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Richmond Man Killed After Car Hits Him and Throws Him From Motorcycle

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08/09/2012 - 5:00 AM

A Richmond man was killed Thursday afternoon after being hit by a car, throwing him off his motorcycle.

52-year-old Paul Hiltner was killed at the scene of the accident that happened just before 1:30 p.m. The Waite Park police were called to the accident at the intersection of 2nd Street South and 28th Avenue South.

Police say a car driven by 31-year-old Erick Bardeaux of Sartell was travelling eastbound on 2nd Street South and drove through a stop sign 28th Avenue. Waite Park Police Chief David Bentrud says the accident happened near Traut Wells and the Stearns County Service Center West. Bardeaux's car hit Hiltner, throwing him from his motorcycle and into the path of a semi-tractor tanker traveling north on 28th Avenue.

Bardeaux is facing possible charges as the crash is under investigation. The intersection was closed down for several hours while the Minnesota State Patrol reconstructed the scene.
 

St. Cloud Man Arrested For Drug Possession After Traffic Stop

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08/09/2012 - 4:00 AM

St. Cloud Man Arrested For Drug Possession After Traffic Stop

A St. Cloud man was arrested on Monday for second and fifth degree controlled substance charges after being pulled over by the Central Minnesota Violent Offenders Task Force.

The Task Force arrested 35-year-old Donald Eugene Watson on a felony Morrison County warrant for a 5th degree controlled substance charge. Watson was also charged with 2nd degree controlled substance possession after officers found 16.6 grams of methamphetamine, packaging materials and a 22 caliber handgun in his vehicle.

Watson was taken to the Stearns County Jail.

Teen Arrested After Allegedly Assaulting Family Members

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08/09/2012 - 3:45 AM

A St. Cloud teenager was arrested late last Wednesday night after assaulting three of his family members. St. Cloud Police arrived at 3125 Maine Prairie Road and found that the 16-year-old had fled the scene. He was found later in Waite Park and transported to the Stearns County Jail and then to Prairie Lakes Detention Center.

He is likely to be charged with 2nd degree assault, making terroristic threats, and domestic assault.

Level 3 Sex Offender Arrested In St. Cloud

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08/09/2012 - 3:00 AM

Level 3 Sex Offender Arrested In St. Cloud

A Level Three Sex Offender was arrested in St. Cloud Wednesday afternoon after violating terms of his release by living at an address where he was not registered. The St. Cloud Police arrested 31-year-old Jarome Lamont Webb after a traffic stop at the intersection of 7th Avenue South and 11th Street South.

The arrest was a part of a coordinated investigation between the St. Cloud Police, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, and the Minnesota Department of Corrections. Webb is being held for court in Stearns County Jail and will be prosecuted by the Sherburne County Attorney’s Office.

Webb reportedly moved to the 1100 block of 10th Street Southeast on June 11 of this year. Police say Webb has a history of sexual battery and sexual assault.

A level three sex offender is one that is most likely to be a repeat offender. Sex offenders are required by the Community Notification Act to register with local law enforcement when they move.

Triple Crown Sweepstakes Shut Down

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08/09/2012 - 1:45 AM

Triple Crown Sweepstakes Shut Down

A gambling operation that recently opened in St. Cloud was shut down Thursday by authorities. Triple Crown Sweepstakes, located in the Centennial Plaza in north St. Cloud, was shut down in a raid after law enforcement issued a search warrant and seized gambling devices that are similar to video slot machines.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s Doug Neville issued a statement saying the raid was the result of an investigation by their Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Division. The state contends Triple Crown Sweepstakes opened their doors within days after being told the business would be illegal in Minnesota.

A citizen complaint in June led to the state’s investigation. The owners of the establishment told investigators they were raising money for a charitable organization, but the owners were told that was not in compliance with state law.

According to the Department of Public Safety the company has allegedly approached several bars in the St. Cloud area claiming their products are authorized as electronic pull-tabs included in the recent stadium legislation.

The case has been turned over to the Stearns County Attorney for possible criminal charges.

Click here to read the media release from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety on this raid.

Police Respond To A Burglary

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08/08/2012 - 9:45 AM

On Tuesday afternoon St. Cloud Police were called to the 3500 block of 15th Street North for a burglary. According to the police report, sometime between two and four p.m. someone entered the residence and stole multiple items.

The residence did have surveillance video; however the suspect took the tape. There are no suspects at this time, and neighbors did not see or hear anyone coming or going from the residence.

Anyone with information is asked to contact St. Cloud Police at 251-1200.

4th Annual Day Off On The Mississippi River Is This Saturday

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08/08/2012 - 11:45 AM

4th Annual Day Off On The Mississippi River Is This Saturday

The Stearns County Soil and Water Conservation District is inviting you to take a day off on the Mississippi River. This Saturday marks the 4th year of their Take A Day Off on the Mississippi River event. The event features over 40 free outdoor activities including archery, paddle boating, disc golfing and much more.

Last year’s event was estimated to have over 1,300 people attend for a day Off, or Outdoor Family Fun. The day off event goes from 10am – 4pm this Saturday at the Stearns County Mississippi River Park, 7 miles north of Sartell.

The spotlight events include Paddle the Mighty Mississippi which starts at 10:30 a.m. and  2:15 pm. St. Cloud State University Outdoor Endeavors will teach the basics of canoeing during a five and a half mile scenic trip down the Mississippi River.

At 11:30 a.m. there will be "A Walk Through Time" with the Natural Parks and Trails Coalition which will take a tour of the historic Graves Farmstead.

