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WILLMAR — A Missouri man will pay $100,000 to the family of a Pennock couple killed in a July 2015 car crash, according to a wrongful death lawsuit settlement reached Thursday. The agreement reached in Kandiyohi County District Court dictates that Matthew Gingery pay $16,666.67 to each of David and Mildred "Susie" Frank's five children, as well as David Frank's brother. David and Susie Frank were killed July 12, 2015, after Gingery ran a stop sign on Kandiyohi County Road 27, crashing into their vehicle. The Franks had the right of way on County Road 1.
WILLMAR — A 26-year-old New London man is accused of stalking a woman and a girl in his vehicle, following their vehicle at close distance for 21 miles even as they changed lanes and made erratic turns. Lance Courtney Lovin was charged Thursday in Kandiyohi County District Court with felony stalking, misdemeanor driving without a valid license, and petty misdemeanor drug possession.
WILLMAR — A home was destroyed and a dog killed in a blaze Wednesday night on the 2000 block of 66th Avenue Northeast, north of Willmar. By the time the Spicer Fire Department arrived on the scene, around 8:40 p.m., the home was fully engulfed in flames, according to Fire Chief Mike Holme. He said homeowner Barry Schanbachler powered the home with a generator in the front entryway. The power cut out Wednesday night, which is when Schanbachler and Cheryl DeCathelineau noticed the blaze.
LITCHFIELD — A 32-year-old Watkins man is facing first-, second- and third-degree felony criminal sexual conduct and misdemeanor domestic assault charges in connection with a violent sexual assault at a Watkins home. Paul Matthew Ashfeld was charged March 13 in Meeker County District Court. He was booked into the Meeker County Jail, but posted $10,000 bail and was released with conditions. The assault was alleged to have happened early March 11. The alleged victim was familiar to Ashfeld, according to the criminal complaint on the charges.
Fifty corn stalk bales caught fire Wednesday evening on the 16000 block of 15th Street Southeast in rural Blomkest, spreading to a nearby barn and forcing the evacuation of 300 cows and two dogs.
WILLMAR — Jordan Anthony Brede was already facing 22 felonies for the burglary and theft of over $27,000 worth of tools and equipment from rural farm sheds and garages. Now, he's facing two more. Brede, 23, of Kandiyohi, was charged Monday in Kandiyohi County District Court with felony third-degree burglary and receiving stolen property, as well as misdemeanor theft.
WILLMAR — Police say they have arrested the man who led them on a high-speed chase through downtown Willmar earlier this month, crashing his vehicle into a squad car and a front yard before taking off on foot. Jose Luis Zepada-Caballero, 31, of Willmar, was charged Monday with felonies for fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle, failing to register as a predatory offender, and fifth-degree drug possession.
WILLMAR — Bright pink balloons don't normally have a place in a Kandiyohi County courtroom. But on Wednesday, relatives clutched bouquets of flowers and the smell of freshly brewed coffee filled Courtroom 201 as Shanda Loge, 30, became the newest local graduate of the Eighth Judicial District Drug Court. Her small daughter, wearing a frilly pink skirt, sat in her lap as she spoke to Judge Gerald Seibel. Her son was also close by. Seibel does not typically preside over the drug court here; he was filling in for Judge Stephanie Beckman.
MONTEVIDEO — It was a chance meeting of the worst kind. As a pickup truck and semi truck drove past each other Wednesday in opposite directions on State Highway 7 in Montevideo, a sheet of ice flew off of the semi. It smashed into the windshield of the pickup truck, injuring the passenger, Cheri Ann Berner, 31. A responding Montevideo police officer got to the scene. Pickup driver Jason Dean Neumayer, 43, held a large chunk of ice in his hand. The front windshield of his 2001 Ford F-150 was smashed and warped.
OLIVIA — A Fairfax man was sentenced last month to a year in jail, seven years of probation and stayed prison time for possessing "thousands" of images of child pornography. Stanley Severson, 56, is now in custody at the Renville County Jail. He was sentenced Feb. 24 after pleading guilty to all six felony pornography possession charges against him back in November.