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

This is the records summary for June 15.

Arrests

RAYMOND -- A 20-year-old man was arrested on a warrant and for driving without a license or insurance and a 23-year-old man was arrested on a warrant and for giving a false name to a police officer around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday near the intersection of Day Street and Menage Avenue.

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Theft

WILLMAR -- The theft of cash and debit and gift cards from a vehicle was reported around 9 p.m. Wednesday along the 1400 block of 13th Avenue Northeast.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Jason Curtis Stephens, 23, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Thursday to an amended charge of gross misdemeanor criminal vehicular operation for driving a vehicle that crashed and burned in the early morning hours of July 30 in rural New London.

As part of a plea agreement, the charge was reduced from felony level and two misdemeanors for driving while impaired will be dismissed. He will be sentenced July 18.

The charges were filed after sheriff's deputies were dispatched around 2:15 a.m. July 30 to the intersection of County Roads 5 and 9 on a report that a vehicle was burning in the ditch.

The first deputy arrived and found two men, including Stephens, outside of the vehicle, which was engulfed in flames. Stephens, who smelled of alcohol, reported he had fallen asleep at the wheel. The vehicle had been southbound on County Road 5, gone through the intersection with County Road 9 and crashed through a guardrail, signs and trees into the ditch.

Both Stephens and his passenger were taken to Rice Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries. A preliminary breath test showed Stephens had a blood alcohol level of 0.12 percent. A blood test analyzed by the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension showed a blood alcohol concentration of 0.11 percent. The legal limit for driving is 0.08.

The passenger reported that he didn't remember what had happened, only that they went to Waterama Days in Glenwood and that he had fallen asleep, only to wake when Stephens was telling him to get out of the car because it was on fire. The man's injuries included a compression fracture of his vertebrae.

- Andrew Ray Arneson, 18, of Brooten, made his first appearance Wednesday on two felony charges of burglary and theft for allegedly breaking into a building on a rural Belgrade farm site and stealing tools and a firearm.

Unconditional bail was set at $20,000. His next appearance is June 25.

Arneson and Bo Brian Anderson, 21, are charged in the case. Anderson faces three felony charges.

According to the complaint, the Kandiyohi County Sheriff 's Office was called May 1 regarding a burglary at a Belgrade farm site.

A total of $450 in tools and a Savage 17-caliber rifle were missing from a garage that was used as a shop and office.

Anderson, who was held in the county jail by a Department of Corrections warrant for violating the conditions of his supervised release in other case, was interviewed and allegedly admitted to taking the tools and the gun.

He said Arneson had the weapon and was with him during the burglary.

Arneson was interviewed and allegedly admitted to serving as a lookout for Anderson while he committed the burglary. The man said Anderson took the tools, while he took the gun and stored it at a friend's home. He refused to name the friend.

- Cory Ray Danielson, 40, of Grove City, made his first appearance Thursday on a felony charge of theft for allegedly stealing metal, equipment, a trailer and a tractor from a rural Atwater residence.

Unconditional bail was set at $20,000. His next appearance is July 30.

According to the complaint, a man reported to the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's office in February that metal, tools and equipment had been disappearing from his property in rural Atwater. Danielson had been found on the property, without permission, previous to the report. An informant reported to the sheriff's office that Danielson had been going to the property and taking things.

On March 14, a man reported a burglary at the residence and followed a pickup pulling a trailer that left the location. The trailer was dumped at a rural Meeker County residence before deputies could stop the pickup, which was driven by Danielson. Danielson said he had permission to take the scrap metal in the bed of the pickup, that he'd bought a tractor from the man and had permission to take the trailer. He told the deputy he would provide a bill of sale for the tractor, but did not provide the information.

The investigation and information from a man interviewed in the Meeker County Jail led to a local impound lot, where deputies found a trailer and tractor that had been towed from an Atwater location in May. Both had been reported stolen from the rural Atwater residence.

The owner identified the trailers and other items that were located in Danielson's possession and later identified the tractor as his property. The total value of the property was estimated at $2,950.

Minn. teen recovering after black powder explosion

FERGUS FALLS (AP) -- A 17-year-old rural Ottertail boy is making a good recovery after being burned in a black powder explosion last month.

The father of Ryan Melchior says his son is expected to be released from HCMC Friday or Monday.

The Perham High School student suffered second-degree burns on about 20 percent of his skin when black powder he was trying to burn exploded May 30.

Tim Melchior says his son was not playing with the powder but was trying to get rid of it by wetting it down and burning it off.

The Daily Journal reports much more of the 80-year-old powder ignited than Melchior anticipated. The explosion left burning, wet powder clinging to his clothes.

Doctors applied skin grafts from the teen's thighs to his chest and arms.

Marriage Dissolutions

Kandiyohi County

Vickie Ranae Schmitz, New London; Kenneth James Schmitz, New London, April 2

Marife Ann Fausto Tammen, Willmar; Scott Wayne Tammen, Willmar, April 2

Sonia Jean Roux, Willmar; Todd Anthony Roux, Willmar, April 4

Dunia Gricelda Vallecillo, Willmar; Jose Hidalgo Lopez, Moose Lake, April 4

Carlota Elizabeth Gades, confidential address; Matthew Dwight Gades, Alexandria, April 5

Amber Summer Fostervold, Jewell, Iowa; Michael Richard Fostervold, Willmar, April 11

Keith Michael Lacek, Willmar; Ofelia Rosas De Lacek, Willmar, April 11

Rodney Dwayne Hedtke, Belgrade; Loretta Lynn Hedtke, Indianapolis, Ind., April 16

Louise Catherine Jacobs, Willmar; Dennis Lee Jacobs, Willmar, April 19

James Joseph Hayden, Spicer; Kareen Marie Hayden, Spicer, April 20

Maritza Roxana Mejia Umana de Garza, Willmar; Abelino Martinez Garza, Liberal, Kan., April 24

Kelly Elizabeth Adolphson, Willmar; Kenneth Wayne Adolphson Jr., Kandiyohi, April 25

Ryan Marcus Bakken, New London; Amber Lynn Bakken, Willmar, April 26

Bruce Glen Reigstad, Willmar; Marna Lou Reigstad, Willmar, April 27

Jennifer Marie Vlaminck, Willmar; Jared Charles Vlaminck, Willmar, May 2

John Anthony Wood, Willmar; Santhifica Surann Simmons, Pompano Beach, Fla, May 2

Tammi Anne Boedigheimer, Pennock; Donald Edward Boedigheimer, St. Cloud, May 9

Jessica Lynne Hagedorn, New London; Brad David Hagedorn, New London, May 9

Miguel Angel Cruz, Willmar; Maria Fatima Cruz, Willmar, May 22

Chad Allen Dafoe, Willmar; Rachelle Clarice Dafoe, Willmar, May 22

Darin Michael Myhre, Willmar; Kimberly Louise Myhre, Willmar, May 25

Laura Kay Hendricks, Atwater; Todd Jerome Hendricks, Osakis, May 29

Edgar Omar Lopez, Eden Valley; Gina Ann Lopez, Willmar, May 30

Megan Sue Peterson, Mankato; Adam Jeffrey Peterson, Willmar, May 30

Glenn DuWayne Negen, Willmar; Barbara Jean Negen, Willmar, May 30

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