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Multiple agencies involved in chase of stolen vehicle in Carver, McLeod counties

CARVER COUNTY, MN – May 14 at about 4:02 p.m, deputies were dispatched to investigate a report of a suspicious vehicle at 4655 Co. Rd. 123 in Watertown Township, according to a press release from Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson.

The suspect vehicle had left the scene when the caller reported the incident. The caller requested extra patrols in the area. Deputies ran the motor vehicle registration provided by the caller and learned the vehicle had been stolen from Shakopee. The suspect in the vehicle theft was identified as Vernon Terry Surratt, 37, of Coon Rapids. Deputies further learned Surratt was a fugitive wanted by the Minnesota Department of Corrections (DOC).

May 15, 2018, at about 10:21 a.m., a deputy located the stolen vehicle and suspect driver who fled when the deputy tried to stop the vehicle. Deputies pursued the vehicle west on MN 7 into McLeod County, south through Lester Prairie and back into rural parts of Carver County before turning east on MN Hwy. 7. Deputies, who were assisted by the McLeod County Sheriff’s Office, Lester Prairie Police Department, Minnesota State Patrol, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Minnetrista Public Safety
Department, and South Lake Minnetonka Public Safety, made several attempts to stop the vehicle using tire
deflation devices, which the suspect was able to avoid.

As the vehicle approached MN Hwy. 7 at Minnewashta Parkway, the vehicle swerved to avoid tire deflation devices and the driver lost control of the vehicle, colliding with a motorist who was stopped at the intersection. The suspect attempted to flee, but was boxed in by pursuing law enforcement and arrested without further incident.

The female motorist who was struck by the suspect vehicle, Katy Esmerald Perez-Velazquez, 42, of Shorewood, suffered injuries in the crash and was transported by Ridgeview Ambulance to 212 Medical Center in Chaska.

The suspect, Vernon Surratt of Coon Rapids, received minor injuries in the crash and was treated and released from 212 Medical Center in Chaska, according to the press release. He was transported to the Carver County Jail where he remains pending formal charges in this incident, as well as being held on the DOC warrants.

A female passenger in the stolen vehicle, Mellisa Coal Martinson (34) of Minneapolis, was not injured and had no involvement in this incident other than being a passenger. She was released at the scene.
In addition to the stolen vehicle and Ms. Perez-Velazquez’s vehicle, four squad cars were damaged in this incident. One squad struck the tire deflation devices, flattening three tires, and three squads were damaged while attempting to box in the suspect vehicle. Minnesota State Patrol is investigating the motor accidents.

HLWW to discuss who should pay for tickets to athletic events

HOWARD LAKE, WAVERLY, WINSTED, MN – One item on the agenda for the Monday, April 23 Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted School Board work session is to “discuss parents paying for tickets for athletic events.”

Other topics include discussion of a military wall, asphalt projects, and kindergarten assessments.

The meeting will start at 6 p.m. in the high school media center. Look for coverage in the Friday, April 27 edition of the Herald Journal.

Schools delayed two hours Monday, April 16

WINSTED, MN – several area schools will delay start times Monday, April 16 in the wake of the weekend storm. As of 8:50 Sunday, they include:

Dassel-Cokato School District – delayed two hours.

Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted School District – delayed two hours, no a.m. preschool.

Lester Prairie School District – delayed two hours. No a.m. preschool. Child care open.

Mayer Lutheran High School – delayed two hours.

Waverly’s Doug Ault loved family, friends, animals, and his fire department

WAVERLY – Waverly, by all accounts, lost an admirable man last week.
Doug Ault, 57, died March 24, following complications from a massive stroke.
Current Waverly Fire Chief Ben Duske said Ault joined the fire department in March 1994.
Ault served as the independent department’s secretary and treasurer for 13 years, was an assistant chief for four years, and was Chief 2 at the time of his death.
Duske said the main thing he will remember about Ault was his vast knowledge of many different areas. Duske remembered Ault was always able to get a downed fire truck back in service.
“He was a good guy,” Duske said, “and he always had a smart ass comment.”

See the Friday, March 30 edition of Herald Journal for the complete story about a local hero.

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Lester Prairie City Council schedules special meeting regarding fire engine purchase

LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – The Lester Prairie City Council will meet in special session on Monday. March 26 at 6:30 p.m. at the Lester Prairie City Hall to consider the authority to issue general obligation certificates of indebtedness to purchase a fire engine.

Carver County Sheriff’s Office investigating threat at Watertown-Mayer High School

WATERTOWN, MN – Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson reported that sheriff’s deputies responded to a threats complaint at Watertown-Mayer High School March 2 at about 10:49 a.m. A student reported another student had made in-direct threats toward the student body sometime the previous week. School officials, when notified, immediately reported the matter to sheriff’s deputies for investigation.
Sheriff’s deputies investigated the matter. The subject of the investigation, a juvenile male, will not be allowed to return to school until the investigation(s) is complete.
Sheriff’s deputies were in and around the school most of Friday, March 2 and will be present Monday, March 5 as a precaution. Communicated threats of violence, even when the person is not serious, can be very disturbing, terrorizing to others, and disruptive. The Sheriff’s Office takes these matters seriously by investigating these allegations thoroughly and pursuing prosecution of offenders.
This matter remains under investigation by the Carver County Sheriff’s Office and Watertown- Mayer school officials.
Anyone who needs assistance from police, fire or medical personnel should call 9-1-1. Anyone with information related to this incident or any crime is asked to contact the Carver County Sheriff’s Office at 952-361-1231or use the tip line 952- 361-1224. The tip form is at