Records published Feb. 25
The following contains the records summary for Feb. 25.Theft ATWATER -- It was reported at 3:33 p.m. Monday that fishing gear was stolen from a fish house on Diamond Lake.District CourtKandiyohi County WILLMAR -- An 18-year-old Clara City man all...
The following contains the records summary for Feb. 25.
ATWATER - It was reported at 3:33 p.m. Monday that fishing gear was stolen from a fish house on Diamond Lake.
WILLMAR - An 18-year-old Clara City man alleged to have started two separate fires in Raymond and Priam this fall pleaded guilty Tuesday to an arson charge.
Tyler James Moffenbier pleaded not guilty to a charge of felony second-degree arson Tuesday stemming from the fire in Priam. He also faces charges of felony first-degree arson and misdemeanor trespassing stemming from the fire in Raymond.
Moffenbier is scheduled for a disposition hearing March 10 in Chippewa County District Court.
According to the criminal complaint on the charges, another person was potentially tied to the arson fires, but a search of the public database produced no court records for the second person.
Law enforcement responded to the first fire Sept. 5 at a vacant farm site in the 15000 block of Fifth Street Southeast in Raymond.
Firefighters tried to extinguish the fire, which was consuming a granary on the property near an abandoned house. The grainary later collapsed to the ground, destroyed in the blaze.
A Chippewa County sheriff’s deputy who documented the scene of the fire believed that someone might have poured accelerant on the structure, the complaint states.
While speaking with the property owner, the deputy was informed of another fire in progress at Minnesota Valley Alfalfa in Priam.
Finding the timing and proximity of the fires suspicious, the deputy believed it was possible that both fires were related, according to the complaint.
The next day, a Clara City police officer received information that Moffenbier was bragging to his friends on Sept. 5 that it would be fun to “get some beer and then set something on fire tonight.”
Moffenbier was interviewed by the deputy and denied being involved. He identifi ed another male as the one who started the fire.
The deputy then met with the other male and his parents. This individual allegedly said both he and Moffenbier had played in a role in starting the fires in Raymond and Priam.
WILLMAR - A 25-year-old woman was arrested at 3:18 p.m. Monday in the 300 block of Seventh Street Northwest pending charges of domestic assault and disorderly conduct.