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Pursuit in Clearwater ends with arrests in South Haven, including HL woman

WRIGHT COUNTY, MN – Deputies from the Wright County Sheriff’s Office were involved in a pursuit Jan. 14 with a vehicle that concluded with the apprehension and arrest of two individuals, according to a release from the sheriff’s office.

At approximately 11:45 p.m. a Wright County Deputy observed a passenger car driving slowly through multiple lots of closed businesses in the Clearwater area. As the marked squad car approached to investigate, the passenger car fled at a high rate of speed. A pursuit was initiated that continued through portions of Stearns County and into the Fairhaven area. Assisting deputies disabled the suspect vehicle with use of spike strips. The two suspects fled on foot in the City of South Haven. The male suspect stole a separate vehicle and drove into nearby farm fields before crashing on the railroad tracks east of South Haven. The male suspect was taken into custody. With the assistance of the Minnesota State Patrol Air Unit the other suspect, an adult female, was located hiding in a wooded area close to where the first vehicle involved in the pursuit had stopped. The female was also taken into custody. There were no injuries to any of our deputies or to either suspect, according to the release.

The involved male was identified as Robert Bohach, 36, of Saint Louis Park. Bohach was arrested on multiple charges including Felony Fleeing in a Motor Vehicle, Felony Theft, and Felony Controlled Substance Possession.

The involved female was identified as Jessica Hanson, 27, of Howard Lake. Hanson was arrested for Felony Controlled Substance Possession and Misdemeanor Fleeing on Foot.

Names of victims released from fatal McLeod County accident

McLEOD COUNTY – On Monday Dec. 17, at approximately 10:56 p.m., the McLeod County Sheriff’s Office responded to a two-vehicle accident in the area of CR 7 and Yacht Ave, northeast of Stewart.

Vehicle one was a 2004 Ford Explorer, owned by Tiffany Dralle, age 25, from Gibbon, and driven by Wayne Bernier, Jr, age 32, from Gaylord, was westbound on CR 7 while vehicle two, a 2010 Dodge Nitro, owned and driven by Bruce Lentz, age 60, from Stewart, was eastbound when the two vehicles collided.

Bernier, Lentz, and Bernier’s passenger, Dralle, were all pronounced dead at the scene, and taken to the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office. Lentz and Bernier were wearing their seatbelts. Dralle was not wearing a seatbelt, and was ejected from the vehicle.

There were no witnesses or other occupants in the vehicles at the time of the accident. Also assisting were MN State Patrol, Stewart Fire, and the Buffalo Lake Ambulance.

This case is still under investigation.

Three fatalities in McLeod County crash

McLEOD COUNTY – The McLeod County Sheriff’s Office responded to a two-vehicle accident in the area of CR 7 and Yacht Ave, northeast of Stewart, at 10:56 p.m. Monday night.

Also assisting were MN State Patrol, Stewart Fire, and the Buffalo Lake Ambulance.

As a result, three people were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

More information will be released once the families have been notified. The case remains under investigation.

Data breach reported in Wright County

WRIGHT COUNTY, MN – The following news release was issued Wednesday by Wright County officials:

A Wright County employee was found to have transferred private data to his home without authorization and in violation of county policy.

Based upon the investigation conducted by the county, no evidence has been found that indicates there was any sale or distribution of the private data. The data was recovered and returned to the county by law enforcement.

Since government agencies are held to a high standard for data protection, Wright County officials notified individuals because they felt citizens had a right to know this transpired – even though the data is back in the county’s possession.

Employees are required to complete multiple trainings about protecting citizen data annually, and the county has several policies in place.  This unfortunate decision by one individual to not follow policy has triggered this notification effort.

While the policy investigation is complete, a criminal investigation related to this employee’s actions is ongoing.

A company that specializes in data notification has been hired by Wright County to handle notifications and requests. Citizens are asked to use these resources to request further information:

Toll free information line: 866-680-3212.

Email: info@wrightcountydataincident.com

Address for information:

Wright County Data Incident-6354

PO BOX 44

Minneapolis, MN 55440-0044

Individuals who did not get a letter from the county did not have data accessed in this incident.

Winsted Medallion found Wednesday afternoon

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WINSTED – Lisa Veaderko stopped at the Herald Journal office this afternoon to show off the Winsted Medallion she found around 2 p.m.  Veaderko lives in Cokato, and works at Littfin in Winsted.  She’s got some experience in the medallion-finding area – she found the Winsted Medallion last year, too!

Veaderko said following the trail of today’s clue was a little scary, since she discovered the Winsted Medallion on a fence near the police station and Winsted City Hall, and she wasn’t sure she could legally be there.  But, she bravely took a quick glance at the fence, and spotted the coveted circle.

Veaderko has won $100 in Winsted Chamber of Commerce Bucks for her big find.  Congratulations, Lisa!

(Medallion hunters best be on their toes next year, so Veaderko doesn’t score a hat-trick!)

Victim identified in Winsted Lake snowmobile incident

WINSTED – On Nov. 28 at 6:33 p.m., the McLeod County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a snowmobile possibly going into Winsted Lake just east of Winsted. At approximately 2:35 p.m. on Nov. 29, Lawrence Stifter, age 52, from Winsted, was found in the lake and his body was taken to the Midwest Medical Examiners Office. Also assisting on the scene were the Winsted Police, Winsted Fire, Lester Prairie Fire, Wright County Sheriff’s Office, Carver County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team, and the Minnesota State Patrol. The cause of death is still under investigation.