Records for Feb. 1
This is the records summary for Feb. 1
Police investigate weapons incident
WILLMAR — Willmar police are investigating an incident involving an air-soft handgun that occurred around 2:40 p.m. Wednesday near the intersection of U.S. Highway 12 and Lakeland Drive.
According to Capt. Jim Felt, officers responded to a report that someone was holding a handgun out the window of a passenger car and appearing to fire the weapon as the vehicle traveled along Highway 12. Officers performed a high-risk stop of the vehicle along Olena Avenue Southeast, found there were four people in the vehicle and located a realistic-looking airsoft gun in the car.
The occupants, an 18-year-old boy, two 16-year-old boys and a 15-year-old girl, were released to their parents. Police retained possession of the airsoft gun. No damage was discovered at the businesses where the allegedly shootings happened.
* Steven Andrew Williams Becker, 23, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Thursday to a felony charge of fifth-degree drug possession for possessing more than one-half pound of marijuana when he was stopped by sheriff ’s deputies on Oct. 27.
As part of a plea agreement, another felony for fifth-degree drug sale will be dismissed. He will be sentenced April 2.
The charges were filed after a Kandiyohi County sheriff’s deputy was on patrol near Regency Estates West around 5:30 p.m. Oct. 27 and saw a car turn onto County Road 5. The vehicle did not have a light on the rear license plate and the driver threw a cigarette butt out the window. The deputy stopped the car and identified Becker as the driver. The odor of marijuana was evident and Becker mumbled and his eyes were red and glossy. He allegedly admitted to smoking marijuana one-half hour before the stop.
Becker told the officer there was marijuana in the car and 4.5 grams were located, with paraphernalia and a digital scale, inside the vehicle. The search of the vehicle continued into the trunk, where four bags containing 232.5 grams, were located.