Sheriff News Releases
Franklin Township Burglary
Posted date:4/17/2014 New
On April 16th, 2014 at 3:29 PM the Wright County Sheriff's Office responded to a burglary at 5511 57th Street Southeast in Franklin Township. The homeowner and person reporting, Anne Crowley, had just returned home from her husband, Steven Crowley's funeral and discovered that the house had been burglarized. The burglary occurred sometime between 10:30 AM and 2:25 PM. The exact loss is undetermined at this time. A possible suspect vehicle was described as an older Suburban style truck charcoal grey in color. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Wright County Sheriff's Office at 763 682-1162.

Wright County Sheriff Activity Report for period ending April 14, 2014
Posted date:4/14/2014 New
On April 7, Lauren Gail Ganz, 62, of Maple Plain was arrested in Buffalo on the charge of 2nd degree DWI.

On April 7, Tyler Gene Schablin, 24, of Delano was arrested in Buffalo on a Hennepin County warrant for false information to police.

On April 7, Shedonna Gilmer, 20, of Minneapolis was arrested in Buffalo on a Hennepin County warrant for receiving stolen property.

On April 7, Allen Von McClendon, 65, of St. Cloud was arrested in Buffalo on a Wright County warrant for domestic assault.

On April 7, Michael Sanders Hurd, 24, of Willmar was arrested in Kandiyohi County on Wright County warrants for 5th degree controlled substance violation and receiving stolen property.

On April 7, Marissa Lea Nevala, 28, of Rice was arrested in Sherburne County on a Wright County warrant for theft.

On April 8, Zachery Michael Dehn, 24, of Shoreview was arrested in Scott County on a Wright County warrant for 4th degree burglary.

On April 8, Curt Allen Sigler, 47, of St. Cloud was arrested in Clearwater on a State of Colorado warrant for fugitive from justice.

On April 8, Alex Christopher Todd Zobel, 19, of Darwin was charged with misdemeanor assault.

On April 9, Michael Benjamin Corona, 19, of Milaca was arrested in Anoka County on an apprehension and detention order from the MN Department of Corrections.

On April 9, Alysia Lynn Williamson, 36, of Monticello was arrested in Monticello on the charge of 3rd degree DWI test refusal.

On April 9, Clarissa Annette Fairbanks, 23, of Minneapolis was arrested in Benton County on a Wright County warrant for theft.

On April 9, Dylan William Olson, 19, of Buffalo was charged with misdemeanor assault.

On April 10, Scot Alan Neuschwander, 53, of Annandale was arrested in Annandale on a Wright County warrant for 1st degree DWI.

On April 10, John Tyler Normann, 21, of Delano was arrested in Delano on the charge of 5th degree controlled substance violation.

On April 10, Matthew Michael Mills, 22, of Ham Lake was arrested in Hennepin County on a Wright County warrant for theft and possession of burglary tools.

On April 10, Tracy Dennis Habiger, 36, of Big Lake was arrested in Scott County on a Wright County warrant for theft.

On April 10, Casey James Sutton, 26, of St Michael was arrested in Hanover on the charge of domestic assault.

On April 11, Kori Ann Klein, 19, of Buffalo was charged with felony criminal damage to property.

On April 11, Anna Rose Jones, 25, of Delano was charged with gross misdemeanor crime against family-malicious punishment.

On April 11, Demetrius Aaron Atchison, 19, of Buffalo was charged with felony criminal damage to property.

On April 11, Michael Henry Ciaciura, 34, of St. Paul was charged with misdemeanor assault.

On April 11, Thomas James Tschida, 36, of Hampton was charged with gross misdemeanor DWI.

On April 11, Chad Christopher Lundquist, 35, of Coon Rapids was arrested in Buffalo on a Wright County warrant for 2nd degree DWI.

On April 11, Paul Michael Brooks, 23, of St. Paul was arrested in Hennepin County on a Wright County warrant for theft.

On April 11, Travin John Schmitz, 26, of Rockford was arrested in Rockford Township on a Wright County warrant trespassing.

On April 11, Curtrick Allen Harcey, 30, of Clear Lake was arrested in Buffalo on a MN Department of Corrections warrant for parole violation.

On April 11, Traci Lynne Hines, 48, of Clearwater was arrested in Clearwater on the charge of domestic assault.

On April 11, Reno Marlin Bryant, 18, of Monticello was arrested in Buffalo on the charge of aid and abet theft.

