A Northfield man is charged with 1st degree criminal sexual conduct with a child under 13. According to the criminal complaint, the victim and a relative went to the Northfield police department Monday morning to report that 41 year old Hugo Vazquez-Mora had sexually assaulted the little girl. The child said she’d gone to a party with her father. She was playing a game, Monsters, with other children in another room. She said Vazquez-Mora kept coming
in to check on the children, turned off the lights and molested her in a closet. She went into detail and said she was scared and wanted to kick him. The victim told a social worker that Vazquez-Mora said he would tell her father that she liked it if she told anyone but she said it was disgusting. Vazquez-Mora voluntarily went to the police station Monday night. He said there were 5 or 6 children playing zombies and they turned off the light. He said he was drunk. When told that the victim had gone to police, he said he might have touched her when they were playing. He denied any intent, saying he may have lost consciousness. Vazquez-Mora is also charged with 2nd degree criminal sexual assault causing injury and using force. Bail is set at $40,000 with conditions. He’s asked for an interpreter. An omnibus hearing is April 23rd.
Two escape blaze
Two people were able to escape a burning home. Yesterday morning, Faribault Fire and police responded to heavy black smoke and flames coming from a house at 422 7th Ave NW. Chief Dustin Dienst said fire crews spent lot of time and effort tracking down and extinguishing hidden fires in the many voids that exist in this home. The home suffered extensive smoke, fire and water damage. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Dienst commented, “Quick thinking by an adult female on the first floor to alert a family member who was upstairs at the time to evacuate the home kept this fire from being a tragedy.”
From Rueb to Reunion – a peek inside
Right down to the original walls and floors. The old Rueb N Stein is completely gutted as Freetime Restaurants LLC, transforms the 3 buildings at 5th and Division, originally built in 1878, into a casual bar/restaurant now called Reunion. KYMN got a tour from part-owner, Brett Reese said, “there are a couple of architects involved in this project with us and they said take it all back, take it back to the walls, the floor, the ceiling and let’s see what we got, let’s see what we got”. Seven layers of floors were removed in some areas, layers and layers of ceilings and walls, windows and doors have been exposed. Chad Jenkinson, part owner and President of Freetime, said it was like taking away layers of time. Reese said there will be openings to see between the floors and between the buildings, a lift will be installed to at the front for ADA compliance. The plan is to offer a lot of different spaces within those buildings including a woodfire grill restaurant, bars (up and down), lounge areas, of course restaurant, a space for entertainment and events/banquets and such. The woodfire grill with chef’s table will be exposed to patrons. There will be a patio outside for eating. Five Northfielders own Freetime Restaurants, an homage to Dan Freeman. Jenni Roney explained the name Reunion came from a desire to honor everyone’s memories from The Roob and take that into the next generation, a gathering space for old memories and making new ones. Pictures below!
Closure of CSAH 1
Get ready, Rice Co. State Aid Highway 1 will close to through traffic between Hwys 3 and beginning April 30th for complete reconstruction. The road closure is expected to be in effect until November. Local traffic will be permitted; however, direction of travel will be restricted during construction operations.