String of Local Break ins
At least 9 more reports of thefts from vehicles came in to the Northfield Police department yesterday. Deputy Chief Chuck Walerius says this is the 3rd round of thefts like this in the area. Police have suspects in the first 2 rounds and will be charging them soon with those investigations continuing. There has been a couple of homes where the thieves have gone inside while the owner is there. However, the owners brushed off the noise thinking it was an animal or another member of the family that was up. Walerius suggests you don’t give these people a reason to enter by putting your valuables in the trunk or in the house. Public Safety Director Mark Taylor says they’re following a couple of leads but the public plays a big role. These crimes seem to be isolated in Northfield which leads Walerius to believe it’s someone local. He reiterates that if you hear anything, don’t be quick to brush it off, call the police. They do believe that the crimes are taking place mostly between 1am and 3am.
Fire Department Keeping Busy
Northfield fire was called out 3 times within 15 hours this week. Just after 8 o’clock Wednesday night they were called to Holden Farms on Dennison Blvd. Crews arrived quickly and were able to keep the fire contained and save the animal structures. There were no injuries. They got another call at just after 5 yesterday morning at Fiorellas. Firefighters weren’t finished for the day yet. They were called to Malt-O-Meal at about 10:30 yesterday morning. Fire Chief Gerry Franek explains that it was on the 4th floor where they use heat to toast cereal, the byproduct is then expelled through a chimney. Franek estimates damage to be between 75 and $100,000. The heat and humidity in the air didn’t make it any easier on the firefighters.
Whipple and Wunderlich Charged in Swindle
A local couple use cancer charities to swindle 2 area residents. According to the complaint, 20 year old Johanna Whipple from Kenyon visited a Nerstrand residence on Wednesday saying she was collecting money for a fundraising race for the American Cancer Society in honor of her father. The woman wrote out a check in Whipple’s name. About an hour after Whipple left, the woman noticed cash on her dining room table was missing. She called the bank and the check had already been cashed. She then called police. Four hours later a Northfield woman reported that she was suspicious of a woman who had solicited money from her for the Colon Cancer Coalition. Whipple had been spotted getting into her boyfriend’s car in Nerstrand. Police located 21 year old Adam Anthony Wunderlich in Northfield, Whipple was with him, she had the Northfield woman’s check in her possession. In 4 separate complaints filed in Rice County yesterday afternoon, Whipple and Wunderlich were charged with theft and possession of heroin. They were both already on probation from other theft and drug convictions. The pair are also accused of stealing a woman’s purse at the armory and pawning her phone and camera. Deputy Chief Walerius says an investigation continues into the activities of these two with more charges likely coming.
Celebrate Dundas kicks off tonight with a Dunda Dukes clinic for kids. The Dukes will then take on Elko. Events are scheduled all day tomorrow starting with a pancake breakfast at 9 o’clock. Saturday the events go all day starting with a Pancake Breakfast. A car show will fill downtown, they’re expecting about 200 cars. That’s more than 3 times the number they had last year. There’ll be a doggy 5K along with many other kid events. Live music starts at 9am. The North Memorial helicopter will be landing at Memorial Park around 11am. Horse drawn people movers will be on hand to take you on free rides, there’ll be food, a kids carnival, games and much more. The event will wrap up with a street dance from 8 to midnight in front of Dawn’s Corner Bar.
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