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news Willmar, 56201
Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

This is the records summary for Oct. 1.

Dassel man killed in

Monday crash with semi

DASSEL — The driver of a car that collided with a semi truck Monday morning east of Dassel died of his injuries at the scene of the crash.

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According to Meeker County Sheriff Jeff Norlin, Kristofor Tanner, 23, of Dassel, was driving a 2006 Volkswagen passenger car that collided with a 2007 Peterbilt semi, pulling an empty flatbed trailer, driven by Bruce Resch, 50, of Royalton.

Resch was not injured. The crash was reported just after 7 a.m. Monday near the intersection of U.S. Highway 12 and 735th Avenue, in Dassel Township.

There were no passengers in either vehicle. The crash is under investigation by the Minnesota State Patrol.

Buckle up or get busted

in extra seat belt patrols

WILLMAR — The Atwater, Benson and Willmar police departments and the Kandiyohi and Swift county sheriff’s offices are among nearly 400 Minnesota agencies increasing patrols to encourage motorists to buckle up.

The additional patrols start Friday and continue until Oct. 19 and are part of the Click It or Ticket campaign organized by the State Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety.

In the last three years, from 2010 to 2012, there were 852 motorist traffic deaths, of which 361 (42 percent) were not buckled up on the state’s roadways. Of those 361 killed, 42 percent were motorists ages 16 to 29.

“Every year, teens and young adults represent a large percentage of unbelted traffic deaths, which indicates there is still a major issue with seat belt usage among that age group,” says Sheriff Dan Hartog of the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office “For whatever reason — be it comfort, restriction or philosophy — some motorists and passengers still refuse to wear their seat belts. We ask them to remember that their minor inconvenience could turn out to be a major life saver.”

In a crash, odds are six times greater for injury if a motorist is not buckled up.

“We want motorists to be the true enforcers of the law and speak up to remind others to belt up,” said Hartog.

Assault

NEW LONDON — A domestic assault was reported around 10:30 a.m. Monday along the 19000 block of 59th Street Northeast.

Fraud

SPICER — Fraudulent charges on an account were reported around 7:45 a.m. Monday along Julia Circle.

Property damage

KANDIYOHI — An attempt at property damage was reported around 11:15 p.m. Sunday along Eighth Street South. Someone had put sugar in the gas tank of a vehicle.

WILLMAR — Damage to a garage, including eggs and flour on the building, was reported around 10:20 p.m. Sunday along the 3700 block of Eighth Street Northeast. Officers also noted that the vandals left behind a jug of laundry soap.

WILLMAR — Damage to a vehicle’s mirror was reported around 4:30 p.m. Sunday along the 1400 block of Fifth Street Southwest.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

n Eric Todd Raasch, 36, of Willmar, made his first appearance Friday on a felony charge of receiving stolen property for possessing a stolen trailer valued at $7,300.

Unconditional bail was set at $10,000. His next appearance is Oct. 7.

According to the complaint, Willmar Police were called on Wednesday to Dahlberg Boot and Trailer along East U.S. Highway 12 and received a report that a white, 24-foot enclosed trailer had been stolen. The vehicle identification number and title number were provided to police and the trailer was entered into the automated theft reporting system database.

On Thursday, a citizen reported to law enforcement the presence of a suspicious vehicle in the area of County Road 116 and State Highway 40. The vehicle, a pickup and trailer, had pulled out of a dead end field road. An officer stopped the vehicle near U.S. Highway 12 and County Road 116 and identified Raasch as the driver. Raasch said that he’d made a deal on Craig’s List to trade tools for the trailer. He was arrested and taken to the Law Enforcement Center.

The trailer was identified as the stolen trailer by its VIN number, but the sticker for the serial number was missing.

Raasch was interviewed and gave a possible name of the man he made the deal with, but could not provide a phone number or address of the person. He said he gave the man the tools and then man brought the trailer to him. He allegedly admitted to taking the serial number sticker off of the trailer.

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