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This is the records summary for Dec. 20

Fire destroys home on Games Lake

NEW LONDON -- Fire destroyed a home and its contents on the north shore of Games Lake late Friday night.

Flames were shooting through the roof as the first firefighters with the New London Department arrived after being dispatched around 10:40 p.m. for the home on the 3600 block of Northwest Minnesota Highway 9.

A neighbor spotted the blaze at the Gary Fauskee home. She went to the house and yelled inside to see if anyone was home. The first firefighters on the scene also checked, but learned that no one was in the home. Fauskee was reached by phone about one-half hour later and informed of the fire.

The fire engulfed the structure and all of Fauskee's personal possessions in it were lost, according to Fire Chief Sig Holme. Fauskee has only with the clothing he was wearing. He is staying with family.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the state fire marshal. It's believed to have originated on the main floor.

Fire fighters returned to the site on Saturday to douse a flare up amidst the debris.

Fire damages rural wood shop

ATWATER -- Atwater firefighters were assisted by Spicer and Kandiyohi fire fighters in extinguishing a blaze that damaged a shop building Saturday morning on the 2500 block of Northeast 165th Street, Atwater.

A resident at the site discovered the fire around 7:23 a.m. when looking out of her home window.

The early detection made the difference. Firefighters were able to assist in removing tools and other items of value from the 40-feet by 60-feet machine shed, according to Atwater Fire Chief Gerald Schwartz.

The shop is owned by Time Worn, a local business which reclaims wood to produce products such as furniture. A large pile of wood kept in the company's rough cut building had ignited, possibly due to spontaneous combustion.

The fire damaged the interior of the building, but the fire was largely confined to the wood and extinguished.


WILLMAR -- A 32-year old man was transported by ambulance and treated at Rice Memorial Hospital for injuries suffered in an assault at a residence in Regency Estates West shortly before 2:49 a.m. Saturday.

A 29-year-old male suspect faces possible assault charges in the incident.

The victim was treated and released from the hospital on Saturday. The Willmar Police Department is continuing its investigation into the assault and whether a knife was involved.

WILLMAR -- A fifth-degree domestic assault charge was issued against a suspect when Willmar Police officers responded to a reported domestic disturbance on the 800 block of 24th Avenue Southwest at 7:28 p.m. Friday.

WILLMAR -- A 24-year-old woman was taken to a detoxification unit after Willmar Police officers responded to a fight involving the woman and two men on the second floor hallway of an apartment building.

Officers responded to the call at 1:52 .m. on Saturday at the Willow Run apartments on the 1400 block of First Avenue Southwest.


WILLMAR -- A man faces possible trespass charges after the residents of an apartment found him inside it.

The suspect was described as very intoxicated when the residents told him to leave their apartment on Lakeview Drive, according to a report to Willmar Police at 7:53 a.m. on Saturday.

The man lives in the same number unit as he had entered, but in a different building.


WILLMAR -- Coins from laundry machines were taken and the coin devices damaged in a Willow Run II apartment building on the 1400 block of Southwest Fifth Street, it was reported Saturday evening.

WILLMAR -- Willmar Police officers assisted in a search of the Wal-Mart Store in Willmar on Friday after a 64-year-old woman reported that her wallet had been stolen from her.

It was initially believed that the suspect was still in the building, but he had left. Police are continuing their investigation.

Homeless men ordered out

WILLMAR -- Two homeless men were told to leave after being discovered sleeping in a laundry room of an apartment building on the 1100 block of Second Street Southeast at 6 a.m. Sunday.

The men, ages 22 and 21 and from the Willmar area, were told they faced trespassing charges if they did not leave.

Carbon monoxide detectors sound

KANDIYOHI - A utility company representative and Kandiyohi County Sheriff's officers responded when three carbon monoxide detectors sounded at 7:41 .m. Sunday in a building on the 700 block of Olney Avenue in Kandiyohi.


WILLMAR -- The side of a pickup truck was keyed while it was parked on the 1600 block of East U.S. Highway 12 in Willmar on Friday afternoon.