St. Peter Police, along with several other agencies, responded to an accident Friday evening along South Minnesota Avenue/Hwy. 169 that knocked over a tree and a nearby traffic sign in the median.
No one was seriously injured in the accident as two people — the driver of one vehicle and a passenger in the other — were taken to River’s Edge Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
At 9:18 p.m., officers received a report of a two-vehicle accident on the 800 block of South Minnesota Avenue, near the intersection of College Avenue. In addition to the St. Peter Police, other agencies responding to the scene were the Minnesota State Patrol and River’s Edge Ambulance.
An investigation determined that a 1997 Chevy Lumina, driven by Sally E. Robinette, 41, of Gaylord, was northbound on South Minnesota Avenue/hwy. 169 when it rear-ended a 1994 Chevrolet GMT pickup truck driven by Dale A. Krekelberg, 58, of Le Sueur. Krekelberg told officers he was driving in the slow lane at around 35 miles per hour when he was unexpectedly hit from behind.
Krekelberg’s vehicle ended up crossing over the median and ended up smashed up against a tree on the west side of the road. Krekelberg’s wife, Lori, was a passenger in the pickup truck and was taken to River’s Edge Hospital where she was treated for an injury to her thumb and released.
When officers attempted to speak with Robinette she was reportedly uncooperative and eventually had to be subdued before being taken to River’s Edge Hospital. There she continued to be combative, but eventually was sedated and she was able to calm down.
In other police news:
• A bike theft was reported Oct. 28 on the 300 block of Locust Street.
The victim told officers he left his yellow mountain bike, valued at $600, unlocked and unattended near the back door of his residence and it had been stolen sometime during the previous two weeks.
• Kimberly Lynn Murtha, 51, of St. Paul was cited October 27 for driving after cancellation — inimical to public safety.
At 12:21 p.m., an officer had stopped the vehicle Murtha was driving near the South Washington Avenue/Minnesota Avenue intersection for a traffic offense. A check on Murtha’s driving record indicated her driver’s license had been canceled.
• Kenneth Michael Dahl, 48, of St. Peter, was cited October 23 for driving after cancellation — inimical to public safety.
At 6:27 p.m., an officer stopped the vehicle Dahl was driving near the intersection of Broadway Avenue and North Third Street because the vehicle’s headlights were not on at the time.
A check on Dahl’s record indicated his driving privileges had been canceled.
• An attempted burglary was reported Oct. 23 from the 700 block of West Nassau Street.
The victim had arrived home around 2 p.m. and found the door handle for his porch door had been broken off. It was found on the ground approximately two feet from the house.
The victim told the officers he didn’t believe entry was gained inside the house and nothing was reported missing. There are no suspects at this time.
• A counterfeit/fraudulent check report was received Oct. 23 from officials at Scholarship America.
Officials there reported several checks, written on an old corporate check format not used by the company in several years, had been written out on some of the the company’s corporate accounts. U.S. Bank alerted company officials of the illegal activity. In all eight different checks were written out for various amounts ranging from $338 to $4,420.
Possible suspects, all from outside the St. Peter area, have been identified in the incident as possible suspects and are being investigated.
Reach News Editor Kurt Hildebrandt at 507-934-3655, or follow him on Twitter.com @SPHKurt