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Records published Aug. 1, 2022

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One hurt in Redwood County crash

REDWOOD FALLS — A passenger was injured in a two-vehicle crash reported at 3:15 p.m. Friday on Highway 71 at 120th Street, Charlestown Township, Redwood County.

Jeffrey Ivan Stephenson, 43, address not listed, was transported to the Redwood Falls Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, according to a Minnesota State Patrol report.

He was a passenger in a 2007 Nissan Frontier driven by Rory Alan Stephenson, 39, of Minneapolis.

A 2010 GMC Savana driven by Matthew Michael Hensch, 22, of Sanborn, was traveling southbound on Highway 71 when it collided with the Nissan Frontier. Both vehicles were southbound at the time of the collision, according to the Patrol.

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Alcohol was not a factor. The drivers and passenger were wearing seat belts.

The Sanborn Fire and Ambulance, Springfield Ambulance Redwood County Sheriff’s Office responded.

Two drivers hurt in Redwood County crash

REDWOOD FALLS — Two drivers were injured when their vehicles collided on U.S. Highway 71 at the Wacouta Trail in Paxton Township of Redwood County at around noon on Friday, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

A 1985 Chevrolet S10 driven by a 17-year-old male driver not identified in the accident report was driving eastbound on Highway 71. A Pontiac Grand Prix driven by Isaac Joseph Hillesheim, 18, of Franklin was also traveling eastbound on Highway 71. The vehicles collided.

Both were transported to the Redwood Falls Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Both were wearing seat belts and alcohol was not a factor.

The Redwood County Sheriff's Office, Lower Sioux Police, and Centra Care Ambulance responded.

Man wounds foot with handgun

NEW LONDON — A New London man suffered what was described as a minimal injury to his foot when he accidentally shot himself while reloading a handgun at a property on the 5000 block of Highway 9 Northeast, New London, it was reported at 9:20 p.m. on Saturday. He was treated at the emergency room at the Paynesville Hospital.

Pursuit vehicle recovered

RAYMOND — A vehicle that had been sought by Willmar Police Department for a pursuit was recovered on the 300 block of First Street in Raymond after 9 p.m. on Saturday. It was towed to the Law Enforcement Center in Willmar for investigation by the police department.

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Burglary

WILLMAR — A residence on the 6500 block of Country Road 5 Northwest, Willmar, was burglarized, its owner reported Saturday afternoon.

Contraband in jail

WILLMAR — A 33-year-old inmate in the Kandiyohi County Jail was taken for medical treatment after admitting to have taken drugs after contraband was located in her cell on Friday afternoon.

Criminal damage to property

WILLMAR — Tires were slashed on a vehicle on the 400 block of 11th Street SW, Willmar, it was reported Sunday morning.

WILLMAR — A 52-year-old man was arrested after he used a sledgehammer to cause significant damage to a vehicle on the 1100 block of Fifth Street Southwest, Willmar at 8 a.m. on Saturday.

WILLMAR — A vehicle was egged on the 3100 block of Seventh Avenue Northwest, Willmar, it was reported Friday afternoon.

Traffic complaint

WILLMAR — A caller reported seeing vehicles drag racing with a person holding a stopwatch in a park on the 600 block of Business Highway 71 North, Willmar, at 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Officers were unable to locate the suspect vehicles.

Attempted theft

WILLMAR — A man reported that he was sleeping in the back seat of his vehicle on the 200 block of Second Street Southwest, in downtown Willmar at 3:40 a.m. on Saturday when a man opened the driver’s side door and asked him for a cigarette. The unidentified man then reached for $25 on the center console of the vehicle. The vehicle owner told him to put it down and he did so and left the scene. Responding officers searched for the suspect but were unable to locate him.

Assaults

WILLMAR — Police responded to a report of a female being beaten at a residence on the 1500 block of 15th Street Southeast, Willmar at 1:14 a.m. Saturday.

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WILLMAR — Police responded to a report of a man swinging a bat at a woman on the 1400 block of Fifth Street Southwest, Willmar at 12:40 a.m. Saturday. The apparent victim and alleged assailant were not cooperative.

Group breaks lock to take to a new field

WILLMAR — An estimated 30 people were verbally kicked out of the new turf field on the Willmar Public Schools High School campus on the 2700 block of 30th Avenue when discovered there on Friday. They were believed to have broken the gate lock to gain access.

Hit-and-run

WILLMAR — A hit-and-run crash involving two vehicles was reported on the 3000 block of First AVenue Northwest, Willmar, at 10:55 a.m. on Friday.

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