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This is the records summary for July 22.

Teen arrested after bike theft, knife incident

WILLMAR -- A 17-year-old Willmar boy was arrested shortly after he allegedly stole a bicycle from a garage and the pulled a knife on the citizen who confronted him about the theft.


The incident was reported around 2:10 p.m. Tuesday along Ella Avenue Northwest.

The boy was taken to Prairie Lakes Youth Programs where he is in custody. Charges include second-degree assault and burglary.

According to Police Chief Jim Kulset, a citizen reported that three young Latino males had attempted to steal a bicycle from a garage and were confronted by the victim. The young man allegedly pulled a knife on the victim then fled. He was subsequently arrested.

Child falls from third-floor window, taken

to hospital

WILLMAR -- A 2½-year-old child fell from a third-floor window around 7:20 p.m. Tuesday along the 500 block of Lakeland Drive Southeast. The child apparently got away from his caregiver and pushed a window screen out before falling. He was taken by ambulance to Rice Memorial Hospital.

Property damage

SPICER -- Damage to three vending machines and theft from the machines was reported around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Little Crow Golf Club, 15980 Highway 23 N.E.

Eden Valley man arrested, huge amount of stolen property located

LITCHFIELD -- A 51-year-old Eden Valley man was arrested Tuesday morning by law enforcement on charges of drug possession and possessing vast quantities of stolen pro-perty.

According to Mee-ker County Sheriff Jeff Norlin, Ge-rald Leroy Fleshman was arrested around 10 a.m. Tuesday during a traffic stop in Manannah Township. Officers found several grams of meth and drug paraphernalia during the arrest.

The arrest came after an investigation and the discovery of more than a thousand stolen items from multiple burglaries in Meeker County. The case remains an active investigation.

According to Norlin, Fleshman is in the Meeker County Jail pending formal charges on multiple counts of possession of stolen property, felony narcotics violation and being a felon in possession of a weapon. Fleshman has an extensive criminal history including burglary, theft, assault and drug charges in and out of Minnesota dating to 1981.

Also on Tuesday, officers executed search warrant on a Manannah Township residence, where Fleshman was storing property, and found nearly 1,000 items. The items included hand and power tools, ATVs, trailers, chain saws, lawn mowers, generators, fishing equipment, construction equipment and boat motors. The items were seized, and all are believed to be stolen from multiple burglaries throughout the tri-county area. Several weapons were also seized. While executing this search warrant, investigators discovered more than 80 items stolen from storage sheds in Litchfield that were burglarized last weekend.

Investigators then obtained a second search warrant and executed it on Fleshman's Eden Valley residence, wherein hundreds of other stolen items were also obtained. In addition to these items, an urn with human remains along with a grandfather clock was seized that had been reported stolen from a residence in rural Eden Valley on June 18.

Meeker County law officers worked with the Stearns, Wright and Kandiyohi sheriff's offices, along with police from Eden Valley and Cold Spring on the case.