Records published Dec. 31, 2019


Teen arrested on suspicion of painting downtown graffiti

WILLMAR — A 16-year-old boy from Willmar was apprehended early Sunday in downtown Willmar, where graffiti had been spray-painted in seven different locations.

According to a news release from the Willmar Police Department, the boy allegedly admitted his involvement and does not have any criminal history. He was released to his family.

A citizen called 911 about 1 a.m. Sunday after seeing someone painting graffiti onto a building downtown. The caller gave a description of the suspect, and officers found him nearby shortly afterward, according to the release.

He allegedly had paint cans matching at least seven new graffiti locations in the downtown area, according to the release.

Charges are pending for criminal damage to property and giving a false name to police. The investigation is ongoing and additional criminal damage to property charges are possible from other recent graffiti cases, according to the release.


Willmar men involved in semi rollover in southeastern Minnesota

ROCHESTER — One Willmar man was injured in a semi rollover Monday afternoon on Interstate 90 in Olmsted County.

The driver of the Volvo semitractor-trailer, Khadar Ahmed Dahir, 29, of Willmar, was uninjured. The passenger, Mohamed Eid Abdulahi, 25, of Willmar, suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken by Mayo Ambulance to St. Marys Hospital in Rochester.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the semi was traveling east on Interstate 90 when it left the road and rolled over. Roads were covered with ice and snow, according to the Patrol. Both men were wearing their seat belts, and alcohol was not involved.

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