Stearns County Sheriff’s Office
Maple Grove Police have arrested a man suspected of a month-long armed-robbery spree that mostly targeted fast-food restaurants along the Interstate 94 corridor. According to authorities, Douglas Wayne Gravelle was taken into custody on Thursday. This arrest comes after a string of armed robberies which began in early September. Fast-food restaurants in Sauk Rapids, St. Cloud, Big Lake, Clearwater and Monticello were targeted. A Game Stop video game store in Monticello may also have been robbed by Gravelle earlier this month.
At least one person was hurt Tuesday when a car hit a tractor and then was side-swiped by oncoming traffic in Sauk Centre, according to the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities responded to a crash involving multiple vehicles at about 8:10 p.m. Tuesday near the intersection of County Road 17 and 385th Avenue in Sauk Centre.
A 19-year-old man crashed and rolled his Jeep Thursday after a bee distracted him as he was driving in Stearns County, according to authorities. According to the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, Dylan Mendel was driving on County Road 133, just northeast of 322nd Street in Wendel Township at 11:27 a.m., when a bee pestered him so much that he drove into the ditch. He lost control of the vehicle as it rolled over.
The man accused of murdering a Cold Spring officer in 2012 has been cleared of any charges. Authorities say evidence shows a second suspect, who committed suicide before being questioned, would have been arrested in the officer’s death.
A 24-year-old man from Upsala was arrested early Saturday morning after four people were hurt in a crash in Stearns County, authorities said. The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office responded to an injury crash at about 1:24 a.m. Saturday near County Road 37 and Mary’s Lake Road in Millwood Township.
Authorities said as many as five people were hurt Tuesday night in a rollover crash in Sauk Centre Township. The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office responded to the crash at about 9:12 p.m. at the intersection of County Road 185 and 421st Street.
Authorities said a 15-year-old boy from Brooten was critically hurt Monday after crashing and rolling his ATV in Stearns County. The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office responded to the crash at about 6:28 p.m. Monday on the 45000 block of Isabella Road in North Fork Township.
Authorities said four people were taken into custody early Wednesday morning after an apparent armed robbery of a cab driver in St. Cloud.
A 39-year-old Paynesville man was arrested Saturday after he allegedly assaulted and stabbed his girlfriend, according to police.
A 52-year-old farmer in the central Minnesota town of Watkins lost five calves in a barn fire Friday morning, according to the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office.
Many townspeople in Cold Spring, Minn., said Friday that they think the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office owes 34-year-old Ryan Larson – the initial suspect in last year’s fatal officer shooting — a big apology.
Authorities say they have a new update in the investigation into the murder of a Cold Spring police officer. Officer Tom Decker was shot and killed in the line of duty last November.
The owner of a central Minnesota turkey barn says he’s out an estimated $500,000 after his barn, which housed 17,000 young turkeys, burned down, the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office says.
A 43-year-old St. Cloud man had a short trip to jail Monday after being arrested for assault in connection with a fight on the roof of the Stearns County Jail, according to police.
Police say two men were arrested Wednesday after a robbery at a Walmart in St. Cloud.