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

This is the records summary for March 15.

Sheriff reminds to be wary, hang up on scammers

LITCHFIELD — The Meeker County Sheriff is reminding citizens to be vigilant against telephone scam attempts.

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In a Friday news release, Sheriff Jeff Norlin said that area law enforcement officers have taken reports about scams directed at elderly individuals, usually involving the “grandparent” scam where a caller states that a grandson or granddaughter is in some kind of trouble, either hurt, in jail, or have a legal problem and need money right away.  These scams are almost always not true, the money is usually sent by wire, or credit card and immediately out of the country, and almost always not recoverable.  

Citizens should not, if they receive such calls, give any information or money. “The best thing you can do is just hang up,” Norlin said. Then report the incident to your local police department or sheriff’s office for verification and follow up.

Extra patrols planned for St. Patrick’s Day

ST. PAUL — St. Patrick’s Day partiers are reminded to plan ahead for a sober ride before their celebrations as law enforcement agencies throughout Minnesota will be adding extra drunken driving patrols on the roads to prevent alcohol-related crashes.

According to the Minnesota Department Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety, St. Patrick’s Day historically is a dangerous drinking and driving period. Officials are especially concerned this year as the holiday falls on a Monday, since revelers may make a long weekend of celebrating.

“Long-weekend holiday celebrations can make for a potentially dangerous situation on our roads,” says Donna Berger, DPS Office of Traffic Safety director. “Be smart, keep safe and plan ahead for a sober ride if you plan on drinking.”

 In the past five years, more than 1,450 motorists were arrested for driving while impaired on St. Patrick’s Day, and the number has risen every year. In 2012, when the holiday was on a Saturday, 346 drivers were arrested. In 2013, 375 drivers were arrested on the Sunday holiday.

In addition, there were 1,768 crashes during the same five-year period, resulting in nine traffic fatalities; one of the deaths involved a drunk driver in 2011.

Domestic assault

ATWATER –– A 25-year-old man was arrested Thursday afternoon on domestic assault-related charges.

According to the initial police report, a woman reported that an ex-partner had pushed her and that she had fallen down.

The incident was reported at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the 300 block of Pleasant Avenue.

Marriage licenses

Kandiyohi County

Isaura Merari Amaya Rodriguez, Willmar; Noe Guadalupe Echevarria Mendoza, Willmar

Tori Gene Altermatt, Wabasso; Lucas Jon Amsden, Springfield

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