Accidents and fire calls for Jan. 11-16
Two vehicles collided in front of City Hall at 1 p.m. Jan. 11. Yvonne Garvin, 85 of Hastings, was pulling from one parking spot on the side of East Fourth Street to cross the entrance to City Hall. She struck the a vehicle driven by Tanner Howard, 32 of Hastings, who was in the process of turning into the entrance when Garvin pulled forward. Damage was estimated at more than $1,000. There were no injuries and no citations were given.
Firefighters responded to the Dakota County jail at 4:40 p.m. Jan. 12 after an inmate knocked the sprinkler head off in his cell. Water was flowing when responders arrived. The system was shut down. Jail maintenance personnel were also on scene.
Two vehicles were involved in a minor crash at the intersection of Vermillion Street and County Road 46/47 at 5:16 p.m. Jan. 12. While waiting for traffic, Ellen Gerdesmeier, 25 of Northfield, was struck from behind by Stephen Borden, 22 of Minneapolis. Bordan admitted he was not paying attention. There were no injuries and only minimal damage to each vehicle. No citations were issued.
A heat detector at the Minnesota Veteran's Home malfunctioned and activated at 7:28 p.m. Jan. 13. Firefighters investigated and restored the alarm system.
A pickup truck collided with a semi-tractor behind Walmart at 11:07 p.m. Jan. 14. Charles Spurlin, 20 of Hastings, was traveling north alongside the building, traveling at about 20 miles per hour. Vilius Ambrutis, 24 of Columbia Heights, was driving west behind the store. When Ambrutis was able to see around the corner he saw Spurlin driving fast. Ambrutis was unable to stop before colliding with Spurlin. Spurlin told police he didn't see the semi until just before they collided. No injuries were reported.
Firefighters responded to a church fire alarm in the 400 block of West Ninth St. at 7:24 p.m. Jan. 16. Investigation showed that the alarm had been activated unintentionally and there was no fire.
Information for this report is obtained from both the Hastings Police and Fire departments.