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This is the records summary for July 15.

Bicyclist airlifted after pickup-bike crash

WILLMAR -- A 38-year-old Willmar man was airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center for treatment of injuries sustained in a bicycle-vehicle crash around 10:45 p.m. Tuesday at the intersection of Willmar Avenue and Fifth Street Southwest in Willmar.


According to the crash report, Esequiel Gomez was apparently southbound on Fifth Street on a bicycle and Edward Clarence Stoll III, 17, of Winthrop was westbound on Willmar Avenue in a 1999 Dodge pickup. Stoll stopped at the stop sign, and proceeded through the intersection, striking the bicyclist approximately in the middle of the intersection.

Gomez was not wearing a helmet. He was taken by ambulance to Rice Memorial Hospital before being airlifted. The report notes that there was evidence that the bicyclist had been consuming alcohol, but due to his physical condition, officers were not able to question him or have him tested.

Stoll was not injured.


WILLMAR -- The theft of a laptop computer was reported around 6:15 p.m. Tuesday along the 1400 block of Lakeland Drive Northeast.

WILLMAR -- The theft of a DVD player was reported around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday along the 1500 block of 15th Street Southeast.

WILLMAR -- The theft of a grill, valued at $400, was reported around 8:20 a.m. Wednesday along the 700 block of Litchfield Avenue Southwest.

WILLMAR -- The theft of a 52-inch television was reported around 10 a.m. Wednesday along the 5800 block of 15th Street Northeast.


ATWATER -- A 30-year-old Bloomington woman was arrested on charges of driving while impaired, driving after revocation and drug paraphernalia possession around 9 p.m. Tuesday along West Dakota Avenue.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Jonathan James Voorhees Thran, 21, of Annandale, pleaded guilty Wednesday to an amended misdemeanor charge of issuing a dishonored check for writing a check for sporting goods on a closed checking account.

As part of a plea agreement, the charge was reduced from a felony. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail, with 60 days stayed and credit for 30 days already served, a $450 fine and one year of probation. He was also ordered to pay $522.56 in restitution and make a reasonable effort to get his GED.

The charge was filed after a Kandiyohi County sheriff's detective was called on Aug. 20 to Spicer Sports and Marine to take a report of a dishonored check. Employees there reported that the business had received a check on July 21 for $522.56 from Thran for three water tubes and three ropes. The check was returned to the business as written on a closed account. The employee who received the check identified Thran from a photo lineup.