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This is the records summary for Nov. 19.

Sheriff’s Office investigating cause of Darwin barn fire

DARWIN — The cause of a Sunday fire that burned a rural Darwin barn is under investigation by the Dassel Fire Department and the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, the fire department was paged to 21491 670th Avenue, in Ellsworth Township, around 12:15 p.m. Sunday.

The barn was fully engulfed in flames when the first deputy arrived and the Litchfield Fire Department was called for mutual aid.

The structure, an approximately 30-foot by 60-foot barn, along with all of its contents, were completely destroyed. Amongst the contents were two snowmobiles, a motorcycle, tools, furniture, a go-cart, law tractors and other items.

The property owner, Laura Mattson, 42, reported that her 18-year-old son, Timothy Mattson, had come home and noticed smoke coming from the building. He went inside and observed flames in the northwest corner of the building, and then went into the home to call 911.  


WILLMAR — A burglary was reported around 9:40 p.m. Sunday along the 1000 block of Litchfield Avenue Southwest. A television was reported missing.


ATWATER — An assault was reported around 9:15 a.m. Monday along 195th Street Southeast.

SUNBURG — An assault was reported around 8:50 a.m. Monday near the intersection of 140th Street and County Road 40 Northwest.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- German Tot-che, 26, of Willmar, made his first appearance Monday on a felony charge of second-degree assault, plus two misdemeanors for fifth-degree assault and for driving after revocation, for his role in a fight Saturday morning at the Caribbean Club in Willmar.

Unconditional bail was set at $12,000. His next appearance is Dec. 2.

According to the complaint, Willmar Police officers were called to the club around 12:50 a.m. Saturday for a fight. A security officer at the club indicated that a truck leaving the club’s parking lot was driven by a person involved in the fight.

The vehicle was stopped and the driver identified as Tot-che by his Honduran passport. Tot-che had injuries on his face, including that his eye had swollen shut, that were consistent with being in a fight.

Officers interviewed Tot-che, who said he’d been in a fight, but hadn’t hit the bouncer in the head with a bottle. A woman in the vehicle told officers a female bouncer had hit Tot-che in the face.

A preliminary breath test showed a blood-alcohol content of 0.08 and a check of Tot-che’s driver’s license showed that his driving privileges are revoked. He was arrested and taken to jail.

The bouncer was interviewed and said that he went into the fight to break it up and when he grabbed a man to remove him from the fight, Tot-che hit him in the head with a beer bottle. The man was taken to the hospital for treatment of a 1-inch cut on his head.

Another bouncer at the club said he’d been ordered to watch Tot-che after the first bouncer had removed Tot-che from the fight, but that someone else came and hit Tot-che, who thought the second bouncer had hit him. Tot-che and the second bouncer then exchanged blows.

- Luis Gerardo Nieves, 17, of Willmar, appeared Monday on a second-degree drug possession charge for allegedly possessing 8 grams of methamphetamine found in his vehicle early Thursday morning.

He was ordered held in the Prairie Lakes Detention Center secure unit. His next appearance is Dec. 12.

Felony charges against 16- and 17-year-old defendants are public information.

According to the petition, a Willmar Police officer responded around 3:30 a.m. Thursday to a report that three men were pounding on a citizen’s door along 22nd Street Southwest. As the officer was responding, he spotted a vehicle matching the description given by the man reporting the incident.

By the time the officer was stepping out of his vehicle, a passenger in the vehicle was yelling that the driver, later identified as Nieves, was unable to breathe. The officer called for an ambulance and then saw an orange pill bottle containing what he suspected as drugs in the vehicle. Nieves continued to have difficulty breathing and was taken to Rice Hospital.

An officer went to the hospital, where Nieves allegedly said who he got the drugs from and that he’d taken some of the drugs.

The drugs were tested and determined to be 8 grams of meth.

The citizen who called about the men pounding on the door said they asked for a girl who had been staying at the home. The man refused to let the trio into the home and said that one of the three had gotten upset with him, yelling and swearing as he left. The girl said she believed Nieves to be the person at the door.