At 1 p.m. the Wildlife Science Center will showcase Minnesota Native "Animals Nobody Loves". They will share three of their least loved animal friends and what makes each so unique. 

The event is co-sponsored by the Soil and Water Conservation District by theStearns County Soil and Water Conservations District, Stearns County Parks, Benton County, St.Cloud State University and Minnesota DNR with support from local sportsmen's clubs and community volunteers.

Commissioner Of Education Will Visit With St. Cloud School

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08/08/2012 - 10:45 AM

Commissioner Of Education Will Visit With St. Cloud School

The Minnesota Commissioner of Education will be visiting the St. Cloud area on her Back to School Tour across Minnesota. Dr. Brenda Cassellius will visit with Disctrict 742 on Thursday, August 9th at the River’s Edge Convention Center where she will watch presentations made by administrators, teachers, students, parents and community leaders.

The event starts at 2 pm and goes till 3:30 and is open to the public.

St. Cloud Police Looking For Burglar

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08/07/2012 - 3:30 AM

St. Cloud Police are investigating a burglary that happened in the 1200 block of 15th Avenue Southeast around 10 p.m. on Monday night. A 36-year-old St. Cloud woman reported that someone entered her home a while she was away and took a Playstation 3, a .12 gauge shotgun, and a .308 caliber rifle.

The police gathered evidence at the scene and are asking anyone with information about this incident to contact them at 251-1200.

29th Annual National Night Out Tomorrow

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08/06/2012 - 1:40 AM

29th Annual National Night Out Tomorrow

The 29th Annual National Night Out crime and drug prevention event will be tomorrow, August 7th. The National Night Out event brings awareness to crime and drug prevention, and strengthens the sense of community between the police and residents.

The event will involve over 15,000 communities from the U.S. and Canada. Several neighborhoods in St. Cloud will have special events from 6-10pm planned for the night out including block parties, cookouts, and anti-crime rallies.

Counterfeit 20 Dollar Bill Used In Downtown St. Cloud

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08/06/2012 - 1:15 AM

St. Cloud Police are looking for a person who used a counterfeit 20 dollar bill at a bar in the downtown St. Cloud on Thursday night.

No suspects have been identified, and if anyone has information on this incident please call 251-1200.

Twelve Arrested After Loud Party Complaint

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08/06/2012 - 11:45 AM

Twelve people were arrested in the 1100 block of 13th Street South on Friday shortly after midnight after complaints of a loud party. The St. Cloud Police arrived at the scene and found that multiple people inside the residence were under 21-years-of-age and drinking alcohol. The people inside did not leave the residence and no one came to the door when police arrived.

The St. Cloud Police obtained a search warrant and arrested the resident, 19-year-old Karissa Jean Schlegel, for social host ordinance violation, underage consumption, and the city noise ordinance violation. The 11 other people were charged and arrested for underage consumption, and failure to leave a loud party. Everyone was transported to the Stearns County Jail.

Money Available To Help Low Income Homeowners Replace Septic System

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08/06/2012 - 10:00 AM

Money Available To Help Low Income Homeowners Replace Septic System

Funding to assist homeowners in replacing their sewage system is now available. On July 31st the Stearns County Board of Commissioners authorized the Environmental Services Department to pursue these grants on behalf of homeowners.

Eligibility for the grant requires that the homeowner has low income and that the sewage treatment system is found to be an imminent threat to Public Health and Safety. A sewage treatment system which is discharging sewage or sewage effluent to the ground surface, drainage system, ditch, storm water drain or directly to surface water, or causes a reoccurring sewage backup into a dwelling or other establishment is an imminent threat. 

The purpose of these grants is to protect and restore water quality.Last year, the Stearns County Environmental Services Department helped 33 low income homeowners replace their septic systems.

These funds are available for a limited time only.The deadline for Stearns County to submit the grants is September 7th; however applicants should apply early to allow for adequate time for submittal.  Residents of Stearns County who think they may qualify as low income and have a septic system that an an imminent threat to Public Health should contact Hank Schreifels or Mark Latterell at the Stearns County Environmental Services Department at 320-656-3613 or 1-800-450-0852.  

Firefighters Unable To Save Two Farm Buildings In Sunday Fire

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08/06/2012 - 10:00 AM

On Sunday afternoon the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office was called to County Road 21 in Watkins for a building fire. A passerby noticed smoke coming from one of the cattle barns and there was no one at the residence. The passerby then released all live stock from the barn and no one was injured.

The two farm buildings belonged to John and Louise Schutz and firefighters were unable to save the buildings.

The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Watkins, Kimball, Cold Spring and Eden Valley Fire Departments.

St. Cloud Man In Jail After False Report And Refusing Arrest

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08/03/2012 - 9:50 AM

St. Cloud Man In Jail After False Report And Refusing Arrest

A St. Cloud man is in jail after providing a false report and refusing arrest. St. Cloud Police were called to the 3700 block of 3rd Street North on Thursday for an assault call.

A police investigation found that the accuser had previously made this report to another office and was now attempting to make a new report after providing false information. According to the police report, the accuser, 50-year-old Roger Scott Thompson was told that he was being arrested for falsely reporting a crime when he began resisting officers and refused to comply with lawful orders. Thompson had to be restrained and an officer received a sprained finger. Thompson also stated on tape that he had the intention of stealing the officer’s guns and beating them to death, or killing them.

Thompson was taken to the Stearns County Jail for charges of terroristic threats, 4th degree assault, obstructing the legal process, falsely reporting a crime and disorderly conduct.

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