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This is the records summary for June 17.

Seniors saved by seat belts

WILLMAR -- Five women, all at least 85 years old, were not seriously injured after a two-vehicle crash reported around 11:10 a.m. Wednesday at the intersection of Fifth Street and Kandiyohi Avenue Southwest.

According to the crash report, Dorothy Benson, 88, of Willmar, was driving a 2000 Dodge eastbound on Kandiyohi Avenue while Dorothy Blomgren, 91, of Willmar, was southbound on Fifth Street in a 2006 Chrysler. Blomgren pulled out in front of Benson, causing Benson's vehicle to strike the passenger side of Blomgren's car.

Both vehicles sustained significant damage. The Willmar Fire Department and Kandiyohi County Rescue Squad were paged, but not needed at the scene.

One of three passengers in Benson's vehicle may have suffered a knee injury. Both drivers and the passengers were wearing their seat belts. All were checked over by Willmar Ambulance crews at the scene.

Property damage

WILLMAR -- A case of property damage was reported around 3:10 p.m. Tuesday along the 1500 block of U.S. Highway 12 West. Someone had poured sand and dirt into the engine of a tractor that had been left outside.

WILLMAR -- Damage to a garage was reported around 3:15 p.m. Tuesday along the 600 block of Ninth Street Southwest. The caller reported that the building's siding had been discolored and the window panes cracked during the garage fire next door over the weekend.

WILLMAR -- A hole in a window was reported around 6:25 p.m. Tuesday along the 900 block of Fifth Street Southeast.

PAYNESVILLE -- A burglary and theft was reported around 7 p.m. Tuesday along 141st Street Northeast. A home was entered and items were missing.

WILLMAR -- Graffiti was reported around 7:45 a.m. Wednesday along the 400 block of Benson Avenue Southeast.


SPICER -- The theft of gas from a boat was reported around 12:55 p.m. Tuesday along 140th Avenue Northeast.WILLMAR -- The theft of a television and cell phone was reported around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday along the 400 block of Lakeland Drive Southeast.

WILLMAR -- The theft of items from a vehicle was reported around 9:45 a.m. Wednesday along the 400 block of 14th Street Southeast. Compact discs were missing from the vehicle.


WILLMAR -- Police confiscated an airsoft pellet gun Tuesday evening after a citizen reported he had taken it from a 10-year-old boy who had shot at the man's vehicle with the weapon. The incident was reported around 5:20 p.m. along the 800 block of Sixth Street Southeast.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Aaron James Holmgren, 37, of Benson, was sentenced Tuesday to 21 months in prison, which was stayed, 10 years of probation, 180 days in jail and $2,500 in fines and restitution on a fifth-degree controlled substance charge and an amended charge of receiving stolen property.

Under a plea agreement, three felony charges, for stolen property and weapons possession, were dismissed.

The charges were filed after the CEE-VI Drug Task Force began investigating Holmgren in July 2008 when his landlord told authorities he had found a large amount of white powder on the rural Spicer property rented by a woman with whom Holmgren stayed. That powder turned out to be 454 grams, or 1 pound, of methamphetamine.

The woman, Theresa Jo Phillipp, 29, of Benson and formerly of Spicer, had also faced five felony charges for drug possession and receiving stolen property in the case. Those charges were dismissed in April.

During a search of the property, police found a surveillance camera and TV in an out-building, a motion sensor and alarm to detect approaching vehicles, a loaded handgun, miscellaneous drug paraphernalia, bags of a small amount of meth and marijuana, "white power" videos, Nazi memorabilia, $1,557 in cash and assorted ammunition.

Further investigation revealed a variety of stolen property, including a 1966 Dodge Coronet, a motorcycle, a pressure washer and handgun. Holmgren said the Coronet was dropped off at the residence by an unknown person in order to have the gas gauge fixed. He claimed he'd purchased the other items, yet could not produce a bill of sale.

- Derek Bergen Ellingson, 21, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a misdemeanor charge of fifth-degree assault.

As part of a plea agreement, a felony charge of domestic assault by strangulation and two additional assault charges will be dismissed. He will be sentenced July 26.

According to the complaint, Willmar police were called around 1:30 p.m. Jan. 6 to an apartment in the city. A woman there reported that she had been assaulted both that day and the day before by Ellingson, with whom she'd had a relationship. She said he'd choked her and bit her repeatedly, leaving bruises on her body. Ellingson was located at a relative's home, where he was hiding in a closet. After he was arrested, he told police they had argued and that he also had injuries from the woman hitting and biting him.

- Tyler Dean Ryks, 20, of New London, was sentenced Tuesday to 15 months in prison and a $1,000 fine on a felony charge of theft for stealing a motor vehicle.

Ryks had previously received a stay on his prison sentence, which was revoked by Judge Michael J. Thompson.

He was given credit for 103 days already served and will pay restitution of $1,308.99.

The charge was filed after a Kandiyohi County sheriff's deputy was called around 7:15 a.m. Nov. 9 to a home in New London. A couple there reported that their 1989 Chevy Blazer had been stolen the night before. They said Ryks had been at the home and that items inside the vehicle were also missing.

Later that same day, Willmar police located the vehicle in a parking lot near the 1200 block of First Street. A woman who lived nearby told officers Ryks had come to the window of her son's room that morning and said that he'd stolen a vehicle, said where it was parked and that he'd thrown the keys into the backyard. The son said Ryks told him he'd stolen it from a guy who owed him money.

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