This is the records summary for April 18.
No injuries in bus-pickup crash in Willmar
According to the crash report by Willmar Police, the 2000 Bluebird bus, driven by Alfred Larsen, 64, of Willmar, was rear-ended by a 1992 Dodge Dakota driven by Cody Wangen, 20, of Willmar. There were 19 students on the Willmar Bus Company bus at the time of the crash.
Wangen reported to the investigating officer that his vehicle slid on the ice before striking the bus.
WILLMAR — Slashed tires on a vehicle were reported around 10 a.m. Thursday along the 600 block of 33rd Street Northwest.
District Court, Kandiyohi County
- Derrick John Blakey, 22, of St. Paul, pleaded guilty Thursday to an amended gross misdemeanor charge of possession of stolen checks.
As part of a plea agreement, the charge was reduced from felony level and two additional charges, a gross misdemeanor charge of giving a false name to a peace officer and a misdemeanor count for fleeing a peace officer, will be dismissed. He will be sentenced May 16.
The charges were filed after Oct. 29, when Willmar Police were called to Wal-Mart, where a man had attempted to pass a fraudulent check. An officer located a man in the parking lot who matched the description given by store officials. The man gave the officer a false name, but consented to a search of his person. When the officer located a checkbook in his pocket, the man later properly identified as Blakey, ran away. However, he tripped and fell down nearby and was taken into custody by police.
The checkbook contained a blank check in another man’s name, plus a driver’s license with a clipped corner and the yellow sheet that drivers receive from the DVS during their renewal.
Investigators later determined that the check was counterfeit, based on the routing and checking account numbers.
Video surveillance footage from the store showed Blakey attempt to purchase an iPad, headphones and a wireless keyboard with the check. The clerk was suspicious and went to get a supervisor, and Blakey walked away from the register.
- Scott Allen McMaster, 51, of Mesquite, Nev., made his first appearance Thursday on a felony charge of violating the registration requirements for a predatory offender.
Unconditional bail was set at $50,000. His next appearance is April 28.
According to the complaint, the case dates to 2009, when the Willmar Police Department received information from the State Bureau of Criminal Apprehension that McMaster was a predatory offender from Arizona who had been tracked to Willmar.
The investigation revealed that McMaster was staying at a Willmar apartment and had a driver’s license and vehicle information sent to that address. He was convicted in Maricopa County, Ariz., of attempted child molestation and therefore, required to register. He had failed to register his information with either the Willmar Police or the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office.