Wednesday, February 27, 2013
An Oakdale man who recently resigned from his post as a Washington County sheriff's deputy now faces several drug charges.
A former Washington County Deputy has been charged with felony drug theft and faces other drug charges after allegedly stealing from a county prescription drug drop-off box. Ricky Harry Gruber, 43, of Oakdale was charged on Feb. 27 with felony drug possession, two counts of felony theft, misconduct of a public officer and unlawful possession of a prescription drug, according to the criminal complaint. The prescription drug drop-off boxes are meant for the public to dispose of unwanted or unused prescription medications in a safe manner. On Jan. 25, a deputy noticed one of the drug drop-off boxes was ajar and there was no forced entry. One of the drug drums was missing from the box. On Jan. 28 the same deputy took a spare drum from …
Monday, February 25, 2013
The Washington County Sheriff's Office is crediting the SafetyNet by LoJach program, and its tracker bracelet, for quickly locating a 7-year-old boy who wandered from his home Sunday afternoon in Lake Elmo.
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office located a missing 7-year-old Lake Elmo boy on Sunday by using a tracking signal emitted from his bracelet. Deputies were called at 1:27 p.m. Feb. 24 on a report of a missing child in the area of the Cimarron Mobile Home Park and Golf Course in Lake Elmo. Several officers responded to the area to begin the search, along with the Minnesota State Patrol helicopter, Det. Sgt. Lonnie Van Klei said in a news release. Upon receiving the 911 call, dispatchers identified the child as a participant in the Washington County Sheriff's Office SafetyNet by LoJack program who could be located with a program bracelet. A team of first responders trained to use the program’s search and rescue equipment were dispatched…
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Ricky Harry Gruber, 43, of Oakdale, resigned on Tuesday, Feb. 12.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
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Thursday, July 26, 2012
Ricky W. Mariano, 41, of Oakdale, was sentenced in federal court in St. Paul on July 25 for mail theft, bank fraud and identity theft.
An Oakdale man was sentenced in federal court Wednesday (July 25) for stealing mail and using the victims' identities to create bank accounts and obtain cash. Ricky W. Mariano, 41, of Oakdale, will spend more than five years in federal prison for two counts of theft and receipt of stolen mail, two counts of destruction of mailboxes, one count of bank fraud conspiracy, one count of bank fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft. Mariano was charged in a superseding indictment on Jan. 10 and was convicted on March 16 following a jury trial. According to the indictment and evidence presented at trial, Mariano — also known as Ricky William Scharrer — stole mail from mailboxes in Dakota, Ramsey and Washington counties from July 2010 to …
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
This Law Enforcement Memorial Day, please feel free to share your thoughts and gratitude for law enforcement officers in the comment section below.
The Washington County Sheriff's Office honored those who have fallen in the line of duty May 15 at the 18th annual Law Enforcement Memorial Day commemoration at the Washington County Historic Courthouse. The event commemorates law enforcement and corrections officers who have died in the line of duty. "We gather to give tribute to those who have given so much to our communities," Washington County Sheriff William Hutton said, welcoming members of the law enforcement and corrections community, county officials and community members to the event. Officers give a great deal of themselves just by putting on the badge and going to work each day, Hutton said. So often, when meeting new people, and telling them of his profession, many people …
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Saving lives, staying calm through chaos, chatting with folks that have had a few too many—it's all part of the job as a Washington County 911 dispatcher.
Monday, April 9, 2012
After assaulting a deputy in Stillwater Township and spending two days on the lam, Tyler Robert Chute was found hiding inside a pullout couch, arrested and charged with a felony.
The 20-year-old St. Croix Falls, Wis., man who was arrested in Wisconsin after allegedly assaulting a Washington County deputy and then spending two days on the run was charged with a felony in connection with the incident. Tyler Robert Chute was charged Friday by the Washington County Attorney’s Office with fourth-degree assault and fleeing police. Chute was arrested Saturday night near Luck, Wis., by the Polk County (Wis.) Sheriff’s Office. He is currently in jail in Wisconsin and will eventually be extradited to Washington County to face the charges. According to a Pioneer Press report, Chute was found hiding inside a pullout couch. According to the complaint: At about 9:31 p.m. Thursday a deputy was dispatched to 10744 St. Croix Trail …
Saturday, April 7, 2012
Tyler Robert Chute was arrested by the Polk County Sheriff's Office near Luck, Wis. at about 10:15 p.m. Saturday, a news release states. Chute was wanted for assaulting a Washington County Sheriff's Deputy on Thursday evening.
Tyler Robert Chute was arrested by the Polk County Sheriff's Office near Luck, Wisconsin at about 10:15 p.m. Saturday. He was wanted for assaulting a Washington County Sheriff's Office Deputy on Thursday evening. Update: 3:37 p.m. Friday Washington County officials sent out a release about the suspect, who has been identified as Tyler Robert Chute, born Oct. 23, 1991. He was wearing a black Carhart jacket and blue jeans but ran out of his tennis shoes. Chute is 5-foot-11, 150 pounds, with blue eyes. Chute has a tattoo of “Chute” on his chest, “Angel” on his back and has a two-inch scar on the left side of his head. There is Washington County Sheriff's Office felony arrest warrant for fourth-degree felony assault of a police officer for …
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Preliminary findings of the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's report say Ronald Bringgold drowned in the St. Croix River Saturday evening after a boating incident just south of the Bayport Marina.
Preliminary findings of the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's report say Ronald Bringgold drowned in the St. Croix River Saturday evening. Bringgold was found floating in the St. Croix River about 100 yards from his boat following a boating incident just south of the Bayport Marina Saturday evening. Bringgold was brought to shore by first responders, where he was pronounced dead. Services were held Wednesday morning at St. Mary's Cemetery in White Bear Lake. The incident remains under investigation until the medical examiner's full report, including toxicology results, is complete. That process could take weeks. UPDATED FROM: Saturday, March 31 at 9:30 p.m. Authorities responded to a report of a small, unattended fishing boat that was …