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This is the records summary for July 8.

Stabbing suspect arrested

WILLMAR — A suspect has been arrested in a stabbing Saturday evening in downtown Willmar.


The 29-year-old Willmar man was arrested Sunday evening in northeast Willmar. Willmar Police Chief Jim Felt said the man would likely make his first court appearance today.

The man is accused of stabbing a 44-year-old Willmar man multiple times Saturday. The man was found on a sidewalk in the 400 block of Benson Avenue Southwest Saturday evening and transported to Rice Memorial Hospital.

Witnesses had identified the suspect at the scene of the stabbing. Authorities searched an apartment downtown, but he had left the scene.

Felt said the Police Department got information about the man’s location Sunday and arrested him at a hotel in northeast Willmar without incident.

Boating incident

SPICER — The Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office was called to a watercraft incident near Emerald Bay on Green Lake early Sunday evening.

A caller to 911 at 6:02 p.m. Sunday said her father, sister, brother and husband had fallen in the lake.

The call was originally said to be about a potential drowning, but everyone was accounted for when deputies arrived. One person was transported to Rice Hospital with minor injuries.

Assisting at the scene were the New London Ambulance, Willmar Ambulance Service, Spicer Fire Department, New London Fire Department, Lakes Area Responders, Spicer First Responders, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Kandiyohi County Rescue Squad.


WILLMAR — The theft of a Ruger SR22 handgun in the 400 block of Charlotte Street Southeast was reported at about 9:30 p.m. Sunday.

NEW LONDON — Two tires were reported taken from the back of a truck in the 17000 block of Highway 23 Northeast in New London. The theft was reported Monday morning, and the theft was believed to have happened overnight.

Property damage

SPICER — A resident in the 8000 block of North Shore Drive reported Sunday afternoon that they were losing their retaining wall into Green Lake because of boats speeding past their property in violation of wake restrictions imposed because of high water levels.

District Court, Kandiyohi County

- Carolyn Pelkey, 47, of Belgrade was released on her own recognizance after appearing in court Monday on a felony charge of second-degree assault.

Pelkey was arrested Friday evening after an incident at Kandiyohi County Park 7 at Games Lake. Her next court appearance will be on Sept. 11. She was ordered to have no contact with the alleged victims and to possess no dangerous weapons.

According to the criminal complaint filed in court, Pelkey was in a dispute with another woman about a cooler. When a man stepped in to ask what was going on, Pelkey allegedly waved a knife in his direction.

When the contents of the cooler spilled out during the dispute, Pelkey took it and left, leaving the knife behind on the ground, according to the complaint.

She was later picked up by Stearns County authorities and transported to the Kandiyohi County Jail. She agreed to talk with an officer and said she had the knife in the pocket of a sweatshirt she was wearing and admitted waving it at the man, according to the complaint.