Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Firefighters risked their life earlier this year to save an infant trapped in a vehicle that broke through the ice.
The Mound Fire Department was honored with an Award of Merit last night for their emergency response on Jan. 18, 2013, when a vehicle broke through the ice on Lake Minnetonka. Because an infant was trapped in a car seat, two of the firefighters risked their lives by diving underwater and bringing the victim to the surface. Despite the heroic efforts, the infant did not survive. During that incident, firefighters rescued three other family members from the icy waters. Related posts: The award was during the Hennepin County Sheriff Office's annual promotions and awards ceremony at the Marriot in Brooklyn Park.
Monday, February 25, 2013
Sheriff says building is not just a need but a critical need, predicts Hennepin County's emergency communications would be in jeopardy without it.
After committing more than $30 million to the project last December, a ceremonial groundbreaking Monday morning marked the start of meaningful construction on Hennepin County's new dispatch facility and emergency communications center. The building will be the most advanced of its kind in the upper Midwest, according to county officials, when it is completed sometime during the second half of 2014—with technological capabilities that will enable citizens anywhere in Hennepin County to text, e-mail and send video to emergency dispatchers in real time. "This is an important day for Hennepin County, and I don't want to understate that at all," Sheriff Rich Stanek said. "The residents expect 911 to work every time without fail and without …
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Tabitha passed away Monday morning. The following is her obituary.
Editor's Note: Information courtesy Morris-Nilsen Funeral Home Tabitha Rose Markle, age nine months, is preceded in death by her grandfather, Lawrence Markle. She is survived by parents, Jonathan and Amanda; sister, Isabelle; grandparents, Marilyn Markle, Marvin and Mary Seefeld; aunts and uncles, Sandy and Dave Pevonka, Laura and Jason West, Amy and Aaron Seefeld and Emily Seefeld; cousins, Kenneth and Sara Pevonka, Natalie, Jacqueline and Gabriella Seefeld. Services Mass of Christian burial will be Friday, Jan. 25, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Peter’s Catholic Church 6730 Nicollet Ave. S., Richfield. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday, Jan. 24, from 4-7 p.m. at Morris Nilsen Chapel, 6527 Portland Ave. S., …
After a rash of vehicles going through the ice in recent days, including one that resulted in the death of an infant, Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek urges residents to review ice safety guidelines.
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Thursday, January 24
by Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek There have been seven vehicles that have broken through the ice on Lake Minnetonka in four days, Jan. 18-21. Tragically, one incident resulted in the death of an infant, an 8-month-old girl from Minnetrista. Related Posts: The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office reminds residents that no ice should ever be considered safe. Residents are urged to review these safety guidelines: Last winter Sheriff Stanek took the unusual step of ordering all vehicles off Hennepin County ice after a rash of accidents was blamed on thin ice conditions. Stanek said Saturday that he was not yet prepared to take a similar step this winter.
Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek: “The severely mentally ill should never have access to guns. We have an epidemic of untreated mental illness in the U.S. and right here in Minnesota.”
The following was released by the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office: Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek, the Minnesota Sheriffs’ Association, Hennepin County Judge Jay Quam and a coalition of community partners that included advocates for the mentally ill and state lawmakers gathered in St. Paul Wednesday to discuss potential reforms to address concerns about the role of mental illness and extreme gun violence. Among the proposed reforms: strengthen existing gun background check laws, provide greater access to mental health records for law enforcement and address gaps in providing services and resources to Minnesotans who live with untreated mental illness. “We have an access problem,” said Sheriff Stanek, “The severely mentally ill …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Alcohol was a factor in at least two of the seven accidents; Sheriff Rich Stanek urges common sense and good judgement.
The death of an eight-month-old baby is prompting area safety officials to urge the public to use good judgement and take appropriate safety precautions when driving on Lake Minnetonka and other frozen bodies of water in Hennepin County. Tabitha Markle died early Monday morning after her family's vehicle broke through the ice Friday night near the Halstead Bay Bridge adjacent to County Road 44 in Minnetrista. Tabitha's mother, a teacher with Richfield Public Schools, her father and sister were also in the SUV. The accident occurred less than 24 hours after the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office conducted a nighttime rescue drill that simulated a similar scenario. In all, seven vehicles have broken through the ice since last Friday. Alcohol …
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Family's vehicle broke through the ice near the channel between Halstead Bay and Priests Bay; Infant died early Monday morning at Children's Hospital.
Eight-month-old Tabitha Markle has died. Editor's note (Jan. 23 at 3 p.m.): Lake Minnetonka Patch and other media outlets originally reported Tabitha was nine months old. She was three days from turning nine months at the time of her death. Patch apologizes for any confusion. Tabitha was strapped in her car seat when her family's vehicle broke through the ice on Lake Minnetonka Friday evening. She was submerged 15-20 minutes before first responders were able to free her. She was first taken by ambulance to Waconia and later transported by helicopter to Children's Hospital. A report released Tuesday afternoon by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office classified Tabitha's death as an accidental drowning. She died just after 2:30 a.m. …
Sunday, January 20, 2013
Saturday night's accident occurred on the Browns Bay side of Spirit Island. It was the fourth vehicle to break through the ice in less than 48 hours.
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- Jay Corn
Sunday, January 20
A vehicle broke through the ice on Lake Minnetonka Saturday night. It was the fourth to go into the water in less then 48 hours. Saturday's accident occurred on the Browns Bay side of Spirit Island, and Wayzata Fire Department Chief Kevin Klapprich said no injuries were reported. "It went through last night, but I can't tell you exactly what time," Chief Klapprich said. The Hennepin County Sheriff's Water Patrol responded to the scene Saturday night and was back again late Sunday morning after a resident reported seeing what turned out to be the same vehicle submerged in the water. "The Hennepin County Water Patrol was out there today (Sunday) with their water boat, and some of my guys went out there with them," Chief Klapprich said. "They…
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Nine-month-old Tabitha Rose Markle is in critical condition after her family's vehicle broke through the ice last night on Lake Minnetonka. First responders rescued the child from about six feet of water after she was submerged for 15-20 minutes, accordin
- POLICE & FIRE
- Jay Corn
Saturday, January 19
Editor's Note: The following update was released at 4:20 p.m. by the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office. On January 18 at 5:08 p.m., the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a vehicle breaking through the ice on Lake Minnetonka. A family from Minnetrista had been traveling in a small SUV when it broke through thin ice and into the water under the Halstead Bay Bridge. A husband, wife, and their young daughters – a two-year-old and a nine-month-old – were in the vehicle at the time. Read Patch's coverage of the sheriff's press conference Saturday morning. A homeowner who lives next to the bridge is a volunteer firefighter for Mound Fire Department. He heard cries for help and he and a friend pulled the mother and two-year-old …
Hennepin County Rich Stanek said nine-month-old was submerged for 15-20 minutes.
Nine-month-old Tabitha Rose Markle is in critical condition after her family's vehicle broke through the ice last night on Lake Minnetonka. First responders rescued the child from about six feet of water after she was submerged for 15-20 minutes, according to Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek. Tabitha was taken by ambulance to Waconia and later transported by helicopter to Children's Hospital. Sheriff Stanek said during a news conference Saturday morning that a volunteer Mound fireman, who lives on Lake Minnetonka near where the vehicle went through the ice, was the first to reach the scene. Stanek praised the fireman's quick thinking and training, adding he provided crucial assistance and first aid during the critical first few minutes …