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Winsted man injured when vehicle strikes stoplight

SOUTHSIDE TOWNSHIP, MN – A Winsted man was injured in a single-vehicle crash at about 8:43 a.m. Friday.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado pickup driven by John Schlueter, 63, was northbound on Wright County Road 3 in Southside Township when it struck a stoplight after crossing the intersection with Highway 55.

Schlueter was transported to St. Cloud Hospital with noncritical injuries.

It is unknown whether or not Schlueter was wearing a seat belt.

Alcohol was not a factor and road conditions were dry at the time of the crash, according to the State Patrol.

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office and Allina Health Ambulance assisted at the scene.

Howard Lake man pleads guilty to drive-by shooting in Delano

BUFFALO, MN – A Howard Lake man is expected to serve 41 months in prison, and will be ordered to pay restitution, after pleading guilty to felony drive-by shooting in connection with an incident that occurred May 1, 2018, in Delano.

Joshua Moist

Joshua Moist

According to Assistant County Attorney Brian Lutes, 35-year-old Joshua Thomas Moist entered the guilty plea in district court Monday.

“The defendant pleaded guilty to the crime he committed: felony drive-by shooting,” Lutes said. “He admitted firing a 9 mm firearm from his moving vehicle towards the vehicle driven by another individual. It is very fortunate for the defendant and all involved that the driver was not hit by a bullet. The charge would have been much more serious had the driver been struck by a bullet. The sentence the defendant is going to receive is a sentence authorized under the Minnesota sentencing guidelines.”

According to a formal complaint, Moist allegedly told a relative he believed he had figured out who had killed his cousin and “he was going to take care of it.”

Authorities believe that led him to Delano in the early-morning hours of May 1, 2018, and eventually to him firing at least five shots at a vehicle, according to the complaint.

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office was called to the scene at 2:24 a.m.

The victim – Joseph Campbell, now 37, of Watertown – told law enforcement he had observed a silver vehicle with one headlight sitting in the parking lot of the Holiday gas station in east Delano. When he turned onto County Line Road, he discovered the vehicle traveling behind him.

As the victim attempted to turn around in the Stahlke Bus Service lot at 5280 County Line Road, the other vehicle accelerated and began to pass on the right shoulder. At that time, the victim heard gunshots coming from the vehicle.

Bullets struck the victim’s 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe, with one or more rounds hitting and shattering the passenger-side window, propelling glass fragments into his face.

The victim was not able to identify the suspect, who reportedly continued on County Line Road and drove away.

Numerous bullets and bullet fragments were recovered from the vehicle. The bus garage and two buses were also damaged by gunfire. Despite that damage, bussing was not affected, according to an email to parents of students at Delano Public Schools.

Reviewing surveillance video from Coborn’s, detectives were able to identify the suspect vehicle and an image of the driver wearing a distinctive shirt.

When the vehicle was discovered stuck in the mud near a boat access at Lake Rebecca Park, multiple 9 mm shell casings were visible through the front windshield of the vehicle, consistent with the weapon used in the shooting.

Deputies took Moist into custody after witnessing him leaving a relative’s Howard Lake home with another relative, and located a fully-loaded 9 mm handgun in the glove box.

Authorities say that relative had previously approached them at the crime scene looking for Moist, saying he had called her for a ride.

Deputies went to the home where Moist had been located and spoke to that relative, who reportedly told them she had seen Moist’s gun, which he had claimed was a BB gun, and that Moist had told her he had figured out who had killed his cousin, who died June 2017, and was going to take care of it.

Deputies recovered the shirt that Moist had allegedly been wearing that morning and it matched that shown on the surveillance video.

After being advised of his rights, Moist reportedly told law enforcement a friend had used his car.

“The defendant’s statement lacked sufficient detail to be considered credible and was inconsistent with surveillance video depicting the defendant as the driver of the vehicle at the time of the shooting,” according to the formal complaint.

Moist was initially facing felony charges of second-degree attempted murder, drive-by shooting, and second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon.

