08/18/2009 - 9:25 AM
A 23-year-old St. Cloud man is being held in the Stearns County Jail for allegedly hitting a 27-year-old woman in the face. It happened at about 6:00 Monday night, at Division Street and 22nd Avenue North. Police say Jesse Duckett Junior is expected to be charged with assault and violating a no contact order.
08/18/2009 - 12:00 PM
The victim of a Sunday car crash near Opole has been identified. The Stearns County Sheriff’s office reports 19 year-old Ryan Dezurik of Holdingford was killed at the scene of the accident. It happened on County Road 17 just after 10:30p.m. Police say Dezurik was traveling westbound on 17 when a Humvee H-2 coming from the other direction hit him.
The Humvee was driven by 29-year-old Timothy Allen Rausch of Cushing. Police believe Rausch was intoxicated and arrested him at the scene. He’s being held in the Stearns County Jail on charges of Vehicular Criminal Operation. The passenger in that car was also arrested for obstructing the legal process after he was uncooperative with sheriff’s deputies.
08/18/2009 - 12:00 PM
The St. Cloud Police Department completed a series of alcohol and tobacco compliance checks at area businesses on July 31. Two businesses out of 79 with liquor licenses checked served alcohol to minors, they are McRudy's Pub in downtown St. Cloud and the Boulder Ridge Golf Course. Meanwhile, 56 businesses were checked on selling tobacco to minors, and four failed. Those businesses include J.M. Speed Stop at two locations, 2nd Street South and East St. Germain, along with Mac Daddy's on Clearwater Road and Vuke's on Roosevelt Road.
08/17/2009 - 2:00 AM
A pregnant woman is injured after being hit by a car in the parking lot of Casey’s General Store in Waite Park. At around 3:00 pm Sunday, 22-year-old Erinn Crotteau, who is seven months pregnant, was walking in the parking lot when a car backed into her, knocking her to the ground. Her injuries are not life-threatening and the baby appears to be unharmed.
After Crotteau was hit, the driver left the scene. Police were able to establish the driver was 18-year-old Matthew Bohlen of Waite Park. Upon contact, Bohlen told police he was unaware he had hit anyone. Possible charges are pending.
08/17/2009 - 1:20 AM
A 26-year-old Waite Park man was arrested for driving his motorcycle while drunk on his wedding night. James Olson took his wife, 26-year-old Taffie, on a motorcycle ride Saturday night. Police say the couple was riding near 2nd Avenue and 2nd Street in Waite Park when Olson, the driver, lost control of the motorcycle as it slipped on wet roads. His wife, the passenger, was thrown off the bike.
Taffie Olson suffered what appeared to be a broken wrist and leg. James Olson was not injured but was arrested for 3rd Degree DUI. He was booked into the Stearns County Jail.
08/17/2009 - 11:45 AM
St. Cloud Police responded to an assault on Saturday at the 2600 block of Clearwater Road shortly after 12:30 in the afternoon. Police say 39-year-old Sharlean Laitinen of St. Cloud entered a home, stole several things, and left the residence. Laitinen was found and arrested. While being escorted to a squad car Laitinen kicked an officer in the leg. She was taken to the Stearns County Jail for burglary, assault, obstructing a legal process and theft.
08/17/2009 - 11:40 AM
Saint Cloud police made an arrest after a hit-and-run suspect led them on a chase. It started an accident at East St. Germain and Wilson Avenue at 1:30 a.m. Sunday morning. The driver, Ryan Lund, fled, but police were able to catch up with him near the airport at Deltone Road. That’s when they say he fled again, leading both Saint Cloud police and the Minnesota State Patrol on a chase. Police say Lund eventually crashed his car into a construction vehicle. He was taken to the Saint Cloud hospital in critical condition. The Minnesota State Patrol is conducting the accident investigation.
08/17/2009 - 11:30 AM
Residents living near the nuclear power plant in Monticello should not be alarmed when officials carry out a preparedness test Tuesday. Five local, state and federal agencies will practice their response in the unlikely event that something goes wrong at the plant. Officials will be given a scenario at random, and must show they can respond correctly to protect residents.
