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

This is the records summary for Feb. 1.

Railcars derailed in Olivia

OLIVIA –– Several cars from a Twin Cities & Western Railroad train reportedly derailed just east of Olivia Friday afternoon.

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The incident was described as minor, with no emergency personnel on the scene.

The initial report from Renville County law enforcement indicated four cars came off the tracks. It was not known what, if anything, the cars were carrying.

A gravel township road was temporarily blocked while equipment was used to put the cars back on the track.

Assault

WILLMAR –– A 25-year old woman was arrested early Friday morning for assaulting another woman. The incident was reported at around 5 a.m. in the 400 block of Ninth Street Southwest.

According to the initial police report, the victim was taken by ambulance to Rice Hospital emergency room for treatment.

The assailant was charged with third degree assault, fifth degree assault and disorderly conduct.

Fraud

RAYMOND –– The Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a report of fraud involving a Raymond woman who said she was scammed out of $7,900 by an individual posing as an IRS agent. The incident was reported at Thursday afternoon in the 8000 block of 75 Street Southwest.

WILLMAR – A 30-year old man was arrested Friday morning in the 100 block of 19 Avenue Southwest on a charge of check forgery.

Theft

WILLMAR –– A woman reported the theft of Target gift cards she’d received for Christmas. The theft was reported at 5 p.m. Thursday in the 1500 block of First Street North.

WILLMAR –– Police investigated a report of a theft of credit card from a wallet that was in the employee locker at the Walmart Supercenter. The incident was reported at 9:44 p.m. on Thursday.

SPICER –– A Spicer man reported that a spear had been stolen from a fish house. The theft was reported at 8:45 a.m. Friday in the 3900 block of 113 Avenue Northeast.

Crashes

WILLMAR –– Numerous fender-benders were reported in the area following several inches of new snow Thursday that created slippery conditions on streets and highways. There were no serious injuries reported.

RAYMOND –– Kari Van Eps, 44, of Pennock, escaped injury when the 2013 Nissan she was driving hit a snow drift and rolled onto the roof. The incident was reported at 9:45 p.m. Thursday at 105 Street Southwest and 45 Avenue Southwest.

RAYMOND –– Two vehicles collided at 9:18 a.m. Friday at the intersection of Cofield Street South and Babcock Avenue East, resulting in the driver of one of the vehicles being cited for failure to yield and having vision restricted because the car windows were frosted. There were no injuries reported.

No injuries when car collides with school bus

LITCHFIELD –– Vehicles were damaged but no one was injured Thursday when a car collided with a school bus.

The incident was reported at 8:07 a.m. at a BNSF Railway crossing on Meeker County Highway 1.

According to the Meeker County Sheriff’s Department, Mathew Foley, 16, of Litchfield was driving a 1994 Geo Prizm when it collided with the back end of a 1997 International school bus driven by Dawn Michaletz, 43, of Litchfield.

The school bus was slowing down to stop for the railroad crossing when Foley’s vehicle rear ended the bus, according to law enforcement.

The road conditions are believed to be a factor in this accident.

The school bus sustained minor damage but the Geo Prizm sustained major damage.

There were no injuries as a result of this accident, which is currently under investigation by the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office.

District Court, Kandiyohi Count

- Severiano Batalla-Castillo, 35, of Willmar, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Friday on a gross misdemeanor charge of interfering with a 911 call.

He was sentenced to 179 days in jail, with credit for 56 days served and 123 days stayed, plus a $50 fine and one year of probation.

As part of a plea agreement, two felony charges of second-degree assault and terroristic threats, plus two misdemeanor charges of domestic assault, were dismissed.

The charges were filed after Willmar Police were called around 1:30 a.m. Dec. 7 to a residence on the southwest side of the city on a domestic incident. A woman there brought her boyfriend, identified by his Mexican identification as Batalla-Castillo, to the officers.