On April 11, Joseph MacArthur Rivard, 23, of Monticello was arrested in Buffalo on the charge of violation of conditions of release.

On April 12, Bruce Douglas Connett, 49, of South Haven was arrested in Annandale on the charge of 2nd degree DWI.

On April 12, Brandon Donald Gelling, 26, of Eden Prairie was arrested in Monticello on the charge of 3rd degree DWI.

On April 12, Travis Harlan Koch, 25, of Annandale was arrested in Annandale on an apprehension and detention order from Wright County.

On April 12, Matthew David Bettridge, 23, of Buffalo was arrested in Buffalo on an apprehension and detention order from Wright County.

On April 12, Jason Wayne Stip, 42, of St. Michael was arrested in St. Michael on a Hennepin County warrant for obstructing the legal process.

On April 12, Kimberly Ann Hass, 35, of Big Lake was arrested in Buffalo on a Wright County warrant for 5th degree controlled substance violation.

On April 13, Dewayne Alfred Bode, 77, of Gull Lake was arrested in Hennepin County on a Wright County warrant for theft.

On April 13, Ian David Bargel, 30, no permanent address was arrested in Waverly on the charges of flee police in a motor vehicle, 3rd degree DWI and leaving the scene of an accident.

On April 13, Eric Wesley Johnson, 39, of Rockford was arrested in Albertville on the charge of domestic assault.

On April 14, Todd Christopher Jacobson, 52, of Bloomington was arrested in Buffalo on a Wright County warrant for 2nd degree criminal sexual conduct.

There were 15 Property Damage Accidents, 8 Personal Injury Accidents, 3 Hit and Run Accidents and 4 Car Deer Accidents.

There were 3 arrests for DWI, no Underage Consumption arrests, no School Bus Stop Arm Violations and 68 tickets for miscellaneous traffic violations reported this week.


DEPUTIES URGE MOTORISTS TO TAKE ACTION TO STOP DRIVING DISTRACTION
Posted date:4/8/2014

Prom, Graduation Seasons Spark Need to Pay Attention Behind the Wheel

Distracted driving is a leading crash factor, and the Wright County Sheriff’s Office is urging Wright County motorists to pay attention behind the wheel. Deputies are highlighting the issue during the prom and graduation seasons — in the last three years distracted teen drivers were involved in crashes that resulted in 25 deaths and 4,505 injuries.

Driver distraction is a leading crash factor in Minnesota, accounting for around 20 percent of all crashes annually, resulting in at least 70 deaths and 350 injuries, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety.

In Minnesota, it is illegal for drivers to read, compose or send texts/emails, and access the Web on a wireless device while the vehicle is in motion or a part of traffic, such as at a stoplight or stuck in traffic. It is also illegal for drivers under age 18 to use a cell phone at any time.

Distractions cause drivers to react more slowly to traffic conditions or events, such as a vehicle stopping or pulling out in traffic. A University of Utah study reports that using a cell phone while driving, whether hands-free or hand-held, delays a driver’s reactions as much as having an alcohol-concentration level of 0.08 percent. And when texting, drivers take their eyes off the road for up to 4.6 out of every 6 seconds — equivalent to traveling the length of a football field at 55 mph hours without looking up.

Tips to minimize distractions:

Hang Up and Drive
• Turn off cell phone, or place it out of reach.
• If on a phone conversation with someone driving, ask them to call you back.
• Texting, emailing and Web use while driving is illegal in Minnesota —
• including when stopped in traffic.
• Drivers under age 18 are prohibited from any cell phone use.

Passengers
• Speak up to stop drivers from engaging in distracted behaviors.
• Assist with phone, directions and radio/music controls.

More Tips
• Map out and study directions before your trip.
• Teach children the importance of good behavior in a vehicle.

Distracted driving education is a component Minnesota’s core traffic safety initiative, Toward Zero Deaths (TZD). A primary vision of the TZD program is to create a safe driving culture in Minnesota in which motorists support a goal of zero road fatalities by practicing and promoting safe and smart driving behavior. TZD focuses on the application of four strategic areas to reduce crashes — education, enforcement, engineering and emergency trauma response.



For more information, please contact
Sheriff Joe Hagerty or Chief Deputy Dave Miller
at (763) 682-7622 or email;
sheriff@co.wright.mn.us