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

This is the records summary for Aug. 11.

Accident injures two

WILLMAR -- Two people suffered minor injuries in a collision at 12:02 p.m. Tuesday at the intersection of Minnesota Highway 23 and Kandiyohi County Road 5, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

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Timothy Oleary, 36, of Tyler, was driving a 2006 Ford Expedition eastbound on Highway 23 and Dale Mclain, 59, of Willmar, was driving a 1996 Chevrolet pickup northbound on County Road 5 when the accident occurred.

Officers with the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office and Willmar Police Department and the Willmar Fire Department responded to the collision.

Fire calls

WILLMAR -- Firefighters responded to a call at 9:46 p.m. Monday at a Regency Estate East residence on 14000 Lakeland Drive Northeast. A resident reported a fire in the wall behind a stove. Another person shut off electric power to the stove outlet and the fire was extinguished.

WILLMAR -- Firefighters answered a fire call at 1:04 a.m. on Tuesday when garbage was set on fire at a residence on the 400 block of Juli Street Southeast. A resident there was able to put out the fire. It's not known if the fire was accidental or intentionally set.

Thefts

WILLMAR -- A variety of items were stolen from an apartment on the 600 block of Fifth Street Southwest in Willmar.

The residents told police Monday evening that they discovered someone had entered the apartment and taken a necklace, wallet, $300 in cash, medical card and other items. They found their television set outside the building. There was no sign of forced entry.

WILLMAR -- A resident on the 2100 block of Fourth Avenue Southeast in Willmar told police Monday evening that a $130 bicycle had been stolen from the residence.

Assaults

WILLMAR -- A 36-year-old man is facing assault charges for an incident in which a woman was either pushed or possibly fell from a vehicle during a verbal argument between the two. Police took the suspect into custody after the incident at 6:37 p.m. Monday in the downtown area of Willmar.

WILLMAR -- Police took a 15-year-old male into custody after he allegedly fought with another person in his home, and then fought with police called to the scene.

Officers were summoned to a residence on the 900 block of Third Street Southwest after reports the individual was assaulting another male, allegedly gouging the victim with his fingernails. The suspect remained combative when officers arrived and one officer reported minor injuries in an altercation with him.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- A Kerkhoven man will serve 150 days in the Kandiyohi County Jail and spend five years on supervised probation for attempting to pass a forged check at a New London business.

Jason Rusthoven, 25, was sentenced Monday in Kandiyohi County District Court in Willmar by Judge Michael Thompson. Thompson agreed to stay execution of a 17-month prison sentence for five years.

Rusthoven was arrested in April after a New London business reported receiving a check from Rusthoven on an account that was closed. That same day, a woman with connections to Rusthoven allegedly tried to pass a check forged on the account of one of Rusthoven's relatives. During questioning, Rusthoven denied stealing the check from his relative's checkbook but admitted he provided the woman with the check.

He has two prior convictions for check forgeries, in Swift County in 2006 and in Kandiyohi County in 2008.

Under the terms of his sentence, he must write a letter of apology to his relative and to the business where he attempted to pass the check. He also is barred from maintaining or having access to a checking account, as well as possessing, using or having access to checks, debit cards and other banking transaction tools.

- An 18-year-old youth was found delinquent and ordered to serve time at the Prairie Lakes Detention Center for his role in a street fight this past April.

Jeremy Joshua Williams, of Willmar, was 17 when the offense occurred. Felony matters against 16- and 17-year-old juveniles are public record.

Judge Michael Thompson sentenced Williams to 83 days, with credit for 53 days already served, and ordered the remainder of the sentence to be served at the Kandiyohi County Jail.

Williams was one of three or four youths involved in the April 28 fight, which apparently started over a breakup with a girl. He allegedly chased and threatened the victims with a baseball bat.

He pleaded guilty last month to one felony charge of second-degree riot. Additional charges of second-degree assault and third-degree riot were dismissed.

A second man involved in the fight also was criminally charged.

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