Records for April 27
This is the Records summary for April 27.
Willmar man hurt in head-on crash
LITCHFIELD — A Willmar man is hospitalized following a crash involving a minivan and semi-truck at 3:51 a.m. on U.S. Highway 12 west of Litchfield.
Matthew Lindquist, 27, was transported by ambulance to Meeker Memorial Hospital in Litchfield, according to the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office. His condition was unknown.
Lindquist was driving a 2000 Plymouth minivan westbound on Highway 12 when it crossed the centerline and struck an eastbound, 1997 International semi-trailer rig driven by Kevin Roelike, 58, of Sauk Centre.
The crash closed the highway and traffic was detoured for a couple of hours.
The crash is under investigation by the Minnesota State Patrol.
Grassfire gets out of control
PAYNESVILLE — The Paynesville Volunteer Fire Department extinguished a grassfire that got out of control around 2 p.m. Thursday in Union Grove Township of Meeker County, the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office reported.
A Minnesota conservation officer reported the fire on the 3900 block of 547th Avenue in the township. He had arrived at the scene to check if there was an active permit for the burn.
Stephen Kummet, 57, of Eden Valley, had a permit for the fire but wind had caused it to spread beyond his control.
About five acres of grassland were burned, but there was no damage to structures or financial loss.
The property is owned by the Boyden Farm Trust.
Animal carcasses dumped
LITCHFIELD — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is investigating a report that a person or persons dumped several animal carcasses at a public waters access.
The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of suspicious activity at 3:20 a.m. Friday at the public water access on Minnesota Lake, located south of Litchfield. The animal carcasses were found at the site.
Suspect in Darwin thefts apprehended
LITCHFIELD — Wright County law officers took into custody a man who is a suspect in the theft of a car and golf cart, and the burglary of a business where two skinning knives and a cattle prod were taken, all in Darwin.
A 22-year-old Darwin man was apprehended at 9:05 p.m. Sunday in Cokato for possession of a stolen vehicle by Wright County’s sheriff’s officers. They were responding after citizens reported seeing a suspicious vehicle in Cokato.
The man was the lone occupant in the 2005 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, which was identified as the car reported stolen at 1:38 a.m. that same day from a residence on North Casey Street in Darwin.
The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office reported that in the days following, it received reports from Darwin of other criminal incidents. On Monday, a golf cart was found on the property of Precast Systems at 116 U.S. Highway 12 East in Darwin. A crime alert issued about the golf cart was spotted by its owner, who discovered that his cart had been taken from his business, Darwin Freezer at 123 East Pacific Street, Darwin.
The owner then discovered that someone had been inside the business, and that two skinning knives, each valued at $45, and a battery-operated cattle prod valued at $90 was missing.
The cattle prod was subsequently recovered, but the two knives have not been.
The Sheriff’s Office has turned over its investigatory materials to the Meeker County Attorney’s office, and possible charges of burglary and theft are being considered.
Screens on structures damaged
WILLMAR — Willmar police are investigating a report that screens on a garage window and a fish house window on the 3100 block of First Avenue Northwest, Willmar, were damaged on Thursday. No items were found missing in either structure.
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