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This is the records summary for Aug. 4.

Madison man killed in farm accident

MADISON -- Keith Hastad, 58, of Madison, was killed Monday in a farm accident in rural Madison.

According to the Lac qui Parle County Sheriff's Office, emergency personnel were called around 8 a.m. Monday regarding a man stuck in a grain bin. Hastad was found submerged in corn in the bin. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The incident is under investigation by the sheriff's office. Assisting agencies included the Madison fire and ambulance squads, the Minnesota State Patrol, the Bellingham Fire Department and numerous neighbors.

Eden Valley man airlifted to HCMC after cycle crash

EDEN VALLEY -- A 60-year-old Eden Valley man was taken to Paynesville Hospital and later airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis for treatment of injuries suffered in a motorcycle crash Monday evening.

According to a news release from the Stearns County Sheriff's Office, Kenneth Joseph Holdvogt was driving a motorcycle eastbound on County Road 34 in Eden Valley Township, lost control and ran off the roadway around 7 p.m. Monday. A deputy sheriff, bystanders and Eden Valley rescue personnel administered emergency medical assistance at the scene.

Two to hospital after 19th Avenue crash

WILLMAR -- The drivers of two vehicles were transported to Rice Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries suffered in a motor vehicle crash around 4:45 p.m. Monday along 19th Avenue.

According to the crash report, Susan Ripley, 41, of Maynard, was eastbound on 19th Avenue and collided with a vehicle driven by Violet Scovill, 87, of Willmar. Scovill was attempting to make a left-hand turn from 19th Avenue to Sixth Street Southwest.


KANDIYOHI -- The theft of $30 in coins was reported around 10:15 a.m. Tuesday along Sixth Street North.

RAYMOND -- Damage to a vehicle and the theft of radios and other items from the vehicle was reported around 10:45 a.m. Tuesday along Babcock Avenue.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Jose Torres Flores, 33, of Renville, made his first appearance Monday on a felony domestic assault charge for allegedly punching a woman Saturday morning in Willmar.

Unconditional bail was set at $20,000 with conditional release allowed for $5,000. His next appearance is Aug. 16.

According to the complaint, around 6:30 a.m. Saturday a Renville Police Department officer was called to a home in the city. The officer arrived to find a man, identified as Flores, and a woman in the driveway of the home. The man was attempting to block the woman from getting away from him. The officer separated them and learned from the woman that they had been to a party, where they had argued, and that they had left the party and stopped at a Willmar gas station, where they argued some more and he allegedly punched her in the head. The woman said the incident happened around 5 a.m. She had a bump on her forehead. Flores was arrested.

Flores has two prior convictions for assault, both in Renville County, in December 2004 and December 2008.

- Jonathan Roy Mead, 22, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Thursday to a felony charge of criminal damage to property for damaging a sport utility vehicle on April 2.

As part of a plea agreement, a misdemeanor charge of motor vehicle tampering was dismissed. He will be sentenced Sept. 13.

The charges were filed after April 2, when Willmar police officers were dispatched to the 400 block of Litchfield Avenue Southwest regarding suspicious noises. A man there reported that someone had smashed the window of his vehicle. Pieces of glass were found on the ground, with dents in the side of the vehicle. The mirror was also damaged.

Officers located Mead nearby and discovered that he had glass fragments embedded in the soles of his shoes. He claimed the fragments came from a broken plate in his apartment, but wouldn't allow officers into the apartment.

Several witnesses identified Mead as the person who damaged the vehicle. The estimated cost to repair the vehicle was $2,068.81.