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Click it or ticket. Seriously.


Fri, May 21st, 2010
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Drivers, passengers and kids better be buckled up or in the correct child restraint as Fillmore County deputies, Preston and Chatfield police officers ramp up enhanced Click It or Ticket seat belt patrols May 24-June 6. The campaign marks one year since the state's primary seat belt law became effective June 9, 2009, allowing law enforcement to stop and ticket motorists solely for belt violations.

The primary law requires passengers in all seating positions, including the back seat, to be buckled up or seated in the correct child restraint. A seat belt fine is $25 but can cost more than $100 with court and administrative fees. The campaign will also include enforcement of Minnesota's strengthened child passenger safety law that requires children to be in the correct restraint until they are age 8 and 4 feet 9 inches tall. This law requires booster seats for kids usually starting at age 4 to ensure adult seat belts fit them correctly.

"Our wish is to not have to write any seat belt tickets, but that's not reality," says Fillmore County Sheriff Daryl Jensen. "Despite progress in increasing belt use, it's clear far too many motorists continue to not buckle up and as a result put themselves and others in the vehicle at risk in case of crash."

Sheriff Jensen notes that in rollover crashes, unbelted motorists are usually ejected from the vehicle. In most cases, the vehicle will rollover them. In less severe crashes, unbelted motorists will crack teeth out on steering wheels or break their nose, and even slam into and injure others in the vehicle. "Enforcement of this law starts with you. Insist your passengers are buckled up," says Sheriff Jensen.

Each year, unbelted motorists account for more than one-half of all vehicle occupants killed. Belt use is especially an issue in Greater Minnesota communities. Annually, nearly 80 percent of unbelted traffic deaths occur on Greater Minnesota roads. Belt use is especially poor among teens and young adults. Statewide, each year motorists age 15-29 account for 45 percent of all unbelted deaths, yet this group represents only 25 percent of licensed drivers. This same age group accounts for 55 percent of all unbelted serious injuries - 70 percent occur in Greater Minnesota.

During 2006-2008 in Fillmore County, 11 motorists were killed in traffic crashes and 4 were not belted. Another 7 unbelted motorists were seriously injured.

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Fillmore County District Court - May 10, 2010

Fri, May 7th, 2010
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Shane Roger Marx, a 33-year old male from Rochester, appeared before Judge Robert Benson on May 3, 2010, facing one count of theft. If convicted, the defendant could face up to 10 years in prison, a $20,000 fine or both. Mr. Marx has been charged wi ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court - April 26, 2010

Fri, Apr 23rd, 2010
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David Lester McHan appeared before Judge Robert R. Benson in District Court for sentencing on April 13, 2010. Attorney for the defendant was Thomas Manion, Jr. Brett Corson was the prosecuting attorney. At this appearance, the Court found Mr. McHan ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court - April 19, 2010

Fri, Apr 16th, 2010
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Brian Edward Buenger, Preston, appeared before Judge Robert R. Benson in Disrict Court Monday, April 5, 2010, for sentencing. Based on his plea of guilty to count two, violation of predatory sex offender registration, the Court found the defendant g ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court - April 5, 2010

Fri, Apr 2nd, 2010
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Ryan Spencer Schultz, Lanesboro, appeared before Judge Robert R. Benson for sentencing on March 22, 2010. Representing Mr. Schultz was Attorney Frederick Suhler, Jr. Prosecuting attorney was Brett Corson. Based on the defendant's plea of guilty to t ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court - March 22, 2010

Fri, Mar 19th, 2010
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James Bradley Alexander appeared before Judge Robert Benson March 8, 2010, for sentencing in a case involving five counts of domestic assault. Attorney for Mr. Alexander was William Sherry of Apple Valley. Prosecuting attorney was Brett Corson. The ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court - Feb. 22, 2010

Fri, Feb 19th, 2010
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Henry Hershberger, a 31-year old male from Rochester, appeared before Judge James A. Fabian on Tuesday, February 16, 2010, facing two counts of first degree Driving While Impaired and Driving While Impaired refusing to test. If convicted on both cou ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court - February 8, 2010

Fri, Feb 5th, 2010
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On January 20, 2010, John Dallas Yonts, a 26-year old white male from Chatfield, appeared before Judge Robert Benson facing one count of theft of motor vehicle. If convicted, the maximum penalty is five years in prison, a fine of $10,000 or both. [Read the Rest]

Fillmore County District News - February 1, 2010

Fri, Feb 5th, 2010
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Nathan Marc Johnson, a 35-year old white male from Spring Valley, appeared in District Court before Judge Robert R. Benson on Tuesday, February 2, 2010, facing one count of violation of domestic abuse no contact order.

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