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Info sought on Brooten meat locker burglary

BROOTEN -- The Stearns County Sheriff's Office asks anyone with information that may help with the investigation of a weekend burglary in Brooten to contact them.

The owner of J & K Meats reported Sunday that the business had been burglarized sometime after the close of business Saturday. Someone had pried open the front door and took a cash register, with cash and checks, and a file cabinet.

Deputies later located the cash register and file cabinet along a roadway in a rural area near Brooten.

Citizens may call the sheriff's office at 320-251-4240 or Tri-County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-255-1301.


KANDIYOHI -- A 27-year-old Kandiyohi man was arrested on charges of domestic assault around 9:30 p.m. Sunday after law enforcement was called to a residence in that community.


WILLMAR -- A case of debit card fraud was reported around 1 p.m. Monday. The report was made at the Law Enforcement Center.

WILLMAR -- A case of business credit card fraud was reported around 11:50 a.m. Monday along the 600 block of 11½ Avenue Southeast.


WILLMAR -- The theft of a laptop computer was reported around 12:10 p.m. Monday. The caller reported the laptop was stolen at the coin laundry along the 1400 block of U.S. Highway 12.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Zachary David Weberg, 28, of Avon, made his first appearance Monday on felony charges of driving while impaired.

Unconditional bail was set at $28,000. His next appearance is Feb. 8. He also faces an additional felony charge for receiving stolen property for possessing a stolen vehicle, a gross misdemeanor charge of driving after cancellation - inimical to public safety and a misdemeanor for failure to signal a turn.

According to the complaint, a Willmar police officer was on patrol along High Avenue just before midnight Sunday when he observed an occupied vehicle running and parked in a parking lot. The driver failed to signal his turn out of the lot and the officer stopped the vehicle. The driver, identified as Weberg, exhibited signs of alcohol consumption and said he didn't have a valid driver's license. He was taken to the Law Enforcement Center, where his blood-alcohol level was found to be 0.19 percent. Weberg also told the officer he had three prior impaired driving arrests in the last 10 years.

Weberg allegedly told the officer he stole the vehicle after being informed it would be held for forfeiture. The officer was contacted later that night by St. Joseph Police, who said a woman reported the vehicle stolen. They'd questioned the woman, who said she made the report after being told to make the report by Weberg, who was calling from the county jail.

A review of his record includes impaired driving incidents in August 2000, July 2001 and May 2004. He also had a refusal to submit to chemical testing in September 2009 in Nebraska.