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

This is the records summary for April 8.

Bicyclist to hospital after crash

WILLMAR — A 46-year-old Willmar woman was taken by ambulance to Rice Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle vs. bicycle crash around 8:45 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of Trott Avenue and Third Street Southeast.

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According to the Willmar Police crash report, Terri Weller was eastbound on Trott Avenue on a bicycle and collided with a 2000 GMC driven by Aaron Tonn, 22, of Willmar.

Theft

WILLMAR — The theft of bicycles from a garage was reported around 1:45 p.m. Sunday along the 700 block of Fifth Street Southeast.

District Court, Kandiyohi County

- Stacey Joann Pederson, 27, of Willmar, was sentenced Monday to 45 days in jail, a $1,500 fine and 10 years of probation on a third-degree drug sale count for drugs found in a residence in August.

 She was given credit for 10 days already served in custody and ordered to not use or possess drugs and attend a 12-step program.

As part of a plea agreement, another felony for storing methamphetamine paraphernalia in the presence of a child, plus petty misdemeanors for marijuana and drug paraphernalia possession, was dismissed.

 Pederson was one of three people charged in the case. Brandon Alvin Mead, 29, and Vanessa Ramirez, 27, of Litchfield, each face the same two felony charges for second-degree drug possession and for storing methamphetamine paraphernalia in the presence of a child, plus petty misdemeanors for marijuana and drug paraphernalia possession. Mead’s next appearance is Thursday and Ramirez’s is April 15.

According to the complaints, on August 28 a citizen provided information to Willmar police that Pederson and others were smoking drugs in the basement of a residence and that Pederson had been told to leave the home and not return to the home. The owner of the property wanted the police to get the group out of the house. In addition, the information included that a 9-year-old child was at the home and unsupervised while the adults were using drugs.

Officers went to the home and were met by a 12-year-old child, who informed Pederson that she needed to come to the door. Police officers entered the basement to find Ramirez and Mead, who grabbed an item off a desk and threw it onto the floor. The officer noted that the item was a bag of what was suspected to be meth. There was drug paraphernalia visible to the officers.

CEE-VI Drug Task Force agents were called in, petitioned for and received a search warrant and executed the warrant on the property. Agents found that the bag on the floor contained 12.5 grams of meth, that there were multiple other bags containing meth or traces of meth, marijuana, mushrooms, a digital scale and 50-gram weight that contained traces of meth, and drug pipes and paraphernalia.

The 12-year-old told police who had been at the home that day. Ramirez said that, while she had used the meth, it didn’t belong to her, that it was Mead’s meth. Pederson denied ownership of the meth and the paraphernalia, but admitted that the 9-year-old child was at the residence.

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