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

This is the records summary for Nov. 6.

Potential charges for Monday crash at 19th Avenue, 15th Street


WILLMAR — The driver of a vehicle involved in a two-vehicle crash reported around 2:45 p.m. Monday at the intersection of 19th Avenue and 15th Street Southwest may be facing charges of failure to yield and for violating a traffic light and his instructional permit.

According to the crash report by Willmar police, Mohamuud Mahad Abdi, 29, of Willmar, was driving a 2008 Nissan eastbound on 19th Avenue and apparently went through a red light and struck a 2005 Lincoln driven by Sara Barney, 31, of Willmar. Barney was northbound on 15th Street.

After the initial impact, Abdi’s vehicle struck a semaphore pole. Abdi complained of injuries, but then refused transport for medical attention.

Welfare fraud

WILLMAR — A case of welfare fraud was reported around 2 p.m. Monday at the Health and Human Services building, 2200 23rd St. N.E.


WILLMAR — The theft of an air conditioning unit was reported around 2 p.m. Monday along the 1600 block of 66th Avenue Northeast.

WILLMAR — The theft of a motor vehicle was reported around noon Tuesday along the 400 block of 30th Street Northwest.


WILLMAR — A garage burglary was reported around 2 a.m. Tuesday along the 300 block of Ferring Street Southeast.


WILLMAR — A 41-year-old man was arrested on charges of driving while impaired around 11:10 p.m. Monday near the intersection of Becker Avenue and Ferring Street Southeast.

Property damage

SPICER — A tree that had been cut down was reported around 1:15 p.m. Monday along the 13000 block of Indian Beach Road.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Martin Salinas, 18, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a felony charge of second-degree burglary for burglarizing a Willmar residence in September 2012.

As part of a plea agreement, another felony for theft and misdemeanor charges of property damage and theft will be dismissed. He will be sentenced on Dec. 11.

Salinas was charged as a juvenile because the alleged crime happened before his 18th birthday. Felony charges against 16- and 17-year-olds are public record.

According to the petition, a Willmar police officer was called on Sept. 16, 2012, to a home in the northwest quadrant of the city. The resident of the home had been out the night before and arrived home to find a door open and a window damaged. Missing items included a Ruger BB gun and electronic items.

The resident knew Salinas as an acquaintance of a relative, who suspected Salinas because Salinas had come to the home the previous evening. The relative thought it was odd because Salinas hadn’t come to the home very often.

Salinas was interviewed and admitted to taking the items, which were located in his home and in the home of a relative. The resident of the burglarized home later identified the items as their property.