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This is the records summary for June 6.

Police seeking witnesses to three-car crash in Willmar

WILLMAR — The driver of a vehicle involved in a three-vehicle crash around 12:35 p.m. Thursday at the intersection of U.S. Highway 12 and Lakeland Drive Southeast was taken by ambulance to Rice Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

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According to Willmar Police Interim Chief Jim Felt, Wade Olson, 39, of Willmar, was westbound on the highway in a 2002 GMC Envoy and attempted to turn south onto Lakeland when his vehicle was struck by an eastbound 1994 Dodge Dakota pickup driven by Wesley Carlson, 61, of Willmar.

After the initial impact, Olson’s vehicle was pushed into a 2000 Saturn driven by Jeremy Teeuwen, 24, of Willmar. Teeuwen’s vehicle was stationary, facing north on Lakeland Drive.

The Police Department is asking any witnesses to contact Officer Jason Hay at 320-235-2244 extension 3234. The investigation is ongoing and police are seeking clarification about the traffic signals and vehicle speeds.

Sheriff’s Office investigating

stabbing incident

WILLMAR — The Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a stabbing incident that happened around 9:50 p.m. Wednesday south of Willmar.

According to Sheriff Dan Hartog, the incident happened near the intersection of U.S. Highway 71 and 105th Avenue Southeast when a man stabbed another man after meeting at the location. The victim was taken to Rice Memorial Hospital and is expected to recover, Hartog said. The Sheriff’s Office was working on identifying the suspect and investigating the case Thursday.

Assault

WILLMAR — An assault was reported around 6:10 p.m. Wednesday along the 1000 block of Sixth Street Southeast.

Arrests

WILLMAR — Two people, a 34-year-old woman and a 47-year-old man, were arrested around 8:45 a.m. Thursday along the 1100 block of Campbell Avenue Northwest.

Property damage

WILLMAR — Damage to a wood shop project was reported around 10 a.m. Thursday at Willmar Senior High School, 2701 30th St. N.E.

Watkins woman hurt in Litchfield crash

LITCHFIELD — A 49-year-old Watkins woman was taken by ambulance to Meeker Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in a two-vehicle crash around 6:20 p.m. Wednesday at the intersection of county roads 34 and 11.

According to the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office, Dianna Ertl was driving a 2007 Harley Davidson motorcycle that collided with a 2000 Ford Taurus driven by Valerie Johannsen, 69, of Belgrade. Both vehicles sustained severe damage.

The crash is under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office. Also responding were the Litchfield police, fire and rescue squad and Gold Cross Ambulance.

District Court, Kandiyohi County

- Alison Dawn Lorensen, 26, Willmar, was sentenced Thursday to five years of probation, 100 hours of community service and a $500 fine on a felony charge of theft for taking lottery tickets from her employer.

As part of a plea agreement, another felony charge for state lottery fraud was dismissed and she has already paid $5,381 in restitution.

The charges were filed after a Willmar police officer was called to Trav’s Dino Mart on July 22 regarding the theft of lottery tickets. Store officials had been reviewing surveillance video for an unrelated reason and saw Lorenson taking lottery tickets and scratching them off at the store. The theft was estimated at $1,800 worth of tickets in two days.

Lorenson was terminated from her job and admitted to the theft.

Further review of the video footage by a state lottery security investigator showed that between $5,500 and $6,000 worth of tickets were taken by Lorenson between July 1 and July 22.

- Hank Thomas Pernu, 28, of Plainview, made his first appearance Thursday on a felony charge of conspiracy to commit a third-degree controlled substance crime for allegedly arranging for methamphetamine to be delivered to a care facility in Willmar.

Unconditional bail was set at $25,000. His next appearance is June 9.

According to the complaint, officials at Community Addiction Recovery Enterprise in Willmar reported to police on March 9 that drugs had been found on the property. The staff members suspected Pernu, as he had left the building three times that morning and gone to a fence along the property. The staff had recovered 3 grams of meth from that location.

Pernu was interviewed and allegedly admitted that he told someone, whom he would not name, to bring meth to him and leave it at a specific location. He had observed the person putting something by the fence the previous evening.

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