Early yesterday morning, just before 1 am, A call came in to Douglas County
authorities concerning a car fire on Golden Gate Ave. SE, Alexandria. Police report that when they arrived, they found out that car owner Donald Poczerwinski saw that the vehicle was on fire, got into it and moved it away from the house then safely got out. Police and firemen contained the fire to the vehicle, which was a total loss. An electrical system problem is thought to be the cause of the fire.
The Willmar City Council meets later today at the Health And Human Services Building in Willmar. A work session begins at 5, and the council meeting at 7. The work session will include talk about a fire engine, the recreation coordinator job description and more. The Council meeting will include talk on the preliminary 2019 budget and tax levy. Bids for paving, and the food truck ordinance.
32 year old Josh Holby of Carlos pleaded guilty for his connection involving the kidnapping of a 15 year old Alexandria girl in August of 2017. Holby pleaded guilty to 2 felony counts of kidnapping. He is expected to be sentenced to 7 years and 2 months in prison. The girl, held captive at a house in Carlos, was able to escape about a month after she was kidnapped. This past July, Tom Barker pled guilty to kidnapping along with other charges. Another man involved, 21 year old Steve Powers, is facing kidnapping and other charged and has a settlement conference set for November first.
21 year old Josh Nerison off Montevideo, arrested in August, is facing 26 separate charges for allegedly committing a string of burglaries from May thru August. He was caught August 15th by Montevideo Police at a property and was taken into custody. Numerous items were found in his room at his parents house, along with drug residue and Paraphernalia, and a handgun with the serial number scratched off.
Stearns county police and other rescue personnel were called to Quarry Park Saturday around 4 pm on a report of a missing 4 year old in the water. Officials ordered everyone out of the water, then asked for strong swimmers to help in finding the girl. She was found in 10-15 feet of water. CPR was started and she was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital, listed in critical condition.
The Closed investigative file regarding the Jacob Wetterling abduction will be released to the public Thursday morning at 10:06 at the Stearns County Law Enforcement Center. Sheriff Don Gudmundson will host a press conference including a presentation on the key elements in the take, and he will also take question based on the presentation.