CARVER COUNTY, MN – Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson would like to warn the citizens of Carver County of a telephone scam that is occurring in the metro area. The current scam involves a caller contacting a victim and informing them they have an outstanding arrest warrant for failure to appear for court or jury duty. The call comes from a telephone number that registers as a local number or a government agency, such as the Carver County Sheriff’s Office. This is called “spoofing.” The caller provides details that lead the victim to believe it may be a legitimate call. The information used is obtained through public records or some other means unknown to the victim. The caller informs the victim that the arrest warrant will be resolved if they pay the fine over the telephone. The caller then demands immediate payment or an officer will come and arrest them. The victim is instructed to obtain a pre-paid debit card, such as a green dot card. A short time later, the caller contacts the victim, obtains the card information, and retrieves the money at a different location. The caller may even tell the victim to contact the sheriff’s office and provides a number (which is false and belongs to an accomplice) or may have another caller contact the victim and indicate they are from the alleged agency and that it is a legitimate call. There are numerous variations of this scam; a family member is arrested and needs bail, the Internal Revenue Service and taxes are due and need immediate payment, etc. Sheriff Olson would like to inform everyone that “No representative(s) of the sheriff’s office or other governmental agency would demand money over the telephone or require the use of pre-paid cards by telephone, ever. If bail or fine monies are needed, you would be required to pay in person at the Sheriff’s Office or designated governmental agency.” Lt. David Williams added “if you receive this type of call, do not release any information or follow any instructions, instead contact the sheriff’s office immediately. If possible, try to remember as much detail about the conversation, the caller, and any phone numbers you were given.”
If you need assistance from police, fire or medical personnel call 9-1-1. Anyone with information related to any crime is asked to contact the Carver County Sheriff’s Office at 952-361-1212. After hours call 952-361-1231. To remain anonymous you may leave a message on the tip line at 952-361-1224. You may also use the tip form on the sheriff’s office website at http://www.co.carver.mn.us/county_government/sheriff/crimetip_form.asp
NEW GERMANY, MN – Santa visited New Germany Dec. 6, and a photo gallery has been added to the Herald Journal website. Follow the link below to view the photos.
Santa Claus in New Germany photo gallery
NEW GERMANY, MN – New Germany City Council will consider the Carver County right-of-way policy during its Tuesday, Dec. 2 meeting.
Other items on the agenda include the 4-H shooting sports program and discussion about updating the city’s accessory structure ordinance.
The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at city hall.
SPONSORED POST – The energy division of Mid-County Coop has a new fuel delivery driver, Mark Marketon of rural Howard Lake. Marketon joined the company in mid-October, and has been enjoying getting to know Mid-County’s customers on his travels.
Before accepting his new position, Marketon had been a commercial driver for many years, primarily for the road construction industry.
In his spare time, Marketon enjoys camping, fishing, and spending time with family. He also grows crops and raises cattle at his home in Wright County.
Mid-County Coop was founded in 1935 as a petroleum product supplier for Carver County and the surrounding area. The company has experienced significant growth through the years, and now serves several counties. Services include a convenience store, complete agronomy division, energy department with fuels, lubricants, and propane delivery service; and an auto, truck and tire center.
To learn more about Mid-County Coop, go to www.midcountycoop.com or call 888-466-3700.
Small Business Saturday is the day that hometown businesses show the public why shopping local makes sense. Friendly service, convenient proximity, and unique options translate to sales in the frenzied rush of holiday shopping. Support your local businesses on Small Business Saturday, November 29.
CARVER COUNTY, MN – A mother and daughter are dead after an icy crash near Waconia Nov. 15, the Carver County Sheriff’s Office reported.
Misty Petschl, 34, of Waconia had been traveling west on County Road 10 near 102nd Street just after 3:30 p.m. when she lost control of her 2005 Dodge Caravan on the icy road and skidded into a 2002 GMC Yukon driven by David Splettstoeszer, 59, of Waconia.
Misty and her 6-year-old daughter, Jazmine, died after being transported to Hennepin County Medical Center. Misty’s 8-year-old son was listed in critical condition.
Splettstoeszer was traveling with his wife, Cindy, his 3-year-old granddaughter, and 80-year-old Jean Harms of Waconia. All four were transported to Ridgeview Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
At the scene of the crash, Carver County Sheriff’s Office deputies were assisted by Ridgeview Ambulance, Waconia Fire and Rescue, and the Minnesota State Patrol.
All seven people involved in the accident were wearing seat belts or were fastened into appropriate child safety car seats.