This is the records summary for July 30.
Renville Sheriff seeks info on hit-and-run crash
According to the Sheriff’s Office, a white Chevy Silverado was making a left hand turn from westbound County Road 11 onto south bound County Road 24 when a tan minivan struck the right rear corner of the truck with the left front corner of the minivan, breaking the van’s drivers side headlight and knocking off the driver’s side rearview mirror.
The van then traveled into the north side road ditch of County Road 11 striking a road sign which broke off the passenger side rearview mirror and possibly the passenger side headlight. The vehicle was described as a possible mid-90s Ford or Chevy minivan.
Anyone seeing this tan-colored minivan with the above listed damage or who may have knowledge of this incident is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 320 523-1161.
HAWICK — The New London Fire Department was called around 8:15 p.m. Sunday to extinguish a grass fire near the intersection of 160th Street and 255th Avenue Northeast.
- Christopher Ray Maeyaert, 20, of Lucan, was sentenced Monday to 263 days in jail, 200 hours of community work service, a $50 fine and five years of probation on a felony charge of check forgery for forging another man’s checks at a Willmar business.
Maeyaert was also ordered to pay $837.72 in restitution and get and maintain employment.
The charge was filed after Aug. 15, when Willmar police received information from Coborn’s Inc. that four checks had been forged on a man’s account at the Willmar Cash Wise Foods store. Information from the bank holding the account revealed that the checks had been stolen and were forged. The owner of the account told investigators he had previously dated someone related to Maeyaert.
Coborn’s officials also had information that checks had been written on the same account at their stores in New Ulm and Hutchinson. A Redwood County sheriff’s deputy identified Maeyaert as the man in video surveillance footage from the stores, when comparing the images to jail booking mugs of Maeyaert.
Four checks were written to the local Cash Wise Foods, on July 4 and 5, 2012, for a total of $347.29.
- Robert Friedgen, 57, of Willmar, was sentenced Monday to 30 days in jail, a $50 fine and five years of probation on a third-degree burglary charge for breaking into the Centre Point Mall in downtown Willmar and causing thousands of dollars in damages to several businesses.
Friedgen was also ordered to pay $13,384.77 in restitution.
As part of a plea agreement, four additional felony counts, plus a misdemeanor theft charge, were dismissed.
The charges were filed after the burglary and damage to the downtown mall was reported on Nov. 13 by business employees who found the powdery contents of a fire extinguisher sprayed onto the floor, windows and walls, along with damage to doors and other property. The damage at the Somali Star coffee shop included more than $8,200 in damage to several juice and coffee machines and other items.
The investigation revealed surveillance video of a man wearing a puffy coat, a baseball cap and white shoes walking in the mall and being in the alley near the building. Information from another police officer revealed that officers had identified Friedgen as being in the area, as law enforcement was called to deal with a man who was kicking violently at a nearby apartment door.
Officers dealt with Friedgen again that same night at Rice Memorial Hospital, after he was violent with emergency room staff. Friedgen was arrested and cited for disorderly conduct, with jail staff noting that his jacket had white powder on it when he entered the jail.
Friedgen claimed he did enter the mall through an unlocked door but said he didn’t do the damage to the property. He said he had also been at the hospital, and had injuries to his knuckles and wrists. Officers were allowed to check a puffy coat they observed in his home, and found the citation for disorderly conduct in the pocket.
Blood found on a doorknob in the mall was collected as evidence. State Bureau of Criminal Apprehension analysis of the blood matched a DNA sample from Friedgen.
- A man with only one name, Say, 36, of Willmar, made his first appearance Monday on four felony charges of second-degree assault and terroristic threats for allegedly pointing a shotgun at two men and threatening them.
Unconditional bail was set at $20,000. His next appearance is Aug. 15.
According to the complaint, Willmar Police officers were called around 3:30 a.m. July 20 to Regency East, where they found a man, later identified as Say, pointing a gun at another man.
The officer took the gun and ejected four buckshot and slug shells from the gun, including the shell in the chamber.
Say told officers he had been assaulted by several people and was upset, wanting to kill them. He appeared intoxicated. He said he returned to the location with a shotgun and pointed it at two men before one of the men took the gun away from him and called law enforcement.
He said he was upset and took matters into his own hands, but wasn’t going to shoot anyone and never pulled the trigger. He had 23 rounds, including more slugs and buckshot, in his pockets. A preliminary breath test showed a blood-alcohol content of .0198.
The two men who Say had pointed the gun at reported that Say and other individuals had an altercation around 1:30 a.m. in front of their residence. One of the men had yelled at the group to leave and then went to bed, awakening to a man on his front step with a gun.
That man said Say was pointing the gun at his son and threatening him. The man stepped in between Say and his son and then grabbed the gun and took it away from Say. The son reported the same information to police.