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Man killed in Renville County farm accident

OLIVIA -- A 46-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene of a farm-related accident around 3:45 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Renville County Sheriff's office.

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Scott Bratsch and Delbert Wetzel, 76, were found lying on the ground when deputies arrived at a residence about eight miles north of Olivia, according to a news release.

Wetzel was transported to Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar by the Olivia ambulance. He had moderate injuries and was no longer a patient at Rice Hospital Wednesday evening, according to hospital officials.

The sheriff's office is investigating the accident. Also responding were the Olivia police and fire departments.

Renville County under burning ban until it rains

OLIVIA -- The Renville County Sheriff's office reminds citizens that the county burning ban will remain in effect until the area receives substantial rainfall.

For more information, citizens can call the sheriff's office at 320-523-1161.

According to the National Weather Service, there is a 20-percent chance of thundershowers on Thursday evening, with rainfall chances increasing to 50 percent on Friday night and Saturday.

Brookings, S.D., woman sustains minor injuryin Highway23 crash

RAYMOND -- A 48-year-old Brookings, S.D., woman was treated and released at Rice Memorial Hospital after being injured in a two-vehicle crash around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the intersection of State Highway 23 and County Road 1 south of Raymond.

According to the State Patrol, Julaine F. Gentile was driving a 2008 Volkswagen and had slowed to allow other vehicles to turn. Her vehicle was rearended by a 2002 Chevy Monte Carlo driven by Jason J. Ucker, 19, of Dawson. Ucker was not hurt in the crash.

Man arrested twice in day for impaired driving

PENNOCK -- A 22-year-old Pennock man was arrested twice Tuesday on impaired driving charges. The first arrest came around 4:40 p.m. along County Road 98, which is south of Calhoun Lake. The possible charges in that case include impaired driving and transporting a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle.

The second arrest was around 11 p.m. Tuesday, along 66th Avenue Northeast, west of Eagle Lake. Third-degree driving while impaired charges are expected.

Theft

WILLMAR -- The theft of a violin bow was reported around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at Willmar Senior High School, 2701 30th St. N.E. The value of the bow was estimated at $100.

Property damage

WILLMAR -- Damage to a vehicle caused by someone breaking into it and the theft of tools and an iPod were reported around 4:14 p.m. Tuesday along the 1300 block of Dana Drive Southeast.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Roberto Jesus Medina, 27, of Willmar, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Wednesday on a misdemeanor charge of fifth-degree assault.

As part of a plea agreement, four felony charges of assault, burglary, domestic assault and terroristic threats and another misdemeanor fifth-degree assault charge were dismissed.

He was sentenced to 90 days in the county jail and a $50 fine.

The plea agreement was made after the county attorney's office made every attempt to locate the victim in the case, according to Connie Crowell, first assistant county attorney. Attempts to locate the woman were made in several states, but were unsuccessful, she said.

The charges were filed after Willmar police were called around 9:15 p.m. Oct. 19 to an apartment on the city's southwest side. A woman there reported that Medina, an ex-boyfriend, had forced his way into her apartment, beaten her for a hour, threatened to kill her, broke her cell phone, took the batteries out of a cordless phone and chased her when she managed to escape out of a bedroom window. There were two small children in the home at the time. She said Medina was upset that she had a new boyfriend.

- Jose Ernesto Duran Jr., 33, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Wednesday to a felony charge of third-degree burglary for entering a woman's home and taking electronic equipment on March 15.

He will be sentenced May 18. Duran entered an Alford plea to the charge. Under the plea, a defendant does not admit guilt, but concedes that there is likely enough evidence for a jury to convict him

The charge was filed after Willmar police officers were called around 2:20 a.m. March 15 to a home along the 1800 block of Seventh Avenue Southeast. The owner of the townhome involved, and other witnesses, said two men had been seen coming out of the home, with one holding a television set. A witness said the men ran when she yelled at them. Duran was among the group of people at the scene when the police arrived. A television and DVD player were recovered by those at the scene. Also found near the items was a knife. The owner reported that 10 to 20 DVDs and a cell phone were missing.

When interviewed by an officer, Duran allegedly claimed he had nothing to do with the incident, only that he came along with two others.

Another man, found sleeping in the vehicle that Duran said he arrived in, was arrested for driving while impaired. Jose Luis Angel Salinas, 28, of Willmar, also appeared on two gross misdemeanor charges of driving while impaired and a misdemeanor charge of driving after revocation. According to police reports, he was found asleep in the driver's seat of a vehicle parked near the location with an open case of beer on the floor near the passenger seat. He was arrested after he refused to submit to a breath test and failed to comply with field sobriety tests.

- Nadia Italia Martinez, 31, of Pennock, was sentenced Tuesday to five years of probation, a $50 fine and 30 days in the county jail on a charge of wrongfully obtaining assistance - theft.

She was also ordered to pay $6,239 in restitution, jointly with her co-defendant, Jose Angel Quilantan, 32, write a letter of apology, attend victim offender mediation and obtain and maintain employment.

As part of a plea agreement, 10 separate charges of perjury were dismissed.

According to the complaint, Martinez wrongfully obtained $6,239 in public assistance from Kandiyohi County Family Services. She filed for public assistance on behalf of herself, three children, and Jose Angel Quilantan, 32. She reported that Quilantan was a member of the household but was not working or receiving income. An investigation revealed that he was working for Lake Country Resources, under someone else's Social Security number, from April 2007 to September 2008 and that the income was not reported to Family Services, resulting in the overpayment.

- Ismael Gomez, 26, of Willmar, was sentenced to 15 months in prison, which was stayed, 10 years of probation and a $2,000 fine on a felony fifth-degree drug charge.

As part of a plea agreement, a misdemeanor charge for giving a false name to a peace officer was dismissed and he was sentenced to 180 days in jail.

The charges were filed after a Willmar police officer was leaving the 1409 building of the Willow Run apartment complex Feb. 13 and encountered a man walking quickly with his hood up and avoiding eye contact. The officer stopped the man, who gave a name and appeared very nervous. The officer believed the name was false and that the man was Gomez and that he had a warrant for his arrest. Records showed the name and birth date were not on file. He was arrested and during a search, a plastic bag with 1 gram of methamphetamine was found in his pocket.

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