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This is the records summary for Dec. 18.

Kimball woman killed in crash northeast of Litchfield

LITCHFIELD — A 62-year-old Kimball woman was killed in a motor vehicle crash around 9 a.m. Tuesday morning near the intersection of State Highway 24 and 670th Avenue in Meeker County.

According to the State Patrol, Barbara J. Root was driving a 2004 Kia westbound on Highway 24 and made a defensive move to avoid a swerving, oncoming vehicle, but collided head-on with a third vehicle, a 1995 Chevy pickup driven by Douglas J. Hughes, 50, of Litchfield.

The oncoming vehicle was an eastbound 2000 Pontiac driven by Matthew B. Bohach, 20, of Litchfield. Bohach was not injured.

Hughes was taken to Meeker Memorial Hospital in Litchfield for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Also responding was the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office.

Duininck identified as man pulled from Green Lake

SPICER — The 74-year-old Spicer man rescued from Green Lake Sunday evening after his ATV fell through the ice was Harris Duininck.

Duininck was alone and went through the ice near the Old Mill Inn. He was pulled from the water by rescuers and taken to Rice Memorial Hospital for treatment.

The Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Department was assisted by the New London and Spicer fire departments, Spicer First Responders, New London Ambulance, the State Patrol and the Kandiyohi County Rescue Squad.

Woman, child to hospital after Willmar Avenue crash

WILLMAR — A 27-year-old Willmar woman and a 2-year-old child were taken by private vehicles to Rice Memorial Hospital after a two-vehicle crash around 9:45 a.m. Monday at 11th Street and Willmar Avenue Southeast.

According to the crash report by Willmar Police, Lauren P. Schueler was driving a 2011 Hyundai and was pulling out of a driveway along the 1000 block of Willmar Avenue Southeast when her vision was blocked by another vehicle turning into the driveway. She pulled out in front of a 2013 Kia driven by Rheana D. Iverson, 26, of Atwater, and the vehicles collided.

The child was a passenger in the Iverson vehicle and was taken to be checked for possible injuries.

Montevideo man hurt in McLeod County crash

LESTER PRAIRIE — A 52-year-old Montevideo man was taken to Ridgeview Hospital in Waconia for treatment of non-life threatening injuries after a two-vehicle crash reported around 11 a.m. Tuesday north of Lester Prairie.

According to the State Patrol, Daniel F. Florey was driving a 2000 Buick and collided with a 2004 Chevy pickup driven by Thomas J. Grapp, 49, of Cokato, at the intersection of State Highway 7 and County Road 1.

Grapp sustained injuries, the State Patrol did not note if he was taken for medical treatment.


WILLMAR — A 36-year-old woman was arrested on theft charges around 11:55 a.m. Tuesday at Target, 2505 First St. S.

SPICER — A 24-year-old man was arrested on drug and drug paraphernalia possession charges around 11 p.m. Monday along State Highway 23 near South Street.


WILLMAR — The theft of an iPod was reported around 12:20 p.m. Tuesday along the 2700 block of Arena Drive Northeast. The theft happened Sunday evening.

Property damage

WILLMAR — Damage to a vehicle was reported around 11:40 a.m. Monday along the 1600 block of Seventh Avenue Southeast.

District Court, Kandiyohi County

- Jeffrey Thomas Ellingboe, 49, of Willmar, made his first appearance Tuesday on a felony charge of domestic assault.

Unconditional bail was set at $10,000. His next appearance is Dec. 30.

According to the complaint, Willmar Police were called on Sunday to the southeast quadrant of the city on a domestic assault. A woman there reported that she’d gone to Ellingboe’s residence to get items from him and that he had assaulted her. The woman had visible injuries.

Ellingboe denied the assault and claimed the woman slipped on the ice and was drunk. While he was being transported to the Law Enforcement Center, he spoke with the officer driving the car, including mocking the woman’s voice, saying “he pushed me down.”

