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Meeker County Sheriff’s Office provides notice of release of predatory offenders

MEEKER COUNTY, MN – According to Minnesota Statute 253D.32, the Meeker County Sheriff is releasing information regarding two predatory offenders who are being released from the Minnesota Sex Offender Program. Delbert Edward Tucker, DOB: 04/30/1953, and Allen Ray Barth, DOB: 08/13/1954, will be residing at a residence in the 23000 block of 570th Avenue, Litchfield Township, as of Feb. 23. Neither of these offenders is wanted by law enforcement at this time and both have served the sentence imposed on them by the court.

A Community Notification Meeting has been scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21 at the Meeker County Courthouse Community Rooms, 325 North Sibley Avenue, Litchfield. Representatives from the Department of Human Services – MN Sex Offender Program, the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office and the Meeker County Attorney’s Office will be available to provide useful information on public safety.

Meeker County Sheriff 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 release.
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

Shawn Medley

DC Schools respond to message written on bathroom wall

DASSEL, COKATO, MN – Dassel-Cokato School District administation sent the following letter to parents Thursday, Nov. 9 in response to a threat written on a wall:
“Dear Parent/Guardian of a
D-C High School or Middle School student:
Wednesday evening we were made aware of a vague, low level threat written on the wall of a high school bathroom which said “People will die 11/10/17.”
Aside from the date, this is the exact phrasing we dealt with in a very similar situation April of 2016.
Unfortunately, this type of incident has become fairly common in schools resulting in unnecessary disruption and angst for students and families. It is important to know that, nationwide, there has never been an act of school violence following a message of the type we are dealing with. 100 percent of the time it has been nothing but a student trying to disrupt the school day and/or get out of school.
Knowing this, we still realize that this kind of message does cause various levels of discomfort for parents and students. In response, we have worked closely with the Wright County Sheriff’s office to verify the low level status of the threat and discuss an appropriate response. Our response, in addition to our normal controlled access and supervision, will be an additional police presence tomorrow.
Another important fact is that there has never been a school shooting when armed law enforcement have been on site. We are confident that the additional police presence will make the day even safer than usual.
Perpetrators, if caught, will be dealt with both by authorities and the school district. We will continue to investigate this and a reward will be paid for any information leading to the conviction of any individuals involved.
Please be assured that we expect our buildings to be safe and secure Friday, November 10.”

MDA issues consumer advisory for French Lake Butcher Shop’s Bloody Mary Waco Sticks

Saint Paul, MN – The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has issued a consumer advisory for meats produced at French Lake Butcher Shop in South Haven, MN, due to lack of proper labeling. During a routine inspection, the MDA determined that French Lake Butcher Shop used wheat and soy products to produce its Bloody Mary Waco Sticks. Wheat and soy, both known food allergens, were not disclosed on the product label. Food allergens may cause an allergic reaction in people with sensitivity to known allergens.

 The following products are subject to this advisory:

  • Bloody Mary Waco Sticks with a “Lot Number” of 7590
  •  50 pounds were produced in the batch and 0 pounds are accounted for. The     MDA believes the remaining products have been purchased and consumed.
  • Bloody Mary Waco Sticks with a “Lot Number” of 7627
  • 50 pounds were produced in the batch and 34 pounds are accounted for. The MDA believes the remaining products have been purchased and consumed.

The products subject to this advisory bear the establishment number “1241” inside the State of Minnesota Mark of Inspection on the label. These products were sold at the following stores:

Jack’s of Cokato Inc., Cokato, MN

Jack’s of Eden Valley Inc., Eden Valley, MN

Jack’s of Watkins Inc., Watkins, MN

Cenex of Litchfield, Litchfield, MN

Jack’s of Richmond Inc., Richmond, MN

Mini Mart of Kingston, Kingston, MN

Lantto’s of Annandale, Annandale, MN

The MDA and the company have not received any reports of adverse reactions or illness due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about illness should contact a healthcare provider. Consumers who purchased this product should throw it away or return it to the store.

Consumers with questions about the advisory can contact the MDA at 651-201-6300.

Atwater man injured after striking deer while riding an ATV

MEEKER COUNTY, MN – The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an ATV crash with injury near the intersection of 230th Street and 600th Avenue in Litchfield Township Nov. 2 at 6:45 p.m., according to a release from the sheriff’s office. The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office, Litchfield Fire, Litchfield Rescue, Gold Cross Ambulance, and North Memorial Air Care responded to the scene. It is believed the driver Hunter Narragon, 20, of Atwater, struck a deer causing him to be thrown from the ATV. Narragon was airlifted to North Memorial Health Hospital in Robbinsdale with potential life threatening injuries. The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Litchfield Police and Atwater Police.

Litchfield workers ejected from bucket of boom truck after being struck by semi


LITCHFIELD, MN – Two Litchfield city workers were in a telescoping bucket attached to a parked boom truck working on a stoplight over Sibley Avenue at Third Street Oct. 24 when the bucket was struck by a 1991 Mack semi tractor-trailer driven by Lanny Larue, 77, of Atkinson, NE, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

The city workers, Michael Grabow, 40, of Litchfield, and Randy Groskreutz, 54, of Hutchinson, were ejected from the bucket and landed on top of the semi. They were transported to Litchfield Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to the state patrol.