If convicted of second-degree attempted murder, Moist could have faced up to 20 years in prison. Moist could have faced up to 10 years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine for the drive-by shooting charge he pleaded guilty to, but the expected sentence of 41 months is closer to the minimum sentence of three years. If there are any fines, they will be decided by the judge. The third charge Moist was facing carries a maximum penalty of seven years in prison and/or a $14,000 fine.

Moist was previously convicted of a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct in 2008.

Funeral notice: Robert “Robbie” Jaunich, 47, of Delano

DELANO, MN – Robert Steven Jaunich, age 47 of Delano, passed away on June 13, 2018, after a long and difficult battle with addiction. Gathering of family and friends will be 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, at Martha’s Hall of St. Peter Catholic Church in Delano. Gathering will continue Wednesday, June 20, from 10-11 a.m. in Martha’s Hall prior to the Mass. Memorial Mass of Christian burial will take place at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the St. Peter Catholic Church in Delano. Inurnment will be in the St. Joseph Cemetery, in Delano.

Howard Lake couple hurt in Highway 12 crash

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, MN – A Thursday evening crash on Highway 12 resulted in noncritical injuries for a Howard Lake couple.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a 2013 Ford pickup driven by Paul Nelson, 43, of Montrose, was eastbound on Highway 12 at 7:18 p.m. when it turned left toward Calder Avenue in front of a 2013 Chevrolet Express Van driven by Larry Miller, 70, of Howard Lake.

Miller suffered noncritical injuries and was transported to Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia. Passenger Diane Miller, 66, of Howard Lake, also suffered noncritical injuries and was transported to Ridgeview.

Nelson was not injured.

All individuals involved were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.

Howard Lake man badly injured in crash

ALBION TOWNSHIP, MN – A Howard Lake man suffered serious injuries in a crash with a Wright County Highway Department dump truck in Albion Township Thursday morning.

According to the Wright County Sheriff’s Office, at about 11:40 a.m. Thursday, a 2002 Chevrolet S10 pickup driven by Lucas James Meinstad Klages, 23, of Howard Lake, was northbound on Wright County Road 7 when it failed to yield at a stop sign and continued into the path of a 2009 International dump truck that was eastbound on County Road 35.

The front of the International struck the left side of the S10.

Klages, who was the lone occupant of the S10, was transported to North Memorial Hospital by North Air Care for treatment of his injuries.

The driver of the International, James Timothy Casari, 39, of Montrose, was not injured.

The sheriff’s office did not indicate what factors may have contributed to the crash or if either driver was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

Wright County Sheriff’s deputies were assisted at the scene by Maple Lake Fire and Rescue, Maple Lake Ambulance, and Allina Ambulance.

Wright County announces 2017 construction projects

2017 CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS WEB

WRIGHT COUNTY, MN – The Wright County Highway Department has announced the 2017 construction projects.

“The projects we’ll be constructing this year provides a continued emphasis on preservation of the existing Wright County highway system, combined with an aggressive program of safety projects and a major reconstruction project along Highway 3 in the northwest portion of the county,” the department announced in a press release. “This project will provide a continuous north-south corridor that meets current design standards, from the south county line to the north county line. The Highway 3 corridor is a relatively higher traffic volume route in western Wright County that carries a lot of truck traffic through the county. Combined with the recent traffic signal system installation at the intersection of Trunk Highway 55 and Highway 3, by MnDOT, the improvement of this corridor with this year’s project will provide safe travels for vehicles for many years to come.”

The 2017 construction projects total about $10 million dollars in improvements to the county highway system.

Safety improvements included in the plan include rural intersection warning systems at the intersections of highways 35 and 6; and highways 35 and 8. Other safety improvements include the construction of dedicated center left turn lanes at the intersection of highway 39 and Nashua Avenue in Otsego, and the creation of center left turn lanes on 37 over the I-94 bridge in Albertville to facilitate safer left turning movements onto I-94.