CARVER COUNTY, MN – Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson reported that on June 16, his office received two burglary reports of homes in Dahlgren Township with forced entry to the doors.
Both burglaries happened during the daylight hours. A witness in the area observed a white
passenger vehicle near one of the burglaries with the trunk open. The vehicle was described as a
possible Pontiac Grand Am or similar looking vehicle.
In each burglary, the homes were ransacked and numerous household items were taken.
Estimated combined value of property is $4,600. Unknown value of damage at this time.
Olson reminds everyone that they are the eyes and ears of law enforcement. He said “If
anyone observes something that does not look right at their home or a neighbor’s home, they
should immediately call 911.”
Carver County Sheriff’s Office is investigating these burglaries.
LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – Leon Walter Hettver, 62, of Glencoe, was charged with 2nd degree assault following a June 4 incident at Schmidty’s gas station, 282 Babcock Avenue, in Lester Prairie, according to a formal complaint.
Delgene Boll was filling his Harley Davidson motorcycle with gas at about 5:30 p.m. Hettver was filling his pickup truck with gas at the same time. According to the complaint, Hettver began making disparaging remarks toward Boll and his motorcycle. When Hettver finished filling his pickup, he asked Boll if he wanted some gas, and then he sprayed gas on Boll and his motorcycle. Hettver then asked Boll if he needed a match. Boll then backed away and indicated that he was fearful for his life.
The charge of 2nd degree assault is a felony punishable by seven years in prison, a $14,000 fine, or both.
HOWARD LAKE, MN – Charges have been filed against the former manager of the Howard Lake Municipal Liquor Store who recently resigned, according to Howard Lake Police Chief Tracy Vetruba.
Vetruba issued the following statement late Thursday afternoon:
“The Howard Lake Police Department received information about possible thefts that were occurring at the Howard Lake Municipal Liquor Store. Information gathered during an intense investigation indicated that Liquor Store Manager Aaron DeMarais was involved. Following the investigation, charges of Felony Theft were filed at the Wright County Courthouse. The City of Howard Lake has made a series of changes to the Liquor Store operations and will continue to monitor internal controls of the store to increase accountability on the part of all employees.”
Look for updates at www.herald-journal.com and in the Monday, June 6 print edition of Herald Journal.
CARVER COUNTY, MN –Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson reported today that his office is investigating suspicious activity in the area of 801 Interlaken Victoria, Sunday, May 8 at approximately 10 a.m.
Deputies were dispatched to the area of 890 Interlaken, Victoria, in reference to a suspicious activity call. Deputies were advised that an unidentified male had chased a juvenile down the street. Dispatch updated information on the suspect and vehicle, which was described as a silver car with an older white male driver, who had white/grey hair and beard. Dispatch also advised the vehicle and suspect had left the area and the juvenile was with his parents.
The juvenile is reported to have passed a silver car, and observed a white older male in the vehicle. The vehicle was parked on the south side of Interlaken facing east. The juvenile continued eastbound on the sidewalk and did not stop. The juvenile looked back and observed the male suspect get out of the vehicle, and begin running after him/her. The juvenile said the suspect did not say or yell anything at him/her.
After the suspect passed, the juvenile alerted a nearby homeowner to what happened. The homeowner contacted the juvenile’s parents.
The suspect is described as a white male, around 5 feet 8 inches tall, roughly 170-180 pounds, white / grey hair slightly balding on the top of his head, with a beard, and wearing a long sleeve t-shirt. The vehicle is described only as a silver car.
It is believed the suspect vehicle was observed earlier in the morning parked on Interlaken.
Olson is asking anyone with any information regarding this incident to contact the Carver County Sheriff’s Office.
CARVER COUNTY, MN – Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson reported that on May 5 at 12:11 a.m., Carver County Deputy Mike Bengston observed a 1998 Toyota Camry traveling eastbound on Highway 5 at a high rate of speed. When Bengston attempted to affect a traffic stop on the vehicle, the driver fled. During the pursuit, which covered approximately 2.5 miles, the driver, later identified as Eduard NMN Fermanyuk, 22, nearly crashed into another vehicle while attempting to pass on the right, drove eastbound in the westbound lane of Hazeltine Boulevard, and eventually crashed through the security gate at Hazeltine National Golf Course in Chaska, slammed into a curb, went airborne, and landed on the golf course greens before fleeing on foot.
With the assistance of the Chaska Police Department, and a Minnesota State Patrol helicopter using its FLIR (Forward Looking Infrared) system, Carver County K-9 Deputy Steve Glaser and his partner, Hunter, tracked the suspect to a wooded area where he was found hiding under a tree. The suspect was taken into custody at approximately 12:40 a.m., transported to the Carver County Jail and booked on charges of driving after suspension, first degree criminal damage to property, speeding (110 mph), reckless driving, possession of a small amount of marijuana in a motor vehicle, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The Chaska Police Department and the Minnesota State Patrol assisted in capturing the suspect. Olson said, “We are grateful this incident ended without anyone being injured, we are proud of the work done by our deputies, and this incident showed the importance of the need for a collaborative effort to maintain the safety of the public.”
This incident remains under investigation by the Carver County Sheriff’s Office.
CARVER COUNTY, MN – Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson reported this morning that his office received a 911 call about a person disturbing the peace at the northwest corner of Highway 5 and Highway 41 at 11:42 p.m.
The person who called reported an adult male on the walkway “acting in a bizarre manner.”
The suspect was described as an adult male, age 18-25, tall, with a large build. He was reported to be”very animated, yelling and running in circles and shadow-boxing a light pole.” The reporting party believed the suspect was extremely intoxicated or suffering from mental health issues. When confronted, the man ran from the location.
Sheriff’s deputies located an item of clothing that the suspect had discarded. A sheriff’s office K-9 team tracked the suspect for a short time and lost the trail. The sheriff’s office then requested the assistance of a Minnesota State Patrol helicopter unit. The State patrol helicopter checked the area, but was unable to locate the suspect.
The sheriff’s office was assisted by the Chaska Police Department, South Lake Minnetonka Police Department, Three Rivers Park Police, and the Minnesota State Patrol.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Carver County Sheriff’s Office at (952) 361-1212.