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

This is the records summary for Feb. 16.

Pedestrians to hospital after multiple-car crash

WILLMAR -- Two people were taken by Willmar Ambulance to Rice Memorial Hospital after they were struck by a vehicle around 8 p.m. Monday at the intersection of Second Street Southeast and Augusta Avenue.


According to the crash report by Willmar Police, Joyce Marie Engen, 19, and Sheryl Lynn Engen, 44, of Willmar, were walking behind a parked, occupied car along Second Street when they were struck by a 1991 Saab driven by Megan Mickelson, 19, of Foreston. Mickelson's car was struck by a 1995 Chevy driven by Jennifer Storck, 20, of Morris, at the intersection and then struck the pedestrians and the parked car, driven by Mario Castellon Jr., 19, of Willmar.

Property damage

WILLMAR -- Damage to a vehicle was reported around 3 p.m. Monday along the 400 block of Willmar Avenue Southwest.

ID theft

WILLMAR -- A case of identity theft was reported around 4 p.m. Monday. The report was made at the Law Enforcement Center.


WILLMAR -- A 36-year-old Willmar female was arrested on charges of driving while impaired around 1:45 a.m. Tuesday near the intersection of Lakeland Drive and U.S. Highway 12 Southeast.

WILLMAR -- A 39-year-old Willmar man was arrested on charges of driving while impaired around 12:50 a.m. Tuesday near the intersection of 13th Street and Elizabeth Avenue Southeast.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Andrew Charles Wyman, 17, of Willmar, pleaded not guilty Monday to two felony theft charges for allegedly stealing a snowmobile from a rural Atwater residence and leaving it stuck in a drainage ditch.

Wyman was ordered held at Prairie Lakes Detention Center. His next appearance is March 3.

Wyman and Michael James Lish, 18, of Grove City, are charged in the case. Lish's next appearance is Tuesday.

The complaint says that a Kandiyohi County sheriff's deputy was called on Dec. 26 to the rural residence near Atwater.

On the way, the deputy spotted a black Polaris stuck in a drainage ditch along County Road 4. The owner of the sled positively identified the snowmobile as the one stolen from his place.

The deputy took photos of the footprints in the snow on the place and near where the snowmobile was recovered. Wyman allegedly told a Willmar police officer that "Mike" had taken the snowmobile and got it stuck. He said Mike lived at an apartment building in Atwater.

On Dec. 27, a detective went to the building and matched the tread of boots found outside of Lish's apartment to those in the photos taken by the deputy.

Lish was interviewed and allegedly admitted that he and the other person walked to the rural residence twice, the first time they unloaded the snowmobiles and the second time they returned with snowmobile gear so that Wyman could ride the one snowmobile away. He allegedly admitted to taking the snowmobile and getting it stuck.

Wyman said that he also took a gas can, which he later returned to the Sheriff's Office.

- Amber Rae Benson, 18, of Willmar, made her first appearance Tuesday on a felony charge of aiding an offender.

She was released on her personal recognizance. Her next appearance is Feb. 28.

According to the complaint, Willmar police received a tip Tuesday that Luis Miguel Solis, 23, was staying at an apartment building on the southeast side of town. Solis was wanted on warrants in Kandiyohi and Swift counties. He also appeared Tuesday in court and was ordered held until a Thursday probation violation hearing.

Solis has allegedly violated his probation on felony charges stemming from a May 2008 incident that included ramming a Willmar apartment building with his vehicle. He was sentenced to five years of probation, 99 days in jail, a $1,550 fine and $2,907 in restitution.

An officer went to the apartment building, saw two people walking and recognized Solis from prior occasions. The people walked and then ran into the building and quickly closed the door to an apartment. The officer waited for another officer and then repeatedly knocked on the door and announced that Solis was wanted and that Benson, identified by dispatch and by her driver's license photo, could be charged with a crime if she didn't open the door.

The officers got a master key from the apartment caretaker, warned the occupants twice more, and then opened the door with the key. Both Solis and Benson were arrested.

- Juan Jose Maldonado Jr., 29, of Pennock, made his first appearance Tuesday on a felony charge of terroristic threats for allegedly threatening a woman during a domestic incident Sunday.

Unconditional bail was set at $24,000 with conditional release allowed for $2,000 cash. His next appearance is Feb. 28.

Maldonado also faces a misdemeanor charge of domestic assault.

According to the complaint, a sheriff's deputy was dispatched to a rural Pennock home around 5 p.m. Sunday. A woman there reported that she'd had an argument with Maldonado and that he hit and kicked her, along with threatening her life. She said that she'd asked a teenager to call law enforcement and that Maldonado had left the residence.

Maldonado was arrested at the Law Enforcement Center and said that they had argued, that the woman came after him and he was defending himself.