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

Thefts

WILLMAR -- Numerous items were stolen this past month from an apartment in the 300 block of Seventh Street Northwest.

The thefts were reported Friday to Willmar police and apparently took place some time between Jan. 22 and Feb 12. Police are investigating.

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Arrests

WILLMAR -- A fender-bender in the Cub Foods parking lot Thursday afternoon escalated into a fight between the two drivers. One of them, a 19-year-old woman, was struck near the head but did not require treatment.

Disorderly conduct and assault charges are pending in the incident, which was investigated by Willmar police.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Erwin Rommel Potaiah, 38, of Burnsville and currently in the county jail, was sentenced Friday to 21 months in prison and a $50 fine on a third-degree assault charge for burning another jail inmate by throwing a cup of boiling water on him.

Potaiah was given credit for 322 days already served in jail.

The charge was filed after a Kandiyohi County sheriff's deputy was called to the jail on March 31 to investigate an assault that happened March 28. The deputy and jail officials reviewed video surveillance footage that showed Potaiah appearing to take a cup from a microwave and throw its contents on a man while both were in a stairwell. The men then engaged in a fist fight and were separated. The other inmate had large burns on his chest and neck that were treated by a doctor and rated as first- and second-degree burns. In an interview, Potaiah said the other man had touched him and that he wanted to teach the man a lesson. He also said he heated the water for two minutes in the microwave.

- Aweys Hassan Yussuf, 34, of Willmar, was ordered Thursday to serve 27 months in prison on a second-degree assault charge. The stay of execution on the sentence, originally handed down in February 2009, was revoked and he was given credit for 262 days already served in jail.

The charges were filed after a Willmar police officer was dispatched on Oct. 17 to an apartment building on the city's southwest side for a domestic incident. A woman there had a cut on her wrist, between 1½ to 2 inches long, that was bleeding. A man, Yussuf, had also called dispatch claiming that he had been cut by the woman and that he had arrived at Rice Memorial Hospital.

The woman said Yussuf was going to go to work but demanded intimate relations with her before he left. They argued, he got a knife from the kitchen, threatened her and cut her with the knife. She said he cut himself badly on the arm with the same knife.

Officers found the knife in the kitchen and went to the hospital to interview Yussuf. He said he broke her cell phone so that she wouldn't talk with other men while he was at work, said she got the knife and stabbed him and claimed he didn't know how she got cut.

The woman reported to law enforcement the next day several more injuries and said there had been a history of domestic abuse in their relationship, but that she hadn't reported it because she was afraid for her safety.

- Jennifer Rebecca Wendt, 36, and Curtis Dean Erickson, 47, of Lake Lillian, both made their first appearances Friday on felony charges of fifth-degree drug and meth paraphernalia possession.

Unconditional bail was set at $10,000 for Wendt. Conditional release was allowed on her personal recognizance, provided she have no contact with Erickson, possess no weapons and cooperate with family services.

Unconditional bail was set at $20,000 for Erickson, with conditional release allowed for $1,000.

Both make their next appearance on Feb. 22.

According to the complaint, CEE-VI Drug Task Force agents and Kandiyohi County sheriff's deputies executed a search warrant Wednesday on a home along Oakdale Avenue in Lake Lillian. The focus of the warrant was narcotics and drug paraphernalia. Wendt, Erickson and another man were located in the home, along with two children, ages 9 years and 5 months. The search revealed plastic bags of meth, and numerous items of drug paraphernalia, including some in the bedroom where the children slept.

Marriage licenses

Kandiyohi County

Christopher Ruiz, Willmar, and Elizabeth Rodriguez, Willmar.

Wilson Omar Garcia, Willmar, and Veronica Jo Schreiner, Willmar.

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