Tricounty News

Car crash in Forest City Township

Saturday, March 29, there was a one-car personal injury accident near Minnesota Hwy 24 and 650th Ave., in Forest City Township. at 7:42 a.m. the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office, Litchfield Fire Department, Litchfield Rescue Squad, Gold Cross Ambulance, and the Minnesota State Patrol responded. Ronald Brottem, 27 of Kingston, was driving a 2011 GMC Sierra when he lost control of the car, drove off the road and into a grove of trees.

Brottem was taken by Gold Cross Ambulance to the Meeker Memorial Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

This crash is currently under investigation by the Minnesota State Patrol.

Local crime blotters April 3, 2014

Wright County Sheriff’s Office

March 25, Wyatt James Moeller, 18 of Maple Lake, was arrested in Maple Lake Township on a Wright County warrant for theft and an apprehension and detention order from Wright County.

March 27, Brian Lee Grunewald, 41 of Maple Lake, was arrested in Maple Lake Township on the charges of second-degree assault and criminal damage to property.

There were 15 property-damage accidents, 3 personal-injury accidents, and 3 car-deer accidents.

There were 6 arrests for DWI,
4 underage-consumption arrests,
1 school bus stop arm violation, and 69 tickets for miscellaneous traffic violations reported this week.


Local crime blotters March 27, 2014

Watkins Police blotter

There were a total of 35 calls in Watkins during February 2014. (Watkins is patrolled by the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office.) Among the calls were: 7 traffic warnings (and 4 citations), 4 medical calls, 2 abandoned/stalled vehicles, 2 agency assists, 2 suspicious person/vehicle, 2 thefts, and one each of the following: alarm, assist public, carbon monoxide alarm, child abuse/maltreatment, harassment/stalking, open door, person under the influence, POR information, scams/swindle attempt, snowmobile complaint, and warrant.

Wright County Sheriff’s Office

March 17, Jeremy Cromwell Phyle, 32 of Kimball, was arrested in Stearns County on a Wright County warrant for fifth-degree controlled substance violation.

March 18, Anthony Michael Menard, 24 of Rockford, was charged with felony vehicle theft.

March 19, Dustin John Palm, 24 of Rockford, was arrested in Rockford on a Wright County warrant for
second-degree burglary.


Chase and arrest in St. Cloud

Friday, March 21, information was received by Stearns County deputies that Zachary Tyler Taylor, age 45,  was in the St. Cloud area driving a black Pontiac Grand Prix. Taylor had three active warrants, two of which were for felony-level drug offenses and one gross misdemeanor for DAC IPS. A deputy saw a black Pontiac in St. Cloud. The deputy saw that Taylor was driving, and when Taylor pulled into a Super America Gas Station, and pulled up to a gas pump, the deputy pulled into the lot and parked behind the car. The deputy didn’t activate his lights, and when the Grand Prix pulled away from the pumps and started to drive away, the deputy then activated his lights and sirens. Taylor stopped a short time later in the lot, and after he got out of the car, just before being detained, he ran from the officers. He was caught after running through Granite City Brew Pub. Taylor fell just outside of the business, and when he fell, hurt his arm, He was cuffed and walked back.


Hit and run in Rockville

A 2001 green Chevrolet Silverado was parked on the side of the road on Grand Lake Road near Fowler Road in Rockville. Sometime between 8:30 and 11:30 p.m. Friday, March 21, the truck was struck in the front on the driver’s side. From evidence left at the scene, it is believed the striking vehicle is most likely a maroon, 1997-2003, Ford truck or Expedition-style SUV. This vehicle would also have damage to its front. If you have any information about this crash, please notify the Sheriff’s Office at (320) 251-4240.