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This is the records summary for Sept 27.

Man found dead at Meeker County park

LITCHFIELD — A 52-year-old Fridley man was found dead in a Meeker County park Wednesday afternoon.

According to the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office, the apparent suicide was reported around 4:15 p.m. Wednesday by family members of Gerald Vincent Bourgeois. The relatives directed deputies to the south end of the Darwin/Dassel County Park at 688275 237th Street in Darwin Township, near the sledding hill along U.S. Highway 12.

The family members had been attempting to locate Bourgeois, found his truck in the area and then located his body. The family was looking in the area because another relative, who is deceased, was buried in a nearby cemetery.

The Dassel Fire Department and Midwest Medical Examiner’s office were contacted to assist at the scene. The incident is under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office and the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office.

Man arrested after crash at First Street and 19th Avenue

WILLMAR — A 30-year-old Willmar man was taken by Willmar Ambulance Service to Rice Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries and then arrested on charges of driving while impaired after a motor vehicle crash around 10 p.m. Wednesday at the intersection of First Street and 19th Avenue.

According to the crash report, Justin Robert Arkell was driving a 1993 Pontiac and struck from behind a 2007 Chevy Silverado driven by Mark R. Ruplinger, 60, of Willmar. Both vehicles were westbound on 19th Avenue and Ruplinger had stopped for a red light when he was struck from behind by Arkell.

Ruplinger declined medical attention. Charges against Arkell are pending the results of blood testing.


NEW LONDON — A burglary was reported around 6 p.m. Wednesday along the 18000 block of Norway Woods Circle. A shop was broken into and an air compressor reported missing.


WILLMAR — The theft of a 24-foot enclosed trailer was reported around 4 p.m. Wednesday along the 2300 block of Highway 12 East.


WILLMAR — A 19-year-old Willmar man was arrested on charges of underage drinking and driving, driving after revocation and for allowing an open bottle during a traffic stop around 10:45 p.m. Wednesday near the intersection of Third Avenue and 30th Street Northwest. Three male passengers, ages 20 and 19, were cited for underage consumption and illegal possession of alcohol.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

n A felony first-degree property damage charge against a 17-year-old Willmar girl for causing more than $2,600 worth of damage to the grass and fields at Willmar’s Robbins Island park this spring was dismissed Monday.

Angela Marie Tadych was ordered by District Judge Donald M. Spilseth to cooperate with the diversion program. She was charged as a juvenile and felony charges against 16- and 17-year-old defendants are public record.

The charges were filed after Willmar Police were called to the park around 6 p.m. April 3. The responding officer didn’t find the vehicle that had 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.