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Records for Jan. 2, 2010

Fire destroys home in rural Hawick

NEW LONDON -- A Hawick-area family was left homeless after a fire destroyed their home on New Year's Eve.

The fire at the home of Tim and Lisa Wendlandt broke out shortly before 6:30 p.m. Firefighters from New London, Spicer, Paynesville and Atwater worked in icy temperatures to bring the fire under control but were unable to save the house. At one point, the Kandiyohi County Highway Department was called to provide extra sanding for the slippery road at the scene.

Firefighters were called back around 9 a.m. on New Year's Day to extinguish a hot spot that flared up.

The blaze is under investigation by a state fire marshal.


SPICER -- A case of financial card fraud was reported around 12:30 p.m. Thursday along Lakeview Drive. The caller reported fraudulent charges on their debit card.

WILLMAR -- A case of financial card fraud was reported around 9 a.m. Thursday along the 1300 block of 11th Street Southeast. The caller reported $1,100 in charges on their check card from Las Vegas.


WILLMAR -- A 25-year-old Willmar man was arrested on charges of domestic assault around 6:45 p.m. Wednesday along the 400 block of 30th Street Northwest.

WILLMAR -- Willmar Police arrested two suspects Thursday night after a traffic stop at Willmar Avenue and Second Street Southeast that escalated into a foot pursuit.

The suspects are a 27-year-old man and 23-year-old woman. Controlled substance charges are pending against both of them.


WILLMAR -- Icy roads kept local law enforcement officers busy responding to crashes over the New Year holiday.

Most were minor and didn't involve injuries, although the Willmar Ambulance Service was called to a single-car crash at 1:30 p.m. Friday to treat a motorist who sustained a bump on the head when her car slid into the ditch on 15th Avenue Northwest.

In a crash reported at around 6:45 a.m. Friday, a sport utility vehicle apparently hit a snowbank on Second Avenue Northeast in New London, then bounced back across the road and damaged a section of railing at a nearby home. The vehicle was towed from the scene.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Jessie Rae Manzer, 26, of Willmar, made her first appearance Thursday on a felony charge of issuing a dishonored check.

Unconditional bail was set at $10,000. Conditional release was allowed on her personal recognizance. Her next court date is Jan. 11.

According to the complaint, a manager of Scandia Woods Apartments reported to police on Nov. 19 that Manzer, a former tenant, had written two checks for rent and deposit on a closed account. The checks had been written on Sept. 25 for $610.

During an interview with a detective, Manzer allegedly admitted to writing and signing the checks, but said she was not aware that the account was closed when she wrote the checks. She said the bank closed the account because her ex-boyfriend withdrew all her money.

An investigation of bank records showed the account became overdrawn May 18 and was forced closed by the bank July 1, nearly three months before the checks were written.

- Cassidy James McCabe, 26, of Kandiyohi, made his first appearance Thursday on a felony charge of third-degree assault and misdemeanor domestic assault for allegedly hitting a woman in the nose.

Unconditional bail was set at $20,000. Conditional release was allowed on his personal recognizance. His next court date is March 3.

According to the complaint, a Kandiyohi County Sheriff's deputy was called Nov. 3 to a Kandiyohi residence. A woman there, with a bandage on her face and nose, said McCabe had punched her in the face Oct. 11 after they had been drinking and argued over a vacation, money and other problems. She said she had surgery to repair a deviated septum and other damage to her face. She added she had three or four broken bones in her nose and face.

She said McCabe called a relative, who drove her to the hospital, where she received treatment. She also sought advice on how to report the incident to law enforcement and how to seek assistance from the local women's shelter. However, she said she did not follow that advice because she was frightened.

McCabe was interviewed and confirmed the woman's version of the events. He said he would own up to what he did.