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This is the records summary for Oct. 29.

Every State Patrol Trooper on patrol today

WILLMAR — Every State Patrol trooper, supervisor and investigator in the St. Cloud district of the Patrol will be on the road today, working for increased visibility and taking enforcement action to address fatal crashes.

 The trooper enforcement action focuses on offenses most likely to kill people, including lack of seat belt use, speed, failure to yield, and inattentive driving caused by texting, rolling stops, etc.

 Highways designated for increased efforts are State Highway 25 in Wright, Sherburne and Benton counties, State Hwy 29 in Swift and Pope Counties, and U.S. Highway 71 in Todd, Stearns and Kandiyohi counties.

Two injured in crash at Lakeland Drive, Becker Avenue

WILLMAR — The passengers of two vehicles that collided around 5 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of Lakeland Drive and Becker Avenue Southeast were taken to Rice Memorial Hospital for treatment of their injuries.

According to the crash report by Willmar Police, Mowlid Adawe, 28, of Marshall was a passenger in a 1996 Toyota driven by Abdirahman Jama Jele, 22, of Marshall. Jele was driving eastbound on Becker Avenue and the vehicle was struck in the intersection by a 2013 Kia Sorento driven by Cole James Hagen, 18, of Sunburg. Hagen’s vehicle was northbound on Lakeland Drive.

Adawe was taken via ambulance to Rice and Hagen’s passenger, Kaylee Joy Chester, 17, was taken by private vehicle to the hospital.

After the vehicles collided, the Jele vehicle went over the curb and struck a small tree in a yard. Witnesses to the crash reported that Jele did not stop at the stop sign on Becker Avenue.

Driver eludes Swift County deputy, reaches speed of 107 mph

BENSON — The driver of a silver Pontiac Grand Prix involved in a high-speed pursuit with the Swift County Sheriff’s Office, the Benson Police Department and the State Patrol remains at large after the Saturday evening pursuit ended on gravel roads in Swift County.

The Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in locating the driver of the 2000 Pontiac with no rear license plate. Anyone with information is asked to call 320-843-3133.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, the incident began when a deputy initiated a traffic stop around 8:40 p.m. near Kerkhoven for registration and equipment violations.

As the deputy was preparing to approach the driver, the vehicle sped away with the pursuit reaching 107 mph on U.S. Highway 12. The pursuit continued on gravel roads south of Kerkhoven and Murdock before the deputy lost sight of the vehicle and terminated the pursuit.

Maple Grove man hurt in crash west of Willmar

WILLMAR — A 47-year-old Maple Grove man was taken to Rice Memorial Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries sustained in a two-vehicle crash around 10 p.m. Sunday on state Highway 40 west of Willmar.

According to the State Patrol, Peter A. Nygard was injured when the 2001 Saturn he was driving collided with a semi driven by Houston A. Morris, 29, of Olivia.

The accident report said Nygard was going west on Highway 40 and Morris was going east on Highway 40 and was preparing to turn left onto 80th Avenue when the two vehicles collided.

Morris was not injured.

Also responding were the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office, Clara City police, ambulance and fire departments and the Murdock Fire Department.

Property damage

WILLMAR — Damage to a trailer and building was reported around 8:20 a.m. Monday along the 2700 block of Sixth Street Northwest.

WILLMAR — Damage to a vehicle window, caused by a rock, was reported around 12:20 a.m. Monday along the 200 block of Augusta Avenue Southeast.


HAWICK — The theft of binoculars from a vehicle was reported around 8 a.m. Monday near the intersection of 175th Street and 255th Avenue Northeast.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Leonardo Albert Rios, Sr., 25, of Willmar, made his first appearance Monday on two felony charges of terroristic threats dating to 2009 and 2010.

Unconditional bail was set at $30,000. His next appearance is Nov. 12.

Rios also faces misdemeanor charges of fifth-degree assault and obscene or harassing phone calls in the 2009 case.

According to the complaints, the first set of charges was filed after Oct. 9, 2009, when a woman reported to Willmar police that Rios had left threatening messages on her cell phone. The woman showed the officer that there were 44 messages left on her phone by Rios in a 12-hour time period, including messages to kill the woman and her family. While the officer was reviewing the calls, Rios called twice and hung up the first time, but talked with the officer on the second call, telling the officer that he was upset because the woman wouldn’t let him see his child and that he had a problem with the woman dating other men.

The second charge was filed after Oct. 13, 2010, when the woman reported that Rios had sent her harassing text messages, including that he was going to kill her and others.