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Man airlifted after vehicle hits home near Dawson

DAWSON -- A 23-year-old rural Boyd man was taken to Johnson Memorial Hospital in Dawson and later airlifted to another hospital for treatment of injuries suffered when the pickup he was driving struck a rural Dawson home late Wednesday evening.

According to a news release from the Lac qui Parle County Sheriff's Office, Zackary Moen was alone driving a 2006 GMC pickup southbound on County Road 37. The vehicle left the roadway and entered the left ditch. Moen attempted to get the pickup back on the roadway, but it went into a skid, crossed over the roadway, entered the right ditch and skidded into J.J. Schuelke's yard and struck the residence.

The incident happened around 11:35 p.m. Wednesday around one mile east of Dawson. The crash is under investigation by the Sheriff's Office. Also assisting were the Dawson police, ambulance and fire departments.


WILLMAR -- Youths walking through a yard in the early morning hours Friday on the 1000 block of Campbell Avenue Northwest, Willmar, are reported to have left behind garbage while stealing four yard lights valued at $30 each and a wooden cardinal statue valued at $100. It's possible that young people leaving a party at a house near the location are responsible.

LAKE LILLIAN -- Two hammocks valued at $100 were reported stolen Thursday from a residence on the 13000 block of Big Kandi Drive, Lake Lillian. The hammocks were strung between two trees when taken.

WILLMAR -- A man reported at 1:37 a.m. Friday seeing four males take a bag of clothes of a car and a bag of children's clothes from another vehicle on the 600 block of Rice Avenue Southwest.

Malicious act

WILLMAR -- A Willmar resident on the 1400 block of 11th Street Southeast told police Friday that she had water in her basement after someone moved a sump pump hose outside the house.

One to detox

WILLMAR -- Three juvenile males were cited for curfew violations and one was taken to detoxification after being cited by police at 2:53 a.m. Friday near the corner of First Street South and Olena Avenue in Willmar.

Sheep attacked

PENNOCK -- A rural Pennock woman reported that a dog had attacked her sheep, killing eight and injuring six, according to a report filed Thursday afternoon. with the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Department.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Edil Pineda Santos, 24, of Willmar, was sentenced Thursday to 53 days in jail, $100 in fines and five years of probation on felony charges of forgery and aggravated forgery for using the identity of another person.

Santos, who is also known as Omar David Sanchez Melendez and Ericberto Pineda, was arrested July 5 for assaulting a woman at Wal-Mart Supercenter in Willmar.

The subsequent investigation by police revealed he was using at least one false name.

Santos was also ordered to cooperate with agents from the federal Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He was given credit for 53 days already served in jail.

As part of a plea agreement, five additional felony charges for aggravated forgery, forgery and terroristic threats, plus two misdemeanor charges for assault and domestic assault, were dismissed.

The charges were filed after Willmar police were called around 10:30 p.m. July 5 regarding a domestic incident at Wal-Mart Supercenter. A woman reported she'd driven Santos, whom she knew as Melendez, to the store. He went inside and purchased groceries while she waited in the car. When she picked him up, he accused her of talking with other men and cheating on him.

An argument ensued and the woman said he pushed and choked her, and threatened to stab her. The woman reported she'd driven Santos to a home on the southeast side of town, where he took the groceries and got out of the car. She locked the doors of the car and left. Officers returned to the home and found Santos, who denied an altercation with the woman.

He admitted his real name was Ericberto Pineda and that he'd gotten a state identification card in the Melendez name in September 2007 and used it to work at Jennie-O Turkey Store and Willmar Poultry.

He admitted to buying the identification card for $600 from a man in Willmar. Later, he said his real name was Edil Pineda Santos and that the Pineda name was a nickname. He claimed a 1993 birth date, which conflicted with information the woman gave indicating he was between 20 and 22 years of age.

Employment documents were provided by officials at Jennie-O Foods, including documents signed in the Melendez name in June 2008. The Melendez identification card and Puerto Rican birth certificate accompanied the documents.

- Jason Lloyd Landin, 37, of Raymond, made his first appearance Thursday on three felony charges of theft by swindle for allegedly taking more than $12,000 from his employer.

Unconditional bail was set at $15,000 with conditional release allowed on his personal recognizance. His next appearance is Nov. 1.

Landin also faces a gross misdemeanor charge of theft by swindle.

According to the complaint, a Willmar police detective was called on May 21 to CATCO Parts in Willmar by a supervisor of the Willmar branch regarding an employee theft. The company was auditing its financial records.

On June 15, the detective met with company officials and learned that Landin, the branch manager, had been fired May 25 and had allegedly admitted stealing to company officials. He had allegedly altered checks to make himself the recipient and took the money to pay bills or pay other accounts where he had charged items, charged parts for personal vehicles to the company and created credit memos and other actions to cover his actions. He had also allowed a customer to receive a replacement differential under warranty even though it was not under warranty. He said he felt sorry for the customer because he was going through a divorce and custody hearings.

Landin was interviewed by the detective and allegedly admitted to taking money to try to help a relative who was in trouble with the law and chemically dependent. He allegedly admitted to the wrongdoing. The total amount of theft was $12,260.36.

Marriage licenses

Kandiyohi County

Dane Alexander McClenahan, Kerkhoven; Karissa Lynne Hyatt, Kerkhoven

Adam David Schmisek, Denver, Colo.; Cassandra Jo Mehr, Denver, Colo.

Joel Paul Torison, New London; Brianne Magnolia Wasshuber, no address listed

Chad Michael Butler, Renville; Jessica Dawn Larson, Renville