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This is the records summary for March 6.

Two injured in crash

near Granite Falls

GRANITE FALLS — Two people were injured in a crash just before 6 p.m. Tuesday at the intersection of State Highway 23 and U.S. Highway 212.

According to the State Patrol, Mohamednur Hassan, 26, of Marshall, was southbound on Highway 23 and failed to stop for the stop sign. His vehicle, a 2005 Toyota, struck a westbound 2006 Acura driven by Margaret Ness, 47, of Brooklyn Park.

Both drivers were taken to Granite Falls Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Snowy search reveals man

wanted on arrest warrants

WILLMAR — A search by the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s office for the person who left a vehicle in a ditch during the early morning hours Wednesday ended with a 43-year-old Willmar man under arrest and in the county jail.

According to Sheriff Dan Hartog, a deputy located an abandoned vehicle around 4:50 a.m. Wednesday along the 8000 block of County Road 5 Northwest and followed footprints in the snow to a residence and then into an open field west of County Road 5 and south of County Road 27.

The search continued, with the personnel from the Kandiyohi County Rescue Squad and the Willmar Ambulance joining the effort, and included the use of snowmobiles and the rescue squad’s all-terrain vehicle.

The man was located around 9:30 a.m. and identified as Brian Schmitz. He had warrants for his arrest in Kandiyohi County, for child support violation, and in Stearns County, for first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Schmitz was taken to Rice Memorial Hospital to be checked for hypothermia prior to going to the jail, Hartog said.


NEW LONDON — Fraudulent activity on a checking account was reported around 12:45 p.m. Wednesday along the 20000 block of Highway 23 Northeast.


WILLMAR — The theft of a purse and cell phone was reported around 8:15 p.m. Tuesday along the 2200 block of 22nd Avenue Southwest.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

n Shannon Leslie Dahlheimer, 29, of Willmar, was sentenced Wednesday to 32 days in jail, a $50 fine and five years of probation on a felony charge of check forgery for writing checks on another person’s account.

An additional 90 days in jail can be deferred if Dahlheimer complies with the conditions of probation, including 200 hours of community service work, paying $1,908.16 in restitution and following the recommendations of a chemical use assessment.

The charges were filed after Aug. 16, when the investigation by the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office began when a deputy was called to Teal’s Market in Spicer, where store officials reported two forged checks had been written on Aug. 7. Officials also turned over video surveillance footage of the woman who wrote the checks.

The owner of the checks had reported to Willmar Police on Aug. 3 that her purse had been stolen.

A detective with the sheriff’s office contacted the Paynesville Police department, as checks had been written on the same account there. Video footage was available from a Paynesville merchant and the detective recognized Dahlheimer from previous contacts and noted that she was also the person in the Teal’s Market video.

The owner of the vehicle in the footage told investigators that Dahlheimer and another person had paid for him to drive them to St. Cloud and that they had stopped at Teal’s in Spicer, with Dahlheimer leaving the store quickly and saying that she’d cashed a check for a large amount.

The owner of the account reported that between 25 and 30 checks had been forged on the account, including 10 checks to businesses in Willmar, Spicer and Kandiyohi for $760.57. There were also checks forged in Swift and Stearns counties.

n Nikkole Amber Perez, 20, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Wednesday to an amended charge of gross misdemeanor theft for taking a check that didn’t belong to her.

As part of a plea agreement, a felony charge of offering a forged check will be dismissed. She will be sentenced April 21.

The charges were filed after officials at Rice Memorial Hospital reported to police on July 3 that Perez, an employee, had inadvertently received a check intended for another person named Nicole, and that Perez had cashed it at a local bank. The check was for $1,476.56.

The hospital had attempted to stop payment on the check, which had already been cashed.

The bank officials said that the check was cashed by a woman, later identified as Perez by her driver’s license and by video footage, in the drive-thru window. Officials had taken her thumb print and had questioned the different name and address on the check.

n Brandon Marshall Anderson, 30, of Darwin, made his first appearance Wednesday on felony charges of fifth-degree drug possession and check forgery.

Unconditional bail was set at $10,000. His next appearance is March 17.

Anderson also faces misdemeanor charges for motor vehicle registration violations and possession of hypodermic syringes or needles and a petty misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to the complaint, Willmar Police were called on Jan. 31 to Wells Fargo bank in Willmar, regarding a man trying to cash a check on a flagged account. An individual had been named as power of attorney for the owner of the account was contacted and had informed bank officials not to cash the check.

The person attempting to pass the check was stopped in their vehicle and identified as Anderson. He claimed he was attempting to cash the check to pay a heating bill and was arrested. An inventory search of the vehicle revealed drug paraphernalia, so a search warrant was secured and the vehicle further searched, revealing 2 grams of methamphetamine and color photocopies of license plates that were laminated and the exact size as real license plates. The vehicle also had clips on the license plates on the vehicle.