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Ellsworth police: Main Street crash sends 2 to hospital

Main Street crash sends 2 to hospital

Police responded to a three-vehicle crash at 7:16 a.m. Jan. 8 at West Main and North Maple streets between Nikki Schorn, 56, Ellsworth; Donald Johnson, 77, Ellsworth; and Zach Wegner, 35, Red Wing.

According to the police report, Schorn was heading east on West Main Street; Wegner was behind Schorn; and Johnson was traveling west on West Main Street. As Johnson proceeded west through the green light, Schorn attempted a left turn onto Maple Street and collided with Johnson's vehicle in the intersection. After the collision, Schorn's vehicle turned around and struck Wegner's vehicle.

Schorn was not insured; all drivers and occupants wore seat belts. Schorn's vehicle also did not display current registration.

Schorn was taken to Regions Hospital by EMS with suspected serious injuries. Malik C. Johnson, 16, Ellsworth, a passenger in her vehicle, did not report any injuries.

Marvis Johnson, 75, Ellsworth, a passenger in Donald Johnson's vehicle, was taken to Mayo Hospital in Red Wing by EMS with suspected minor injuries. Donald had suspected injuries but was not transported. Wegner reported no injuries. Schorn's and Johnson's vehicles were towed due to disabling damage.

Schorn was cited $175.30 for non-registration of auto; $200.50 for operate motor vehicle without insurance; and $389.50 for fail/yield while making left turn (resulting in bodily harm). She is scheduled to appear in Pierce County Circuit Court at 9 a.m. Feb. 12.

Extra patrol needed?

• A woman residing in the 100 block of South Maple Street requested extra police patrol at 11:21 a.m. Jan. 8 as she has been noticing foot tracks in the snow around her garage and outbuildings. She said the buildings' doors had been opened. Her dog also woke her up one night, barking.

• A burglary was reported at 2:54 p.m. Jan. 10 at 425 E. Main St. sometime between 1 and 3 p.m. The resident was told to make a list of missing items and prices of those items.

• Damage to a door knob at the back of a business was reported at 11:56 a.m. Jan. 11 at 353 W. Main St.

Feral cats

Police received a complaint about a woman continuing to feed feral cats at 6:51 p.m. Jan. 9 at 141 S. Maple St. The woman has been told to stop feeding the cats by the landlord, but allegedly continues to do so.


• Police responded to a minor crash at 1:58 p.m. Jan. 10 in the parking lot of Holiday gas station between Jessica Hanson, 21, Beldenville, and Annette Nelson, 53, Ellsworth. No injuries were reported. Nelson said she backed into Hanson, causing damage to the front of Hanson's vehicle. Nelson's vehicle did not appear to have damage.

• A two-vehicle crash was reported at 3:59 p.m. Jan. 12 at Ellsworth High School between Olivia Bach, 16, Bay City, and Margaret Harrington, 18, Ellsworth. Bach was exiting the parking lot, heading west to the exit, while Harrington was exiting the lot traveling north before turning left to travel west. Bach attempted to avoid Harrington by braking, but Bach's vehicle struck Harrington's in the passenger rear quarter/bumper. No injuries reported.

• Police observed a vehicle stuck in the ditch at 5:02 a.m. Jan. 13 at Crosstown and Railroad avenues. The operator, Daniel Lowe, 23, Ellsworth, told police he had gotten stuck while attempting to pull over to the shoulder. He said he'd dig himself out.

• Kenneth Raechke, 44, Ellsworth, reported an incident at 4:32 p.m. Jan. 14 at Dana and Hill streets. While he was stopped on Dana Street, a blue mid-90s Chevy truck with no tailgate came up Hill Street from Highway 10, spun around and while doing so, something attached to a rope came out of the bed of the truck and struck his vehicle in the driver's side lower front bumper, punching a hole through it. There were also marks on the hub cap on the front driver's side tire. Raechke described the item attached to the rope as a wheel hub or similar. He is unsure if the driver knew it happened.

Truck can't turn around

A truck allegedly led astray by GPS was reported as suspicious activity at the dead end portion of Northview Street at 3:12 a.m. Jan. 12. The driver told police he would not be able to back up in the dark and would need help backing up. Police said he could stay there until morning as long as no further complaints about noise came in.

Abandoned vehicle

A complainant reported an abandoned vehicle at 8:40 a.m. Jan. 12 in the 200 block of North Broadway Street. The vehicle's owner told police she parked it there a little over a week ago and left a note on the old auto garage door for someone to call her if it couldn't stay parked there. She claims she never heard from anyone. She was advised to have the vehicle moved by noon if she didn't want it towed, after she told police it needed repairs. When she claimed a car repair shop told her they couldn't get it in until February, police spoke to the shop and were told that was not true.

Mailbox mania

A resident reported a struck mailbox at 11:53 p.m. Jan. 12 at 110 S. Dana St. Police recovered a plastic piece left at the scene from the vehicle.

Beware of scammers

Police Chief Eric Ladwig is warning residents to beware of scammers whose new ploy is to push people to pay alleged fines with iTunes gift cards.

Scammers are calling people, pretending to be the IRS and threatening to have people arrested if they don't pay back taxes immediately.

Another common scam is posing as a family member or online love interest who needs financial help quickly.

These scams and methods make it difficult to get your money back, with little chance of it.

According to an article by Amy Hebert, a consumer education specialist with the Federal Trade Commission, "If you're not shopping at the iTunes store, you shouldn't be paying with an iTunes gift card. Other payment methods scammers might ask for include Amazon gift cards, PayPal, reloadable cards like MoneyPak, Reloadit or Vanilla, or by wiring money through services like Western Union or MoneyGram. Government offices won't require you to use these payment methods."

If you get targeted by a scam like this, report it to the FTC at or to Ellsworth Police Dept.