A Faribault man is in jail charged with kidnapping. According to the criminal complaint filed yesterday, a woman called 911 multiple times so that law enforcement could track her movements. The victim has a restraining order against 33 year old Antonio Levell Washington. She’s been staying at a shelter due to repeated violations of the protection order but had gone back to her residence to pick up some items before work. Washington met her outside and said he wanted some things inside, he then locked the door, went through her purse, took her cash and her drivers license. He ordered her to unlock her phone where he was able to get her phone number. Going through her mail, he saw a subpoena to appear in court to testify against him from a previous domestic assault. He ordered her not to say a word about it and told her to tell their children the same thing. He ordered her to drive her car with him in the backseat. She told him she needed a drink, they stopped at a gas station
where she called 911. Police were en route but they’d already left. She made an excuse to stop at another store, there she called 911 again and locked herself in the bathroom. This is the same man identified in December as one of 2 of the main sources of heroin coming into Rice County. He’s facing 1st degree drug sale with possible federal charges. For now, he sits in the Rice County jail with bail set at $350,000 with conditions. The kidnapping charge carries up to 20 years in prison. He’s also charged with tampering , his first court appearance on kidnapping and tampering with a witness which carries up to 5 years. His court appearance is January 12th. Washinton complaint 2018
Council votes to settle the dust on Spring Creek Rd.
Northfield Council talked at length about Spring Creek Road. The plan is to complete paving from Jefferson Pkwy to Woodley street in segments beginning this year. The discussion came in as to the design. Mayor Pownell, “we have Northfield township on the east side and we have city homes on the west side”. That creates different, “factors they need to take into account, primarily ag equipment and annexation and should it be urban, should it be rural, should there be a sidewalk, should there be a trail?”. City Engineer Dave Bennett said, “the other alternative due to the east side of the road really not being developed at this time, would be, the west side would remain urban and then the east side would be rural. So you would have your 12 foot driving lanes, on the east side you would have a shoulder with a rural ditch so there would not be a sidewalk”. That would include a 10 foot trail on the west side as well as curb and gutter. Staff recommended adding the sidewalks in but councilors were concerned about the care of them with no houses around and what the liability might be. They unanimously voted for the alternative option. They voted on the first 2 segments, the first to be paved will be from Jefferson Pkwy to Huron Ct. Northfield Township Supervisors were also in attendance. There are no property assessments for this work, the road is a State-aid highway. Click on the link for more information: City of Northfield
New Officer sworn in
The City of Northfield swore in a new Police Officer last night. Chief Monte Nelson introduced Kelly Robinson. He worked 3 ½ years for the Montevideo police department. Nelson said he also worked part time for the Sherburne, Welcome and Janesville police departments as well as the Chippewa County Sheriff’s office. He received his law enforcement degree from Rasmussen College, “and we’re very happy to have him”. City Clerk Deb Little swore him in. His mom and girlfriend were there to see him sworn in. Officer Robinson lives in Northfield. He’s been with the department for a month.