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Records for June 8

BENSON -- A test message misinterpreted as a robbery-in-progress resulted in a strong response by law enforcement officers to the Bank of the West, 1301 Atlantic Ave. in Benson on Sunday afternoon. A dispatcher at the Swift County Sheriff's Office said Sunday evening there was no robbery, however.

In a press release, Benson Police Chief Jim Crace said the dispatch center received two separate calls at 2:59 p.m. from the ATM Company National Cash Registry (NCR) reporting that there was a robbery in progress at the ATM located at the Bank of the West.

Dispatchers were told that an NCR employee was in the bank and had apparently given a distress code meaning that they were in trouble. A Benson Police officer, Swift County deputy and Minnesota conservation officer were immediately dispatched and were on scene at 3:02 p.m.

The officers set up a perimeter and were able to observe two male subjects inside the bank, but it was unclear if they were both NCR employees or there were additional people in the bank.

The NCR employee did not exit the bank to speak with law enforcement personnel.

The dispatch center called out additional backup officers from the police department, sheriff's office and State Patrol, said Crace. Once there was a sufficient number of law enforcement officers on the scene, officers were able to get through via telephone to the NCR employees.

A follow-up investigation quickly determined that NCR had mistakenly interpreted a test message from maintenance personnel.

LITCHFIELD -- The Meeker County Sheriff's Office investigated and apprehended three predatory offenders during the past three weeks who failed to comply with the terms of their registry requirements, said Meeker County Sheriff Jeff Norlin.

During the week of May 13, the sheriff's office apprehended Duncan T. Brainard, 21, who was living in both Stearns County and Meeker County. He had failed to tell law enforcement of his current residence and was alleged to have been in violation by having contact with minor children. He was arrested in Stearns County. Meeker County investigators had assistance from Stearns County Community Corrections and the Eden Valley Police Department, Norlin said.

On June 4, Meeker County apprehended Johnathan Lee Courier, 27, in Litchfield. He is awaiting an initial court appearance in McLeod County District Court for failing to tell law enforcement about his residence location and employment information. The sheriff's office had acted on information from the Hutchinson Police Department.

On June 5, the sheriff's office arrested Eric Alan Flom, 27, for failing to register. He is being held in the McLeod County Jail pending an initial court appearance. The sheriff's office completed the investigation with the assistance of the Hutchinson Police Department, Norlin said.

FAIRFAX -- Two people were injured in a two-car crash at approximately 6:25 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of Renville County Road 27 and 610th Avenue, located about seven miles southeast of Fairfax, the Renville County Sheriff's Office reported.

A 2000 Pontiac Grand Am driven by Daryl Rieke of rural Fairfax was traveling north on County Road 27. Rieke's car was struck on the passenger side by a 2000 Buick LeSabre driven by Ambrose Nosbush, no address given. Both drivers were transported from the scene by Fairfax Ambulance. The severity of their injuries was unknown at press time. Both vehicles were totaled.

The Fairfax Police Department also assisted at the scene.

BEMIDJI -- A teenager from Willmar and a teen from Clearbrook were injured when the car in which they were riding rolled Saturday night two miles east of Solway on U.S. Highway 2, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. The teens were identified as Jacqueline A. Phelps, 15, of Willmar, who was driving, Jay D. Johns, 18, of Clearbrook.

The patrol said the 1991 Acura was westbound when the car went off the road, overcorrected and went into the median where it rolled onto the roof.

Both teens were taken to North Country Hospital in Bemidji where Phelps was treated for a broken arm, bumps and bruises. Johns was treated for bumps, bruises and scrapes, the patrol said.

ST. PETER -- A broadside crash between two vehicles Saturday night in St. Peter sent two women from Spicer and Willmar and a Prior Lake man to St. Peter Hospital for treatment of minor injuries, the Minnesota State Patrol said.

The motorists were identified as Sharon L. Broman, 68, of Spicer, who was driving a 2006 Cadillac, and her passenger, Doris B. Myhre, 90, of Willmar. Also injured was Orlan W. Zorn, 66, who was driving a 1999 Chevrolet Lumina. All three were treated and later released.

The patrol said the Cadillac was making a left turn from U.S. Highway 169 onto Dodd Road and pulled in front of the Chevrolet.

SPICER -- Two lawn tractors were used Friday night to ram into each other and into other items at Larry's Power Equipment and Rentals of Spicer. Also, a seat valued at $200 was stolen from a Polaris ATV at Larry's. The Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Department investigated.

MONTEVIDEO -- A fire early Sunday morning caused extensive damage to the Dale Smith home, located about four miles northeast of Montevideo. Montevideo Fire Chief Robb Gilkey said the cause is under investigation.

Gilkey said the fire started in the kitchen and spread to the attic of the one-story home. Smith, his wife and two of their three dogs escaped, but one of the dogs died in the fire. Smith was treated for a cut to the head. The fire had broken through a kitchen window when firefighters arrived. Firefighters were on scene for a couple of hours, Gilkey said.