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This is the Records summary for May 18

Pickup rolls, bursts into flames at fairgrounds

WILLMAR — A 16-year-old driver and his 19-year-old passenger escaped unharmed after their vehicle rolled and started on fire on the grounds of the Kandiyohi County Fairgrounds around 8:39 p.m. Friday, according to the Willmar Police Department.


The pickup was engulfed in flames as Willmar fire fighters reached the scene.

The driver, who has not been identified, faces possible charges for reckless driving and damage to the fairgrounds. The driver and passenger, identified as Yukuang Yeh, 19, escaped from a 2001 Nissan pickup that rolled on its left side in the middle of the carnival setup area.

Willmar Police arrived as the fire started. They observed deep gouges in the sod and gravel areas near the Seventh Street entrance.

The Kandiyohi County fair board has previously reported problems with vehicles driving through the fairground property and causing damage to both grass and gravel areas.

Man escapes injury

GLENCOE — A 54-year-old Arlington man suffered non-life threatening injuries after his 2002 GMC Yukon rolled at 10:44 a.m. Sunday on U.S. Highway 212 and Division Street in Glencoe, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

Mark Fahey was transported by ambulance to Glencoe Hospital.

The Yukon was proceeding southeast on Division Street and turned eastbound onto Highway 212 when it rolled.

The McLeod County Sheriff’s office, State Patrol, Brownton Fire Department and First Responder, and Glencoe Ambulance responded.

Driver leads police on low-speed chase

WILLMAR — A driver who led police on a three-minute chase that never exceed 40 mph and followed a four-block, circular path was taken into custody around 3:17 p.m. Saturday in front of the main entrance to the Cash Wise.

Awey Hassan Yusuf, 38, of Willmar, faces charges of fleeing a police officer, refusal to submit to a DWI test, operating a vehicle under the influence, and driving without a license, according to the Willmar Police Department.

His arrest followed a chase that began when police arrived at a 1100 Southeast Second Street address in response to complaints of a man driving a van into a dumpster.

Shortly after an officer arrived, the suspect vehicle drove up to the site. The suspect drove rapidly away as the officer approached it, according to a report from the Willmar Police Department.

The officer began pursuit in a patrol car. The original squad was joined by a second Willmar police squad and a State Patrol squad as the four-block chase returned to the initial starting point.

The squads attempted to block the van, but the suspect drove over concrete curbs and lawns, through a construction area and again over lawns and a boulevard to return to the street.

The driver of the van led the squads on a circular loop in the Bremer Bank parking lot across from Cash Wise. There, officers attempted to stop the van by contact with it, but the technique did not stop the van and it proceeded to the Cash Wise parking lot.

There, officers used their squads to box the van by placing one squad immediately in front of it by the main entrance. Police allege the driver attempted to run over officers approaching the van on foot while unsuccessfully attempting to drive around the squad blocking his path.

After jumping aside, an officer was able to reach into the van’s open window and shift the vehicle into park, according to the police. Yusuf was taken into custody.

There was only minimal damage to the squad.


KANDIYOHI — A resident on the 300 block of Seventh Street North on Friday reported the theft of a 42-inch TV and two laptops.

SPICER — The Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a burglary at a storage barn on the 6500 block of 82nd Avenue Northeast. Gas and batteries were taken from boats stored there.


WILLMAR — A man reported Saturday that he had been assaulted and his wallet taken in an incident at 4:16 a.m. at a property on the 1400 block of Lakeland Driver Northeast.

Crash blocks intersection

WILLMAR — A crash involving a Chevrolet Silverado and Trailblazer at the intersection of 19th Avenue Southwest and 15th Street Southwest temporarily blocked traffic around 3:49 p.m. Saturday.


NEW LONDON — Three teenagers are believed responsible for smashing at least five mailboxes along Pine Street Northwest and First Avenue Northwest early Sunday. A caller reported seeing the suspects on Oak View Driver round 4:30 a.m.

NEW LONDON — Four teenagers pushed a dumpster in the Crow River behind a Main Street café around 1:22 a.m. Friday. The dumpster was pushed into about 6-inches of water.

Damage to vehicle

WILLMAR — A resident on the 500 block of Lakeland Driver Southeast reported Sunday that the headlight was smashed on his Chevrolet car and that white paint marks were visible on the black-colored vehicle where it was seemingly struck.

Vehicle stuck on private property

NEW LONDON — The owner of a property listed for sale on the 19000 block of Riverview Lane Northeast discovered a pickup stuck in a creek bottom near a trailer on the property at 11:47 a.m. Saturday.

No one was in the vehicle, which was removed.

Police help intoxicated pedestrian in one boot

WILLMAR — Willmar Police transported a 21-year-old man to health care services after he was spotted in an odd outfit while walking down a road near Sixth Street Southwest and 19th Avenue Southwest around 8 a.m. Saturday.

Willmar Police reported the man was wearing only a pair of yellow swim trunks, a black duster length raincoat with an umbrella in the pocket and a black boot on one foot.

The man told police he was returning home after a night of drinking with friends.


PRINSBURG — Gang graffiti was reported Saturday on a bridge over Chetomba Creek at the intersection of Kandiyohi County Road 1 and 165th Avenue, about two miles north of Prinsburg.

Mannequin along roadway

SPICER — A mannequin and a metal pipe and stand holding it were removed around 12:53 a.m. Saturday from the middle of the roadway on the 6400 block of 132nd Avenue.

Gas thefts

WILLMAR — Police are investigating two reported gas thefts Saturday at a station and convenience store on the 2500 block of U.S. Highway 12 East.

At 4:49 a.m., a white male with a hoodie drove a white Jeep Cherokee with gray on the bottom without paying for $62.68 worth of gas.

At 2:40 a.m., a black male drove a gold-colored Chevrolet Impala without paying for $50.51 worth of gas.

Dan Burdett
Dan Burdett is the community content coordinator at the West Central Tribune. He has 13 years experience in print media, to include four years enlisted service in the United States Air Force. He has been an employee of Forum Communications since 2005, joining the company after spending two years as the managing editor of the Redwood Gazette and Livewire in Redwood Falls. Prior to his current position, Dan was the presentation editor at the Tribune.
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