Lakes Region Morning News for September 12, 2023

Detroit Lakes, MN (KDLM) – Two people were seriously injured Monday morning in a two-vehicle crash involving a truck, a trailer, and a semi-tractor in Otter Tail County.

On September 11 at 1:52 a.m., emergency dispatchers received a report of a crash at mile marker 64 on Interstate 94 in the town of Tomoli.

The preliminary accident report states that a 2002 Ford van with a trailer, driven by 35-year-old Joseph Daniel Owala of North Chesterfield, Virginia, was westbound when it was struck by an unknown vehicle, causing it to leave the roadway and roll over into the ditch.

During the rollover, the trailer separated from the vehicle and remained on the roadway where it collided with a westbound 2016 Freightliner tractor, driven by 33-year-old Yahya Issa Ali of Barron, Wisconsin. The Freightliner plane left the road and also overturned into a ditch.

Both drivers suffered serious injuries and were taken to Sanford Hospital in Fargo for treatment.

One of the occupants of the Ford van reported no injuries at the scene.

All three occupants of the vehicle were wearing seat belts at the time of the accident, and law enforcement believes alcohol played no role in the accident.

A Wadena woman was injured in a crash involving a horse and buggy on Interstate 10 Sunday night.

On September 10 at 10:34 p.m., a 2005 Dodge Caravan, driven by 26-year-old Brittany Marie Buckholder of Wadena, was eastbound on Interstate 10 when it collided with a westbound horse-drawn carriage and buggy, driven by a male driver. 18 years old. Old Daniel Yoder of Ferndale, at the intersection with Central Street in Aldrich, Minnesota, about 10 miles west of Staples.

Buckholder suffered non-life-threatening injuries as a result of the accident and was taken to Lakewood Hospital for treatment.

Neither Yoder nor the two 17-year-old female passengers in the horse and buggy reported injuries at the scene.

Buckholder was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, and law enforcement believes alcohol did not play a role in the crash.

It was a 33-year-old woman in Fergus Falls He was arrested and is awaiting several felony drug charges after a search warrant was executed at a home in Fergus Falls on Sept. 5.

According to court records, 33 years old Delva Munguia was the target of a four-month investigation by the Fergus Falls Police Department in connection with illegal drug sales at a residence in the 700 block of Riverside Court.

Detectives received a report of illegal drug activity at the residence in April 2023 and opened an investigation into the matter.

They noticed a suspiciously large number of vehicles heading to and from her address. According to law enforcement authorities, over two days, 25 vehicles were seen parked at the headquarters.

Law enforcement also received her social media messages as part of the investigation, which included multiple conversations about selling or asking for controlled substances.

She also invited some people in those conversations to come to her house; He allegedly implied that drug transactions would take place on the premises.

During a search of Munguia’s home, officers discovered 23.6 grams of methamphetamine in a plastic bag along with more than $4,000 in cash. They also found Munguia’s personal belongings in the bedroom where the drugs were found. Also found at the scene were Suboxone strips, a small amount of miscellaneous drug paraphernalia, and a bag filled with small plastic bags.

Story by Zach Daniels/KBRF

Police say two 23-year-olds from Moorhead were arrested Wednesday after a search warrant discovered 1,300 M-30 fentanyl pills with a street value of about $13,000.

According to Moorhead Police, Zachary Roberson and Amy Mendez face drug and child endangerment charges.

While the warrant was being conducted, two children were present and Clay County Social Services was notified.

Officers say more than $2,700 in cash was near the drugs.

Roberson and Mendez both face felony drug charges and gross misdemeanor counts of child endangerment.

Story by Pat Sweeney/KFGO

The City of Detroit Lakes will hold a public hearing for its new 5-year Capital Improvement Plan during its regular meeting Tuesday evening.

The plan includes two major changes. First, surface street improvements in future alley work will become assessable to adjacent property owners along the alley.

Second, future reconstruction projects that include replacing sewer and water mains will become covered by 100% of the city’s public utility funds. Previously, homeowners were assessed 75% of the cost of major replacements.

City officials said they hope the changes will make future roadwork assessments more manageable for property owners while spreading the costs of assessments across the utility’s customer base with minimal rate increases.

Six people from Laredo, Texas, were injured in a single-vehicle rollover in Wilkin County on Saturday afternoon.

According to the State Patrol, a 2006 Chevrolet van, driven by 23-year-old Jose Luis Ramos, was eastbound on Interstate 94 at mile marker 31 when the vehicle left the road and overturned in a nearby ditch.

Ramos sustained non-life-threatening injuries during the crash, however, two occupants of the truck, 22-year-old Adam Riley Bueno and 60-year-old Ramon Lara, both of Lerado, Texas, sustained life-threatening injuries and were transported. to Sanford Hospital in Fargo for treatment.

Three other occupants of the vehicle also sustained non-life-threatening injuries and were taken to the hospital.

Only two of the vehicle’s eight occupants were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash, and law enforcement believes alcohol did not play a role in the crash.

Detroit Lakes will have fog-blocked parking areas along Veteran’s Memorial Parkway starting Wednesday morning.

Beginning Wednesday, September 13 at 6 a.m., the Lakes Liquor parking areas, electric vehicle charging area and the area surrounding Jimmy John’s Drive-Thru Center will be closed.

The alley behind Roasted and Price’s Jewelers will also be closed during this time.

The next day, Thursday, September 14, the rest of the East Washington Avenue parking lot will be closed with fog, including parking spots in front of Jimmy John’s and Masterpiece Alternatives.

On Friday at 6 a.m., parking areas along Veteran’s Memorial Parkways will be closed to prevent fog, along with remaining parking areas in the downtown parking lot east of Washington Street.

Detroit Lakes Public Works encourages drivers to move their vehicles during parking closures to prevent damage to their vehicles as a result of the fog blocking operation. He added that the city will not be responsible for vehicles damaged or towed during the closures.

The process of clearing newly closed parking areas with fog will begin on Monday, September 18.

Anyone with questions about parking lot maintenance should contact the Detroit Lakes Public Works Department at: 218-847-4637.

Two people and a dog are safe after escaping a mobile home fire in south Fargo.

Crews were called around 2:30 PM Sunday afternoon to the 4500 block of San Juan Drive South.

Firefighters found a burning fire in the back of the building and quickly extinguished it, but RHis home suffered extensive fire and smoke damage.

The cause of the fire remains under active investigation The American Red Cross provides assistance to the displaced.

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