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

This is the records summary for June 11.


WILLMAR -- A case of credit card fraud was reported around 11:20 p.m. Wednesday along the 1000 block of Litchfield Avenue Southwest.



RAYMOND -- A burglary and theft of tools was reported around 4:45 p.m. Wednesday along Fourth Street.

Officers called to numerous parks

WILLMAR -- Willmar Police were called to four different city parks within about two hours Wednesday on reports of kids fighting or playing rough. It turned out that two boys were mock fighting, imitating pro wrestling moves at Bjorsell Park and playing a game of tag that turned into rough play at another park.

A 13-year-old boy reported he'd been assaulted around 6:20 p.m. Wednesday at Lincoln Park. The responding officer later learned that the boy had allegedly used a racial slur against a 14-year-old boy and then started a fight with the boy. The case is under review for possible disorderly conduct charges.

Citizens are asked to call police if children playing at a park appear to be out of control or if they are injured, according to Officer Marilee Dorn. Parents are urged to supervise their children while they are playing at the city's parks.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Michael Albert Johnson Jr., 24, of Willmar, made his first appearance Thursday on a felony charge of violating an order for protection.

Unconditional bail was set at $40,000. His next appearance is Monday.

According to the complaint, Willmar Police were called around 11:25 a.m. Tuesday to a home in the southeast quadrant of the city on an order for protection violation report. A woman reported that Johnson had been released from jail the day before and he had given a letter to a relative to pass on to the woman. She allowed the officer to review the letter. She had also received a message via Facebook asking her to bring some items to Johnson's home. She said she'd gone there and that Johnson gave her a letter.

An order for protection was issued on March 22 that banned Johnson from any contact with the woman.

The officer was on his way to Johnson's home when he saw Johnson walking along the street. A nearby letter carrier said that Johnson ducked behind a tree and began running away through yards when he saw the squad car. Johnson was apprehended and admitted to writing the first letter, but said that it never intended to go to the woman and said that he gave it to the relative to explain how he had changed. The letter was clearly addressed to the woman.

On Monday, Johnson pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges, an order for protection violation and domestic assault. He will be sentenced July 13 on those charges.