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

This is the records summary for June 14.

Theft

WILLMAR -- The theft of a trailer was reported around 9 a.m. Monday along the 600 block of North Business 71.

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ID theft

WILLMAR -- A case of identity theft was reported around 10 a.m. Monday at Jennie-O Turkey Store, 2505 Willmar Ave. S.W.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Christopher Michael Mead, 22, of Willmar, was sentenced Monday to 150 days in the county jail, a $50 fine, 150 hours of community service and five years of probation on a felony charge of violation of a harassment restraining order.

As part of a plea agreement, another felony for domestic assault was dismissed and Mead received a stay of imposition on his sentence. Under the stay, the felony conviction could be reduced to a misdemeanor if he complies with the conditions of sentence.

The charges were filed after Willmar police were called around noon Dec. 10 to a home in the southwest quadrant of the city for a domestic assault. A woman there reported that Mead had come to a residence to pick up some clothing, which had been set in the entryway. She said Mead attempted to force the interior door open and hit a man in the head with his fist. She also said that Mead had thrown an ice scraper at the man, striking him in the head. The man confirmed the allegations. Another woman had a harassment restraining order against Mead, which prohibited him from entering the home.

He has prior juvenile convictions for assault in January 2004 and December 2005 and terroristic threats in July 2005, plus an adult conviction for domestic assault in July 2009.

- Dakotah William Wayne Johnson, 18, of Willmar, was sentenced to probation until his 19th birthday, 40 hours of community service, 60 days in the county jail and $1,200 in restitution on a felony charge of check forgery for his role in stealing checks and forging them at a local bank.

As part of a plea agreement, a felony theft charge was dismissed. The jail time can be deferred if Johnson is in compliance with the required restitution payments and other probation conditions.

Johnson is the second person charged in the case. Cody Alan Kirgiss, 20, of Willmar, pleaded guilty to a gross misdemeanor forgery charge on May 4. He was sentenced to 365 days in jail, a $50 fine and ordered to pay $450 in restitution.

The charges were filed after the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office received a complaint on July 25 that a Target gift card had been stolen. The owner suspected Kirgiss had taken it.

On Aug. 4, another person reported that two checks had been forged on their checking account, for $750 and for $450. One had been written to Kirgiss and the other to a woman.

Kirgiss was interviewed at the Renville County Jail and admitted to taking the gift card, but denied forging the checks. He said that Johnson was possibly involved.

Video surveillance footage allegedly showed the woman cashing a check and then Kirgiss, as a passenger in the vehicle driven by Johnson, passing a check.

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