Field activities will take place in and around the plant. Results of the exercise will be released at a public briefing 10 am Friday at the Wright County Government Center in Buffalo. The Department of Homeland Security requires nuclear plants across the country to do an exercise every other year. They’ll be the ones scoring the exercise on Tuesday.
08/17/2009 - 11:30 AM
Downtown St. Cloud drivers, KVSC has another construction update for you. Beginning at 8:00 pm Wednesday, highway 23 will be closed east of 5th Avenue to the Mississippi River for about 3 weeks. Drivers will be detoured using 5th Avenue and 1st Street South back to 4th Avenue South.
08/14/2009 - 12:00 PM
St. Cloud Police arrested a 23 year old St. Cloud man at a local bar for drug possession. At 1 a-m Friday morning, officers responded to the Press Bar to a drug complaint. Police say bar employees were holding two men for possession of drugs. 23 year old Chase Timothy Garvey of St. Cloud was allegedly in possession of 0.5 grams of a controlled substance. Garvey was arrested and taken Stearns County Jail where he is held for court on 5th degree controlled substance charges and unrelated warrant.
08/14/2009 - 12:00 PM
It wouldn't be summer in Minnesota if we didn't have some road work to tell you about in the Saint Cloud area. The work begins Sunday on the stretch of Highway 10 from West Highway 23 to 15th Avenue South. Crews are looking to extend the life of that road by re-paving it. The road work will be happening nightly from 7 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. through September. Crews will also begin fixing a stretch of Highway 23 from Wilson Avenue to Highway 10 east. Drivers can expect single lane closures and closed access ramps. Anyone driving the stretch should slow down and drive with caution. The re-surfacing project costs 1.4 million dollars and again is expected to be done by September.
08/14/2009 - 10:00 AM
Saint Cloud mayor Dave Kleis will be holding his next town hall meeting Monday. It starts at 3:00 at Barden Park on 5th Avenue South. The public is encouraged to come out and meet with the mayor to talk about city issues and concerns.
08/13/2009 - 9:55 AM
If you’ve ever browsed the Stearns County website and been impressed with its usability and informative nature, you’re not the only one. The county’s website just received a prestigious award. In the 2009 Center for Digital Government Survey, Stearns County’s website ranked sixth in the nation. Ten winners are chosen in four population categories. Stearns ranks in the “less than 150,000 people” category.
The annual award recognizes best practices in county government websites and counties that utilize technology in inventive ways to improve online service to their citizens.
Stearns County officials say as the county faces tight budgets, it’s more important than ever to utilize online technology to deliver information to citizens. The county is launching a brand new website this fall with even more services.
08/13/2009 - 4:00 AM
Two men were arrested Wednesday by the St. Cloud police after allegedly breaking into a woman's home in the middle of the night and holding her and her infant child at gunpoint. The report came in at 6:45am from a residence in the 700 block of 18th Avenue South. The 27 year old victim told police she woke up and found two masked men with handguns at the foot of her bed.
She was assaulted, bound with duct taped and threatened several times with a handgun. Her 9 month old child was lying on the bed next to her and also threatened. The assailants ransacked the home for two hours trying to apparently find property of value. The stole cash and other items then fled.
The St. Cloud Metro Gang Strike Force and police investigated and arrested 26 year old Eric Grant Andrews of St. Cloud Wednesday night. The Brooklyn Park police department arrested the second suspect, 29 year old Corey Dell Andrews of St. Joseph Thursday morning. Both men are facing several charges including first degree burglary, aggravated robbery, assault and false imprisonment.
08/13/2009 - 11:50 AM
There’s been a lot of talk nationwide about bracing for a potential H1N1 influenza outbreak. And now Stearns County is looking to bring that conversation to Central Minnesota. Public Health Officials will hold a series of meetings over the next couple weeks to begin preparing and planning for a possible outbreak. Those who attend the meetings will also learn more about the H1N1 strain.
The sessions are targeted at specific groups. A meeting for faith communities takes place Friday, August 14th from 10:00-11:30. The media have a meeting from 3:00-4:30 on Monday, August 17th. Businesses on Monday, August 24th from 2:00-3:00. And schools and universities on Tuesday, August 25th from 2:00-3:30. All meetings will be held in Room 499 of the Stearns County Administration Center at Courthouse Square in downtown St. Cloud.
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