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This is the records summary for May 9.

Area law to participate

in extra seat belt patrols

WILLMAR — Motorists and passengers are reminded to buckle up this spring as extra Click It or Ticket seat belt patrols take to the roads statewide from May 20 to June 2.

Officers from the Kandiyohi and Swift county sheriff’s offices and the Willmar, Atwater and Benson police departments are among nearly 400 Minnesota agencies increasing patrols to encourage motorists to buckle up.

In the last three years on Minnesota roads (2010-2012), there were 864 traffic deaths, of which 352 (41 percent) were not buckled up. Of those 352 killed, 41 percent were motorists ages 16–29, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety.

“Statistics show that teens and young adults continue to represent a large percentage of unbelted traffic deaths, which indicates there is still a major issue with seat belt usage among that age group,” says Sheriff Dan Hartog. “For whatever reason — be it comfort, restriction or philosophy — some motorists and passengers still refuse to wear their seat belts. We ask them to remember that their minor inconvenience could turn out to be a major life saver.”

In Minnesota, drivers and passengers in all seating positions, including in the back seat, are required to be buckled up or seated in the correct child restraint. Officers will stop and ticket unbelted drivers or passengers. Seat belts must be worn correctly — low and snug across the hips; shoulder straps should never be tucked under an arm or behind the back.


WILLMAR — The theft of a wallet from a vehicle was reported around 3 p.m. Tuesday along the 300 block of Lakeland Drive Southeast.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

n Joseph Balboa, 27, of Willmar, made his first appearance Wednesday on a third-degree drug sale charge for allegedly selling methamphetamine to a CEE-VI Drug Task Force informant.

Unconditional bail was set at $50,000. His next appearance is May 20.

According to the complaint, the informant met Balboa in a downtown Willmar parking lot and purchased 1.5 grams of meth for $120. The drugs were turned over to CEE-VI agents and tested positive as meth.