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

This is the records summary for May 14.

Girl injured, man in jail after

ATV crash near Cosmos

COSMOS — A 5-year-old girl was injured Sunday in an ATV crash near Cosmos and was airlifted to Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis for treatment of life-threatening injuries.


According to the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office, the incident happened around 3 p.m. Sunday at Thompson Lake County Park west of Cosmos.

Michael Vollmer, 30, of rural Darwin, is in the Meeker County Jail on charges of second-degree driving while impaired and criminal vehicular operation resulting in injury for driving the ATV that rolled over onto himself and the girl.

The girl, who has not been identified, was first taken to the Meeker Memorial Hospital and then transported by Life Link helicopter to the Children’s Hospital.

According to the sheriff’s report, the person reporting the incident tried to help the child at the scene, but Vollmer took the child from her and then left the scene on the ATV.

Neither the child nor Vollmer was wearing helmets. Vollmer and the child were not related. Vollmer is a friend of the child’s father, according to the report.

The incident is currently under investigation by the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office.


WILLMAR — A woman reported she’d been assaulted around 9:20 a.m. Monday. Police received the report at the Law Enforcement Center and the alleged assault happened at Ridgewater College.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

n Randall Scott Erickson, 46, of Willmar, was sentenced Monday to 365 days in jail, with 335 days stayed, a $500 fine and three years of probation on a felony charge of third-degree assault for beating a man and causing multiple rib fractures.

Erickson was also ordered to follow the recommendations of a chemical use assessment, not enter bars or liquor stores and pay $1,800 in restitution

The charge was filed after Willmar Police were called around 2:20 a.m. Aug. 28 to the area of Second Street and Willmar Avenue Southeast regarding an assault. The responding officer found a man who was injured and reported that Erickson had assaulted him at a nearby apartment.

The man was taken to Rice Memorial Hospital, where he was treated for multiple rib fractures. He told the officer that Erickson had accused him of taking a credit card.

Erickson was interviewed and admitted to throwing the man to the floor and holding him down, with his knee to the man’s chest, after he noticed his debit card missing from his wallet. He said that the incident lasted about five minutes and that they had been drinking that evening.

n Kayla Nichole Dahl, 28, of Willmar, made her first appearance Monday on a felony charge of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle.

The terms of bail were not available Monday afternoon. Her next appearance is May 28.

Dahl also faces misdemeanor charges of fleeing on foot, driving after revocation and theft.

According to the complaint, a Willmar Police officer on routine patrol around 1 p.m. Saturday received an attempt-to-locate call on a white car that had stolen gas from the Casey’s General Store on 19th Avenue.

The officer, who was at the city impound lot along Industrial Drive, saw a white car drive by and pulled out to follow it. The car, whose driver was later identified as Dahl, accelerated, then turned eastbound onto Trott Avenue, then south on 15th Street before turning and going eastbound on Minnesota Avenue. The driver parked the car and ran away, with the officer catching her as she ran between houses.

Dahl allegedly admitted to stealing gas, a total of $40.11, and to fleeing because she didn’t want to go to jail and miss a visit with her child. Her driver’s license was revoked because she was charged with having no proof of insurance in August 2012.

n Jesse Ryan Gussisberg, 34, of Maynard, made his first appearance Monday on two felony charges of possession of a pistol or assault weapon by a person convicted of a violent crime.

The terms of bail were not available Monday afternoon. His next appearance is May 28.

According to the complaint, two Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s deputies were informed on Saturday of a suspicious vehicle along 120th Avenue Northwest in Pennock. The person reporting the incident said there was a hunting rifle in the vehicle and gave an Indiana license plate.

One of the deputies located the vehicle along 114th Street near 105th Street Northeast, finding Gussisberg in the driver’s seat, and a woman and child in the vehicle. There was a loaded rifle between the front seats and .22-caliber shell casings in the gravel roadway.

Gussisberg allegedly admitted to taking the gun from a relative’s home and that he was responsible for it being uncased and loaded in the car.

He has prior convictions for third-degree controlled substance in 2002 and third-degree burglary in 2003. Both convictions make him ineligible to possess or transport firearms.