CRIME & SAFETY
Law enforcement recognize Northfield and Rock Churches for help during 28-hour stand off
GERING , Neb. (KNEP) - Law enforcement recognized the Northfield and Rock Churches for their help during the 28-hour stand off that took place in Gering in September. The Scotts Bluff County Sheriff’s Office, Gering Police Department, and FBI presented the Northfield and Rock Churches with a letter of gratitude Tuesday for supporting law enforcement during the lengthy standoff.
One Person Injured Tuesday Morning in Single Vehicle Accident
A Lakeville area man was injured in a single vehicle accident Tuesday in Otter Tail County. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Lloyd Barima Donkor, (47) was injured when the westbound 2005 Mercedes he was driving “entered the median, crossed the eastbound lanes and came to rest in the south ditch of I94” in Oscar Township.
Charges: Meth seized from Faribault apartment
Two people are facing felony charges after a large amount of methamphetamine allegedly was found in their Faribault apartment.
Man found guilty of racketeering loses appeal
A rural Faribault man sent to prison for racketeering has lost yet another appeal. Paul Scott Seeman, 49, of Cannon City Township, appealed his 2018 and 2022 convictions in Rice County for racketeering, receiving stolen property and providing false information on a vehicle title. He was sent to prison until at least mid-2028. An attorney for Seeman appealed the convictions and sentence claiming six reasons. Seeman himself filed a document...
Witness report leads to felony DWI arrest
A repeat drunken driver allegedly had a blood alcohol concentration over three times the legal limit after he was stopped by an officer in Northfield Friday evening. Scot Thomas Jones, 54, was charged with felony DWI and gross misdemeanor driving without a license Monday in Rice County District Court. A witness reported a man believed to be Jones was stumbling and fell outside Carbone’s Pizza before driving away around 6:20...
Tribute to beloved husband, father-of-three killed in tragic haybine accident
Mitch Olson, 31, died of his injuries on Wednesday.
Mothers, top enforcer ask drivers not to drink
It’s been 24 years since 15-year-old Meghan Cooper climbed into a car with three other young people to drive from Kenyon to Faribault for more alcohol.
Dakota County Sherriff's Office Phone Scam Alert
DAKOTA COUNTY, MINNESOTA - In a post on Facebook from the Dakota County Sheriff's Office late Wednesday morning, the Dakota County Sheriff's Office would like to warn residents of Dakota County and the surrounding areas that there is an ongoing phone scam where someone is trying to impersonate Sergeant Matt Regis from the phone number 651-384-6934.
Tragedy and Community Response: Northfield's Week of Loss and Leadership
This week in Northfield, Minnesota, was marked by a heartrending traffic incident and critical updates from the city's Police Chief. A devastating head-on collision on County Road 1 claimed the life of Daniel Rocha Jr., a 44-year-old resident, when his vehicle crossed into oncoming traffic, colliding with a small truck. The accident resulted in Rocha's death and injuries to the truck's occupants, who were taken to hospitals, leaving the community in mourning.
Suspect sentenced 22 years after crash and 'complete failure of the justice system'
Wesley Tabor waited 22 years to see the man who nearly killed him sentenced after fleeing from a crash on I-35, using a false identity, pleading guilty and then fleeing justice. Tabor told the man, who he now knows is Troy Donnell Williams, that he forgives him for the April 2001 crash that left him with a broken neck. Williams told Tabor and the court he is a changed man. ...
Elliott share results of body camera audit; Salvation Army Red kettles need bell ringers; Nelson cautions safety on Thanksgiving
Northfield Chief of Police Mark Elliott made a presentation to the Northfield City Council on Tuesday night during the Council’s regular meeting regarding the mandated audit of the body worn camera program, which includes the cameras in the police vehicles, that the NPD has had in place since the summer of 2021.
Farming accident claims the life of a 31-year-old man
MORRISTOWN, Minn. — A 31-year-old man from Waseca has died after being pulled into a piece of farming equipment on Wednesday afternoon. According to a press release from the Rice County Sheriff's Office, crews were sent to Morristown Township for a farm accident. When they arrived, Morristown Fire and...
Early Morning Rollover Accident in Goodhue County and Minnesota's State Flag Redesign Effort
In the quiet early hours of Friday morning, a minivan rollover in Goodhue County, Southeast Minnesota, disrupted the calm as two individuals were injured. The accident occurred along Hwy. 20 in Cannon Falls, where the State Patrol, along with other emergency responders, arrived shortly before 2:30 a.m. The vehicle, driven by 28-year-old Dinikqua Elizabetha Ross of Minneapolis, had veered off the two-lane highway before rolling over.
Rice County Community Based Coordinator program is working; School Board hears enrollment report; Carleton College cancels women’s basketball season
Earlier this month, a man identified by police as 41-year-old Kyle Everett Cranston, of Northfield, was charged with 1st degree aggravated robbery, 1st degree Damage to Property, 3rd degree Burglary, and Theft after he allegedly broke into the Chuck & Don’s pet store and stole a bag of dog food, set a fire in the parking lot of Big O Tire, and threatened an employee of Kwik Trip with an axe after stealing a carton of cigarettes, a small case of beer and a newspaper. Northfield Chief of Police Mark Elliott said Kranston was peacefully taken into custody a little while after the incidents.
Woman pleads guilty to reduced charges
A Minnesota woman pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors on Thursday after reaching a plea deal in a case related to the alleged theft of a U-Haul van. Robyn E. Martinez, 38, of Northfield, Minnesota, had been facing a felony count of possession of methamphetamine and a misdemeanor of possession of drug paraphernalia in Barron County Circuit Court. She entered guilty pleas after the felony was reduced to a misdemeanor. Judge...
This week's Cannon Falls Police, Goodhue County Sheriff reports
Below are this week's Cannon Falls Police Department and Goodhue County Sheriff's Office reports:. Robert Triplett, Claxton (GA), 41, speeding: 53 in 30. Zackery Brown, Inver Grove Heights, 28, driving after revocation. Andrew Walrod, Cannon Falls, 35, no insurance, broken tail light, loud exhaust, expired registration, failure to obtain new...
Malfunctioning leaf blower causes a fire in the Natural Lands
St. Olaf College alerted students about a Natural Lands fire on Nov. 9 through Ole Alert, the emergency email and text notification system, as well as the Everbridge app. The alert asked all students to evacuate from Skoglund-Tostrud and to avoid the lower campus and parking lots. At 1:00 p.m., a follow-up alert was issued stating that the fire was contained.
Police Chief Mark Elliott talks about winter parking ban, Red Kettle challenge, recent crimes
Northfield Police Chief Mark Elliott discusses the winter parking ban, Salvation Army Red Kettle challenge between Rice County Sheriff’s office and NPD, recent crimes in Northfield, body cam audit, and more.