Records published Dec. 4, 2021

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WILLMAR — A 33-year-old man was arrested for driving while impaired Thursday night near the intersection of Highway 71 Northeast and 37th Avenue Northeast.

According to the incident report, law enforcement viewed the man driving on the wrong side of the road and attempting to speak to a man on a bicycle.

An officer spoke to the driver who said he was coming from a winery in Clara City and was on his way to his home in Spicer. The officer noticed the smell of alcohol.

After the officer told him he was in Willmar and this was not on his way home, the officer administered a preliminary breath test which registered a 0.176 percent blood alcohol concentration.


The man was placed under arrest and transported to Kandiyohi County Jail on charges related to the incident. He had his first court appearance Friday morning.

WILLMAR — A 28-year-old woman was arrested Thursday afternoon on a warrant and for giving law enforcement a false name on the 1500 block of Becker Avenue Southeast.

According to the incident report, law enforcement initially responded to the address on the report of a domestic assault.

When they arrived, the woman denied there had been a domestic assault and law enforcement determined she gave them a false name, for which they arrested her.

When she was brought out to the squad car, she allegedly fought with police and at one point she was stunned by an officer deploying a stun gun

As of Friday afternoon, she was listed as in custody in the Kandiyohi County Jail and had her first court appearance Friday morning.

Court of Appeals reverses Kandiyohi County District Court decision in probation violation

Due first to the defendant's illness, and subsequently to the COVID-19 pandemic, a probation violation hearing for a defendant in Kandiyohi County was delayed until after her probation time had ended. The Court of Appeals ruled the district court could not revoke the original adjudication provided the defendant after the probation ended.

Read more about the story here.


Jury seated, opening statements in Kimberly Potter manslaughter trial begin Wednesday

Kimberly Potter, who was a police officer in the city of Brooklyn Center just north of Minneapolis, has pleaded not guilty to first- and second-degree manslaughter charges. Her lawyers have said Potter, 49, mistakenly used her handgun instead of her stun gun in the death of Wright, a 20-year-old shot during a traffic stop.

Read more about the story here.

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