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

Couple taken to hospital after Highway 23 crash

NEW LONDON -- A Walnut Grove couple was taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries after a two-vehicle crash around 1:15 p.m. Monday along State Highway 23 near New London.

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According to the State Patrol, Allan A. Farber, 75, was driving a passenger car southbound in the right lane when he made a lane change and was rear-ended by a car driven by Andrew Kleven of Willmar. Farber was taken to the hospital for treatment of possibly broken ribs and a passenger, Marilyn J. Farber, was taken for head and neck pain.

One of five passengers in the Kleven vehicle, Joel Schendel, 19, was treated for a minor injury by ambulance personnel. No one else in the vehicle was injured.

Graffiti

WILLMAR -- Reports of graffiti on buildings were received between 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. Monday along the 1100 and 1400 blocks of First Street South, and along 19th Avenue Southeast near Pleasantview Avenue. The damage had been done to buildings and road signs.

WILLMAR -- Graffiti in a bathroom was reported around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Kandi Mall, 1605 First St. S.

Theft

WILLMAR -- The theft of money by an employee was reported around noon Tuesday at the Dollar Store, 2323 First St. S.

WILLMAR -- The theft of skateboarding ramps was reported around 12:20 p.m. Tuesday at Willmar Senior High School. The ramps were believed to have been missing since Sunday or Monday.

Shoplifter

WILLMAR -- A 27-year-old Willmar woman was cited for shoplifting around 4:45 p.m. Monday at Super Wal-Mart, 700 19th Ave. S.E.

Arrests

WILLMAR -- A 25-year-old Willmar man was arrested on controlled substance charges around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday along the 1000 block of Lakeland Drive Southeast.

WILLMAR -- A 29-year-old Willmar male was arrested on charges of giving a false name to a peace officer around 10:50 a.m. Tuesday at the Kandi Mall, 1605 First St. S.

Fire

WILLMAR -- The Willmar Fire Department was called to extinguish a car fire around 9:40 a.m. Tuesday along U.S. Highway 71 near 45th Avenue. The department was on the scene for about 20 minutes.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Jose Rosario Martinez, 26, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Monday to a felony charge of fourth-degree assault of a peace officer for kicking a Willmar officer attempting to arrest and transport him to the county jail.

As part of a plea agreement, another felony will be dismissed. He will be sentenced Aug. 10.

The charges were filed after two Willmar police officers were called on May 20 to a home along Robert Street Southeast on a domestic incident. A couple there reported that Martinez was out of control, had been drinking for two days and had physical altercations with both of them. Officers attempted to take Martinez into custody. In response, he swore at them, resisted and kicked one officer in the kneecap. As the officer was leading Martinez out of the house, he spit on the officer's face and, once inside the squad car, spit through the cage onto the front seat, computer and other equipment. On the way to the Law Enforcement Center, he continued to threaten the officer and was escorted into the jail by five jail staff members. Somehow, Martinez kicked the officer in the kneecap again.

- Kathleen Mary Huiras-Weber, 42, of New London, pleaded guilty Monday to an amended charge of fourth-degree controlled substance possession.

As part of a plea agreement, the charge was reduced from a third-degree drug possession with intent to sell charge. She will be sentenced on Sept. 15.

The charges were filed after a confidential informant purchased 1.2 grams of methamphetamine from her for $150 during an arranged buy on Oct. 9 at Kandiyohi County Park 4 in Spicer.

- Kimberly Mae Kern, 27, of Raymond, was sentenced to 30 days in jail, a $1,000 fine and five years of probation on a fifth-degree degree controlled substance charge.

As part of a plea agreement, another fifth-degree charge was dismissed and she received a stay of adjudication on her sentence. Under the stay, if she complies with the court's conditions, no conviction will appear on her record.

The charges were filed after Dec. 26, when the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office was called to a home in Raymond on a burglary report. A woman reported her home burglarized, possibly by someone in a red car. However, officers were suspicious because neighbors had told them a vehicle now parked properly near the home had been backed up to the front door with the trunk open. A detective asked to see in several vehicles to see if missing items were in them. In the vehicle that had been backed up to the house, officers found several containers of marijuana.

In interviews, Kern and another woman admitted to putting the marijuana into the vehicle from the house before calling law enforcement to report the burglary. Kern admitted she was processing the marijuana in preparation for selling it. The leafy green substance tested positive as marijuana and had a total weight of 1,700 grams.

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