Records published June 27

Following is the records summary for June 27. Man arrested in alcohol-related crash STEWART -- A Hutchinson man was arrested Thursday night following an alcohol-related crash in Renville County that involved the driver's three young children. Acc...

Following is the records summary for June 27.


Man arrested in alcohol-related crash

STEWART - A Hutchinson man was arrested Thursday night following an alcohol-related crash in Renville County that involved the driver’s three young children.
According to the Renville County Sheriff’s Office, Andrew Kyle Bergum, 35, was arrested and transported to the Renville County Jail, where he is being held pending an initial court appearance.
Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the accident, according to Deputy Sheriff Thomas Swyter.
Information in a press release indicates Bergum had been driving a 1997 Chevrolet pickup south on County Road 20 about five miles northwest of Stewart when he drove onto the shoulder of the road and over-corrected, which caused the vehicle to roll into the ditch and land on its roof on the east side of the road.
Bergum and his children were not injured in the accident, but the children were transported to the Hutchinson Health Emergency Room as a precaution.
The accident, which was reported at 8:55 p.m. Thursday, remains under investigation by the Renville County Sheriff’s Office.
Assisting with the accident was the Buffalo Lake Ambulance Service, Buffalo Lake Police Department and the Minnesota State Patrol.

NEW LONDON - A New London resident reported the theft of several items Thursday from a home on First Avenue Northwest in New London. The Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.
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WILLMAR - James John Fernholz, 30, of Murdock was sentenced Thursday on a charge of felony criminal vehicular operation for allegedly leaving the scene of an accident in January that injured two people.
Fernholz was sentenced to 30 days of jail, with credit for five days served, and ordered to complete three years of probation and pay a $1,000 fine.
As a result of a plea agreement, an additional charge of criminal vehicular operation, along with a gross misdemeanor charge of failing to stop at a collision and two driving while impaired charges, were dismissed.
According to the criminal complaint on the charges, Fernholz was traveling westbound on 157th Avenue Northwest, south of Sunburg, when he allegedly failed to stop at the intersection with 140th Street Northwest.
His pickup truck collided with a sedan driven by Alexander Melvi Holtberg-Woltjer, 17, of Sunburg.
Fernholz allegedly tried to flee the scene of the accident, but his license plate fell off of his pickup truck and was left at the scene.
Holtberg-Woltjer reportedly suffered a concussion in the crash.
His passenger, Wanda Sue Gjerde, 36, of Sunburg, suffered hip injuries, according to the criminal complaint.

WILLMAR - Dimas Javier Maldonado, 25, of Willmar made his first court appearance Thursday on 10 felony counts of violating a domestic abuse no contact order.
Bail was set at $30,000 Thursday and a next court appearance scheduled for July 22.
The criminal complaint on the charges alleges that he violated a domestic abuse contact order by making 13 phone calls to a woman who he is prohibited from contacting.
He reportedly called the woman from the Kandiyohi County Jail, where he remains in custody on assault and domestic assault charges.
A Willmar police department received report of the domestic abuse no contact order violations Tuesday and reviewed recordings of the Maldonado’s phone conversations with the woman. During those conversations, Maldonado allegedly discussed legal matters with the woman, asking her to help bail him out of jail and contact his attorney.

WILLMAR - A 58-year-old Willmar woman alleged to have set a fire in her apartment building had a charge of felony first-degree arson continued for dismissal Thursday.
Deborah Mae Pequette was ordered Thursday to complete nine months of unsupervised probation. Provided she successfully completes probation, the case will be dismissed.
The criminal complaint on the charge alleges that Pequette intentionally set a fire May 4 in the garbage room of the Highland Apartments building, located at 115 Becker Avenue Southeast.
An employee at the apartment building reportedly extinguished the fire and called police.
A Willmar police officer later spoke with a woman who said Pequette had confessed to her that she had started the fire.
The woman identified herself as an employee of a program that helps people with mental deficiencies. She reported that Pequette is one of the program’s clients.
A Willmar Police Department sergeant also reportedly obtained a confession from Pequette, according to the criminal complaint.

WILLMAR - Abdi Ali Yusuf, 26, of Willmar made a first appearance Friday on felony charges stemming from a domestic assault reported Thursday at a Willmar residence.
Yusuf faces charges of terroristic threats, domestic assault and violating a no contact order.
He remained in custody at the Kandiyohi County Jail as of 5 p.m. Friday on $20,000 bail.
According to the criminal complaint on the charges, the Willmar Police Department was dispatched around 4:30 p.m. Thursday to a residence in downtown Willmar on report of a domestic situation involving a mother and her son.
Upon the police department’s arrival, a man identified as Yusuf allegedly ran into a room inside of the residence.
Yusuf eventually came outside of the room and complied with officers.
A woman at the scene said she was Yusuf’s mother and recently moved to Minnesota from Kentucky to stay away from Yusuf because he is violent.
She showed officers paperwork from Jefferson County Family Court in Kentucky. The papers allegedly indicated that Yusuf had been ordered by the court to have no contact with the woman. Officers then placed Yusuf under arrest.
While the officers were present, Yusuf allegedly began speaking in Somali to his mother.
An interpreter at the scene translated what had been said, reporting that Yusuf allegedly threatened to kill the woman.
Other witnesses also reported that they had heard the same threat.
Yusuf reportedly has three prior felony assault convictions, according to the criminal complaint.

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