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This is the records summary for Jan. 28.

Four escape injury after vehicles go through ice

WILLMAR -- Four men escaped injury in separate incidents Thursday after the vehicles they were riding in went through the ice on two different lakes, according to investigation by the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office.

The first incident was reported at 4:24 p.m. after a 1995 Chevrolet pickup went partially through the ice on the east side of Diamond Lake. The driver, Benjamin Smith, 31, of Grove City, and passenger, Justin Wendroth, 33, of Litchfield, were able to get out and walked to shore. The vehicle was towed by Hanson Tire.

The Sheriff's Office closed the access to the lake near the submersion after the incident.

At 9:42 p.m., the Sheriff's Office was notified that a 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche went through the ice approximately 50 feet from the east side of the island off of Big Kandiyohi Lake.

The driver, Ryan Dobmeier, 25, and Derek Folkerts, 22, both of Prinsburg, were not hurt. An attempt was to have been made Friday to remove the vehicle, the Sheriff's Office was told.

The Sheriff's Office on Thursday closed the Big Kandiyohi Lake public access near County Park 3.


PAYNESVILLE -- The Meeker County Sheriff's Office at 5:34 p.m. Thursday assisted the Paynesville Police Department in locating and stopping a vehicle in Grove City and arresting two people wanted in connection with a burglary in Stearns County.

A 23-year-old Hawick man and a 24-year-old Randall man were arrested. Also, the 24-year-old was charged in Meeker County with driving after revocation and drug paraphernalia, the Sheriff's Office reported.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

* John Loren Ostendorf, 33, of Raymond, made his first appearance Thursday on a felony charge of false imprisonment for allegedly taking a woman for a ride in a vehicle and not allowing her to get out or call for help.

Unconditional bail was set at $5,000. His next appearance is March 28.

Ostendorf also faces gross misdemeanor charges of stalking and interfering with a 911 call.

According to the complaint, a Kandiyohi County sheriff's deputy was called Dec. 18 to a Willmar residence. A woman there, who had previously had a relationship with Ostendorf, reported that she had asked Ostendorf for a ride to a Willmar store and that he had come to her home and given her a ride. However, instead of driving her to the store, he drove east to Kandiyohi and then north, would not let her out of the vehicle and prevented her from calling 911. Ostendorf eventually returned to Willmar and the woman was able to call for help. She was able to get out of the car.

While the deputy was talking with the woman, Ostendorf called the woman's phone and talked with the deputy. He allegedly admitted to preventing the woman from calling 911 and said he wouldn't let her out of the vehicle because he wanted to talk things out with her.