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Stolen truck leads to high-speed chase in Wright County

WRIGHT, McLEOD COUNTIES, MN – A Silver Lake man attempting to assist a motorist who was in the ditch early this morning was assaulted and had his truck stolen, according to the Wright County Sheriff’s Office.

At about 2 a.m., a Wright County sheriff’s deputy was patrolling the area of Highway 25 and 14 Street NE in Buffalo when his vehicle was passed on the right shoulder at high speed by a 2001 white Chevy Impala.

The deputy attempted to stop the Impala, but lost sight of it in the area of 8th Street NE.

A few minutes later, the Wright County Communications Center received a call from Brent Morris, 31, of Silver Lake, stating that his vehicle had just been stolen as he stopped to assist a motorist in a white Chevy Impala that had gone into the ditch in the area of Highway 55 and County Road 35.

Morris reported that as he approached the Impala, the driver assaulted him and fled in Morris’s 2010 Ford pickup.

Wright County sheriff’s deputies located Morris’s stolen pickup traveling at a high rate of speed in the area of Highway 55 and First Street NE in Buffalo. Deputies pursued this vehicle for a short distance until the driver lost control and struck a power pole at First Street NE and Calder Avenue NE.

The driver then fled on foot, and Wright County deputies, with help from a K-9, located him near 1156 Calder Avenue NE. The man, identified as Jeremy Sterzinger, 27, of St. Joseph, was arrested for fleeing, robbery, theft of a motor vehicle, and driving after revocation. He was transported to Buffalo Hospital for injuries sustained in crash and will be booked into the Wright County Jail upon his release.

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Tim Dahl chosen as Lester Prairie’s newest city council member

LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – Lester Prairie City Council interviewed three candidates for a vacant council seat during a special meeting June 2. During discussion after the interviews, council members noted they would have been happy with any of the three candidates. However, the council voted unanimously to offer the position to Tim Dahl, who is employed as Wright County’s risk manager. Council members mentioned Dahl’s experience in the public sector and working with budgets as reasons he was their first choice. City Clerk Marilyn Pawelk contacted Dahl June 3, and he agreed to accept the position. He will take the oath of office during the Tuesday, June 9 council meeting.

Read more in the June 8 issue of Herald Journal.

Carver County Government Center receives bomb threat

CARVER COUNTY, MN – Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson reported that May 28 at about 6:05 a.m. sheriff’s dispatch received a call from an unknown party who stated, “There is a bomb in your building. Have fun.” The caller then disconnected.

Over the next hour, sheriff’s dispatch received several additional calls wherein the caller referenced a bomb in the building that was set to detonate “soon.” In some of the calls, the caller(s) referenced ISIS and recent events in Baltimore, MD. The Carver County Government Center in Chaska was locked down and employees were directed to a safe location while sheriff’s deputies and law enforcement personnel from Bloomington Police Department, Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, and Minneapolis St. Paul Airport Police Department searched the building with specially trained bomb detection dogs. There were no bombs or other threats located during the extensive search.

Employees returned to work at about 10:30 a.m. and the morning court calendar was rescheduled. Olson said, “These types of calls create a significant disruption to operations. We locked the facility because our first priority was the safety of the citizens and employees in the government center. Now that we know it’s safe, we can conduct our investigation.” Sheriff’s deputies are actively investigating the source of the threats. The technologies of the 911 Dispatch Center allow for law enforcement to capture caller data, which will aid in the investigation. Early information suggests this incident is a prank or hoax commonly called “swatting,” wherein the caller(s) provide a false report of a crime in progress or threat of violence to cause a disruption to peace and civil order. “This is no joke; this is a serious crime,” said Olson.

Photos and Video: Paragliding in McLeod County

McLEOD COUNTY, MN — Brad Hoese of Winsted was part of a group of paragliders near Glencoe May 22. Check out our videos and photos here:

A story about Hoese’s paragliding experiences will be in a future edition of the Herald Journal. Click here to subscribe online or in print.

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