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Girl faces felony charge for damage at Robbins Island in Willmar, Minn.

WILLMAR — A 17-year-old girl pleaded not guilty Monday to a felony first-degree property damage charge for allegedly causing more than $2,600 worth of damage to the grass and fields at Willmar’s Robbins Island park this spring.

Angela Marie Tadych is scheduled to make her next appearance on Sept. 23 in Kandiyohi County District Court. Felony charges against 16- and 17-year-old defendants are public record.

According to the petition, the cost to have the city Public Works department to fix the damage, including labor, equipment use and seeding materials, was $2,614.40.

Willmar Police were called to the park around 6 p.m. April 3. The responding officer didn’t find the vehicle that allegedly damaged the park by driving through the mud and grass, but the citizen reporting the incident gave a description of the vehicle and the license plate number.

Using the license plate number, the officer searched the state vehicle database and found that the 1993 Ford super cab pickup had recently been sold to a person living along Lakeland Drive Southeast. The officer went to that location and found the pickup, which was described as muddy.

Tadych and others were still inside the vehicle. Tadych was in the driver’s seat and allegedly told the officer she’d been driving at Robbins Island.

The petition also notes that the officer was informed about Facebook postings by Tadych, including a photo of her standing next to another muddy pickup showing a “thumbs up” sign. That posting was reported on April 11.

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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