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This is the records summary for July 11.

Stewart man hurt in crash north of Litchfield

LITCHFIELD — A 40-year-old Stewart man was treated by medical personnel at the scene of a one-vehicle crash around 6 p.m. Tuesday along State Highway 24 near 309th Street.


According to the Meeker County Sheriff’s office, Dennis Bernier apparently fell asleep and drove off the road near the intersection.

The crash remains under investigation. Also responding were the Minnesota State Patrol, Litchfield Rescue, Litchfield Fire Department and Gold Cross Ambulance.

Property damage

WILLMAR — Damage to a vehicle was reported around 6:25 p.m. Tuesday along the 1800 block of Eighth Avenue Southeast.

WILLMAR — Damage to a vehicle was reported around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday. The vehicle had been parked near the corner of Second Street and Becker Avenue Southwest.


WILLMAR — The theft of items from an apartment was reported around 12:15 p.m. Wednesday along the 1400 block of Lake Avenue Northwest.

PRINSBURG — The theft of a snow blower, valued at $1,000, was reported around 3 p.m. Tuesday along the 100 block of Highway 7.


WILLMAR — A 22-year-old man was arrested on charges of driving after revocation and giving a false name to a peace officer around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday near the intersection of First Avenue and 30th Street Northwest.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

n Steven Allen Strand Jr., 28, of Raymond, was sentenced Wednesday to 39 months in prison and a $50 fine on a third-degree drug possession charge for methamphetamine found in his possession when the vehicle he was riding in was stopped in February by Willmar Police officers.

 Strand was given credit for 140 days already served in custody. Another felony charge for possession of a stun gun was dismissed.

The charges were filed after Willmar Police officers in an unmarked squad stopped behind a pickup on First Street on Feb. 20 and noticed that the driver turned his head quickly, saw that the vehicle behind him was a squad car and then turned his head quickly. The passenger also took quick glances back at the squad car.

 The officers followed the pickup onto Trott Avenue, noticed that the rear license plate was obscured by snow and that the vehicle had a very loud exhaust. They initiated a traffic stop and noticed the passenger, Strand, was going through his pockets and attempting to tuck something in the seat of the pickup.

The officers determined that Strand was wanted on an arrest warrant from Stearns County on a terroristic threats charge. A search of his person revealed a total of 7 grams of meth, in multiple packages, two cell phones, a stun gun and a large folding knife.

Officers also searched the vehicle and located a bag stashed in the passenger’s side of pickup. The bag contained multiple items of drug paraphernalia, scales, cell phones, spoons, mirrors, drug cutting material, knives and a meth pipe containing white residue.

The man driving the pickup told officers he’d given Strand a ride and that Strand had the bag with him when the man picked him up at a First Street business.

n Deborah Mullins, 34, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Monday to a felony theft charge for not returning a rental car.

As part of a plea agreement, five additional felony theft charges will be dismissed. She will be sentenced Aug. 8.

The charges were filed after officials at Enterprise Vehicle Leasing in Willmar reported to police on Nov. 15 that the company had leased a 2012 Nissan Altima to Mullins on Sept. 24 at the Willmar location. The lease was partially paid by an insurance company because Mullin’s vehicle had been in a crash. The Nissan was to be returned on Oct. 3.

Company officials contacted Mullins on multiple occasions and requested that she return the vehicle and pay the balance on the rental agreement, which was calculated at $1,049.05. The value of the vehicle was estimated at $13,542.05.