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Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

This is the records summary for July 26.

Two drivers killed in crash in northern Redwood County

REDWOOD FALLS -- The drivers of two vehicles were killed in a head-on collision around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday west of Redwood Falls.

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According to the State Patrol, Kari K. Ouoba, 33, of Fairmont and Alvin L. Wohnoutka, 76, of Milroy were driving vehicles that collided at the junction of State Highway 19 and Redwood County Road 7.

The condition of a male passenger in the Ouoba vehicle, a 2003 Volvo, was not documented by the State Patrol. The man, whose name was not released, was taken to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale. Wohnoutka was driving a 2003 Chevy van.

Also responding to the crash was the Redwood County Sheriff's Office.

According to Tribune archives, two young women from Granite Falls were killed in a crash at the same intersection on Aug. 3, 2011. Kailey E. Olson was driving a vehicle that failed to yield to a vehicle that was eastbound on Highway 19. Her passenger, Michaela Busenbark, 20, died a short time later after her family removed her from a ventilator. She had suffered head injuries and a stroke that left her in a vegetative state.

Teen arrested after stealing car, leading officers on chase

WILLMAR -- A 17-year-old boy was arrested Tuesday in Benton County after he allegedly stole a car in Willmar and led Sauk Rapids police officers on a high-speed chase that ended with the teen getting bitten by a K9 officer.

The incident began around 8:10 p.m. Tuesday, when a 1997 Pontiac was reported stolen from along the 600 block of 19th Avenue Southeast in Willmar. The owner of the vehicle also reported the teen took his wallet and the keys to the vehicle from his workplace.

Property damage

WILLMAR -- A slashed tire was reported around 3:40 p.m. Tuesday along the 700 block of Fifth Street Southwest.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

* Jose Angel Cuellar Jr., 17, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a felony charge of first-degree witness tampering for threatening another student at Willmar Senior High School about an assault case.

Felony matters against 16- and 17-year-old juveniles are public.

Cuellar's dispositional hearing had been set for Aug. 27.

According to the juvenile petition, the Willmar police officer working at the high school as the school resource officer was approached on April 24 by a student, who reported that Cuellar had threatened him for telling what he knew about another incident. The victim had witnessed an assault the previous evening when another juvenile had been cut in the face.

Cuellar was also interviewed and said he had had a confrontation with the individual, but that someone else threatened him.

The West Central Tribune publishes Records and Convictions as part of its obligation to inform readers about the business of public institutions and to serve as a keeper of the local historical record.

All items are taken from public documents at county courthouses and from law enforcement agencies.

It is the Tribune's policy that this column contain a complete record. Requests for items to be withheld will not be granted.

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