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Rossing kidnapper charged with murder

HOWARD LAKE, MN – Robert Nuttall, 28, who had previously been charged with kidnapping Chris Rossing of Howard Lake, was charged with second-degree murder this morning (Jan. 27) at a pre-trial hearing.

Second-degree murder and kidnapping charges each carry a maximum sentence of 40 years, which means Nuttall could face up to 80 years in prison.

Look for details in the Monday, Feb. 2 edition of the Herald Journal.

Carver County deputy Erick Boder in head-on crash while on patrol

CARVER COUNTY, MN – Mayer resident Erick Boder, who serves on the Mayer City Council, was injured in a two-vehicle crash Thursday evening while on patrol with the Carver County Sheriff’s Office. Boder has been a deputy for Carver County for the past 10 years.

Boder was patrolling Carver shortly after 9 p.m., traveling north on CSAH 11 just south of Fourth Street, when a southbound vehicle driven by Jason Horowitz, 46, of Carver, crossed the center line and collided with Boder’s patrol squad, according to the sheriff’s report.

An off-duty Carver firefighter behind Horowitz witnessed the crash and stopped immediately to assist. An off-duty sheriff’s sergeant who was traveling in the area also stopped to provide aid to the injured drivers.

Both drivers were wearing seatbelts, but sustained injuries in the crash. Horowitz was transported by Ridgeview Ambulance to Hennepin County Medical Center. Firefighters from the Carver and Chaska fire departments used the Jaws of Life tool to extricate Boder from the wrecked squad. He had suffered severe injuries and was transported by North Memorial Air Care to Hennepin County Medical Center.

The crash is under investigation by the Minnesota State Patrol.


Watertown man arrested in road rage incident

WATERTOWN, MN – Charles Robert Christie, 30, of Watertown, was arrested and charged with second degree assault, a felony, and impersonating a police officer, a misdemeanor, in connection with a road rage incident, according to a release from Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson.

Deputies responded to a report of a vehicle being followed by a motorist later identified as Christie, who was yelling and brandishing a handgun at approximately 9 p.m. Jan. 2 in Mound, according to the release.

According to the release, Christie followed the victim, driving “aggressively,” until he reached Watertown.

The victim then pulled over to allow Christie to pass.

According to the release, Christie then got out of his vehicle and was yelling and pointing a handgun toward the victim and his passenger. Christie also allegedly displayed a black wallet with a white ID badge asserting he was a detective from the Minnetrista Police Department.

Based on information provided by the victim, deputies located Christie at his home in Watertown, where they searched Christie’s vehicle and recovered a handgun matching the description provided by the victim.

Christie was arrested and transported to the Carver County Jail.

See the full story in the Jan. 19 issue of Herald Journal.

Lester Prairie police seek suspects who stole vehicle and used it in burglary

LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – Lester Prairie Police Department is requesting information about suspects in a case involving a stolen vehicle that was used in a Watertown robbery, as well as to damage mailboxes in Carver County.

The vehicle, a white Ford Super Duty F350 with no truck box on the back (frame only) and an orange emergency light on the top, was located on the former railroad right-of-way near the Indoor Boat Storage property along Central Avenue. The vehicle has damage to the passenger side, and the rear window was broken out. Police have impounded the vehicle.


Lester Prairie police received a report of a suspicious vehicle, and, during their investigation learned the vehicle had been stolen from an owner in Inver Grove Heights. The plates on the vehicle were stolen off another vehicle in Rogers.

Lester Prairie police also learned the Carver County Sheriff’s Office had been attempting to locate the vehicle, which authorities believe was used to damage mailboxes in Carver County. According to the Carver County Sheriff’s Office, this vehicle was also involved in the burglary of an office complex in Watertown the evening of Dec. 26 or early morning of Dec. 27.  At that time, the vehicle had a plow on the front and an aluminium box.
Two adult Hispanic males were seen, along with a possible accomplice vehicle – a light blue Subaru with a very large fin on the rear end top of the vehicle.

