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Meeker County hosting peace officer memorial Friday

LITCHFIELD -- Friday is National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the public is invited to attend a memorial service at 9 a.m. at the flagpole in front of the Meeker County Law Enforcement Center.

According to a news release from Sheriff Jeff Norlin, the service will be short and causal gathering led by sheriff's office chaplain Jeff Garland.

On National Peace Officers Memorial Day, flags are flown a half-staff on government buildings in honor of the more than 18,200 law enforcement officers who have been killed in the line of duty since 1792. Each year, hundreds of officers are killed in the line of duty, and, on average, 56,000 are assaulted each year, resulting in 16,000 injuries.

ACGC school burglary under investigation

ATWATER -- The Atwater Police Department and Kandiyohi County Sheriff's office are investigating the burglary of the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City Elementary School.

According to Randy Kveene, chief sheriff's deputy, there was damage done to the school. Officers spent about four hours at the school after being called there around 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

Property damage

WILLMAR -- Graffiti was reported around 8 a.m. Monday along the 700 block of First Street South.

PENNOCK -- Damage to a car window was reported around 1:30 p.m. Sunday along Hidden Acres Drive.


WILLMAR -- A juvenile male was cited for shoplifting around 3:45 p.m. Sunday at Family Dollar, 608 Litchfield Ave. S.W.


WILLMAR -- Two Willmar women, ages 26 and 24, were arrested for disorderly conduct and fifth-degree assault and a 26-year-old Willmar man was arrested on the violation of an order for protection around 10:45 a.m. Sunday at the Viking Motel, 616 N. Business 71.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

Courtney James Allinder, 24, of Willmar, made his first appearance Monday on a felony charge of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle for allegedly attempting to outrun a Willmar officer Saturday night north of the city.

Unconditional bail was set at $10,000 and conditional bail was allowed on his personal recognizance. His next court appearance is July 23. He also faces a misdemeanor charge of reckless driving and a petty misdemeanor for speeding.

According to the complaint, a Willmar Police officer was checking traffic speeds around 10:30 p.m. Saturday just north of Business 71 and observed a vehicle driving 74 mph in a 65-mph zone. He recognized the vehicle as matching the description of the car that Allinder drives. The officer pursued and activated his emergency lights at Highway 71 and 41st Avenue. The pursuit continued, with the officer's vehicle reaching speeds of 90 to 100 mph, until the officer lost sight of the vehicle on 37th Avenue Northeast.

A Kandiyohi County Sheriff's deputy knew that relatives of Allinder live in the area and went to their home, where he found a vehicle that matched the description of the one involved in the pursuit. Allinder was arrested and taken to the Law Enforcement Center. He claimed he wasn't speeding at 74 mph because he had his cruise control set.