A reporter for 35 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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HECTOR — A pilot and a passenger were injured in a plane crash Sunday afternoon in Renville County. According to the Renville County Sheriff's Office, the accident happened around 3:45 p.m. when a 2011 fixed wing single engine Ultralight aircraft, operated by Gary Bipes, was attempting to take off at the Hector Municipal Airport. When the plane was about 15-20 feet in the air, it stalled and nose-dived into the ground. Bipes, 75, was transported to Renville County Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
SAUK CENTRE — A two-vehicle accident Friday night near Sauk Centre injured a Spicer woman and a Willmar man. According to the State Patrol, a 2009 Dodge Journey driven by Shanna Lynn Sharp, 38, of Spicer, was on the shoulder of the northbound lane of U.S. Highway 71, made a U-turn and was struck by a 2003 Chevy Silverado that was going north on Highway 71. Sharp and a passenger, Raymond Emmanuel Karels, 67, of Willmar, were taken to the Sauk Centre Hospital with Non-life-threatening injuries, according to the State Patrol.
BENSON — Every corner of every closet in every office on every floor in the massive Swift County Courthouse is empty. Aside from a couple thick-walled vaults where non-essential items are stored behind the heavy doors, there is currently nothing in the grand courthouse, which will remain closed until a renovation project is finished early next year.
WILLMAR — Two Willmar Police Department officers are still on paid administrative leave while the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension continues its investigation into an officer-involved shooting last month that injured a individual reported to be suicidal and holding a gun. Chief Jim Felt said Friday he expects the officers, Marco Vazquez and Anthony Haycraft, to be called back to work "soon." Felt said the officers were placed on leave so that they could be available for the BCA, which is investigating the case.
COSMOS — Three people were injured in a two-vehicle accident Wednesday near Cosmos. According to the State Patrol, the crash happened around 5 p.m. on state Highway 7, near Meeker County Road 10. A 2000 Honda Civic, driven by Taylor Charles Alsleben, 20, of Cosmos, was traveling west on state Highway 7 and rear-ended a 2014 Chevy Silverado driven by Laurel Donald Schiro, 65, of Cosmos. Alsleben, who was not wearing a seat belt, was taken to the Hennepin County Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.
GRANITE FALLS — A Mankato man was sentenced Tuesday to 21 months in prison for repeatedly punching a woman in the face, breaking her nose and causing other injuries, while a 3-year-old child watched. Earlier this year, Meynardo Salinas-Rios pleaded guilty to a felony charge of assault in the third degree — substantial bodily harm. A felony charge of domestic assault and a misdemeanor charge of child endangerment were dismissed. According to the complaint, police were notified May 20 of an assault happening in a parked car in Granite Falls.
WILLMAR — A dog with a boat anchor tied to it was found dead Tuesday morning floating in a Kandiyohi County lake. The discovery was reported at 8:50 a.m. when the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Department got a call that a dead dog was seen floating on Point Lake, several miles north of Willmar. Deputies went on the lake with a boat and located the animal, which is described as a mostly white female Springer Spaniel, about five years old, with black coloring on its head and back end.
FRANKLIN — A rural Renville County man was killed Friday night when he was run over by a vehicle on a farm southeast of Franklin. According to the Renville County Sheriff's Office, the preliminary investigation indicates Randy Oletzke, 59, died as a result of being run over by a vehicle at a farm residence in the 62000 block of 430th Street in Camp Lake Township, The Sheriff's Office received the 911 call at around 9:14 p.m. Friday. When officers first arrived, they saw Oletzke's body lying adjacent to the driveway. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
WILLMAR — Saying that the nation's farm economy is on the brink of a crisis and needs a strong safety net, people from a wide variety of backgrounds provided ideas Thursday in Willmar about what should be included in the next farm bill. The current farm bill expires in September of 2018, and with $10 billion in proposed cuts looming for the program, there's concern the safety net will have more holes than it does now.
GRANITE FALLS — A Granite Falls man who sexually abused a young child over a six-year period was sentenced to 10 years of supervised probation. Adam Joseph Raney, 27, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of criminal sexual conduct in the second degree with a victim who was under the age of 13. In sentencing earlier this month in Yellow Medicine County District Court, Judge Dwayne Knutsen issued a stay of adjudication, which means no conviction will appear on Raney's criminal record if he successfully completes the conditions of his probation.