While one of the officers identified Batalla-Castillo, another officer noticed a bruise on the woman’s face. The woman said she and Batalla-Castillo had gone out for drinks and he took her phone because he suspected she’d had contact with another man. She said they argued and he hit her in the face. When she called 911, he got a kitchen knife and threatened to cut off her tongue if she told the 911 dispatcher his real name. She said he stood over her with the knife the entire time she was on the phone with 911, an estimated 7 minutes.

- Kayla Nichole Dahl, 28, of Kerkhoven, was sentenced Friday to one year and one day in prison, which was stayed, three years of probation and a $1,500 fine on a felony charge of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle.

Dahl was also ordered to follow the recommendations of a chemical use evaluation, pay $40.11 in restitution and apologize to the officer she fled from in the incident.

The charge, along with misdemeanor charges of fleeing on foot, driving after revocation and theft, was filed after May 11, when a Willmar Police officer on routine patrol around 1 p.m. received an attempt-to-locate call on a white car that had stolen gas from the Casey’s General Store on 19th Avenue.

The officer, who was at the city impound lot along Industrial Drive, saw a white car drive by and pulled out to follow it. The car, whose driver was later identified as Dahl, accelerated, then turned eastbound onto Trott Avenue, then south on 15th Street before turning and going eastbound on Minnesota Avenue. The driver parked the car and ran away, with the officer catching her as she ran between houses.

Dahl admitted to stealing gas, a total of $40.11, and to fleeing because she didn’t want to go to jail and miss a visit with her child. Her driver’s license was revoked because she was charged with having no proof of insurance in August 2012.

- Tyler Dean Ryks, 24, of New London, pleaded guilty Thursday to a fifth-degree drug possession charge.

As part of a plea agreement, another felony charge for storing methamphetamine paraphernalia in the presence of a child, plus a misdemeanor charge of possession of synthetic cannabinoid and a petty misdemeanor for possession of drug paraphernalia, will be dismissed. No sentencing date was set for Ryks.

Ryks and Brandon Alvin Mead, 28, of Willmar, are charged in the case. Mead’s next appearance is April 10.

The charges were filed after July 11, when two CEE-VI Drug Task Force agents went to the Lakeview Inn, 1212 Highway 71 N.E. because they were looking for a person wanted on a warrant. They went to two motel rooms that connect through a kitchenette and found Mead and Ryks, who said the person wasn’t there. The agents saw Mead drop something in a sink and then run the water and throw a baggie of green substance onto a bed. One of the agents saw that the item in the sink looked like a baggie of meth.

There was an infant child, 8 months old, in the room with the men.

A search warrant was executed on the room and agents located empty packaging for synthetic cannabinoid and a drug scale in a diaper bag, unopened packages of synthetic cannabinoid and a digital scale with meth residue in a cooler, plus the bag in the sink. They also weighed the bag of marijuana on the bed, finding it weighed 28.6 grams. They also found marijuana pipes, a meth pipe and prescription medications.

- Omar Escalante, 23, of Renville, was sentenced to 56 days in jail, a $1,000 fine and 10 years of probation on a felony charge of aggravated forgery for using his twin brother’s name when he was booked into the county jail.

Escalante was given credit for 56 days already served.  

The charges were filed after Omar Escalante was arrested and booked into the Kandiyohi County Jail on July 5. He gave his twin brother’s name, that of Oscar Escalante, during the booking process and signed a release form in his brother’s name..

Omar was arrested again on Sept. 19, and again booked into the county jail, but this time he gave his real name, that of Omar Escalante. Booking photos from both incidents show a man with a distinctive neck tattoo.

Investigators interviewed Oscar Escalante and determined that he was in Texas on July 5 and confirmed that he doesn’t have a neck tattoo.

Marriage licenses, Kandiyohi County

Joseph Jon Paulson, Willmar; Renee Evaline Keller, Willmar

Kenneth Franklin Rose, Willmar; Anne Louise Schendel, Willmar

John Glen Drever, Glenwood; Jodilynn Freiborg, Spicer

Eric Herrera Rivera, Murdock; Marla Eugenia Castillo Marquez, Murdock

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