Records published July 23, 2022

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Three injured in crash on Highway 40 west of Willmar

WILLMAR — Three people were injured Wednesday morning in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Minnesota Highway 40 and the Kandi-Chippewa Line Road west of Willmar.

According to a Minnesota State Patrol report, a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee was traveling west on Highway 40 and a 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe was traveling south on the Kandi-Chippewa Line Road, and the vehicles collided in the intersection.

The driver of the Chevrolet, Tabitha Lopez Trevino, 50, of Kandiyohi, and a passenger, Charles Edward Melton, 31, of New Ulm, suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Trevino was not wearing a seat belt, and Melton was, according to the report.

The driver of the Jeep, Jesus Carlos Gonzalez, 27, of Willmar, also suffered non-life-threatening injuries. The State Patrol reported that he was not wearing a seat belt.


Alcohol was not involved.

All the injured were taken to CentraCare — Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar.

Kerkhoven Ambulance, Kerkhoven Fire Department and the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the crash reported at 6:50 a.m. Wednesday.


SPICER — A woman's purse was reported stolen Thursday night in the 100 block of Lake Avenue South.


SPICER — A 41-year-old woman was arrested early Friday morning for third-degree driving while impaired and refusal to test after a traffic stop in the 300 block of Access Drive.

She was in custody Friday afternoon at the Kandiyohi County Jail awaiting a court appearance on DWI and DWI-refusal to test.

Horses on the loose

NEW LONDON — Four horses were reported missing Friday morning from their owners' property in the 300 block of Minnesota Highway 9 Northeast. One horse was found just west of the property, but the other three remained missing Friday morning.

Pontoon on the loose

SPICER — A pontoon reportedly was beached Friday morning on a property in the 14100 block of Indian Beach Road. The owner was notified of its location and was making arrangements to retrieve it.


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The driver was uninjured Saturday when he smelled smoke as he was leaving Paynesville and saw flames coming out of it.

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