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This is the records summary for Sept 11.

Olivia couple killed in crash with farm implement

OLIVIA — An Olivia couple has died as a result of injuries sustained when their vehicle struck an unoccupied farm implement Sunday evening along U.S. Highway 71 south of Olivia.

According to the State Patrol, the front seat passenger of the 2005 Buick, Carla R. Kopel, 74, was deceased upon the arrival of emergency personnel. The driver, Thomas J. Kopel, 76, was flown by air ambulance to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale before he died of his injuries.

According to the Patrol, the farm implement was stopped along the northbound shoulder and extended about 2 feet onto the lane of traffic. The car was northbound and struck the implement, which was not specified by the report, from behind. The crash was reported around 8:40 p.m. Sunday.

One of the rear seat passengers, Allie Cook Jr., 54, of Cottage Grove, was taken to the Olivia Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Another passenger seated in the rear seat, Theresa Cook, 53, of Cottage Grove, was not injured.

Also responding were the Olivia police, ambulance and fire departments and Renville County Sheriff’s Office.

Motorcyclist lays cycle down to avoid crash

WILLMAR — A 62-year-old Willmar man was taken by Willmar Ambulance to Rice Memorial Hospital after he laid his Harley Davidson down on the street to avoid a collision around 1:30 p.m. Monday at the intersection of Minnesota Avenue and Second Street Southeast.

According to the crash report by Willmar Police, Wayne Arndt was driving a 2004 Harley westbound on Minnesota Avenue and Bonnie Franzen, 62, of Spicer, was northbound on Second Street. Franzen failed to yield to Arndt, who laid the bike down about 20 feet before the intersection. Witnesses said Arndt’s bike was struck by Franzen’s 2012 Buick.

Franzen was cited for failure to yield.

Grove City woman crashes into tree, taken to St. Cloud

SPICER — A 19-year-old Grove City woman was taken by air ambulance to St. Cloud Hospital after the vehicle she was driving left the roadway and struck at tree around 2 a.m. Tuesday.

According to the crash report by the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office, Christina McCoy was driving a 2001 Ford Focus northbound on Indian Beach Road when the vehicle left the roadway to the east and struck a tree.

Driver cited after parking lot crash

WILLMAR — A 22-year-old Willmar man was cited for reckless driving and a 63-year-old Willmar woman was taken by ambulance to Rice Memorial Hospital after a two-vehicle crash around 11:20 a.m. Monday in the parking lot between Cash Wise Foods and the Kandi Mall.

According to the crash report by Willmar Police, Joline Hovland, 63, of Willmar, was westbound in a 2011 Nissan Rogue and collided with a 2003 Ford Escape driven by Myaint Oo, 22, of Willmar. Oo was northbound into the Cash Wise parking lot.

Witnesses and Hovland told police Oo was driving at a high rate of speed prior to the crash.

Property damage

WILLMAR — Damage to a field, from someone driving through the crops, was reported around 4:40 p.m. Monday along the 1700 block of 60th Street Southeast.


NEW LONDON — An assault was reported around 1:20 a.m. Tuesday along the 6200 block of 193rd Avenue Northeast.


WILLMAR — A citizen reported that someone had opened a credit card in their name around 2 p.m. Monday along the 1400 block of Ella Avenue Northwest.


WILLMAR– A ladies Giant Cypress bike was reported stolen Monday from the 600 block of Becker Avenue Southwest. The green and white bike is valued at $387.


WILLMAR – Two tires were slashed on a vehicle in the 1030 block of Elizabeth Avenue Southeast. The report was filed at 7:52 a.m. on Monday.


WILLMAR – Police took a report Monday morning that a man had been assaulted and a gaming system stolen in the 900 block of Trott Avenue Southwest. A suspect, who fled on foot was identified. The suspect’s bicycle was found in a yard nearby.


WILLMAR – Police advised a man who had been victim of an email scam. According to the initial report, the man opened an email that he thought was from the FBI. The email instructed him to send $300 to Walgreens. After he opened the email he couldn’t close the computer screen and he drove from Danube to the Walgreen store in Willmar to pay the $300 in cash.

Store employees told the man the message was a scam and contacted police who talked to the individual about the dangers of opening an email from someone he didn’t know.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

n Primitivo Vega Jr., 35, of Willmar, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Monday on a felony theft charge dating back to 1997.

Vega was ordered to serve 21 months in prison, but was given credit for 21 months already served in custody and was ordered to be released. He was also ordered to pay a $500 fine.

The charge was filed in October 1997 when Willmar Police received information that there was stolen property in a home, where Vega lived, along First Street South. Officers conducted surveillance on the house and followed a vehicle that left the property, stopping it for running a red light in the Kandi Mall parking lot. The driver, Vega, didn’t have a license, so officers gave him a ride home, and took the opportunity to ask him about stolen property. He got nervous when officers asked. The woman who was listed on the rental agreement allowed officers to search the home. They found a stolen car stereo and a 9mm pistol that was traced back to a residential burglary in Swift County.

When questioned, Vega and another man who lived at the home said they bought the gun for $150 in a parking lot in the city.

n James Harold Handt III, 21, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Monday to misdemeanor charges of theft and motor vehicle tampering for his role in breaking into a rural Willmar business on May 13.

As part of a plea agreement, two felony counts of burglary, and a misdemeanor for property damage, will be dismissed. He will be sentenced Oct. 9.

Handt was one of four young men charged in the business burglary case. Tyler Chase Sanders, 20, of Kandiyohi, has another court appearance on Oct. 17.

Jeffrey Scott Hookom, 16, of Willmar, has been sentenced to probation until his 19th birthday, 16 days at Prairie Lakes Detention Center and 50 hours of community service. He was also ordered to pay $2,250 in restitution, jointly with his co-defendants.

Jesse Allen Maag, 17, of Willmar, was sentenced, as a juvenile, to 10 days at Prairie Lakes Youth Programs secure detention, probation until his 19th birthday and 45 days in jail.

Felony charges against 16- and 17-year-olds are public record.

According to the complaints and petitions, Kandiyohi County sheriff’s deputies responded after the business owner reported around 10:50 p.m. May 13 that someone had broken into his shop.

There was surveillance video that showed Hookom forcing open a door with his foot, while the others milled around outside, and Hookom and Maag rummaging around an office before Maag picked up a muffler and walked out the door with the item.

Deputies located Hookom, who was wearing the same clothing as he was in the surveillance video. The tread of his shoes matched the shoeprint left on the business door. Hookom was

The other three were located two hours later in Willmar and were interviewed. Sanders allegedly admitted to going to the business to steal items and claimed they left the location, leaving Hookom behind.

Handt also admitted to going to the business because he needed a muffler, which was located in a ditch and returned to the business owner.