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Emmet County: Burglary, accidents tie up sheriff’s office

By Staff | Jul 15, 2009

The Emmet County Sheriff’s Department devoted many hours within five days to three accidents, a burglary and a three-hour search under the cover of darkness for a possible accident victim in farm fields.

Emmetsburg man

charged in burglary

Thanks to some alert citizens on July 9 at 6:15 a.m., the Emmet County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a Wallingford resident advising of what sounded like a person screaming in pain.

It was also reported a white pick-up truck was seen leaving Dwight’s Repair heading south on Highway 4 at a high rate of speed.

According to Emmet County Sheriff Mike Martens, it was discovered the front entryway door window at Dwight’s Repair was broken as well as the full glass entry door window into the business. It appeared an unknown person attempted entry into the business and was injured as a large amount of blood was discovered at the scene.

The sheriff’s department alerted the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office to be on the look out for the driver in the white vehicle who had left the scene. A short time later, the vehicle was located in Emmetsburg where the driver was involved in another incident.

An Emmet County deputy went to Emmetsburg and continued the investigation. As a result, Ryan Wayne Bradley II, 22, of Emmetsburg, was placed in the Emmet County Jail on local charges and was charged by the Emmet County Sheriff’s Office with second degree burglary, with regard to the incident at the Wallingford business.

One injured accident; authorities search for

possible second victim

Martens also reported that at 12:50 a.m. on July 11, his office received a call of a single-vehicle accident about 1.5 miles east of Estherville on Fifth Avenue.

His deputies, Estherville Police, Estherville Ambulance Service and the Estherville Fire Department were dispatched to the scene. Upon arrival, officers located Kevin Shryock, 39, of Ringsted, injured and lying in the road ditch a short distance from the 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe that is registered to the driver.

He was transported by ambulance to Avera Holy Family Health. Upon investigation, it was determined there may be another unknown occupant in the vehicle who could not be located.

As a result, a search and rescue effort was begun and additional personnel from the Gruver Fire Department assisted. Farm fields, ditches and the area of the accident were searched by people on foot, an all-terrain vehicle with thermal imagers and a ro-gator that was brought to the scene by the Asmus Farm Supply in Estherville.

The ro-gator, which stands over the top of the existing crops, was equipped with flood lights which aided in the nighttime search. After three hours, no other accident victim was located. The investigation is continuing.

Two injured in accident north of Estherville

On July 13 at 4:10 p.m., the sheriff’s department and the Estherville Ambulance Service were dispatched to a personal injury accident in the area 1231 Highway 4 North in Estherville. Upon arrival, it was determined the driver, Sophia Campbell, 37, of Roseville, Minn., was southbound on Highway 4 when control was lost. The vehicle entered the east ditch and overturned.

Martens said Campbell and passenger, Nathan Campbell, 2 1/2 years old, were transported to Avera Holy Family Hospital for treatment of their injuries.