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

This is the records summary for Aug. 27.

Kimball man killed in Highway 55 crash

KIMBALL -- A 54-year-old Kimball man died at St. Cloud Hospital from injuries sustained in a two-vehicle crash around 5:40 p.m. Wednesday along State Highway 55.

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According to the State Patrol, Craig A. Vannurden was driving a 1998 Buick eastbound on the highway and had slowed or stopped to make a left-hand turn onto northbound County Road 48. His vehicle was struck by a 2001 Ford pickup driven by Michael J. Sichender, 20, of Annandale. Sichender was not injured. It is unknown if Vannurden was wearing his seatbelt.

Meeker sheriff warns of critical incident scam

LITCHFIELD -- At least two people in Meeker County have reported receiving phone calls from scammers posing as either hospital staff or others related to a critical incident, who say that a family member has been involved in an accident and are at a specific hospital.

Sheriff Jeff Norlin sent out a press release Thursday seeking to make the public aware of the scam. In each case, the resident is then asked to respond to the hospital immediately. In both of these cases, the residents took the proper course of action, which was to not respond to the hospital right away, verify the information and call the sheriff.

Anyone who receives this type of call is asked to do the same, and especially call the sheriff's office or your local police department right away. Dispatchers at the county emergency communications center can assist in verifying if the call is real, and a deputy or officer can respond, check the area and gather additional information from you. It may be just a prank call, or worse, a potential thief waiting for you to leave your house unoccupied for a known period of time to commit a burglary.

Pressbox broken into, microphone missing

WILLMAR -- Someone broke into the pressbox at Hodapp Field by smashing a window on the door and stole the public address microphone.

The crime was reported around 9:30 a.m. Thursday to the Willmar Police Department. The estimated loss, including the microphone and the window, was $200.

Fire calls

WILLMAR -- The Willmar Fire Department was called around 9 p.m. Wednesday to an apartment along the 400 block of Lakeland Drive Southeast to extinguish a fire in a stove.

Forgery

WILLMAR -- A case of check forgery was reported around 11:10 a.m. Wednesday at Checks Cashed, 312 24th Ave. S.W. A check had been cashed without the consent of the owner of the account.

Juvenile trouble

WILLMAR -- A juvenile male was cited for fleeing on foot, underage consumption, illegal fireworks possession and curfew violation around 12:30 a.m. Thursday along the 900 block of First Street South. The juvenile was taken home to a parent.

WILLMAR -- One person was cited under the county social host ordinance, one person for underage consumption and one person for fleeing an officer on foot and underage consumption after law enforcement officers were called around 1:15 a.m. Thursday to the 200 block of 18th Street Northwest. The citations were issued after a loud party was reported at the home.

Theft

WILLMAR -- The theft of an eight-gigabyte iPod valued at $270 was reported around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday along the 2700 block of 15th Street Southwest.

WILLMAR -- The theft of gas from vehicles was reported around 9 a.m. Thursday along 39th Street Northwest.

SPICER -- The theft of items from a vehicle parked at Green Lake Bible Camp was reported around 11:25 a.m. Thursday.

SPICER -- The theft of items from vehicles was reported around 11:35 a.m. Thursday along Indian Beach Road.

Property damage

WILLMAR -- Property damage and an unpaid hotel bill were reported around 1:15 p.m. Wednesday at the Highway 12 Motel, 609 Litchfield Ave. S.E. A guest had allegedly damaged a room and left without paying a $190 bill.

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