On November 13th at approximately 12:05 a.m.,the Menahga Police Department and the Wadena County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call to an address on Oak Ave NE in the City of Menahga. Upon arrival, officers from Menahga Police Department, Sebeka Police Department, MN State Patrol and Wadena County Sheriff’s Office observed two male individuals inside the residence that appeared to be deceased from apparent gunshot wounds. Menahga Police Department, Wadena County Sheriff’s Office and Minnesota BCA are working on this case jointly. More information will be released at a later time after notifications have been made to family members of the deceased and further investigative information is available. Law enforcement officials do not believe there is any risk to the public at this time.
Menahga, MN – 8 year old Arionna Matteson a second grader at Menahga Elementary School has sustained burns over at least 75% of her body, from a bonfire explosion in her backyard on September 29th, 2017. Two other children were burned in the bonfire explosion, Arionna’s 10 year old brother Drake, he received burns on the left side of his face and neck. Libby Havens, Arionna’s friend suffered burns on 12% of her body. Suffering the most is Arionna Matteson, the 8 year old had to be flown via North Memorial AirCare form Menahga to the Hennepin County Medical Center. Arionna was admitted in to the Burn Intensive Care Unit. On Oct. 3rd, Arionna had to undergo nearly a 5 hour surgery. Surgeons had to remove burnt skin from her legs, shoulders, and torso. Matteson underwent another surgery two day later on Oct. 5th, the surgeons worked the burns on her hands and arms, she had another 4 hour surgery that same day that focused on her neck and face. Arionna started undergoing skin graft surgeries on Oct. 16th, 2017. There will be more surgeries and medical procedures in the future for the 8 year old burn victim. Her family has a set up a GoFundMe account named “Healing for Onna,” the goal is to raise $10,000 to help with any medical expenses and other expenses that arise as Arionna recovers from the accident. There will also be a smoke pork fundraiser on Saturday, Nov. 25th from 4-8pm at the VFW in Menahga, MN.
On 10/16/2017 at 2258 hours the Waite Park Police Department was dispatched to a threats complaint that happened in the parking lot of Cash Wise Foods. An individual performing parking lot maintenance in a street sweeper reported he was approached by a male individual in a vehicle. Upon making contact with him, the suspect started to yell and scream at him and advised him if he didn’t stop what he was doing he was going to kill him. The individual feared for his safety and retreated to a different area of the parking lot, where he then called the police. The individual reported that the suspect vehicle continued to drive erratically and squealing its tires in the parking lot. Officers responded to the scene and attempted to stop the suspect vehicle, which was still in the parking lot driving in circles. Upon officers turning on their emergency lights, the vehicle fled the scene.
The vehicle fled northbound on Waite Avenue and then east on Division Street, where it entered Highway 15. Pursuit speeds reached approximately 100 mph. Several agencies assisted with the pursuit. Stearns County Sheriff’s Department and Kimball Police Department attempted to deploy stop sticks on the suspect vehicle. The stop sticks were successful in flattening one tire on the suspect vehicle. The suspect vehicle then turned around and started back to the north. Another set of stop sticks were deployed and another tire on the suspect vehicle was flattened. The pursuit continued with speeds varying from 50 mph to 70 mph. Upon re-entering the St. Cloud area, State Patrol deployed another set up stop sticks. They were successful in deflating the remaining two tires.
Due to all four tires being flattened and the suspect vehicle running on the rims, the suspect driver had a hard time controlling the vehicle but continued at speeds in excess of 50 mph. The suspect continued towards Royalton, where assisting officers were able to PIT the vehicle and take the suspect into custody. The suspect was subsequently identified JASON MICHAEL ASHWILL, Age 47, of Dassel, MN. He was transported to the Stearns County Jail where he is being held on the charge of Felony Flee Police Officer in a Motor Vehicle and Damage to Property.
There were no injuries reported and three Waite Park squads sustained minor tire damage. The Waite Park Police Department was assisted by Stearns County, MN State Patrol, Kimball PD, Cold Spring PD, Morrison County, and Little Falls PD. The chase lasted 59 minutes and covered 64 miles.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. (AP) - Police in Minnesota held a ceremony to reward a man who helped rescue a teenage girl who had been kidnapped and held captive for nearly a month. But Earl Melchert had other ideas. When Alexandria Police Chief Richard Wyffels handed Melchert a $7,000 check on Friday, the farmer turned and gave it to the girl, along with a big hug. Wyffels says Melchert believes the girl is the real hero. Prosecutors say the 15-year-old was held captive for 29 days last month. She was repeatedly raped and kept locked in a closet before she escaped and swam across a lake to safety. Melchert saw her running across a field, recognized her, and sheltered her in his truck until police arrived.
BECKER COUNTY, Minn. (Valley News Live) UPDATE (9:45 p.m.): Police scanner traffic indicates there was a police chase that likey led to an officer-involved-shooting, but that has not yet been confirmed by authorities.
Scanner chatter indicated officers were involved in a chase with speeds possibly reaching 100 miles per hour. We have a crew on the scene and are working to confirm the circumstances surrounding the closure of the Highway 10. We will continue bringing you updates on TV and online.
AUDUBON, Minn. (AP) - Sheriff's officials in Becker County say a highway pursuit east of Audubon has ended in gunfire. Sheriff Todd Glander tells KFGO a suspect was shot by a deputy on Highway 10 about 7:30 p.m. Thursday after officers put down 'stop sticks' to disable the suspect's vehicle. Glander says the driver got out of the vehicle armed with a rifle. The suspect was taken to a Fargo, North Dakota hospital to be treated for gunshot wounds. There's no immediate word on the suspect's condition. No deputies were injured.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. (AP) - Authorities say a 16-year-old boy was hurt in a duck hunting accident on the opening day of Minnesota's waterfowl season. Douglas County sheriff's officials say the boy and a 17-year-old hunting partner were in a boat on North Union Lake when the accident happened Saturday. Investigators say the 17-year-old believed his shotgun was empty and put it in a case. He later leaned over the side of the boat to retrieve a duck and accidentally discharged the gun when his knee touched the case. KFGO radio reports the 16-year-old was struck in the right leg. He was treated at a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries