Austin teen turns himself in after recent vandalism reports

(ABC 6 NEWS) - A 17-year-old from Austin turned himself following a string of graffiti incidents was reported around Austin. The Austin Police Department reports that the teen, with a family member, confessed to spray painting around 15 businesses and public property properties in town after seeing other graffiti around Austin. The vandalism took place on June 6 around midnight.
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Worth County,

North Iowa Recreational Closed Indefinitely Due to Unlawful Acts

Officials in Worth County continue to contemplate what’s next for a popular recreational spot closed since last Wednesday night (06.10) due to a series of unlawful activities. Kuennen Quarry, located about 20 miles north of Mason City in the Kuennen Quarry Wildlife Area, has been closed off to public access...
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Freeborn County, MNKIMT

Mankato woman injured in Freeborn County crash

ALBERT LEA TOWNSHIP, Minn. – A single-vehicle crash in Freeborn County Thursday morning sends one person to the hospital. It happened around 9:18 am at mile marker 11 on Interstate 35. The Minnesota State Patrol says Taylor Elizabeth Lawson, 26 of Mankato, was driving north when he lost control and hit the guardrail. Lawson was taken to Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea for treatment of what is described as a non-life threatening injury.
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Albert Lea, MNKAAL-TV

Crews responding to gas leak in Albert Lea

(ABC 6 News) - Albert Lea Fire Rescue is actively responding to a gas leak Thursday morning at the 1600 block of Bridge Avenue. According to the Albert Lea Police Department, an "8" Main struck causing gas leak. Odors may be identified within the affected area around 1609 Bridge Ave (Richway, Keystone, Glenview, Garfield)." The issue is expected to be resolved by early afternoon.
Glenville, MNAlbert Lea Tribune

Flowers stolen from gravesites and other reports

Flowers were reported stolen from gravesites at 8:12 a.m. Tuesday at a cemetery at 14982 735th Ave., Glenville. Police received a report at 10:03 a.m. Tuesday of parts being removed from a truck while parked in the parking lot in the back of 1701 W. Main St. Damage left in...
Austin, MNAustin Daily Herald

Austin man charged with selling heroin to police informant

Montana Richard Hinchley, 25, of Austin has been charged with felony third-degree drugs – sale of a narcotic. According to the court complaint, a narcotics detective met with two CRIs on Aug. 7 about purchasing heroin from a female drug dealer. The CRIs and their vehicle were searched and they were provided with buy money and an audio transmitter. They were then monitored as they drove to a residence in the 700 block of Fifth Avenue Northwest to meet with the dealer. The detective was parked nearby and saw the dealer enter the CRIs’ vehicle. She then had the CRIs take her to the Austin residence of a relative. She entered the apartment and did not return.
Albert Lea, MNKIMT

2 injured during early-morning fire in Albert Lea

ALBERT LEA, Minn. - A civilian and a firefighter were injured Wednesday during an early-morning house fire. It happened at 318 8th St. E. at 12:15 a.m. when fire crews found both floors of the structure fully engulfed. "A single occupant was transported to Mayo Hospital in Albert Lea for...
Janesville, MNSouthern Minnesota News

Janesville man accused of setting fire to Frankenstein statue

A Janesville man is accused of setting fire to a Frankenstein statue, destroying it. Luke Duane Olson, 35, was charged in Waseca County Court with felony counts of 2nd-degree arson and 1st-degree damage to property. On June 12, Janesville police responded to a fire at 2 a.m. near the intersection...
Austin, MNAustin Daily Herald

Several charged with felony drug crimes

Four individuals facing felony drug charges recently made their first appearances in Mower County District Court. Michael Thomas Barren, 24, of Austin has been charged with felony second-degree drugs – sale of three grams or more of heroin – and felony second-degree drugs – sale of schedule I or II narcotic in a park zone.

Waseca man charged after allegedly throwing remote control

A Waseca man is facing a felony assault charge after he allegedly threw a remote control at a woman and chipped her tooth, court documents say. Spencer Carl Wyttenbach, 32, was charged on June 7 in Waseca County Court with one count of third-degree assault, a felony, and one count of domestic assault, a gross misdemeanor. The charges stem from an incident that occurred in Waseca on June 6.

Arson kills Frankenstein's monster

JANESVILLE — A neighbor reportedly set fire to Frankenstein’s monster. Luke Duane Olson, 35, of Janesville, is accused of burning down the 20-foot-tall statue of the green character that towered over the corner of South Main and West Mill street in Janesville. Olson was charged with felony counts of arson...
Faribault County,

High driver sentenced in fatal crash

MANKATO — Before he was ordered to spend at least three years in prison for killing a Wells woman while driving under the influence of drugs, an Elmore man said he was “terribly sorry.”. Michael Ray Johnson, 63, was sentenced Monday in Faribault County District Court in connection with a...
Albert Lea, MNAlbert Lea Tribune

1 arrested on obstruction and other reports

Police arrested Seth Galen Kilian-Bock, 25, on obstruction and an arrest and detain hold at 8:09 a.m. Monday at 610 Garfield Ave. Police received a report at 11:38 a.m. Monday of a theft of cigars at 116 Bridge Ave. The police logs indicate a person was cited, but the name was redacted.
Austin, MNAustin Daily Herald

Austin teen confesses to graffiti

A 17-year-old male from Austin turned himself in to police for alleged acts of vandalism on businesses and public property throughout the town. Last week, police reported that Bendixen Jewelry and International Word Fellowship Church had been vandalized with graffiti by an unknown suspect. Both had the word “Bozo” and pentagrams painted on the properties. Bendixen Jewelry also had the number “666” painted on the side of the building.
Steele County, MNAlbert Lea Tribune

Catalytic converter taken off vehicle and other reports

A catalytic converter was reported taken off a vehicle at 11:55 a.m. Wednesday at 1307 S. Broadway. Police arrested Jose Alarcon, 33, on a Steele County felony warrant and fifth-degree possession at 7:45 p.m. Wednesday at 2225 E. Main St. Juan Manuel Mendez, 44, turned himself in on a local...