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Fire and accident calls Aug. 17 to Aug. 20

• A two-vehicle crash was reported at 2:59 p.m. Aug. 17 at the intersection of LeDuc Drive and Ravenna Trail. Leeann Lewis, 23 of Hastings, was stopped at the intersection waiting to make a left turn onto LeDuc Drive when Jacqueline Kerstetter, 21 of Hastings, hit her vehicle from behind. Kerstetter told police she was distracted by a nearby biker.

• Jason Davis of Hastings reported a hit-and-run incident outside his home in the 1200 block of Tyler St. at 11:20 a.m. Aug. 17. A witness in the area heard the crash and saw a tan Buick Regal collide with Davis's vehicle, which was parked on the street. The witness saw the vehicle flee southbound on Tyler Street but did not see the driver. The suspect's vehicle will have major damage to the front passenger side. Davis's vehicle sustained more than $1,000 in damage.

• A car wash business in the 2400 block of Vermillion St. reported damage to a garage door. The incident occurred at 3:49 p.m. Aug. 18. A pickup pulled into the car wash and caused damage to door when a ladder on top of the truck struck it. The driver of the truck confirmed the report.

• A two-vehicle crash was reported at 4:39 p.m. Aug. 18 at the intersection of Second and Spring streets. James Martin, 58 of Bloomington, was exiting Jaycee Park on Lock and Dam Road and entered the Second Street West intersection. Martin said he did not see the second vehicle, driven by Thomas Bates, 58 of Hastings, and pulled out in front of it. Martin was cited for failure to yield. One of the drivers reported injuries.

• A crash was reported at 11:07 a.m. Aug. 19 at the intersection of highways 316 and 61. Samiha Ibrahim, 75 of Bloomington, had been driving northbound on Highway 316. She stopped at a stop sign at the intersection of highways 316 and 61 and was waiting to make a left turn. Ibrahim pulled out in front of another vehicle, driven by Amanda Neuharth, 33 of Hastings, who was driving northbound on Highway 61. Ibrahim was cited for failure to yield. Both drivers and two juvenile passengers were transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and both vehicles were towed from the scene.

• Robert Thames of Hastings reported a hit-and-run incident near his home in the 1100 block of W. 15th St. at 2:28 p.m. Aug. 19. Thames reported that at some point in the past three weeks an unknown person caused about $1,600 in damage to his Pontiac. It appears that someone backed into the vehicle and damaged the bumper.

• Police responded to a minor single-vehicle crash at 11:16 a.m. Aug. 20 at the intersection of Louis Lane and Southview Drive. The driver of the vehicle, a Hastings woman, veered off the road while trying to reach some papers on the floor of the car and hit a sign.

• A heat detector sounded an alarm at Regina Medical Center at 1:47 a.m. Aug. 20. Firefighters investigated and found the alarm had malfunctioned.

• An arcing power line was reported in the 900 block of Maple Street at 5:38 p.m. Aug. 20. When firefighters arrived they found no downed power lines and no electrical arcing. They did notify Xcel Energy that there was a tripped breaker on the pole, and because there was no hazard, left the scene.

Information for fire and accident reports are compiled from both the Hastings Fire Department reports and Hastings Police Department reports.