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WILLMAR -- Willmar Police investigated reports Tuesday of graffiti painted on the Play It Again Sports building and on the overhead door at Bethesda Heritage Health Care. On Monday, police investigated a report of graffiti painted on a garage door in the 900 block of Third Street Southeast.


WILLMAR -- A Willmar woman reported Monday that a wallet was missing or stolen from a car while the car was parked at either Cash Wise Foods or at Willow Run Apartments, according to a report to Willmar Police.

Also Monday, police received a report of tools stolen from a car parked in the 2100 block of 21st Street Southwest.


WILLMAR -- Two people were transported by Willmar Ambulance to Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar for treatment of injuries received in a near-collision Monday evening close to the Duininck Inc. gravel pit in the 8500 block of County Road 9 Northeast, according to the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office.

They were Delorman C. Thram, 66, of Prior Lake, and passenger Suzanne B. Thram, 68, of Prior Lake. The sheriff's office said they were southbound on a motorcycle on County Road 9 and a dump truck driven by Carl D. Blomberg, 57, of Raymond was crossing County Road 9 from the east pit to the west pit.

The motorcycle driver tried to evade the collision and slid down the middle of the road. The motorcycle did not make contact with the truck, according to the accident report.

HECTOR -- The Renville County Sheriff's Office said Yvonne Remillard of Redwood Falls was injured Tuesday afternoon in a one-vehicle rollover at the intersection of Renville County Roads 3 and 4, approximately nine miles southwest of Hector.

Remillard, the driver and only occupant, was airlifted by North Air Care to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale. Her condition was not reported.

The sheriff's office is investigating the crash. Other agencies responding were Bird Island and Hector Police Departments, and Hector Ambulance and Fire Department.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Judge Donald Spilseth revoked a stayed execution of sentence Monday for Jason David Rusthoven, 24, of Benson for numerous violations of his probation. Rusthoven had been convicted on June 14, 2008, of offering a forged check and the judge on July 22, 2008, stayed execution of a 17-month prison sentence. However, court records said Rusthoven had numerous probation violations and did nothing to satisfy the terms of his probation. The defendant was given credit for serving 192 days in jail and was ordered to pay fine and fees totaling $867.

- Jesus Immanuel Molina, 21, of Willmar received a stay of adjudication of sentence Monday from Judge Michael Thompson after Molina pleaded guilty June 9 to a felony charge of fifth-degree sale of 12.7 grams of marijuana. He was charged in connection with a drug investigation on July 10, 2008, in Willmar. The judge said successful completion of probation will result in dismissal of the charge, Molina was ordered to serve 61 days in jail, received credit for serving 61 days, and was ordered to perform 250 hours of community service work.

- Judge Kathryn Smith set unconditional bond or cash bail at $100,000 and conditional bond or bail at $35,000 for Roger Thomas Leo Espelund, 35, of Graceville. Espelund made his first appearance in court on Monday on three felony charges of terroristic threats, domestic assault by strangulation and domestic assault. Another hearing was scheduled for July 27.

Court records say Espelund assaulted a woman June 8, 2009. The first incident occurred after the woman had driven Espelund from Litchfield to Graceville to pick up some of his things at their residence. While at the residence, Espelund tipped her out of a recliner. On the return drive to Litchfield, records say Espelund choked the woman and hit her head.

Records said Espelund has four prior convictions in Meeker County: June 17, 1998, for terroristic threats; Aug, 1, 2000, for third-degree assault; Dec. 9, 2004, for domestic abuse in violation of an order for protection; and Dec. 9, 2004, for escape from custody.

- Bryan Gordon Petersen, 44, of Willmar received a stay of imposition of sentence on Tuesday from Judge Gerald Seibel after Petersen pleaded guilty May 13 to a felony charge of domestic assault by strangulation. The judge said successful completion of probation will result in a misdemeanor conviction. Three other charges were dismissed. Petersen is to serve 90 days in jail, was given credit for serving 5 days, was ordered to pay fine and fees totaling $140, and was placed on supervised probation for three years. He was charged with assaulting a woman at their rural Willmar residence on Aug. 28, 2008.

- Sentencing for Jaime J. Gonzalez, 35, of Willmar was set by Judge Kathryn Smith for Aug. 12 after Gonzalez pleaded guilty Monday to a gross misdemeanor charge of interfering with an emergency 911 call and a misdemeanor charge of domestic assault. A felony charge of domestic assault and a misdemeanor charge of fifth-degree assault were dismissed. Gonzalez is charged in connection with an assault on a woman on April 23, 2009, in Willmar.

- Stephen Alan Masse, 47, of Willmar was sentenced Monday by Judge Donald Spilseth after the defendant pleaded guilty May 18 to a gross misdemeanor charge of wrongfully obtaining assistance. Three felony perjury charges were dismissed. Masse was sentenced to serve 365 days in the county jail, with 350 days stayed for two years. He was ordered to serve 15 days in jail, was given credit for serving 2 days and was ordered to pay $1,087 in fine and fees. Masse was charged with receiving $2,340.99 to which he was not entitled from July through November 2007.

- Jon Daniel Leuze, 31, of Raymond pleaded guilty Monday to a felony charge of fifth-degree drug possession and Judge Kathryn Smith set sentencing for Aug. 17. Leuze was charged with possessing .3 gram of methamphetamine on May 29. Court records said Leuze had a prior conviction for controlled substance. He was arrested while attending a loud party on May 29 in Willmar.