He has prior convictions for domestic assault in August 2006 and for violation of an order for protection in 2004.

- Terrance Jonathan Savoy, 24, of Willmar, made his first appearance Tuesday on two felony charges of fifth-degree drug possession and for storing methamphetamine paraphernalia in the presence of a child.

Unconditional bail was set at $25,000. His next appearance is Dec. 30.

According to the complaint, a Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s deputy was on patrol on Monday evening in Spicer and went to check on an unoccupied vehicle along State Highway 23. While the deputy was checking on the vehicle, another vehicle arrived and a man told the deputy that the unoccupied vehicle was his vehicle and was broken down. He said he got a ride from the people in the second vehicle.

A State Trooper who also responded to the incident smelled marijuana in the second vehicle. The female driver claimed that Savoy, her passenger, had smoked marijuana in the car earlier that day. There was also a 5-month-old child in the vehicle.

The vehicle was searched and a meth-smoking pipe was located on the footboard where Savoy was seated. The search also revealed a marijuana cigarette and a bottle that had been modified to smoke marijuana. The pipe was tested and found to be positive for methamphetamine.

Savoy was arrested and admitted to smoking marijuana, but denied smoking meth and claimed he didn’t know the meth pipe was in the vehicle.

- John Joseph Goltz, 46, of Paynesville, pleaded guilty Monday to a misdemeanor charge of theft for his role in stealing items in June from a Belgrade address.

As part of a plea agreement, a third-degree burglary charge will be dismissed. He will be sentenced Jan. 17.

Goltz and Matthew Allen Bloomquist, 25, of New London, were charged in the case. Bloomquist was sentenced to 21 months in prison, which was stayed, five years of probation, 150 days in jail and a $5,000 fine on a felony third-degree burglary charge.

The charges were filed after Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s deputies were called June 27 to a burglary in progress along Highway 71 in Belgrade. A man had caught two people, identified as Bloomquist and Goltz, taking items from a shed and placing them into a van, which is registered to Goltz.

Bloomquist admitted to taking the items, including a stainless steel sink, five electric motors, pails of copper items, a stainless steel milk bucket, a tall metal bucket containing plumbing items and a .22-caliber rifle with a scope.

After he was arrested, Bloomquist claimed he had permission to take the copper items but that he did not have permission to take the brass items or electric motors.

- Anthony Michael Sharp, 30, of Lake Lillian, pleaded guilty to a felony fifth-degree drug possession charge and a gross misdemeanor charge of possession of a pistol or assault weapon by a user of controlled substance for his role in entering a rural Spicer residence with a shotgun in February.

As part of a plea agreement, another felony for first-degree burglary will be dismissed. He will be sentenced Jan. 14.

Sharp and Alan Tod Zuroff, 28, of Spicer, are charged in the case. Zuroff’s next appearance is Jan. 6. He faces a first-degree burglary charge, a second-degree assault count and a gross misdemeanor charge of possession of a weapon by a user of controlled substance.

The charges were filed after Feb. 1, when Kandiyohi County sheriff’s deputies were called around 3:30 a.m. regarding a burglary in progress at a Spicer residence. A man there reported that Zuroff and Sharp had entered the residence without being invited, with Zuroff holding a shotgun and racking the weapon while calling for the man to come out of a bedroom and face them. Zuroff and the man had previously had an altercation over the theft of some tools.

The man, and several others who had been in the home at the time of the incident, reported that Zuroff and Sharp then left the residence. Another man left with them.

Later on that day, around 9 p.m., deputies located a vehicle near New London and arrested both men. The officers located a long gun case, with a 12-gauge pump shotgun, with three shells in the weapon, but not in the chamber.

Sharp had methamphetamine in his possession.

During his interview with officers, Sharp said both men were high on meth and went to the home to pick up the man who left with them from the residence, that they had a gun with them and that Zuroff brought the gun into the house.