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Mayer woman accused of aiding sexual assault of her daughter

MAYER, MN – A Mayer woman was arrested July 8 for her role in an alleged sexual assault involving her 9-year-old daughter in Iowa, according to a formal complaint from the Carver County Attorney’s Office.

Cynthia Mitteness, 48, is being held in the Carver County Jail pending $50,000 cash bail or a $500,000 bond. Her next court appearance was scheduled for July 15.

According to reports, Carver County Sheriff’s Office deputies were alerted to the crime July 7 after Mitteness’ husband found “alarming social media messages” between his wife and Michael Lee Williams, 50, a registered sex offender in Runnells, just outside of Des Moines, IA.

Mitteness and her daughter had allegedly traveled to Iowa June 10-12 to visit a relative, according to the complaint. Mitteness later admitted to authorities to bringing her daughter to meet up with Williams. She stated that Williams likes “young girls as well as adult girls.” The complaint also states that Mitteness admitted to taking nude photographs of her daughter, but could not recall if she sent the images to Williams.

The formal complaint notes that the 9-year-old told her father she was at Williams’ house, and that her mother said not to talk about it.

During the investigation, Carver County Sheriff’s Office deputies reviewed explicit electronic messages between Mitteness and Williams.

Deputies searched Mitteness’ residence in Mayer July 8, recovering electronics, documents, and books. She has since been charged with second-degree criminal sexual conduct (a felony), contributing to the need for child protection or services (a gross misdemeanor), and child endangerment (a gross misdemeanor).

Law enforcement from Polk County, IA arrested Williams for felony human trafficking and sexual exploitation of a minor.

According to reports, Williams was placed on the Iowa Sex Offender registry in 1996 after being convicted of indecent exposure. In 2001, he was convicted of first-degree sexual assault.

Cynthia Mitteness of Mayer is facing charges involving the alleged sexual assault of her child.

Cynthia Mitteness of Mayer is facing charges involving the alleged sexual assault of her child.

Man arrested in connection with Watertown assault

WATERTOWN, MN – Carver County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of an assault in progress on Riverside Terrace Blvd. in Watertown July 6 at 4:04 p.m., according to a release from Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson. The caller/homeowner reported that he had interrupted a person tampering with his car in the driveway. Once confronted, the suspect brandished a knife before fleeing the area on foot. Deputies arrived and checked the area, but were unable to immediately locate the suspect. Later, the suspect was involved in a separate altercation with another homeowner in Riverside Terrace, resulting in a second call for service. The suspect was located at about 7:30 p.m., hiding under a nearby trailer home. He was arrested and taken to the Carver County Jail pending formal charges.

Teen injured in Lake Waconia boating incident

CARVER COUNTY, MN – Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson noted in a release that on June 26 at about 12:50 p.m. his office received a 911 call reporting a boating accident involving a juvenile who was injured by a boat propeller on Lake Waconia. Two juvenile males from Waconia were boating on Lake Waconia when the victim (13) fell overboard while reaching for an object at the rear of the boat. He was struck by the propeller and sustained a serious injury to one of his legs. The watercraft operator (12) was able to pull the victim back onto the boat and return to the dock, where they were met by emergency personnel. The victim was subsequently transported to Hennepin County Medical Center by Ridgeview Ambulance. Both boys were wearing personal floatation devices, and had the appropriate watercraft operator’s permits. There is no indication this incident was the result of any unsafe operation of a watercraft, according to the release. Olson would like to remind everyone of the importance of wearing life jackets while boating. “This accident underscores the importance of wearing your life jacket,” Olson said

Waconia Fire Department and Ridgeview Ambulance assisted sheriff’s deputies on this call.

McLeod Co. peace officer appreciation night June 22

McLEOD COUNTY, MN – Because of the rise of officers being hurt or killed in the line of duty, a few citizens of McLeod County decided that the officers of McLeod County deserve an event that shows them the citizens appreciate their hard work.

“I thought I should do something to show appreciation for officers,” said Judy Peik of Brownton. “My goal is to give all residents and businesses the opportunity to show their support for law enforcement.”

The public event will feature the police officers, corrections staff, deputies, posse, and conservation officers of McLeod County, and will take place Wednesday, June 22 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the McLeod County Fairgrounds in the Agribition Building.

Residents of all ages are welcome to attend and give their thanks and support to McLeod County’s peace officers.

There will be music, children’s activities, rock wall climbing, face and hair painting, and balloon art.

Rehmann and Hutchinson Police Chief Dan Hatten will also be present.

Food will be available as well, for free. There will be hot dogs, beans, chips, cookies, popcorn, bottled water, and coffee.

A free will donation would be appreciated, but is not necessary.

For more information, McLeod Citizens Beside the Badge can be found on Facebook at

Two sought in connection with attempted murder last seen in Howard Lake

WRIGHT COUNTY, MN – The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has identified a 28-year-old man and 33-year-old woman as persons of interest in connection with the attempted murder of Cheyenne Lee Clough, 19, of Buffalo, who was found unresponsive at Crow Springs County Park Wednesday morning.

According to audio posted by Police Clips at 6:48 p.m. Wednesday, the WCSO is seeking Justin Michael Jensen, a 6’1″, 180-pound white male with blue eyes and Natasha Leanne Brandenburger, a 5’6″, 150-pound white female with blue eyes.

According to the Police Clips audio, the two may be armed and dangerous and are possibly driving a stolen, white Honda Accord with Iowa plates of AXK 248, which may now have unknown Minnesota plates on it.

Their last known location was Howard Lake, according to the audio.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the WCSO at (763) 682-1162 and mention master incident No. 8395.

More information will be posted as it becomes available.

Howard Lake teen hurt in rollover crash

WRIGHT COUNTY, MN – A teenage boy from Howard Lake was injured in a one-vehicle crash in Wright County Saturday evening, according to the Wright County Sheriff’s Office.

Initial reports indicate that Gavin Kritzeck, 16, was driving a Buick Century south on Lathrop Ave SW in Victor Township shortly before 8:30 p.m. May 7 when he lost control of the vehicle, causing it to enter the ditch and roll. The Buick came to rest on its roof.

Kritzeck was extricated from the vehicle, and airlifted by North Memorial Helicopter to Hennepin County Medical Center. The extent of his injuries are unknown at this time. Kritzeck was the lone occupant of the vehicle, and the crash is under investigation.