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

This is the records summary for March 19.

Two hurt in rollover southwest of Dassel

LITCHFIELD — A passenger of a vehicle involved in a rollover crash around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday along County Road 14 southwest of Dassel was taken to Hutchinson Hospital by ambulance.

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According to the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office, Ryan Knacke, 25, of Hutchinson, was taken by Allina Ambulance for medical attention. Another passenger, Jarod Young, 34, of Hutchinson, was treated at the scene.

The driver, Leslie Knacke, 73, of Hutchinson, was driving a 1997 Dodge pickup when he lost control due to icy road conditions.

The crash is currently under investigation.

Arrest

WILLMAR — A 46-year-old woman was arrested for trespassing around 3:45 p.m. Monday along the 900 block of Second Street Southwest.

Theft

WILLMAR — The theft of pills and cash was reported around 5:15 p.m. Monday along the 1800 block of Becker Avenue Southeast.

District Court, Kandiyohi County

- Krista Danielle Woodcock, 24, of Willmar, was sentenced Tuesday to 45 days in jail, a $1,500 fine and 15 years of probation on a felony count of fourth-degree possession of a controlled substance.

Woodcock was also ordered to follow the recommendations of a chemical use assessment.

Three other felony charges, including fourth- and fifth-degree sale of drugs, were dismissed as part of a previous plea agreement.

Woodcock was one of three people charged in a drug sale case that was filed after a CEE-VI Drug Task Force investigation into the sale of pills, hashish, marijuana and ecstasy in April and May 2013.

Anthony Rooy Rolffs, 27, of Willmar, will be sentenced April 14 for his role in the case after pleading guilty to a first-degree witness tampering charge and two fourth-degree drug sale charges. Ten additional felony charges for fourth- and fifth-degree drug sale were dismissed.

Nathan Sturm, 29, of Willmar, is charged with a felony charge of fifth-degree drug sale. His next appearance is also April 14.

According to the drug complaints, an informant purchased controlled substances from Rolffs and/or Woodcock and Sturm on nine separate occasions between April 24 and May 16, at an apartment complex on the southeast side and at an apartment complex on the northwest side of Willmar, plus in a parking lot in Hutchinson.

The purchases included Adderall and Klonopin pills, hashish and MDMA, which is also known as ecstasy.

- Farah Hirsi Awale, 19, of Willmar, was sentenced Tuesday to 21 days in jail, a $1,500 fine and 10 years of probation on a second-degree burglary charge for his role in breaking into an apartment Sept. 10 on the southwest side of the city.

 Awale was given credit for 21 days already served and was ordered to pay $600 in restitution and follow the recommendations of a chemical use assessment.

As part of a plea agreement, a gross misdemeanor for theft and a misdemeanor for damage to property were dismissed.

Awale and Mohamed Ahmed Omar, 27, were charged in the case. Omar was sentenced in December to 28 months in prison, which was stayed, 10 years of probation and 109 days in jail, plus paying $600 in restitution, remaining law-abiding, participating in victim/offender mediation and writing a letter of apology.

The charges were filed after a citizen reported they saw the burglary happen and then took photos of the men taking away the stolen items that helped identify Awale and Omar as the perpetrators of the crime.

Willmar police were called just before 3 p.m. Sept. 10 to Ninth Street Southwest. A woman there reported that she had seen two men, a man in a yellow shirt and another in a red sweater, enter a nearby apartment and take items, which they put into the trunk of a silver car. The woman had taken photos of the men as they left the location.

An officer found the vehicle and the men matching the description given by the woman in the downtown area. The woman later identified the men as the burglars.

The owner of the vehicle allowed officers to search the trunk, where they found a game system and accessories and a laptop computer.

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