Records published Oct. 19, 2020

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Gun fire reported in Willmar

WILLMAR — Willmar law enforcement are continuing to investigate a possible drive-by shooting that took place at approximately 8:21 p.m. Saturday around Augusta Avenue Southeast and Fifth Street Southeast in Willmar.

According to the Willmar Police Department, no one was injured. A house was struck and officers did find shell casings at the scene.

No arrests have been made.

Willmar woman injured in crash

SAINT LOUIS PARK — Sharon Marie Tomlinson, 43, of Willmar had to be airlifted to North Memorial Hospital in Minneapolis with life-threatening injuries early Saturday morning following a two-vehicle crash on state Highway 169 in Saint Louis Park.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the crash happened at approximately 2:45 a.m. Saturday on southbound Highway 169 over Interstate 394.


The report said Tomlinson, driving a 2007 Ford Crown Victoria, entered 169 at a high rate of speed, spun out and came to a stop in the left driving lane, facing the wrong direction.

A 2007 Ford Fusion, driven by Ronald Wilfred Baros, 58, of Anoka, did not see the Crown Victoria and hit it head on. Baros suffered non-life threatening injuries in the crash.

The state patrol reported alcohol was a factor in regards to Tomlinson and that she was not wearing a seat belt. Baros was wearing his seat belt. Road conditions were wet at the time of the crash.


WILLMAR — A 20-year-old male was arrested at 3:14 a.m. Sunday near New London and is now facing multiple charges including first-degree criminal damage to property, second-degree arson and underage drinking and driving.

According to law enforcement reports, the person arrested is believed to be linked to a possible car or structure fire that took place at 2:55 a.m. Sunday near the 1700 block of 23rd Avenue Southwest in Willmar.

The arrest was made at County Road 40 Northwest and Andrew Road West near New London.

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