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Belgrade couple injured in accident

BELGRADE -- Two people from Belgrade were injured Monday evening when their motor vehicle collided with a tractor pulling two gravity box trailers.

Karen Agatha Hecimovich, 49, and Michael Gary Hecimovich, 54, both of Belgrade, were taken to Paynesville Area Hospital by ambulance following the 6:20 p.m. crash. According to a nursing supervisor, they were treated and released.

Alan Neal Kaiser, 50, of Belgrade, the driver of the tractor, was not injured.

According to a release from the Stearns County Sheriff's Office, Kaiser was driving his tractor west on Stearns County Road 19 in Crow River Township about three miles east of Belgrade.

According to the release, the Hecimovich vehicle was also traveling west on County Road 19 and struck the second trailer.

The crash is under investigation by the Sheriff's Office, according to the release. Assisting at the scene were the Belgrade Fire Department, Brooten Ambulance and Paynesville Ambulance.


PENNOCK -- A GPS was reported stolen from a vehicle in the 300 block of Northwest Montana Avenue. The theft was reported Monday afternoon.

WILLMAR -- A stereo and a CD player were reported stolen from a vehicle in the 1200 block of 24th Street Northwest. Police received the report late Tuesday morning.

Eden Valley woman treated, released after deer crash

HUTCHINSON -- A 22-year-old Eden Valley woman was treated and released at Hutchinson Medical Center for injuries sustained in a car-deer crash around 7:45 p.m. Monday near Hutchinson.

According to the State Patrol, Michelle L. Olson was driving a 1995 Jeep Cherokee about one mile south of Hutchinson on State Highway 15 when her vehicle hit a deer and the airbag deployed. Also responding were the McLeod County Sheriff's office and the Hutchinson fire, rescue and ambulance services.

Eden Valley woman arrested after domestic, stabbing

EDEN VALLEY -- A 21-year-old Eden Valley woman was arrested early Tuesday morning after a domestic incident that involved a stabbing.

According to the Meeker County Sheriff's office, Sara Smith was arrested around 1:25 a.m. A 25-year-old man was examined at the scene by medical personnel and transported to Paynesville Area Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Meeker County officials were called by the Stearns County Sheriff's office, which was seeking assistance because Stearns County deputies were about 20 miles from the residence. Meeker County deputies, plus Eden Valley Police Department, Watkins Ambulance and Eden Valley Rescue were all dispatched to the home.

The incident is under investigation by the Stearns County Sheriff's Office and Eden Valley Police Department.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Juanel Anthony Mikulak, 22, of Alexandria and currently in the county jail, pleaded guilty Monday to three felony charges of domestic assault and violation of a harassment restraining order. He will be sentenced Dec. 28.

Under a plea agreement, another felony for violating a harassment restraining order and a gross misdemeanor for domestic assault will be dismissed.

The domestic assault charge was filed after Willmar police were called to an apartment along Lakeland Drive Southeast around 9 p.m. Sept 21. A woman there said she had been assaulted by Mikulak after they had argued and she told him to leave. She said he prevented her from calling for help on a landline phone by breaking it and a cell phone by taking it away from her.

The HRO violation charges were filed after a woman reported to Willmar police on Aug. 10 that her daughter, now 17, was with Mikulak at Rice Hospital a few days before. The woman had a restraining order against Mikulak on behalf of the girl. Surveillance video from the hospital confirmed that a man matching Mikulak's appearance was in the lobby with the girl.

The girl was interviewed and admitted to spending the entire day with Mikulak and going with him to the hospital to have a medical concern addressed. The girl also reported she had two voicemail messages recorded on her cell phone from Mikulak.

Mikulak has prior convictions including a fifth-degree assault charge in June 2006, another fifth degree in July 2006, a gross misdemeanor assault conviction in October 2006 and a felony assault conviction in October 2007. All the convictions were in Renville County.

- Kristi L. Giese, 29, of Willmar, was sentenced Monday to 30 days in the county jail, a $500 fine and five years of probation on a felony charge of storing methamphetamine paraphernalia in the presence of children.

Her jail sentence, set for Nov. 26, 2010, can be deferred if she is in compliance with probation requirements, including attending treatment and aftercare, following the recommendations and attending a 12-step program. Giese received a stay of adjudication on her sentence, under which no conviction will appear if she complies with the court's conditions.

Under a plea agreement, a gross misdemeanor charge of child endangerment and a petty misdemeanor for possession of drug paraphernalia were dismissed.

The charges were filed after CEE-VI Drug Task Force agents executed a search warrant on Giese's home on Feb. 13. They found Giese, another woman and three small children, ages 3 and 1, in the home. Giese admitted to using meth that day and marijuana two days prior while the three children were there. Several drug pipes and other drug paraphernalia were located in the home during the search.