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This is the records summary for March 8.

Candle starts fire in Meeker County home

LITCHFIELD -- A candle left burning in a bathroom is the cause of a fire Saturday evening that damaged a rural Meeker County home.


According to the Sheriff's Office, dispatch received a 911 call around 7:10 p.m. Friday regarding a fire at 16129 County Road 9, the Justin and Carolyn Berggren residence.

The Hutchinson and Dassel fire departments battled the blaze. The fire caused major damage to the bathroom area of the home, the rest of the areas sustained smoke and water damage. Nobody was injured as a result of the fire.

Property damage

WILLMAR -- Damage caused by the discharge of a fire extinguisher was reported around 7:10 a.m. Monday along the 300 block of Fourth Street Southwest.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Chase David Frieze, 17, of New London, was sentenced Friday to probation until his 19th birthday and 40 hours of community service on a felony charge of motor vehicle theft for stealing a four-wheeler on Oct. 14 from a New London home.

He was also ordered to pay $426.37 in restitution, complete a chemical use assessment, write an apology letter and remain law-abiding.

Felony charges against 16- and 17-year-old defendants are public record.

Frieze and Joshua James Haug, 19, of Spicer, are both charged in the case. Haug has pleaded not guilty to four burglary and motor vehicle theft charges and has a jury trial set for March 24.

According to the complaint, a Kandiyohi County sheriff's deputy was called around 7 p.m. Oct 14 to the home north of New London. The owner of the home reported that a 2004 Suzuki all-terrain vehicle was missing from the lower-level garage of the home. A door had been left unlocked and the family was home at the time.

On Oct. 21, a citizen reported finding an ATV hidden in some woods off of a field along County Road 5 Northwest. He reported seeing the ATV operating in a nearby gravel pit, seeing it with an older white Chevy pickup and a group of young men. Another man reported seeing the ATV running on 240th Avenue Northwest, with a white Chevy pickup with a red hood and graphics on the side.

Another citizen had reported a driving complaint, involving an ATV and a white Chevy pickup, around 5 a.m. Oct. 14. The man told investigators he had almost hit the ATV, which was attempting to pass the pickup. He also identified the pickup as a white Chevy with a red hood.

Investigators interviewed Frieze on Oct. 25. The teen claimed he was home on the night of Oct. 14, but that he saw others riding the ATV.

Haug was interviewed on Nov. 8. He said he and Frieze took the ATV, pushed it away from the home and rode it away. They had hidden it in a wildlife area and used it to pull out a boat they stole and sold for scrap.