Man injured at QPP plant

Published 12:00 am Friday, May 24, 2002

Phanh Rikki Phathaem, 29 of Austin, suffered injuries Wednesday in an accident at Quality Pork Processors, Inc. Austin.

According to an Austin Police Department report, police and ambulance were called to the Austin meat packing plant at 1:31 p.m. Wednesday

The victim suffered a 4-inch

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wide by one-eighth inch deep wound from his from the elbow to the shoulder of his left arm.

According to the police report, the self-inflicted wound occurred after the victim was accidentally cut by another worker near the skinning machine.

A Gold Cross Ambulance Service crew rushed Phathaem to Austin Medical Center's hospital emergency room

His condition is unknown today.

Police file charges

Austin Police Department officers were called to a northwest Austin residence May 19.

The investigation resulted in felony criminal sexual misconduct charges filed.

According to the police report, a 19-year-old Austin woman and female companions were partying at a house, while their parents spent the night drinking and then partying at another residence nearby.

The alleged victim told police she fell asleep and awoke to discover a man in bed with her.

The man, plus two other male companions had gone to the residence with the alleged victim's mother to check on the welfare of the young women.

Mark Lee Williamson, 44 of Austin, was arrested and charged with three felony counts of criminal sexual misconduct. He was held in the Mower County Jail before a Mower County District Court appearance, according to police records.

Safe, contents stolen

Ryan Kvam, 25 of rural Austin, was the victim of a home burglary.

According to a Mower County Sheriff's Department report, Kvam discovered the burglary late Wednesday evening.

An estimated $4,000 in cash, coins, Native American arrowheads and an antique harmonica were stolen from a safe.

Business burglarized

Burglars have struck in the Sargeant community again.

According to an Mower County Sheriff's Department report, Sargeant Ag Services was illegally entered sometime overnight Tuesday.

A quantity of hand tools and a generator were taken.

No forced entry was immediately discovered.

Only a week ago, business in Brownsdale, Waltham and Sargeant were burglarized.

The Sheriff's Department asked citizens to notify law enforcement of any suspicious activities.

Handguns found

Thomas Winfield Walker, 47 of Flossmoor, Ill.,

was arrested for ignoring a Mower County Sheriff's Department deputy's flashing warning lights along Interstate 90.

Walker, an unemployed security officer, who was alone in the vehicle, was stopped by the deputy after he drove by the patrol car parked along the freeway with its's flashing arrow light illuminated.

A new state law makes it a violation since the death of a Minnesota State Patrol trooper two years ago to drive in the lane immediately next to where an emergency services vehicle is parked.

When Walker's vehicle was stopped, the deputy discovered a handgun lying on the passenger's seat and another weapon in a bag in the car.

In addition, marijuana smoking paraphernalia was also discovered.