School bus, truck crash; only injury is cut finger
WILLMAR -- An 8-year-old child suffered a cut finger, which was bandaged before police officers arrived at the scene of a school bus crash around 7:45 a.m. Tuesday at the uncontrolled intersection of Minnesota Avenue and Third Street Southeast.
According to the crash report, the boy was one of 27 children on the bus driven by Daniel Jeseritz, 37, of Kandiyohi. The bus was struck on its passenger side by a 1996 Chevy truck driven by Seth Swan, 20, of Balaton.
- Jeffrey Allen Marko, 46, of Willmar, was sentenced to 26 months in prison on a felony charge of being a predatory offender who knowingly violated his registration requirements.
He was also fined $50 and given credit for 113 days already served in jail.
According to the criminal complaint, Marko was convicted of two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct in 2004. He was classified as a predatory offender and required to register anytime he changed addresses or left an address. Marko has registered his address as a facility called Matthew House in Willmar. The house's supervisor contacted authorities on June 2 that Marko had left the facility and had not returned.
- Jose Alberto Perez, 29, of Olivia, made his first appearance Tuesday on a felony theft by swindle charge for allegedly taking $1,000 in rent money on a home that was in foreclosure proceedings.
Unconditional bail was set at $15,000 with conditional bail for $750. His next appearance is set for Oct. 19.
According to the complaint, Willmar police received a report July 27 that a Marshall woman had rented a home from Perez and had paid him $1,000 in rent and deposit money. However, the home was in foreclosure and Perez didn't own it or have the authority to rent it to tenants. The renter had moved into the home and later found that the locks were changed by a Realtor, who did allow her and others to stay at the home temporarily. The woman had attempted to get her money back from Perez but was unsuccessful. Perez was interviewed later and admitted to receiving the $1,000, but claimed he had given $500 back to the woman and was going to give the other $500 back after the interview.