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

This is the records summary for Sept. 16.

Teen injured in 'road wars' crash

SPICER -- A 17-year-old Spicer boy was taken by his parents to receive medical attention for his injuries sustained in two-vehicle crash Tuesday evening that is still under investigation by the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office.

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According to the crash report, Austin Holden was a passenger in a 1997 Oldsmobile driven by Derek Strey, 17, of Spicer. The car was struck by a 1994 Chevy pickup driven by Matthew Schmiedeker, 18, of Spicer, around 11 p.m. Tuesday. The crash happened near the intersection of 109th Avenue and 54th Street Northeast, which is in a subdivision off County Road 10 west of Spicer.

The crash was reported to law enforcement around 12:10 a.m. Wednesday, after Holden was taken for medical treatment. The high school students involved reported playing "road wars" and using one vehicle to block in another vehicle, for better "egging" position. Witnesses reported hearing revving of engines, a crash and squealing tires. The investigation includes determining if more vehicles were involved and if anyone else was hurt.

No citations were issued as of Wednesday afternoon. Both vehicles sustained moderate damage.

Arrests

WILLMAR -- A 42-year-old Willmar man was arrested on charges of driving while impaired and a 35-year-old woman was arrested on a warrant from another county around 9:20 p.m. Tuesday along the 400 block of Charlotte Street Southeast. The arrests were made after a citizen reported seeing a man choking a woman in a van.

Theft

WILLMAR -- The theft of a wallet was reported around 11 a.m. Wednesday along the 600 block of Second Street Southeast.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Phillip Christian Rice, 40, of Litchfield, was ordered to serve 17 months in prison on a felony charge of drug conspiracy for selling what appeared to be methamphetamine to a confidential informant for the CEE-VI Drug Task Force.

The previous stay of execution on Rice's sentence was revoked Wednesday by Judge Michael J. Thompson. Rice was given credit for 182 days already served and ordered to pay a $2,000 fine with prison earnings.

The charge, along with four other felony drug charges, were filed in July 2008 after the informant informed a CEE-VI agent that Rice had offered to sell an "eight-ball" of meth for $360 on July 16, 2008.

The informant had made arrangements for the buy to happen that day. Agents set up the informant and provided $400 in task force funds. The informant went to a Spicer residence and later met the agents, handed over the bag of suspected meth and the remaining money.

The drugs had a rough weight of 6 grams, but a field test was inconclusive for methamphetamine.

The agents told the informant about the results of the test, and then the informant called Rice and confronted him with the information that the drugs were not good. The informant was supposed to return the suspected drugs to Rice the next day.

However, that evening a number of law enforcement officers served a search warrant on the home and confirmed that Rice was staying there. They recovered drug paraphernalia from several rooms in the house, plus cutting agents, a list of products used to make meth, a propane torch adapted to smoking meth and a meth smoking device made of a light bulb that contained meth residue. They also found cocaine in the home. The agents also found a package of white crystalline substance, but it tested negative for methamphetamine.

Rice was interviewed and denied selling the drugs.

He admitted there was marijuana in the home and that he used marijuana, admitted to calling the informant, but then said the informant had "offered" him the money, consisting of recorded bills from the drug task force.

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