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Two injured in hit and run

WILLMAR -- Two people received care at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar for minor injuries suffered in a two vehicle, hit-and-run accident at 3:46 p.m. Thursday on South First Street near Becker Avenue in Willmar.

Andrew Charlson, 20, of Willmar, was driving a 1986 American Motors pickup. Its front end collided with the side of a dark green car, believed to be either a Dodge Stratus or Intrepid. He and his passenger, Caitlyn Marie Karoluis, 19, of Long Prairie, received medical care.

The car did not stop. Its driver was described as a Hispanic female with a pony tail.


WILLMAR -- A man returned from work to find that someone had gained entry to his apartment through a window, but he found nothing missing. The break-in was discovered Friday morning on the 1800 block of Fifth Street Southwest, Willmar.

Theft, vandalism

WILLMAR -- The owner of a Bobcat reported that it had been damaged and that gas was stolen from his truck. The incident was reported Friday morning on the 800 block of 30th Avenue, Willmar.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Mari Jo Besser, 28, of Atwater, made her first appearance Thursday on a felony charge of financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult for allegedly inducing a vulnerable adult to loan her money and write bad checks for her benefit.

She was released on her personal recognizance and ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim. Her next appearance is Nov. 9.

According to the complaint, Kandiyohi County Family Services reported to the Willmar police in July that a 27-year-old female vulnerable adult had been exploited by Besser. The allegations include that Besser induced the woman to get a $1,000 loan for her benefit and to write checks on insufficient funds at Cash Wise Foods. The total exploited is allegedly $1,960.56.


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