.

11:53 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office took a report of child abuse at a residence on 1st Street, Watkins.

1:46 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office responded to and dispatched Gold Cross Ambulance and Dassel Rescue Squad to a medical at a residence on MN Highway 15, Kingston Township. One individual was transported to St. Cloud Hospital.

3:52 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office took a report of theft at a residence on County State Aid Highway 2, Forest Prairie Township.

6:03 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office received a report of a car/deer accident on MN Highway 24, Forest City Township.  No injuries were reported.

Tuesday, June 4

9:43 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office responded to a dog complaint at a residence in the Watkins Trailer Park, Watkins. The deputy checked the area and everything was okay.

12:20 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a stolen vehicle at a residence on 312th Street, Kingston Township. The deputy advised the individual of their options.

8:48 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office dispatched Watkins Ambulance, per the request of the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, for a medical at the Kimball High School. One individual was treated at the scene and transported to the hospital by a private vehicle.

Monday, June 3

11:23 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office received a report of suspicious activity at a residence on 717th Avenue, North Kingston Township. The deputy spoke with the individuals and everything was okay.

5:27 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office took a report of an assault at a residence on 318th Street, Kingston Township.