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This is the records summary for Aug. 21.

Appleton man killed in motorcycle-deer crash

ORTONVILLE -- A 59-year-old Appleton man has died as a result of injuries sustained in a Saturday morning motor vehicle crash along State Highway 7 in Big Stone County.

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According to the State Patrol, Philip J. Borstad, 59, was driving a 2008 Harley Davidson motorcycle westbound on the highway when a deer ran north out of the ditch and hit him in mid-air. The impact knocked the driver off the motorcycle and on to the highway.

Borstad was taken to Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D. He was not wearing a helmet.

Also responding to the crash was the Big Stone County Sheriff's office.

Two hurt in head-on crash northwest of Montevideo

MADISON -- The drivers of both vehicles involved in an early morning head-on collision northwest of Montevideo were taken to area hospitals for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

According to a news release from Lac qui Parle County Sheriff Rick Halvorson, the crash was reported around 7:15 a.m. Monday just west of the intersection of County Roads 18 and 35. The crash remains under investigation by the Sheriff's Office.

Bradley Anderson, 51, of Dawson, was eastbound in a 2007 Chevy Trailblazer and collided with a 2006 Saturn Ion driven west by Melissa Anderson, 30, of Montevideo.

Also responding were the State Patrol, Chippewa County Sheriff's office and Dawson fire and ambulance personnel.

Property damage

WILLMAR -- Damage to a utility box was reported around 7:45 a.m. Monday along the 200 block of Havana Street Northeast.

Graffiti

WILLMAR -- Graffiti was reported around 7:10 a.m. Monday along the 200 block of Havana Street Northeast.

Theft

WILLMAR -- The theft of cash from a purse was reported around 11:25 a.m. Sunday along the 200 block of 28th Avenue Southeast.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

n Travis Lee Schutte, 32, of Nelson, made his first appearance Monday on a felony charge of theft for allegedly taking a woman's personal property while she was away at military training.

Unconditional bail was set at $20,000. His next appearance is Sept. 10.

Schutte and Jonathan Patrick Abel, 25, of Montevideo, were both charged in the case. However, the two felony charges against Abel were dismissed in July.

According to the complaint, a woman reported to Willmar Police on Dec. 16 that she had left her belongings at a home in Willmar while she was in basic training for the Army. She returned to find that her roommates had let Abel stay in her room at the house while she was gone. The missing items included clothing, eye glasses, a phone charger, jewelry and hair products valued at $3,071.50

One of the roommates reported that Abel had stayed at the house for two months. Some of the woman's jewelry was found in his suitcase.

Abel was interviewed and said he didn't take anything, but that Schutte went through the woman's belongings.

A woman who had a relationship with Schutte told investigators that Schutte had given the items to her, saying they belonged to a friend's ex-girlfriend. The woman returned a large trash bag filled with the items to the Law Enforcement Center.

This is the records summary for Aug. 21.

Appleton man killed in motorcycle-deer crash

ORTONVILLE -- A 59-year-old Appleton man has died as a result of injuries sustained in a Saturday morning motor vehicle crash along State Highway 7 in Big Stone County.

According to the State Patrol, Philip J. Borstad, 59, was driving a 2008 Harley Davidson motorcycle westbound on the highway when a deer ran north out of the ditch and hit him in mid-air. The impact knocked the driver off the motorcycle and on to the highway.

Borstad was taken to Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D. He was not wearing a helmet.

Also responding to the crash was the Big Stone County Sheriff's office.

Two hurt in head-on crash northwest of Montevideo

MADISON -- The drivers of both vehicles involved in an early morning head-on collision northwest of Montevideo were taken to area hospitals for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

According to a news release from Lac qui Parle County Sheriff Rick Halvorson, the crash was reported around 7:15 a.m. Monday just west of the intersection of County Roads 18 and 35. The crash remains under investigation by the Sheriff's Office.

Bradley Anderson, 51, of Dawson, was eastbound in a 2007 Chevy Trailblazer and collided with a 2006 Saturn Ion driven west by Melissa Anderson, 30, of Montevideo.

Also responding were the State Patrol, Chippewa County Sheriff's office and Dawson fire and ambulance personnel.

Property damage

WILLMAR -- Damage to a utility box was reported around 7:45 a.m. Monday along the 200 block of Havana Street Northeast.

Graffiti

WILLMAR -- Graffiti was reported around 7:10 a.m. Monday along the 200 block of Havana Street Northeast.

Theft

WILLMAR -- The theft of cash from a purse was reported around 11:25 a.m. Sunday along the 200 block of 28th Avenue Southeast.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Travis Lee Schutte, 32, of Nelson, made his first appearance Monday on a felony charge of theft for allegedly taking a woman's personal property while she was away at military training.

Unconditional bail was set at $20,000. His next appearance is Sept. 10.

Schutte and Jonathan Patrick Abel, 25, of Montevideo, were both charged in the case. However, the two felony charges against Abel were dismissed in July.

According to the complaint, a woman reported to Willmar Police on Dec. 16 that she had left her belongings at a home in Willmar while she was in basic training for the Army. She returned to find that her roommates had let Abel stay in her room at the house while she was gone. The missing items included clothing, eye glasses, a phone charger, jewelry and hair products valued at $3,071.50

One of the roommates reported that Abel had stayed at the house for two months. Some of the woman's jewelry was found in his suitcase.

Abel was interviewed and said he didn't take anything, but that Schutte went through the woman's belongings.

A woman who had a relationship with Schutte told investigators that Schutte had given the items to her, saying they belonged to a friend's ex-girlfriend. The woman returned a large trash bag filled with the items to the Law Enforcement Center.

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