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Cokato residents involved in crash

HOWARD LAKE, MN – Two Cokato residents were involved in a crash that injured a Howard Lake man at 8:33 a.m. Sunday.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a 2015 Kia Forte driven by Jeffrey Svac, 63, of Howard Lake, was attempting to turn left onto Seventh Avenue from Highway 12 and made contact with an eastbound 2008 Chevrolet Impala driven by Stacy Yeazle, 18, of Cokato.

Svac was transported to Buffalo Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Neither Yeazle nor passenger Ethan Schutz, 18, of Cokato, were injured.

The State Patrol reports they were wearing seatbelts, while it is unknown if Svac was doing so.

Alcohol was not a factor in the crash.

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office and Howard Lake Fire and Rescue assisted at the scene.

Crash in Cokato Township injures two

COKATO TOWNSHIP, MN – Two individuals were sent to the hospital with noncritical injuries following a crash in Cokato Township Tuesday morning.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a 2017 Chrysler Pacifica driven by Judy Hanson, 62, of Becker, was westbound on Highway 12 near Quimby Avenue Southwest at about 9:30 a.m. At the same time, a 1993 Ford F-150 driven by Gregory Martin, 68, of Belgrade, was towing a trailer eastbound. Martin’s vehicle drifted over the centerline and struck Hanson’s vehicle.

Hanson was transported to Buffalo Hospital for her injuries, as was Zona Smith, 67, of Buffalo.

All individuals were wearing seat belts, alcohol was not a factor, and road conditions were dry at the time of the crash.

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office, Cokato Ambulance, and Cokato Fire and Rescue assisted at the scene.

Wright County sheriff reports thefts, burglaries

WRIGHT COUNTY, MN – Since June 3, the Wright County Sheriff’s Office has responded to more than 20 reports of vehicle thefts, theft from vehicles, and residential burglaries in Otsego, Monticello, Monticello Township, Rockford, and Buffalo. The Howard Lake Police Department also reported a similar incident Monday.

The suspects have been targeting unlocked vehicles and have been gaining entry into residences by utilizing the garage door opener that they locate inside of those unlocked vehicles at or near the residence.

In the case of the Howard Lake incident, several items were stolen from inside the vehicle and occupied residence, and a different vehicle was stolen from the residence using keys left in its cup holder.

The sheriff’s office believes these crimes are being perpetrated by the same suspect(s) or group(s).

At about 6 a.m. Monday, Wright County Deputies responded to a burglary in progress in the City of Otsego. Two adult males were apprehended and arrested for burglary and related crimes. This case, as well as several others, are still under investigation.

The suspects in these incidents are believed to be involved in similar criminal activity in other jurisdictions within Minnesota. The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has been working with those other law enforcement agencies from seven different counties.

The sheriff’s office would like to remind everyone to lock vehicles and not leave valuables inside vehicles. If valuables must be left inside a vehicle, they should be put out of sight, preferably in a locked trunk or glove box. Individuals with garage door openers inside their vehicles, should make sure they are secured inside a locked compartment or placed in a location that is not visible from outside of the vehicle.

The suspects in these incidents have been working in small groups. The sheriff’s office encourages residents to call 911 if they see something suspicious in their neighborhoods.

Two injured in crash in Cokato

COKATO, MN – A crash on Highway 12 in Cokato Friday afternoon resulted in injuries for two individuals.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a 2014 Ford Fusion driven by Aaron Scadden, 41, of Monticello, was eastbound on Third Street at the Highway 12 intersection and stopped at a stop sign around 4 p.m.

It then pulled out in front of an eastbound 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer driven by Edward Hoppe, 85, of Howard Lake, causing the two vehicles to collide.

Both Scadden and Hoppe suffered noncritical injuries and were transported to Buffalo Hospital.

Scadden’s passenger, Heidi Scadden, 39, of Monticello, was not injured, nor was Hoppe’s passenger, Barbara Hoppe, 79, of Howard Lake.

The State Patrol reported that the Hoppes and Aaron Scadden were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash, but said it was unknown if Heidi Scadden was wearing a seat belt.

Road conditions were dry and alcohol was not a factor in the crash, according to the State Patrol.

Cokato Ambulance and the Wright County Sheriff’s Office assisted the State Patrol.

Darwin man involved in crash

NEW LONDON, MN – A Darwin man was involved in a crash that injured another driver Thursday.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a 2013 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Steve Simenson, 59, pulled out in front of a 2005 Chevrolet Impala driven by Shante Bratsch, 23, of Marshall, at the intersection of Highway 9 and Highway 23 in New London.

Bratsch’s vehicle struck a trailer being pulled by Simenson’s truck.

Bratsch was transported to Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar with noncritical injuries, while an infant in her vehicle was not injured.

According to the State Patrol, Simenson was not injured, but was also transported to the hospital.

Both Simenson and Bratsch were wearing seat belts, and the infant was properly restrained, as well, according to the State Patrol.

The State Patrol also reported road conditions were dry, and alcohol was not a factor.

One injured as motorcycle strikes deer

DARWIN TOWNSHIP, MN – A Litchfield man suffered noncritical injuries in a motorcycle crash early Wednesday morning.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, at 5:48 a.m., a 1994 Honda M/C ridden by Scott Durken, 57, was westbound on Highway 12 at mile post 108 in Darwin Township when the motorcycle struck a deer in the roadway.

Durken was transported to Meeker County Memorial Hospital in Litchfield.

He was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

Road conditions were dry and alcohol was not a factor, according to the State Patrol.