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

This is the records summary for July 23.

Montevideo woman hurt in one-vehicle crash late Sunday

MADISON — A 41-year-old Montevideo woman was taken to Madison Hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in a one-vehicle rollover crash around 11:50 p.m. Sunday along State Highway 40 in Lac qui Parle County.


According to the State Patrol, Michele L. Walters was eastbound on the highway east of Madison when her 2010 Chevy Aveo entered the ditch and rolled.

Also responding was the Lac qui Parle County Sheriff’s Office.

Property damage

ATWATER — Damage to a mailbox was reported around 11:45 a.m. Monday along the 17000 block of 90th Avenue Southeast.


WILLMAR — A 25-year-old man was arrested on charges of domestic assault after a woman reported around 11 a.m. Monday that she had been assaulted along the 600 block of 19th Street Southeast.


WILLMAR — The theft of a gas tank off of a pontoon boat was reported around 9:45 a.m. Monday along the 2300 block of Third Avenue Southeast. Another report of the theft of a pontoon gas tank was received around 8 a.m. Monday along the 400 block of Richland Road Southwest.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Abel Ricardo Mendoza III, 25, of Kerkhoven, made his first appearance on a felony fifth-degree assault charge for assaulting a man in May and on a felony escape from custody charge for not returning to the jail from his community service work assignment in June.

Unconditional bail was set at $50,000. His next appearance is Aug. 13.

According to the assault complaint, a man reported to police on April 27 that Mendoza had assaulted him in the parking lot of Cash Wise Foods in Willmar. The man said he’d been waiting in a vehicle when Mendoza and another man drove up and came to his vehicle. The man got out, but was standing between the car and the door when Mendoza hit him in the head and face. The man had apparently talked to Mendoza’s girlfriend.

When a police officer questioned Mendoza about the assault, he denied that he was even at the store that day, but he did remind the officer that he would face a felony charge because of his prior convictions.

The other man, the fellow with Mendoza, told the officer that Mendoza and the man fought and that he broke up the fight, regarding a girl.

Mendoza’s criminal history includes March 2012 convictions for misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor fifth-degree assault and stalking and a January 2013 conviction for felony fifth-degree assault.

According to the escape from custody complaint, Mendoza was in jail on a fifth-degree controlled substance possession, and for felony fifth-degree assault, and failed to return to the jail on June 19 with the community service work crew. Others said that Mendoza left in another vehicle when the rest of the crew boarded the county van to go back to the jail.