Market Square open Aug. 10

FAIRMONT – Fairmont Market Square will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Heritage Acres.

Market-goers can browse through vendors selling artisan crafts and farmers market produce; buy food prepared by local individuals and organizations; and be entertained with music and activities.

A community bike ride begins at 2 p.m. on a tour through town; Make and Take Art with Susanna is available throughout the day in the big tent; and Agrilympics for Kids begins at 10:15 a.m., with a new event at each quarter hour all day.

Public admission to this event is free, and coincides with events put on by Heritage Acres.

For more information, call (507) 238-5449, email or stop by Rural Advantage at 1243 Lake Ave., in Fairmont.

Man charged with DWI

FAIRMONT – A 29-year-old Fairmont man, Tobias Glenn Rave, is charged with second-degree driving while impaired and driving after cancellation.

According to information from the Martin County Sheriff’s Office:

On July 28, shortly before 7 p.m., a driving complaint was received from the area of 90th Street and 220th Avenue. The caller reported a reckless, speeding vehicle that nearly caused a crash. The caller later reported the vehicle was off the road and having mechanical problems, and was able to identify the driver as Rave. The caller also reported Rave seemed intoxicated.

A deputy located Rave’s vehicle, but no one was around. The deputy drove around the area, spotting someone he identified as Rave.

Rave said his friends dropped him off to fix his truck, despite the deputy not seeing anyone else in the area. The deputy noted that Rave smelled of alcohol, and Rave admitted to having a few drinks.

Field sobriety tests indicated Rave was intoxicated and a preliminary breath test registered at more than the legal limit. Inside the vehicle was a half-full bottle of brandy.

At the law enforcement center, Rave’s breath test registered a 0.20, and he was taken to detox. A background check showed his license was canceled and he had a previous driving while impaired conviction in October 2011.

Rave faces two charges of second-degree driving while impaired and driving after cancellation-inimical to public safety; each charge carries a maximum penalty of a year in jail and a $3,000 fine.

An open bottle charge carries a maximum penalty of 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Woman charged with fraud

FAIRMONT – A 22-year-old Fairmont woman, Cassandra Ann Stevens, faces a felony charge of financial transaction card fraud after allegedly using bank and credit cards that did not belong to her without the users’ consent.

According to information from the Sherburn-Welcome Police Department:

On July 25, Sherburn-Welcome Police received a report of fraudulent charges on a bank card for a vulnerable adult who lives in a group home in Sherburn.

The management and administration of the company that runs the group home reported to police that there is also a Casey’s General Store card assigned to the residence that was missing, and when management reported the card missing, they learned there was lots of activity on the card, with most of the charges believed to be fraudulent.

Some of the suspicious transactions on the Casey’s card occurred at the Casey’s station in Sherburn. Police obtained security surveillance for some of the dates when the transactions occurred, and police and company personnel were able to identify Stevens – who worked at the group home – and that she was using the Casey’s card that was assigned to the group home.

Stevens was located and interviewed by police. When confronted with the $700 in fraudulent charges on the vulnerable adult’s bank card and the $1,700 in charges on the Casey’s card for her workplace, Stevens said she was “guilty of all of it.” She admitted to using the resident’s bank card at an ATM and at stores in Mankato. Charges on the card showed it was also used at gas stations and fast food restaurants in Fairmont.

The Casey’s card had more than 40 charges on it at the Fairmont store between June and July, and was used seven times in Sherburn and three times at the Casey’s store in Truman. Stevens told police she used the card for gas, and she had taken the cards because she was having money problems. She also admitted she did not have permission to take or use the cards for her personal needs.

The financial transaction card fraud charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.