Police arrest three suspects in burglary
WILLMAR -- Willmar police arrested three people in connection with a burglary in progress at approximately 1:37 a.m. Friday in the 400 block of 14th Street Southeast.
Taken into custody and transported to the Kandiyohi County Jail were Alberto Espinoza, 23, John Ruben Garcia, 20, and Sara Edith Rojas, 23.
Espinoza is being held on charges of first-degree burglary, as well as both second-degree and fifth-degree assault charges.
Garcia is being held on charges of first-degree burglary and second-degree liability for crimes of another.
Rojas is also being held on charges of first-degree burglary and first-degree criminal damage to property.
Police said an investigation determined the suspects were known by the occupants of the residence.
Suspect sought in attempted robbery
WILLMAR -- The public is being asked to call Crime Stoppers or the Willmar Police Department with any information leading to the arrest of a suspect who attempted to rob a bank customer making a deposit late Thursday night.
Police said an unidentified male, 6-feet-tall, dressed in black and wearing a black bandanna over his face, brandished a gun and demanded money from the customer at the night depository of Lake Region Bank, 1690 First St. S., at approximately 10:37 p.m. Thursday.
The customer had already deposited the money when the demand was made, according to police. No one was hurt. The suspect was last seen running west.
Fire damages truck trailer
SPICER -- A rear-wheel problem caused a fire on a semi-trailer while the truck and trailer were southbound Friday morning on state Highway 23 in Spicer. The fire burned the tires and the wooden deck on the trailer, said Dean Fernelius, assistant chief of the Spicer Fire Department.
Firefighters were called at 6:42 a.m. and were on the scene until about 10 a.m. The truck was disconnected from the trailer when firefighters arrived. There were no injuries.
The Minnesota State Patrol and Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office closed the highway temporarily and directed traffic. The fire occurred just south of Spicer Sports and Marine.
WILLMAR -- Graffiti was reported Friday morning on the Rice Hospital Rehabilitation Center in the 300 block of Third Street Southwest. Graffiti was also reported at the Kandiyohi County Historical Society building on North Business 71 and on the rear of the Culligan Water Conditioning building, 800 Campbell Ave. N.W.
WILLMAR -- Windows were broken on three work vehicles parked at Willmar Water and Spas, 1600 11th Ave. N.E. Taken was a Jensen car stereo, according to a report on Friday to Willmar police.
NEW MUNICH -- Approximately 2,600 turkeys being transported from Hawick to Melrose were driven off the road Thursday evening in a tractor-trailer owned and operated by Jennie-O Turkey Store of Willmar.
The Stearns County Sheriff's Office said 74-year-old Wilfred Hinnenkamp of Melrose was driving northbound at 9:22 p.m. on Stearns County Road 12 when the truck left the road and rolled into the eastern ditch, just south of New Munich in Oak Township.
Chief Deputy Bruce Bechtold said a "good number of the turkeys were injured in the accident and are now being shipped to a dog food processing plant."
Hinnenkamp suffered minor injuries and was transported to a hospital by a private party.
The cause of the crash is unknown and remains under investigation.
* Corey Michael Heald, 24, of Atwater pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of driving while impaired. A second DWI charge and a charge of driving after cancellation were dropped in exchange for his guilty plea.
Sentencing has been set for Nov. 19.
Heald was arrested Aug. 9 after he was found asleep in his truck on County Road 8, south of Kandiyohi. He flunked a field sobriety test and his blood-alcohol content later was found to be 0.17 percent, according to court records.
* Theft charges were dismissed Friday against Nicole Marie McAboy, who had been accused of racking up $1,000 worth of charges on an ex-boyfriend's credit cards.
The money was spent on food, rent, gas and other items. McAboy, 24, of Spicer contended she had had permission to use the credit cards.
Joseph Clayton Schaeffer, Spicer, and Sheryl Ann Bulow, Spicer.
Jose Antonio Martinez Fuentes, Willmar, and Patricia Larsen, Willmar.
Gonzalo Sanchez, Blomkest, and Vanessa Lynn Schreiner, Blomkest.
Monty Rae Marquardt, Willmar, and Taunia Lynn Tiegs, Willmar.
Justin Michael Brower, Brooten, and Amanda Rose Flood, Brooten.
Matthew Craig Bielen, Kandiyohi, and Jessica Lee Janu, Kandiyohi.
Thomas Soren Jensen, Willmar, and Kirsten Allison Kallio, Willmar.