In Lester Prairie, a witness told police he saw an adult male in dark clothing leave the vehicle in question and get into a light blue Subaru near the Glencoe Regional Health Services clinic in Lester Prairie at about 3 p.m. Monday.

Lester Prairie police are asking anyone who may have information about the vehicle or its occupants to contact the Lester Prairie Police Department at (320) 395-2100 or e-mail Lester Prairie Police Chief Robert Carlson at:

Barn fire kills nine horses in Wright County; injures one Howard Lake teen

WRIGHT COUNTY, MN – Nine horses are dead and two people suffered smoke inhalation (including a 17-year-old from Howard Lake) after a barn fire west of Buffalo Dec. 29, the Wright County Sheriff’s Office reported.

Deputies received the 911 call at about 12:36 a.m., with report of a barn fire at a horse ranch at 2187 Bolton Dr. NW in Chatham Township. The barn was fully engulfed by the time fire departments from Buffalo, Maple Lake, and Monticello arrived, but firefighters were able to extinguish the fire before it spread to surrounding buildings.

Manager Ronald Winget, 42, was able to move some of the horses to safety with the assistance of Wyatt Stueven, 17, of Howard Lake. Stueven had noticed the fire as he was driving by and stopped to give assistance.

Nine horses perished in the fire, and both Winget and Stueven suffered smoke inhalation. Winget was transported by Allina Ambulance to the Buffalo Hospital, and Stueven was transported by a private vehicle to an area hospital for treatment.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. According to the Wright County Sheriff’s Office, initial indications are that an electrical fire started in the barn, knocking out electricity to the ranch.

Initial indications are that an electrical

Governor urges Minnesotans to take precautions to prevent influenza

ST. PAUL, MN – Governor Mark Dayton and Health Commissioner Dr. Ed Ehlinger today urged Minnesotans to take precautions to prevent the spread of influenza in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), Minnesota is currently experiencing one of the worst influenza seasons in recent memory, with 359 people hospitalized since October.

“I urge Minnesotans to be vigilant, and take all necessary precautions to protect themselves, their children, and their loved ones from the threat of influenza,” said Governor Dayton. “We are taking this threat very seriously, and will continue doing everything possible to prevent the further spread of this illness in our classrooms and communities.”

“Influenza can be a serious, life threatening illness for people of all ages,” said Commissioner Ehlinger. “Every year in Minnesota we see serious illness and scores of deaths from influenza. This year’s strain of influenza appears to be causing more severe illness than in the recent past. It’s important that all Minnesotans take steps to protect themselves and their loved ones and prevent the spread of influenza.”

Preventing the Spread of Influenza

Governor Dayton and Commissioner Ehlinger today offered the following information and guidelines to Minnesotans today on preventing the spread of influenza in Minnesota.

· Get Your Flu Shot – The best way to prevent influenza is to get a flu shot – and it is not too late; the influenza season typically lasts through the month of April in Minnesota. The Department of Health offers this simple online tool Minnesotans can use to find a clinic in their area to obtain a flu shot. Influenza vaccinations also may be given at other locations and times not listed on the vaccine finder tool. Check with your physician’s office or regular walk-in clinic about getting vaccinated against the flu.

· Stay Home – Stay home from work or school if you are sick. Avoid exposing yourself to others who are sick with flu-like illness.

· Cover Your Cough – Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue whenever you cough or sneeze. Then, throw the tissue away. If you do not have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your sleeve.

· Keep Clean – Clean surfaces you touch frequently, such as door handles, water faucets, refrigerator handles, and telephones.

· Wash Your Hands – Wash your hands often with soap and water, or with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.

· Rest and Exercise – Get plenty of rest, physical activity, and eat healthy to stay healthy.

The symptoms of influenza, which tend to come on suddenly, can include a sore throat, coughing, fever, headache, muscle aches and fatigue. People who become severely ill with influenza-like symptoms should see a physician.

For more information about influenza, and how to prevent the spread of the flu in your home, workplace, school, or community, visit the Minnesota Department of health website at