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This is the records summary for Feb. 15.

Snowmobile burns north of Litchfield, teen driver not hurt

LITCHFIELD -- A snowmobile burned and was a total loss Sunday afternoon north of Litchfield, but the teen driving the sled was not injured.

According to Meeker County Sheriff Jeff Norlin, county dispatch received a call around 2:15 p.m. Sunday that a snowmobile was on fire on the snowmobile trail along State Highway 24 north of Litchfield.

The 1996 Arctic Cat ZRT 600 was being driven by a 14-year-old from rural Watkins, who had a valid safety certificate.

The cause of the fire was believed to be a leaking gas line.

The Litchfield Fire Department assisted at the scene.

Dassel man faces charges for drunken driving crash

DARWIN -- A 26-year-old Dassel man was arrested for driving while impaired, and allegedly had a 0.278 blood alcohol content, after a two-vehicle crash around 5:15 p.m. Sunday southeast of Darwin.

According to a news release from Meeker County Sheriff Jeff Norlin, Jesse Donald McWherter was driving a 1996 Ford F350 north in the southbound lane of 685th Avenue. As his vehicle came to the top of a hill, the truck struck a 1999 Ford Ranger driven by Patricia Garding, 48, of Darwin.

Garding was taken by ambulance to Meeker Memorial Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

McWherter was not injured and faces charges of second-degree driving while impaired and two felony charges of criminal vehicular operation.

A passenger in McWherter's vehicle, Shawn Paul Schroeder, 26, of Dassel, fled from the scene of the crash but was located a short time later and arrested by deputies for a probation violation. He suffered lacerations to the face and required stitches.

The accident is currently under investigation by the Meeker County Sheriffs Office.

Dassel Fire and Rescue and Gold Cross Ambulance also responded to the scene.

Teens cited after school dance,

traffic stop

NEW LONDON -- Two 17-year-old boys, from Spicer and Atwater, were cited for underage consumption of alcohol around 11:45 p.m. Friday near the New London-Spicer High School. A deputy, working as the school resource officer, stopped a vehicle after it left a school dance event.


PENNOCK -- A 29-year-old Pennock man was arrested on charges of domestic assault around 5 p.m. Sunday along 120th Street Northwest.


WILLMAR -- The theft of a $85-mp3 player was reported around 4:15 p.m. Sunday at Best Buy, 2323 First St. S.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Luis Salazar, 23, of Belgrade, was sentenced Monday to 90 days in jail, a $1,500 fine and five years of probation on a third-degree assault charge for his role in the beating of a man June 29 at a rural Willmar residence.

Salazar was also ordered to complete a chemical use assessment, get his GED, not use or possess drugs or alcohol and pay $159 in restitution, with his co-defendants.

Salazar is one of three men charged in the incident. Lazario Domingo Diaz, 30, of Willmar, was sentenced Jan. 10 to 15 months in prison on a third-degree assault charge. Francisco R. Vallejo, 38, of Willmar, has pleaded guilty to third-degree assault and will be sentenced March 17.

The charges were filed after Kandiyohi County sheriff's deputies were called around 1:20 a.m. June 29 to a home northwest of Willmar.

A man, who was bleeding heavily from his face, said he had been assaulted by several men at a home across the street. The man said he managed to get away from the men and ask a neighbor to call for help.

The man said that he had received a ride to the rural residence earlier in the evening from Vallejo and that Vallejo and a man identified as "Chattle" had beaten him. Chattle is a known nickname for Diaz.

A deputy questioned Vallejo, who had blood on his hand. He claimed the blood was from a mosquito bite and denied anything about a fight or even knowing the alleged victim.

While deputies were questioning Salazar, they heard rustling in a nearby brush line. The man claimed it was coyotes. Then a man, identified as Diaz, got up from the brush and ran away.

He was caught by an officer, handcuffed and told to sit down on a step. He again attempted to run away. The officer later secured Diaz in his squad car.

The victim was interviewed at the hospital and said that he had known Vallejo for about 25 years and that they had drank beers around a bonfire.

He was leaving when Salazar, Diaz and Vallejo hit him, knocked him to the ground and punched and kicked him.

The victim's lip was cut and he required stitches to close the wound and he sustained multiple rib fractures. The man identified all three of his assailants in photo lineups.