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This is the records summary for Dec. 3.


WILLMAR -- A 2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo was reported stolen Sunday from where it was parked in the 400 block of Ninth Street Southwest. The vehicle is black with license plate number 531-AMX. Willmar police are investigating.

WILLMAR -- A GPS unit, spotting scope and other miscellaneous items were reported stolen from a truck Sunday while it was parked overnight in the 400 block of Eighth Street Southwest. Willmar police are investigating.

WILLMAR -- A 52-inch television was stolen from a home on the east side of Willmar early Sunday morning while the owners were upstairs.

Willmar police were called to the house in the 400 block of Charlotte Street at 4:15 a.m. Sunday. One of the residents reportedly had heard a noise, went downstairs and found the TV missing.

WILLMAR -- A Willmar resident reported to Willmar police on Sunday that some money had been taken from a vehicle while it was parked overnight in the garage. The incident happened at a home in the 700 block of Fifth Street Southwest and is under investigation.


WILLMAR -- The windshields on a car and a tractor were damaged by vandals Saturday night or early Sunday at the Willmar Poultry Hilltop Farm north of Pennock. The damage was reported Sunday and is under investigation by the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office.

Electric power pole burned, fire was controlled burn

LITCHFIELD -- The Litchfield Fire Department and the Department of Natural Resources were called around 1:30 p.m. Thursday to contain a controlled burn that started an electrical pole on fire.

According to Meeker County Sheriff Jeff Norlin, Logan Pautzke, 26, of Litchfield reported he was burning a 20-acre section of wetlands when the pole caught on fire. The Fire Department put out the fire on the pole, which sustained $3,000 to $4,000 in damage.

The fire was a controlled burn and there was a permit issued by the DNR to burn the 20-acre section in the northwest corner the intersection of 230th Street and State Highway 22, which is just south of Litchfield.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

-- Mauro Berga Lopez-Rasmussen, 19, of Willmar, made his first appearance Friday on three felony charges of second- and third degree assault and second-degree riot for allegedly assaulting a man during a large fight Thursday afternoon at Regency Estates West.

Unconditional bail was set at $50,000. His next appearance is Dec. 10.

Lopez-Rasmussen also faces a misdemeanor charge for possession of brass knuckles.

According to the complaint, Willmar police received multiple calls around 4 p.m. Thursday to the 400 block of 30th Street Northwest regarding a fight involving about 20 people. The first officer on the scene found a large crowd near the mailboxes in the trailer park, with one person lying on the ground. A witness reported the people involved in the fight were leaving in a maroon sport utility vehicle. The vehicle was stopped nearby. Lopez-Rasmussen was one of four men in the vehicle and was arrested on an outstanding warrant in a drug sale case.

Officers located brass knuckles and a drug-smoking pipe under a seat in the vehicle.

The victim of the assault reported there was an argument and that people wanted to fight. He said he was struck one or two times in the head and then blacked out. When he regained consciousness, the people who fought with him were gone.

A witness reported that the men in the SUV had come to fight with the victim and that one of the men, a larger guy with a blue bandana and a dark sweater, had brass knuckles on his hand when he hit the victim. The witness reported that the victim had blacked out, had blood coming out of his mouth and was shaking while he was unconscious. She said she couldn't tell if he was breathing, so did chest compressions and called 911.

A person also provided video of the fight to the police, who examined the clip and identified Lopez-Rassmussen, wearing dark clothing and a blue bandana, as the person fighting with the victim.