Records published Jan. 22, 2020

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Vehicle on fire turns out to be stolen

ELLSWORTH TOWNSHIP — A vehicle fire reported early Sunday morning led the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office to a stolen vehicle south of Litchfield.

The Litchfield Fire Department and deputies responded to the fire in the 20000 block of 640th Avenue in Ellsworth Township and found the vehicle unoccupied.

According to the Sheriff's Office, deputies learned the vehicle was stolen sometime during the night from the 61800 block of 193rd Street.

The vehicle was a total loss. The cause of the fire and the stolen vehicle report remain under investigation.

Grove City woman injured after hitting snowdrift

GREENLEAF TOWNSHIP — A 34-year-old Grove City woman lost control of her vehicle Sunday morning south of Litchfield after hitting a snowdrift on the roadway.


According to the Meeker County Sheriff's Office, Tanisha Olson then spun out and rolled her vehicle into the ditch at the the intersection of Minnesota Highway 22 and 215th Street in Greenleaf Township.

Olson suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was transported by Mayo Ambulance to Meeker Memorial Hospital in Litchfield.

The accident was reported at 5:23 a.m. Sunday.

Sex offender present in Willmar

WILLMAR — The Willmar Police Department announced Tuesday that there is a Level 3 sex offender in the community.

According to the news release, Daniel Martinez, 42, is currently listed as homeless and thus is required to formally check in with law enforcement on a much more

Daniel Martinez

frequent basis. He has been compliant to date.

The department is also working to ensure Martinez is compliant with the local ordinance regarding residency restrictions for registered offenders, the release states.

Martinez is no longer under court supervision and is not a wanted person.


According to the fact sheet on his release, Martinez engaged in sexual contact with a known adult female and known female child on separate occasions. Contact included sexual touching.

Offenders are assigned a level by the Minnesota Department of Corrections when they leave prison. Level 3 is considered the highest risk to re-offend.

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