Tuesday, May 10, 2011
St. Michael native Joe Hagerty has been the county's sheriff for more than 100 days. Yet, the mission remains the same.
It's a cold, April afternoon, but Wright County Sheriff Joe Hagerty is all smiles. With 13 communities in Wright County to serve, and more than 100,000 local residents, Hagerty has his hands full. But he knows that first, and perhaps foremost, he has to serve as the department's spokesman. "My calendar has gotten a lot fuller," Hagerty said, noting a Rotary appearnace in Delano and dinner at the Crow River Senior Center, which are both on tap today. Hagerty comes by his service honestly. His father was a longtime council member in St. Michael, who also knew that public relationships were a big part of the job. The message from Wright County remains the same. Hagerty wants the sheriff's department to be part of the team, particularly in…
Friday, April 22, 2011
Wright County has verified that a body found in the Mississippi River a week ago is 51-year-old Richard S. Simon of Otsego.
The Wright County Sheriff's Department has received word from the State Medical Examiner that the body they recovered from the Mississippi River is that of 51-year-old Richard S. Simon of Otsego. Authorities launched a search for Simon last week after he walked away from his Otsego home and was missing for more than 48 hours. Foul play is not suspected. "There is no indication that would lead investigators to believe that the incident is suspicious in nature," a spokesman from the sheriff's office said. The search along the Mississippi River started Saturday, April 16, and ended Thursday April 21, as Wright County Deputies came across the body of an adult male near the Dayton boat landing in Anoka County. The search began last week when…
Friday, April 8, 2011
An accident in Albertville also sparked calls to first-responders over the past week.
As the weather warmed up last week, calls to the St. Michael and Albertville fire departments were considerably down from March 28 through April 6. Arrests by the Wright County Sheriff's Department arrests were steady, with accidents on local roads way down. March 28 Brooks Marie Best, 30, Albertville, was arrested in Albertville for driving after cancellation (inimical to public safety). March 29 Stephen Paul Killian, 49, St. Michael, was arrested in St. Michael on an apprehension and detention order from Wright County. Patricia Clements Portney, 55, St. Michael, was arrested in St. Michael on an apprehension and detention order from Wright County. March 30 A 41-year-old Rogers woman was arrested in St. Michael on charges of domestic …
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Wright County investigators are working with the Annandale Police Department and other authorities after a 63-year-old man was found dead.
The Wright County Medical Examiner's Office ruled Tuesday that the death of a 63-year-old Annandale man, discovered by authorities Sunday, March 27, was a homicide. Annandale Police and Fire Departments were both called to the residence of DeVan Hawkinson, age 63, of 74 Honeysuckle Lane, around 3:42 p.m. Sunnday after they were paged by Wright County Dispatch for a possible structure fire. Upon arrival, firefighters found Hawkinson, the owner and sole occupant of the home, deceased. Hawkinson was taken to Buffalo where the medical examiner's office performed a preliminary autopsy. Results released Thursday said the examiner dtermined the cause of death to be a homicide. Wright County Sheriff's Deputies said the incident "remains under …
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Storm sparks huge increase in property damage accidents in St. Michael-Albertville.
Thursday, Dec. 2 A 23-year-old St. Michael woman was arrested in St. Michael on charges of DWI. Friday, Dec. 10 A 26-year-old St. Michael man was arrested in St. Michael for violation of an order for protection. Saturday, Dec. 11 A 45-year-old Rogers man was arrested in St. Michael on the charge of third-degree DWI. The county reported 55 property damage accidents, four personal injury accidents, four hit and run accidents and 21 car vs. deer accidents in the last two weeks. There were also five underage consumption arrests, one school bus stop arm violation, and 426 tickets for miscellaneous traffic violations issued over the last two weeks.