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Records published Oct. 20

This is the records summary for Oct. 20, 2015.Crash LITCHFIELD -- A driver was injured Monday morning after crashing into the back of a semi on Minnesota Highway 15, a mile south of Meeker County Road 21. The Minnesota State Patrol said the semi ...

This is the records summary for Oct. 20, 2015.
Crash


LITCHFIELD - A driver was injured Monday morning after crashing into the back of a semi on Minnesota Highway 15, a mile south of Meeker County Road 21.
The Minnesota State Patrol said the semi was making a left turn into a driveway when it was hit from behind by a car driven by Ralph E. Foley, 58, of Kimball. Foley suffered injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening.
The driver of the semi, Robert F. Gertken, 62, of Richmond, was not injured.
ATV crash remains under investigation


LITCHFIELD - An ATV crash that sent two men to the hospital, one with serious injuries, remained under investigation Monday by the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office.
The Sheriff’s Office received a call early Saturday morning that someone injured in an ATV crash was being brought to Meeker Memorial Hospital in Litchfield. Deputies arrived at the hospital to learn there were two victims, identified as Brandon Brinkhaus, 20, and Mitchell Brinkhaus, 23, both of Bloomington.
Deputies learned the accident occurred at a residence in the 28000 block of 620th Avenue, Litchfield. The Sheriff’s Office said Monday that the investigation so far has determined that both men were riding in the back of a side-by-side all-terrain vehicle in an area designed to haul cargo, not passengers.
The ATV apparently was traveling across an open field before entering a tree line and then crashed head-on into a tree, the Sheriff’s Office said.
According to a news release issued by the Sheriff’s Office, both victims suffered back and neck injuries. Mitchell was airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis for treatment of severe injuries. Brandon was taken by ground ambulance to HCMC for treatment as well. During their investigation, deputies were met with uncooperative witnesses and were unable to immediately identify or locate the driver. Alcohol has been determined as a contributing factor to the crash, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
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Kandiyohi County


WILLMAR - A suspect made an initial appearance Monday on burglary and assault charges in connection with a domestic dispute at a home in Willmar.
Josef Hart Sr., 50, of Starbuck, faces five criminal counts, including a felony charge of first-degree burglary, a felony charge of domestic assault by strangulation, gross misdemeanor domestic assault and two misdemeanor charges of fifth-degree assault.
Willmar police were called during the early morning hours of Oct. 3 to a report of a domestic dispute in progress at a Willmar home. Witnesses alleged that Hart had showed up uninvited, got into a verbal dispute with a 16-year-old girl and pushed her repeatedly into a wall while his hands were around her neck.
He then allegedly attacked another man who was in the house and tried to grab a third individual who was able to get out of the house through a bedroom window.
A second underage girl who was present reportedly witnessed part of the assault and was the one who called 911, according to the criminal complaint filed in court.
Hart was arrested at the scene. Court records said he has a 2011 conviction for fifth-degree assault.
An omnibus hearing in the case is scheduled Nov. 5.

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