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Records for Aug. 13

This is the records summary for Aug. 13.


KANDIYOHI — At least one person was injured in an accident that happened around 8 a.m. Monday on Kandiyohi County Road 8 and 37th Avenue Southeast south of Kandiyohi.

According to a preliminary accident report, a vehicle was in the process of passing another vehicle that was pulling a trailer and making a left-hand turn.

The passing vehicle clipped the back of the trailer, with one of the vehicles ending up in a cornfield.

The driver of the passing vehicle was taken to Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar with minor injuries.

The names of those involved were not available Monday.

WILLMAR — A wrong-way driver Sunday afternoon on U.S. Highway 71 caused two vehicles to collide before the driver turned around in the emergency roadway and sped away without stopping.

According to police, the accident happened around 4 p.m. Sunday when a vehicle was going south in the northbound lane of Highway 71 near the intersection of 23rd Street Northeast by Willmar.

The wrong-way vehicle was headed toward a tow-truck pulling a flatbed.

To avoid a head-on collision, the driver of the tow-truck, Thomas Fickett from Eden Valley, moved into the other lane.

In the process the tow truck collided with the rear corner of a 2004 Mazda Tribute, driven by Romualda Lopez of Waite Park.

The wrong-way driver used an emergency road crossing to move into the southbound lane and continued going south without stopping.

There was minor damage to the other two vehicles and there were no injuries reported.

Weapon complaint

WILLMAR — An individual told police a bullet ricocheted over his head around 4:20 p.m. Sunday while sitting outside on the deck in the 5400 block of 37th Street Northeast. The caller told police the bullet may have come from a nearby gun club.


WILLMAR — Willmar police took a report Monday morning of an assault the night before at Rice Memorial Hospital that resulted in a staff member suffering a broken ankle while on the job.


WILLMAR — The padlock from a payment drop-box was broken and the contents stolen from a business in the 4500 block of Highway 71 Northeast. The theft was reported on Monday morning.

WILLMAR — A wallet was reported stolen early Sunday morning from a home in the 500 block of Third Street Southeast. A male suspect was identified.


WILLMAR — A 27-year-old woman was arrested Monday morning in the 2900 block of 45th Avenue Southeast on an unspecified drug charge after an anonymous tip was called to a local business.

According to the preliminary police report, the Family Eye Center said they got a call at around 10:40 a.m. Monday from an individual who whispered “call the cops” and provided an address where an individual was later arrested.


WILLMAR — A new home that is under construction near Spicer was reportedly sprayed with ketchup over the weekend.

According to the report that was filed Sunday afternoon with the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office, ketchup was sprayed on the garage floor, gravel driveway and in the portable toilet, which was also tipped.

The incident was reported in the 4000 block of 104th Avenue Northeast.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

n Christopher Michael Mead, 24, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Monday to felony assault charges for assaulting a woman at her Willmar apartment in June.

He will be sentenced Sept. 18.

According to the complaint, the woman said that she heard a knock on her door and saw two men through the security peephole. But when she opened the door, Mead, whom she did not see through the peephole, came running at her. He shoved his foot in the door and caused the door to hit her in the face. The woman said Mead grabbed her by the arms, demanded that she give him a sweatshirt back and then dragged her into the hallway and threw her to the floor when she said she didn’t have the sweatshirt.

Mead has prior juvenile adjudications for terroristic threats and felony assault, plus adult convictions for domestic assault and felony violation of an order for protection.

n Shane Allen Peterson, 27, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Monday to an amended felony charge of second-degree burglary for breaking into a rural Spicer home in June and stealing a computer and archery equipment with a total value of $2,550.

Two other people, William Michael Peterson, 43, and Dawn Jean Meyer, 39, both of Kerkhoven, were also charged in connection with the incident.

According to the complaint, a female resident at the home woke to find a man, later identified as Shane Peterson, in the basement. The woman reported that the man ran up the stairs and outside, where he got into a silver Buick that sped away toward U.S. Highway 71.

The woman said she had heard the front door of the house slamming repeatedly and the dog barking continuously before she saw the man in the house.

A deputy stopped the car along County Road 5 in Willmar.

The female was brought to the scene and identified Shane Peterson as the man who was in her home.

Meyer and William Peterson told deputies that Shane Peterson told them that a person at the home owed him a drug debt, that he gave directions to get to the residence and then knocked and entered the home.

Meyer said she assumed someone let him into the home, but she did not see anyone at the door. She said he later came out of the house walking fast and said “let’s go” with something in his hand. William Peterson confirmed that they had been at the residence.

The stolen items were recovered when deputies searched the vehicle.

Sentencing for Peterson is set for Sept. 24.