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Records for Aug. 14

This is the records summary for Aug. 14.

Shed fires

LITCHFIELD — Two sheds in two different areas of Meeker County were destroyed Monday in fires that were apparently started after recently used lawn mowers were parked inside.

There were no injuries but personal property with a total value of $20,000 was lost.

The first incident was reported at 2:45 p.m. Monday in the 31000 block of County Road 19 near Kimball.

According to the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office, the property owner had just mowed the grass and then put the mower back in the shed. Shortly afterward the 8-by-12-foot gardening shed burned, destroying a lawn tractor, two tillers, a sprayer, a pull-behind leaf rake, various hand tools and several antiques. The loss was estimated at $8,000. The Dassel Fire Department responded to the fire.

At 5:45 p.m. Monday, another fire was reported in the 62000 block of 300th Street in Harvey Township. It was determined that a rider lawnmower had started the fire after igniting for an unknown reason, shortly after having been used and parked in the shed.

The shed contained a rider lawnmower, furniture and various car parts. The fire also spread to a smaller shed nearby that was used for storing firewood.

The total loss was estimated at $12,000.


WILLMAR — A motor vehicle theft was reported around 8:30 p.m. Monday at Trott Avenue and 11th Street Southwest. An investigation is pending.

WILLMAR — A woman reported the theft of three rings from her apartment Monday afternoon on the 1800 block of Becker Avenue Southeast.

KANDIYOHI — A shop on the 5800 block of County Road 8 Northeast reported stolen items, including a Honda generator, Milwaukee impact driver and skill circular saw, around 8 p.m. Monday.

WILLMAR — On Monday afternoon, a woman reported that a neighbor took her money order. The incident was reported on the 900 block of 20th Avenue Southeast.


NEW LONDON — An individual reported a stolen Xbox, television, stereo, laptop and miscellaneous CDs from their home Monday afternoon on the 17000 block of County Road 9 Northeast. According to the report, when the individual came home, they found their garage door open and the items missing.


WILLMAR — At 9:53 p.m. Monday, police responded to a crash at Becker Avenue and Seventh Street Southwest. According to the report, an individual was hit by a light-colored vehicle, possibly a SUV. There were no other witnesses or information. The individual was transported to Rice Memorial Hospital with head injuries.

WILLMAR — Police responded to a crash at 11:25 p.m. Monday that occurred when a box spring mattress flew off the bed of a truck and was run over by a Pontiac vehicle on the 1300 block of 19th Avenue Southwest. There was some damage to the undercarriage of the car.


WILLMAR — Around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, an individual reported that their wallet had been stolen Monday evening. According to the report, $331.92 had been charged on the individual’s credit card. The incident was reported on the 400 block of First Street South.

Property damage

WILLMAR — The Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report Tuesday morning of vehicle damage. The report stated that the vehicle’s tires had been slashed and the gas tank messed with. There was also writing on the car. The incident was reported on the 5800 block of 15th Street Northeast.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

Alejandro Jesus Gallegos, 31, of Willmar, was sentenced Tuesday on one felony charge of terroristic threats related to a March 16 incident when he entered a southeast Willmar home with a gun and threatened a woman.

A 21-month prison sentence was stayed, and Gallegos was placed on supervised probation for five years and ordered to serve 300 days in the Kandiyohi County Jail. He was given credit for 120 days already served. He was ordered to pay $2,090 in fine and fees. Restitution is yet to be determined.

In a plea agreement, a felony charge of possession of a pistol or assault weapon by a person convicted of a violent crime was dismissed, and also dismissed were two misdemeanor charges of fifth-degree assault and disorderly conduct.

According to the complaint, Willmar police were called March 16 to a home in the southeast quadrant of the city on report that a man had entered a home with a gun. A woman at the home reported the Gallegos had placed a bullet on a table and said he would be back to do what he had promised to another woman. The bullet was taken into evidence. The woman also reported that Gallegos had put his finger to his head, making a shooting gesture, while holding a rifle in his other hand. Two small children were also in the residence at the time.

Among the conditions of the sentence is an order to write a letter of apology and to participate under supervision of a probation agent in victim/offender dialogue if the victim is willing.

According to the complaint, Gallegos was found guilty in June 1998 in Nevada of attempted murder with intent to promote or assist in criminal gang activity.