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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

LP man involved in crash near St. Cloud

STEARNS COUNTY, MN – A man from Lester Prairie was involved in a two-vehicle crash south of St. Cloud Wednesday morning, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

The state patrol reported that Donald Charlie Eastman, 75, of Lester Prairie was driving a 2000 Chevrolet Blazer north on Highway 15 just south of 225th Street in St. Augusta at 8:13 a.m. Feb. 21 when his vehicle rear-ended a 2016 Toyota Highlander driven by Mathias Arnie Dahl, 73, of Hutchinson.

The Highlander hit a tree, and the state patrol reported that Dahl was transported to Centra Care in St. Cloud for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

No injuries were reported for Eastman. The airbags were deployed in both vehicles. Dahl was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, and Eastman was not.

Meeker County Sheriff’s office investigating death of Waverly man

MEEKER COUNTY, MN – Meeker County Sheriff Brian Cruze issued the following release concerning a death investigation Feb. 12.

The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an unresponsive male at a rural Ellsworth Township location Feb. 11 at approximately 2:15 p.m. The exact location is being withheld at this time due to the ongoing investigation.
The initial investigation revealed the man had been deceased for quite some time and investigators believe he died somewhere other than where he was found, according to a release from Meeker County Sheriff Brian Cruze.
The deceased has been identified as Shawn Jacob Medley, 40, of Waverly. Medley had been reported missing Feb. 7 in Wright County. Medley’s vehicle, a 2010 Silver Hyundai Elantra with MN plates 748HUD, was located abandoned in Litchfield in the early morning hours on Feb. 10. The investigation into the cause and manner of death is ongoing, according to the relase.
Anyone who had contact with or knows where Medley, or his vehicle, has been during the past week is urged to call the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office at (320) 693-5400 or leave information on the confidential tip-line (320) 693-5411. Assisting with the investigation are the MN Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and Litchfield Police Department.

Shawn Medley

Hagerty will not seek re-election

WRIGHT COUNTY, MN – There will be a new sheriff in town, actually throughout Wright County, come Jan. 8, 2019, as Wright County Sheriff Joe Hagerty has announced he will not seek re-election, opting to retire after 33 years of service, including eight years as sheriff.


Sheriff Joe Hagerty

“I am going to pull the pin,” Hagerty said.

It is not a decision he has taken lightly.

“I’ve been struggling with this for quite a while, since September or October,” he said. ” . . . I know it’s a four-year commitment. I know I’ve got plenty of gas in the tank to go three or four years. I just wanted to make sure I left when I still really loved what I do.”

See more in the Feb. 9 edition of the Herald Journal.

Three vehicles involved in Hwy. 7 crash Jan. 31

LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – The Minnesota State Patrol reported a crash the morning of Wednesday, Jan. 31 on Hwy. 7 at Babcock Ave, Winsted Twp, McLeod County. According to the state patrol, a 2007 Freightliner driven by Alexander Neal Jesme, 27, of St. Paul Park, was going northbound on Babcock Ave. attempting to go across Hwy 7. A 2007 Jeep Compass driven by Jordan Jon Weeks, 21, of Delano, was westbound on Hwy 7. the Freightliner and Jeep collided at the intersection. The vehicles then collided with a 2014 Kia Rio, driven by Jeffrey Paul Johnson, 31, of Buffalo, which was stopped facing southbound on Babcock Ave. Lester Prairie Fire and Ridgeview Ambulance assisted on scene. According to the state patrol, Weeks was transported to Ridgeview Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

Carver County Sheriff’s Office investigating a report of an armed person at Ridgeview Medical Center

CARVER COUNTY, MN – At approximately 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, the Carver County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that sheriff’s deputies responded to a possible armed person at Ridgeview Medical Center. Bayview and Southview schools and local daycare centers locked down as a precaution while deputies investigate. More info to follow.

UPDATE 1-25-18 3:10 P.M. Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson reports that sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a person with a firearm near Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia on 1/25/2018 at 1:17 pm. Deputies happened to be in the area at the time the call was dispatched and were able to begin an immediate investigation. Deputies notified Southview Elementary and Bayview Elementary Schools, Good Samaritan Nursing Home, and area day care centers of the situation and suggested lockdown as a precautionary measure. Deputies established a perimeter and searched for the subject, but were unable to locate the subject or any person matching the description. Deputies investigated the matter and determined there was no credible, firsthand knowledge of a person with a firearm. An anonymous caller reported a person with a gun on Cherry St, near Ridgeview Medical Center. Early indications are this incident is connected to an ongoing dispute between two people wherein one party made a threatening statement to the other. There does not appear to be a threat to the public. The matter remains under investigation by the Carver County Sheriff’s Office.