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

This is the records summary for Sept. 27.

Property damage

WILLMAR -- Damage to a combine and a barn, caused by a bullet, was reported around 9 a.m. Monday along the 4000 block of 120th Avenue Southwest. The combine had been parked in the barn since last fall, so it was not known when the damage happened.



WILLMAR -- The theft of a cell phone was reported around 12:30 p.m. Monday along the 2100 block of Highway 12 East.


WILLMAR -- A case of forgery was reported around 10:10 a.m. Monday at Heritage Bank, 310 First St. S. The forged checks had been stolen from along the 800 block of Fourth Street Southeast.


WILLMAR -- A case of harassment was reported around 8 p.m. Sunday along the 2100 block of 21st Avenue Southwest. A citizen reported finding a dead muskrat had been placed in their mailbox.

Spaceman lost, found

WILLMAR -- The theft of a homemade mannequin was reported around 12:45 p.m. Sunday along the 400 block of 15th Avenue Southwest. The mannequin, in a blue spacesuit and paper mache head, was later located in a neighbor's parked car.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Josiah Christopher Gustafson, 31, of Raymond, made his first appearance Monday on felony charges of domestic assault and domestic assault by strangulation.

Unconditional bail was set at $30,000. His next appearance is Oct. 10.

According to the complaint, sheriff's deputies were called around 11:45 p.m. Friday to a rural Raymond home to a domestic incident. A woman there reported that she and Gustafson had argued over money, that the fight turned physical and that he'd choked her.

He claimed the fight was only verbal.

He has prior convictions for violating an order for protection in 2007 and fifth-degree assault in 2003.

- Scott Douglas Blokzyl, 40, of Big Lake, made his first appearance Monday on a felony theft charge for allegedly taking a vehicle from a Spicer home in August.

Unconditional bail was set at $10,000. His next appearance is Oct. 10.

According to the complaint, a sheriff's deputy investigated the theft of a 2005 Volkswagen Passat from a home along Lake Avenue South in Spicer on Aug. 23. The owners of the vehicle had parked it in the garage with the door open and the keys in the car before it went missing.

Witnesses reported seeing a white male in the area, including that a State Trooper had dropped the man off just before the man took the car. Another Trooper verified that Blokzyl had gotten a ride to the area that day.