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Willmar, Minn., man in court for Prairie Lakes damage

WILLMAR -- Zeppelin Michael Peterson, 20, of Willmar, made his first court appearance Monday on a felony property damage charge for causing approximately $2,000 in damage to windows at the Prairie Lakes Youth Program boys group home and to a staff member's car.

Unconditional bail was set at $25,000. His next appearance in Kandiyohi County District Court is July 9.

This is Peterson's second court appearance for property damage in a week. He appeared in court Tuesday on another felony charge for causing more than $500 in damage at Rice Memorial Hospital.

Peterson also faces two misdemeanor charges of fifth-degree assault for throwing a shovel at a Prairie Lakes staff member and striking the man in the wrist and for throwing bricks at a juvenile at the group home.

According to the complaint, a Willmar Police officer was called around 6:40 p.m. Friday to the group home, along Lakeland Drive Northeast, on a report that someone was causing damage at the home.

The officer arrived to find Peterson holding a rock over his head, attempting to smash a car window. He was taken into custody.

A staff member reported that Peterson had also broken several windows with rocks and landscaping bricks, thrown a shovel at a staff member and dented the door of a car with a shovel. The damage to the vehicle was estimated at $500 to $1,000 and the damage to the windows was estimated at $1,410.

Peterson's other property damage charge was filed after June 23, when he damaged furnishings in the Rice Institute for Counseling and Education unit.

Staff there had been working with Peterson, who had tipped over computer monitors, a television, tables and chairs and damaged a coffeemaker and bookcase.

He has a prior conviction for property damage in February.

Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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