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Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

This is the records summary for Dec. 11.

Meeker Co. Sheriff seeking information about power pole fire

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LITCHFIELD — Anyone with information about the attempted theft of copper from a power pole near Watkins is asked to contact the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office.

 According to Sheriff Jeff Norlin, his department received a report around 6:15 p.m. Thursday of a power pole on fire at the intersection of State Highway 55 and 657th Avenue in Forest Prairie Township.

A deputy and the Watkins Fire Department responded to the scene and found that there was a fire at the base of the pole that had burned out on its own.

Meeker Co-op Light and Power Association personnel also responded and discovered that someone had attempted to remove the copper ground wire from the old power pole causing the wire to snap and come in contact with a live wire and caused the fire. The value of the damage is unknown at this time and the incident remains under investigation.

Anyone who sees suspicious persons or vehicles around power poles, substations, abandoned farm sites or radio towers is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office. You can remain anonymous by calling the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office tip line at 1-866-333-3366 or a crime stoppers tip text to “TIP674 plus your message” (274637).

Bird Island woman hurt in two-vehicle crash south of Willmar

WILLMAR — A 63-year-old Bird Island woman was taken to Rice Memorial Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries after a two-vehicle crash around 7:30 a.m. Saturday south of Willmar.

According to the State Patrol, Ida Joanne Olson was driving a passenger car southbound on U.S. Highway 71 and collided with a northbound pickup driven by Charles Reuben Wittenberg, 17, of Renville. Wittenberg lost control of his vehicle on the snow and ice-covered roadway, but was not injured. Both were wearing seat belts.

The crash happened near the intersection with 60th Avenue Southwest.

Arrests

SPICER — A 22-year-old Monticello woman was arrested on charges of driving while impaired around 2 a.m. Saturday along state Highway 23 near Agnes Street.

SPICER — A 29-year-old Little Falls man was arrested on charges of driving while impaired around 2:15 a.m. Saturday along County Road 10.

Burglary

WILLMAR — A home burglary was reported around 1 a.m. Sunday along the 300 block of Vos Park Drive. A television was missing from the home.

Theft

SPICER — The theft of an iPhone was reported around 2 a.m. Monday along Miller Street.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Curtis Lee Brame, 47, of Willmar, made his first appearance Monday on three felony charges of terroristic threats and stalking for allegedly threatening and harassing a woman with repeated phone calls in July.

Unconditional bail was set at $50,000. His next hearing is Dec. 21.

According to the complaint, on July 25 a woman reported to Willmar police that she had been threatened and harassed by Brame with repeated phone calls. The threats included threats to harm the woman and her family members.

While the woman was speaking with the officer, Brame called her cell phone six times and left seven voice mail messages and the officer recorded the calls, which included threats against the woman. The woman also told the officer that Brame had previously assaulted her.

Brame has prior convictions for domestic assault and terroristic threats in 2009 and a conviction for fourth-degree drug sale in 2009.

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