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Pedestrian hit by car

WILLMAR -- A 31-year-old Willmar man was struck by a car Saturday evening when the driver swerved to miss two people who had run into the road after a dog.

Travis Foster was treated and released from the emergency department at Rice Memorial Hospital.

The accident occurred on Highway 71 south of County Road 3 in Whitefield Township about five miles south of the Willmar city limits.

According to a report from the Minnesota State Patrol, a 2009 Buick driven by Jerome Berczyk, 70, of Willmar swerved to avoid two pedestrians who had chased a dog onto the highway. In swerving to the right to miss them, the vehicle hit Foster, also a pedestrian. The impact was at 20 to 25 mph, according to the report.

Berczyk and a passenger, Lillie Berczyk, 54, of Willmar, were uninjured. They were wearing seat belts.

Sexual assault

WILLMAR -- An 18-year-old woman reported at 3:45 a.m. Sunday that she had been sexually assaulted at the Caribbean Night Club at 1108 Business 71 N.E. The woman was taken to the Rice Hospital emergency room.


WILLMAR -- An 18-year-old Willmar man was arrested at about 3 p.m. Friday near the Good Will store on First Street South for fifth-degree assault and domestic assault.

ATWATER -- A 28-year-old Atwater man was arrested at about 4:45 p.m. Friday at Third Street and North Atlantic Avenue in Atwater. He faces charges of fourth-degree assault, obstructing the legal process with force, fleeing a peace officer on foot and fifth-degree controlled substance possession.

WILLMAR -- A 56-year-old Willmar man was arrested at 4:40 p.m. Saturday in the 1000 block of Second Street Southeast. An officer spoke to the man about his alleged harassment of a woman, and the man was arrested for giving a false name to a peace officer.

WILLMAR -- Four Willmar men were arrested at about 12:15 a.m. Sunday near the Veterans of Foreign Wars post on East Highway 12. Officers responded to reports of a fight outside the VFW, according to the police report. The men, one age 22, one age 24 and two age 23, were all charged with disorderly conduct and unlawful assembly. One of the 23-year-olds was also charged with obstructing the legal process without force.

Found property

NEW LONDON -- A driver's license, lip gloss and brass knuckles were reportedly found in the women's room at the Country Stop in New London at 10:30 p.m. Friday.


WILLMAR -- Several video game consoles, games and videos were reported stolen from a home in the 100 block of Ella Avenue Northeast at 4 a.m. Saturday. Damage to the window screen and the front door was also reported.

Property damage

WILLMAR -- A resident reported that a back door had been kicked in and the door had "big muddy footprints" on it. The damage was reported at 1:45 p.m. Saturday in the 800 block of 13th Street Southwest.

WILLMAR -- A resident in Dana Heights Apartments, 1421 Dana Drive Southeast, reported that three tires had been slashed on a car between 10 p.m. Friday and 3:30 a.m. Saturday. The damage was reported at 1:45 p.m. Saturday.


WILLMAR -- A woman reported at 3 p.m. Saturday that her purse had been stolen from a vehicle in the Kmart parking lot at the Kandi Mall. The vehicle had been left unlocked.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Sharon Marie Sorto, 35, of Willmar made an initial appearance Friday on three drug-related felony charges. The charges stem from a drug investigation by Willmar police that began in early March.

She was taken into custody after a search warrant was executed on March 16 at a residence in the 800 block of 13th Street Southwest. Judge Donald Spilseth set with unconditional release bail at $65,000 and conditional release at $4,000.

Sorto is charged with second-degree sale of 3.9 grams of methamphetamine on March 10; first-degree possession with intent to sell 10 or more grams of methamphetamine; and second-degree possession of 6 or more grams of methamphetamine.

She was ordered to cooperate and continue counseling treatment recommendations at Woodland Centers in Willmar. Another hearing is scheduled for March 28.

- Judge Donald Spilseth set unconditional release bail at $100,000 and conditional release at $80,000 for Angel Cesar Garcia, 33, of Willmar after the defendant appeared Friday on three felony charges related to the Willmar Police Department drug investigation of Sharon Sorto.

Garcia is charged with second-degree aiding and abetting the sale of 3.9 grams of methamphetamine; first-degree possession with intent to sell 10 grams of methamphetamine; and second-degree possession of 6 or more grams of methamphetamine.

The criminal complaint says Garcia had a stay of adjudication of a fifth-degree controlled substance crime from July 2010. A stay of adjudication would remove a crime from a person's record if all sentencing conditions are fulfilled.