Records, July 1, 2006

Hit and run WILLMAR -- A 13-year-old boy was struck by a car which did not stop in the 300 block of Terrace Drive Southwest. The incident occurred shortly after noon on Friday. The boy was not seriously injured and did not require an ambulance. A...

Hit and run

WILLMAR -- A 13-year-old boy was struck by a car which did not stop in the 300 block of Terrace Drive Southwest. The incident occurred shortly after noon on Friday.

The boy was not seriously injured and did not require an ambulance.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Willmar Police Department at 320-235-2244.

Suspicious package


A stolen cell phone was found in a suspicious package in a mailbox early Friday afternoon in the 5200 block of 121st Avenue Northeast in Spicer.

The small package was complete wrapped in duct tape and had a "liquid feel" with a hard center core," according to a news release from the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office.

The Spicer Fire Chief, the Willmar Fire Department Hazardous Emergency Assistance Team and the Willmar Ambulance Service were called to the scene. The Willmar team was able to safely open the package.

It turned out to be a cell phone that had been stolen a month ago from the son of the person who reported the package.

The Bloomington Police Bomb Squad also assisted by telephone.


HECTOR -- A Hector woman is in satisfactory at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis following a two-vehicle accident Thursday evening.

The collision occurred at the intersection of Renville County Road 11 and County Road 22. A pickup driven by Nathan Summerlet, 26, of Atwater and a car driven by Krystal Geyer, 16, of Hector collided. Summerlet was not injured.


Krystal Geyer and her passengers, Marcia Geyer, 40, and Christina Heerdt, 16, both of Hector, were taken to Hutchinson Community Hospital.

Heerdt was treated and released. Marcia Geyer was airlifted to HCMC and was listed in satisfactory condition Friday evening. No condition report was available on Krystal Geyer.

According to Renville County Sheriff Jerry Agre, the pickup was northbound on County Road 22, and the car was westbound on County Road 11. The pickup would have had a stop sign at the intersection.


SOUTH HAVEN -- Sharie Ann Carlson, 52, of South Haven in Meeker County was listed in satisfactory condition Friday evening in the burn unit at Hennepin County Medical Center.

Carlson was airlifted Thursday evening to HCMC after suffering burns on her hands, forearms and chin. According to a news release from the Meeker County Sheriff's Office, Carlson apparently had blacked out and fallen onto a hot stove.

Kimball Rescue, Watkins Ambulance and Lifelink Helicopter assisted.

District Court


Kandiyohi County

* Michael Lee Essendrup, 40, of Willmar made his first court appearance Friday on two felony counts of criminal sexual conduct before Judge Michael Thompson.

He was arrested Thursday night after a 42-year-old woman reported that he had sexually assaulted her. The two were at the VFW Post in Willmar. According to court records, the alleged victim said she had gone to the VFW to meet a blind date. While there, she saw Essendrup, who is a relative she hadn't seen in some time.

After their friends left, the two spent some time talking, according to the court file. When they left, Essendrup lay down in the grass. When the woman offered her hand to help him up, he pulled her down, pinned her to the ground and raped her. The woman told police that she told Essendrup to stop and told him "it wasn't right" because they are relatives.

The woman later called a friend, who took her to Rice Hospital. The Willmar police were notified and spoke to the woman at the hospital.

Thompson set bail at $75,000 cash or bond for unconditional release or $30,000 cash or bond for conditional release. Essendrup is to have no contact with the victim or to enter her residence.

His next court date is July 10.

* Dino John Bastian, 35, New Ulm, has been accused of four felony counts of molesting an 8-year-old girl. He faces two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a person younger than 13 and two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Judge Michael Thompson set bail at $100,000 cash or bond for unconditional release and $50,000 cash or bond for a conditional release. He was ordered to have no contact with the victim or her family. He is not allowed to enter the city of Montevideo and is not allowed to drive a vehicle not registered in his name. He is to have no contact with anyone younger than 16.

According to the criminal complaint, Bastian took the girl and her 6-year-old brother to Robbins Island on May 29. He was a family friend and their mother had given him permission. After the swimming trip, the boy told his mother's boyfriend that Bastian had touched his sister inappropriately. The girl would not say anything about it, and her mother thought the boy might have misinterpreted what he saw. The girl started having nightmares, and eventually, she did tell her mother about the abuse.

According to the court file, the girl told her mother and also told police that Bastian had restrained her in his SUV, removed her swimsuit and molested her. She said Bastian threatened to kill her mother. The boy said Bastian threatened him, too.

The mother told police that Bastian had been using a different vehicle to drive around town and look for her children.

Bastian's next court date is July 10.

* Nathan David Onstad, 18, of Willmar faces burglary, vandalism and several driving charges after a break-in at the Sibley State Park Interpretive Center.

Onstad is charged with two felonies, third-degree burglary and criminal damage to property. He is also charged with driving while impaired, open bottle and underage consumption, all misdemeanors. He made his first court appearance Thursday before Judge David L. Mennis.

According to court files, a Kandiyohi County deputy found a vehicle in the ditch and partly in Lake Eight two miles west of New London early on May 25. A can of beer was seen near a passenger, and Onstad was sleeping behind the wheel.

Later in the morning, workers at Sibley State Park reported a burglary at the Interpretive Center. Several windows were broken, as was a television set. A fire extinguisher had been emptied around the room. Blood was found in several spots.

When Onstad was questioned later, deputies noticed two cuts, one on his hand and one on his elbow. His shoes matched one set of footprints found in the fire extinguisher residue. His passenger's shoes matched the other set of footprints.

His next court date is July 13.

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