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

Clara City woman treated, released after rollover

RAYMOND -- A 21-year-old Clara City woman was treated and released from Rice Memorial Hospital for injuries suffered in a rollover accident around 6:45 a.m. Thursday near Raymond.

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According to the State Patrol, Krista L. Ellingson was driving a 2002 Dodge pickup northbound on Highway 23 and attempted to pass a vehicle, lost control and rolled the vehicle.

Fraud

WILLMAR -- A case of credit card fraud was reported around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday along the 2200 block of 16th Street Southwest. A credit card had been used at a supermarket in Africa.

WILLMAR -- Forged checks were reported around noon Thursday along the 500 block of Fifth Street Southwest.

Arrests

WILLMAR -- A 18-year-old Montevideo man was arrested on charges of aggravated forgery around 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Jennie-O Turkey Store plant #4, 1530 30th St. S.W.

WILLMAR -- An 18-year-old man was arrested on assault charges around 1 p.m. Thursday at the Willmar Senior High School, 2701 30th St. N.E. after an assault was reported on another student.

Dog bite

WILLMAR -- A dog bite incident was reported around 5:45 p.m. Wednesday from the Rice Memorial Hospital emergency room. A 14-year-old girl had allegedly been bitten in the chest by a Rottweiler.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Tyler Dean Ryks, 20, of New London, pleaded guilty Thursday to a felony charge of theft for stealing a motor vehicle.

In a plea agreement, he also agreed to pay restitution of $1,308.99. He will be sentenced Feb. 24.

The charge was filed after a Kandiyohi County sheriff's deputy was called around 7:15 a.m. Nov. 9 to a home in New London. A couple there reported that their 1989 Chevy Blazer had been stolen the night before. They said Ryks had been at the home and that items inside the vehicle were also missing.

Later that same day, Willmar police located the vehicle in a parking lot near the 1200 block of First Street. A woman who lived nearby told officers Ryks had come to the window of her son's room that morning and said that he'd stolen a vehicle, said where it was parked and that he'd thrown the keys into the backyard. The son said Ryks told him he'd stolen it from a guy who owed him money.

- Jose Guadalupe Ramirez, 33, of Marshall, made his first appearance Thursday on felony charges of second-degree burglary and theft.

He was released on his personal recognizance; however, he is in Department of Corrections custody at the county jail. His next appearance is Jan. 25.

According to the complaint, Willmar police were called Nov. 27 to a home in the city's southwest quadrant on a burglary report. The owner said the home had been burglarized while he and his wife were out to dinner. They believed they'd left the door unlocked. Missing items included a laptop computer, digital camera, a number of rings, diamond earrings, a 32-inch television, gold tennis bracelet, a silver bracelet and a man's watch. The total value was estimated at $11,758.

Later that same evening, a Lyon County deputy stopped a vehicle for speeding and identified the driver as Ramirez. He was in possession of the property, which was traced back as being stolen from the home. He was interviewed and allegedly admitted to burglary.

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