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

Property damage

SPICER -- Three mailboxes were reported smashed in rural Spicer.

The damage was reported Wednesday morning. One residence was in the 7700 block of 168th Avenue Northeast, and two were in the 7500 block of 158th Avenue Northeast.


The damage was estimated at $50 to each of the mailboxes.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Omar Jason Romero, 29, of Willmar made his first court appearance Wednesday on a felony charge of fleeting a peace officer in a motor vehicle.

Romero is in custody at the Kandiyohi County Jail. Judge Gerald Seibel set bail at $25,000 cash or bond and appointed a public defender for Romero. His next court date will be June 29.

Romero also faces a gross misdemeanor charge of obstructing legal process, misdemeanor charges of driving without a valid license and careless driving and a petty misdemeanor charge of failing to signal for a turn.

Romero was arrested Monday evening after a police pursuit through Willmar.

According to a criminal complaint, a Willmar Police officer saw a vehicle speeding through the intersection at Willmar Avenue and First Street South. The vehicle turned into a parking lot without signaling. When the officer activated his squad car's emergency lights, the vehicle continued moving and its speed increased. The officer then activated the siren, and the vehicle kept moving through the mall parking lot. At one point, the driver swerved to avoid a man in an electric wheelchair.

The pursuit continued down 19th Avenue and ended when the vehicle stopped in an apartment building parking lot in the Dana Heights area.

According to the complaint, Romero emerged from the vehicle's driver's seat and refused to get on the ground when he was ordered to. A second officer arrived, and they attempted to handcuff Romero, but he resisted arrest by tensing up and trying to pull away. The officers tased him three times while attempting to get him handcuffed, according to the complaint.

- Jeffrey Allen Marko, 46, of Willmar made his first court appearance Wednesday on a felony charge of being a predatory offender who knowingly violated his registration requirements.

Judge Gerald Seibel set bail at $20,000 cash or bond and appointed a public defender. His next court appearance is on June 29. He is in custody at the Kandiyohi County Jail.

According to the criminal complaint, Marko was convicted of two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct in 2004. He was classified as a "predatory offender" and required to register anytime he changed addressed or left an address.

Marko has registered his address as a facility called Matthew House in Willmar. The house's supervisor contacted authorities on June 2 that he had left the facility and had not returned.

A warrant was issued for Marko's arrest, and he turned himself in on June 15.