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Records for Aug. 12

This is the records summary for Aug. 12.

Man arrested in Litchfield stabbing

LITCHFIELD — A 32-year-old man is in the Meeker County Jail in connection with the stabbing of a woman Saturday morning in Litchfield.

The suspect was arrested at the scene of the stabbing in the 400 block of South Davis Avenue.

The Litchfield Police Department responded to the scene at about 9:50 a.m. Saturday where they arrested the suspect and assisted Gold Cross Ambulance and the Litchfield Rescue Squad in giving first aid to a 36-year-old female.

The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension was called in at the request of the Litchfield Police Department to assist in investigating the matter.

The suspect is being held pending formal charges.

Kingston woman treated after accident

LITCHFIELD — A 24-year-old Kingston woman was treated for injuries after a medical condition caused her to drive into a ditch Friday evening in North Kingston Township.

According to the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office, Megan Mackereth was driving a 2000 Chevrolet Silverado when she lost consciousness. The pickup was not damaged, but she was transported by Watkins Ambulance to the hospital for her injuries, described as non-life-threatening.

The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office, Watkins Ambulance and Kimball Fire Department & Rescue Squad were called to the accident around 9:50 p.m. at the intersection of 353rd Street and 717th Avenue.

Detroit Lakes man injured in rollover

LITCHFIELD — An 18-year-old Detroit Lakes man was injured when he lost control of his vehicle Sunday afternoon and rolled into the ditch on state Highway 15 south of Kimball.

According to the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office, Aaron Hoffman was driving southbound when his vehicle caught the edge of the road, which caused him to overcorrect and lose control of the vehicle.

The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office, Watkins Ambulance and Minnesota State Patrol were called to the scene around 3:38 p.m. Sunday.

Hoffman was transported to Hutchinson hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

The accident is under investigation by the Minnesota State Patrol.


WILLMAR –– A 1986 Chevrolet Monte Carlo was reported stolen from the 7000 block of Highway 71 South. The theft occurred sometime between Saturday night and Monday morning.


WILLMAR –– A resident in the 700 block of 29 Street Northwest reported Monday morning that someone had shot a hole in the garage door.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

WILLMAR — Andrew Lee Gomez, 27, of St. Cloud and formerly of Willmar, was sentenced Monday to nearly 3½ years in prison for beating a man he suspected was a drug informant.

In June Gomez entered an Alford plea to a charge of first-degree aggravated robbery. Under an Alford plea, a defendant agrees there is enough evidence to convict but does not admit guilt.

 As part of a plea agreement in Kandiyohi County District Court, four additional felony charges of burglary, assault and terroristic threats were dismissed.

Judge Michael Thompson sentenced Gomez to 41 months in prison, with credit for 33 days he has already served. He must pay fines of $240 and restitution of $995.

The charges were filed after Sept. 3, when a man reported to Willmar police that Gomez had assaulted him at an apartment along the 1400 block of Fifth Street Southwest. The man said he had been hiding from Gomez because Gomez had been charged in a drug case and thought the man had been the informant to law enforcement.

  The man said Gomez entered the apartment, grabbed him by the throat and strangled him to the point that the man blacked out, threatened to kill him and attempted to make him admit to being the informant. The man said Gomez also beat him with his fists and elbows.

  Gomez was arrested the next day and refused to talk to law enforcement. Two witnesses reported seeing Gomez in the area of the apartment building at the time of the incident and another person reported that Gomez had told them Gomez suspected that the man was the informant, was angry with him and threatened to kill him.

WILLMAR — Keith Bernard Mattison, 60, pleaded guilty Monday to two misdemeanor charges of violating a restraining order.

Two felony burglary charges and a misdemeanor charge of domestic assault were dismissed.

Sentencing is set for Oct. 6.

The charges stem from a June 8 incident when police were called to a domestic assault on the southwest side of the Willmar. A woman there said that she had a previous relationship with Mattison and had a harassment restraining order against him. She said that he entered her residence and bedroom and assaulted her by grabbing her and attempting to kiss her. The woman got away from Mattison and screamed for help from other people in the home. Mattison left the home before police arrived but left two voicemails on the woman’s phone while she was talking with officers.


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