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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Minn. girl, Tadych, faces felony charge for mudding damage

  • A 17-year-old girl pleaded not guilty Monday to a felony first-degree property damage charge for allegedly causing more than $2,600 worth of damage while she and friends were mudding in a pickup truck last spring.
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  • A 17-year-old girl pleaded not guilty Monday to a felony first-degree property damage charge for allegedly causing more than $2,600 worth of damage while she and friends were mudding in a pickup truck last spring.
    According to court records, the cost to have the Willmar Public Works Department fix the damage to the grass and field at Robbins Island park including labor, equipment use and seeding materials, was $2,614.40.
    Angela Marie Tadych was arrested after Willmar police officers were called to the park about 6 p.m. April 3, according to court records. The responding officer did not find the vehicle that allegedly damaged the park by driving through the mud and grass, but the citizen reporting the incident gave a description of the vehicle and the license plate number.
    Using the license plate number, the officer searched the state vehicle database and found that the 1993 Ford super cab pickup had recently been sold to a person living nearby. The officer went to that address and found the pickup, which was described as muddy. Tadych and others were still inside the vehicle. Tadych was in the driver's seat and told the officer she had been driving at Robbins Island, according to court records.
    Records also indicate that the officer was informed about Facebook postings by Tadych, including a photo of her standing next to another muddy pickup showing a "thumbs up" sign. That posting was reported on April 11.
    Tadych is scheduled to make her next appearance on Sept. 23 in Kandiyohi County District Court. Felony charges against 16- and 17-year-old defendants are public record.

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