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Car parts reported stolen from two Cokato businesses

COKATO, MN – The Wright County Sheriff’s Office is investigating two instances of theft that were reported April 6 at two Cokato auto dealerships.

“It’s quite possible these are related,” Wright County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Todd Hoffman said.

One occurred at Holt Motors (245 Cokato St. W.), and the other at Cars By Andy (14208 Highway 12). Hoffman stated that no buildings appeared to have been entered.

At Holt Motors, the theft occurred at about 3:19 a.m. in the impound lot where towed cars are stored. A fence was cut, and a car radio was stolen. Car batteries were removed, but were not taken out of the lot. Between miscellaneous vehicle damage and the radio, the loss was estimated at about $150.

At Cars By Andy, the sheriff’s office was notified of the theft at 10:44 a.m. Video surveillance showed that a vehicle entered the lot at 3:33 a.m. Four tires and four after-market rims were stolen, as well as a taillight from a vehicle and a floor jack. All four tires were removed from another vehicle, but the tires were not stolen. The total loss is estimated at about $2,365.

Hoffman said the sheriff’s office has some evidence regarding these thefts, and the case is currently under investigation.

Cause of death identified in Shawn Medley investigation

MEEKER, WRIGHT COUNTIES, MN – The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office received the autopsy and toxicology report in the Shawn Medley death investigation March 20, according to a press release from Sheriff Bru.
According to the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office, Medley died of a methamphetamine and mitragynine overdose. The circumstances surrounding Medley’s death, including where he died, remain unknown.
The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in identifying anyone who was with Medley, as well as his whereabouts from the early morning hours of, Thursday, Feb. 8 to Sunday, Feb. 11. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office at (320) 693-5400 and ask to speak with a detective, or leave information on the department’s confidential tip line at (320) 693-5411.
Background
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 of Feb. 10.
Assisting with the investigation are the MN Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and Litchfield Police Department.

One person hurt in Wright Co. crash

ALBION TOWNSHIP, MN – A two-vehicle crash occurred in Albion Township (north of Howard Lake) Tuesday evening, involving one Cokato resident and one Maple Lake resident, the Minnesota State Patrol reported.

Ivan Mccrae Ostlund LaTour, 16, of Maple Lake was driving a 2009 Jeep Commander south on Spruce Avenue at Highway 55 just before 5:30 p.m. He stopped at the stop sign, then attempted to cross Highway 55 and pulled out in front of a 2003 Ford pickup that was traveling east on Highway 55. The vehicles collided and the Jeep rolled on its side, according to the state patrol.

The driver of the Ford, Bruce Elroy Burkowske, 55, of Cokato, was not injured. LaTour was transported to Buffalo Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Both people involved in the crash were wearing seat belts at the time.

 

Dassel woman injured in single-vehicle crash

MEEKER COUNTY, MN – A Dassel woman was injured in a single-vehicle crash Friday, March 2 at approximately 6:59 p.m., according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

Carmen Marie Luebke, 38, of Dassel was driving a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix eastbound on Highway 12 at County Road 34 in Darwin Township when it went off the road to the right and struck the railroad tracks, according to the state patrol. The vehicle went airborne before coming to rest on the south side of the railroad tracks. Luebke was transported by Gold Cross Ambulance to Meeker Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to the state patrol.

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

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.

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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 Enterprise Dispatch.