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

This is the records summary for April 15.

Lake Lillian woman killed in Sunday crash south of Willmar

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WILLMAR — A 46-year-old Lake Lillian woman was killed in a two-vehicle crash Sunday evening at the intersection of U.S. Highway 71 and State Highway 7 south of Willmar.

According to the State Patrol, Lisa A. Heidecker was a passenger in a eastbound 2011 Ford pickup driven by her husband, James L. Heidecker, 48, of Lake Lillian, that struck a 2012 Volvo semi that was northbound on Highway 71.

The driver of the semi, George Sutton, 33, of Fort Worth, Texas, was taken to Rice Memorial Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

James Heidecker and two passengers, Mitchell Heidecker, 10, and Marissa Heidecker, 5, were also taken to Rice Hospital, for treatment of their injuries.

Distracted driver patrols net 131 citations

ST. PAUL — Preliminary numbers show law enforcement officers have issued 131 citations for texting while driving during the first three days of a statewide distracted driving enforcement and education campaign.

Officers also cited 448 people for seat belt violations and arrested 10 people for driving while impaired as part of the campaign by 400 Minnesota law enforcement agencies that are adding extra patrols until Sunday.

The Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety is coordinating the campaign and reminds that, in Minnesota, it is illegal for drivers to read, compose or send texts/emails, as well as access the web on a wireless device while the vehicle is in motion or a part of traffic – including at a stoplight/stop sign or stopped in traffic. It is illegal for drivers under age 18 to use a cell phone at any time.

Grove City house damaged in wood stove fire

GROVE CITY — A rental home along U.S. Highway 12 in rural Grove City sustained moderate damage from a wood stove fire reported around 9:15 a.m. Monday.

According to the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office, Peter Simpson, 66, of Grove City, reported that his rental house at 52508 U.S. Highway 12 in Acton Township was on fire and that the people that rent the house are out of the house.

The Sheriff’s Office, Grove City fire and rescue squads and the Atwater Fire Department responded and extinguished the wall of the home that was on fire. The renter of the house, Andrew Hawk, 34, of Grove City, had attempted put the blaze out before the fire departments arrived.

The wall of the house sustained a moderate amount of damage.

Property damage

NEW LONDON — Damage to a shed was reported around 10:20 p.m. Sunday along the 22000 block of County Road 9 Northeast.

PENNOCK — Damage to a window screen was reported around 5:45 p.m. Sunday along Second Street Northwest.

Burglary

WILLMAR — The burglary of a storage unit was reported around 12:30 p.m. Sunday along the 1000 block of County Road 9 Northeast.

WILLMAR — A burglary was reported around 6:40 a.m. Monday along the 1500 block of First Street South.

Marriage licenses, Kandiyohi County

Caroline Louise Holland, New Hope; Larry Owen Bjork, Jr., New London

District Court, Kandiyohi County

- Nathan Dale Sturm, 29, of Willmar, was sentenced Monday to 42 months in prison, which was stayed, a five-year conditional release period, seven years of probation, a $1,500 fine and 365 days in jail on a felony charge of driving while impaired.

Sturm was ordered to serve 180 days in jail and the remaining jail time, staggered over the next four years, can be deferred if he complies with the conditions of probation, which include following the recommendations of a chemical use assessment and submitting to electronic alcohol monitoring.

The charges were filed after Nov. 8, when a Willmar police officer stopped Sturm’s vehicle just after 3:30 a.m. near the intersection of Trott Avenue and Third Street Southeast because the vehicle’s headlights were not on.

Sturm showed signs of alcohol consumption and field sobriety tests showed signs of intoxication. A preliminary breath test showed a blood-alcohol content of 0.168 percent. He was arrested and a breath test at the Law Enforcement Center showed a blood-alcohol content of 0.20. The legal limit for driving is 0.08.

He had three prior convictions for driving while impaired in October 2004, July 2005 and April 2007.

- Ruby Tello, 28, of Willmar, was sentenced to 21 months in prison, which was stayed, five years of probation, 180 days in jail and a $1,500 fine on a felony charge of fifth-degree assault.

As part of a plea agreement, another felony count of domestic assault was dismissed.

The charges were filed after Oct. 13, when a Willmar police officer and a Kandiyohi County sheriff’s deputy were called around 1:30 a.m. to a home in the southwest quadrant of the city regarding a domestic assault. The officers found Tello, who was obviously intoxicated. She refused to speak to officers. A woman there reported that Tello had started a fight with her and had punched her in the face with a closed fist.

 Tello had prior convictions, for fourth- and fifth-degree assault in September 2011.

- Anthony Rooy Rolffs, 27, of Willmar, was sentenced to 60 days in jail, a total of $2,650 in fines, 20 years of probation and chemical dependency treatment on a first-degree witness tampering charge and two fourth-degree drug sale charges.

As part of a plea agreement, 10 additional felony charges for fourth- and fifth-degree drug sale were dismissed.

The drug charges were filed after a CEE-VI Drug Task Force investigation into the sale of pills, hashish, marijuana and ecstasy in April and May 2013. An informant purchased controlled substances from Rolffs and others 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.

The witness tampering charge was filed after the informant told CEE-VI agents Nov. 12 that Rolffs had contacted him via Facebook and threatened him and then repeatedly messaged the informant to not testify against Rolffs in the drug case.

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